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September 25th

USGS: Swarm of small earthquakes shake area near Mammoth, no danger at this time

September 25, 2014

A swarm of small earthquakes, including a 3.9 temblor and a 3.8 shaker, shook an area six miles east of Mammoth Thursday, Sept. 25, and continued into Friday at lesser magnitudes and frequency, according to authorities.

The quakes were triggered by gas and water moving deep within the earth’s crust and are not considered to be a sign of danger at this time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The strongest quake occurred Thursday evening at about 8:30 p.m. and registered at 3.9 on the Richter scale.

Rescue team pulls weary octogenarian deer hunter from wilderness after night alone

September 25, 2014

An 81-year-old deer hunter, exausted and alone in a wilderness area near Poison Creek, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, was rescued by a a combination of law enforcemnnt officers and Search and Rescue specialists, the Mono County Sheriff's Department said in a news relese.

The man, who was not identified in the news release, began his adventure Monday evening, when he left the side of a companion, then disappeared.

He told his friend that he wanted to do some scouting and would be away for about 20 minutes to return to camp by nightfall.

RAW: Gene Harris, Mammoth man, sentenced to 15 years for "enticing a minor"

September 25, 2014

Gene Wayne Harris, 42, resident of Mammoth Lakes, was sentenced today, Sept. 25, by United States District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. to 15 years, 8 months in prison, to be followed by a life time period of supervised release, for attempted enticement of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

September 24th

Mammoth Mountain (finally) buys Big Bear, Snow Summit

September 24, 2014

Putting an end to more than a year of speculation by Southern California skiers and snowboarders, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area this past week announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts includes both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, the largest and most popular of Southern California’s ski and snowboard resorts, which together draw nearly 800,000 winter visits annually.

September 18th

RAW:Arizona man gets into fight with Coso Junction clerk, arrested driving stolen car

September 18, 2014

On Sept. 17, at about 6:20 a.m., Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Coso Junction Chevron Station for a dispute between the store clerk and a male subject (later identified as Erik Nelson, a 38-year-old man from Lake Havasu, AZ). Nelson left the store prior to Deputies' arrival.

The responding Deputies located Nelson in a tan Ford Ranger parked on the southbound shoulder of Highway 395 approximately a half mile north of the Coso Junction Rest Area. A record check of the license plate indicated that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Bullhead City AZ.

September 17th

Grand Jury says council violated Brown Act

September 18, 2014

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council repeatedly violated the state’s law providing for public transparency, the Mono County Grand Jury alleged in its 2013-14 Final Report.

Local Schools challenge state truancy findings

September 18, 2014

The chief administrators of Mammoth and Mono County schools were left scratching their heads this past week after state Attorney General Kamala Harris ranked Mono County the worst in elementary school truancy.

September 16th

New fire on June Mountain, Sept. 16, Reversed Creek Campground being evacuated

September 16, 2014

There is a new fire on June Mountain within the ski area and it very active and growing, according to the Inyo National Forest.

"A new fire has been discovered on June Mountain," according to a Sept. 16 5:20 p.m. news release from the forest. "The June Fire is estimated to be five acres and is showing torching and running behavior.

"The fire is on the June Mountain Ski Resort and structures are threatened. The Reversed Creek Campground is being evacuated.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation."

The Times will update asap. —WG

Conway Fire caused by vehicle, two other vehicle fires started same day

September 16, 2014

The Conway Fire started when a vehicle blew a tire, according to Inyo National Forest officials. The fire is 50 acres and will be fully contained Tuesday, Sept. 16. Two other vehicle-related fires also started the same day, on the Sherwin Grade.

According to a news release, the Conway Fire started south of Conway Summit on the west side of U.S. 395.

In addition, there were two small fires south of the Sherwin Grade along U.S. 395 on Sunday, Sept. 14. These fires, which were quickly contained, were also determined to be vehicle-related.

Bridgeport man injured when motorcycle collides with deer

September 16, 2014

A Bridgeport man riding a motorcycle on Sept. 10 near the Sonora/U.S. 395 junction was injured when a deer leaped into his path, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 6:48 a.m. when Moises Cornejo, 43 was traveling northbound U.S. 395 north of S.R.108 when a deer leaped into his path colliding into his motorcycle. The deer collision caused Cornejo to lose control of his orange 2009, Kawasaki, Vulcan 900, which overturned, ejecting Cornejo was ejected from his motorcycle.

RAW: Unusual children's respiratory illness stalks some West Coast areas, California still untouched

September 16, 2014

An unusually robust respiratory illness stalking parts of the Midwest and the West Coast has not yet shown up in California, but Mono County's public health officer, Dr. Rick Johnson, wants parents and caretakers of young children, especially, to be aware of the symptoms and risks.

Called the EV-D68 virus, from mid-August to September 12, a total of 97 people in six states have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by this virus, he said in a news release.

September 15th

Lone Pine man interrupts birthday party to slash patrons with machete, choke woman

September 15, 2014

A Lone Pine man who swung a machete at several people and tried to choke a woman at a birthday party has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Inyo County Sheriff's officials.

The incident occurred on Sept. 14 at about 1:30, a.m. when Inyo County dispatch was notified of a fight in progress at Statham Hall in Lone Pine.

Joe Sample, a Mammoth friend and renowned jazz keyboardist, is dead at 75

September 15, 2014

Joe Sample, whose lifelong love affair with cutting-edge jazz funk and fusion music was matched by his love for Mammoth and skiing, died Saturday in his hometown of Houston, Texas.

September 13th

Local road, campground conditions, fall color update

September 13, 2014

The Inyo National Forest just released a good summary on road and trail conditions, along with tips on fall colors. Take a look!

Mono Lake Ranger District
All roads are open: Bodie (Highway 270), Lundy Canyon, June Lake Loop (Hwy 158), Monitor Pass, Panum Crater, Parker Lake, Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Saddlebag Rd., South Tufa, Hwy 120 E, Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W).

September 12th

Conway Fire at 50 ares, 25 percent contained, U.S. 395 open

September 12, 2014

The Conway Fire is now mapped at 50 acres as of Saturday morning, Sept. 13 and is burning in sagebrush with some scattered pinyon pine and juniper trees, according to Inyo National Forest officials. Fire crews were able to walk the fire perimeter of the fire last night to accurately map it; this reflects the reduced acreage. The fire is 25 percent contained.

Night crews made excellent progress last night. There is initial fireline around the Conway Fire at this time. Fire crews will continue to strengthen and improve these lines today and are mopping up to cool the fire’s edge.

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