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November 8th, 2011
Another Mammoth man has died this week, and again, the cause of death is unclear.
Just Monday, Mammoth local John Tobacco was found dead in a home in Mammoth. His death is still under investigation. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, another Mammoth man, Alexander Viterbi, was found dead in his Mammoth home.
Here's the latest information from the county sheriff's department:
On the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 2, at approximately 4:45, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east of the Crane Flat Gas Station), the Glacier Point Road, and the Mariposa Grove Road in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closing Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8:00p.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued and will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. Up to seven inches of snow is expected above 6,000 feet in elevation.
All roads are expected to be reassessed for opening by midday Friday, Nov. 4.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 1 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department dispatch received a call regarding the report of an adult female possibly attempting suicide in the Chalfant area.
California Highway Patrol and Chalfant Fire Department were the first agencies to respond to the scene. CHP attempted to make contact with the female inside her residence to find that she had already left the location.
Narcotics may have been involved in the "suspicious" death of a local Mammoth man who was found dead Monday morning, according to a Thursday morning (Nov.3) press release from the Mono County Sheriff's Department. The man, John Tobacco, 30, was found "unresponsive" Oct. 31 at a residence on Evergreen Street in Old Mammoth.
Here's the updated version of the story, as released at 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
"On the morning of Monday, Oct. 31, at approximately 8:00, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.
If you donâ€™t live in Mammoth Lakes and your roads get plowed, the bridges you travel over are intact and the lawns of your community parks are green, you should give thanks to Mono Countyâ€™s Public Works Department.
Every public works department is the backbone of a county, a lifeline for all of the countyâ€™s unincorporated residents.
Mono County is no different.
It might begin with something as simple as an insult. â€śYouâ€™re fat.â€ť â€śYou canâ€™t do anything.â€ť â€śYou are ugly.â€ť
â€śNobody likes you.â€ť
The abuse might worsen; getting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.
It might get even worse; midnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.
It all might sound like no big deal. After all, â€śkids will be kids,â€ť right? They will grow out of it, right?
Theyâ€™re just words, right?
The Inyo National Forest is announcing the opening of a new, personal use fuelwood cutting area in the June Lake Loop. This area is located on the north side of Highway 158 across from the Fern Lake Trailhead. You must have a valid 2011 personal use fuelwood permit to collect dead and down material only. Permittees must park along the shoulder of Highway 158 during collecting activities, and are not permitted to drive off-road for firewood retrieval. All other wood cutting regulations are in effect.
Two firms investigating potential wind energy in eastern California have withdrawn their requests to install monitoring towers on public lands. The firms proposed to install 200-foot-tall wind monitoring towers for three-year testing periods to collect wind speed and direction data and other weather information.
Steve Searles is irked.
Itâ€™s not the wildlife which is making his spine crawl but rather the decision of a certain public agency to shut down and lock up public facilities in the Lakes Basin.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council adopted the Town of Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan and certified the Trail System Master Plan EIR at Wednesdayâ€™s town council meeting.
If there had been any opposition to the new trails plan, the public had one last chance at the meeting to speak up.
With all the public meetings held over the past several years about generating a new and improved trails system plan, it was apparent that all had been said and done.
When the state of California voted to reroute many prisoners who would have gone to state prison to county jails late last year, alarm waves cascaded through all the stateâ€™s 58 counties. Although the state assured the counties it would fund this â€śrealignmentâ€ť of responsibility and that the only prisoners released in such a manner would not be violent or sex offenders, local county officials were not reassured.
Rumors of a "bear mauling" in the northern part of Mono County are just that, rumors, according to the Mono County Sheriffs Department. Here's what really happened, according to the sheriffs department:
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at approximately 2:30 pm, Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department dispatch received a call regarding a reported bear attack near the Twin Lakes area in Bridgeport.
Inyo County officials are seeking a missing California man whose vehicle may have been parked in the Buttermilk climbing and bouldering area above Bishop since July.
The man, Richard John Malten, 64, is from Oregon House, Calif. He is described as 5â€™ 8â€ť, 144 pounds, with curly brown hair and brown eyes.
According to the Inyo Register, a missing personâ€™s report was filed last week by Malten's ex-wife.
According to the sheriffâ€™s department, what is believed to be Maltenâ€™s 2001 maroon Jeep utility vehicle has been found. It may have been parked in the area, unattended, since July.
You could call it an embarrassment of riches. Most communities in Mono County only get one supervisor to represent them. But for the past eight weeks, and until at least 2012, Lee Vining and Mono City will get two.
If that sounds a bit awkward, it probably is.