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September 1st, 2014
The 2014 Mammoth Fall Century and Gran Fondo cycling event expects approximately 1,200 cyclists in Mammoth Lakes Saturday, Sept. 6, and as a result, traffic patterns on a number of roads will change to accommodate the riders.
Cyclists will ride on highways S.R. 203, U.S. 395, S.R. 120, and Benton Crossing Road throughout the day.
A Japanese climber who fell 125 feet when he slipped while trying to climb Sawtooth Ridge area above Bridgeport was flow out of the backcountry with serious injuries on Aug. 15.
According to the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the incident occurred on Friday, Aug. 15 at approximately 12:55 p.m. when sheriffâ€™s dispatch received a call regarding an injured climber on a ridge in the Sawtooth Ridge area.
Two climbers were attempting to climb the ridge and during their ascent, they were climbing up a 45-degree ice field with ice axes, according to a sheriffâ€™s department news release.
The news of Robin Williamsâ€™ death this week serves as a stark reminder that deep despair and hopelessness have no boundaries. When depression takes hold, it can feel impossible to face another day for those with depression.
In response to this news, Mono County Behavioral Health is available for anyone in need.
If someone you know is struggling, please reach out and let Mono County Behavioral Health connect you with needed services. Mono County Behavioral Health - 760.924.1740 or via web at http://www.suicideispreventable.org/
A 32-year-old swimmer at Arrowhead Lake found out the hard way that rope swings can be dangerous.
A bear that went on a breaking and entering spree on Saturday, Aug. 9 and was mentioned in a Mammoth Times print edition story on Aug. 14 (p. 4) is not a local Mammoth bear, according to Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles.
Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed. This special report aired on KTLA 5 News on Aug. 11, 2014.
An Quartz Hill man who stole a car, nearly hit a law enforcement officer with it, and led cops on a high speed chase on U.S. 395 on Aug. 10 was finally arrested at gun point near Lone Pine after spike strips on the road disabled the vehicle he was driving.
The man, Evan Robert Furubotten, 25, Quartz Hill, California, is now in the Inyo County Jail.
The incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10 when Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s deputies were dispatched to the Ranch House Cafe in Olancha on the report of a "suspicious subject" refusing to leave.
Getting an early start and checking the weather in advance might have saved two runners from a backcountry rescue earlier this week.
According to the Mono County Sheriff's Department, on the evening of Wednesday, August 6, at approximately 6 p.m., Mono County Sheriffâ€™s dispatch received notification that a SPOT device had been activated on the Pacific Crest Trail near Upper Piute Meadows.
Wednesday night at about 6 p.m. during routine patrol in the town of Bishop, an Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy and Tribal Police Officer spotted Ray Bencoma, 39, from Bishop, who is wanted in two prior domestic violence incidents.
Once Bencoma realized he had been seen, he darted into a residence in the 400 block of Pa Ha Lane. The Inyo County SED team, which consists of members of the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Bishop Police Department, and Inyo County District Attorneyâ€™s Office arrived; however Bencoma refused to come out.
If you've bought California nectarines, peaches, plums or pluots lately, even the organic kind, check the label carefully. The Wawona Packing Co. in Cutler, California, announced late last week it's expanding a voluntary recall of its products.The fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis. This serious infection can give you temporary problems such as a high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, headaches, stiffness and nausea.
The French Fire burning about 40 miles west of Bishop over the Sierra crest was caused by a escaped campfire that has now spread to a fire which has burned about 13,000 acres since it started July 27, authorities said.
A 59-year-old Nevada man on Sunday died of injuries he suffered when the motorcycle he was driving ran head-on into a car near Picnic Grounds Road near Lee Vining..
James McGifford, of Dayton, Nevada, was riding northbound on U.S. 395 on Sunday, when a car driven by Shirley Liang, of Cupertino, crossed into his path while attempting a left turn onto the road.
Her vehicle, according to a spokesperson from the California Highway Patrol, "moved her vehicle directly into the path of the motorcycle."
Although not yet as bad as last year, residents and visitors to the Eastern Sierra are experiencing smoke coming through the passes primarily from the French Fire, according to the public health officer for Mono and Inyo counties.
A Mono County rescuer team last weekend helped a father and son off Mt. Ritter after the climbers were blocked by a rain-fueled waterfall, authorities said
The rescue was at about 3 p.m.
According to a report from the Mono County Search and Rescue team, the pair had attempted to summit Mt. Ritter, a popular peak located 13 miles northwest of Mammoth.