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July 22nd, 2014

Storms damage roads in White, Inyo Mountains

July 22, 2014

The series of storms that passed over the Eastern Sierra last week have caused damage to the several roads in the White Mountains and Inyo Mountains, where road washouts have occurred.

Roads in the Crooked Creek drainage, including the Crooked Creek Road (Forest Road 05S01), the Cottonwood Road (Forest Road 35E315) and the Wyman Canyon Road, require the ability to deal with difficult road conditions due to the damage done by the washouts.

The Forest Service is completing repairs on forest service roads.

Bad weather triggers multiple backcountry rescues

July 22, 2014

A backpacker who got lost in the Cora Lake area near Sonora Pass spent the night of July 18 in the backcountry during the monsoon-driven rainstorms last weekend, before he was rescued the following day.

The rescue efforts began on the evening of Friday, July 18 at approximately 9 p.m., when Mono County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call regarding a lost backpacker in the area of Cora Lake, approximately 12 trail miles south of S.R. 108, the Sonora Pass Road.

CHP in Conway Summit 'cat-wrestling match'

July 22, 2014

Highway patrolmen have it tough. On some days they also have it weird.

There are the usual feats of derring-do: uncooperative drunk drivers, the occasional OMG moments when weapons are involved, and … the ever-so-rare, 3 o’clock in the morning cat-wrestling match.

It happened on U.S. 395 near Conway Summit on Tuesday, July 22, according to a CHP spokesman in a news release.

July 18th

June Lake (finally) gets road rehab

July 18, 2014

Six years after the idea of improving June Lake’s streets, the long-awaited $3.6 million rehab project will begin in September, the Mono County Board of Supervisors learned this past week.


In all, eight miles of pavement are to undergo resurfacing, beginning with the main drag through June Lake Village.

A 'National Wounded Warriors Center' for Mammoth

July 18, 2014

Having built Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra into a thriving entity, Kathy Copeland says she has set her sights on something bigger.

Town crews clear graffiti; cops hunt for tagger

July 18, 2014

A graffiti artist known as “ZURG” is on the loose in Mammoth, but law enforcement artists known as “COPS” are in hot pursuit.


Police Chief Dan Watson said officers had not made any arrests in the case as of Wednesday, July 16, but the investigation “is continuing.”

Meanwhile, Town Manager Dan Holler said cleaup crews worked this week to erase the graffiti in advance of Jazz Jubilee, a popular event drawing tourists from throughout the United States.

'What's up, up here?' for July 17-23; starring Tim Alpers, and MMSA's Rusty Gregory and Ron Cohen

July 18, 2014

The Mountain Boys are back in town. That would be Rusty Gregory and MMSA Vice-Prez Ron Cohen, who joined Tim Alpers in the sweltering capital for a little more arm-twisting on the Land Exchange bill, still awaiting the Senate’s blessing. The legislation already has been through the House twice. “I don’t want to find out if three times is a charm,” quipped an optimistic Cohen upon his return to the (relatively) cool mountains. …

Bodie to host Supervisors' meeting Aug. 12

July 18, 2014

There might not be enough electricity to go around, and Internet connections are pretty much out of the question, but Bodie next month will serve as a venue for a Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, said County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy.


Details are not etched in stone, Leddy cautioned this past week, but he said plans are afoot for Bodie to host the Aug. 12 regular meeting.

Supe-elect Corless joins Board debate on chairmanship pay

July 18, 2014

For a brief moment this week, the five-member Mono County Board of Supervisors suddenly became a six-member panel.


Although seated in the gallery and without voting privileges, Supervisor-elect Stacy Corless of Mammoth on Tuesday, July 15, joined a debate regarding extra salary compensation for the supervisor occupying the chairmanship.


Her testimony, at the behest of South County Supervisor Fred Stump, caught Corless by surprise, but not in a negative way.

July 17th

Mendel, Grahek, Vanderhurst named to commissions; Agnitch voted off Recreation

July 17, 2014

Biathlon enthusiast Clayton Mendel and incumbent Elizabeth Truax won appointments to the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission on Wednesday night, July 16.

July 14th

Two charged in Bridgeport pot, weapons bust

July 14, 2014

Two men, one from Bridgeport and another from Big Sur, are facing charges in connection to an alleged marijuana operation in Mono County, according to a spokesperson for the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

July 10th

Storms could usher in wetter than normal July

July 10, 2014

The sound of rain on windows and roofs this weekend ushered in what could be a wetter than normal July, according to the National Weather Service.

As much as 200 percent of normal precipitation could occur, according to the National Center for Environmental Prediction.

Geologists warn of quakes in new report

July 10, 2014

In a major new report on earthquake scenarios in the Mammoth area, geologists say they have identified five faults in Long Valley capable of producing temblors of 6.7 or greater—roughly as strong as the 1994 Northridge quake.

Along with scientific data, the scientists say planners in the area should include the data in preparing future scenarios that would impact everything from property destruction to emergency health care.

Motorcyclist leads cops on 130 mph chase

July 10, 2014

A San Diego motorcyclist who led police on a 130-mph chase on U.S. 395 south between the Mammoth Yosemite Airport and Bishop was arrested on July 6 near the Pine Creek Road turnoff on suspicion of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

The chase started at about 8:03 p.m. when California Highway Patrol officers saw a red sport motorcycle traveling southbound on the highway near the Mammoth Yosemite Airport.

Reds shuttle inspections surprise riders

July 10, 2014

Pulling over a couple of Reds Meadow shuttle buses for unannounced vehicle inspections on the busiest day on the busiest road of the entire summer season wasn’t exactly guaranteed to make the California Highway Patrol the most popular player in town.

It happened on Saturday, July 5, and the lines to get on the shuttle buses that take visitors and hikers to Devils Postpile National Monument from Mammoth Mountain’s Adventure Center were dozens deep and yards long.

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