June 26th, 2014
Man bucked off mule, has to be airlifted out of backcountry
A Bakersfield man who was bucked off a mule and injured had to be airlifted out of the Mt. Whitney area backcountry June 24 after his injuries left him unable to walk.
At about 9:20 a.m., Inyo County Sheriff’s dispatch received notification that a SPOT device had been activated with the approximate coordinates of Little Whitney Meadow, west of Lone Pine, on the west side of the Sierra crest south and west of Mt. Whitney.
Having lost an opportunity to host another “Oblivion”-type motion picture project and with commercial shoots on the downswing, Mono County is fighting back.
In the wake of what he called “a shooting a week” in the United States, Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston has begun pushing for a “summit” meeting among Eastside agencies and schools.
After four years of extraordinary municipal crises and a topsy-turvy electoral campaign, three members of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council this past week stepped down.
The body of a Mt. Whitney hiker missing since June 14 was found Thursday in a steep chute above Mirror Lake, only about a mile from where the man was supposed to meet his friends on June 14 after he and two friends had climbed Whitney for the fifth time.
Early in the evening of June 19, during an aerial reconnaissance mission above Mirror Lake west of Outpost Camp, search crews located what is believed to be the remains of missing hiker John Likely, 60, Dumont, New Jersey, in an extremely steep chute.
Urban smog isn’t one of those things most people associate with Mammoth, but that is the likely source of the persistent silver-gray hazy air residents have been breathing almost every afternoon and evening since the day after Memorial Day.
Cursing slow internet speeds is almost a local pastime in Mono County, especially in the communities outside of Mammoth where upload speeds of less than one megabit per second are common.
That might be about to change if a new provider, Burlingame, California-based Race Telecommunications, Inc., gets the approval of the state Public Utilities Commission to build the “final mile” fiber-optic broadband cable to the communities of Aspen Springs, Chalfant, Crowley Lake and Sunny Slopes.
Thirty years after Mammoth broke away from Bridgeport and incorporated, the town has reached a do-over point.
As the dust settles over the 2014 elections in Mammoth and Mono County, residents and visitors are looking at what is essentially a blank canvas.
There have been great advances and there have been serious setbacks. The town’s short history is heavy on family division, boom-and-bust cycles, great snow years and bad snow years.
A 54-year-old French national died in Death Valley National Park this weekend after he spent about an hour exposed to 115-degree temperatures, although the exact cause of his death has not been identified.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, Guy Brossart was found dead on June 6 at about 3:30 p.m. after failing to return to a tour bus, following a brief stop at the Mesquite Dunes.
The mountains are down on the ground, washed from their customary serene height by a rampaging enemy, water.
Fifteen feet above the rutted road, mud as thick as a two-story building looms above the big red truck, dwarfing it.
Embedded in the thick, grey mud, whole trees, big trees-—junipers and Jeffrey and white pine and pinyon—tangle and twist in their death throes; Pompeii in the Sierra.
The newest member of the Mammoth Track Club did not take long to make a bold statement last weekend.
Shadrack Biwott, who until recently ran for the University of Oregon, was the top American male in the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, June 1 took 6th place, with MTC’s Gabe Proctor placing 8th, in a field of nearly 25,000 runners.
The 2014 Election closed this past week, with a landslide decision in the race for Mono County Sheriff, a surprise victory in Supervisors District 5 and three new members of the Mammoth Town Council.
Ingrid Braun, 46, a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who last year was dismissed from her deputy’s position by Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, won election against Obenberger Tuesday night, June 3.
Ingrid Braun, the new Sheriff-elect of Mono County, said this past week she had no intention of waiting until January to begin a transition.
“Hopefully, there will be a transition that happens smoothly,” she said. “At least that’s what I would want.”
Under the current budget, she will inherit an undersheriff, a lieutenant, four sergeants, 14 deputies and eight court screeners.
Seventeen candidates have been whittled down to nine office holders.
The parties are over.
The signs are coming down.
None of the races, with the slimmest possibility of the District 1 County Supervisor race where 49 votes separate winner Larry Johnston from Bill Sauser (see below), are going to a runoff election.
About 54 percent of Mono County’s 5,802 registered voters—3,114 voters—made their choices Tuesday night.