November 11th, 2011
A scam comes in many forms, but this one was over the top.
When Mammoth resident Irene Molloy realized Monday that the man who coerced her to send him $10,000 had been calling her âGrandmaâ instead of âNana,â she realized sheâd been had.
âI was sitting in a chair afterward, trying to regain my thinking, and I remembered,â she said. âHe was the only grandchild I had that called me âNanaâ not âGrandma.ââ
But it was too late. The money, wired to Lima, Peru, where a man claiming to be John Molloy had told her he would go to jail if she didnât send the money, was gone.
While the clock keeps ticking on the judgment payment agreement between the Town of Mammoth and Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, the disparity seems to be getting bigger. Insiders in the town office are hearing that the MLLA demand now is $42 million, while Mammoth can spare only $24 million. Conductor, does this train stop at Bankruptcy Station? ...
The Mammoth vs. Desert Christian football game was played Nov. 5 was at Lancaster High School. The reason? Desert Christian doesnât have its own football field âŠ
Measure S passed by a wide margin tonight with a 73.76 percent to 26.24 percent ratio, according to preliminary results from the Mono County Elections office.
The vote still has to be certified, but the results of all the voting precincts were in at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday when the county released the results. The measure, an extension of an existing $59/year tax on property owners within the Mammoth Unified School District, needed to pass with a two-thirds majority, which it more than met.
ictor and Dennee Alcala welcomed a baby boy, Ezra Xavier on Sept. 30. âEzra arrived late but was well worth the wait. He has been welcomed into the world by a large, loving circle of family and friends who have provided support in countless ways,â sez the new parents. âŠ
Note to the reader: Colonel Bob Waggoner (USAF Retired) will be the keynote speaker at a Veterans Day event on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Mammoth Lakes Fire Station on Main Street. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and includes a sponsored pancake breakfast. All Veterans, their families and grateful citizens are welcome to attend.
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 Sheriffâs 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 Sheriffâs 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 Sheriffâs Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.
After 18 years of seeking out every aspen grove in the Eastern Sierra, I thought I had found them all: Rock Creek and Lundy, McGee and Bishop, Convict and North Lake. Even the lesser known areas like Molybedenite and Birchim and the Parker Bench and the Little Walker.
Been there, done that.
Boy, was I wrong.
This past weekend, the crowds that can turn Lundy Canyonâs tiny trailhead and one-lane road into a virtual Disneyland in the fall color season defeated me and I spun north like a compass, seeking solitude and gold.
If you donât 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 Countyâs Public Works Department.
Every public works department is the backbone of a county, a lifeline for all of the countyâs unincorporated residents.
Mono County is no different.
It might begin with something as simple as an insult. âYouâre fat.â âYou canât do anything.â âYou are ugly.â
âNobody likes you.â
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, âkids will be kids,â right? They will grow out of it, right?
Theyâre 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.