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August 4th, 2014

Escaped campfire started French Fire; authorities search for culprit

August 4, 2014

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.

Nevada man dies in Lee Vining motorcycle crash

August 4, 2014

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."

Doctor weighs in on smoke hazards

August 4, 2014

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.

Search-and-Rescue helps Mt. Ritter climbers

August 4, 2014


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.

August 1st

Mammoth Water District to sue local air pollution agency over geothermal decision

August 1, 2014

The Mammoth Community Water District said Friday, Aug.1, that it plans to sue the local air pollution controlled district for certifying an environmental document that is a necessary part of a proposed geothermal project that the district believes could harm Mammoth's water supply.

Ormat Technologies, the project proponent, will also be mentioned in the lawsuit as a "real party of interest," the news release from the the water district said.

Mammoth Community Water District made its announcement this morning, following a closed session meeting at the district office.

Mammoth Tourism pleads with locals: 'Don't spook the visitors on social media'

August 1, 2014

Mammoth Lakes Tourism is doing its level best to fight smoke from the French Fire.

The smoke, according to MLT, just probably isn't really there, and really shouldn't be discussed in social media.

"Please refrain from posting to social media immediately," MLT exhorted its subscribers in a newsletter Wednesday evening, on the eve of Mammoth's premier summer event, Bluesapalooza.

"While we want to be factual and helpful to potential visitors, we also do not want to spook them unnecessarily.

July 31st

VIDEO: Viewer reaction: Sharknado 2

July 31, 2014

The eagerly-awaited sequel to "Sharnado" premiered last night on the SyFy Channel. Reviews have been … mixed. But part of the fun came from seeing which celebrity would pop up next. In fact, there were more celebrity cameos in "Sharknado 2" than a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Which was your favorite?

July 30th

Turning 30

July 31, 2014

There is a world of difference between 29 years old and 30.

We bring this up because on Aug. 15, The Town of Mammoth Lakes will vault from its impetuous 20s over the magic timeline to 30.

July 29th

Bishop man charged with deadly weapon assault, terrorist threats

July 29, 2014

A Bishop man has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and other charges after he threatened a Southern California Edison employee with a firearm this morning, Inyo Sheriff's Department officials said.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 29 at about 11:42 a.m. when the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance from Bishop Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Tribal Police, responded to the area of Pa Me Lane regarding a male subject threatening a Southern California Edison Employee with a firearm.

Mammoth softball results and standings as of July 25

July 29, 2014

The softball resuls and standings as of July 25 are in, and they are as follows:

July 28th

Missing boy found late Monday night, July 28

July 28, 2014

Missing hiker Austin Shedd, a 13-year-old boy from Carlsbad and Mammoth Lakes was found late in the evening of July 28 at 9:30 p.m. by a trail crew in Kings Canyon National Park, according to the National Park Service.

A park spokesperson said Shedd was found by a park trail crew and spent the night in the wilderness with the trail crew until a rescue flight can take place on Tuesday, July 29.

Additional details will follow when available.

UPDATE JULY 29: New fire starts near old Aspen Fire site, 1,000 acres and growing

July 28, 2014

Another fire is taking off right now, this time very close to where the Aspen Fire started a year ago last week, near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir on the west side of the Sierra crest (in the Shaver/Huntington Lake area), according to Inyo National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Deb Schweizer.

This puts the fire, called the French Fire, west of Bishop about 40 miles and over the Sierra range crest as the crow flies from the Owens Valley.

The fire is about 1,000 acres, burning in heavy fuel, with limited access, as of late Monday evening, July 28.

Chemical spill near Bridgeport likely caused by driver swerving to avoid deer

July 28, 2014

A chemical spill that temporarily closed U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport and forced the evacuation of some nearby residents on Saturday, July 26, was likely caused by a driver of a semi truck swerving to avoid a deer, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The road is now open with no travel restrictions.

The incident occurred on the morning of July 26 as a driver of a semi truck was traveling northbound on U.S. 395 near Point Ranch when the driver braked for deer crossing the roadway and the cargo inside the box trailer shifted and began to leak, according to the CHP.

Fire near El Portal grows to 2,600 acres

July 28, 2014

The El Portal Fire that started yesterday, July 26, near the community of El Portal near the S.R. 140 entrance of Yosemite National Park is now at 2,600 acres and is still threatening the communities of El Portal on S.R. 140, and the community of Foresta. The fire is five percent contained as of Monday, July 28 noon, according to fire officials. There is no estimate of full containment at this time.

Here is the latest from Yosemite National Park about park facilities and roads:

Roads closed:

VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see owner

July 28, 2014

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