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November 3rd, 2011

Call regarding possible suicide in Chalfant ends well

November 3, 2011

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 1 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s 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.

November 1st

NEW UPDATE: Mammoth man's death Monday may have involved narcotics, police say

November 1, 2011

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 Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.

October 31st

Of tangerine trees and lemonade springs

October 31, 2011

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 Canyon’s 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.

High level resignations put spotlight on public works department

October 31, 2011

If you don’t 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 County’s Public Works Department.

Every public works department is the backbone of a county, a lifeline for all of the county’s unincorporated residents.

Mono County is no different.

Local helps students, adults learn to stop bullying

October 31, 2011

It might begin with something as simple as an insult. “You’re fat.” “You can’t do anything.” “You are ugly.”
“Nobody likes you.”
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, “kids will be kids,” right? They will grow out of it, right?
They’re just words, right?

Firewood available in June Lake

October 31, 2011

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.

October 26th

Local wind energy proposals withdrawn

October 26, 2011

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.

October 21st

Chasing the wind

October 21, 2011

Thick black clouds are already crashing against the grey bulk of Mt. Dana when we begin the run down the mountain. The wind whips past, running fast from the coast, pushing the first winter storm of the season west up Yosemite Valley, whirling around the base of Half Dome.

Pine needles fall in masses, covering the bare ground with a carpet of sienna gold. The air is thick with the smell of snow and rain and the sun, hot enough to go shirtless only a few hours ago, has gone home. This new cold bites hard. Thunder rumbles to the south.

It’s time to go.

A walk on the wild side; along Rock Creek with the coyote and the fish

October 21, 2011

Rock Creek Canyon, high above Toms Place resort, which is about fourteen miles south of Mammoth Lakes, is one of the Eastern Sierra’s most spectacular canyons. Filled with dozens of lakes and ponds, fed by some of the highest mountains in the Sierra, it’s a backcountry hiker’s dream. And it just so happens to also have one of the best aspen shows for early fall viewing, which, in this odd, odd, weather year, is about what time of the year the trees think it — and it’s not like you can argue with a tree.

Hike of the Week; Silver Lake to Parker Bench

October 21, 2011

It’s been an odd and wonderful fall.

Aspens and cottonwoods, still summer-lush with the life given to them by the record-breaking winter, met one of the warmest falls in many years. In no hurry to go dormant again after being buried alive for nine months, the trees held their green far into October, much to local’s confusion and delight.
The summer, so late in coming, seemed like it would never end.

No one complained about it, either.

What's Up Up Here for Oct. 21

October 21, 2011

Our deepest condolences to longtime local Stacy Corless, who lost her sister, Lisa, on Oct. 16. Our hearts go out to Stacy and to all of Lisa’s friends and family. …

Steve Searles expresses concern over shut down facilities in Lakes Basin

October 21, 2011

Steve Searles is irked.

It’s not the wildlife which is making his spine crawl but rather the decision of a certain public agency to shut down and lock up public facilities in the Lakes Basin.

Town Council adopts trails master plan

October 21, 2011

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council adopted the Town of Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan and certified the Trail System Master Plan EIR at Wednesday’s town council meeting.

If there had been any opposition to the new trails plan, the public had one last chance at the meeting to speak up.

With all the public meetings held over the past several years about generating a new and improved trails system plan, it was apparent that all had been said and done.

County jails forced to take state prison inmates

October 21, 2011

When the state of California voted to reroute many prisoners who would have gone to state prison to county jails late last year, alarm waves cascaded through all the state’s 58 counties. Although the state assured the counties it would fund this “realignment” of responsibility and that the only prisoners released in such a manner would not be violent or sex offenders, local county officials were not reassured.

October 17th

Bear mauling rumor is just that, rumor

October 17, 2011

Rumors of a "bear mauling" in the northern part of Mono County are just that, rumors, according to the Mono County Sheriffs Department. Here's what really happened, according to the sheriffs department:

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at approximately 2:30 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding a reported bear attack near the Twin Lakes area in Bridgeport.

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