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July 10th, 2014

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.

More ‘fireworks’ at Crowley Lake

July 10, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Fred Stump might have thought it was going to be a routine Fourth of July at Crowley Lake.

It wasn’t.

Stump, the supervisor representing South County and Crowley Lake, instead found himself in charge of a makeshift emergency command post after Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, citing budget concerns over overtime pay, held back the county’s mobile command post.

New records at Freedom Mile

July 10, 2014

People clad in red, white, and blue attire lined Old Mammoth Road last week in anticipation of the annual Independence Day Parade, but first they watched nearly 450 runners competing for top honors in the Ninth Annual Footloose Freedom Mile.

“We weren’t just competing for the win—we were competing for pie,” said race winner Gabe Proctor, 24. “When I heard Deena was making pies for the winners, I knew I had to race.”

July 8th

Home sales on the up-and-up in Mammoth area

July 8, 2014

Home sales have increased over the past year in almost all segments in Mammoth and the surrounding areas.

 

Off The Trail — The Longest Day

July 8, 2014

During the last hour before the sun sets on the longest day of the year, the shadows cast on the rock-ribbed ground of this high alpine pass are long and lean and cleanly drawn.

 

Village Championships Results for July 1

July 8, 2014

 

Mountain Bike racers were back in action Tuesday, July 1 at Shady Rest Park with another round of racing.

July 7th

Floating on the Fourth of July with Karen and Larry Johnston

July 7, 2014

On a lovely, late June morning under cloudless skies, Larry and Karen Johnston both showed growing signs of alarm.

 

July 3rd

Florida hiker flown out of backcountry

July 3, 2014

A solo hiker from Florida who became lost near the Silver Peak area southwest of Mammoth had to be flown out of the backcountry early last week after she was located by Mono County Search and Rescue team members.

The female hiker became lost during a solo, multi-day backpack trip sometime during the day on June 23 while traversing the Cascade Valley area, around Silver Peak.

According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, for a 24-hour period, the hiker attempted to relocate the trail, but she then became ill and she stayed in place overnight.

Drought brings ‘double whammy’ heat, fire danger

July 3, 2014

The next two weeks are shaping up to be the two hottest weeks of the high country summer and there is little relief in sight, forecasters say.

Although Mammoth is unlikely to break any records, it will be close, according to Chris Smallcomb, a meteorologist with the national weather service in Reno.

“You will get within a degree or two of breaking records, likely,” Smallcomb said.

The hottest days will likely be the first three days of July and then the first three days of the second week of July, he said.

Walker’s word is Mammoth’s world

July 3, 2014

There isn’t much that is Mammoth that entrepreneur, business owner and resident Sam Walker hasn’t had his fingerprints on in the past 50 years.

Whiskey Creek Restaurant—“the place to be” in Mammoth for decades—complete with Joe Sample singing Christmas songs every holiday season? Check.

Angels Restaurant? Check.

Sam’s Woodsite (yes, he’s that Sam)? Check.

The Mammoth Brewery? Check.

Bluesapalooza? Check.

Rafters, which he opened with Jerry Buss in 1967? Check.

July 2nd

Our Backward Fourth

July 3, 2014

The Fourth of July is upon us. 

June 27th

Village Championships Results for June 24

June 27, 2014

Luke Wynen, Kevin McBride, Ingrid Braun and practically the entire Mike Karch clan came up big at the Village Championships Cross-Country mountain bike races this past week at Shady Rest Park.

Racing on Tuesday, June 24, Wynen won the Expert 1-Lap in 27-minutes, 42 seconds, followed by Andreas Braun, Tod Hensley and Clayton Mendel. 

June 26th

Police Chief Dan Watson retires, effective Dec. 29

June 26, 2014

After four years of serving in what originally was designed to be a one-year tour, Dan Watson this past week announced his retirement as Chief of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

 

RAW: Cars vandalized at local "Park and Ride" lot at 203/395 junction

June 26, 2014

For those carpoolers and others who park in the dirt lot on southbound Hwy 203, across from the chain-up area, please beware that several vehicles have been vandalized, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.

On Tuesday, June 24 at approximately 7:15 a.m, a local resident parked a vehicle in the dirt lot for the duration of the day. When they returned to their vehicle around 5 p.m., the driver noticed the front passenger side window had been smashed.

There was a large rock next to the vehicle which is believed to have been used to smash the window.

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