July 22nd, 2014
The series of storms that passed over the Eastern Sierra last week have caused damage to the several roads in the White Mountains and Inyo Mountains, where road washouts have occurred.
Roads in the Crooked Creek drainage, including the Crooked Creek Road (Forest Road 05S01), the Cottonwood Road (Forest Road 35E315) and the Wyman Canyon Road, require the ability to deal with difficult road conditions due to the damage done by the washouts.
The Forest Service is completing repairs on forest service roads.
A backpacker who got lost in the Cora Lake area near Sonora Pass spent the night of July 18 in the backcountry during the monsoon-driven rainstorms last weekend, before he was rescued the following day.
The rescue efforts began on the evening of Friday, July 18 at approximately 9 p.m., when Mono County Sheriffâ€™s dispatch received a call regarding a lost backpacker in the area of Cora Lake, approximately 12 trail miles south of S.R. 108, the Sonora Pass Road.
Highway patrolmen have it tough. On some days they also have it weird.
There are the usual feats of derring-do: uncooperative drunk drivers, the occasional OMG moments when weapons are involved, and … the ever-so-rare, 3 o’clock in the morning cat-wrestling match.
It happened on U.S. 395 near Conway Summit on Tuesday, July 22, according to a CHP spokesman in a news release.
The old mining road that struggles up the side of Broken Finger Peak isn’t most people’s idea of an ideal backcountry trip.
It’s 20 feet wide, and hot, even at 12,000 feet. It’s exposed, dropping like a shot down toward Pine Creek Canyon more than 5,000 feet below. It’s littered with old machinery, four-decade-old broken Coke bottles with half-inch thick glass, pieces of sun-beaten plastic and wire of indeterminate origin and use.
“Whoa! Who turned up the heat?”
“Fido, you have a short memory. It’s summer.”
“And who turned on the boom-box?”
“Once again Old Boy, you seem to have forgotten. Didn’t we go through this last year? And the year before that?”
“I don’t remember anything! I’m a dog! Hey hey hey hey!”
Six years after the idea of improving June Lake’s streets, the long-awaited $3.6 million rehab project will begin in September, the Mono County Board of Supervisors learned this past week.
In all, eight miles of pavement are to undergo resurfacing, beginning with the main drag through June Lake Village.
Having built Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra into a thriving entity, Kathy Copeland says she has set her sights on something bigger.
A graffiti artist known as “ZURG” is on the loose in Mammoth, but law enforcement artists known as “COPS” are in hot pursuit.
Police Chief Dan Watson said officers had not made any arrests in the case as of Wednesday, July 16, but the investigation “is continuing.”
Meanwhile, Town Manager Dan Holler said cleaup crews worked this week to erase the graffiti in advance of Jazz Jubilee, a popular event drawing tourists from throughout the United States.
The Mountain Boys are back in town. That would be Rusty Gregory and MMSA Vice-Prez Ron Cohen, who joined Tim Alpers in the sweltering capital for a little more arm-twisting on the Land Exchange bill, still awaiting the Senate’s blessing. The legislation already has been through the House twice. “I don’t want to find out if three times is a charm,” quipped an optimistic Cohen upon his return to the (relatively) cool mountains. …
There might not be enough electricity to go around, and Internet connections are pretty much out of the question, but Bodie next month will serve as a venue for a Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, said County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy.
Details are not etched in stone, Leddy cautioned this past week, but he said plans are afoot for Bodie to host the Aug. 12 regular meeting.
For a brief moment this week, the five-member Mono County Board of Supervisors suddenly became a six-member panel.
Although seated in the gallery and without voting privileges, Supervisor-elect Stacy Corless of Mammoth on Tuesday, July 15, joined a debate regarding extra salary compensation for the supervisor occupying the chairmanship.
Her testimony, at the behest of South County Supervisor Fred Stump, caught Corless by surprise, but not in a negative way.
Biathlon enthusiast Clayton Mendel and incumbent Elizabeth Truax won appointments to the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Commission on Wednesday night, July 16.
Two men, one from Bridgeport and another from Big Sur, are facing charges in connection to an alleged marijuana operation in Mono County, according to a spokesperson for the Mono County Sheriff's Department.