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State gives Digital 395 another $9.9 million

September 12, 2013

 

The last hurdle to completing the Digital 395 high-speed broadband backbone was jumped last week when California’s Public Utilities Commission voted to give the project another $9.9 million.

The 583-mile project that will connect Barstow to Reno with high-capacity, high-speed broadband fiber optic trunk lines, was over-budget by about that amount by the end of July—the completion deadline date originally set by the federal government, which paid for about $80 million of the $101 million project.

Mammoth's Dr. Mike Karch, one of first doctors on scene after Sept. 11 attacks, gives talk tonight

September 11, 2013

Don't miss this great talk tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 11, with one of our own, Mammoth Hospital's Dr. Mike Karch, who was one of the first doctors on the scene after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Karch's incredible story about the first few days after the attacks and the lessons he learned about how to best respond to such a disaster—not just medical personnel but bystanders and others—have gained him national attention and he's right here in Mammoth.

Here are the details:

RAW: Mono County loses longtime employee, resident Warren “Keith” Park

September 10, 2013

The Mono County employees and residents suffered an unexpected and tragic loss of a friend, colleague and co-worker this weekend with the passing of Warren “Keith” Park. Keith, part of the county family in the Information Technology (IT) Department for many years, who passed away due to injuries suffered from an out-of-state motorcycle accident over the past weekend.

Keith began working for the Mono County IT Department as an Information Technology Specialist II in July
2005, and was promoted to an Information Technology Specialist III in November 2007.

RAW: Tioga Road still closed west of White Wolf but S.R. 120 opens from Groveland to Crane Flat

September 6, 2013

State Route 120 (SR-120) from Groveland, CA into Yosemite National Park will reopen to all vehicular traffic at noon, Friday, September 6, 2013.

Visitors will have full access to Yosemite Valley via SR-120. However, due to continued fire activity in the area stopping along the roadway is strictly prohibited. The public is advised to use extreme caution as firefighting activities continue in this area.

Cherry Lake Road, Evergreen Road, Old Yosemite Road, Harden Flat and all other secondary roads and trailheads off of SR-120 remain closed.

Marysheva-Martinez resigns as Mammoth Town Manager; Police Chief Watson named as interim

September 3, 2013

Marianna Marysheva-Martinez resigned her position as Mammoth Town Manager on Monday, Sept. 2, town spokesman Stuart Brown confirmed.

BREAKING: Mammoth Town Manager at loggerheads with Town Council; special closed meeting set for Friday

August 28, 2013

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council and Town Manager Marianna-Marysheva Martinez appear to be headed toward a parting of the ways.

RAW: Rim Fire forces closure of Tioga Road from White Wolf to Crane Flat

August 27, 2013

A portion of the Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic beginning Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 12 noon, according to Yosemite National Park officials.

The Tioga Road will remain open east of White Wolf to the Tioga Pass Entrance.

The closure is necessary for firefighters to perform fire suppression activities along the road, officials said in a news release.

RAW: Suddenlink says Mammoth customers will have faster broadband service as of Tuesday, Aug. 27

August 27, 2013

Suddenlink today increased speeds for its most popular residential Internet services in Mammoth Lakes, with no added charge, and also introduced a new 30-Megabit per second (Mbps) speed option, according to an Aug. 27 news release.

The company also announced that installation appointment times are now available for new Suddenlink high-speed Internet customers, as well as existing customers.

Mammoth's water district will appeal Casa Diablo geothermal plant expansion plan

August 27, 2013

Mammoth's local water district is filing an appeal of the environmental document outlining the plans for a sharp expansion of the Casa Diablo geothermal plant's electric power generation capacity. The plant is located east of Mammoth Lakes, off of Casa Diablo Road.

RAW: Fire near Bodie 100 percent contained but local smoke increasing due to Rim Fire

August 27, 2013

The 14,300-acre Spring Peak Fire near Bodie was declared 100 percent contained on Tuesday, Aug. 27, according to fire management officials. The fire did not burn any structures in the state park, but it did cause the road to Bodie to be closed for a few days last week.

According to officials Tuesday, "crews were able to complete the last of the containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. This allows the fire to be called 100 percent contained."

RAW: Yorba Linda woman dies near Baxter Pass after falling 150 feet

August 26, 2013

A Yorba Linda woman has died after falling 150 feet near the Baxter Pass area of the Sierra backcountry west of Independence, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's office.

On Aug. 23, Inyo County Sheriff’s dispatch was notified of a deceased victim near the Diamond Peak area near Baxter Pass, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff's office.

Patricia Hadley, 54, Yorba Linda, had been hiking with a group and had gone on ahead, the news release states.

BREAKING: Cops nab Bank of America robbery suspect

August 26, 2013

 

UPDATED 5:19 p.m. MONDAY—A 30-year-old man who is suspected of robbing the Mammoth Lakes Bank of America branch Monday morning, Aug. 26, was identified by police as Ryan Ward of Mammoth Lakes.

Ward was taken into custody after Mammoth Lakes police officers followed a tip.

They found Ward at the Motel 6 in Mammoth, according to Police Chief Dan Watson. 

UPDATE AUG. 26: Search for missing man continues

August 26, 2013

The search for a man last seen in Mammoth Lakes July 16 continued Monday, Aug. 26 after a pair of glasses found by a Mammoth Lakes hiker Friday, Aug. 23, near the Inyo Craters trailhead north of Mammoth, could not be positively identified as Matthew Greene's glasses.

Greene, 39, an experienced hiker and climber and a teacher from Pennsylvania,  was last seen in Mammoth after dropping off his car for repairs at a repair shop and left no note or indication of where he had gone.

RAW: Four thousand marijuana plants, 350 pounds of processed marijuana seized from Lone Pine area backcountry

August 23, 2013

A massive marijuana seizure occurred earlier this week in a steep drainage above Lone Pine called Hogsback Creek, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department.

According to a news release from the agency, on Aug. 21,"a massive multiagency eradication operation was successfully accomplished above Hogback Creek west of Lone Pine.

"Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and agents from the United States Forest Service have been investigating this particular grow-site and gathering evidence since May, 2013.

RAW: Missing local man, Matthew Mooney, found dead late Thursday afternoon after falling 30 feet

August 23, 2013

According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, the missing local man, Matthew Mooney, last known to have contacted family on Tuesday, was found dead in a mountain rock chute above Tamarack Lake yesterday, Aug. 22.

Search and rescue (SAR) teams discovered his body; he is believed to have fallen approximately 30 feet.

SAR teams have been searching for Mooney since about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 after Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker, according to the sheriff's department.

Some Suddenlink customers to have faster service this week

August 22, 2013

Mammoth is inching closer to faster broadband service, with some customers expected to have the service this week, according to Pete Abel, the vice president of corporate communications for Suddenlink.

“Digital 395 completed its work on Aug. 13 and we connected to their circuit the same day,” Abel said.

“Our engineering team tested that circuit, and per the positive results of those tests, we are in the process (Tuesday, Aug. 20) of moving local customers to the Digital 395 circuit.

Swall Meadows man missing after Tuesday day hike near Round Valley Peak

August 22, 2013

Search and rescue officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a Swall Meadows man, Matthew Mooney, who is overdue from a day hike that he started on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Mooney, 47, is an experienced backcountry hiker and former member of the Inyo County Search and Rescue team, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s department.

Outsourcing plan moves forward

August 22, 2013

Mammoth Lakes would create a government entity to help manage its myriad recreation components under a proposal that a special, 32-member super-committee sent to the Town Council this past week.

The committee, known as the Mammoth Lakes Recreation Steering Committee, made the recommendation Monday evening, Aug. 19, after nine hours of discussion over three separate meetings.

The choke’s on us

August 22, 2013

After two decades of rigorous attention to air quality in Mammoth, town officials have quietly gone lax in the last seven years, leaving the town seriously out of compliance with state air quality standards.

By abandoning the enforcement of woodstove change-out regulations adopted a quarter of a century ago, the town suffered 19 days last winter during which air quality standards were above state regulations, said Ted Schade, the air pollution control officer for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.

Close, but no cigar in Mammoth bank robbery case

August 21, 2013

Mammoth Lakes police said Tuesday they have cleared two suspects in the Aug. 2 heist at Union Bank.

According to an MLPD news release, the first individual was identified by a local resident who, after viewing the surveillance photo, believed it was a local resident.

That person was located a few days later and cleared as a possible suspect.

The second suspect was identified by multiple local residents as a former Mammoth Lakes resident.

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