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No surprise; Yosemite hikes entrance, camping fees

February 2, 2015

As expected, Yosemite National Park announced last week that entrance fees and campground fees will increase beginning March 1.

The new fee structure includes modifications to the October 2014 draft proposal based on public input.

During the civic engagement period, the park received 2,430 e-mails in response to the proposal, 1,222 comments on the park’s Facebook page, and 16 mailed letters, park officials said.

Moriarty takes oath as Mono undersheriff

January 27, 2015

Michael Moriarty was sworn-in as the new Mono County undersheriff after taking an official oath of office performed by Sheriff Ingrid Braun. 

Mammoth's Chloe Kim, Kelly Clark crush X Games

January 26, 2015

Mammoth Mountain women snowboarders STOMPED the X Games last weekend in Aspen.

Fundraiser for Linda and Sam Nicolosi

January 26, 2015

As many of you know our dear friend the “Lovely Linda” has spent most of the past year in the hospital including 20-plus operations and battling a multitude of other health problems.

Braun names new undersheriff; veteran LAPD officer awaits Supes approval

January 16, 2015

In her first major move as Mono County Sheriff, Ingrid Braun has tapped a veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer as her undersheriff.

He is Michael Moriarty, who will join Braun from his current position as Chief of Investigators at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Previously, he logged 31 years as a member of the LAPD.

He, Braun and County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy agreed to a three-year deal, starting Feb. 1.

Mammoth endures 'unprecedented' broadband demand'

January 15, 2015

Demand on Internet broadband service during the 2014-15 Christmas-New Year holiday period jumped an astonishing 1,700 percent from the same period in 2013-14, according to the town’s Information Technology director. 

That is not a misprint. 

Nate Greenberg, who oversees IT for both the town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County, told the Mono County Board of Supervisors this past week that the increased demand took just about everybody by surprise.

Child sex abuser located in Mexico after 11 years on the run, extradited Jan. 6

January 12, 2015

On January 6, 2014, an Investigator from the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, assisted by the Sacramento branch of the FBI traveled to Mexico City to transport a fugitive back to Mono County to face charges for repeatedly and forcibly raping a child while she was between the ages of five and twelve, according to the Mono County District Attorney's office.

New recreation group gears up for 2015; meets Wednesday, Jan. 14

January 12, 2015

The Eastern Sierra Recreation Collaborative (ESRC) is pleased to remind everybody that we will be picking up where we left off in 2014 with a special ESRC meeting next week to finalize work on the draft Recreation Strategy.
What: ESRC Meeting: "Finalizing a Recreation Strategy"

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Special Orientation Session 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM.
Meeting starts at 5:30 PM and will wrap up by 8:30 PM

Where: Cerro Coso Community College, Bishop.


Bridgeport woman dies in single car accident Jan. 8

January 9, 2015

A Bridgeport woman, Stephanie Migliore, 51, died on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 8, after the vehicle she was driving westbound on Twin Lakes Road drifted off the roadway (for unknown reasons) and overturned, fatally injuring her. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 5:27 p.m. It is still being investigated.

Here are more details from the CHP:

Sonora Pass truck limits lands on Supes' desk

January 8, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—Trucks get stuck on Sonora Pass. 

Cars crash there, too, as drivers attempt to negotiate the asphalt switchbacks that make the pass a thrilling—sometimes chilling— drop into the Eastern Sierra near Bridgeport.

That’s not exactly earth-shattering news to troopers of the California Highway Patrol, who spend a disproportionate amount of time helping trucks and cars out of gnarly jams on the twisty-turny curves high above Pickel Meadow.

Mono County shifts to new ground

January 8, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—It was more crowded than a gangster’s funeral.

At 9 a.m. sharp on Tuesday, newly elected and re-elected officials took the oath of office in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

It was a good idea to be on time.

And the Darwin Awards this week go to ...

January 8, 2015

It was a weird, wild end to one year and just as weird and wild a beginning to another when it came to homegrown crimes this week.

A manager of a local business mailed a packaged filled with a sock filled with pinto beans filled with tar heroin to his business address—except the business owners opened the package. Oops.

Mono County shifts to new ground

January 8, 2015

BRIDGEPORT—It was more crowded than a gangster’s funeral.

At 9 a.m. sharp on Tuesday, newly elected and re-elected officials took the oath of office in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

Braun takes oath as Mono Sheriff

December 30, 2014

Ingrid Braun, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department reserve officer and a veteran LAPD officer, was sworn in as Mono County Sheriff on Monday, Dec. 29.

The ceremony, conducted in Bridgeport included Shannon Kendall, the deuty clerk of court, who administered the oath of office.

Braun fills the position left by Sehriff Ralph Obenberger, whom she defeated in a landslide election victory last June 3..

More details on Braun and the Sheriff's office will appear in the Mammoth Times street edition on Thursday, Jan. 1.

Tioga, Glacier Point roads closed for season

December 15, 2014

Tioga and Glacier Point Roads closed for the season as of today, Dec. 15, according to the National Park Service. Here's what they said"

New snow allows more lifts to operate this weekend; Canyon, Eagle set for Dec. 17

December 12, 2014

 Mammoth Mountain Ski Area on Friday claimed 12-16 inches of new snow at mid-day Friday, Dec. 12.

Wind and weather permitting, a ski area spoksperson said the resort expected to expand its terrain this weekend to include Rollercoaster Express, High Five Express, Chair 13, Chair 14, and Chair 23.

Canyon and Eagle lodges are expected to open on Wednesday, Dec 17, the ski area announced.



Distance runner Lauren Kleppin: Moving fast, moving up

December 8, 2014

Friday morning. 8:05 a.m. Mid-July. My sports watch stares back at me with its familiar gray face.

Weather Service: 'Significant Storm' on its way

December 8, 2014

A developing storm in the Gulf of Alaska is on track to tap into a plume of deep moisture lifting north toward the West Coast starting late Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

Kids, families still need help during the holidays; here is how

December 4, 2014

The holiday season is in full swing and there are some really good ways to help others living right here in Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra during it. Here is a list we have compiled of some of them; if anyone has more information, please, share it with us, or email us at or so we can spread the information around. Thank you! WG


Mammoth Tree Lighting and community food, toy drive, Dec. 5

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