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Bear killed by authorities after repeatedly charging Mammoth man

December 1, 2014

In an extremely rare occurrence, a black bear had to be killed by Mammoth officials this past weekend after numerous encounters with a Mammoth resident, including the bear charging the man more than once, made the man fear for his physical safety and shoot the bear with a shotgun.

The incident occurred on Sunday, Nov. 30, at approximately 10:20 a.m., when Mammoth Lakes Police officers and Steve Searles, Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist, responded to a report of a bear being shot in Sierra Valley sites, according to a news release from the Mammoth Lake Police Department.

Boy, 11, dies in Bishop house fire

November 24, 2014

An eleven-year-old Bishop boy, Matthew Duane, Hanson, is dead after a house fire of unknown origin swept through the North Barlow Lane residence he was in on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 22, according to Inyo County Sheriff’s officials.

The incident occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on Nov. 22 when law enforcement was notified of a house fire on North Barlow Lane in Bishop, according to a news release.

High Wind Warning for Mammoth

November 21, 2014

It's about to get mighty windy in the high country, starting overnight Friday, Nov. 21 and extending into Saturday.

Jr. Nordic Team’s fundraiser this Friday

November 21, 2014

Old Time country dance at Crowley Lake Community Center, sponsored by Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation and Eastern Sierra Nordic Association

Some of Mammoth’s most extreme athletes are also it’s youngest and least well known athletes, Mammoth’s Jr. Nordic Team, coached by Olympian Nancy Fiddler, and co-coached by Bryce Tiernan.
Whether they are hitting the top of 13,000-foot-plus Mt. Morgan or skate-skiing the Bento Crossing Road at record speed, the kids work as hard as their adult counterparts, she said.

Inyo forest recreation meeting tonight, Bishop

November 20, 2014

There are snowmobile trails, cross country ski trails, OHV trails, motorcycle trails, mountain bike trails, fat-tire bike trails.

Also, there are loop trails, regional trails, local community trails, a trail right at your fingertips in high definition color on your laptop or, maybe, just on a good old fashioned paper map.

Climbing movie "Valley Uprising," Search and rescue fundraiser, Nov 22

November 19, 2014

Come watch the epic climbing movie, “Valley Uprising” movie at Canyon Lodge this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 22 and help the Mono County Search and Rescue team get the gear and training they need to continue to save lives and help out anyone who needs it in the backcountry.

The party starts at 6 p.m.; the movie starts at 7 p.m. Movie and raffle tickets are available at Mammoth Mountaineering, Footloose Sports, and Mammoth Gear Exchange in Bishop. One complementary raffle ticket per entry, $1 each, $5.00 for 6 tickets, $10 for 12 tickets $15 for 18 tickets, $20 for 25 tickets.

Ribbon cutting for new animal shelter Friday, Nov. 14

November 13, 2014

The County of Inyo is inviting the community to head to Big Pine Friday morning to help celebrate the completion of a multi-year campaign to build a new animal shelter.

County officials will host a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new shelter, located on County Road in Big Pine.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and refreshments will be served.

On Opening Day, snowmaking helps

November 13, 2014

The 2014 Ski Season was set to open at Mammoth Mountain on Thursday, Nov. 13, with layers of executive-level confidence, and layers of artificial snow.

Fire crews will work on prescribed burns while weather holds

November 10, 2014

Firefighters will continue their annual “pile burns”during the next several weeks; burning the left over tree branches, brush and debris left behind when summer crews thinned the forest around local communities.

According to Inyo National Forest, the work could begin as soon as next week, should conditions allow.

Three Eastern Sierra women injured in Oct. 26 car accident, baby escapes serious injury

November 10, 2014

A raffle and fundraiser for several members of an Eastern Sierra family injured in a three-car accident near Coso Junction on Oct 26 will be held Nov. 19 at Rafters, according to a family friend.

Recreation facilities closing down, fishing season ends Nov. 15

November 10, 2014

Many Eastern Sierra recreation areas are closed due to the late season, but the southern part of the region, from Bishop south, still has many campgrounds and other facilities open. as this full list, below shows. Also, don't forget, fishing season ends this Saturday, Nov. 15, although "catch and release" options are still open on some water bodies year around, including the Owens River: for a full list go to

Mono Lake Ranger District

Mammoth brothers set to buy Mammoth Pita Pit

November 6, 2014

It’s been a long, hard eight years of 60- to 80-hour workweeks, but in early December, brothers Juan and Jesus Hernandez will become the new owners of the Mammoth Pita Pit franchise.

The two Mammoth residents will take the reins from longtime owner Doug Hanna, who recently took a job in Portland with the corporate branch of the company.

The two brothers earned the right to control their own destiny the old-fashioned way: by working their way up from the very bottom of the pay scale to the top through long hours, tenacity, and a lot of nights of little sleep, Hanna said.

Rusty: 'This is the year we fight another day'

November 6, 2014

Rusty Gregory was back in black.

Ski Area moves toward 'airline pricing'

November 6, 2014

No one really knows the price of a lift ticket for the 2014-15 ski season at Mammoth Mountain.

What's up, up here? Oct. 23 - Nov. 6

November 6, 2014

That was a very fine showing in the New York City Marathon by former Mammoth Track Club gazelle Meb Keflezighi, who, at 39, finished fourth in spite of very nasty winds and cold temps (for New York) during the race. Deena, meanwhile, said the crosswinds almost blew the field clean off the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. …

Proposal to bus Bridgeport students to Coleville nixed

November 6, 2014

A proposal to bus Bridgeport Elementary School sixth-to-eighth-graders to Coleville Elementary School due to falling enrollment in the Bridgeport school was soundly opposed by most parents and is not likely to go forward in any form, said Don Clark, superintendent of the Eastern Sierra Unified School District.

A meeting regarding the subject was held on Oct. 15 he said, with about 50-60 parents attending.

Their message was clear.

“They were not interested,” he said in a recent interview.

Emergency food supplies available, if you need them

November 6, 2014

Due to holiday closures, some IMACA food distribution dates in November and December have changed

USDA Commodities Tues Nov 11:
June Lake ~ 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Community Center, 90 W Granite Ave
Lee Vining ~ 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Presbyterian Church, 126 Mono Lake Ave
USDA Commodities Wed, Nov 12:
Mammoth Lakes ~ 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CCC Office, 625 Old Mammoth Rd
Walker ~ 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Antelope Valley Senior Center, 399 Mule Deer Rd
Bridgeport ~ 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Medical Clinic, 221 Twin Lakes Rd
Mobile Food Bank Thurs., Nov 20:

Urdi signs new 4-year contract

October 31, 2014

John Urdi is here for four more years.

Homicide "person of interest" living in Mammoth arrested on outstanding warrant

October 30, 2014

A Mammoth man was arrested on Oct. 29 on an outstanding warrant as a "person of interest" in an Orange County homicide case, according to Mammoth Lake Police. According to the police, the man, Jose Cardenas Zuniga, 38, was living in Mammoth under an alias, and was arrested at his place of employment in Mammoth at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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