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RAW: Missing Yosemite hiker found safe and sound

May 21, 2012

John Paul Chaufan Field, the missing hiker in Yosemite National Park, has
been found safe and in good condition. He was spotted by the park’s
contract helicopter at approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday afternoon near Edith
Lake, approximately five miles east of Kibbie Lake, the point where he was
last seen.

Once Chaufan Field was spotted by the helicopter, Yosemite National Park
Rangers contacted him and found him to be unharmed and in good health. He
is currently being transported from the backcountry to the Hetch Hetchy
Ranger Station.

RAW: Former Bridgeport public utilities district manager arrested on suspicion of embezzlement

May 21, 2012

In early April, the District Attorney’s Office was alerted to an allegation of misappropriation of funds from the Bridgeport Public Utility District.

The District Attorney’s Office opened an investigation which revealed that former General Manager Cheryl Goode issued herself numerous unsubstantiated payments.

An arrest warrant charging misappropriation of public funds was sought, and on May 17, Goode turned herself in at the Mono County Jail.

Santa Cruz hiker missing in Yosemite

May 21, 2012

Yosemite National Park is searching for John Paul Chaufan Field, 22, a college student who is attending the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Chaufan Field was last seen near Kibbie Lake in the Hetch Hetchy area of northwestern Yosemite National Park.  He was last seen on Saturday, May 19, where he was on a backpacking trip with a group of
fellow students from UCSC, who were conducting an outdoor recreation trip.

The UCSC group began their backpacking trip from Cherry Lake on Friday, May
18, and set up camp near Kibbie Lake that evening.  At approximately 11

Mammoth looks for new commissioners; deadline for filing is June 8

May 21, 2012

Mammoth has somewhat of a shortage in commissioners in the planning, recreation and transportation areas, and time is running on candidates.

On July 31, three terms of office will become vacant on the Planning Commission; four terms will become vacant on the Recreation Commission, and two terms of office will become vacant on the newly formed Transportation Commission.

These terms of appointment are for four years and expire on July 31, 2016.

One vacancy on the Recreation Commission is for an unexpired term, and that one appointment will expire on July 31, 2014.

Wacky Weather; wind, snow on the way

May 21, 2012

The National Weather Service declared a "Red Flag" wind warning for this afternoon through Tuesday afternoon, but that isn't what had everybody talking.

The weather service also called for snow on Friday and Friday evening, with accumulations of up to two inches. The weather service forecast a "slight chance" of snow for Saturday as the last of a cold front moves over the mountains.

RAW: Gateway Project sets June deadline as groundbreaking nears

May 21, 2012

Now in the final stages of the permitting process with the Town and the Forest Service, the Gateway Community Project will be breaking ground soon, said project coordinator Elizabeth Tenney.

She said the Gateway Group anticipates completion well before the snow flies.

Businesses, residents and second homeowners who want to commemorate their strong attachment to Mammoth still have time to order a laser-inscribed personal brick paver or cast bronze legacy plaque.

Vote-by-Mail deadline on May 29

May 21, 2012

If you want to vote by mail in the upcoming election, the deadline to submit your application is Tuesday, May 29, according to Lynda Roberts, the Mono County Registrar Voters.

Voters can request an application by calling 760-932-5534 or 760-932-5537. The application is also online at monocounty.ca.gov/departments/elections/elections.html.

Election Day is Tuesday, June 5.

County, town spar over garbage

May 18, 2012

 

The smell of garbage has already come between the recent “Kumbaya” talks of cooperation and working together for the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County.

Rare and spectacular solar eclipse visible Sunday night

May 18, 2012

A rare and stunning type of solar eclipse will be clearly visible this Sunday night when the moon casts a shadow on the sun, resulting in a flaming ring of fire surrounding a darkened sun.

Called an “annular”, or “ring”, eclipse, it will be visible from the Mammoth and northern Eastern Sierra area beginning at about 5:15 Sunday night until 7:40 p.m., with the maximum coverage of the sun at about 6:30 p.m.

It’s the first and last time such an annular eclipse will occur in 18 years, with the last similar eclipse occurring in 1994 and the next projected for 2039.

Budget backlashes begin in Mammoth

May 18, 2012

 

The protests against Mammoth’s proposed budget reduction plan began Wednesday evening before the Town Council.

Mono candidates enter the stretch run

May 18, 2012

 

It is rare for a group of candidates to elicit a Kumbaya moment, but at least some of the candidates at Monday’s Mono County Supervisor Forum might have done it—at least a little bit.

Kendall to replace Booth as D.A.

May 18, 2012

 

The Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday appointed Assistant District Attorney Tim Kendall to fill the remainder of retiring District Attorney George Booth’s term, which ends in 2014.

Book Fair at Mammoth Elementary May 30

May 18, 2012

 

The Annual Book Fair at Mammoth Elementary School will be held May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hantavirus strikes Mammoth resident

May 18, 2012

 

A resident of Mammoth Lakes is in critical but stable condition today, after being flown to Reno last Monday, with word that tests performed at the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory are positive on Thursday. 

$250k available for tree planting, care

May 18, 2012

 

California ReLeaf unveiled its new grants program Friday, providing more than $250,000 to community-based groups and other organizations throughout California for urban forestry projects.  

Police-Hispanic Community set new meeting

May 18, 2012

 

The Mammoth Lakes Police Community Hispanic Advisory Committee this week finalized plans for the next Town Hall meeting.

New rules for Town Cleanup Day

May 18, 2012

 

Town Cleanup Day is tomorrow (Saturday) in Mammoth, but it isn’t going to look the same.

What's Up, Up Here? The news and gossip for May 18-24

May 18, 2012

 

Yes, it’s true: Stacy Corless will leave the Friends of the Inyo in July to be executive director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation. She’ll work closely with MMCF pres Mark Brownlie to strengthen and build K-12 programs. Not to be confused with Evan Russell’s Mammoth Lakes Foundation. …

Body found in Haiwee Reservoir, no identification or cause of death yet known

May 18, 2012

The body of an unidentified man has been found in Haiwee Reservoir in Inyo County, according to law enforcement officials.

On May 17, Department of Water and Power officials, who monitor the reservoir, notified the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office that a possible deceased person was spotted in the reservoir.

Sheriff’s deputies and investigators, as well as Olancha Volunteer Fire Department and Inyo County Coroner, responded to the location and were able to locate the victim.

The subject is male, and believed to be in his 30’s to 40’s; there was no identification on the body.

‘Critical’ fire conditions Thursday for Mammoth, Eastside

May 16, 2012

 

A low-pressure system will send a cold front through Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra Thursday evening, producing high winds and causing a “critical” fire danger, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

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