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June Lake man, Chuck Daily, dies Tuesday

September 29, 2011

A June Lake man, Charles William "Chuck" Daily, has died after an apparent suicide Tuesday.

A close friend of Daily’s, Alona Kenny, told the MT that friends found Daily’s body in his home Tuesday afternoon.

Daily, 71, was a long-time June Lake resident, and well known within the community.

Man who stole thousands worth of equipment from local campgrounds finally arrested

September 27, 2011

Investigators with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department arrested Mark Huddleston, 69, on Aug. for theft and possession of stolen property. Huddleston a resident of Milwaukee, Oregon, was taken into custody near Rock Creek Road in the area of Tom’s Place.

Bridgeport area fire now 100 percent contained, final containment expected Thursday

September 26, 2011

A 1,140-acre lightening-caused fire that began Sunday northwest of Bridgeport near Buckeye Campground and Buckeye Hotsprings is 100 percent contained, according to Mark Regan, a spokesman for the regional Incident Command team now in charge of the fire's management.

Buckeye Road is closed, Buckeye Campground is still closed, and the Twin Lakes Road is also closed at this time.

The Buckeye Fire started Sept. 25, 2011 around 11 a.m.

No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported, the fire management team noted in a press release.

Mammoth Elementary celebrates big jump in test scores

September 23, 2011

‘It’s been a long time coming.”

That’s what Mammoth Elementary School Principal Roseanne Lampariello said after learning that her school had jumped 32 points in their state test scores last year.

For anyone in academics, 32 points in one year is a lot. In addition, the 32 points brought the scores past the magical 800 Academic Performance Index number used to determine whether meeting state educational standards — or not.

Poverty rises in Mono County

September 23, 2011

That historic spike occurred in Mammoth Lakes at the Mono County Department of Social Services this spring. Where normally 15 people seek relief daily, they numbered up to 90, with the majority applying for the CalFresh food program.

Some had never before experienced poverty.

“You’ll see people that are so uncomfortable that I just want to say they break your heart because you know they have really hit a hard time,” said Julie Tiede, Director of Social Services. “You know they don’t want to be there.”

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Sept. 23-29

September 23, 2011

The bear that was tagged in Yosemite but wandered over to the Eastside has an amazing range. He’s been spotted in Lundy Canyon, Twin Lakes, June Lake and around Mammoth. He’s easy to spot because of a yellow tag on his ear. He’s been well behaved say wildlife specialists and has earned the nickname “Yosemite Sam.” ...

Says Dan Dawson of the Valentine Reserve: “There is an abundance of natural food this year.” Berries and currants abound and the bears are lovin’ it. ...

United makes it official: non-stop winter flights from San Diego, Orange County and expanded service from SFO

September 20, 2011

United Airlines on Tuesday did what it said it would do.

That is, the airline announced that it would make a commitment to Mammoth beyond one daily flight from San Francisco.

In addition, the airline tweaked its schedule with SFO in the hopes that it could alleviate a turnback/cancellation rate of over 30 percent last season.

No longer will the jets have to land in the dark and take off from Mammoth in the dark. Rather, the flights have been moved up to earlier in the day

But the big news comes from Down South.

Vons workers settle with company. Strike averted

September 19, 2011

The union representing about 62,000 Southern California grocery workers on Monday reached an agreement with three major chain food outlets, including the Vons stores in Mammoth and Bishop.

The tentative contract agreement also included Albertsons, Ralphs and Pavillion stores.

Negotiations began in February to compose a collective bargaining agreement that would replace the workers' previous contract, which expired in March.

The workers will be asked to ratify the agreement, which includes protections of health care and pension benefits throughout the life of the contract.

A 74-year-old backpacker breaks leg in the backcountry - Search and Rescue haul him out

September 16, 2011

A 74-year old man from New York was hauled out of the backcountry last weekend after an all-night hike by members of the Mono County Search and Rescue team.

On Friday September 9, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to rescue an injured backpacker near Iceberg Lake, who was reported as having a leg that was "broken from the knee down," and was also possibly going into shock.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Sept. 16-22

September 16, 2011

From Dave McCoy, attempting to build a solar-powered off-road vehicle: “Last Thursday we made another big step with the electric UTV when the solar panel was installed onto the roof. It’s not going to run the machine by itself, but it will be able to provide a bit of electricity when we need it. “Now we are adding bigger motors and finishing the fabrication.” He’s updating on Facebook, by the way. ...

Congratulations to Mammoth Unbound team riders Kimmy Fasani and Chris Benchetler who got married in Mammoth last Saturday. ...

Big Pine Fire 95 percent contained

September 14, 2011

A fire that began near Big Pine Tuseday and at one point involved more than 2,000 acres, was 95 percent percent contained by Thursday, according to the California Department of Forestry.

The fire, officially called the "John Fire," began Tuesday at about 1:30 in the Crater Mountain area south of Big Pine.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

There was no immediate threat to structures, and the evacuation advisory was lifted Thursday morning.

U.S. 395 remained open throughout the event.

One Mammoth man dead, another seriously injured in Wyoming crash

September 13, 2011

One Mammoth man was killed and another seriously injured after a horrific rear-end collision on Interstate 80 Saturday afternoon in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Highway patrol said William "Bill" Krawisz, 26, was killed in the accident, while Travis Mann was seriously injured.

Mann's dog, Nova, also died in the crash, which occurred on Interstate 80, 10 miles outside of Laramie.

At least two passengers also were injured in the crash.

CORRECTION

September 13, 2011

There will be no Rotary "Local Heroes Luncheon" this Friday, Sept. 16, as stated in the calendar section. The Mammoth Times regrets this error.

Possible flashfloods this afternoon

September 12, 2011

Mammoth weather forecaster Howard Sheckter predicts possibly heavy rains this afternoon, and the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting as much as one inch per hour rainfall intervals this afternoon. A NWS "Flashflood Warning" goes into effect at 1 p.m. today.

"Today may be the day for heavy rain," Sheckter wrote on his website today. "A day of heavy rainfall for areas from about Mammoth Lakes to the Alpine County line and on both sides of the crest especially west of the Sierra Crest, west of Bridgeport."

"Not bad for September," he said.

Mono Lake rescue ends well

September 12, 2011

On Wednesday Sept. 7 the Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded to a call to search near Mono Lake for an overdue visitor. An Riverside couple became tired while canoeing on Mono Lake. The 71 year old wife opted to walk back to the parking area at Navy Beach, which was only about a half mile to the west. The Mono County Sheriff’s Department sent a sergeant and deputy to the area and tracking was attempted near where the canoes had landed. Lee Vining and June Lake Fire Departments responded and began grid searching areas to the east and west of Navy Beach.

Two Mammoth youth arrested on suspicion of arson

September 12, 2011

On Thursday, Sept. 8 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Art Torres and Jesse Gorham responded to a call on Lupin Street. They met with a resident who had discovered a smoldering pile of needles on his wooden deck. The resident also observed two 10 to 12-year-old juveniles fleeing the area. The resident also observed three lighters, dry grass, a burnt pen, and what appeared to be school papers.

Bridgeport area campgrounds begin to close this week, fall hours for ranger station

September 12, 2011

Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 17, the Bridgeport Ranger Station on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be returning to the fall and winter office schedule; the office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends and holidays.

Irvine resident dies after Labor Day skateboard accident in Mammoth

September 9, 2011

On Monday, Sept. 5 at approximately 11:45 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police and Mono County Paramedics responded to West Bear Lake Road west of Minaret for an injured skateboarder. Brett Bertsch, 18, Irvine, and his younger brother were riding down West Bear Lake Road when Brett fell, landing on his head. He was transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital and subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Nevada where he died.

Three bears slaughtered in June Lake

August 27, 2011

Three bears are dead in June Lake and it’s not their fault.

After a rash of bear break-ins in June Lake recently, three bears were shot to death in several separate incidents and the Department of Fish and Game said Thursday that it is investigating reports of a local June Lake resident who may have been feeding bears for some time now.

“I can confirm that we are investigating reports of a woman who is believed to be feeding bears in the area,” said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the department.

A thousand-inch winter? Really?

August 27, 2011

Summer is over and a big winter could be ahead.

There.

It’s been said.

Darker mornings, cooler nights; a subtle shift in the light. A slight tinge of gold, even in the greenest trees and plants. School in session, pre-dawn runs before work, woodpiles sprouting on every deck.

Orion rising. Scorpius setting. Summer is over.

And far too soon for most locals, battered by a long, deep-snowed winter, a cold spring, a summer that only began six short weeks ago.

To make it all worse, the rumor mill about the coming winter is enough to make you break out in chills.

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