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Mammoth Unified School District High School and Middle School will go to distance learning only starting Monday, Sept. 20 for at least two weeks due to high Covid transmission cases and quarantines, said Superintendent Jennifer Wildman in a letter to parents on Friday afternoon, Sept. 17.

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Here we go again; the expanding KNP Fire southwest of Mammoth on the west side of the Sierra crest (roughly due west of Mt. Whitney) is sending a good amount of smoke into Mammoth in particular, with lesser amounts up and down the Eastern Sierra. The fire does not pose a threat to life or pr…

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The recall effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom was soundly defeated last night in the state and that goes for Mono County as well, which said 'NO' to recalling the governor with 57.39 percent of the vote, compared to 42.61 percent 'saying YES' to recalling him, according to the local county ele…

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Mammoth residents awoke this morning, Sept. 13 to a thick layer of smoke, most likely from a group of new fires burning in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park which started on Sept. 9 during a series of lightning strikes.

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All of California's National Forests close late Tuesday due to extreme fire dangerThe USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California starting Aug. 31 at one minute to midnight including the Inyo National Forest, which cove…

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This year's Festival features nine West Coast, U.S., or World Premieres The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival announced that their seventh iteration will take place in-person from Sept. 22-26 at venues across Mammoth Lakes. The festival will open on Sept. 22 with the West Coast Premiere of “Ultras…

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There is an increasing amount of smoke moving in and out of the Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra, even though there are still no local fires threatening communities or local resources. Instead, the increased smoke is due to growing wildfires north, west and south of the Eastern Sierra, includi…

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There has been an increased demand for the Covid-19 vaccine in Mono County and in response, the county is ramping up walk-in vaccine clinics, with no appointments needed. The clinics will be held in various locations throughout the county.Here is a list of those clinics and more vaccine info…

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The search for the killer of Isobel Bernal Sanchez started 18 long years ago

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Cerro Coso Community College announced Tuesday that it will require all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Nov. 1 and masks are to be worn at all times in its facilities.  

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A mother bear and her two cubs use the safety of a juniper tree in the June Lake Loop area to assess their world. An increasing number of bears are moving into more populated areas in the Eastern Sierra, seeking food as the winter season approaches, and even water due to the drought. The bes…

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A fast-moving fire east of Yosemite near Strawberry is sending huge amounts of smoke pouring over the Sierra crest and over the northernmost edges of Mono County, including near Topaz Lake and Holbrook Junction - but Mono County and the Eastern Sierra is not under threat from this fire due t…

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An incoming cold front is displacing the hot, stagnant, smoky air that has dominated the Eastern Sierra for the past two weeks, bringing clear skies and much cooler temperatures.

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Fifty-five possibly inaccurate local Covid-19 lab results last week were retracted by the state lab that processed them but not before several local businesses had to temporarily shut down due to their employees thinking they had positive test results, according to the Mono County Public Hea…

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A wave of Delta-variant driven cases is arriving in the Eastern Sierra just as students prepare to go back to school. Many students are still not vaccinated, leaving schools scrambling once again to make the right choices. For more on this developing story, pick up this week's issue of the M…

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A California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter crew found a deceased hiker about two miles from the closest road in Death Valley National Park this past week,  according to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Death Valley National Park.

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Following a surge in Covid-19 cases, most of them from the highly contagious Delta mutation of the original Covid-19 virus, Mono County public health officials said the county will move to a mask requirement for all indoor public spaces beginning this Friday, Aug. 6.

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The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low humidity, which is in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. The danger will begin Wednesday afternoon as the area quickly dries out from the past two weeks of monsoon moisture and a trough of very d…

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The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office has reviewed law enforcement body camera footage for the George Barlow III violent encounter that took place July 24 and left Barlow hospitalized and a dog he was with at the time shot dead by law enforcement.In order to provide total transparency, the office…

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There are several trails and roads damaged after a week of monsoon weather; the Laurel Lakes 4WD road is now impassible to vehicles. The Gable Lakes trail out of Pine Creek has rockslides but is accessible by careful hikers. As of July 30, the Pine Creek trail was repaired from a previous la…

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  California Governor Gavin Newsom recently named more counties, including Inyo and Mono, to the official list of countiesin a state of emergency due to persistent drought conditions. With the Sierra snowpack barely passing 50 percent of normalthis winter along with minimal rainfall and a se…

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Relatives and others of a Bishop man who was hospitalized after a violent confrontation with Inyo County Sheriff's deputies came to Tuesday’s Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting to demand “justice” and “accountability” regarding a July 24 incident.

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In response to the rapidly expanding Tamarack Fire advancing on U.S. 395 near Topaz Lake, Mono County has launched the Tamarack Fire Incident Portal. The site provides fire statistics, updates, air quality, road closures, utility outages and evacuation information.

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The weather continues to dominate everyday activities and news as the Eastern Sierra heads into mid-July with the second record-breaking heatwave of the summer giving way to an incoming monsoon pattern next week that has the potential to bring as much as two inches of rain by the end of the month. 

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The Dexter Fire near Bald Mountain north of Mammoth has grown to 1000 acres and is being actively fought as of the afternoon of July 13. Big Springs Campground off the Owens River Road has been evacuated as a precaution, according to the U.S. Forest Service, Inyo National Forest. The fire st…

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There is a new, 4,000-acre fire burning near Mariposa which is sending some smoke into the Eastern Sierra via the Mammoth Pass low lying break in the Sierra crest. The fire is not a threat to the Eastern Sierra. Here is the link to the latest updates. The fire is on private land and is being…

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The quickening pace of the regional economic recovery after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions has flipped the job script, with pandemic related joblessness giving way to a decided lack of workers to fill a long list of job openings in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. 

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Mono County lost another local resident to Covid 19 this week (July 7), the first fatality from the virus since last year.

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Yesterday, July 8, a group of June Lake students ranging from third to eighth grade hosted a penny auction at the June Lake Community Center, where local kids are welcome to join and bid on an array of sixty total prizes. 

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Twenty-seven years after the California State Water Board’s decision to protect Mono Lake by limiting Los Angeles’ water diversions, a combination of environmental changes such as drought and heat, along with water diversion changes have left the lake 11 feet below the state’s established ma…