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For Immediate Release
On Monday, October 6th at approximately noon Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) contacted Felis Luis Landa Jr. (age 26) of Bishop, Kevin Douglas Elliott (age 24) of Big Pine, and Alberto Verdugo Flores (age 30) of San Diego in the parking lot of the Bishop McDonald’s due to possible criminal activity.
During the contact, Alberto Flores took off running and ignored the Agent’s commands to “stop”. Flores ran through traffic across Main Street as INET Agents and Officers from the Bishop Police Department pursued on foot. As Flores was running, Officers noticed he had a plastic bag(s) in his hand.
Flores was apprehended by Bishop Police Officers in front of a residence on Hammond Street. Agents and Officers then searched the area where Flores was taken into custody and found three plastic bags containing methamphetamine inside a trash can. Agents estimated the total amount of methamphetamine to be about two ounces.
Flores, Landa, and Elliott were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Transportation of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, and Conspiracy. Flores was additionally charged for Resisting and Delaying an Officer. All three were transported to the Inyo County Jail; bail has been set at $25,000 each.
On Sunday, October 5 at approximately 5:40 pm Mammoth Lakes Police Officers and Mono County Paramedics responded to the scene of a solo motorcycle traffic collision on Meridian Blvd. near Valley Vista Drive. Both the driver and passenger were transported to Mammoth Hospital. The passenger, a 21 year old female, visiting from out of the area, was pronounced deceased. Her name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. The driver of the motorcycle, Edgar Lee Weaver, Jr., age 31 of Mammoth Lakes, was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno in critical condition.
The investigation is being handled by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department with technical assistance provided by the Bridgeport office of the California Highway Patrol.
The preliminary investigation indicates that excessive speed and alcohol were involved. Weaver was arrested for Penal Code Section 192(c)(1) (Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence), but not booked due to his hospitalization.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.
Notification to the next of kin of the passenger has been made. The passenger on the motorcycle was Rebecca Anne Dempsey, age 21, who was visiting the United States on a Visa from the United Kingdom. Her hometown is London, England.
Launching new joint pass product, Cali4nia Pass to offer unrestricted access to all four California mountains —
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Bear Mountain, June Mountain and Snow Summit Mountain Resort.
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA September 24, 2014 —
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, owner of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts in Big Bear Lake, California.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts includes both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, the largest and most popular of southern California’s ski and snowboard resorts that host nearly 800,000 winter visits annually.
The combination of these four iconic California mountain resorts creates diverse and unique offerings of both summer and winter experiences for day trips, weekend getaways and extended vacations. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, located a short drive from everywhere in southern California, with their full complement of outdoor activities from action sports to first-time family experiences, provide an excellent fit with the world class, big-mountain destination experience offered at Mammoth.
“We couldn’t be more excited to enter into this agreement with Big Bear Mountain Resorts. These two uniquely southern California resorts have been providing great skiing, riding and biking experiences to
visitors from California and beyond. Millions have enjoyed their first mountain resort experience on the slopes of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, and we look forward to expanding upon the legacy that
Dick Kun and his people have created over the past six decades,” said Rusty Gregory, Chairman and CEO of Mammoth Mountain.
“This acquisition represents the beginning of a renaissance for both
Mammoth and Big Bear and is the first step in the next era of skiing and riding in California. In the coming months we will be announcing exciting new development and expansion plans for each of our four resorts designed to attract visitors from down the street, across the country, and around the world,” added Gregory.
To celebrate the occasion, Mammoth has announced a new season pass that includes unrestricted access to all four mountains at the discounted rate of $689 for adults. The new Cali4nia Pass will go on
sale at the Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails event at Bear Mountain this Saturday, September 27 and will then be available online for a limited time only at www.snowsummit.com or www.Cali4niaPass.com.
“The Cali4nia Pass will cut through the clutter in the market by providing the most diverse set of resort options available in California by allowing you to ski where you want, when you want and as often as you want,” said Gregory.
This transaction will create one of the nation’s largest ski companies with over 2 million visitors per year. Dick Kun, the driving force behind skiing and riding in the Big Bear region and long-time CEO of Big Bear Mountain Resorts commented, “Mammoth has always been the natural long-term fit for the Big Bear
family and we are thrilled to enter this agreement. I am deeply grateful to the employees, shareholders, and the Big Bear community for their work and support during the 63 years of our operations. Mammoth’s experience and leadership will ensure that southern Californians will continue to enjoy recreating in the local mountains and will undoubtedly bring in a new era of experiences and opportunities for all of our constituents,” continued Kun.
Houlihan Lokey served as exclusive financial advisor to Big Bear Mountain Resorts and assisted in initiating, structuring and negotiating the transaction on its behalf.
Closing is subject to certain conditions, including Big Bear Mountain Resort shareholder approval and transfer of the U.S. Forest Service Permit that permits operations on nearly 1,500 acres of the San
Bernardino National Forest.
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Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. With 1.3-1.5 million annual skier visits, Mammoth Mountain is the third most frequented ski resort in the United States. With longstanding commitment to athletic excellence and innovative alpine, freestyle and nordic terrain, Mammoth is proud to be an official USSA training facility. The company owns and operates a variety of resort businesses including recreation,
hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage and retail. Specific businesses owned and operated by Mammoth Mountain include Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Mammoth Mountain also operates Juniper Springs Resort, the Village Lodge and Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes, California. For
more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) includes Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, plus Bear Mountain Golf Course and Snow Summit Summer. Together, BBMR has the region’s most progressive terrain parks, most dependable snow conditions, the largest full-service learning programs and a multitude of premier services – just a tank of gas away round-trip from most areas in Southern California. For more information, please visit www.bigbearmountainresorts.com. BBMR is an equal opportunity service provider operating under a San Bernardino National Forest special use permit.
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Mono Lake is more than photogenic tufa towers.
Although the famed tufa towers are, in most people’s minds, the lake’s trademark, a closer look reveals a landscape dotted with equally intriguing sights and views that draw attention to the region’s rich history and the people who played an integral role in shaping that history.
From Paiute basket makers to loggers and ranchers to environmentalists, the Mono Lake region has attracted an interesting cast of characters. And many of those characters left an indelible artistic mark on the region. Prehistoric Paiute rock art, drawings cut into trees by Basque sheepherders and even a rather creepy Clint Eastwood movie have all made a contribution to the cultural and artistic legacy of the lake.
Local author Elizabeth Kenneday’s new book, “Regarding Mono Lake: Novelty and Delight at an Inland Sea,” documents and explains that human and artistic history, while also showcasing the colorful, unique landscapes that have made Mono Lake an unforgettable natural attraction. Illustrating the book are 56 of Kenneday’s stunning panoramic photos, most of which highlight lesser-known features of the lake.
Kenneday’s photos are both informative and striking. The photos frame ancient tree stumps and abandoned ranches and buildings in a modern context. An abandoned Lime Kiln, a useless boat dock and marina, abandoned mine sites, and the famed Mono Mills lumber site, document the lasting footprint of man’s industrial efforts on the lake. The same is true of the photos of the decrepit “Spa Cottages” on Paoha Island, an empty water tank and a decayed wooden boat.
The lake’s artistic history ranges from Pauite petroglyphs to the eclectic “found art” of the Bottle Place to the making of Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” with is surreal Lago town site on the banks of the lake.
Of course, the famed tufa and picture-postcard sunsets and sunrises also are captured by Kenneday’s camera.
Kenneday will make a presentation and sign copies of her book, “Regarding Mono Lake: Novelty and Delight at an Inland Sea,” at the Eastern California Museum on Saturday Sept. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 155 N. Grant St. in Independence, call 760-878-0258 for more information.
Kenneday is well-suited to the task of explaining and exploring Mono Lake’s cultural story.
She was one of idealistic activists who worked for the Mono Lake Committee while it battled the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over the utility’s stream diversions that, by the 1980s, had resulted in an alarming drop in the level of the lake. That monumental environmental struggle succeeded in saving the lake. In 2004, she moved back to the Eastern Sierra and began “photographing Mono Lake again in earnest.” Kenneday currently splits her time between Reno and June Lake. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Photography and a Ph.D. in Art Educational Theory. She is the emerita professor of Art at California University in Long Beach, and has been awarded a Traditional Fulbright Scholar Fellowship
“This eerie, yet exquisitely beautiful lake has inspired writers, movie producers, artists and photographers, and musicians … the lake and its basin have been the site of Native American activity, a gold rush, agricultural and ranching endeavors, an oil boom, other commercial activities, and tourism,” she writes. “I became ever more intrigued the ways the area had been perceived, interpreted, utilized, exploited and cherished by others who have encountered it. Mono Lake of the twenty first century bears the imprint of all these human activities – some visible, some less so.”
The Ball Mountain Fire is estimated to be 25 acres this morning. The fire is burning in pinyon and brush.
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Inyo County is accepting grant applications from non-profit groups and organizations in the county seeking funding for programs, projects or events taking place from the time the grants are awarded later this year to June 30, 2015.
There is $95,000 worth of grant funding available in this cycle of Inyo County Community Project Sponsorship Program grants. The Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved the $95,000 in CPSP grant funding when it recently approved the fiscal year 2014-15 county budget.
Over the past seven years, Inyo County CPSP grants have provided funds to county based non-profits to help sponsor events ranging from marathons to fishing derbies, contributed to projects as diverse as web page redesign and printing of promotional brochures, and paid for advertising that promotes local and regional events and programs.
The Program Guidelines and Grant Application forms are available online at the Inyo County website, under Community Project Sponsorship Program, at www.inyocounty.us/Comm_Proj_Spon/CPSP.htm.
To be considered, three copies of the completed grant application, each with an original signature, must be received by the Office of the County Administrator by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
No postmarks or facsimile copies will be accepted. Digital grant applications, which still need original signatures, may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Organizations or groups with questions about the grant guidelines, the application process or the program in general can call Jon Klusmire at 760-878-0258 for more information.
Grant applications being mailed should be sent to: Office of the County Administrator, Attn: Community Project Sponsorship Program, P.O. Drawer N, Independence, CA 93526. If hand delivering, deliver to: Office of the County Administrator, 224 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA, (760) 878-0292.
Grant applications deemed complete and eligible will be forwarded to a Review Panel for evaluation, ranking and suggested funding levels. The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Review Panel’s funding recommendations and make a final decision on the specific grant awards toward the beginning of November.