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Mono County Search and Rescue

Extensive effort rescues climber in Mono

submitted by the Mono County Sheriffs department

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, in Hawthorne, NV, received a 911 call regarding a hiker who had broken their leg in a fall near Matterhorn Peak, approximately 15 miles southwest of Bridgeport in the Sawtooth Mountain Range.

The 911 call was transferred to Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch but was terminated due to the hiker’s poor cell phone reception. Attempts to re-establish contact with the hiker was unsuccessful so the exact whereabouts of the hiker were unknown. At approximately 3:40pm, Mono County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Mono Village at Twin Lakes where the hiker’s vehicle was located at the trailhead used for access to the Matterhorn Peak area.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team, and a California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter out of Auburn, CA, was dispatched to aid in the location search and rescue of the injured hiker. Due to high winds, the CHP helicopter had limited capability of searching the peaks and valleys above 12,000 feet, so a larger helicopter was requested. Just prior to dark, a rescue helicopter from Fallon Naval Air Station reached the search area and located the hiker at approximately the 10,000 foot level on a steep slope just below the crest of a ridgeline known as “The Cleaver,” two miles north of Matterhorn Peak. The Navy helicopter tried numerous times to lower a medic to the hiker but was unsuccessful due to high winds, the steep slope angle and darkness.

That evening, Mono SAR personnel began hiking to the injured hiker’s location. A larger helicopter, and assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, was requested for Sunday morning, March 22. While SAR personnel were climbing to the hiker’s location, a California National Guard CH-47-F Chinook helicopter from Stockton, CA, was able to lower a crewman to the hiker’s location and hoist them into the helicopter. The hiker was flown to Bryant Airfield in Bridgeport and transferred to Mono County Paramedics. The medics then transferred the hiker to Careflight for transport to Renown Medical Center in Reno for further treatment of their injuries.

The CH-47-F helicopter was one of ten delivered to the National Guard in December. This rescue was the first one for this model. New equipment on this model was a critical component in the helicopter being able to rescue the hiker in high altitude, windy conditions and a steep slope location. The helicopter pilot was able to use new ‘hover hold’ features to maintain a precise position near the cliff face during the extraction operation.

Other agencies providing valuable assistance in obtaining and coordinating military resources used in this rescue were the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Langley, Virginia.

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Search underway in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Visitor (update)

Michael “Mic” Dahl, 20, Missing Since Saturday, March 21
Yosemite National Park Rangers and search volunteers continue to search for Michael “Mic” Dahl, a 20 year old male, from southern California.  Dahl, has been missing since Saturday morning, March 21, 2015.  A student at University of California, Santa Barbara, Dahl arrived in Yosemite on the morning of Saturday, March 21, with three friends. He was discovered missing by his friends after a planned day hike.
At approximately 10:00 a.m., Dahl and his friends walked the paved path to Lower Yosemite Fall.  The group began “scrambling” on the rocky area just below the Lower Fall, when they noticed Dahl was missing.  After searching for Dahl for approximately two hours, they reported him missing to Yosemite Valley Rangers.
Dahl is 6’ 01” and slender with light brown/reddish hair and green eyes.  He was last seen wearing a light blue hoodie sweatshirt and jeans, and was carrying a digital SLR camera with a removable lens.  Visitors who were hiking in the Yosemite Falls area between Saturday, March 21, and Monday, March 23, 2015, who may have seen Dahl are asked to call 209-372-0259.
Approximately 50 people are involved in the search effort and the park is utilizing dog teams and a helicopter to search for any signs of Dahl.  The park is receiving assistance from Madera County, Mariposa County, Tuolumne County, and Marin County Search and Rescue, and the California Highway Patrol out of Auburn.

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UPDATE, 12:15 Monday

Missing Hiker Found Alive in Yosemite National Park
Michael “Mic” Dahl was Missing Since Saturday, March 21
Missing visitor, Michael “Mic” Dahl, was found alive this morning, at approximately 11:00 a.m., in Yosemite National Park.  He was spotted by visitors on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. The visitors recognized him from the missing persons flyer.  Dahl was found approximately a quarter mile east of the Lower Yosemite Fall trail, in a large boulder field below Sunnyside Bench.  Dahl sustained multiple injuries and is being transported to a local hospital via ground ambulance.
Dahl was reported missing by a group of friends on Saturday night, March 21, 2015, after a short hike to Lower Yosemite Fall.  His last known location was at the base of Lower Yosemite Fall in Yosemite Valley.  Approximately 50 search and rescue crew members have been searching for him since the initial report was received.
The park received assistance from, and would like to thank, Madera, Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Marin County Search and Rescue and the Auburn office of California Highway Patrol.

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BUHS Pride Night

Bishop Union HS Pride Night is Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 PM, Bishop Union High School will be holding its annual BRONCO PRIDE NIGHT.  ALL incoming freshmen (the CLASS OF 2019!) and their parents are invited to attend!  BUHS will be showcasing exciting activities, clubs, athletic teams and special programs being offered to all BRONCOS!

The evening will begin in the Bishop Union High School Auditorium at 5:30 with brief introductions and important information for the CLASS OF 2019.  Afterward everyone will be directed to the campus mall to visit over 25 booths that will be providing valuable  information and there will even be food for purchase!

BUHS is hoping to see all the members of the CLASS OF 2019 and their parents!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office or the Guidance Office.  BUHS main office number is 760-873-4275.

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Arrest in Mammoth Marijuana break in

Arrest made in the Mammoth marijuana dispensary burglary

Submitted by The Mammoth Police Department

On Wednesday March 18th, at about 9:45 p.m., Justin Alan PLATT, an 18 year old Mammoth Lakes resident was brought to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department by his father, to turn himself in for the Burglary at Mammoth Lakes Wellness.

Mammoth Lakes Police Officers have been diligently working on this case since it was reported during the early morning hours of March 9th, 2015. Platt was eventually identified as one of the suspects and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Platt has been out of the area, but was in contact with Officers to negotiate his surrender. Although Platt was taken into custody, the investigation into the burglary and subsequent threats to the employee continues and additional arrests are possible.

Platt was processed at the Mammoth Lakes police station, and then booked into the Mono County jail. His charges are 459 PC/ Burglary and 422 PC/Criminal Threats and bail has been set at $50,000. Additional charges of conspiracy to commit burglary may be considered by the District Attorney’s office based on the investigation

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to thank the community for being so involved in this investigation and for providing numerous tips, some of which ultimately led to a successful conclusion.

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Bishop Warren Street Update

Warren Street Construction Update

Submitted by the City of Bishop, Public Works department.

Concrete work was almost completed on Church Street this week. Concrete construction is expected to wrap up on Church Street and continue on Academy Avenue next week. After that, concrete work is expected to progress on Warren Street north to Pine Street and then jump to South Warren.  Most of the remaining storm drain construction was completed this week. Construction of the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project started in late January and is expected to continue into May.  The project is improving Warren Street between Line Street and Pine Street, including the blocks of Church Street and Academy Avenue between Warren and Main, and is planned to include additional work on South Warren between Line and Lagoon.  Construction on and near Warren Street in downtown Bishop involves the closure of streets, intersections, sidewalks, and driveways.  Access is still available to businesses in the area but, in most cases, it would be better to park nearby and walk a block to visit your favorite local business.  Access to city parking lots is normally still available during construction, but entrances may be different and driveways and parts of the lots may be closed due to the construction.  Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway.  The contractor on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off.

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Packed House at NIH meeting

Full room, tough talk at NIH board meeting

The great room at the Jill Kinmont Boothe school was full for last nights meeting of the Northern Inyo Hospital Board. The regular meeting was moved to the JKBS school this moth to provide adequate seating, something that was lacking at the boards prior meeting. Long time board member Pete Watercott apologized for not having enough capacity at the prior meeting.

This months meeting opened with a strong statement by Dr. Mike Phillips.  The emergency room doctor opened the public comment period by describing a splintered staff, that has broken into separate camps. Dr. Phillips also strongly criticized Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander Lane’s performance, noting a “lack of leadership, failure to do her job, and ruling with fear”.

Several other spoke during the public comment period expressing concern over the work environment.  Dr. Michael Dillon called for an establishment of a  working group to help face the current issues at Northern Inyo.

In regards to action at the meeting, the board listened to a long discussion about the Employee Complaints and Grievance Process Policy.  After a long discussion, the policy was tabled for further review, and will be back for potential action at next months meeting.

Dr. Thomas Boo, chief of staff announced he was stepping down as chief of staff. In giving a reason for stepping down, Dr Boo said, “Due to a dysfunctional relationship with administration.”

Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander Lane’s report included a positive update in regards to physician recruitment.  Alexander Lane noted the hiring of a new pediatrician who will be arriving from Massachusetts and also announced the hiring of Dr Felix Karp as a hospitalist.

Alexander Lane also updated the board on the hospitals strategic plan, detailing a wide variety of strategies for improvement, ranging from service prices to community outreach.

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Scott Sederstrom

Scott Thomas Sederstrom
1970-2015

Scott Thomas Sederstrom, age 44, resident of Mammoth Lakes, Ca. for 21 years, born in Longmont, Co on May 6, 1970 passed away on March 13, 2015 of a climbing accident.
Scott’s beautiful soul and spirit will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Survivors include his mother Carla Sederstrom, brother, Eric Sederstrom along with his wife Elini and their sons, Nicholas and Athanasios. His fiancée Suzanne DeBono. All the Sederstrom and Bergstrom families and all whom he touched in this world.
A celebration of his life has been ongoing this past week. A future memorial will be held in the Flathead Valley in early July.  Exact date later to come.

 

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Busy Day for Mammoth PD

Mammoth PD involved in Pursuit

submitted by the Mammoth Police Department

On Monday,  at about 3:40 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officer Doug Hornbeck while on routine patrol stopped to contact a white male adult who was panhandling near the Laurel Mountain Blvd entrance to the Gateway Mall. Beginning with a consensual encounter, the Officer Hornbeck conducted a ‘Field Interview’ or ‘F.I.’ in an effort to identify and learn more about the subject. The subject gave Officer Hornbeck different names and began acting suspiciously. Officer Hornbeck observed a knife on the subject’s belt and began to frisk the subject to secure that knife and to check for other weapons to protect both himself and the public. The subject suddenly pulled away and ran, with Officer Hornbeck giving chase and he immediately let other officers know he was in foot pursuit. MLPD Officers as well as MCSO Undersheriff Moriarty chased the subject for approximately 15 minutes, through the Shady Rest Tract forest, to Manzanita, around several apartment and condo buildings near Sierra Nevada and Chaparral, through backyards north of Sierra Nevada Rd eventually taking him into custody behind the Arrowhead Apartments at the Corner of Arrowhead and Sierra Nevada. Several citizens along the way pointed officers in the direction he had fled, which greatly assisted officers staying on the trail of the subject. The suspect, eventually identified as Cody Alan TERRELL, 22, from Irving Texas also got to meet the new police chief, Al Davis, as it was Chief Davis who ultimately caught and handcuffed him. Terrell was charged with 148(a) PC/Resisting, delaying or obstructing police officers and 148.9 PC/Giving false information to police officers. Terrell gave no explanation as to why he ran from Officer Hornbeck.

At the same time this incident was occurring, the Mono County dispatcher received a call regarding a subject who was deceased. Mammoth PD officers were still chasing Terrell, so Mammoth Fire and Mono County Paramedics responded to Sierra Manors Condos and confirmed that the subject was deceased. For some of the officers from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and CHP who were responding from out of the area to back-up Mammoth PD, and for some listening on scanners, there was initial confusion that the two incidents were related, however they were not. The death appeared to be from natural causes, but is pending the Mono County Coroner’s report.

The Mammoth PD would like to remind the public that per the California Vehicle Code, you must pull to the right for Emergency Vehicles displaying red lights and siren. Responding officers encountered several cars that complied with this law, however there were several motorists that maintained driving in the number one lane and some actually pulled to the left. This is extremely unsafe and against the law. Emergency Personal responding with lights and sirens cannot legally pass a car on the right. The MLPD, MCSO and FIRE/EMS personnel ask for the public’s cooperation in this very important requirement. This will allow emergency personnel to respond quicker to emergency situations as well as keep motorists safe.

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Road to Schulman Grove Open

The Road to Schulman Grove is open

According to the Forest Service, due to  the warm, dry winter, road crews have been able open the road to the Schulman Grove. It had been previously closed at Sierra View. The Visitor Center remains closed. The road is gated one-half mile beyond the Schulman Grove parking lot and substantial snow still exists along Patriarch Grove Road.

Visitors should still expect snow in the shaded slopes in the Schulman Grove. Currently, the Methuselah Trail is under snow; however the sun-exposed Discovery Trail is free of snow. Please expect limited services if you travel to the grove. Lastly, although California is experiencing a serious drought, light snow pack does not mean no snowpack. Please travel prepared for winter conditions at 10,000 ft.

The road will close again in the event of a winter storm.

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2015 Blake Jones a success

48th ANNUAL BLAKE JONES TROUT DERBY BIG CROWD WITH PERFECT WEATHER!

submitted by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce

The weather could not have been more beautiful at Pleasant Valley Reservoir, just north of Bishop this past Saturday for the 48th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby. The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau welcomed over 800 anglers to compete for more than $10,000 in prizes at this year’s event. Over 1,300 fish were caught with several lunkers weighing over 7lbs!  The secret “Blind Bogey” fish weighed in at 9 ounces, with many anglers in that category competing for the blind bogey raffle prizes.
The lucky winner of the Blind Bogey Grand Prize was Susie Carlton of Pinion Hills. She won a package including a float tube from Northfork Outdoors plus loads and loads of great tackle & gear!

Other Blind Bogey winners also received fantastic prize packages: Jackson Saivea (Buena Park), Vincent Norte (Banning), Levi Williams (Bishop), Bruce Walker (Orange County), Chet Jenkins (Bishop), Grace Henze (Irvine), Matthew Romero (Los Angeles) and Ryan Kiddo (Bishop).

Prizes in the “Big Fish” category were awarded to: Thomas Nieto (Newbury Park) – 12 lbs. 8oz; Sam Blum (Bishop) – 10 lbs. 12oz., and Lianne Parker (Glendora) – 7lbs. 12oz.

Many prizes were also awarded to children. Kids’ 1st Place Winner was Ethan Williams, Jr. (Bishop). Ethan took home a loaded fishing package including a rod & reel combo, bait, tackle & great gift certificates.

Since 1968, the Blake Jones Trout Derby has proven to be a favorite event for locals and visitors alike. The derby is organized by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau with the help of dozens of sponsors and a small army of dedicated volunteers. “We would never be able to host such a wonderful event without the support of our community and generous prize donors,” states April Leeson, Chamber Events Coordinator. “Inyo County provides financial assistance through the Community Project Sponsorship Program and we are very grateful to the City of Bishop Parks & Recreation Crew for help with the heavy lifting,” adds Tawni Thomson.

Sponsors of the 2015 Blake Jones Trout Derby Include: Alpine Signs/395 Store, Adventure in Camping, Alta One Federal Credit Union, Ashley Furniture, Bee Gee Beauty Supply, Berkley, Bishop Creek Lodge, Bishop Nursery, Bishop Twin Theater, Bishop Veterinary Hospital, Bishop Village Motel, Bite-On, Blakemore TTI, Body & Soul, Brown’s Supply/ Brown’s Town, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife, CDF/Owens Valley Camp, City of Bishop, Comfort Inn, County of Inyo, Culver’s Sporting Goods, Davidson Taxidermy, Desert Springs Trout Farm, Double Eagle Resort, Dr. Slick, Eagle Claw, Erick Schat’s Bakkery, Fish Story Lori, Fish Taco Chronicles, Fisherman’s Landing, Gillespie Distributing, Gypsy King Tattoo, Hendrix, High Country Lumber, High Sierra Containers/West Coast Barns & Sheds, High Sierra Distributing, Holy Smoke Texas BBQ, Home Lumber, Imperial Gourmet, Inland Aquaculture, Inyo Mono Title, Jack in the Box, Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market, Keough’s Hot Springs, Kmart, La Casita, Lake Mary Marina, LaQuinta, Looney Bean, Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power, Macs Sporting Goods, Main Street Trading Company, Mammoth Brewing Company, Manor Market, McDonald’s , McMurry’s, Meadow Farms Smokehouse, Mountain Title Company, Mule Days Celebration, New Cali Landscapes, Northern Inyo Hospital, Northfork Outdoors, Paiute Palace Casino, The Petite Pantry, Pizza 395, Preferred Septic & Disposal, Protroll, Rainbow Pack Outfit, Reagan’s Sporting Goods, Rite Way Pool & Spa, Rusty’s, Sage to Summit, Save-On, Sierra Black Diamond Limo, Suddenlink, The Toggery, Tom’s Place, The Trees Motel, Turner’s Outdoors, The Video Place, Western Nevada Supply and Wright & McGill.

The Bishop Chamber extends extra thanks to Harold Reuter and the fish weighing crew, Burt Brown and Steve Ivey for running the shuttle truck, announcer Chuck Kilpatrick, Inyo County Probation Community Service Workers, Shannon Romero of Mountain Apparel, Ray Robles of Berkley and everyone else who helped and participated in the derby. “We’re already looking forward to 2016!” notes April Leeson.

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