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Rock Creek Construction Update

Update to the Rock Creek Road Construction

US Forest Service Update:

The second year of major reconstruction on the Rock Creek Road is underway. Work on this project began last year.

Mono County requested the funding and the work is being completed on Mono County roads. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has contracted and oversees the project that will improve the road, widen it, and provide a bicycle lane along a nine-mile stretch between the Rock Creek Pack Station and Crowley Lake Drive. Work this year is between the Rock Creek Pack Station to the lower end of the construction near Tom’s Place.

Here are important updates to the construction plan so that recreationists can plan their visit.


Starting June 15th, there will be no parking the last six miles of the construction area while they pave the road. Weekend work is necessary to complete this paving. In addition to 30 minute delays during the week, there will also be 30 minute delays on Friday, June 19th, Saturday, June 20th, and Friday June 26th. Crews will not be working on Sunday, June 21st. This paving will be completed on June 26th.


Starting June 22nd, there will be no parking on the lower three miles of construction while they pulverize the road.

Bridge Slab Work: Four Hour Delays

As was announced earlier, there will be one week when there will four-hour delays twice per day while they are working on the bridges. This work is anticipated to start the week of July 6th and the closures are as follows:

July 7th: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 8th: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday July 9th:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday July 10th:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m. {only if needed}.

Equipment Mobilization

The contractor will be mobilizing equipment to the job site this weekend. There may be very short delays with flaggers as the transport vehicle gets into position to off load equipment.


Surveyors will also be working weekends the next few weeks but will not be stopping traffic.

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Cal Fire Suspending Burns

CAL FIRE Suspends Outdoor Residential Burning

CAL Fire press release:

Inyo and Mono Counties – As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Inyo and Mono Counties. This suspension takes effect at 6am, June 1st, 2015 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris including branches and leaves.

CAL FIRE Division Chief Paul Melendrez says, “The conditions we all experienced in February during the Round Fire in Mono County, reminds us all of the importance of defensible space and being prepared in the event of a wildland fire.”

“Through our Public Education, Fire Prevention Programs, Defensible Space Inspections and Homeowner compliance in Inyo County and Mono County, this all hands on deck approach will assist CALFIRE during this heightened fire threat” says CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit Chief Darren Feldman.

“With record-setting drought conditions we must take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire.”

Similar to last year, CAL FIRE has already responded to significantly more wildfires than in an average. CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires including maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home.

Here are some tips to help prepare your home and property:
Clear all dead or dying vegetation 100 feet around all structures.
Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants
Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or  hauling it to a biomass energy facility

The department may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health, safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.

Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property that are otherwise permitted will be allowed if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland.
For additional information on preparing for and preventing wildfires visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

cover photo by Gary Young, air support during the “Round Fire”.

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Mono Sheriff warns of phone scam

Mono County Phone Scam

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports from residents throughout Mono County of recent phone scams from the Internal Revenue Service. We want to make everyone aware of the current phone scams you may continue to experience.

The current phone scams that Mono County residents are experiencing include callers representing themselves as IRS agents. This is an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam. The callers claim to be representatives of the IRS. They are very convincing when they call. They will use a fake name and a bogus IRS identification badge number. The caller does know a lot of information about their target; thus, making you feel it is a legit call. The caller will also alter caller ID to make it look as if the IRS is actually calling.

These callers will tell you that money is owed to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If you refuse to cooperate with the caller, they then threaten you with arrest, deportation and/or suspension of your business or driver’s license. If you don’t answer your phone, the caller will leave a message with an “urgent” call back request or threaten that you will be sued if you don’t return their call. One of the numbers that has been reported on messages is (206) 462-5330 out of the Seattle area.

Please remember the following: the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment or call you regarding taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; require you to use a specific payment method for your tax payment; ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or, threaten to bring in the local police or other law enforcement agency to have you arrested for non-payment.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be aware of these phone scams. They continue to happen and the callers are starting to become more aggressive in their demeanor to obtain your personal information. Never give personal information and credit card information over the phone. You should monitor your credit reports and your credit card and bank statements on a regular basis! Keep your identity and information protected! If you further question the validity of the call, contact your local IRS Office before providing any personal or payment information. For more information on all current IRS scams, please visit www.irs.gov.

If you would like to report any suspicious phone scams or verify that you have been a victim of a phone scam, please contact us at (760) 932-7549.

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Bridgeport Christian Fellowship Honors top Cops

Bridgeport group honors Law Enforcement

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

Thursday, May 21, 2015, the community of Bridgeport, and specifically, the Bridgeport Christian Fellowship, recognized, honored and awarded two local law enforcement officers with the award of “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”

The recipients of this prestigious award went to Deputy Wes Hoskin, of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, and Officer Merrill Sept, of the California Highway Patrol.

“It is a pleasure to serve a community that appreciates the hard work and partnership with the Mono County Sheriff’s Office,” stated Undersheriff Michael Moriarty during today’s ceremony. “I would like to thank the Bridgeport Christian Fellowship for honoring the very best of law enforcement within Mono County,” said CHP Lieutenant Jeff Holt.

Both the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol truly appreciate the Bridgeport Christian Fellowship, and all those that participated in today’s ceremony, for recognizing our local law enforcement officers for their dedication to protecting and serving our residents and visitors of Mono County.

Please join us in congratulating Deputy Hoskin and Officer Sept as our Law Enforcement Officers of the Year; an award truly deserved! We thank you for your continued dedication and service!

Mono County Sheriff’s Office (left to right) Sheriff Ingrid Braun, Deputy Wes Hoskin and Undersheriff Michael Moriarty
California Highway Patrol (left to right) Officer Merrill Sept and Lieutenant Jeff Holt

cover photo, CHP Lieutenant Jeff Holt, CHP Officer Merrill Sept, Deputy Wes Hoskin and Sheriff Ingrid Braun

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Mono Names Interim Administrator

Lynda Salcido to Serve Again as Interim Mono County Administrator

 Mono County, Calif. – On Tuesday, May 12th, the Mono County Board of Supervisors announced its selection of Lynda Salcido to serve as Interim County Administrator, effective when current County Administrator Jim Leddy leaves the post later this month.  Leddy informed Mono County in April that he would be leaving his position for personal reasons and intended to relocate to his former home in Sonoma County.  A long-term County employee, Ms. Salcido is also Mono County’s Director of Public Health/EMS, a position she has held for 15 years.  Notably, she previously served as Interim County Administrator in 2013 after the departure of then-County Administrator James Arkens.  As in 2013, Ms. Salcido will serve as Interim while the County recruits for a permanent County Administrator and until the individual ultimately hired as permanent County Administrator takes office.  This process is estimated to take approximately four months.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Fesko commented, “Lynda did an outstanding job previously as Interim County Administrator, and the Board greatly appreciates her willingness to serve the County again in that capacity.”  Until she officially takes over as Interim County Administrator, Ms. Salcido will be meeting with Jim Leddy and other department heads in order to fully acquaint herself with pending issues and to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

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Mammoth Man rescued

Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team rescues an injured hiker near Pyramid Peak

On the evening of Monday, May 11th, 2015, at approximately 9:30pm, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding an injured hiker near Pyramid Peak.
A male hiker, age 56, of Mammoth Lakes, began a hike to Pyramid Peak in the Sherwin Range. At about4:00pm, as he was descending a rocky area, his right foot slipped on the snow between two boulders and the fall pinned his leg between the boulders. He was unable to extricate his leg for several hours. During this time, he lost his jacket in high winds and his headlamp fell down a crack and was lost. As darkness fell, he was able to free his leg and called 911 for assistance as he was wet, cold and had no light source to continue down the mountain.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to rescue the injured hiker. Twelve team members staged at the Mammoth Lakes SAR facility and dispatched two field teams. They were able to access the area and hike to the subject’s location. Following an EMT assessment, it was determined the hiker would be able to hike slowly down the mountainside with aid from the SAR team rescuers. Upon reaching the trailhead, an additional patient assessment was conducted and the subject signed a medical care release form. He was transported to his vehicle to seek his own treatment.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team wants to remind everyone how unexpected problems can arise while recreating in our mountains and backcountry. Remember to always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Always bring the proper equipment for the terrain and area, as well as being prepared to spend the night outdoors.
Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
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Mountain Passes open

Caltrans reopens mountain passes

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have removed the snow, cleared the debris and made the necessary repairs to reopen SR 89 (Monitor Pass), SR 108 (Sonora Pass), and SR 120 (Tioga Pass) as of Monday, May 11, 2015. A weather system closed all three passes this past Thursday, May 7th.  As is often the case this time of year, opening and closing of mountain passes is dependent on favorable weather conditions. Caltrans crews closely monitor these highways to determine if it is safe for the traveling public.  For up to date road conditions, please check local highway conditions by calling 1-800-427-7623 or by going online to: https://www.quickmap.dot.ca.gov before you begin your travel.

cover photo by Gary Young.  www.garyyoungphotography.com

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Mammoth PD investigating burglaries

Mammoth Police investigating burglaries

This past weekend, Mammoth Lakes Police Officers took reports of two residential burglaries and one attempted burglary in the Snowcreek area. Heavy Equipment, parked behind Fire Station 2 was also vandalized and may be related.

The suspect broke out glass windows to gain access to the deadbolts at the front door of the residences. No injuries were reported and the residences were not occupied during the crimes.

A possible suspect description is as follows:

White or Hispanic male adult, 20 years old +, short hair, black pants, black t-shirt, black hat and a large black backpack. The suspect has a skateboard and has been seen skateboarding on Club Dr. from Old Mammoth Road to the Snowcreek Condos.

This morning, when MLPD officers came on duty, they became aware of another break-in that occurred in the same area. Upon arrival, officers made entry and cleared the condo of any potential suspects. MLPD officers and property managers then discovered a total of 8 units that had been broken into during the night or early morning hours. A witness described seeing a possible suspect leaving the area on foot early this morning.

MLPD officers, assisted by deputies from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and Mono County D.A. Investigators sealed a perimeter and searched the area on foot for several hours. The suspect is still at large. The numerous crime scenes are being processed for evidence.

Please be on the lookout for anything or anyone who appears suspicious. Report suspicious activity to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department or call 911.

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Tioga Pass Opening

Tioga Road opening Today

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Monday, May 4
Road Construction Occurring on Portions of Tioga Road

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season on Monday, May 4, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. for all vehicular traffic.  Due to a light snowpack this past winter, the Tioga Road was cleared of snow early into the season.  The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.
Visitors are urged to drive with caution while on the Tioga Road, as there will be rehabilitation work occurring on portions of the roadway.  Visitors will experience portions of the road that are unpaved and should be aware that delays are in place.  For more information about the construction work and traffic delays on the Tioga Road, please visit:


photo by Gary Young.

Snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at the higher elevations.  Visitors are urged to be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings while hiking the backcountry in the early season.  Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road.  Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks.  Additionally, late spring storms may change the status of the road and cause temporary closures.  For updated, 24-hour road conditions, please call 209-372-0200.
All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed.  All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill, are also closed.  There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities at this time.

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120 Closing Thursday

Caltrans closing 120 Thursday for Maintenance

SR 120 West – Tioga Pass Road to close for Maintenance
on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.   The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to inform the traveling public that SR 120 West (Tioga Pass) from the junction of US Hwy 395 to the Yosemite Park gate will be closed on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.

For the safety of Caltrans crews and the public, the one day closure is required to allow crews to address rock falling onto the roadway and to perform routine maintenance as a result of last weekend’s storm.  The closure will begin at 7:30 am and end at 3:30 pm.

For the latest in highway information please visit Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call our Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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