Archive - 2013
Thunderstorms packing torrential rains may have been a welcome relief from the recent heat wave, but they also wreaked havoc on local roads and highways in the form of flash floods and mud slides.
Inyo County was under a â€śFlash Flood Watchâ€ť Monday night and all of Tuesday as a monsoonal weather system moved through the region, bringing electrical storms, high winds and heavy downpours â€“ which gave the valley more precipitation than it received all winter.
A lightning-sparked wildfire is burning uncontained on the west side of the Sierra this week and causing hazy skies on the east side.
The Aspen Fire, officials said, has grown to 3,000 acres since Sunday and, as of Wednesday afternoon, was 0 percent contained.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Sierra National Forest â€“ where the fire is burning â€“ has â€śreceived significant lightning activityâ€ť since Sunday. â€śThese downstrikes have resulted in 15 new wildfires, the largest of which â€¦ is Aspen Fire located below Stump Springs Road just north of Aspen Creek.â€ť
Wind, rain and floods provided an ominous backdrop for a violent robbery in Pearsonville Sunday night.
According to the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Johnny Pulido-Gonzalez, 24, of Los Angeles was arrested Tuesday, July 23 in the Kennedy Meadows area for an alleged car-jacking and attempted murder. He later confessed to to being the suspect Sunday nightâ€™s robbery during which he stabbed a convenience store clerk.
While the mosquito population is currently low during this low-water year, the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program crew is daily treating pastures and lake areas in preparation for the peak August/September mosquito season.
OVMAP Manager Chris Wickham said the crew has been applying larvicides to pasture areas adjacent to Bishop, Big Pine, Lone Pine and Independence as well as in the Owens Lake area near Keeler since March.
â€śAnywhere we find mosquitoes breeding near human populations is our highest priority,â€ť he said.
The Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy offers much to boggle the mind. The drive through a landscape, beautiful in its starkness, ends with a display of sky-focused dishes at Cedar Flat, a scene so incongruous itâ€™s reminiscent of â€śLost.â€ť The dishes themselves are giving scientists a look at the birth of new planets formed from the gas and dust whirling around young stars, the same process that produced Earth.
UPDATE: 4:28 p.m. â€“ U.S. 395 has just been closed at Haiwee Reservoir due to flooding and extensive mud and debris, according to Caltrans Public Information Officer Florene Trainor. Whitney Portal Road, meanwhile, remains closed while county road crews attempted to fix extensive damage caused by overnight flooding. The threat of flash floods in Death Valley continues. With rain continuing to fall, Sheriff Bill Lutze said his office was "keeping an eye" on the streams as well as the thunderheads building over Mt. Whitney. S.R.
The well-matched Chili Poppers and Unloaded battled to a 6-6 tie in Friday eveningâ€™s City Softball League Coed D division match-up. With one more at-bat, the Poppers stepped up with 3 runs to claim the win in the final day of play before the championship tournament series.
Tournament action for the division starts this Friday at 6 p.m.
The Poppers took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two runners on, Alonso Talamantes slammed the ball deep into the outfield, emptying the bases and putting the team up 3-0.
While the weather was none too cooperative and the format challenging, the Eastern Sierra Girls Softball Texas-Style One Pitch Tournament, literally, blew through the City Park this past weekend.
The aptly-named Texas tourney requires runners to round the bases backwards. Even by mid-afternoon Saturday, as the eight teams started their second round of games, runners were still heading down the first base line, catching themselves and cutting across the infield to third.
Just NDNs came out on top, beating the Jacksons in the final championship game on Sunday.
Debbie Berry McKenna Boyd, 42, a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away June 22, 2013 at her home in Fairbault, Minn. Her loving, caring nature influenced everyone who ever met her. Her compassion and service to others was an inspiration to her family and friends.
Deb was born Oct. 13, 1970 in Rapid City, S.D. to John Berry and Roberta Berry. She came to live in Bishop at the age of 3, where she was raised by her parents John and Lynda Berry.
Residents being targeted by the latest phone scam are being given the same advice by local law enforcement: never give personal information to strangers.
Following that simple suggestion could not only save residents the money they stand to lose when the scammers get a hold of your info, but in this case, also maybe the cost of a new computer.