Darwin, CA

Missing Long Beach man found dead in Death Valley National Park

A Long Beach man who had been missing since last month was found dead in a remote area in Death Valley National Park, authorities said last week. John McCarry, 69, last contacted his family in a text message sent on May 15 from Olancha, CA, saying that he was heading to Death Valley National Park., […]
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California man found dead in Death Valley National Park almost three weeks after sending final text to family

A California man has been found dead in Death Valley National Park almost three weeks after he sent a final text message to his family.The body of John McCarry was discovered on Wednesday in a remote area of the park around a quarter of a mile from where officials located his abandoned car, according to the National Park Service.A search had been underway to find the missing 69-year-old after he last spoke to a family member on 15 May, when he sent a text message from Olancha, California, to say he was heading to Death Valley National Park.Mr McCarry, from...
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Willits News

Willits Little Lake Fire to hire additional firefighter

At the May 10 Little Lake Fire Protection District (LLF) Board of Directors meeting, Zach Pehling reviewed the 2021 audit with the board. Pehling explained there were “no misstatements in the financial statements that needed to be corrected.”. Board Member Skip Lucier provided an update on the new firehouse....

Olancha-Cartago 4 Lane Project

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), as CEQA lead agency, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), as NEPA lead agency with the support of Inyo County Local Transportation Commission, will convert approximately 12.6 miles of the existing U.S. Highway 395 in Olancha and Cartago from a two-lane conventional highway into a four-lane expressway from postmile 29.2 to postmile 41.8 in Inyo County.
Ridgecrest Daily Independent

Videos by Mark Pahuta featured at HSUMD meeting April 19

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s April General Meeting will feature three video works of local historian, photographer, and filmmaker, Mark Pahuta, that have never before seen. The meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 pm at the Historic USO Building, 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd.
Ridgecrest Daily Independent

‘You’re looking at 10,000 years of pre-history’ Coso rock art gives glimpse into past

The past was on full display last weekend when Dr. Alan Garfinkel gave a petroglyph tour March 20 on private property in Little Lake. The tour was part of the Coso Rock Art 101 program -- arranged through the California Rock Art Foundation and the California Welcome Center at Ridgecrest -- which was the first event of its type in two years due to COVID-19.

Driver dies after collision with tractor-trailer south of Lone Pine

OLANCHA, Calif. (KOLO) -The driver of a 2021 Hyundai Elantra died Wednesday after colliding with a 2012 Freightliner truck south of Lone Pine, Calif., the California Highway Patrol reported. Authorities are still trying to identify the 47-yea-old deceased driver, the CHP said Friday. The collision happened Wednesday about 8:58 p.m....
Ridgecrest Daily Independent

Coso Rock Art presentation, tour returns to Ridgecrest

For the first time since the pandemic hit, the Coso Rock Art 101 program will be opening back up with a presentation to be held Saturday, March 19 following by a tour of the rock art of the Coso Tradition adjacent to the Little Lake. Sponsored by the California Welcome...
The Poly Post

Geology professor embarks on 500-mile Mojave Desert hike

Nicholas Van Buer, an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, will be making Cal Poly Pomona history as he completes a 500-mile hike across the Mojave Desert from Algodones, New Mexico to Olancha, California during his sabbatical to raise awareness for the university’s geology department. Jonathan Nourse,...

A multi-vehicle accident on US 395 led to injuries (Olancha, CA)

A multi-vehicle accident on US 395 led to injuries (Olancha, CA)Nationwide Report\. On Wednesday, injuries were reported following a multi-vehicle wreck on US 395. The three-vehicle pile-up took place at around 11:40 a.m. approximately 20 miles south of Lone Pine. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 30-year-old tractor-trailer driver was northbound on the freeway and did not realize that the traffic was stopped for a construction zone.

CHP Report on Three Vehicle Accident Near Olancha 11-24-21

On 11/24/2021 at approximately 11:40 AM, a semi-truck driver from Phelan, CA, was driving a 2011 International semi-truck/trailer, loaded with cardboard. The semi truck was traveling northbound along US-395 just south of Cactus Flats Road near Olancha, CA. The semi truck was entering a construction zone when the truck driver...

Fiery crash closes US 395 in Inyo County for about 6 hours

OLANCHA, Calif. (KOLO) -U.S. 395 was closed for about six hours Wednesday in Inyo County, Calif., after a tractor-trailer plowed into a stopped vehicle, which then hit another vehicle, and two of the three vehicles caught fire. It happened about 11:40 a.m. near Olancha, Calif., about 20 miles south of...

U.S. 395 Closed in Both Directions Just South of Olancha Due To Traffic Collision

OLANCHA — Caltrans District 9 has closed both lanes of U.S. 395 just south of Olancha due to an incident on the highway involving a big rig. The closure stretches from the intersection of Sage Flats Road to Walker Creek Road. Crews are working to remove the vehicles from the highway, but there is currently no estimated time for when U.S. 395 will reopen.