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Mount Tom Search and Rescue: The Buddy System isn’t being “in the same mountain range”

In a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on June 16, it was reported that on Sunday evening, June 13, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted by a stranded hiker on Mount Tom. According to the hiker, he and his partner split up since they hiked at different speeds and to lighten his […]

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Steven Ariaz

The Need for Speed? When you’re a fugitive from the Law

Traffic stop in Bishop becomes a high-speed vehicle pursuit. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office reported that on June 10 at approximately 7:50pm Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the Bishop area on Steven Ariaz, a 37-year-old Bishop man who has an active and confirmed no bail felony arrest warrant. According to deputies, […]

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Why Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites Are Dangerous to People, Animals, and the Environment

It should not come as any surprise that just because cannabis has been legalized, the illegal trade in growing and selling it has not. There is simply far too much money involved. Cannabis is estimated to be the largest cash crop in California with a value of more than $11 billion. The state collected over […]

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Large Illegal Weed Cultivation in Charleston View Area Worth Approx. $35 Million

Following is the official press release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office: June 1, 2021 CHARLESTON VIEW ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROW INYO COUNTY, CA, June 1, 2021 – On March 10, 2021 the Inyo County Agricultural Office was notified of a large illegal marijuana cultivation operation in the Charleston View area of Inyo County. The operation […]

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Missing hiker on Mt. Whitney, 33, of Austin, Texas closeup

Update! Found!! Another Missing Hiker from Texas

8PM UPDATE: MISSING HIKER FOUND ALIVE! Press release from Sequoia & Kings National Parks : SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. May 23, 2021 – A high-elevation search and rescue operation ended happily this evening when ground searchers successfully located missing hiker Edward Lee Alderman in the vicinity of Timberline Lake, several miles west of […]

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Very latest on 76-year-old in Saline Valley Missing for a Week

5/14/2021: Press Release from SALINE VALLEY MULTIAGENCY SAR INYO COUNTY, CA, MAY 14, 2021 – On May 8, at approximately 8:00pm Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified through Death Valley National Park (DVNP) that 76 year old Robert Wildoner from Apple Valley, CA had been reported missing. According to information received, Wildoner had not returned […]

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Missing Hiker on Mt. Whitney Found Deceased by Inyo County Search and Rescue

INYO COUNTY, CA, APRIL 21, 2021 – According to the press release today from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Saulo Sifuentes Escalante, a 36-year-old man from Conroe, Texas, arrived at Whitney Portal on Thursday April 15 with the  intention of hiking Mt Whitney as a day climb. Three days later on Sunday, April 18, the […]

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Missing/Overdue Hiker on Whitney Portal on Thursday April 15, 2021

Inyo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue actively looking for missing/overdue 36-year-old hiker from Texas since Thursday, April 15. Possible Plan to summit Whitney in a day. Unknown Clothing/Gear. Date of Birth: 09/05/1984 Race: Hispanic Sex: M Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Height: 5’8″ Weight: 140 Build: Slender Complexion: Medium Last Address: Conroe, TX Remarks: Saulo Escalante […]

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Last Saturday the 5th Annual Inyo County SAR & CHP Inland Division Air Operations Search and Rescue Training was Held in Bishop

The 5th Annual Inyo County SAR & CHP Inland Division Air Operations Search and Rescue Training was held this past weekend in Bishop, CA. Photos shared on CHP Inland Division Air Operations Facebook website. Inyo SAR and CHP Air Operations has a long history of working together to provide search and rescue services to the […]

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Latest Information on Tucson Couple’s Fatal Death Valley Camping Trip

A GoFundMe fundraiser for the Death Valley National Park campers whose trip ended in disaster last week has provided a few new details about what happened to the couple. After a three-day search by multiple agencies for the missing couple in Death Valley National Park ended in tragedy Friday when authorities announced that hiker Alexander […]

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Sad Ending for One of Missing Individuals In Death Valley National Park Rescue

[Editors Note: Sierra Wave has tried to stay on top  of this story, and as with all search and rescue efforts, wish for the best outcomes. Unfortunately, that is not  always the case despite the best efforts of our dedicated rescuers.] Sadly, one of two missing campers from Tucson who were found on a remote, […]

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Missing Individuals In Death Valley National Park Found – Multi-Agency SAR Update

[*Original SAR press release from earlier today  (8:56 a.m.) can be accessed here:] 4:00 PM Update from Inyo County Sheriff’s Office: The two missing individuals: 32-year-old Alexander Lofgren, and 27-year-old Emily Henkel, both from Tucson, AZ, were located today shortly after noon. They were spotted through aerial reconnaissance in a very remote area of […]

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