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October 22, 2010

SKI magazine says Mammoth Mountain Ski Area ranks 12th nationally and first in California. Coming in first in its annual “Best” issue, Mammoth was hands-down winner of Terrain Parks, for years under the stewardship of Oren Tanzer and now in Josh Chauvet’s hands. ...

There’s a skirmish forming on the town budget horizon. At Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, the Three Budgeteers, volunteers Deb Pierrel, Joyce Turner and Sandy Hogan, presented council with an exhaustive plan to revamp the budget process, getting kudos especially from Councilman Rick Wood. Less than an hour later, Town Manager Rob Clark suggested that it doesn’t look like he’ll have the staff or bandwidth to do a major re-haul of the “very labor intensive” process. “That’s not making me very happy at all,” said Wood, who reminded all that he ran a campaign centered on more community involvement. ...

The best Halloween event we’ve heard of is Dr. Byron Sansom’s “cash for candy.” He’ll pay $1 per pound of candy brought to his dental office between Nov. 1 and 4. The candy will be shipped overseas to U.S. Troops. ...

So Rusty and Bonnie Gregory are movin’ on up to the Bluffs, having bought and remodeled the Wickman House. Happy trails to you, R & B. ...

Does anyone suffer from allergies more than Rec Commish chair Bill Sauser? After watching him wheeze and sneeze his way through this week’s meeting, we say no. No one. ...

Just love the transitions sports shops make during shoulder seasons. One of our favorite fishing/camping shops, Kittredge Sports, now has a banner outside welcoming the junior ski team to the store and to town. We welcome them, too, as do junior coaches Mark Brownlie, Ali Bombardier, Kevin Francis, et. al. Good luck! ...

Neat thing about having year-round air service (p.12) is that it’s easy as pie to fly to L.A. for a day, weekend, or on the first leg of a longer trip. ...

If you see a cockatiel and wonder if it’s doing some kind of reverse tropical migration, call John Titus of Crowley Lake, (660) 935-4712. ‘JuJee’ escaped from his house in Crowley on Sunday, and has not been seen since. Titus said the young bird is tame and might be coaxed down from a tree with a treat. ...

Nancy Peterson Walter’s ‘Kyrgyzstan connections’ enrich Mono County, as she supports a visit from Dinara Chochunbaeva of the Central Asia Craft Support Association. Dinara will display felt, quilts and other artisans’ handiwork at the Green Thread yarn boutique in Crowley Lake Sunday. ...

There’ something missing from Rafters. Hmm. Oh yeah! The big red fire truck is gone from the lawn. Winter on the way. ...

She’s everywhere, she’s everywhere. It’s hard to find a meeting these days where Vickie Taton is not contributing. Tuesday night she was volunteering at Lee Vining’s visioning meeting. That’s a ‘pretty fur piece’ from her home south of Bishop, which she shares with her partner, Jim, two horses, a dog, and a cat. ...

Ski racing season begins Saturday and our Tahoe pal, racer Julia Mancuso, tweeted on Wednesday that it was snowing in Soelden, Austria, and “looking a lot like winter.” ...

Patricia Fisher of Union Bank said she would have a hard time picking a favorite spot for leaf peeping, then immediately gave her number one rating to the view from Laurel Lakes Basin road. She said although the aspens are short there, they are mighty colorful, but the leaves last “just that long,” as she snapped her fingers. ...

A month old and already Gabriel Di Domizio-Vanderhurst is out shopping at Rite Aid with mom Sandra and wearing a hat over his glorious black hair. ...

Will the real Stacey Cook please stand up? She says that when she was injured last February at the Olympics, three other Stacey Cooks showed up with good wishes via Facebook. ...

The tennis players in town, Gail Lonne in particular, are madder than a hornet that the “repaired” courts at the Community Center already are starting to show cracks. ...

Well deserved proclamations of appreciation went to Wild Iris’ Susi Baines at Wednesday’s town council meeting, for her work on Domestic Violence Month, and to Rotarian Bill Taylor, who succeeded in getting the town to buy into World Polio Day on Oct. 24 ...

Everybody who wants a piece of the Measure U pie is lining up, but the formation of a Steering Committee was tabled by the council. Councilwoman Jo Bacon wants to put names on that committee, not just positions, before she’ll vote, and anyway, there were just three council members present, John Eastman and Skip Harvey absent. ...

Excitement this week about 10,000-year-old Woolly Mammoth bones being found in a construction site in Snowmass Village, Colo. Might they have named their ski town Mammoth if the discovery had been made back in the 1960s? ...

Yosemite biologists poking around in talus caves have discovered a new species of pseudoscorpion, called the Yosemite Cave Pseudoscorpion. Just in time for Halloween. .

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