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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 20-26

April 20, 2012

 

Yakima, Wash., is looking for a city manager, and they’re down to four candidates, one of whom is none other than Marianna Marysheva-Martinez. …

It’s Earth Day today, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do something good for her. …

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, last Tuesday was Tax Day—a bummer if you were trying to file your return online and you were in Crowley Lake during a power outage. …

The Andrea Lawrence Award Dinner happens next Friday, April 27, at Parallax on Mammoth Mountain. The dinner will honor the Bodie Foundation with the Andrea Lawrence Award for passionate engagement in community and the land. Tix can be reserved with a $60 tax-deductible donation. For more info, call the Mono Lake Committee at 760-647-6595, or email carolyn.weddle@monolake.org. …

Big money was all over the place at last week’s Mammoth Invitational, which raised about $500,000 (final tallies are not in yet). What we know for sure is that the winner of the silent auction paid $60,000 for a week in Chamonix with Glen Plake. …

Mammoth didn’t exactly have anyone running the Boston Marathon last Monday, unless you count degrees of separation. The guy who won, Wesley Korir (Kenya) has trained in Mammoth Lakes before, and that counts for something. By the way, Meb-the-K was not running, but he was ubiquitous. He was picked as Grand Marshall after the Olympic Trials, and was in Beantown to do appearances at the expos for his sponsors. Mammoth Track Club’s  Josh Cox, the Poster Boy for Berkeley’s PowerBar, ran half the event with a winner of a PowerBar sweepstakes. …

Speaking of Meb, one of our fave pictures of the week was Meb and Danny Woodhead, who last February made a touchdown catch in the second quarter of the Super Bowl. (Woodhead ended the game with four catches for 42 yards and ran seven times for 18 yards.) ...

Registration opened last Sunday for the 11th annual Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. Go online and take a look at the program of over 70 events, begin the registration process to see which events are still open and sign up. Mono Lake is for the birds, and you ought to be, too. See you there, come June. …

Speaking of birds, they’re having a blast up in the Yosemite High Country, the winter park rangers report on YosemiteBlog. “Flocks of violet-green swallows were circling around rapidly melting Tenaya Lake yesterday,” they reported. And, Stellar’s Jays were already looking for picnic handouts. Last Sunday, the following birds were seen at Parson’s Lodge and the meadows: Common Raven, Northern Flicker, Mountain Chickadee, Red-winged Blackbird, Killdeer, Clark’s Nutcracker, American Robin, Mountain Bluebird, Cassin’s Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin, and Dark-eyed Junco. Two Red-naped Sapsuckers provided a background beat. …

Our pal Mitch Weber, he of TelemarkTips.com, reports backcountry corn coming into fine form, saying it’s better than most people might expect. …

Goodbye for the season, June Mountain Ski Area. We’ll see you next December. Summer for Scenic Rides and lunch at the June Meadows Café will be happening, though. Opening Day is scheduled for June 15. …

That swell new series of books, “Images of America” this year features images, captions and essays from the Inyo National Forest, many by Andy Selters, who extends thanks the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Assn. Book signing is tomorrow (Saturday) at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. …

With summer coming into view, we’re really digging Monica Prelle’s camping website at about.us.com, just so’s you know. …

Hard to say what else you might be doing next Wednesday, April 25, but us? We’re headed for “Memb’r Dat” by Mammoth Follies at the Mammoth Lakes Art Center. It’s free, it’s funny and if people want to know more, they can call 760-924-1900. … 

Monitor Pass opened this past week, by the way. Spring edges closer and closer to the High Country. …

The U.S. Lingerie Football League has abandoned its 2012 season “to expand the sport abroad” and refocus it as a warm-weather game. Why do we care? Because Mammoth High School alum Melissa Margulies and her Lingerie Football League team, L.A. Temptation, are affected. Spokesman Jim Wallin says the LFL will resume playing in April 2013 on a spring-summer playing schedule. …

We have athletes all over the place, doing all sorts of stuff, such as Jesse Lee Vint, a 2009 Mammoth High School graduate and son of Susie Booth of Bishop and former step-son of George Booth, Mono County District Attorney. Jesse joined the Army in October 2009, and then went on to Army Ranger School. Ranger School is an intense, 61-day combat leadership course oriented towards small unit tactics. The Army says it’s “the toughest combat course in the world” and “is the most physically and mentally demanding leadership school the Army has to offer.” Vint says he’s hoping to continue his military career while studying for a college degree. …

Welcome home to the survivors of Coachella Music Festival. “I lost my scarf, lost my voice, I’m sunburned and probably sick,” said one of them. “It was well worth it!

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