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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 8-14

April 9, 2011

Registration for the Bird Chautaqua April 15.Said Mark Twainof alkali flies: “You can hold them under water as long as you please – they do not mind it – they are only proud of it. When you let them go, they pop up to the surface as dry as a patent office report, and walk off as unconcernedly as if they had been educated especially with a view to affording instructive entertainment to man in that particular way.”

Many tips of the cap to Mammoth Finest, who volunteered at Angels to wait tables on behalf of Disabled Sports. Funny: Many passersby called the restaurant, wonderin’ was wrong, what with all those cop cars. Chief Dan Watson was the maitre d’ and sez he ain’t quitting his day job any tme soon. ...

Did Dr. Mike Karch pull off a miracle at the Mammoth Biathlon? Yes he did, with bad weather, 200 volunteers to manage, many athletes and coaches to herd, etc. “Did you resign your other job?” asked councilman John Eastman. ...

Next year’s biathlon already set for March 23-25. ...

Startling assertion by Wild Iris’ Susi Bains, who told the Town Council that reports of sexual abuse are 30 percent higher from this time last year. ...

Spencer Myers, DJ at KMMT, arranger of music for MHS’ production of “The Wizard of Oz,” of the Peacoats, and sometimes known as the “Ryan Seacrest of the Sierras” is 23 today. ...

Mammoth outdoorswoman Erica Walker has joined Larry McKee and the gang at Century 21 Mammoth Realty. ...

Two couples – both out-of-towners. Woman 1 says, “One of the locals told us the bears are out already”. Woman 2 says, “What, real bears?”. ...

Speaking of bears, that was a bear-sized dent in Stephanie Daniels’ car the other day. Apparently a bear fell right out of a tree and landed on her car .. ...

Christian Pondella, locally based photographer and ice climber, is being featured on ABC’s Nightline tonight at 11:30. Shot in February in Banff of Will Gadd climbing ice and Christian shooting photos of him. ...

It’s sad to note that five years have passed since Walter Rosenthal, Scott McAndrews and James Juarez perished in pursuit of their jobs on Mammoth Mountain. ...

Has it really been that long? Meb Keflizighi tweets, “10 yrs ago today Phil Price & I drove 2 Mammoth...now it is a mecca for distance runners.Thanks Phil for joining me w/ that journey. ...

From the Mono Lake Committee: A flock of American White Pelicans was recently spotted in transit over Mono Lake. ...

Those are members of the Surfrider Foundation on our slopes this weekend, snapping up discounts and enjoying the snow. One of our fave outfits. ...

Our freeskiers are halfway to Russia! The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday voted yes on skiing halfpipe for the 2014 Games in Sochi. Slopestyle vote to come in the next few months. ...

The robins are out in Mammoth, digging for worms at the edge of melting snowbanks and so are the cheeseburger birds. And if you don’t know what a cheeseburger bird is, better ask a local. ....

Wow, this storm caught our attention, sweeping in as it did on a mighty wind. Paul Jurewitz of Mammoth Sierra Properties related that some Crowley residents had to decamp to the leeward sides of their houses to get any sleep at all Wednesday night. ...

Connie and the late Ron Black’s Double Eagle Resort is hosting an internationally recognized two-week training in interview and interrogation techniques by a former Department of Defense guy, J.J. Newberry, who is good friends with the Blacks. Sheriff Rick Scholl said three of his deputies, Sergeant Phil West, District Attorney Investigator Frank Smith and Detective John Estridge, have attended in the past several years ....

Mayor Skip complimented planner Ellen Clark and the town staff for having meaningful listening sessions with members of the so-called Sierra Valley Sites as they crafted the new planning framework. “People like to feel like they’ve been heard,” he said.

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