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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 16-22

December 16, 2011

The ubiquitous Woolly showed up at the Sprung Structure opening at the airport the other day. “Hey, here comes What’s-His-Name” enthused Top Cop Dan Watson. …

Speaking of the Chief, doesn’t everybody know that his son-in-law is a mascot for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings? …

Big day for Andy Selters fans this coming Wednesday. The photographer/author will be at the Booky Joint to sign books and calendars. The book is “Ways to the Sky,” the mountaineering history book that the Wall Street Journal said is one of the five best adventure books of all time. …

It doesn’t seem like the right time of the year, but those triathletes start early. Alana Levin and her crew say registrations will be accepted Jan. 17 for next summer’s June Lake Triathlon. …

We always look for signs of pure class, and that includes men who know how to tie a bow tie. So it is with Rick Phelps, who eschews clip-ons, and rightly so. …

As Christmas Week kicks in, the town government more or less takes a breather. On the “Cancelled” list are meetings of the Mobility Commission, Town Council, the Arts Commission, and the Planning Commission. Hard to imagine that we’ll survive. …

Speaking of commissions and what-not, when Leigh Gaasch showed up at the Planning Commission on Wednesday to introduce her new seeing-eye puppy, Jaymin, commission chair Jay Deinken deadpanned: “Have you both filled out speaker cards?” …

Swell bash at The Convict Lake Resort for the Mono County Search and Rescue team, past and present. The members, working with deliberate anonymity, do so much for so many. What would we do without them? …

Big-remodel happening at the Austria Hof, just in time for the holidays. Overseeing the re-do is owner Joe Mueller. …

And speaking of our eateries/drinkeries, Jalapeño’s is moving on up, says Jorge Espitia. Literally. Leaving its digs in the Old Mammoth Road flatlands, the Mexican restaurant is now in the old Matsu’s building on Main Street. …

Big day for the Mammothites at last weekend’s Grand Prix in Colorado. Luke Mitrani’s spectacular first run — which scored 96.4 on a 100-point scale — topped a day of rare display of near-flawless runs at Copper. Louie Vito’s three double corks and frontside 1260 were only good enough for second, despite earning a 95.2 score. Greg Bretz, whose 94.2 was good enough for third, said, “It’s definitely heavy for the first contest of the year.” …

Pretty durned good ice climbing the last coupla weeks in Lee Vining Canyon, says Steve Bumgardner aka “Yosemite Steve, ” who sent us some dandy pix via iPhone, in mid-climb. …

“It’s snowing outside!” we said to our guests the other night. The sky was clear but the snow guns were roaring at Chair 15/Eagle Express. A smidgeon of the real stuff arrived Monday and another smidgeon later. …

Joys of Christmas: Want a stuffed marmot for the holidays? Oh yeah. They’re over at www.taxidermy.net but most of them seem to be targeted for the Michiganders. …

Triathlete Chris Lieto, whom we like to think as one of our own, tweets, “It’s cold here in San Diego.” Chris, you want cold? Mammoth is cold. …

Anyone expecting Kevin Pearce’s first runs back on a snowboard to be tentative got left in his snow dust Tuesday at Breckenridge after he strapped in and went racing. Nearly two years after the traumatic brain injury that sidelined one of the world’s best halfpipe snowboarders, keeping him out of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Pearce is officially back in action. …

Consensus best hair at the Chamber party Tuesday evening at Parallax: Kim Stravers, courtesy of Carrie Guerriero. Says Kim herself: “H.O.T.” ...

Gingerbread house construction is a mess, says Savannah Meyer and Carolyn Kavulla, who built one out of a Vons kit the other night. The trick is the roof. …

Dave Talsky, he of Mammoth Mountaineering, was in a snit the other night. Not about business (slow), lack of snow, etc. Rather, he was in a dither over the Lakers, and who wouldn’t be, eh? …

That traffic calming sign on Main Street, the one that posts the speed limit along with your actual speed, really seems to work, which is why Ray Jarvis and his Public Works crew posted one on Lower Minaret Road just this past week or so. …

And finally, here’s local attorney John Manzano: “Don’t drink and drive, but if you do, call me!”

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