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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Jan 6-12

January 6, 2012

The heavy snowfall this week last year brought numerous trees down all over Mammoth, including one on top of this car at Woodlands Condomimiums. Ahhhh ... memories. Photo/Wendilyn Grasseschi

Good news from Skip Harvey, owner of the Base Camp Café and town councilman, who says two cancerous tumors in his throat have “shrunk 50 percent.” He says he is taking one FDA-approved drug and another “highly experimental” drug to control the cancer. …

Ubiquitous iconoclast Mark Davis Wednesday night urged the Town Council to adopt a formal resolution adopting a “Prayer for snow” (p.24) In a highly entertaining presentation, only partly tongue-in-cheek, Davis suggested the following prayer: “Now I lay me down to sleep, and pray to wake and find three feet.” The council took no action. Yet. …

Barrister and town councilman Rick Wood is running in the upcoming Houston Marathon, so Mammoth Tourism’s John Urdi presented him with a pair of new running socks. Said Wood: “I hope there are some wheels on these. I’m going to need them at about Mile 23.” …

Speaking of the Houston run, which is also the route for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Urdi says he’s going all-out, with a big reception and media to-do featuring all the members of the Mammoth Track Club. …

The town’s recreation department this week strung a net at the community tennis courts, says Rec Director Stu Brown, and ain’t that something, says us. Brown said there is a possibility for another net, depending on demand and, of course, weather. …

Name that player: Two Mammothists had outstanding college football careers and then played in the NFL. Name them and win a Grand Prize of getting your name into What’s Up, Up Here. …

That’s a swell new book. “Convict Lake: a True Account of the Convict Lake Rescue,” the 1990 tragedy on Presidents Day Weekend, when four kids dropped through the ice. Back cover blurb: “A tale that is as much about the ghost of our future as it is about the ghosts of our past.” Written by Richard Mallard and available at The Booky Joint, book-signing coming up soon, says proprietor Dave Leonard. …

That was a swell slide show Tuesday at the Snowcreek Athletic Club by Christian Pondella about his recent trip to Bolivia. Slide shows will be every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the next two months so those of you in Mammoth should come check it out. …

Best tailgate moment? Jon Eisert and Tony Colosardo in the Rose Bowl parking lot before last Monday’s Big Game. With those two, every day is a tailgate party. Quack! …

Those who welcomed the New Year at Whiskey Creek got to raise their glasses with artist Pink. Most probably don’t remember seeing her though … and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. …

That was Meb Keflizighi scampering down Lower Minaret with a couple of kids trying to keep up on the sidewalk. We can’t think of a better way to train for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston and, presumably, the London Olympics. Next day: there he was again, doing interval sessions with the venerable Coach Bob Larsen. …

It’s hard to think that there is anyone in town who had a better 2011 than The Bear Whisperer. Steve Searles’ darling bears had a fruitful summer and are having a restful winter, except for one mother and her cub, out wandering around and about. Said Mayor Jo Bacon: “They must be a little confused by the weather,” Ya think? …

Umm, probably time to take down the Christmas lights, doncha think? Groundhog Day lights are OK. …

More running, from Andrew Kastor: This morning (Tuesday) I ran 2 x 1 mile with the Mammoth Track Club in San Diego/Coronado Island. First: 6:13, second: 5:44, pushing Piper in the Mountain Buggy. “Thanks to Mountain Buggy for the hook up!” …

And from the ski world: Mammoth team skier John Teller just launched his new website … and it’s a load of fun. …

Here’s to Gordon Hirabayashi, who was imprisoned for defying the federal government’s internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II but was vindicated four decades later when his conviction was overturned. He died on Monday in Edmonton, Alberta. He was 93. …

It’s all ahead for the town’s new TOT enforcement procedures, as the Town Council learned in a TOT workshop Wednesday afternoon. …

It was a big evening for service awards the other night. The aforementioned Stu Brown, assistant airport manager Brian Picken and administrative Karen Ridley all got well-deserved kudos for five years of excellent work.

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