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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for March 4

March 5, 2011

Roger Goodell (pictured) and Rusty Gregory: Separated at birth?

Bishop was rocking and rolling Wednesday, with three earthquakes in a row: a 3.5 at about 7 p.m., a 3.1 at 4: 40 and a 2.5 at about 8 p.m. The quakes were only a few miles from Bishop, in the Laws area, meaning Bishopites certainly noticed them, although no serious damage was reported. ...

That was some Town Council meeting on Wednesday. Nothing on the agenda, nobody in the audience save for an MT staffer, nobody offering public comments. It was the Pledge of Allegiance, then a closed session with the new interim town manager. Like covering vapor. ...

Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory recently dropped in on FAA officials, talking about ways to expand the overwhelmed, small terminal. ...

Speaking of the red-headed one, Our Neighbor Walt suggests he and NFL Commish Roger Goodell were separated at birth. ...

When does the winter season really begin to end up here? Not Easter (way late this year, April 25) but maybe at the time change, speculates Mammoth Liquor’s Spike Todd. People’s attitudes change when the time changes, sez he, and he’s not looking forward to March 13. ...

No wonder Danna Stroud knows baseball inside out. Not only a great student of the game, Derek, her brother, was in the Cubs organization for years, then hooked up with the Angels organization before blowing out his arm. ...

The Wilderness Society awarded Jil Stark, second-homeowner in Silver Lake and resident of Claremont, an Environmental Hero award in Palm Springs last Thursday, for her work on the Eastern Sierra Wilderness Bill (2009) the San Gabriel Mountains Wilderness Bill introduced in January, and her other volunteer work both in the Eastern Sierra (June Lake Trails Committee, CAC). Way to go, Jil! ...

Chief Fred Stump of the Long Valley Fire Protection District says he’s ready for an end to the deep freezer weather. ...

The indefatigable Leslie Dawson inspired others with her smile on her way, at 8 a.m., through Thurday’s blast of blowing snow, to work out at Snowcreek Athletic Club...

The pussy willows are blooming. A walk down at the bottom of the Sherwin Grade near Round Valley is a good bet. Vons is even closer. ..

Was that retired Judge Lee Cooper down at Whiskey Creek last week, having dinner with his son Mammoth High School English Department Head Chris Cooper and new Judge Mark Magit? Sure enough . ...
Climber and beloved June Lake resident Doug Nidever is back home in June Lake this week after a stroke in late January, with a long road to recovery ahead. Best of luck to you, Doug. ....

It can’t be March in the Eastern Sierra without seeing at least one Mountain Bluebird. Seeing a flock of 30 of the iridescent indigo birds out in Long Valley Wednesday morning was even better. ...

Lee Vining Canyon has been noted in Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top two ice climbing areas in the country. But you already knew that, didn’t you. ...

Mono County Supervisor Chair Hap Hazard noted with the two new supes now on board, Tim Hansen and Larry Johnston, the new board is moving through agenda items a bit more slowly than the old board, who had been together for about six years. And the state budget limbo and increasingly complicated stuff facing the board doesn’t help either.

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