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

September 16, 2011

From Dave McCoy, attempting to build a solar-powered off-road vehicle: “Last Thursday we made another big step with the electric UTV when the solar panel was installed onto the roof. It’s not going to run the machine by itself, but it will be able to provide a bit of electricity when we need it. “Now we are adding bigger motors and finishing the fabrication.” He’s updating on Facebook, by the way. ...

Congratulations to Mammoth Unbound team riders Kimmy Fasani and Chris Benchetler who got married in Mammoth last Saturday. ...

After last weekend’s spritz of snow, irrepressible backcountry skier John Dittli on Sunday Facebooked: “Wax ‘em up!” ...

Great article about distance runner Amy Hastings of the Mammoth Track Club in the September issue of Running Times magazine and on its website. “When I was in college (Arizona State),” says she, my whole goal was to train with Deena Kastor,” Hastings says of her one-time idol and current teammate. “I had been reading about her for years.”

Mammoth’s Town Council called off its Sept. 21 meeting. Nothing weighty on the agenda, and Mayor Jo Bacon will be out of town. ...

The Mammoth town offices are such a heap of clutter that the staff closed down the offices Wednesday so they could shred, throw away, re-file, clean and generally make a start on putting things in order. ...

Mammoth Brewing volunteer Travis Mann, who was seriously injured in a car crash in Wyoming last Saturday (see P.1), was featured in a New York Times photo last February. It was part of the paper’s “36 Hours in Mammoth” feature. ...

Tom Cage, kind of the Punxatawney Phil of weather prognosticators, stands by Oct. 10 as the day we get our first significant snow. No one knows Tom’s secret as to how he comes up with these things. ...

We don’t usually get a lot of big-city traffic back-ups around here, which was why it so weird to have 30-minute delays on S.R. 203 going up to the ski hill on Wednesday morning. Caltrans’ grinding and re-paving was the culprit, closing one lane. Things got bad enough that Caltrans asked for help from the MLPD. ...
Tomorrow, the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA) and Friends of the Inyo will break ground on a soft-surface connector from the Panorama Dome Mountain Bike Trail to the new Lakes Basin Path and they need your help on the trail crew! Tools, food/refreshment, safety gear and guidance will be provided. Please RSVP to drewblankenbaker@mltpa.org to assist. ..
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In spite of rain, thunder, lightning and the Wrath of God, 144 players raised $35,000 in support of higher education and cultural enrichment at the 12th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic last Sunday at Sierra Star. Low score: Guy Bien, Ian Birrell, Craig Copeland, and Christian Newman, representing 80/50. Raffle winner of a snazzy iPad2 was Charlie Comfort. ...

Happy Birthday, Gaye Mueller! ...

The great family of alpinists lost a father Wednesday. Italian Walter Bonatti 81, was an alpinist who, perhaps more than anyone else, marked and guided the last 60 years of world alpinism. ...

From the ever-literate Dave Leonard at the Booky Joint: To Kill a Mockingbird has just been voted England’s best-loved book in a Guardian newspaper survey. Rounding out the top 10 were Pride and Prejudice, The Book Thief, Jane Eyre, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Lord of the Rings, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wuthering Heights, Rebecca and The Kite Runner. “I wonder what a Booky Joint customer Top Ten would look like,” Dave asked.

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