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What's Up Up Here? Aug 24-30, starring Dave and Roma McCoy, Tom Gault, Alicia Vennos et al

August 24, 2012

Kids at Mammoth Elementary, on the first day of school Thursday, Aug. 23. Photo/Wendilyn Grasseschi

Lost in the drama of the last-minute Town Council closed meetings dealing with MLLA was the tale of Councilman Michael Raimondo, who was airlifted to Reno after complaining of chest pains. The Docs cleared him, but not before he conferenced in to the meeting while hooked up to oxygen and whatever else they were giving him via IV. Turned out to be an enzyme reaction, not a heart attack. …

Mono Lake champeen Ayra Degenhardt has big ideas, and wants to bring them to the Eastern Sierra Unified School District, where there’s a seat open. “Kids, community, and education all right here in my favorite place on Earth,” she blogs. …

Old Reliable—that would be Dan Hansen, former MMSA public relations man—has landed on his feet in Whitefish, Mont., where he takes over as marketing and public relations manager at Glacier Park, Inc. …

This week, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to approve a $286,398 grant to Verizon California Inc. to bring high speed Internet broadband to the unserved and underserved communities of Swall Meadows and Crowley Lake. No mention of Mammoth in there, but supposedly (ha-ha) we have it via (Not So) Suddenlink. See P. 13 for story. …

By the way, that Suddenlink outage earlier this week? Severed cable in Phoenix.  …

Happy Birthday to the ageless, indefatigable Dave McCoy and to his ageless, indefatigable wife, Roma. Dave is 97, in case you were wondering.  The day is remembered by historians as Dave’s birthday, along with The Battle of Scimitar Hill (Yusufçuk Tepe), the last offensive mounted by the British at Suvla during the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I, just so’s you know. …

Haps also to Cheryl Michelon, Linda Cobb, Dennis Phillips and all those other Leo/Virgo straddlers. …

The head football coach is Marty Thompson, he of the Detroit Lions, Fresno State and the MLPD. Then there are his assistant coaches. But there, hanging out on the endline or along the sidelines, is the King of Them All, Tom Gault, who provides the rudder and compass for the Huskies for, like, the 112th straight season. The boys open their season tonight, by the way, at the appropriately named McClure/Gault Stadium. …

That Mayor of Ours is always thinking. Now he wants to rename the Planning Commission as the Planning and Economic Development Commission. “People think the Planning Commission is all about building things, and it’s not,” Hizzoner Matthew Lehman reasons. …

Speaking of the fast-thinking Lehman, there is a single life goal that just won’t go away, to wit, to sail around the world.  And he’s serious, too. …

Just for the heck of it: Burning Man. … 

That Tom Cruise movie, Oblivion, brought in $1.3 million to Mono County in the 41 days that the movie was on location, according to county tourism chief Alicia Vennos. On top of that, “Everyone was so courteous,” she says. “We were thrilled to have them.” She added that increasing the county’s outreach to such lucrative movie ventures is one of her highest priorities. … 

Speaking of lucrative, Vennos also noted that for every dollar spent by the county on social media marketing, the county gets back $137 in spending in the county, just so the BOS knows the value of SEO and so on. …

Still on the county beat, is it our imagination or is the Mono County Board of Supervisors getting increasingly cranky up on the dais during their Tuesday board meetings? It’s beginning to look like things are getting a bit too personal for maximum effectiveness, mebbe. Possibly. Just sayin’…

Mammoth Dog Teams owner Jim Ouimet says he thinks the county is sometimes less than helpful when it comes to supporting his business, which is situated on county land south of town. Supes Larry Johnston and Tim Hansen argued Tuesday to accelerate efforts to get Ouimet into a better living situation, but supervisors Vikki Bauer and Hap Hazard were less enthusiastic, asserting Ouimet had not always fulfilled his responsibilities. The dogs, meanwhile, say they are just glad the county fixed a broken water pipe so they can get a good drink during the dog days. …

Will the summer never end? Doesn’t seem like it. “Mammoth Rocks – a Taste of the Sierra “ gets underway this evening (Friday), the Mammoth Mud Run is tomorrow (Saturday) along with the Wave Rave/Volcom 14th Annual Skateboard Competition and the Old-Timers barbecue at Hayden Cabin. We’re getting worn out! …

And it won‘t stop next Labor Day weekend, either, what with the 43rd Annual Labor Day Festival of the Arts, the Labor Day Tennis Tournament, Ned’s Mammoth Rock Race, and the inaugural Mammoth Bluegrass Festival in the Village. By then, we might be ready for a little snow, or least a dusting of graupel, not to be confused with a sip of grappa. Oh, never mind.

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