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What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 14-20

December 14, 2012

The Sherwins on Thursday afternoon. Photo/Jesse Barlet

 

Yes, Virginia Lakes, there is a Santa Claus. That would be Greg Newbry. Not that you’d know it, but that was Newbry out there in the beard and the red suit in the cold night at the Town Christmas Tree Lightinglast week, for the 37th straight year. …

We’re reminded again(and again and again) what a fabulous Emceecan do for an event, which brings us to Scottie Marzonie at last weekend’s Island Extravaganzabash. …

Other Extravaganza highlights, in no particular order: Kathy Copeland, shimmering in a snow-white flapper dress and snow-white hair; the blackened crawfish etouffe; pecan-praline piewith Blue Bunny ice cream; Illy coffee; Gator Beat; amazing Silent Auction, loaded with everything you don’t need, but want; the Mardi Grastheme; and, finally, the cause, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. …

If there is a bigger Bruce Springsteenfan in Mammoth, we don’t know of one that can beat Rick Wood, in Anaheimlast week prepping for a Town Council meeting with “Darkness at the Edge of Town” while sitting at the feet of The Bossfor like, the 30th time. …

Another great reason to follow Stacey Cook’sski racing career: While in Mammoth for Christmas break from the World Cup Tour, the world-class downhiller will be skiing with the Mighty Mitesof the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team. …

Just for the heck of it: Lionel Messi. …

Yellowstone National Park’sbest-known wolf was shot and killed by hunters last week outside the park’s boundaries. The wolf, known as 832F, was the alpha female of the park’s highly visible Lamar Canyonpack and had become so well known that some wildlife watchers referred to her as a “rock star.” …

The Chamber of Commerceis locked into its new crew. The board of directors looks like this: Jack Copeland(Grand Pooh-Bah) president; Eric Wasserman(Past Grand Pooh-Bah) - Edward Jones Financial Services; Brent Truax (Past Grand Pooh-Bah- Westin Monache; Corinna Korpi- Treasurer - Alta One; Jerry Mohun- Liebersbach, Mohun, Carney & Reed; Rick Phelps- High Sierra Energy Foundation; Jeremy Goico- Black Tie Skis; Rich Boccia(ex officio) - Mammoth Unified School District. Let the commerce begin! …

Our pals at the USGSand the National Park Servicehave revised the great “To Find the Biggest Tree” statistics put out in 2002 by Wendell Flint, this time sorting them out by trunk volume, not just height and circumference. And the weener is General Sherman, at Sequoia National Park, checking in with a height of 274.9 feet, 102.6 feet of circumference and a truck volume of 52,508 cubic feet. Second is General Grantat Kings Canyon National Park, with a height of 268.1 feet and 46,608 cubic feet of trunk volume. Yosemite’s big tree remains Washington, in the Mariposa Grove, at 236 feet in height and 39,901 in trunk volume. …

No sooner than we were hot off the press with Steve Searles’reports of a pair of bobcat sightings, here comes Jim Lynchwith a terrific Instagram imageof one of the critters, hanging in the nabe Monday morning. The pic was a big hit on the winterwebs. …

Mono Countymade it into Powder Magazinethis week and it wasn’t for what you’d think. Instead—who could have guessed?—it was our high rate of voter turnoutin this year’s general election, in which about 82 percentof all the county’s registered voters showed up at the polls. That means only about 100 of the county’s voters didn’t vote in the election, sez Lynda Roberts, who knows about these things. …

Finally, in the What-to-Make-of-This Department, the National Ski Areas Associationreports an 11 percent increasein skiing and snowboarding for people 45 and older. On the flip side, there’s been a decreasein skiers 35 and younger.

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