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What's up, up here? Dec. 28 - Jan. 2

December 28, 2012

Chris Nelson with his daughter Maddy Nelson posing with this years "World's largest Christmas stocking" Photo/Submitted

That was nasty businessat Alpine Meadowslast week when longtime ski patroller Bill Foster, 53, a veteran member of the Alpine ski patrol teamwas killed in an avalanche. He died on Christmas Day at Renown Regional Medical Centerin Reno after being caught in an intentionally triggered slidethe day before. Our advice: Don’t ever, ever, ever take the patrollers for granted. Bill had logged 28 years at Alpine. …

Among great Mammoth holiday traditionsis “The World’s Largest Christmas Stocking,” taken home from the DIY Home Centerthis year by Felicity Nelson, age 4, and sib Maddy, age 2. Must run in the family. In 1987, a quarter of a century past, their father, Chris Nelsonand aunt, Natalie Nelsonwon the World’s Largest Christmas stocking when they were 8 and 10, respectively. Sales Manager Jessica Lehrfeldand the whole DIY staff(and us, too) say “Way To Go, Nelsons!” …

We snuggled up to a roaring firein the woodstove Wednesday night to catch an evening of Barbara Stanwyckwesterns on Turner Classic Movies. For those who don’t know, when the great noir actressdied in 1990, at the age of 82, she asked her ashes be scattered in Lone Pine. So next time you’re hiking, runningor four-wheelingthat-a-way, be sure to say hi to Barbara. …

Even as he was haggling with the Fiscal Cliff Stuff, the Prez-Oon Dec. 20 signed into law the “Bridgeport Indian Colony Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act of 2012,” which transfers approximately 39 acres of federal land in Mono County, currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management, into trust status for the benefit of the Bridgeport Indian Colony. ...

Just sayin,’ but this year’s Night of Lightsat Canyon Lodge was one of the most ethereal, lovely fireworks shows we’ve ever seen, what with a backdrop of snow coming downin blankets of white, accompanied by thunderous, muted (by the snow) booms. …

Wildlife heads-up: apparently lots of visitorsand locals alikejust assume all the bears are safely in den for the winter, but not so. Our pal and colleague Tiffany Tyreespotted big bear paws on her sidewalk yesterday (Thursday), serving as a reminder that a bear won’t den up until people quit feeding them. Did EVERYONEforget to lock their (overflowing) dumpsters this week, or what? …

From the Not-So-Clear-on-the-Concept Dept., the gang at the Chevrongets a big bang this time of year by all those front-wheel drive SoCal vehicleswith chains on their rear tires. Holiday traditionand alla that. …

Big poetry to-do coming up Jan. 5 at the Edison Theatrewhen the countywide “Poetry Out Loud” competition revs up. Students from ColevilleHigh School, Lee ViningHigh School, and Mammoth LakesHigh School, all coached by their respective teachers and Eva Poole-Gilson, local poet, are set to rev it up, beginning at 7 p.m.  …

Speaking of Big To-Do’s, this past month’s “Island Extravaganza” fundraiser at Canyon Lodgewas a big success, for some more than others. Bob and Liz Burke, great supporters of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, won the big prize—a trip to Hawaii; Teri Stehlikwon the Gator Swampprize—a trip to the Channel Islands. …

Meanwhile, on the Birthday Beat, here’s to Bonnie Colgan, Steve Black, Anita Hatter, Lonnie Pratt Newbry, Lily Michelon Rosenthaland, lest we ferget, Rusty Gregory, along with all the other New Year’s Capricorns—you know who you are. …

The popular Fossil Discovery Centerin Chowchilla, which has been open since October 2010, is unveiling the latest and largest of its new exhibits tomorrow: the body of an entire Colombian Mammoththat will now greet visitors as they enter the museum. Standing at approximately 13 feet tall, it’s an impressive greeting, particularly those of us who have a soft spot for all-things-Mammoth.

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