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What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 3

December 3, 2010

In the Say It Ain’t So department, there will be no girls basketball this season for Mammoth High School. Blame it on a lack of interest. Reminds us of the 2009 football season that wasn’t. ...

Gosh it was great to see Skip Harvey back in the Mayor’s chair this past week (see P. 1). He’s been battling bad illness and had to leave us for a while. “Always good to get out of L.A.,” said he. And out of the hospitals, too. ...

Who is that masked man? Town Manager Rob Clark is sporting new mustache, and it’s a thing of beauty. “Hello,” he said the other night at a Town Council meeting. “I’m Rob Clark’s younger brother.” ...

When the graveyard snowmaking crew at June Mountain showed up for work Monday morning at 12:30 a.m., temperature readings were at 14 below zero, which made a few workers out there, (such as our favorite Norwegian, Thor Ryen) cold to the bone. Is there a more demanding job on the ski hills? ...

The June crew, by the way, was working nonstop on getting the halfpipe ready for the Dec. 16 Opening Day. ...

Speaking of June, lift tickets will be only $5 on Opening Day to celebrate 50 years of operation. Yah! ...
Tom Higley, Rosanne’s husband, (both of Swall Meadows) itches to see Belize and does not want to leave Rosanne behind to play with the kittens, so he is seeking a new home for two snow white kittens: brothers Stan and bent-tailed Ollie. Call (760) 387-2803 for felines. ...

Bears are still wandering around up here, still sez Soibian Spring. Defying Steve Searles’ prediction that all would be denned by now, a prowley Crowley bear resisted bedtime last Friday, according to evidence (ahem) left behind. ...

Lynn and Steve Peterson of Swall Meadows saw bobcat midday Saturday and that’s always fun, fun fun. Ain’t wildlife a kick? ...

The Three Budgeteers, and that would be Deb Pierrel, Joyce Turner and Sandy Hogan, who seek to make the town budget actually readable (ha ha) met with the Town Council on Monday to bring the council members up to date on their project. Council passed it on to the “Budget Subcommittee,” consisting of Rick Wood and Matt Lehman, and won’t Matt be surprised by this when he returns from his warm-weather vacay, eh? ...

One of the pleasures of Starbucks coffee in Mammoth is the always-happy-to-see-you manager, Dawn Nagy. One of the Starbucks secret shoppers dropped in one day to find that Dawn is the friendliest, hostiest barista there. ...

Mammoth history: When the first stoplight went in, at Main Street and Minaret Boulevard, a ne’er do well shot out the lights within days. Er, hours. We know who you are! Weapon: 12-gauge shotgun. He/she is still hanging around town. Looking for more targets? ...

It is SO COOL to have major college football on the Eastside. Congrats to Coach Chris Ault and his Nevada Wolf Pack for knocking off the infidels from Boise State. Thrilling comeback win. ...

Cruised into Second Chance Thrift Shop Wednesday evening, and it was abuzz. Manager Linda Williams was scurrying around, showering personal attention on all. A Christmas tree in the window was loaded with ornaments. Easy to imagine the ruckus when the store closes and the lights go out: the chattering of nutcrackers, caroling of stuffed bears looking forward to being a gift for some lucky child. ...

The Tannenbaum cross-country ski race has always been dicey on account of snow or lack of snow, but this year it’s on, sez XC ski queen Nancy Fiddler. Wax ’em up and head out to Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center on Dec. 12 for a 10K race, a 5K for juniors. Proceeds go to the XC Junior Program, and we like the sound of that. ...

Black Pass Concierge Ashley Baldassi welcomed diners to the new Parallax restaurant in McCoy Station. It’s got a new door with a metal swish for a handle. Generally reserved for Black Pass members, it was a delicious focus for the culinary talents of the Levy Group. Also enjoying lunch on this particular Sunday were Bonnie and Rusty Gregory, John and Nora Urdi and their two kids, and Deb Pierrel and Roxanne Tallman. ...

Great “Festival of Lights” on Wednesday that opened the eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century B.C. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. Keep that flame burning, people. ...

Innerested in witnessing a madhouse of ski and snowboard dazzle? That would be L.A.’s Ski Dazzle ski show and snowboard expo this weekend, where the usual suspects, such as MMSA’s Dan Hansen and the marketing crew are joined by the ubiquitous John Urdi, he of Mammoth (not Lakes) Tourism. Make that VisitMammoth. Whatever.
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