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What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 15-21

February 15, 2013

Ken and Flossie Coulter, longtime impressarios of the Jazz Jubilee receive the Rotary Club’s first-ever “Service Above Self” award on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Canyon Lodge, and also received a Key to the City from Mayor Matthew Lehman (background). The Rotary’s Rick Phelps, right, emceed the event. Photo/George Shirk

 

We haven’t seen so many climbersand moutaineersin one place than we did at last Tuesday’s Legends of Adventure Seriesslide show at Eagle Lodge. The place was jammed with folks wanting to hear original Yosemite rockman and photographer Glen Dennyand see his fab photos from “Yosemite in the Sixties.” Royal Robbins, who was to have been there, begged off because of illness, but no matter. Thanks to Nate Greenberg, David Talsky, David Pagealong with sponsors Mammoth Mountaineering, Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes Tourism, the Westin Monacheand the Sierra Nevada Lodge. The series runs every Tuesday night through March 5at Eagle. Shows start at 6:30 p.m., with food and drink available for purchase. …

Hats off to Mammoth downhiller Stacey Cookon her sixth-place finish at the World Championships, but sixth was still three spots away from the podium. Sez Our Girl: “Being oh-so-close to a World Champs podium kind of stings a little, but I’m still proud of the heart I put into the day, the way I skied, and sixth place finish. There was even a minuscule podium step to stand on at awards. Leaves me hungry for bigger steps.” …

The indefatigable Mary Canadais back in Africa, doing Peace Corpswork.

That’s the Mono Council for the Arts in a new gallery space at the Minaret Mall. Gaye Muelleret al held a nice little gathering there this past week, and the hoi polloiwere mighty impressed. …

Yep, those were earthquakesaround TonopahTuesday evening, the biggest one a 5.2—big enough to feel it in Mammoth. No damage or injuries reported. …

There’s a sweet Facebook “Likes” campaignongoing on the Mammoth Times page, the newbies getting a shot at a $50 gift certificateto the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The Old School Likeswill have their own campaign shortly. …

Big-time fun at the Rotary Club’s Winterfest last Saturday at Canyon Lodge, where Flossie and Ken Coulter(founders and the force behind the 25-year-old Jazz Jubilee) accepted the club’s prestigious (and first-ever) “Service Above Self” award. Highlight: a jewel bedecked Flossie scolding Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Dan Watsonfor his performance during the auction part of the evening. “You are the most boring auctioneer ever!” she ribbed (kind of) from the stage. As for her evening attire, Flossie gave us a wink and said, “What, you’ve never seen me wear anything other than a jazz T-shirt?” …

The town’s been jammed this February, and it will be REALLY jammed this weekend, what with the Presidents Day Weekendcrowd holding forth. Flights are on the upswing, too. Latest numbers from John Urdi and his crew at Mammoth Lakes Tourism say enplanements are up 33 percent in January compared to last year, with 5,766 actual people using the airport. Woot! …

Just for the heck of it: Spring Training. …

Triathlete Magazineranks the Nation’s Top 22 Triathlons and the June Lake Triathlonearned the #3 spot for the group. It’s the second timeJune Lake Triathlon has been highlighted as one of the best in the most popular. In March 2011, Triathlete Magazine editor Julia Pollorenofeatured the race as one of her “all time favorites.” …

Gosh, it’s hard to remember a bigger week for birthdaysaround here, so here’s to Kerry Martyr, Buck Wahl, Lynne Blanche, Kathy Johnson, Lyra Pierotti, Debbie Boucher, Deena Kastor, Catherine Billey, andLisa Schouweiler, along with all the other Aquarians, too. You know who you are. …

Who WERE those people racing on the hill earlier this month? They were participants in the California Police and Fire Winter Games, an annual competition that has been hosted by the ski area for many years. The MLPD’s “What’s Left” team was smaller than in past years, but still came home with the gold, silver, and bronze. Sergeant Eric Hugelman, Hugelman’s son, Emmett, Officer Andy Lehr, and Community Service Officer Kari Orrcompeted. Hugelman took silver in Super G, Slalom and Skier Cross; Lehr took gold in Slalom and Skier Cross; Orr won gold in Super G, with silver in Slalom, GS and Dual Slalom, along with a fourth-place in Snowboard Cross, while the younger Hugelmanwon gold in Super G, Slalom, GS and fourth on Snowboard Cross.

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