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February 20, 2014

Mark Dewey, a Mammoth High School alumn, recently got married. The wedding party also included Mammoth High alumni Lisa Dewey (second from left), Alex Kukulus (sixth from right), and Benjamin Stump (fifth from right). Photo/Submitted

 

With a tough campaign for county supervisor ahead of her, Stacy Corless is stepping down as the director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, say those in the know. She’ll help in the transition, but the members of the board say they’re going to start putting out feelers for a new leader soonly. …

Speaking of the MMCF, Tony Colosardo also is stepping aside from the board, with high-fives and good will all around. …

Nothing like a birthday, especially smack in the middle of a government meeting. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors made time to give County Administrator Jim Leddy appropriate birthday wishes. That was cool enough, but it was when Leddy’s wife, Kathy Hayes, and his 12-year-old twin boys, Logan and John, entered the supes’ chambers with the Happy Birthday song, that took the (chocolate) cake, literally. He’s 46, he said, adding, “for the first time ever, I am speechless.” Of course, that lasted for about 30 seconds. …

That district attorney of ours, Tim Kendall, last week couldn’t see straight—literally. Scratched his eyeball while putting on a sweatshirt, of all things, and if you have trouble picturing that, step in line. …

Is everyone completely aware that March 1 is the opening of fishing season on the West Walker? Year-round fishing is here on the West Walker, and the anglers report the water is deep and clear. Still snow along the banks, though, so be careful. … 

Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, completing the term left vacant by the departed Rick Scholl, opened his campaign with a web page this past week. In his list of accomplishments, he said his department made 89 percent more criminal arrests in 2013 than in 2012. …

Last week, Mammoth Lakes Tourism’s Director of Marketing Whitney Lennon was elected second Vice President to the Board of Directors for the Yosemite Gateway Partners (YGP). Lennon joined the group as a member of its Marketing Subcommittee, and was appointed as a member of the board last summer. As for the newly created role of second VP, Lennon said, “I’m the back up to the back up.” This year, the park celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant.. …

Heads up! Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 9, shortchanging the early birds but granting an extra hour of sunlight for the golfers, hikers and skiers. The Vernal Equinox, meanwhile, is one month from today (March 20). …

Humans aren’t the only ones confused by the unseasonably warm and dry weather. Red-winged blackbirds, normally not seen until March or April, have been heard outside Mammoth windows this week. Their melodic sound is beautiful, but a little disconcerting so early in the year. …

All you desert hounds out there, Death Valley National Park is undergoing some big changes in how backcountry camping and travel is managed, after a relatively free-wheeling management style as the former National Monument transitioned to a more regulated National Park these past decades. They include mandatory permits for backcountry use, camping one mile from paved roads and some dirt roads and other changes. However, the sequester, along with and budget cuts are delaying implementing some of these. Best to check out the park’s website before you get caught doing something you shouldn’t. And no, the Saline Valley Hotsprings aren’t covered in the new plan. Whew! …

Kudos to the Mono County Paramedics, who, on a dime’s worth of notice, raised hundreds of dollars last weekend to restock the Salvation Army’s bare-bones food pantry here in Mammoth Lakes. A volunteer who works the food bank, located on Laurel Mountain Road across the street from Alpen Veterinary Hospital in the Higerd Plumbing building and open Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., said he has never seen so much food in the pantry in the three years its been open. “It’s an amazing gift,” Roger Barker said. “Now, I just want people to know it’s here.” A big “Thank You” to the men and women in blue, from Barker and all of us. …

Dr. Michael Karch sent a thank you letter to the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary for its $14,000 cash donation to Mammoth Medical Mission. He writes, “Your donation will be used to assist our organization in quickly rebuilding our medical and preparedness stockpiles such that, consistent with our mission, we can continue to provide quality medical and humanitarian aid to underserved rural and mountain communities worldwide, as well as to respond to large-scale disaster and mass casualty events at home and around the globe.” …

For all the whining around here, you’d think the year-around air service at the Mammoth Yosemite Airport is some kind of curse, that is until you try to get a flight at the last minute from Mammoth to the West Coast and find not only can you avoid the long drive to Reno and the overnight stay before your 6 a.m. flight the next morning, but it’s cheaper to fly from, too. …

It’s been a while since we said thanks to the folks at the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Center, whose quiet work fixing up broken and/or sick hawks, ravens, raccoons, eagles, blackbirds, nuthatches, squirrels and all manner of Eastside critters goes on day after day, on a shoestring budget, powered mostly by volunteers. Way to go, Cindy Kamler and the crew. If you want to help or donate, give them a call at 760-872-1487. … 

Happy Birthday to Nancy Fiddler, Kristin Broumas, Erica Sutch, and Jeremy Goico! …

Mark Dewey, Mammoth Lakes native and son of Don Dewey and Kristi Dewey Beck, was married at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, to Jacqueline Lee (from Honolulu). The Mammoth High alumni who were in attendance: bridesmaid Lisa Dewey ‘01, best man Alex Kukulus ‘97, and  groomsman Benjamin Stump ‘97. The happy couple recently moved from Southern California to Atlanta, where Jacqueline works as a strategy development manager for Turner Entertainment Networks and Mark continues a successful career in venture capital, currently serving as interim COO for a local investment group.

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