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What's up, up here? Feb. 6-12 | News snippets from here and there

February 6, 2014

The Mammoth Times is read all over ... the world. Malcolm and Sharon Clark hold a copy of the paper in Antarctica on Jan. 10. Photo/Submitted

 

Missing Pets! Keep your eyes open for a gray and white longhaired cat named Gracie, last seen at Sierra Park Villas. There’s a $1,000 reward for her safe return. …

 

Burton is also missing, last seen near Grumpy’s, a male black lab mix with a white chest. Please call the Mammoth Times at 760-934-3929 with any leads. …

 

The Mammoth Jazz Jubilee has once again been honored by winning two gold awards at the 20th annual Calfest convention in Anaheim this past January. The Jazzsters won for their 25th annual brochure and won again for the 25th annual program. Members of Calfest are events and event suppliers from all over California and Nevada. The Calfest group of 250-plus members represents over 5,000 events. …

 

Welcome aboard, assistant planner Ruth Traxler, and might your Mammoth plans include maybe a leetle more snow? …

Hey you hoopsters. Instructional basketball begins tonight (Thursday, Feb. 6) for 1st and 2nd grade girls and boys. It happens every Thursday night 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the MMS gym, sez Rec Gadabout John Connolly. It’s all good, and all free. Sign up online or just show up, sez the Pony-Tailed One. …

 

Mary Lincoln never forgot, and neither should we: It’s Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 12, Presidents Day (Feb. 17) notwithstanding. Lincoln’s dog’s name was Fido, by the way, which is why we celebrate The Beeg Boy’s birthday, too, right along with Honest Abe. The Big Red Lug has reached 6 years old. …

 

It took about 26 pages, filled with documentation, rules, regs and cautionary tales, but Mono County attorney Marshall Rudolph is all set to write an ordinance into law that says the new county logo is good to go. Who knew it would be this complicated? …

 

Back on the Mono Basin front lines are Lisa Cutting, Tim Hansen and Mark Logan, who all won reappointments this week to the Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC) up thataway. …

 

We don’t know the Latin species name, but those birds singing out there in the Jeffrey pines this week haven’t been around since last year in February. It means only one thing: Spring! Normally at this time of the year, we’d be buried under about 20 feet of snow and happy to start thinking about spring, but seeing as we really haven’t had a winter, maybe not so much. Still, was sure nice to hear their beautiful song. ...

 

From the “Who’d-have-thunk-it?” files: Inyo County is considering banning all plastic grocery bags, following in the footsteps of the likes of San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, et al. …

 

Yes, you saw right, there are new, freshly groomed cross country ski tracks—free to the public—behind the Shady Rest campground again, first time this season. Thanks to Paul McFarland, of Friends of the Inyo, who came to the rescue this winter after Mammoth Nordic went MIA. And thanks to the Mammoth Lakes Town Council, which agreed to fork out the Measure R Funds for the grooming. …

 

Speaking of cross country skiing, wasn’t this past week fantastic up at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and out by the Scenic Loop Road and Inyo Craters area? Talk about perfection. It was almost worth the three-month wait. ...

 

A special shout-out to the under-the-radar efforts of Rick Elkus, who has regularly donated $5,000 a year to make sure the Crowley Lake Fireworks show goes on. He doesn’t get his name out there, but we sure are appreciative. ...

 

Happy Birthdays to Lynne Blanche and Kerrick Helton! … 

 

Unfortunately, the Weather Guy Dweeb, aka Howard Sheckter, had some bad news for us this week after last week’s snow-white high. The dreaded high pressure ridge that has kept an entire winter’s worth of storms away from the state and which made 2013 the driest year in 500 years is BACK, making sure the so-called “MoJo,” or Madden Julian Oscillation, that would normally allow storms to break through, “keeps circulating the same like a skipping record,” so “either it’s going to be colder than normal and drier than normal or, warmer than normal and drier than normal.” … 

 

There’s not much to say by way of the proposed new cell tower at the intersection of Chalfant Road and U.S. 6, but Supe Fred Stump doesn’t see why a deal with AT&T can’t move forward. It’s not on sage grouse habitat, sez he, it’s miles away from anybody living nearby and visual mitigations oughta be a piece of cake. “Stonewall” Stump (nickname via Tim Alpers) hints (strongly) that progress is, in fact, being made. …

 

The Queen of the Kids’ Fly Fishing Festival, Gaye Mueller, says she’s mixing things up a bit this year, with FEWER raffles. The problem was that the event is so popular, people just kept hanging around for the raffles, thereby blocking those who want to fish. …

 

We could have sworn we saw Ollie the Marmot scurrying back to his burrow “at resort level” last Sunday morning, when the rest of the world was celebrating Groundhog Day. If Ollie can be believed, and Howard Sheckter says “Why not?” that means six weeks of an extended winter in the high country. …

 

The go-getters at the Local Transportation Committee did, in fact, send a sharply worded missive to Caltrans Chief Tom Hallenbeck, arguing to pleez, pleez, pleez help in opening Tioga Pass (S.R. 120) as soon as possible this coming spring. …

 

Good news for readers with funds moving forward to pay for a new library at Crowley Lake, so say the Supes. …

 

And finally, yes, it was MINUS 12 in Bridgeport Tuesday morning. Not even the Bodie Miner was kicking up his heels that day.

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