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What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 11 - 17

January 11, 2013

The first baby born in Mammoth this year is none other than Stephen Timothy Behnke, a new June Laker who arrived on New Year's Day at 6:18 a.m. Seven pounds, 4 ounces, says the Dad, Mike, who says he looks like a natural-born snowboarder. Mom Kaitlin, isn't so sure. Photo/Mike and Kaitlin Behnke

 

The first babyborn in Mammoth this year is none other than Stephen Timothy Behnke, a new June Lakerwho arrived on New Year’s Day at 6:18 a.m. Seven pounds, 4-ounces, says the Dad, Mike, who says he looks like a natural-born snowboarder. Mom Kaitlin, a skier, isn’t so sure. One thing we know, he’s the youngest-ever resident at the June Lake Marina, and won’t have to fight San Diego traffic, like his parents did up until just a coupla months ago. ...

Andrew and Deena, who need no last names, hosted a host of coaches and staff of the Japanese Athletic Federationin Mammoth last weekend, and everybody had a fine time. ...

Celebrity watch: That was Justin Bieberin town, right? Yup. ...

A few weeks ago, Hizzoner Matthew Lehmanfloated the idea of a big Winter Carnivalin February, but that’s now out the window until next year. Too little time to plan it. But for 2014, watch out! Hmm, oughta be just about time for the 2014 Winter Olympics, we’d say. ...

Here’s Lynn Blanche, who incorporated Hot Chicksinto her Java Jointjoint at the Minaret Mall: “The chicken has crossed the road!” We’d ask why, but that might be one cluck too many. ...

Just for the heck of it, courtesy of “The Butcher:” Sandra Di Domizio. ...

The last time we saw Huell Howserwas last fall, when he was doing one of his “California Gold” TV shows from Devils Postpile. Great guy, just as nice face-to-face as he was on his popular show. Sadly, he is gone, having died this week, just a month or so after announcing his retirement from KCET, public television in L.A. RIP, Huell Burnley Howser, dead at 67. ...

Can anyone believe that James Wilson, of Wilson’s Eastside Sportsin Bishop, would ever retire? Nope. But he did, and the store is now under new ownership, by long-time Eastside Sports chief-of-many-things Chris Iversonand her husband, Todd Vogel, a mountaineering guide…

Not only does Mono County have a new sheriff, Ralph Obenberger, after former Sheriff Rick Schollresigned late last year, the county now has a new Undersheriff, after the Mono County Board of Supervisors approved a contract for Robert Weber. ...

Wishing swift healing to the seemingly inexhaustible Connie Black, who had to be flown to Southern California for treatment after hitting her headduring a bad fall recently. According to her son, Ralph Lockhart, who co-owns the Double Eagle Resort and Spain June Lake with his mother, Connie is on the mend. …

Hearty congrats to Crowley Lake’s Vince Maniaci, the new Long Valley Fire Chief after former Chief Fred Stumpgave up his fire retardant coat for a jacket and tie on the Mono County Board of Supervisors’ dais this week. …

Everyone is looking at the new running track, wondering if the prodigious snow this season might damage the all-weather running surface. So far, no problems at all, says the “Go-To Gadget Man,” Dennis Rottner. ...

The Metabolic Studiowill host a free tortilla workshopon Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Main St. at Willow in Lone Pine.  For more information, call Janeat 510-468-7113. …

Bill Sauserand his Recreation Commissioncohorts are trying to pin down a time they can engineer a ribbon cuttingfor the new Trail’s End Parkon Lower Minaret Blvd. and they are aiming for May. The way things are shaping up, there might still be snow down thataway in April. ...

And while we’re on the subject of the Rec Commission, $250,000 in approved Measure U fundsis going to the Special Events crowdright away instead of next summer, for obvious reasons. For those who think ahead, this is the time of year when summer is very much top of mind. ...

Town Councilman Michael Raimondois floating an idea to somehow turn the community tennis courtsinto an overflow parking areafor Village customersduring peak times, even though he voted for $7,000 in Measure R funds to patch up the very same tennis courts.

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