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What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 7

January 8, 2011

Our weekly roundup of what's what and who's who:

That was a bad week last week for the satellite TV customers, reception dishes filled with snow and signals blocked by snow-laden trees. “Not that was a big sports weekend or anything,” sighed the go-go John Urdi …

The Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show, available on the Web and Sunday mornings and on some radio stations, rolled into Mammoth last week during the Monday Whiteout and set up shop for a feature. The guests were Frederic Pierrel, the chef at Lakefront; pro skier Johnny Teller; Ski Host Phil Aberle; firefighter and ski patroller Brett Reed; Unbound Terrain Park manager Michael Gregory; Disabled Sports’ Kathy Copeland; Chris Benchetler, the pro skier and filmmaker, and finally, a certain senior writer for the MT. Shows start airing Jan. 15, streaming on www.petergreenberg.com 7-10 a.m. and on am.970theapple.com noon-3.Podcasts the next day. …

Hey that was CBS Evening News’ Terry McCarthy doing a piece about Mammoth during our mammoth storms in December. Appearing in the piece are skier Brad Fisher, longtime ski patroller Jayson Smith, Tonik owner Kristi Rowley, Footloose owner Tony Colasardo, skier Jamie Pirkl as well as the ubiquitous Rusty Gregory. The bit is 1-minute, 55-seconds and can be found by searching Mammoth Lakes at http://www.cbsnews.com/. …

That sure was some scuffle at the airport Saturday night. An irate Palo Alto-er, trying to catch the flight to SFO, found himself late, sped down U.S. 395, and, in trying to make the plane, got into a tough verbal altercation with the Hertz gang, then began hassling TSA agents. MLPD was on the scene toute suite, but it was CHP that made the arrest because of the guy’s driving, described by Dispatch as “plunging into traffic.” …

Chris Libby had a great time last fall traipsing around the peaks Back East. He got a nice welcome from hostess Jill Catino, one of our very favorite ex-Mammothites ...

By the end of the weekend, garbage was piled so high that (as usual) people just left their garbage bags by dumpsters, or even on top of them. “That brought the critters out,” said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles. But it wasn’t bears – they’re bearied (ha ha) and sleeping. Ravens, dogs and coyotes had a ball. ...
Speaking of the Bear Whisperer, he’ll be online with a new web site soon, with everything you need to know. ...

Ken and Edyth Irvine toasted their toes at Hot Chicks last Thursday while expressing gratitude that Fran Kelly was hosting them during their power outage. ...

Sarah Butner said “yes” to Ryan Wood’s engagement request during the Christmas holidays. They will make their home in Mammoth after he passes the bar exam.

The indefatigable champion of animals, Bishop ICARE’s Lisa Schade, and Spellbinder Books’ champion of the printed page, owner Lynn Almeida, raised $1,088 in December’s Christmas ICARE Shopping Day. Purchasers of coupons got a discount on books. Cool idea, great collaboration and good for the four-footers. ...

Robin Stater says she’s going to have a Facebook page soon for her Heaven and Earth Energy Jewelry. Cant wait! ...

That gaggle of 15 journalists on the ski hill this week are members of the West Coast chapter of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association, here thanks to Snowcreek’s Dan Horn and John Morris, along with VisitMammoth’s John Urdi. ...

Mono County Senior Planner Gwen Plummer leaves the county after 20 years. County supes gave her a good send-off Tuesday, reminiscing about the not-so-good old days when Plummer started her career with the county, working at the old rat-and- mice-infested sheriff’s substation out on Casa Diablo Road. ...
Speaking of county supes, District 2 (South County and Tri-Valley) supe Hap Hazard is now the chair of the board of supervisors, taking over from former Chair Byng Hunt Tuesday. Happy gavelling, Hap ...
And speaking of gavels, what’s up with new Superior Court Judge Mark Magit’s robe? Struggling with the black robe’s obscure fastenings before he was sworn in Tuesday, Magit was heard to mutter, “I guess I should have practiced first.” Congrats to Magit ...

And to Presiding Judge Stan Eller, who now takes the helm at the Mono County Superior Court ...
And a fond and very appreciative round of applause to retired Superior Court Judge Ed Forstenzer, whose seat Magit now takes. Although Forstenzer will continue to serve through the state’s assigned judge, 2010 was his last year of full-time service with the county. Thanks for 22 years of serving Mono County citizens with the highest integrity, Judge. ...

Joe Tichenor of Crowley Lake said his home thermometer registered -19 degrees early Wednesday morn, corroborated by a fellow on the ski lift, who said his car thermometer registered same as he drove through Tom’s Place.

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