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What's up, up here? June 13 - June 20

June 17, 2013

Goodbye and farewell to Lt. John Mairof the MLPD. He arrived in Mammoth from the beach as a liftie in the Long Ago, entered law enforcement, held down the fort in Hawthorne, and then came here, becoming Chief Dan Watson’ssecond-in-command. He was a terrific canine handler and good teammate with Steve Searlesin the wildlife management. Lotsa people around here figure Mammoth was the better for having him around, and will be the worse for losing him (to budget constraints). Mair got a nice nodfrom the Town Councillast week. …

The Town’s finance departmentlast month hired Susan Cashas an accountant, and we like the sound of that. …

Is it even remotely possible that we left out our good friends, the Friends of the Inyo, in last week’s item about the successful commencement of the Summer of Stewardshipprogram on Panorama Dome? Yeah, we did. Scheez. Next up for the stewards is July 6, for work on the Uptown/Downtown mountain bike trailand the Earthquake Fault Trail. ……

That’s Shirley Seydelof Footloose Sportswho wins this month’s Chamber of Commerce “Mammoth Ambassador” for being, in CofC-speak,  “A person who goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide great service to visitors and residents alike, the kind of service that wins customer loyalty not just for Footloose but for Mammoth.” …

New eatery: the new “Garden of Eatin”  oughta be open by July 1, says proprietor Lynne Blanche. …

Vonsconstruction update: the pharmacy and Starbuckshave movedand are currently operating out of their new location in Minaret Villageacross from Tailwaggersand Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. As for finding items in Vons, you can pick up a shopper map at the service desk to help. Peanut butter is on aisle nine next to the fishing gear! …

And Digital 395 Update, from Nate Greenberg, who reported to the Town Councillast week that the backbone from Barstow to Carson is almost done, and the Last Mileis more or less on schedule for the fall. …

On June 10, 1976, the Mono Basin Research Groupbegan its study of the Mono Lake ecosystem. Yegads. Was it really 37 years ago? …

It’s great to see Gale “MX-Mom” Webbback in town with truck and trailer, promoting kids’ motocross/skateboard/athletic activities still. She’s still the only personwe’ve ever met—or ever hope to meet—who crashed into the groundafter her parachute failed in a free-fall from an airplane. Broke practically every bone, but the crash didn’t touch her heart. …

Seamhead Alert: Four local athletes are on their way to Florida (!) to play ball with the SoCal National Travel Teamunder the direction of June Lake Coach Scott Luke. Dylan MartinU14, Barrett CalvinU14 and Cody UnderkofflerU14, will be playing in USA baseball showcase tournaments in Jupiter, Florida, on June 18-26, then travel to Ft. Meyers June 28-July 3 for a Perfect Game Tournament. Lucas Underkoffler, meanwhile, will play in a U17 USA Baseball showcase in Jupiter June 18-28, then Travel to Marietta, Ga., for a Perfect Game U18 Tournament June 29-July 5.  Mammoth High School pitching Coach John Martinwill act as the head coach for the U14s and be assisted by Coach Carl Underkoffler. Coach Craig Calvinwill be joining them for the second week in Ft. Meyers. MHS assistant and hitting Coach Brent Forsythwill be assisting Skipper Scottwith the U17 teams in Jupiter. …

Next Monday’s the day Snowcreekbegins Tiny Totslessons (ages 4-6), and Tuesday the juniors begin lessons(ages 7-12). Call Snowcreek at 760-934-8511 or visit mammothtennis.com for more details, and what strings are attached. …

As if he doesn’t have enough to do, Mammoth Lakes Tourism chieftain John Urdiin August begins a term with the board of directors of the California Travel Assn. He already has tie-ins with the U.S. Travel Associationand The National Destinations Council. …

Representatives with U.S. track and fieldwere in town last week finalizing the course and the plans for the June 23 first-ever Mammoth Half Marathon. The course has been measured by a USATF certified coursemeasurer and official certification paperwork is in progress. So far, 990 runners are signed up, with a cap set at 1,200. ...

Plenty of congrats balloonsand flowerson the last day of classes at the schools, but NUTHIN’ like the cluster of ’em in line at Vonsbefore the school day began. Looked like a gangster’s funeralin thar! High School Commencementis tomorrow (Friday) night, BTW. …

We like the sound of the “Dancin’ With the DevilWine Tasting Event,” a fundraiser for the Chalfant Valley Volunteer Fire Departmentat Chalfant Big Trees Farm and Feed, on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. More info at 760-873-7129. Special guest appearance by Luciferhimself. (Kidding). …

Some really swell drama at the high school on the last day of classes. For their finals, students in Julianna Olinka’stheater class performed original plays, with the theme of Yosemite National Park. The four plays chosen were written by Carson Bold(“Surviving Yosemite”); Griffin Meyers(“The Last Dinosaur”); Cole Presson(“Up the Creek Without a Paddle”); and Kate Wilson(“The Postcard”).  Sez Julianna: “I would have liked to produce many more of them, but time and casting created some limitations. However, each student was in at least one play, and almost every student took on a behind-the-scenes role in a play they were not appearing in.” …

At least a few Turner Propane customerswere a little surprised when they got AmeriGas bills this past month, but that’s what happens when one fish swallows another fish, eh? …

ANOTHER music festfor The Mam this summer: The first Stellar Fest is Sunday, Aug. 11, in front of Stellar Brewon Main St. On the sked (so far), are bands, artists, vendors, BBQ, booze, a kids’ play area, and live mural paintingon the side of Stellar Brew. Band lineups are starting to trickle in. …

And while we’re at it: The Mammoth Reggae Festival. …

Just so’s you know: the L.A. Timesreports at least 14 people have gone over falls along the Mist Trailin Yosemite National Parkin the last 10 years. None survived. …

And finally, North Korean leader Kim Jong Unhas ordered the construction of what he calls a “world class” ski resortin the country’s Kangwon Province, the North Korean state news agency reported recently. The ski area is located on Masik Hill, where heavy snowfall reportedly blankets the region’s 4,400-ft. peaksbetween November and March.

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