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What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 13-19, this week starring Mark Davis, Jerry Buss, Rusty Gregory, et. al.

July 13, 2012

Mammoth Ski/Snowboard team with their new bikes, along with MMCF’s Stacy Corless (far right). Photo/Susan H Morning

Local historian extraordinaire Mark Davis is doing wonders with the Hayden Cabin, moving ahead with new additions, installations and so on, to the delight of Mammoth history buffs everywhere. …

Speaking of Hayden Cabin, we caught up with Bill Sauser the other day on the lawn, taking in the first music of the Jazz Jubilee. He never looked more relaxed or carefree. Reminded of the 1 p.m. Measure U Advisory Committee meeting, though, a cloud drifted over Big Bill’s countenance. “You just ruined my day,” he said. …

Want to get in on the Valentine Reserve’s lovely educational walks?  Education Director Leslie Dawson politely sez fergetabouddit. The Bear Walk (yesterday) was full, as are the wildflower walks July 20 and July 25. There’s always next year, though. …

A gentle reminder, you Mudders. Only five-plus weeks left to train for the Mud Run. Joani Lynch at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area threw down the gauntlet last week. “Who’s in?”  She wants to know. …

Mammoth Track Club’s Josh Cox officially qualifies as a San Diego stud. The San Diego Track club designated him as a “legend” last week, then on Wednesday named its big race as “The Josh Cox 5,000.” …

Everybody knows this is National Park and Recreation Month, right? Rec manager Stu Brown said his gang will open the festivities with a Free Skate Day at the Mammoth Roller Rink tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ...

Lakers owner Jerry Buss last week was hospitalized at an undisclosed location because of dehydration, a team spokesman said Tuesday. Why are we so interested? It’s because Buss built the original Rafters, right here on Old Mammoth Road. Dr. Buss, 78, was taken to a hospital in December to treat blood clots in his legs, which were attributed to excessive travel. In this case, “He is recovering and is expected to be released soon,” Lakers publicist John Black said. …

Sez one MMSA executive: “There’s not a day goes by but that Vail Resorts doesn’t call,” and you can make of that what you will. …

Michael Raimondo, the Deli King and also town councilman, got a nice visit from his dad, Joe, who looks tanned, fit, and chipper. A Buffalo, N.Y. native, he (the Dad) lives in Phoenix now and has adopted the D-backs but still hangs on to that ol’ Yankees fever. Believe us: unless you have an hour or two for Joe, don’t even breathe the name “Yankees.”…

While we’re idling away here, we’d just like to say “Welcome San Berdoo to the B-rupt Party!” As for the Gadzooks Moment of the Week, here’s City Attorney James Penman, who said for 13 of the last 16 years, city budget officials had “falsified documents presented to the mayor and council.” Gosh. Makes us look like mere pikers. …

It sure has been fun in June Lake, engaging in big-time Cruise Control. There were people in the street with binoculars, engaging in excessive hush-hush whispers, the whole bit. Our Pal from June said while the locals were in the streets looking for him the other night, the paparazzi were in the bushes, and we say that’s what separates the pros from the rest of us. …

Cruise, meanwhile, commandeered a whole floor at the Westin while he was here, and the actor thought Old New York Deli breakfasts were tops, as indicated through a manager, who fetched food, leaving with a thumbs-up to the crew there. …

Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, along with the Sierra Cycling Foundation and Footloose, funded nine road bikes for Ski/Snowboard Team members’ dryland training this summer. We’ll keep you posted with training updates. …

Who says they don’t do math very well at Dartmouth? Rusty Gregory, that’s who, responding Wednesday evening to pointed questions from The Freebie vis-à-vis air subsidies. …

That was local businessman Tom Cage (Kittredge Sports, P3, etc.) in the Town Council chambers Wednesday evening, multi-tasking by perusing the brand new, hot-off-the-press L.L Bean Hunting catalogue. After a bitter exchange with Mono Supe Byng Hunt over airline subsidies, we got to wondering if Cage were actually going to use some of that stuff. …

Just for the heck of it: former FBI Director Louis Freeh. …

Mammoth Lakes Foundation maestro Evan Russell says the Food & Wine Experience was so popular that it had to turn away 50-100 customers. No tally yet for how much money the event raised, but it was a lot.

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