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What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 20-16, this week starring the Usual Suspects

July 20, 2012

A stormy sunset over Mammoth-Yesmite Airport, Friday, July 13/Photo Jesse Barlet

Mammoth did all right on the Fourth of July Fireworks at Crowley Lake this year, and kudos all around. But Bill Sauser, recreation commissioner, has a burr under his saddle regarding the freeloaders who watch the fireworks from beyond, and he knows they’re locals, especially on the back side of Crowley. “Nobody else would know how to even get back there!” he said. Even so, Big Bill said everybody had a good time and the fireworks “were just spectacular.” …

Born in La France on le quatorze juillet? Aux barricades, Claude Fiddler! Et Joyeux Anniversaire à vous! …

Big blowout story about marathoner Ryan Hall in last Sunday’s New York Times. Nice to get to know him a lot better. The paper’s lead Olympic correspondent, Jere Longman, reported and wrote it. …

Mono County made a big splash at the California State Fair in Sacramento, where it won a gold ribbon for its “Bodie” display. ...

Was that really KMMT’s Stacey P. taking bets on first snowfall last Wednesday? (Yup.) Really? …

That book-thing put out by Wendi Grasseschi, “Go On, Get Out There” is jumping off the shelves at the Booky Joint, says proprietor Dave Leonard, who says there will be yet another book-signing by the author sometime in August. …

Speaking of Dave and the Joint, the big-big-big sellers this summer are the “Shades of Grey” books. We figger WG could do an offshoot of GOGOT and call it something like “Fifty Shades of Grey Granite.”

Stu Brown, done for now with his public cricket matches is going to fly the coop for a month or so to go back to his native Down Under. The Aussies and Kiwis are having quite a ski season this summer. Asked if he were to jump on the boards for mega-turns, Stu sez “Damn straight, mate!” …

Give any commission two hours to complete a projected half-hour of business, and it’ll take the whole two hours. Written in stone, and proved this past week by the Recreation Commish. …

Quasi-nice write-up on Mammoth trout fishing in this past week’s L.A. Times’ “Weekend Escape” column. Author Chris Erskine recommends cooking in camp, though, on account of Mammoth’s “mostly mediocre restaurants.” Can’t please all the people all the time, we say. …

Two new studies in the peer-reviewed journal Science cast more doubt on a study done at Mono Lake that stated that arsenic, considered toxic to life, can replace phosphorus as a “building block of life” in some cases, such as in the arsenic-rich waters of Mono Lake. The then-NASA scientist who came up to the lake back in 2010 to trumpet her study in a nationally televised address, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, said the new studies don’t contradict her work. …

Just for the heck of it: Mike Trout. …

We remember when Bluesapalooza was just two days and kinda cute and kinda small, as these things go. It’s hard to fathom that Sean Turner and his crew have made it Mammoth’s summer centerpiece event, this year going to a fourth day (Thursday), which will be fulla free concerts, the better to entertain the hoards while at the same time giving time to do sound-checks and the like. …

Happy Birthday, Warren Harrell! That would be 60, right? …

That was darned cool of Kathleen and Paul Rudder for dedicating last Wednesday’s Farmers Market to Skip Harvey, whose Base Camp Café is within spitting distance of the zucchini at the Mammoth Luxury Outlet Mall. They had Skip’s iPod plugged into his own tunes, hooked to a speaker. …

We at the “What’s Up” desk are contemplating a “You know you’re in Mammoth when …” contest. Winner gets quote published and a meet-and-greet with Fido. Or something else. Send ‘em in and we’ll see where it goes. …

Getting the Olympic Spirit? We are, and we figger maybe getting in on that U.S. medals pool at Shogun. Ten bucks a square, and Go Meb Go! Go, Morgan Go! And Go Amy Go! And go-go-go to all the other Mammoth-related runners, too. …

Long Valley Fire Chief Fred Stump will be hanging up his boots in October, just in time to head to the Mono County Board of Supervisors chambers in Bridgeport in January. The 11-year veteran said his replacement will be Vince Maniaci, (“Maniac with an i”) whom Stump has worked with for the past several years. …

New compilation of long-term data from the White Mountain Research Station is showing a warming trend of .5 to 1.5 degrees Celsius, based on non-filtered nightly low temperature data. You scientists out thar can make up your own mind what’s up about that, up there. …

The Mammoth Times is throwing a launch party for its 56th issue of Mammoth Sierra Magazine, and you’re invited. Get a sneak peek at the issue before it hits the streets. Party-hardy with us Aug. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Times’ offices.

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