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What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 5-12; this week starring Byng Hunt, Tom Crowe, Elaine Smith and Tom Cruise!

July 6, 2012

A reader's take on the Mammoth Lakes bankruptcy. Photo/Submitted

When L.A. really has to know the latest news from Mammoth, radio listeners turn to KNX 1070 news radio, don’t they? Sure they do. On Bankrupt Monday, as we like to call it, Jim and Diane called the MT for what we would characterize as an on-air, in-depth, carefully researched story on what Mammoth’s bankruptcy means. “Will skiers know the difference?” was the most incisive question in what turned into a long (for KNX) 10-second interview. … 

It’s not all gloom and doom up here. Old shutterbug pal Vern Clevenger, a regular at art shows just about everywhere we look, says his sales are popping and they’ve been that way all spring. …

Motorized boat tours on Mono Lake? Maybe. It used to happen—think Tom Crowe—and plenty of county residents want it to happen. Then again, plenty don’t. On Tuesday, Supe Byng Hunt deftly deferred the whole thing back for a “broader discussion” another few meetings out. …

The same kind of thing happened Tuesday with another potential political bomb—the question of whether it should be legal to shoot a gun on the county’s Conway Ranch property. Shooting was allowed on the big ranch until last year when bullets whizzing by Inland Aquaculture Group members raised alarm that someone might get hurt. Restrictions were set in place, the community found out, and much hullabaloo has ensued. …

Actor Tom Cruise is expected to be cruising around June Lake this weekend, filming the upcoming movie, “Oblivion” and maybe trolling for a new wife! …

That was a bit of an inauspicious start for the Farmers Market on the Fourth. By the time we got there, just two farmers stood their ground, with a handful of zucchini and some salad fixins. ...

Just for the heck of it: the Higgs boson. …

Two of our favorite backpackers, Kathy and Jack Copeland, are about to set out on a 32-day, 260-miler on the John Muir Trail. Good for them, but bad for us. It’ll be too quiet around town we say. …

Congrats to Elaine Smith and her High Sierra Striders who will break ground on the new track at Whitmore on Monday. Deena Kastor gave the project great props on FloTrack video during the U.S. Olympic Trials last week in Eugene. …

Yegads how time flies, eh? Jazz Jubilee is less than a week away, and our tip is Danny Coots with Titan Hot Seven. They are definitely “hot,” as in Nashville hot. …

Speaking of the music crowd, we’re getting more stoked every day for Johnny Winter at Bluesapalooza. His new recording has just as much blues as anyone could use. Trust us on this one. …

We loved-loved-loved seeing Larry and Karen Johnston’s Trojan Horse float during the Fourth of July Parade, and we especially appreciated the view from behind. Nothing quite like a horse’s patoot on the asphalt. …

Was it just us, or did the June Mountain float outdo the Mammoth Mountain float? Just askin’. …

Dogs everywhere loved the little girl who was doling out Milk Bones along the parade route, and you know you’re having a good time when your dog is having a great time.  …

That was John Urdi and His Crew in red, white and blue on Wednesday, with Mammoth Track Club jerseys. Sweet. …

Wildlife made a big noise during the parade. At the starting point, a bear ambled through the trees nearby, drawing equal parts squeals, howls and the usual, while a deer entertained the runners at the Footloose Freedom Mile race down Old Mammoth Road. Many squirrels, chipmunks and birds lined the route, too, but the Big Mams held sway, as per usual. …

Lotsa people in town, prompting Our Neighbor Walt to issue his periodic warning: “If you to make a left turn into traffic, don’t.” …

Deep Springs College was back in court this week, trying to untangle the issue of whether the all-male school will go co-ed. We’d like to think that the Deep Springers are so smart they could figger this out without a court. Peter Tracy, attorney from Bishop and former Mammoth Town Attorney is in on the action. Said one wag on the parade route the other day, “If Tracy says ‘go left,’ go right.”

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