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What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth News and gossip for June 15-21

June 15, 2012

Separated at birth? On the left is Ray Davies, leader of the Kinks. To the right is Michael Raimondo, new Mammoth Town Council member. Question: Does Ray prefer skis to snowboards, or the way around? And is Michael prepared to work “All Day and All of the Night?” Photo collage/George Shirk

Dr. Carl Lind, the Bishop vet of choice for many locals, retires this summer, much to the chagrin of pet owners who have seen generations of their beloved pets survive and thrive under his expert care. It’s hard to replace a half-century of practice and the four-footers will miss him. …

Just when you might have thought we had too many of ‘em, it turns out we need more villains around here. That would be for the Shakespeare Festival’s “The Tempest,” and no one draws villains as well as Billy Shakes. Casting is open, call Lesley Bruns at 818-424-5552 or send email to lestravel@hotmail.com. …

Just one day into his latest visit to Mammoth, USGS geologist Wes Hildreth of Menlo Park sat alongside Bob and Sally Drake at Monday’s Forest Service lecture on what is now being called “The Devils Windstorm” on Nov.30-Dec.1. Hildreth is Long Valley’s point man for all things volcanic, and if he doesn’t have an answer, Bob does. …

Now that we’re on the subject of that lecture, we couldn’t help but notice that many of the Q-Tips among the throng were seated right below a display sign that said “Early Settlers.” Most of the youngsters were near the back, natch. …

Speaking of the windstorm, Mary Canada tells us of a nice photo of Deadman Summit, when a similar wind blew down the trees. That would have been 1923. No, Mary didn’t see it firsthand, you wiseacres. The shot is at the very excellent Eastern California Museum in Independence.  …

There are times when we’re just plainly Dead Wrong in Public, like last week, when we reported here that the Rock ‘n’ Bowl project was on hold until next year. Not true, said developer Dan O’Connell (not McConnell), who says the drawing are late, but the shovel oughta be in the ground this summer/fall. …

One fine day recently, while Park Service Ranger Deanna Dulen was scrapping her way through what’s left of the forest around Devils Postpile, she found a “straggler”—a through hiker who was a full week-and-a-half behind his schedule.  Her take: “Boy, was he HUNGRY!” …

Buh-Bye! Sandi Forstenzer and Danna Stroud, both longtime Mono County Tourism Commissioners are moving on, leaving behind a commission much the better for their dedication and knowledge. Forstenzer has served for 15 years, Stroud for six. Both move on to new endeavors, both will be staying in the area. …

It’s also Mono County District Attorney George Booth’s last month on the job. He retires at the end of the month, with former assistant DA Tim Kendall appointed to fill the remainder of Booth’s term (until the next election in 2014). The normally very pragmatic Booth waxed poetic Tuesday at the county supervisors meeting. “Don’t cry because it’s over, be glad because it happened,” he said. …

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day (sometimes abbreviated as TYDTWD) next Friday, and we think that’s worth barking about. It was first started in 1996 in the United Kingdom and June 24, 1999, in the United States. Created by Pet Sitters International, this day celebrates the great companions dogs make and encourages adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. Here at the MT, Mica, Skye, Kassie, and Zeppelin join the ubiquitous Fido is saying Happy Dog Day! …

How fast does it take to bake up a pizza? Howzabout 21 seconds?!?!?!? Woo hoo! Danny Farr-Dream Team Chef is coming to the Mammoth Food &Wine Experience this July with record-making pizza speed. …

Nice article by Kevin Baxter in the L.A. Times last weekend about Meb Keflizighi. Isn’t it about time that Kevin just move on up here and smell the granite? He’s done nice work up here. …

It’s almost hard to recognize John Walter these days, he whose trademark wild follicles sprung from his noggin. He is newly shorn and looks great. But we kinda liked the shaggy dog thing, ourselves. …

And what’s Brian Knox doing these days? Recovering from a separated shoulder and some various other injuries he got when he tipped over his mountain bike. Ouch! …

In the Annals of Justice Department, Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke will enter the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in September. Burke, who frequented Mammoth for training, died in a training accident last winter. 

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