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What's up, up here? | March 20-26

March 24, 2014

Cory Denton,skiing on one leg, in the Village Championships. Photo/Susan Morning

Good news, sez Fido, to have the Bishop Veterinary Hospital in the Minaret Mall in Mammoth. Leading the effort is Thomas J. Talbot, DVM, giving Mammoth’s pets another medical option, to go along with Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa. Taking calls now at 760-934-2287. …

 

The final draft of the Tuolumne River Plan was released last week, and it includes some changes to which Eastsiders might need to adjust, such as a ban on roadside parking on the Tioga Road. For more information, check out mammothtimes.com. …

 

And speaking of parks, there’s a big meeting tonight, March 20, at the Mammoth Lakes Community Center on how to get involved and plan for our own parks here in Mammoth. Starts at 4 p.m., goes to 7 p.m., check out mammothtimes.com or the Mammoth Times Facebook page for more information. …

 

Also tonight, interested parties—you know who you are—can learn about the impacts of climate change on the seasonal behavior of our local flora and fauna. The White Mountain Research Center in Bishop is hosting a talk about the California Phenology Project, a new statewide monitoring project involving scientists, educators, and the public, from 7 to 9 p.m. …

 

Olympian Stacey Cook is back in the country, and ripping it at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships in Tahoe this coming weekend. …

 

What with the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant Act (Yay, Abraham Lincoln!) all kinds of events, publications and celebrations are upon us, not the least of which is a nifty book called “Inspiring Generations: 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite.” A guaranteed good read, we say. …

 

Now that we’re in Lame Duck season, it was interesting to see Supes candidates Greg EckertStacy Corless, Kirk Stapp and Bill Sauser at the board meeting on Tuesday. …

 

It wasn’t exactly a kumbaya moment, but it was darned close last Friday when Mammoth Town Manager Dan Holler interviewed a candidate for the town’s public director, with Mono County Administrative Officer Jim Leddy sitting in. …

 

Caltrans chieftain Tim Hallenbeck says there’s still too much mud to open the Bodie Road all the way, but crews are ThisClose. …

 

Goodbye, farewell and good luck to Sergeant Major Jim Kirkland, who will retire as commander of the Marine Mountain Warfare Center in Bridgeport after many years in our mountains. All-around good guy. …

 

New wayfinding signs are on the way for the Village of June Lake, sez supervisor Tim Alpers, who says the monument signs southbound and northbound on U.S. 395 are hidden and out of date. …

 

A Super El Niño? Why not? After three dry years in a row, there’s increasing discussion out there in weather geekdom about not only a possible developing El Niño year ahead, but a “Super El Niño,” characterized by a wet season that could start as early as this August and stretch into next year. Although our own amateur weather forecaster Howard Sheckter IS NOT predicting such an event, he did give a link to someone who is, the “Weather Centre” folks, on his website, and it makes for some pretty interesting reading. …

 

On the above, it’s worth noting that the ever-cautious National Weather Service finally indicated wetter times might be ahead, this time giving Southern California and parts of the Sierra a higher than average chance of wetter than average conditions beginning in August. …

 

Tongue-twisting from the dais isn’t anything new, but even so, the aforesaid Alpers put forward a motion that even he got lost in. To minutes-taker Shannon Kendall, he asked, “Did that motion make sense to you?” Kendall: “Not really.” …

Ready, set, BOWL, starting March 30 at the brand spankin’ new Rock ‘n’ Bowl. It’ll be a soft launch, sez developer Dan O’Connell, with the upstairs restaurant, golf simulators, etc., opening after the bowling scene gets rolling. ...

 

A ski co-op in Bear Valley, based on the Mad River Glen (Vt.) model, is still an idea worth considering, say the people over that-a-way. But of the more than 450 ski areas in the U.S., it’s the only successful cooperative. “We get two or three calls a year from other ski areas that want to go co-op,” said Mad River’s Eric Friedman. “After the call, I always say, ‘They don’t have a prayer.’” The problems often are threefold: a bad business model, not enough money and lack of passion, Friedman said. Still, Friedman says Bear Valley, on S.R. 4 near Arnold, has a chance. “The money is within the realm of reality. And they have the passion—the homeowners’ future depends on it. We’d like to see someone else pull it off.” …

 

Happy Birthdays to Gaylon TeSlaa (Go Cyclones!), Geoff McQuilkin, Stephanie Bedsworth, Natalie Wolf, Eric Butner, Sarah Carmichael, Kim Stravers (belated), Lori Michelon, Sue King, Ueli Luthi and our own Tiffany Tyree! …

 

The June Lake Triathlon is eight years old this July 12, and it has really come a long way. Currently, according to race organizer Alana Levin, the race is capped at 500 participants, who each bring an average of three other people with them to the event. With over 250 volunteers and staff, June Lake hosts over 2,000 people during the event, with visitors generating just under 1,800 room nights along the U.S. 395 corridor, mainly in June Lake. ...

 

The U.S. Travel Association last month appointed MLT Director John Urdi to its U.S. Travel Association’s board of directors. Where he finds the time, and he does, is beyond the scope of our imagination. … 

 

In the How Things Work Dept.: Asked what Town Attorney Andrew Morris might do in the formation of the Mammoth Lakes Recreation entity, no one could have said it more clearly than Hizzoner Rick Wood, saying, “We should charge him with the task of agreeing with us.”

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