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What's up, up here? | March 6-12

March 6, 2014

An Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care volunteer feeds one of the many injured wild critters, in this case, a baby mink. Photo/Submitted

Overheard on the political front: “OK, Shields and Colin, it’s up to you. Run, or be OK with Bigtime Danger ’round here.” …

 

The L.A. Marathon is this Sunday, and we wish all those ASICS people (see P. 6) well. …

 

Tuesday was National Pancake Day. …

 

The chief of the Mammoth Gendarmes, Dan Watson, says he’s as baffled as anyone as to why our crime arrest rate continues to plummet, but it may be that our visitors are a bit more of the Quality Variety. Presenting new statistics to the Town Council on Wednesday, he said, “Perhaps, as Mammoth Lakes matures as a community, our guests and visitors are becoming more civilized and less likely to engage in aggressive criminal behavior towards each other,” said he. “All of these are speculation at best, and I frankly cannot explain the dramatic reductions over the past few years except to add that perhaps good fortune is part of it.”  Over the past 10 years, arrests are down 40 percent at the very least. …

 

Post-Olympic Update: Yup, that’s Stacey Cook, hut-hopping her way from Alp to Alp, this past week in Val Gardena. …

 

It’s hard to keep a good man out of the emergency room, and if you have doubts, check in with Marc Gallin, this time nursing a broken leg. …

 

The big news coming out of the Mammoth Lakes Recreation meeting on Monday was that the transition committee settled on an actual name for the non-profit NGO. It will be—ta-da!—“Mammoth Lakes Recreation,” but it took a bit of discussion to get there. Colin Fernie wanted to avoid the trap that the Mammoth Lakes Trail System Coordinating Committee (MLTSCC) fell into. …

 

Welcome, Missy Brannen, to the MLR support staff, by the way. She reports San Diego still ain’t what it’s cracked up to be, comparatively speaking. …

 

The MLR people say it’s too early to look at potential board members, on account of they don’t know how many people will be on the board, what their qualifications should be, etc. But those who might be interested should shoot Town Manager Dan Holler an email and maybe consider showing up at a meeting or two, then take it from thar. …

 

The snow woman in the bikini in Crowley Lake, just about the best snow culture we’ve seen lately, was the creation of Cookie Phillips and Cathy Young, and we say, keep sculpting! …

 

WiFi service at Vons? You bet. WiFi service from the Town Offices, which everyone more or less owns? Still no. …

 

A surefire prescription for a good workout, reports tourism boss John Urdi, is to go Washington, D.C., with the VisitCalifornia contingent, and ping-pong yer way between the House office building and the Senate office building, a coupla times a day, then practice your turns once you’re in the belly of the beast. …

 

We got a peek at some of the new interpretive trails signs at this past week’s meeting of the Trails Committee (or the MLTSCC, for those in the know), and we gotta say, they’re snazzy, and all have QR codes to give visitors more info. Until the QR codes work, which will be sometime in the summer, they’ll be taped over, so as not to confuse the hoi polloi. …

 

For reasons we can’t quite explain, Mammoth seems to have more equilibrium when Ken and Flossie Coulter come back to town after a coupla months it the desert. …

 

To celebrate the City of Bishop becoming a “Tree City USA,” (actually, we had no idea!) the University of California Cooperative Extension, Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners will be leading a free Tree Walk around the environs of Home Street on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 9 a.m. The meet-up is the Southwest corner of Keough and Home Streets, and the walk is expected to last about 90 minutes. It’s a rain-or-shine event, by the way. …

 

The fourth annual Mammoth Food & Wine Experience announced the launch of ticket sales with an inclusive, limited-time, limited number of Champagne tickets. The Champagne ticket includes the Friday event launch with the Best-of-the-Best Burger Battle, the Friday night Wine Walk in the Village, three seminars of your choice (excluding premium priced seminars) and the always fun Saturday Grand Tasting.  To guarantee seating at the seminars of your choice, Champagne ticket holders oughta book their choices before April 15. …

 

Happy birthday, on March 13, to the one-and-only FireBall, still a kid at 47. Toasts and well wishers (a-hem) can join the Vons Iconoclast at the Mammoth Tavern on the 13th. He’s expecting you, you, and you, too. …

 

The town’s contract with the Friends of the Inyo, which provides XC ski trail grooming, runs out on March 15, but not to worry, sez Best Friend Laura Beardsley. The contract was based on needs and projected expenses, with winter having just now begun, there’s plenty of both left over from our woeful January and February. …

 

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday; the Vernal Equinox is March 20; Easter is April 20; and the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports is May 3.

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