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What's Up, Up Here? May 16- May 23

May 21, 2013

Pamper Pedal participants enjoy a break in the shade at stop #1 during the Eastside Velo’s 7th annual Pamper Pedal ride on Saturday, May 11. Refreshments were provided by Eastern Sierra’s newest bakery, East Side Bake Shop at McGee Creek Lodge. Photo/Aleksandra Gajewski

 

Brent Truax, erstwhile GM of the Westin-Monache Resort, is now GM of the Sierra Nevada Resorton Old Mammoth Road, with Rhonda Duggancontinuing as director of marketing and sales. …

Speaking of the Denver-based Westin, the Mammoth property is minus a general manager, an executive chef, a rooms manager, a restaurant managerand a director of sales. …

Bluesapalooza continues to boom along, this year actually turning away craft breweries who want in. There is room for “just” 70, reports Joyce Turner. …

And speaking of Mammoth Brewing, the Turnersinstalled three new tanks this past week, increasing capacity from 5,300 barrelsto 8,000 barrels, which is almost enough to satisfy the orders already on hand. …

Vons has new shopping cartsjust in time for the big remodeling project, and around here, that’s big news. …

Nancy Boardman, Mono County animal control director and overseer of the county’s two animal shelters for over 32 years, retires as of June 30. …

There’s a reason why poker-faced supervisor Fred Stumphas earned the nickname “Stonewall” from his fellow supes in Bridgeport. …

New verb being tossed around the business community these days: “T-Bidding,”and we like it. …

Six weeks of preparation for the 2013 June Lake Triathlonbegin on May 21, sez race director Alana Levin. The race is Saturday, July 13,and the camp is scheduled to get you race ready.  The spring camp meets every Tuesday night at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Whitmore Pool and Trackand every Saturday between 9-11 a.m. at June Lake Swim Beachthrough Saturday, June 29. To sign up or for information contact: info@highsierratri.org or visit: highsierratri.org/triathlon-camps. Levin, a USA Triathlon Coach, coaches each session. …

With the June 23 Mammoth Half-Marathonjust a month away, 700 of the 1,000 spotshave been filled, race organizers say. …

Happy Birthday to our bullish Taurus pals Lori Ciccarelli, Michael Gregory, John Moynier, Clayton Mendel, Cynthia Fleming, Tony Colosardo, and Chanel Gagnier! …

This, from Jeff Bybergabout last Saturday’s Seventh annual Pamper Pedal: “Last week’s rainy weather cleared for the Pamper Pedaland 125 ladies enjoyed a beautiful, sun-soaked day on the bike.  A HUGE shout of thanks to all the volunteersand man-slaves who helped make this event successful!  The ladies’ costuming was off the hook.” …

Golfers get your swing on: Sierra Star Golf Courseopens Friday the 17th and Snowcreekopens on May 24. …

Listen up Mammoth Festival goers! Chris Isaakand Brandi Carlileare coming to Mammoth Lakes this summer and headlining the event. You can’t go wrong with live music, wine tasting, and food, right? …

Just for the heck of it:Wavy Gravy is 77 years old this week. …

Tioga Passopened on May 11. Combined with last year’s May 7 opening, that makes for the earliest back-to-back openings since Yosemite began making records of the event. ...

An adult softball meetingis scheduled for Thursday, May 23, in the recreation office above Gio’s. Meanwhile, registration packetsare ready for pick-up at the Town Offices.  For more information on this summer league, please call or email John Connollyat 760-934-8989 x234 or scratch some email to him at Jconnolly@ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us. …

Lynda Salcidoreturned home Wednesday to the Eastern Sierra after hip surgery that kept her East of the Mississippifor a few more weeks than she had intended. Welcome home, Lynda. …

Another lunkerout of Lower Twin Lakesthis past week, this time a 14-pound brownie on Monday, May 13, according to Steve Marti, resort owner. ...

That was some drive for Melanie Vulgamore, longtime Eastern Sierra resident. Vulgamore, who was adopted at birth and spent most of her life in the Eastern Sierra, drove to Santa Barbara for Mother’s Day,hoping to surprise her biological mother, who was headed to Santa Barbaraon a cruise ship and knew nothing of the plan. But her mother’s ship was rerouted due to bad weather, bypassed Santa Barbara and headed up to San Francisco. Undeterred, Vulgamore got back in the car, headed to Mammoth and then took the newly opened Tioga Pass Roadto San Francisco. Whew!  ...

While we still have a coupla weeks of ski seasonhere in Mammoth, MMSA’s sister resort of Valle Nevadoin Chile, is ramping up for its winter season. All MVP pass holdersare entitled to seven days of free lift tickets or 20 percent off on all-inclusive packages. The Valle Nevado season starts June 28and lasts through early October. …

Next up on theEastside Velo’sambitious ride calendar is this coming Saturday, May 18, with the “Gran Boucle” (“The Big Loop”), which is a 100-mile,Bishop/Benton/Bishoppedal.  There are shorter “out and back” options if you’re not up for the big loop. More info at www.eastsidevelo.org. …

Town Cleanup Dayis this coming Saturday, too, and for details of how to manage the trash, check the town’s website or wing it by filling your trash bags, then dropping them off at the MHS Parking Lot, Community Center, Sierra Valley Sites, Canyon Lodgeand the Mammoth Disposal Transfer Station. Mammoth Creek Park will once again host the community picnicat 1 p.m., and be the HQ for Town Cleanup Day. …

With a late season pushacross the country, which saw mid-winter conditions into mid-March in Vermont, the National Ski Areas Association(NSAA) announced this past week that U.S. ski areas tallied an estimated 56.6 millionskier and snowboarder visits during the 2012-13 season, up 11 percent over the dismal 2011-12 seasonand thus representing the largest year-over-year gain in 30 years. …

Assemblyman Jim Patterson(R-Fresno), the author of legislation that attempted to chill coverage and investigations of animal cruelty asked the Assembly Agriculture Committeeto hold the bill, effectively killing it for the year. The legislation is sponsored by the California Cattleman’s Associationand would have required any person who willfully or knowingly photographs, records, or videotapes animal cruelty (as defined under existing law) to provide a copy of the photograph, recording, or videotape to local law enforcement within 120 hours of taking the photograph, recording, or videotape.

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