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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 10-16

June 10, 2011

Hearty kudos to John Connolly and the Recreation Dept. crew for organizing Town Cleanup Day, which goes off tomorrow morning. Picnic at noon in Mammoth Creek Park. ...

Mammoth Motocross rolls into town next week (first practices are Thursday) and as usual we (and the restaurants) are jazzed. DC Moto is in on the act this year and will host a golf tournament at Sierra Star featuring DC motocross riders Tyler Bereman and Chris Plouffe in the competition....

Shane Scott of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, has been awarded the California Peace Officer’s Association’s Medal of Valor for his heroic and decisive actions in the rescue of a 22-year-old college athlete from a burning vehicle last August. ...

Heard that Matt Eoff, of Convict Lake Restaurant fame, has been tapped to chef for the bowling center restaurant. (See story, p. 1) ...

When she’s not on the local tennis courts humiliating the rest of us, our own Valerie White is on the volleyball court, playing for the gold medal team and being named to the All-Tournament team at the USA Volleyball Open Championships in Dallas last week. ...

At the Planning Commission this past week, the ubiquitous John Wentworth approached the podium and exclaimed, “I don’t have anything to say!” (pause) “It’s a new day!” ...

Coupla specialists are in Mammoth today, repairing and replacing chains to keep Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo out of restaurants’ recycled grease bins. ...

Speaking of Yogi Bear, Steve Searles said other day that the three-part television production, “The Bear Whisperer” is getting to be more popular overseas than here. It’s airing on Sky Television, which is vast, and he’s heard from people in Norway, the UK, and Russia and that it’s been views by “millions and millions of viewers internationally. ...

Meanwhile, Skip Harvey, proprietor of the Base Camp Café, said a couple of out-of-towners dropped by to see if they could catch a glimpse of Searles. Not so much interested in seeing an actual bear. ...

Yosemite’s waterfalls are expected to peak this coming Monday and Tuesday, according to park ranger Scott Gediman. Take Sonora Pass, go through town, find S.R. 120 and turn left. …

Longtime Mono County paramedic director Mark Mikulicich will retire this summer, after almost 20 years of service to Mono County residents. The county will sorely miss his level-headed, compassionate leadership. If only the perfect person for the perfect job were more common. …

Jim Arkens took the reins as interim Mono County Administrative Officer this week, following Dave Wilbrecht’s return to the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Welcome, Mr. Arkens. ….

And don’t tell us that there wasn’t something going on with the CHP a few weeks ago. After seeing the black-and-whites behind nearly every sage brush for nearly a month, U.S. 395 is once again relatively free for lead-footers to hit 70 and above. Uhhh… please don’t. …

We caught up with Shayla-the-Dog yesterday, lying in the sunshine outside Spike Todd’s Mammoth Liquors. But this time, she had stitches up and down her belly after a run-in with some barbed wire. Said Spike: “She was chasing a deer!” ...

Hey! See our new offices Tuesday at the Mammoth Chamber Mixer, here at the all new MT, 501 Old Mammoth Road, Unit 9, 5:30-7. Ribbon cutting along with delectables and refreshments. ...

We don’t envy Rec Commissioner Pat Agnitch for taking on one of the most impossible jobs in town government, which includes heading a herd of politicos on how to spend the $300K the public arts commission has lying on the table. Good luck with that, we say.

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