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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 17-23

June 20, 2011

It’s Farmers Market time. What was a single table of produce just a few years ago is growing into a wonderful selection of produce, smoked trout, flowers, pottery, coffee and jewelry. Wednesday’s opening was a festive gathering of products and people. Times photo/Cheryl Hogan

If there are any dreamers out there who may have thought that Meb-the K has lost a step or two, they didn’t see him win the San Diego half -marathon two weekends ago in his home town. ...

In other running news, Deena Kastor finished 25th in the New York Road Runners half-marathon earlier this months, just three months after giving birth to her first child. Linat Masai ran away from a field that featured 12 Olympians to win in 31:40, 29 seconds ahead of Aheza Kiros of Ethiopia, to win her second straight Mini 10k. ...

Deena’s also a fab chef. “My two passions are running and food, and they play off each other well,” she sez. While she’s careful to select a balance of proteins, carbs and fats, she doesn’t obsess over numbers. “You can make it really scientific,” sez she, “but if you fuel yourself with wholesome foods, your body will perform well.” ...

Councilman Rick Wood missed the opening of Wednesday’s meeting on account of his son graduating high school. ...

The next phase of the Lakes Basin Special Study moves to the Cerro Coso computer lab Tuesday evening, said the bronzed John Wentworth, just back from skiing Green Creek Couloir. ...

Mammoth Ski and Racquet Club just plunked down about 20 grand on new bear-proof dumpsters, and we say “kudos!” ...
Steve Searles calls Johnny Goetz “The Energiver Bunny,” and we don’t disagree a whit...
Yup, that was local author Debbie Boucher at the Crowley Lake Library last Tuesday, signing copies of her last novel (and her first). ...

Don’t forget: It’s Free Swim Day at the Whitmore Pool tomorrow, 12-4. There will be food and BBQ as the tankers get ready for warm and wet days. ...

Get out and enjoy your nearest National Park for the first day of summer. The National Park Service is waiving all entrance fees on Tuesday, June 21. ...

Mother Nature continues to work hard, turning her head from California for the moment to the Chilean Andes, specifically to Valle Nevado Ski Resort in Chile, which got its first dump on June 7, just after our last big snow on June 6. ...

Matt O’Hara, also known as “Mofunk,” took his DJ prowess to London two weeks ago, spinning on May 29-30 at the Ministry of Sound and Fabric. For a day job he works a couple of days a week at Coldwell Banker. ...

Whoa! The first phase of a major makeover at Tenaya Lake, one of Yosemite’s most popular summer destinations, will restore wetlands and improve beach access with funding by Yosemite Conservancy. All it’s going to take is (gulp) $850,000. ...

Add a film award to Bear Whisperer Steve Searles’ wall. The two-hour 2010 premier was a Silver World Medal Winner at the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards recently. The film competed with some of the best television and film out there, and “The Bear Whisperer” got its award in the Nature and Wildlife category. Of course and congrats. ....

The strategy for good beer drinking, according to Jack Copeland, is to avoid the dark heavies and go for the ambers. “I like to drink my beer, not chew it,” sez he. ....

Sad day for all of us when Maggie Thompson leaves NPG Cable June 30. She rescued us here at the paper many a time with cable issues during snow, rain, heat and gloom of night. ...

Speaking of parties, it’s a grand and groovy going away party for Maggie starting at 5:30 on June 23 at the Westin (in the room behind the bar). $10, call Annette at the Chamber (760-934-6717).
On Town Cleanup Day, the aforementioned Searles filled 85 bags, but couldn’t top John Urdi’s “Vesuvius.”

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