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What's Up, Up Here? The news and gossip for May 11-17

May 11, 2012

 

First, to all the mothers out there: THANK YOU! ..

The Internet and email gods came down hard on the Mammoth Town Offices this week, blanking out during the day of Tuesday’s Big Meeting at Suite Z. …

Coming up tomorrow (Saturday), one of the best fun rides of the season, the Pamper Pedal, featuring the babes of Eastside Velo with their Man Slaves as support. Also cool is that Footloose had a women’s tech night last Tuesday to get those bikes into as good as shape as their riders. …

Lots and lots of great moon photos from last weekend’s Super Moon. Got a favorite?  Over here,  we’re liking John Dittli’s image from Donahue Pass and Mt. Lyell. …

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is still trying, trying, trying to get on the radar of the Tour of California, which begins next week, but so far, no go. Mammoth’s location is bad for a stage race, but the Mountain nevertheless bid for a Minden-to-Mammoth stage, with MMSA covering the costs of flying the cyclists to Fresno for the next stage. It’d cost ‘round about $250,000. Even so, Bill Cockroft says MMSA may host a big, big, BIG mountain biking championship next year, so stay tuned. …

We’re all over the gluten-free springtime cupcakes at Stellar Brew. Edible art is so … tongue-catching. …

Town Cleanup Day is May 19, with new rules: Bring your own trash bags, and no picnic this year, a sign of the times, but still a darned righteous endeavor. More info from John Connolly at the Town Offices. …

The town’s public works crew has finished one of its annual spring chores. That is, pulling up stakes. That would be snow stakes. The guy who takes the stake from the ground to the truck? A stake holder. Ha ha ha. …

Here’s Tourism Sagamor John Urdi, contemplating what bankruptcy would mean for the town: “Why is it that I think going through bankruptcy with the town would likely be less stressful than coaching little league?” …

What with the early spring, Recreation Director Stu Brown has this advice for Memorial Day visitors: “Bring your skis, snowboards, golf clubs, hiking shoes, mountain bikes, fishing poles, rock climbing gear, and your paddle boards.” …

Big Candidates Forum on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the council chambers (Suite Z) above Minaret Cinemas. C of C prez Brent Truax will moderate, and videographer Dan McConnell will carry it live on Channel 72. …

Four conservation groups filed a petition with the U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday to list the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act in the Sierra Nevada, Oregon’s Eastern Cascades and the Black Hills of eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota. That’s why the Friends of the Inyo were so thrilled to see them pecking about in Sherwin Lakes this spring. …

The town’s staff has developed a web application to help property owners, realtors, property management companies, and other members of the public to determine whether or not transient rentals are permitted on all property around town, says community development director Mark Wardlaw, who is spearheading the TOT enforcement drive. Gosh, what’s next? A transactional Web application? He says yes. …

Speaking of Apps and such, Leslie Dawson, the Education Coordinator Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve, reports that SNARL’s spring lecture series is now online, via Vimeo. Log on, then check it out at http://vimeo.com/41885323, and she sends hearty thanks to Bill and Nina Graham for the required audio and video hardware and to Paul Page for “moral and technical support and providing all the odd bits of hardware and cable we ended up needing.” …

Yeah, we can envy Tahoe on occasion, like its Marathon Weekend Sept. 28-30.  It’s been going on for 17 years and now features 30 (gasp!) events. …

There are cool jobs, and then there are cooler jobs, and Mammoth Foundation’s Juliana Olinka has a good one. She spent a coupla days in Napa Valley on behalf of the big Food & Wine Experience coming up July 6 to 8. Tickets go on sale today (Friday) ...

Is Mule Days really just around that there corner? Yup, it’s May 22-27 and we’re all bridled up, braying and ready to go.  So is Uncle Cracker, who will headline the arena concert on Thursday the 24th. He replaces Terri Clark, who cancelled because of scheduling conflicts. …

Ridiculous as it might seem, there is no magma chamber beneath the resurgent done, current geology tells us. The rise in the dome is tectonic, it appears, not volcanic. As for the “emergency escape Scenic Route,” built in response to the (now) non-existent magma chamber, about the worst place you’d want to be in a volcanic event would be on the emergency escape route road, so says geologist Bob Drake. …

Snowcreek’s John Morris has a cool sense of humor, in evidence in the otherwise staid special Town Council meeting on Tuesday. He said he was representing MLLA. What?!? “That’s the Mammoth Lakes Lodging Association,” quipped he, “just to keep the record straight.”

Tourism Director John Urdi emphasized tourism to the Chamber of Commerce.
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