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What's Up, Up Here? The news and gossip for May 25-31

May 25, 2012

It’s cool to see Wendilyn Grasseschi’s “Go on, Get Out There” book out and around this week, and to answer a persistent question, it’s “WEN-da-lin Gra-SESS-Ski.” She also answers to “Wendi” and also to “Hey You with the two collies!” Book signing at the Booky Joint Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. …

Kathy Cage leaves us, more or less, to be an engineer in Balboa (SoCal). Hubby Tom gives his complete blessings, and we’ll see her around from time to time. It ain’t what you think, you gossipmongers. “This is a business decision,” Kathy says. “We’re not splitting up!” ...

Happy Birthday to Bill LeFevre, Dan Hansen, Ruth Harrell and Jefferson Lanz, among many others. …

Those six HUGE rocks placed at the entrance to the Mono Lake Committee’s Welcome Center are Mono naturals, snagged from the Simis property just north of the lake, says Arya Degenhardt in a blog post.  …

Great great great shots of last Sunday’s solar eclipse. Too many to name all the shutterbugs, but we’re inclined to highlight our own artist, Jesse Barlet (p.14), “rhymes with Chevrolet,” in case yer wonderin’. …

Those were pretty great Visit California ads during coverage of the Amgen Tour, especially the bit from Rob Lowe touting Mammoth as “My favorite place to ski in the world.” …

We would like to toast Skadi and Chef Ian Algeroen for 17 years at the restaurant in Mammoth. Our collective taste buds will miss you, the food and the view, not to mention the convivial diners there. …

Friends, family, co-workers, and colleagues gathered last Saturday (May 12) to celebrate State Park Ranger Jim Pence’s retirement from six years serving in the Mono Basin, and over 32 years of State Park Ranger experience in California. Before serving at Bodie State Historic Park and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Jim worked at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Turlock Lake, Folsom Lake, and the North Fork of the American River. …

It takes WORK to get to the Ancient Bristlecone Pines, particularly on a bike. The indomitable Eastside Velos climbed up there last Sunday, with a “half-climb” for the squeamish. ...

She’s still got legs—Deena Kastor, that is, who took third in the 5,000 meters at the USATF High Performance Meet in Occidental last weekend. For those scoring at home, she did it in 15:23.51. …

Great Town Cleanup Day last weekend, and thanks to all, including 15 Mammoth Lakes CERT volunteers who showed up at the Best Western, and many other CERT members who volunteered to work other areas with other local volunteer groups. The CERTers started their cleanup at the Best Western with members working from Forest Trail up to the Motel 6 on Main Street. …

Monica Prelle is right at the top of our list of favorite outdoorsy people, and we’re not alone. She’s at the top of the list with the Outdoor Writers of California, too, having walked away with seven—seven!—writing awards earlier this month. …

Yup, that’s Aussie distance runner Ben St. Lawrence this month on our roads and trails, which apparently all lead to London these days. He’s going to try the 10k in his quest for gold, and all reports say he’s loving it up here, and loving the Snowcreek High Altitude Crib, as well. “My initial impressions of Mammoth are all positive,” says he. “I feel that this will be a great month of solid training in a breathtaking place.” On Tuesday, St. Lawrence was taking a few runs with Patrick Smythe, one of our own O-Hopefuls. …

Fore! It was nice to see the golfers out last weekend at Sierra Star, even if all the greens weren’t completely ready. Once No. 1 green opens, it’s Open Season on cars on Meridian Blvd. …

And while we’re on the tee, those who don’t play the game can use the word “golf” as a verb. Those who play golf, play golf. Think in basketball terms. Whatcha gonna do today? “Gonna basketball!” (Pet peeve from the newsroom). …

ESPN did a nice piece on its website regarding the men’s U.S. Olympic Marathon runners. “It would be hard to find a more congenial trio of competitors than Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman, who will represent the United States in the Olympic men’s marathon in London on Aug. 12.” How’d they get so darned congenial? One word: Mammoth. …

The Yosemite Half Dome Cables are in place as of today (Friday), but beware: a permit is required for the iconic hike.

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