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What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 16-22 starring Stu Brown, Bill Sauser, Joani Lynch and Team Supershred

November 16, 2012

On hand at Mammoth's Veterans Day pancake breakfast were (from left) Commanding Officer Col. J. J. Carroll of the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Mammoth Lakes Mayor Matthew Lehman and Sergeant-Major James Kirkland, also stationed at the U.S. Marine base.

The peeps at Mammoth Tourism aren’t just sitting around, you know. Expect some big news soon from John Urdi’s team regarding air packages. Mum’s the word for now, but we’d be keeping our eyes peeled for some pretty great bundling options. …

Recreation Commish Chair Bill Sauser, whose body type isn’t exactly Olympic-ready, to the Town Council: “We were just down at the new track, and it was awesome!” Mayor Matthew Lehman to Sauser: “Did you run some laps?” …

 

Out great friend Dieter Fiebiger rose from the audience at the Town Council meeting Wednesday to offer some of his views. While he was on his way to the podium, the wry Ken Coulter offered some advice: “Speak English this time!” …

 

The estimable Coulter, by the way, describes himself as “an ancient member of this community,” but we ourselves would be more charitable. …

 

Birthdays were fast and furious this week. Happy-happy to Sandra Di Dimizio, Joyce Turner, David Huebner and Kendra Knight-Horowitz, among the other Scorpios in our midst. …

 

Just a week after announcing his impending retirement, Mono County Sheriff Rick Scholl’s hand tired after that Vets Day pancake breakfast ….

 

Overheard in the Newsroom: Photographer: “Be back in a half hour. Going to shoot some veterans at the Fire Station.” …

 

That pickle-eatin’ Joani Lynch reminds us that Wednesday was National Pickle Day. Our own researchers say pickles have been a popular food for thousands of years. In 2030 B.C., cucumbers were imported from India to the Tigris Valley. There, they were first preserved and eaten as pickles. …

 

Just for the heck of it: Dungeness crab season is open in the Bay Area. Let’s get crackin.’ …

 

We can’t get this out of our collective head around here: Island Extravaganza, Dec. 8 at Canyon Lodge, is still our favorite party of the holidays. It’s $65, proceeds for to Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, there’s great food, a silent auction (Kathy Copeland notwithstanding) and this year, Gator Beat plying the stage. …

 

Little known secret is that Katie McWilliams, of KMMT fame, is, like, the Queen of Pecans. Her family has a pecan operation in South Georgia. This year’s harvest, reports she, was magnificent, and to prove it, she treated the Chamber crowd at Community Skis and Mammoth Brewery to some fresh, warm, salted nuts. Deelish. …

 

In the get-while-the-getting-is-good file: With only a 14 percent occupancy rate projected for this weekend, locals can rule the hill. We’ll ski you thar! It gets a bit cozier through the week in the lead-up to Thanksgiving, but only to 19 percent. …

 

The winner of this year’s Outdoor Book Award is Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail.  By Suzanne Roberts, published by the flatlanders at the University of Nebraska Press. Cool story of three women obsessing with weight, open competition with other women for men, and grappling with conflicted views of sex and relationships. Meanwhile, Jack and Kathy Copeland spent 31 days on the JMT this past fall, and we’re betting that hardly any of that stuff surfaced. …

 

Good tweet from our pal @stpowski: “Why are ski teams always ‘invading’ mountains? Why can’t they just visit, ski and have a good time? “’Team Supershred invades Mt. Shredly!’” …

 

That is SO COOL, the Free Movie Night (next Friday, Nov. 23) in June Lake features Hell’s Heroes, which 1929 black-and-white classic filmed in Bodie. At the June Lake Community Center. … 

 

Loved, loved LOVED last week’s Murder Mystery presentation, with playwright Mike Dostrow’s sensitive, subtle (er, not) jabs at the Town Council and the Gateway Project. The Lakefront audience was, on one night at least, a bit off the script and a little out of control, but what’s a Murder Mystery if not for a trip to the hospital for some laceration wounds, eh? (“Flying shards of glass, Batman!”). …

 

It wasn’t meant to be exactly the right place or time for a plug—that would be the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday—but Phillip Hetrzog, groom to the inestimable Robin Stater and owner of Mammoth Sporting Goods, used it anyway, to get in a shout-out for Robin’s soon-to-be women’s boutique, to be named, apparently, “Roma.” …

 

That was a big Opening Weekend for the ski hill. Although the execs usually keep numbers close to the vest, one of ’em let slip with last week, saying about 2,500 skier visits was about right. …

 

Every year the public servants and first-responders get together and simulate a complete and total disaster in our area, which is what went down this past Thursday. Conclusion: Stuart Brown really knows how to use a smartphone! The idea was to get ready for a Sandy-like situation, but in our case, ferget the ocean, toss in a blizzard during an earthquake, take away the power and you get the idea.

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