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What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 22-29 'All the News That Fits, We Print!'

November 28, 2012

The sun also rises ... in Mammoth. Photo/Wendilyn Grasseschi

It’s official: Vons’ big remodel is set for April with the pharmacy and Starbucks moving up to the old Elegant Bath space next to the Minaret Cinema and to the atrium space within the mall. Also up for a re-do is the outside of the building, with special emphasis on fixing the “skateboard steps” conundrum. …

 

That was some big snowslide last weekend beneath the Drop Out and Wipe Out chutes, so it’s not surprising that the Ski Patrol was out in force Monday morning, boom-boom-booming their way across the hill. …

 

That was a sweet move by Stacey Powells and KMMT at this last week’s pie auction, this year on behalf of Flyin’ Brian Jones, suffering from multiple myeloma. Brian is married to local journalist Cleland Hoff and they, along with their son, Blaise, have been fighting this thing mighty hard. … 

 

The alpine ice-skating season, which was so good to the blade runners last year, lasted three days this year, sez that shutterbug skater John Dittli. Ah, well, three days was good enough for some nice pix. …

 

Good scheduling by the Town-County Liaison Committee. Nothing quite like a Wednesday evening meeting on the night before Thanksgiving, eh? …

 

Old pal Bill Dunkelberger, who held down the fort in our section of the BLM for years before heading to Colorado, is back, now serving as Forest Supervisor at the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and that is a win-win for everyone involved. He’ll manage 6.3 million acres in the largest National Forest in the Lower 48. …

 

There is a frantic Dane overseas who is looking for help in recovering a bracelet she lost while in Death Valley or Mammoth RV Park. Her name is Birgit Hjermaek, and she’s offering $200 for anyone who finds it, sez MLPD Detective Doug Hornbeck. Simply call +45 2334 5576. She’ll pay for shipping. …

 

Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, and other waterfalls in Yosemite Valley are flowing again after last weekend’s storm produced about two inches of rain. Yosemite Falls, which has been dry for several months due to an exceptionally dry year, is flowing again for the first time since mid-July. The park recorded one of the driest years on record, and the driest winter since 2007. Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent: “After such a dry period, seeing the waterfalls flowing again is spectacular.” …

 

It was nice to meet and chat with Rory Carroll of The Guardian (UK) this past week. He and his wife were in town to do a story about Mammoth’s brush with bankruptcy, and also to do some work over at Deep Springs College. Never been up here before. Loved it, sez he. …

 

That smoke earlier this week in the Lakes Basin was pretty wild, but not a wildfire. Forest Service crews were doing some burns of leftover slash from this past summer’s work on Panorama Dome, giving Mammoth a summerish smoke haze and deeply rooted summerish scents, right here at the start of winter. …

 

Yegads, it didn’t take Dion Agee long to land on his feet. He’s the new publisher of the Inyo Register, and newly MARRIED as well (to Dierdre Shelton). Big week, we’d say (and congrats!). …

 

There’s no time to lose on getting some deeply discounted airfares to Mammoth, says the Mammoth Tourism crew. There are six-packs and 10-packs on flights to and from L.A. Thing is, ya gotta buy ‘em before Nov. 30 though, so hedzup, alla youse. Details at VisitMammoth.com. …

 

Nice video promoting the Mammoth Half Marathon and 5K next June 23. Makes you kinda wanna fast-forward to June, but then we’d miss the winter, and can’t have that. Anyhoo, the short vid resides at www.mammothhalfmarthon.com.

 

Just for the heck of it: wind buff. …

 

Mammoth’s most vociferous Duck, Tony Colosardo, says there are good reasons to never bet on college football, and one of them is named “Stanford.”

 

Something for the imagination: Hot Chicks (you know who you are) moving across OMR to join up with the Hot Chicks at the Java Joint (ditto). Paperwork to have been wrapped up this week. And all chicks involved are super-chickstoked. …

 

Meanwhile, here at The Plaza, we’re (tearfully) saying goodbye to Teresa Aragon, and (joyfully) welcoming Tiffany Tyree as the new business manager, along with Lesley-Ann Hoxie as new business assistant.  …

 

A swell time was had by all in San Francisco’s Star Trek Fest last weekend, none so much as Nyota Uhura, Enterprise communications officer, dressed up as Lily Michelon Rosenthal. …

 

Goodbye to Newhall Coffee Roasting Company at Mammoth Mountain. Don’t let the lid hitchya on the way out. And hallo, Illy. We’ve been waiting. A tip of the toque to Chef Marc Mora for setting up the matchmaking. . . 

 

Finally, it’s the end of the line for the best ongoing party series around. John Cunningham and Evanne Jardine started the series on 01-01-01, continued it on 02-02-02, 03-03-03, 04-04-04, and so on. So now we reach 12-12-12 and th- th- th- that’s all, folks. A toast is in order.

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