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What's Up, Up Here for Nov. 5

November 5, 2010

Hats off to Dan Wright and his cohorts in their Habitat for Humanity effort. Wright led a team of 13 Mammothites to Nepal, where they helped an international team build 40 houses. One member, John Eastman, came back 22 pounds lighter and carrying a bout of pneumonia, but he’s in good spirits from a job well done. ...

Heavenly Ski Area at Tahoe is building a mid-mountain structure called “Tamarack Lodge.” Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is trying to decide what to do about that. ...

Mammoth tourism wonk John Urdi is offering classes on social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Nov. 18, and his 8-12 a.m. class filled up so fast that he’s offering another from 1-5 p.m. ...

So the first thing out of Tim Hansen, District 4’s newly elected county supervisor, on Election Night at 11:30 when we called him about his win was, “Did I win?” His garb of choice is a flannel shirt and jeans but the Supes have a dress code. “Looks like I’ll be headed to Men’s Wearhouse.” ...

Dr. Byron Sansom’s effort toward suppling overseas troops with candy resulted in trick-or-treaters redeeming 21 pounds of candy for $21 by early Thursday. Good going, Doc. ...

One of the benefits of being in New York is, natch, the theater. Last Tuesday, our marathoner, Meb Keblizighi, was planning to attend his first Broadway play, five days in advance of the New York City marathon. His choice was veering toward “Lombardi,” about the great Greeen Bay coach. ...

By the way: Meb has just published his memoir: “Run to Overcome.” Can’t wait to read it, and the Booky Joint has orders in. ...

Speaking of the NYC Marathon, that’s the aforementioned tourism chief John Urdi, in the Big Apple and showcasing Mammoth’s high-altitude training. One problem: “I have to get a jacket and tie. ...
Deena Kastor, meanwhile, spoke to members of the New York Athletic Club, and she’s not even on the Heisman Trophy Committee. She’ll also be an analyst on network TV. ...

On the women’s side of the marathon, we’ve got our eyes on Portland’s Shalane Flanagan. Over the summer, she traveled to Mammoth for six weeks of altitude training with Hall and Deena, among others. She’s the up-and-coming star of distance running, but has never run a marathon, and that’s interestin.’ ...

Is Stacey Cook cool, or what? On Monday Mammoth’s two-time Olympian Cook of Mammoth congratulated Mackenzie Bachmeier, Danielle Brownell-Patty, Johanna Gur and Forrest Ferguson on winning the 2011 Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools Scholarship (SVST). The four young racers will receive $500 worth of ski tools and $500 worth of ski wax to use throughout the entire alpine season. ...

October snows were very good to Forest Service friend Keith Dawley, who ran his skiing streak to 190 straight months (that would be more than 15 years) ...

Amber Tamblyn, a June Lake part-timer and daughter of June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival founder Bonnie Tamblyn, joins the cast of “House” on Monday, Nov. 8, providing a foil to the outrageous, curmudgeonly Dr. House. ...

Polling places were beehives of activity on Tuesday. Herb Benham said it was a steady buzz all day at Suite Z, and after work, the Community Center parking lot was full, all voting booths occupied. Wow, what a turnout – 70 percent. ...

Not sure when we’ve seen a spirit as ebullient and impassioned as that of Kama Newbry, who has a dream of arts and culture in Mammoth. She’s the newly named director of the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center and she started out with a series of fright movies around Halloween. ...

Very cool move by John Armstrong, he of Eastside Velo, saying to the Rec Commission this week that the new Sports Council stands behind the commish ...

Speaking of the Rec Commish, it takes a savvy pol to have his birthday on Election Day. Here’s to you, Bill Sauser. The jolly Dieter Fiebiger, a fellow commissioner, led the meeting in room in a hearty “Happy Birthday To You.” ...

As a lad of 18, Dr. Yuri Parisky played Felix in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” The production was so successful that his director asked Parisky to “play Shakespeare ‘As You Like It.’ ” Parisky said, “my head was incredibly swollen,” so he showed up next day with oodles of plans. Slowly, the director pointed out she was referring to the play. ...

Mammoth Hospital won a new mammographer (the most patient-interacting position in breast cancer diagnosis), as Christina Lynn worked her way through 48 hours of training, passed a California license exam and succeeded in a series of clinicals…

Heartfelt sympathy by the Mono County Sheriff’s crew and by MLPD officers who wore black, elastic mourning bands on their badges this week to honor the death of San Diego Officer Christopher Wilson, who died last week at a hospital after a Wednesday night shootout. ...

The town Wildlife Committee is hibernating until spring, a break for Dan Dawson, John Eastman, Steve Searles, Karen Smart and police chief Dan Watson.

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