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What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 10 - 16 | News snippets from here and there

October 11, 2013

At the McGee Creek campground, there is a locked gate with a sign that reads, "This U.S. Department of Agriculture facility is currently closed due to the lapse in federal government funding. The facility will reopen once Congress restores funding." Photo/Jesse Barlet

A reward is being offered for the return of the Nikon Camo 10X50 Binoculars taken from the June Lake Women’s Club Thrift Store during the “Autumn Beer Festival” held Oct. 5. Proceeds would have gone to a college scholarship fund for local students. Any information, please call 661-400-0922. …

Evan Russell and the gang at the Mammoth Lakes Foundation say they’re eyeballing a new, semi-permanent Sprung structure on the patch of land used for the Blue Sky festival in years past. This past year, “The Big Tent” proved the concept, all agree, but that darned wind, huh? A Sprung structure is similar to the structures at Eagle Lodge and is (much) more impervious to wind, hail, fire and  brimstone. …

In another one of those “Only in Snow Country” things, the town once again will unveil its “Haunted Ice Rink” celebration for the Halloween season, this time on Oct. 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Look for a few carnival games such as tin can alley, hit the witch, evil clown throw, rat head lollipop pull, and the famous fairy and dragon realm. There will also be cakewalks and food vendors throughout the evening, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time. Everyone gets a prize, by the way, and admission is only $5 per person, which includes skate rentals while they last. (Skateboards and scooters welcome, too.) Sez Rec Director Stu Brown: “The Zamboni shed may also be staffed with zombified hockey players, so enter at your own risk”. … 

One of these days, they’ll get everything right at the Mammoth Track, but that day is not here yet sez Peter Bernasconi, the town’s acting public works director. He showed up at this past week’s Rec Commission meeting with a small section of track that had “bubbled” during the course of the track season. A 120-foot section of track is affected, but the track is still well within the seven-year warranty, he said to the commissioners. …

Here’s wilderness activist Paul McFarland on something that has very little to do with wilderness: “Baseball on the radio,” sez he, “is the American haiku.” …

Mammoth’s town offices were closed on Monday, and reaching people by email was hard, too, because the whole reason for the closure was for IT upgrades. By Tuesday, email to the town was almost working. Maybe. …

Football names being football names, we have a hunch that Our Boys can’t wait to visit the Rockets of Albert Einstein Academy Friday night, Oct. 11. A victory would be nice, but against Albert Einstein, in Santa Clarita, we say, it’s all relative. Favorite play: “E=MC2.” …

The Huskies, by the way, are attempting to even their record after falling, 40-14, last week to the visiting Bobcats of Boron. …

Did we really say it was Homecoming last week? We did, and earned a 15-yard penalty. It’s next week, against Excelsior. …

Speaking of Homecoming, students and staff begin Homecoming Celebration on Friday, Oct. 18. It kicks off with a pep rally in the Mammoth High School Gym at 7:40 a.m., and at that hour, pep is just the ticket! The JV football game begins at 4 p.m. and varsity kickoff is at 7 p.m. At halftime, the 2013 Senior Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned, along with the underclassmen Princes and Princesses. ...

Here’s to Mammoth Hospital and its Dancin’ Docs! This year’s event was a dancin’ doozy. The Judge’s Award went to Team Tango: Jennie Walker, Matty Whitmore, and choreographer Leann Alduenda. The People’s Choice Award went to Team Break-A-Leg: Dr. Kim Escudero, Gabe Taylor, and choreographer Karrie McFadden. And the Most Philanthropic category also went to those Break-a-Legs. …

It always hurts, but it hurts worse when it’s one of our own. Our dear newshound collie, Mica, passed away last week, after 13 years of spreading joy in a great Eastside life. …

No question about it, it’s going to be a bit weird to not hear Stacey Powells’ voice on the local radio, but she says she’s “really looking forward to new adventures in media here in the Eastern Sierra.” …

That’s Carl Williams, June Mountain Ski Area’s general manager, who will be talking about all things June Mountain to the June Lake community and anyone else who wants to attend at a meeting, time and date not yet set, but they say it’ll be this month in June Lake. …

The sharp cold snap and snow this past week is likely to put the kibosh on much more fall color, so don’t wait. Good places for leaf peepers are Convict Lake, Walker and Parker Lakes, the lower reaches of Rock Creek below Rock Creek Lake, the lower reaches of McGee Creek, the lower reaches of Bishop Creek, both North and South Forks, the gorgeous area around Summer Meadows and the Green Creek Road and Virginia Creek Road area, Lundy Canyon and just about anywhere else under 9,000 feet where the aspens are still holding out. The June Lake Loop stands of aspens typically hold on into late October, so keep an eye out there, if you miss the rest. …

Speaking of things that won’t last, this is the last weekend for Sue King’s famous pies at Pie in the Sky Resort near Rock Creek Lake and the last weekend for the famous Parcher’s Resort (Bishop Creek, South Fork) breakfast buffet. …

People around here still don’t quite get it when it comes to properly ditching an old TV. Dumping them off at the Cast Off merely means the Cast Off staff has to deal with them. Maybe second-homeowners don’t know we have a dump a short drive away? …

We know a winner when we see one, and that would include Kay Ogden, the executive director of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. She recently received the prestigious Bedrock Award at the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Conference. The Bedrock Award is traditionally offered to a current or past Alliance staff or board member who is “a bedrock of energy and commitment,” and who supports individual and regional efforts that unite Sierra conservationists throughout the region.

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