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February 15th, 2013
The Eastside’s most ephemeral sport in full swing
On an unusually warm midwinter day, Juan Lopez swung into the ice with the hard-earned familiarity of years of working construction.
A veteran of a battle against diabetes and holding a laundry list of prescription medications, Lopez, 43, of Woodlake, said he was looking for moderation. He found it by climbing ice.
Searles: Actual numbers remain steady
Coyote sightings have been on the rise in Mammoth, but local Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles said the population is healthy, and their presence is of no threat whatsoever.
“Wotta week!” Fido said.
“Yes, it sure was. You must be exhausted, Old Sport.”
“That’s OK, because I’m a dog, and even when we’re exhausted, if there is still a little bit of fuel in the tank, we can keep on going.”
“Well put. Humans aren’t quite like that, and the older they get, well, you know. Did you have a favorite part?”
Fido showed no hesitation. He wagged his stump.
“Foolsday was my favorite part!”
“That’s quite a get-up,” I said to Fido. “What’s up with the beads?”
Fido got up on his hind legs and did a little jig.
“Is that really a jig?”
“Heck no! It’s a Fido-doh. A dance just for me-me-me.”
“Something tells me a cup of coffee would be a good thing right about now.”
Review: ‘The Miracle Worker’
Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre’s production of William Gibson’s contemporary classic, “The Miracle Worker” opened this weekend at The Edison Theater.
Directed by Juliana Olinka, the post-Civil War drama portrays the story of Annie Sullivan’s (Madeline Roy) first month as a teacher and governess to blind and deaf Helen Keller (played by seventh-grader Melanie Moyer).
Mammoth residents can look forward to an exciting February at the Edison Theatre when the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre opens “The Miracle Worker.”
“Six more weeks!” Fido said.
“Whatcha makin’ up there?” Fido wanted to know.
The Beeg Boy lay underfoot, as is usual when I’m in the kitchen. He’s always interested in what is on the chopping block.
“I’m chopping stuff for tonight’s dinner party.”
“A DINNER PARTY? Hey hey hey hey! I love-love-love dinner parties!”
“Me too, Fido. A great dinner for others is a gift—an act of love. Chef Marc says that, and I totally agree with him.”
In the wake of what could have been a devastating blow to the small community of June Lake, creativity spurred of necessity could be an unexpected boon.
With June Mountain closed this year, the owners of Double Eagle Resort and Spa decided to groom cross country ski track on their ranch property across the street from the spa—adding one more reason to visit June Lake.
I have lived many places on the Eastside for the past several years, but this year I decided to move to June Lake, mainly for the winter recreation opportunities.
Art meets conservation in the eastern Sierra
The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep has the unique distinction of being the only endangered bighorn subspecies of three in the United States.
The population dropped to 100 individuals in the 1990s, but has since rebounded, and hit 500 individuals in 2012, spurring optimism for the continued growth and recovery of this rare and unique megafauna.
His pseudonym is Late Night Billy, he works late at night and the beneficiaries of his labor are late-night music aficionados in Mammoth.
A promoter out of South Lake Tahoe, Billy brought Mickey Avalon to town in December, and “Late Night Productions” was in town again last weekend with “The Long Beach Invasion Tour.”
The headliner for the event was Sublime LBC, a cover band that included former bassist, Q-ball, of the original group.
“King me!” Fido yowled.
“Go ahead and King me!”
“Fido, what in the world…?”
“OK, then let’s give the cat a ride around the house. He can just climb right up on my back if he wants to, and I’ll take him anywhere he wants to go. The sky’s the limit.”
“Fido, what’s going on?”
“It’s King Weekend, in case you forgot, and I’m all fired up and ready to go!”
“Hey hey hey hey!” Fido yelled over his shoulder. “I am really like-like-LIKING this guy!”
Fido got a big goofy grin on his face.
“We’ve been talking! He likes the same things I do!”
“Wow that’s good to hear, Big Boy. You never know how a cat is going to fit in.”
“He’ll be just GREAT!” Fido said. He nuzzled the cat and whispered something in the cat’s ear.
Mountaineer is back from the Eastern Karakoram
Back from perhaps his most important expedition yet, Andy Selters has produced what’s likely to become his most memorable show.
With three Canadians and four Indian-Nepalese climbers, Selters ventured to a restricted and barely-explored area at the northern tip of India, the Eastern Karakoram.
“Happy New Year, Fido!”
“It’s a new beginning, Big Boy. Out with the old and in with the new!”
I reached into the closet for Fido’s New Year’s hat. It’s a silver, pointy, cardboard thing with an elastic chinstrap, and on the front it says “Happy New Year.” Actually, Fido’s goofy New Year’s cap looks just like mine.
“I don’t get it.”