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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 1-7

April 2, 2011

Call it what you want (embezzling, theft, fraud, whatever), but attorney and town councilman Rick Wood says there has never been a single criminal case in Mammoth against people who rent out their condos or single-family homes illegally. ...

Spring is blooming, although it’s blooming potholes rather than flowers. Among the first has sprung up on Meridian across from the entrance to Meadow Ridge. ...

Traditionally, in some countries such as New Zealand, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the April Fools’ jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”. ...

That was some Opening Day for John Mair, Mammoth’s newest police lieutenant. Less than two hours after being sworn in, he was MLPD’s lead officer at the scene of the big MMSA ski accident). ...

Welcome to town, Angela Bizzarri, newest member of the Mammoth Track Club, an Illinois graduate, 2009 champion in the NCAA 5K and fourth in last week’s Stanford Invitational 1500. Sez she’s still trying to get used to the altitude. ...

When tourism boss John Urdi was in college, he was tossed out of McSorley’s Old Ale House, NYC’s oldest bar. Hadn’t been there until last week, and he did fine. ...

Julie Bear will be promoted to the position of Mount Whitney Area Manager for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), and that’s great news for her. But she’ll have to move to Mariposa, and we’ll sure miss her around here. ...

We’ve heard of neighbor disputes, but this one ranks right up there: one neighbor repeatedly shoveling snow to door, blocking exits. ...

One of the best skiers here or anywhere, Nate Greenberg, is recovering from a broken femur suffered a coupla weeks ago on the Paranoid Flats. ...

That’s our very own Marc Nager, Mammoth High School grad in the pages of Entrepreneur Magazine, featured because of his Seattle startup called Startup Weekend. He’s the CEO, which no doubt makes his dad, former Mammoth resident Benno Nager, very proud. ...

Over at the Cast Off, its very first outstanding volunteer of the month is Gail Bucholz. You can find her at the Cast Off on Tuesdays, when she is co-chairman of the day. ...

Shoulda-Bin-A Cowboy Land &Cattle Co., near Access Art & Business Center, is moving to the (previous) nursery site next to Inyo-Mono Title. Steve Schwind, owner of the company, also owns the new site, so he asks, why pay rent in this economy? ...

At Saturday night’s staged reading of the play “K2,” Shira Dubrovner invited audience members to purchase engraved seat plaques in the Mammoth Lakes Foundation’s newly renovated Edison Theatre. Not surprisingly, Dave and Roma McCoy got first dibs. Call Maya at (760) 934-3781 to get in on the act. ...
The triathletes around here had a treat when marathoner Meb Keflizigihi showed up at a meeting, but Meb might have had an even better time. “Had a fabulous time speaking/ motivating to our local, Eastern Sierra Triathlon Club,” he tweets. “Thank you everyone for all the support over the years.” ...

Runner Ryan Hall, three weeks before the Boston Marathon, sez “caffeine withdrawals give me the gnarliest headaches.” ...

Warm temps could cause Yosemite’s river levels to rise but no major rises predicted yet, this by way of the National Weather Service via Yosemite Science. During the mid-March storm series, 9.4 inches of precipitation fell in Yosemite Valley with 120 inches of new snow at Yosemite’s highest elevations. ...

Who woulda’ guessed it? Bishop’s Bill Egan (he of high school football coaching fame) also tackles local culture as a watercolor artist and theater fan. ...

As Patricia Fisher dances around the paperwork at Union Bank, she’s just moving along in a well-developed career, begun as a tap-dancing child who performed in the movie theater at her hometown in Oregon. ...

Speaking of career moves, congrats to Rocky Dale Williams, chef extraordinaire of Mammoth Hospital, who is heading down south for a career upgrade. ...

Marti and Randy Witters of Crowley Lake loved the recent cold and snow so much that they headed north to Klamath Falls, to view their new property, a steal they bought sight unseen. ...

Pairs of Clark’s Nutcrackers are cracking up at local feeders this week and the first Mountain Bluebird in Mammoth was seen Thursday out near the propane tanks on Sherwin Creek Road. And also in GS’s living room! ...

Want to hike Half Dome in July? Be sure you try for a permit today. ....

Mammoth’s own snow surveyor, avalanche expert and up-and-coming hydrologist Sue Burak will be at the Bridgeport Memorial Hall on April 13 to talk about avalanches and avalanche awareness, from 6-7:30. Be there or risk getting flattened this spring. ...

Looks like Should A bin a Cowboy’s Steve Schwind is moving his office from near Access Graphics to Howard Lehmann’s previous nursery site over on Sierra Manor Road. Schwind also owns the new site, so he said, why pay rent in this economy. ...

Yup, that was pro snowboarder Peter Line who visited Mammoth Unbound Art Park this week. ...
Brandon Russell wants to know: Has anybody from Mammoth (or that knows the East Side well) ever driven to Yosemite before Tioga opened? I’ve got a wedding in the Valley next weekend and I’m trying to figure out if I should go north through Tahoe or south through Tehachapi/Bakersfield? Our neighbor Walt sez go north and have a nice Basque meal in Gardnerville. ...

Baseball season opened yesterday, and is in full swing today and tonight.

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