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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for April 27-May 4

April 27, 2012

Farewell to Access Art and Business Center. After two slow years, owner Brian Knox has decided to close the doors. “It’s time to start a new chapter,” he said. Although it is bittersweet, he said it was the right thing to do. And don’t worry, he’s still sticking around in Mammoth, and that he’s still very committed to Mammoth Nordic. …

Also farewell to Shaylyn Riley, who is leaving Mammoth. You will be missed. Don’t have too much fun at the beach and be sure to come back to visit. ...

Bridgeport’s Bob Peters came to speak about the recent redistricting lines at Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce luncheon hosted by CJ’s Grill. Those present included Howard Sheckter, Police Chief Dan Watson, John Urdi, Dawn Vereuck, Dion Agee, Jo Bacon, Rick Phelps, Lori Ciccarelli, Matthew Lehman, Juliana Olinka, Cynthia Flemming and of course Jack Copeland and Quart Keyes (among others). The next Chamber event will be the monthly Chamber Mixer on May 8 hosted by yours truly. ...

Speaking of Jack Copeland, he had some important statements at the luncheon: “We (as a resort destination) don’t differ from the landscape from other resort towns. We don’t have a cute, Victorian-style town, either ... Our town doesn’t have anything to really stand out from other resort towns. What we need to have is service.” We couldn’t agree more. ...

Welcome back Wendilyn Grasseschi and Jesse Barlet! From vacation, that is. Hope you had fun. Now, back to work. ...

Just for the heck it it:  William Shakespeare’s 448th birthday (Monday), is just 52 shy of the Big 5-0-0. …

Training for the June Lake Triathlon (Saturday, July 7) has begun in earnest, under the expert tutelage of Alana Levin. She said the first camp is April 9-May 19 and you can still jump in. The second session is May 20-June 30. …

Also getting into shape are the High Sierra Striders, who are practicing every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. at Shady Rest Park. Coach Andrew Kastor says, “We do our speed interval sessions that day and everyone gets a bagel after practice.” For more information check out the website, www.highsierrastriders.org. …

Around 50 riders showed up for the Eastside Velo Earth Day Ride last Sunday, with good route options, great weather, and a fun picnic at Millpond. Next up is the Pamper Pedal on May 12. More info at www.eastsidevelo.com. …

Terrific new book is out. “Children of Manzanar,” edited by Heather C. Lundquist, adds a new twist: In addition to quotes from Manzanar’s children, most of them now in their 80s and 90s, she includes photos and remembrances from some of their Caucasian counterparts, the children of War Relocation Authority staff, who lived mostly in a separate Administration Area. …

That’s some big, innerestin’ work going on at the Mono Lake Committee’s storefront in Lee Vining. Right in there with the deck, shade structures, greywater system, steps, lights, picnic tables, water fountain, and boulders, there is a spot dedicated to what will soon be a 10-foot by 10-foot map of Mono Lake inlaid into the concrete. …

Ready for another music festival in Mammoth? This one, the First Annual Bluegrass Festival will be in the Village, on Labor Day weekend. One question is, if it’s the first, can it be annual, or is that wishful thinking? …

Just sayin’, the earliest opening date of Tioga Pass since 1933 is April 8,1977.  Bets on if this year will open earlier and what date? ...

Yup, that contingent of marathon runners in Our Little Burgh this week was Mara Yamauchi of Great Britain, along with Americans Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, all training for the Olympics and/or the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene in late June. …

Now that we’re on the topic of runners, the diminutive Ryan Hall had this to say: “It never fails. I get asked every time how old I am when I sit in an exit row. You have to be over 18. Time to grow out a beard! I’m 29.” …

Hot closing night lineup for this summer’s Bluesapalooza, says Joyce Turner. Get ready for Shane Dwight,
 Hadden Sayers, Joe Louis Walker and
 Leon Russell
. …

And finally, this just in from Bob Sweigert in Tahoe’s Sierra Sun newspaper, and we got a bang out of his account of last weekend’s meteor breakup over Fallon, Nev.: “If you were still asleep you missed perhaps one of the most major astronomical events of our lifetime. But don’t feel bad, because those of us who heard it had no idea what it was either.”

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