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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Nov. 17-24

November 18, 2011

After a dazzling performance at the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Singer/Songwriter Violeta Martin from Mammoth Lakes will be headlining the official Town of Mammoth Lakes Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec 2, in the Footloose Sports parking lot. Hot-hot-hot!. …

The Pathfinder is in our midst. Dr. Mike Karch likes to hunt, but in an old-fashiony kind of way. He wears moccasins instead of boots, and take that, Cabela’s. …

Big-time visa problems are holding up at least two highly specialized ski instructors for the Mammoth ski team, and it’s not as if you can just go down to the corner and find these people. It’s not just Mammoth, either, but everywhere. …

You weren’t dreaming it: small 3.2 earthquake last Monday afternoon at Tom’s Place. …

We just began piecing together a 550-piece jigsaw puzzle, “No Matter What Road,” by shutterbug John Dittli, whose podner, Leslie Goethels, is shown walking a dirt road among a dazzling field of wildflowers. …

Heartfelt sympathy to the family of Utah’s Jamie Pierre, 38, who died when he triggered an avalanche at Snowbird. It was the first U.S. avalanche fatality this season. …

Congratulations to our snow team athletes who received first invites to this season’s X Games. They are John Teller, Kaya Turski, Luke Mitrani and Jack Mitrani. …

As of 6:01 a.m. Tuesday, the Auld Dubliner was in the hands of The Village and Mammoth Mountain. What will they do? Heather Taylor Schaubmayer posts on Facebook: “McCoys Irish pub? 
Hyde Lounge 2? Rumors have it that they want to relocate Hyde there and do something quieter in the Hyde location.” …

People continue to find eared grebes stranded on land around the Mono Basin. If you find one and are able to help it back to the water, you might be able to save its life. Eared grebes are speedy swimmers, but are actually unable to walk. They sometimes mistake rain-slicked parking lots and roads for bodies of water, try to land, and become stranded. There were five rescues this season by Tuesday morning. …

And here’s the venerable thinclad Andrew Kastor posting online: “I rarely mention how my athletes do in races on Facebook, but today one of my athletes, Norma Thomas, ran 1:46:50 at the Mission Inn Half-Marathon to place first in her age group. Oh, did I mention that she turns 70 next May?” …

Just for the heck of it: in Mammoth, every day is a bad hair day, and we don’t mind. Too much. …

Ski hill employee riding the chairlift the other day overheard this: “You need to get 30 or 40 days in before you get your ski legs back.” This was a passholder on his first day of winter 2011-12. He regularly clocks about 60 days. …

On 11-11-11, Dennis and Barb Phillips threw a big bash to celebrate a whole passel of “milestone” birthdays.  Joining Barb in reaching one of the big “0” ages were Lynette Armstrong, Jeff Byberg, Lesley Byberg, Karolynne Davis, Kevin Leary, Gail Lonne, Jon Lonne, Jim Pettigrew, Bill Stewart and Buck Wahl. The food was awesome thanks to contributions from everyone to the feast. Sue Ebersold outdid herself in creating a cake that was out of this world. One more milestone acknowledged was John Armstrong’s 40 years working for Mammoth Mountain. Wow. …

“Pastor Marcus” Breitbirth is the new Lutheran flock-leader, and says he can’t wait for the Mammoth winter to start in earnest. A native Minnesotan (Garrison Keillor, anyone?), Breitbirth said it was a no-brainer when his seminary school asked him where he wanted to go. “I want to go to the place that has the most snow,” said he. Welcome to town!

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