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What's up, up here? April 3-9 | News snippets from here and there ...

April 3, 2014

A Sierra Wave cloud hangs over Crowley Lake as a storm began to roll in on Friday, March 28. Photo/Jesse Barlet

Accepted to Yale, wait-listed for Harvard, accepted to Columbia and UCLA, Berkeley, Irvine, Gonzaga, Duke and a few others is 17-year-old Mammoth High School student Sabrina Clevenger, daughter of professional photographer Vern Clevenger and Margaret Clevenger. Sabrina has a lot of choices to make in the next four weeks but one thing is clear, she made history last week as one of  the few MUSD students to get into Yale—along with Jessica Howell—although there have been several students from the district who have been accepted to other Ivy League schools, including Stanford and Dartmouth. Clevenger said she is considering possible careers in the sciences—astrophysics, perhaps?—and the liberal arts and/or something that includes languages. Those who know her say she could probably do it all. Way to go Sabrina! …

 

Matthew Greene, the man who seemingly disappeared into our thin air last July 17 after dropping off his car to be fixed at a Mammoth auto shop, has now been declared presumed dead after his family filed a notice indicating such this past week. Greene, 40 at the time he disappeared, ignited a multi-month search that took locals and friends and family far into the backcountry, all to no avail. …

 

A big batch of supremely talented, always entertaining Mammoth High School students are ready to bring the house down at their annual Talent and Visual Arts Show, April 8, starting at 6 p.m. The shindig is at the MHS Multi-Purpose Room with a suggested donation of $5. Kids under 10 years old are free. Those who have attended these shows in the past say it’s something not to miss, and we  agree. …

 

For the Music Heads among us, it’s never too early to plan ahead, so we offer this week a heads-up that Buddy Guy (!) is going to close this summer’s Bluesapalooza on Aug. 3, and that John Hiatt will headline Friday’s show on Aug. 1, along with a pretty great lineup up and down the line. Tix are available online now. …

 

Not to be outdone, the folksy folks at Millpond, who put tix and camping reservations on sale on April 1 (no fooling!), have confirmed David BrombergMary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaacVance GilbertGordie Mackeeman, and The Bills. That would be Sept. 19-21, but once again, early is never too early to start thinking. …

 

We heard the first robins and cheeseburger birds of the spring here in Mammoth last week, just before the snow came down. The first willow catkins—pussywillows—are also popping out along creeks and drainages in town. Sweet. …

 

Yosemite National Park just reopened some areas that were previously closed because of the Rim Fire, including the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and hiking trails in the Hetch Hetchy area. Fire restrictions put in place last summer and fall have also been rescinded, although that could change again if drought conditions worsen. The Rim Fire, which started on Aug. 17 last year, burned around 255,000 acres, with about 77,000 of those acres inside Yosemite National Park. …

 

Ever wonder about the population dynamics and plant competitive interactions of the endangered Eureka Valley evening-primrose? Never even heard of the endangered whatchamajigger? As part of the White Mountain Research Center’s free public lecture series, Elaine Chow, a grad student from UC Davis, will be talking all about this endangered plant. The talk starts at 7 p.m. TONIGHT! (Thursday, April 3, at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop). Call 760-873-4344 for more info. …

 

Town is projected to fill to 48 percent occupancy, say the prognosticators at Mammoth Lakes  Tourism. …

Welcome aboard, Sharon Giudice, office assistant in the Town Manager’s office. …

 

He’s no stranger in the Village, and neither is Side Door Café owner Shields Richardson, which is why it makes sense that Dion Agee is now Richardson’s campaign manager. A shield for Shields! …

Supervisor Fred Stump wants to know: Why, with a school bus stop situated on U.S. 6, in Chalfant, in a 60 m.p.h. zone, is there not even a flashing light to protect those kids, especially in the winter months when the morning pickups are in the dark? … 

 

You might have thought that hardly anyone was more permanent around Mono County than Dan Lyster, but he’s about to give himself the heave-ho in three weeks. What’s next? “I don’t know,” quoth he. “Call me the Saturday after.” …

 

It’s been a good week for the snow crowd, but that has not stopped the cyclists. The season begins Sunday, April 6, starting/finishing at Keough’s. The convivial folks at Eastside Velo advise riders to arrive by 9:30 a.m. and be ready to roll by 10. The ride will head from Keough’s through Bishop (Sunland - Line - Ed Powers - Millpond- Round Valley) and up to the fire station in Paradise for the turnaround to come home. There will be an aid station at Millpond, and there are lotsa shorter and modified route options available. …

 

And finally, here’s Cheryl Chipman from Death Valley National Park: “Much to our surprise, wildflowers are turning out to have a pretty decent bloom this spring after all. Rainfall in the higher elevations—especially in the Panamint Mountains—are allowing a late spring bloom, and it may only get better and higher up as the temperatures warm. 

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