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What's Up Up Here? Aug 17-23, starring Dan and Dan, Trevor Donovan, Paul Ryan

August 17, 2012

Separated at Birth? That would be Dan McConnell and Dan O’Connell, or Dan O’Connell and Dan McConnell, or, well, you get the drift. For those wondering, that’s Dan on the left and Dan on the right, one Irish, one Scots. Go figure. Photo/George Shirk

It takes an Old Timer to get a weekend party all mixed up, and we is nothing if not Old Timers up here at the Times. The Old Timers barbecue at Hayden Cabin is NEXT Saturday (Aug. 25) and not last Saturday, as we printed. We kinda figured something was amiss when we showed up and no one except a dog named Bernie was around. Scheez. …

 

Hats off (or, rather, helmets off) to the Mammoth Huskies footballers, who on Wednesday shaved their heads in support of cancer victims and one of their own. It was one big head-shaving Fiesta back by the locker rooms and weight room. That is just SO Mammoth, sez we, and one more reason to root-root-root for the home team in advance of the season opener, at home one week from tonight. See P. 22 for photos …

The Eastern Sierra is full of heartthrobs, and we’re excited to see Bishop-born, Mammoth-raised Trevor Donovan (Neubauer) on television screens across the nation Aug. 25. He’s starring in a TV movie called “Strawberry Summer” as a musician named Jason Keith (he can play guitar and sing in real life ... swoon!) on the Hallmark Channel. It airs at 8 p.m. ...

Just for the heck of it: The King, gone from the building for 35 years as of yesterday. …

More Bear Whisperer news, this time from the telley: If anyone in Great Britain was just as bored as we were during prime-time coverage of the Olympic Games (enough with the platform diving, we say) they could have switched channels for Animal Planet’s entire season of Animal Planet’s “The Bear Whisperer,” starring, naturally, Steve Searles. The network also plastered the cables with the series right here in the “U-S-A, U-S-A! and Searles himself says it sure does make our little town look good. …

Our outdoor writin’ pals from Mammoth, Monica Prelle and David Page, are busy these days, leading the charge for what looks like a terrific gathering of The Outdoor Writers of California, coming up here in September. …

We’re trying to picture supply depotscontaining 466 miles of fiber cable and over 340 trench-miles of conduit, which is what it takes to get Digital 395 up here, so says Michael Ort, leading the project on behalf of our Internet-starved masses. Shovels are in the ground. …

That was some kind of adventure for some of Our Own who trekked on over to San Francisco for last weekend’s Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park. Our favorite local deejay sounded a bit different following the event, but that’s what late nights, yelling, singing and stomping around will get you. All are back, safe and in various stages of sound. …

California senatorsvoted this week to designate the endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle as the official marine reptile of California and sent the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown. Maybe they’ll try to add the turtle to the state flag if it’s approved. ...

There hasn’t been a bona fide skier anywhere near the White House in ages (Gerald Ford?!?), but if Ayn Rand wins VP on the Romney ticket, skiers will have an “in.” Did we say Rand? We meant Paul Ryan, who told CNN’s Candy Crowley he faced a crossroads earlier in his life when he had to choose between a career in government or professional skiing. “Did you ever regret that decision?” Crowley asked. “Sometimes,” Ryan replied, with an Atlas-sized    shrug. …

Welcome back to town Stu Brown, who was Down Under for a month. Brown’s collaborators in the Recreation Department, Stephanie Daniel, John Connolly and others will be glad to have him back. …

We heard that former June Lake Fire Chief and former Eastern Sierra Unified School District board member Tad Roberts died Monday. He served the June Lake area for more years than we can       count. . …

Mono County Mental Health Serviceswill now be Mono County Behavioral Health Services. “It helps reduce the stigma,” said director Robin Roberts, who got the name change approved by the Mono County supervisors Tuesday. Alcohol and drug services are being integrated into the department as well, with the national data pointing toward drug and alcohol problems at the root of many mental health issues. …

Visitation at the relatively new Lone Pine Interagency Visitor Center is sky high this summer, according to Mono County Supervisor Byng Hunt. “They have a great display there for Mono County and Mammoth,” he said. “I believe we are getting far more than the $5,000 we contributed toward the center. The lines for wilderness permits were out the door.”…

Boy, did the L.A. Roadrunners make out, or what? They nabbed Mammoth’s Andrew Kastor to be a coach for the running club, although our own High Sierra Strider says he’ll split time between here and there, and has no plans to move to the Southland. …

Congratulations to Mammoth Hospital’s Dr. Timothy Crall, whose research on shoulder instability recently received national recognition— the 2012 J. Whit Ewing Award from the Arthroscopy Association of North America. We were on pins and needles about that, but we figure he had it scoped all along.

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