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What's up, up here? August 1 - August 8

August 5, 2013

That was a regular parade of principal wannabesover at the MUSDoffices this past week, as the search narrowed for the team seeking to replace the departed Gabe Solorioat the high school. Lots of shuffling among familiar names are expected, say those in the know. …

Those big, bad Ditch Witchmachines around town are laying in fiber optic lines on behalf of Digital 395, with the first lines going to the emergency sites such as the hospital and the cop shop. …

This year’s Bluesa bottleis prescient, if nothing else. The collector’s item is called (ha ha ha) “Where There’s Smoke.” …

Speaking of beer, June Lake is throwing an Autumn Beer Festivalon Oct. 5 at the June Lake Community Center at Gull Lake Park.Organizers say attendees can expect “super awesome craft beer garden, an Eastern Sierra chili master cook-off, pie baking and photography contests, food, crafts, games, and raffles.” Event starts at 10 a.m. and to that we say, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. …

It’s official: Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucherand old pal Ryan Hallwill be among the multitudes running in the ING New York City Marathonon Sunday, Nov. 3. …

We have a hunch it’s not for everyone, but really, it is. One week from tonight, Aug. 8, the Sierra Classic Theaterbrings us The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)” to Sam’s Woodsite. This wild thang goes Aug. 8-11, and Aug. 15-18 starting at 7 p.m. This is a condensation of all 37 of Shakespeare’s playsinto one 97-minute spoof. …

According to ski-adventure-guide.com, Mammoth, with 367-inch average snowfall, ranks 31st in the worldfor average annual snowfall among ski resorts, behind California’s Sugar Bowl(11th, 464 inches); Squaw Valley(13th, 450 inches); and Boreal(23rd, 395 inches). Tops overall was Mt. Bakerin Washington’s Cascades, with (gulp!) an average 641 inches. …

That was a darned good Fiesta Calienteat Sam’s Woodsite a coupla weeks ago, but town officials and a even a few of the Men in Bluecomplained about the fumbleon the cleanup. …

For those still wishing to see Yosemite Falls, there is always next year. …

Just Be Nice!” is the (cornball) catch-phrase for the new “Choose Civility” initiative in Mono County launching on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Mammoth Lakes Roller/Ice Rink at 10:30 a.m. It’s led by the Mono County Office of Educationand supported by an Advisory Board with representatives from Mono County Library, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County District Attorney’s Office, Mammoth Unified School District, Eastern Sierra Unified School District, Wild Iris, Mono County Superior Court, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Mono County Public Health, Mammoth Hospital, and Mammoth Lakes Tourism. “Civility is a core value of a successful community,” said Dr. Stacey Adler, Mono County Superintendent of Schools. “The goal of this initiative is to promote civility in our everyday interactions.” …

Those new sidewalks being put in on Sierra Nevada Boulevardare there because of funds from the state’s “safe walkways to schools” program. …

Zip Yosemite Tours? Yup. The tour, in the Valley(natch) consists of six ziplines(200-1,000 feet long), three suspension bridges, and two rappel lower stations, each with its own characteristic of speed, heights roughly 100 feet off the ground, and speeds up to 40 m.p.h. Probably just exactly what Teddy Roosevelt, John Muirand the National Park Servicehad in mind all along. …

Just for the heck of it: The Dodgers. …

We’re looking forward to Stellar Fest, on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2-10 p.m. at Stellar Brew. Hostess Andrea Walkersez the first 50 people to attend will get a free sun hat or set of maracas. “That’s right, you get a gift from the hostess just for showing up to the party,” sez she. …

Under the radar but swinging a big stick is the Sierra Nevada Alliance, working with the Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Teamfor over a year to suss out how to most effectively address the needs of disadvantaged communities in California. …

Although there is nothing specifically new to report on the town’s bear activity, Police Chief Dan Watsonthis past week pushed out a rather urgent news release, urging the citizenry and the visitors to DO THE RIGHT THING:lock up dumpsters, get the food out of cars, etc. “The black bears in the Mammoth Lakes area have become very active over the past few weeks and the drought conditions mean that there will be high activity for the next three months,” sez he. Left unsaid is that the Bluesapalooza crowd is in town this weekend and last year, the bears were just wild about the event and all those open, food-filled vehicles. …

Speaking of Mammoth’s Top Gendarme, last year, Watson celebrated his birthday by attending a Town Councilmeeting. This year, he’ll be working Bluesa, and that’s a big step up, in our opinion. …

The Sierra Cycle Challenge 2013, a fundraiser for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierraand spearheaded by the indefatigable Kathy Copeland, raised over $36,000. Secure donations can still be sent directly to Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra by FirstGiving, which will email back a printable record of your donation. …

The Mammoth Lakes Foundation’s annual fund-raising Golf Classicis all set for Sept. 8, with early-bird $99 signup good through Aug. 31, so get on it, polish up those dimpled balls and commence swinging.

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