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What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 21-27

December 21, 2012

Competitors held nothing back at the first Old Mammoth Rail Jam, on a cold, snowy Friday night. Photo/Jesse Barlet

 

That was some commotionthis week when none other than Sealhimself got off the plane at the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, giving us some early-season celebrity cred. …

Loved the terrific holiday bash by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, which rightly honored Sharon Clarkas Volunteer of the Year and Judy Bornfeldas its Founder of the Year. …

When June Lake’s six and seven-year-oldsstepped up to sing carols during last Saturday’s “Breakfast with Santa,” one day after the Newtown Massacre, not many in the room had a dry eye. …

Holiday birthday wishes go out to Michael Raimondo, John Diaz, Lina Martin Myers, Chuck Sactolini, Corrinne Brown and Lesley Byberg, among other late Sagittariusites and earlyCapricornians. …

You know it’s that time of year when the Mono Lake Committeedelivers The Calendar. As usual, awesome shots. …

Hard to get anything past the Gomezradar, such as little things like THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. It’s Mayan, it’s at 10 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Gomez’s in The Village, and it involves free tequila shots at one minute before midnight. …

Last-minute Xmas shopping? Try out the book signing tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Wendilyn Grasseschi at the Booky Jointwith her “Go On, Get Out There” volume. Light refreshmentsare on tap, with the usual conviviality from the bookish Briton, Dave Leonard. …

The Mammoth High School Boosterssure were sweet last week. Literally. They hosted a teacher’s appreciation luncheonlast Tuesday noon, with yummy dessertsall around. …

We were deeply saddened to hear that Joel St. Marie’sbest four-footed friend, Kubrick, joined the Feathered Choirlast week. A great hound, by any measure. …

Mono County Supervisor Tim Hansen, as he packed up his county office Tuesday after his last board of supervisors meeting: “Now, I’ll just go back to my little world.” …

Santa is getting big, big help this year from his new elf, who looks an awful lot like, ahem, Greg Newbry?!?!? That’s causing double-takesfrom the Santa crowdand the elf punditsalike. …

In the Kommerce Kitchen, Chef John Urdiwas busy this week making chicken saladout of flat commercial air service numbers in a year-over-year report. But, says Fearless Leader, do not despair. “With 13 days left in the month all of these numbers will continue to go up and we expect both SFO(San Francisco) and SNA(San Diego) to well exceed the numbers from last December,” sez he. “Keep in mind that last December remained strong for bookings due to the holidays being pre-booked, before people knew we wouldn’t have snow.” …

Those aren’t dog poops, says Our Neighbor Walt, they’re lodgepole pinecones, scattered about our otherwise pristine streets, which serves as a reminderto dog companions from here and there: Pick up after yer pooch, already! At the very least, it eases the confusion. …

Heads Up, Ye Merry Visitors: On-street parking is verbotenbetween Nov. 1 and April 30 around here, but the local gendarmes said in a press release they wouldn’t ticket or impound yer Escaladeunless there’s an ongoing snowfall during the period thereafter. “Any accumulation of snow means the plows will be out and the snow removal is not complete until the snow blowershave removed bermscreated by the plows,” said MLPD’s Finest. …

The winner of this year’s Holiday Crazy Quiltfrom the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliaryis Joan Ravenstinefrom Tujunga, Calif. Joan and her husband bought a condo in Mammoth and are planning to be in Mammoth often, so sez Jan Daigle. “She bought the ticket at the Cast Off.  She was so excited to get the call from Barbara Goodman, telling her she had won that she almost jumped through the phone!”

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