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What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 18

February 18, 2011

Chance encounters can be groovy and special, or they can be downright icy. Yep, that was Mammoth Green’s Steve Klassen and D.A. George Booth sharing the waters together at Keough’s Hot Springs last weekend. Rumors to the contrary, no fists – or even gestures were thrown. ...

We were talking to Public Works Director Ray Jarvis the other day about the deterioration of lane stripes along Old Mammoth Road. He said the town can’t do anything about it until it gets warm enough for new paint to stick. That’ll be in the late spring. ...

The buzz has begun, spreading like warmth in spring, about Jazz Jubilee, one of the most prized summer music festivals. It takes place this year July 13-17, the 23rd annual for Ken and Flossie Coulter. ...

Angela Tonetti of Snowcreek Property tells us that two local fly fishing guides and ESFGA members are appearing on national TV. Brad McFall will appear on “Familiar Waters” (Outdoor Channel) on Feb. 18-20 featuring the East Walker River, and Kevin Peterson appeared last week featuring Hot Creek Ranch. Brad also, just last week finished filming for “Familiar Waters” featuring Coastal Waters in Northern California. ...

Adieu to the brand new Chamber of Commerce president and NPG Cable chief, Maggie Thompson. She’s leaving the area and we will be bereft without her. ...
Glad to hear Fred Kakulas is feeling better since he was airlifted to Reno for open-heart surgery about four weeks ago. Go Fred! ...

The Inyo Register, which is the MT’s sister newspaper in Bishop, has brand new offices at 1180 North Main Street, in the Smart & Final shopping center. ...

About that buck statue that stopped a truck in Crowley Lake weeks ago – Tuesday afternoon, county workers reinstalled him, upright, to his rightful domain. ...

The ever-vigilant defender of the Sierra Valley Sites neighborhood, Leigh Gaasch, called to let us know that in this column last week we got the time wrong for the town planners’ workshop on Feb. 23. It’s at 5 p.m. in Suite Z. Be there if you care, Leigh urges. ...

While on topic, councilwoman Jo Bacon suggests the town prepare info packets in Spanish for the workshop. ...

Krista Maxson and Erik Radatz had lights on, ready to work in the blinding blizzard at Spoiled Rotten Pet Salon, 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Turned out, she spent most of her head start calling clients to arrange cancellations and reschedules.

Wednesday’s wild wind blew in extra employment for Lyn Morris of Crowley Lake. He worked his day job at Hot Chicks while anticipating shoveling snow from the Bridges in the afternoon, followed by a return to the restaurant before heading home to shovel his way to his front door. ...

Speaking of jazz, Flossie and Ken Coulter won the “Hall of Fame” award given in the name of Dick Nicholls, the late director of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, for outstanding leadership in the festival industry. Way to go! ...

Today is Rob Clark’s last day on the job in Mammoth Lakes, and he got effusive praise from the Town Council Wednesday night. ...

The Mammoth View condo/townhouse project got a less-than-warm reception from the town council this week, mostly over the town bearing the full cost for a scoping breakdown. The council tossed that back into the developers’ laps, and the story will continue. ...

Ski cross mechanic John Teller is back in town at the Alpine Garage, but only for one more week before he flies off to Switzerald – and beyond – for some big, big races. Uncle Mike says “I’m going to really work him, too! ...

Councilman John Eastman reports that ESTA ridership was up 31 percent in January over last January. ...

The ever-mindful (and aforementioned) Leigh Gaasch gave a shout-out to Union Bank at last week’s council meeting, for installing bear resistent trash containers. ...

With powder coming down hard last Wednesday evening, Mayor Skip Harvey looked to a pal from the dais and said, “Chair 16 tomorrow?” So it’s “Powder Skip” from now on. At least on p. 3. ...

Rec Manager Stu Brown reminds us that he 2011 Youth Sports Funding Process opens on Tuesday, March 1 and closes on Friday, March 25. The There’s $32K up for grabs. ...

With holiday crowds expected, don’t even think about turning left this weekend, says Our Neighbor Walt. ...

Mobility chairman John Vereuck, a member of the Mobility Commission, was startled to see a couple of reporters show up at the commish’s meeting on Tuesday. “Is there any reason for the press to be here?” asked he. ...

Mono County supes said “good bye” and a gracious “thank you” to planning commissioner and Wilderness Society wonder woman Sally Miller, as she ended her 16 years of service on the commission. County supes then gave the go ahead to appoint Lee Vining’s Chris Lizza, owner of the Mono Market and Sunny Slopes’ Mary Pipersky, Mammoth Library employee and former county supervisor and founder/owner, with partner Susan Burgett, of the famed Anything Goes Catering, to the commission.

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