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What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 22-28

February 22, 2013

New newshound at The MT: Keiko. Photo/Wendilyn Grasseschi

 

It’s not every day, even in a ski town, that you find a stark nekid womanwandering around the Westin lobbyin the wee hours, and it’s not often that Mono County Dispatchgets a call re: said woman, and it’s not every day that the self-same woman returns with the T-shirt someone gave her for protection against the cold temps and/or prying eyes. …

Big pow-wowwith the Yosemite folkstomorrow (Feb. 23) in Suite Z at the town offices upstairs at Minaret Mall, dealing with the proposed Tuolumne-Merced River Plans. It’s a big deal, as the Mono County supesfound out last Tuesday at their regular meeting. It’s 9:30 a.m. to noon. …

Odd and random fact: Mammoth recycleda total of 818 tons of fiberproduct in 2012, thereby slowly growing our diversion from the landfillone day at a time. …

The Mono County Sheriff’s Departmentsold back its old structure at the fire stationto the Mammoth Fire District for $43K. No longer needed, say the rescuers, now that the new SAR buildingnear the Water District offices is in full swing. A new (or used) vehicle is on the way for the Heroes of the Backcountry, thanks to the profit. …

The biggest boosterof the ASICS L.A. Marathonmight be Deena Kastor, who surprised us with a TV appearance on KTLAlast Monday, Feb. 18. The race is nearing its start on March 17. …

Our pols at work: A bill by our very own Assembly member Frank Bigelow(R-O’Neals) and his Sacto cohort Bob Wieckowski(D-Fremont) would reduce the fuel available for devastating wildfires in California by improving forest thinning projects.  From 2005-2011 more than 832,000 acres of forestlandburned in wildfires, costing the state over $1.2 billionin fire suppression costs. …

Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrollerssay they felt like last Monday was a “day off,” what with many Prez Day Weekendershomeward bound. No wonder. There were 19,600 skiers/boarderson the hill on Saturday, Feb. 16—not a record, but close. Thus this year the ski area had a slam dunk for Christmas; a big MLK Weekendand a downright Presidential Showingfor Prez Day—almost enough to make us forget last year. …

Also in are the new enplanement numbersout of Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, showing year-over-year, double-digit improvements across the board. January was up 15.8 percent in LAX flights, 23 percentfrom San Francisco, 28 percentfrom San Diego and 26 percentfrom Orange County. February is tracking with similar numbers. Lodging reservations were up 64.6 percent, and February “pacing numbers” show a 55.7 percentincrease.  …

Cheery Checker (NOT!) at the crowded supermarket last weekend: “Thanks for shopping at Vons—your only choice!” …

June Lakewill soon be home to a new brewery, June Lake Brewing, which just brewed the first batch of Smokey Porteron its homebrew system. Grand Openingof the tasting room/production facility slated for September. ...

On the Olympic circuit, John Tellergot his first look at the Ski Cross Course in Sochilast weekend, finishing 14th overall. He was (as usual) undaunted. “The Ski Cross Course in Sochi was fun. Reminded me of the X course at the X Games—fast, with lots of jumps and big turns. A slow start and lack of passing opportunities in the quarterfinal landed me in 14th place, but I am looking forward to get another chance in Sochinext year! For now, I’m just focusing on the rest of this World Cup Season.” …

Also in Russia was local action photographer Christian Pondellawho is sending back lots of sweet picsof, among other things, the Kremlinin winter. …

Hard to believe, but seamhead insidersin Arizona and Florida, anticipating the first spring training games of the year this coming weekend, say the Sawxand Cubsalready are mathematically eliminated. …

Steve Baragerof Lee Vining, won our $50 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory“New Like” Contest on Facebook. To everyone else, don’t worry. The paper is going to hold more contestslike this—next time for our existing subscribers/likes. 

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