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What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth news and gossip for July 27-Aug. 6

July 27, 2012

Joe Contaldi of Performance Anglers took Greg Madrigal (pictured) out for a day on a local creek (to remain unnamed) and caught a large cutthroat trout. Madrigal makes custom nets for fishing and will have a booth at the upcoming Fly Fishing Faire in September. Photo/Joe Contaldi @Performance Anglers Guide Service

Noble Grand Humbug Scott “Bubba” Konzen and E Clampus Vitus Bodie Chapter #64 will dedicate a monument to Dave McCoy on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Main Lodge right next to the Woolly Mammoth. Dave, Roma, and family will all be there. This is the first time the local chapter has dedicated a monument to a living   hero. …

 

With August nigh and Yosemite National Park filling rapidly, it’s nice to know that the park is experimenting with a new tool to inform travelers of traffic congestion. A weekly Traffic Forecast is now available at www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/traffic.htm.

 

What with the Taxi Wars, Alaska/Horizon threats to pull air service, etc., the Airport Commission cancelled its Tuesday meeting “for lack of agenda items.” …

 

Best dog-friendly place in California? Huntington Beach, for one, so wrote John Flinn in last weekend’s SFGate.com, the online arm of the Chronicle. But Mammoth is RIGHT THERE among the four-footers and their human companions, for all the reasons we know. Plus, Flinn tosses out a welcome piece of geography: “Mammoth might seem to be part of Southern California’s sphere of influence, but in summer, with Tioga Pass open, it’s only a 5 1/2-hour drive from San Francisco.” We knew that, but didn’t know Mammoth Lakes has at least 20 dog-friendly hotels. ...

 

The big, red-headed Dead Head, Bill Walton, made a big splash in Mammoth last weekend, pedaling his bike, conducting a basketball clinic, shopping at the Booky Joint, all in support of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. All the older UCLA hoop fans, the Portland Blazers Rippers, the Boston Beanheads and the L.A. Clippers Contingent were out in force, along with the rest of us in the hoi polloi. …

 

Walton neither was nor is a famous cager in our midst. John Block just bought a home in Mammoth. For those in the not-know (raise your hands), the Glendale native is unmistakable at 6-10. He played forward/center for USC, then spent 10 seasons in the NBA, including an appearance in the 1973 NBA All-Star Game, finishing his pro career with 7,106 total points and 3,965 rebounds. …

 

Our local cyclists sometimes can be a bit crazy, and as Evidence Part I, we submit the Eastside Velos’ Lesley Byberg, and Evidence Part II we submit Ann Klinefelter, both currently pedaling away in the Midwest during the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). They are among 25,000 strong in the ride’s 40th edition. Nearly 500 miles over seven days, in 100-degree heat is some kind of vacation. …

 

Those do-diggers at the California Native Plant Society, Bristlecone Chapter, are having their native plant sale Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at 107 Sugar Pine Drive. Bring a box for your plants, they say—plants such as Lewis’ Monkeyflower, Common Monkeyflower, Five-finger and Sticky Cinquefoil, Desert Paintbrush, Sulphur Buckwheat, Wild Rose Crimson Columbine Sierra Angelica, Great Basin Wild Rye Scarlet Gilia, Lupine and Scarlet Penstemon. …

 

In the “You-Got Some ‘Splainin’ To Do Dept.,” comes Mammoth Tourism’s John Urdi, who told a Chamber luncheon group at the Java Joint that the idea isn’t just flying FROM L.A., it’s all about flying THROUGH L.A. “You can get here from anyplace in the world,” said he, to thoughtful nods around the patio. …

 

We sure enjoying Michael Gregory’s updates on his travels in the Far East, particularly China, and we say “Up Against the (Great) Wall, You American You.” …

 

On Sunday (July 29), Chief Tailwagger Lyn Dunlap will conduct another dog and kitty adoption in the parking lot in front of Tailwaggers in the Minaret Village Mall, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  She’ll toss in a DIY doggie bath and 20 percent off merch to all adopters. Lots of dogs and kitties need forever homes, and just as many humans need forever friends, is what we say. …

 

In our unending efforts to win first place in English as a Second Language (weekly newspaper division), we at the MT thought we had a winner last week with the headline “The bears are in back in town.” Sadly, the leader continues to be the L.A. Times, with its P.1 typo in a profile of controversial retired Las Vegas Arizona Sherriff Ralph Lamb, the so-called “Cowboy Sheriff.” Wrote the Times in a p.1. story “Butt cracks eventually appeared in Lamb’s public persona.” Oh well, we’ll time better do next.

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