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What's Up, Up Here? Mammoth News and gossip for June 12-28

June 22, 2012

New Mayor Matthew Lehman presents outgoing Mayor Jo Bacon with a plaque of appreciation for her one-year stint. Lehman also will service one year as mayor, then pass it on to new Mayor ProTem Rick Wood. Councilman John Eastman, originally in line for Mayor ProTem, deferred the title to Wood. Photo/George Shirk

The annual vroom-vroom Mammoth Motocross is in town this week, and for those not at the track, there’s still plenty of stuff going on around town, to wit, the “Moti Gras Celebration” at the Village tomorrow (Saturday) night. The event goes off at 5 p.m. with Hurricane Hoover on the stage, followed by RC car racing and bench racers, finishing up with more Hurricane Hoover. The whole thing will be over by 8:15 p.m., so be there or be square. …

This year, the Crowley Lakes Fireworks show will last 20 minutes, according to the town’s recreation director, Stuart Brown. The show is set to go off at approximately 9:15 p.m. Admission is 25 bucks per vehicle and five smackers for the bike riders and walkers. …

Speaking of the fireworks show, the town (once again) contracted with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, which recently produced the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration to much acclaim. …

For those of you wondering about that U.S. Navy fighter jet over Mammoth Mountain Tuesday morning, that was U.S. Ski Team downhiller Stacey Cook and snowboarding Olympic medalist Kelly Clark who went from 0-180 mph in 10-15 seconds. GoPro was in the cockpit, and we wait with bated breath to see the result. …

And speaking of speed, climbing pals Alex Honnold, from Sacto, one of the best-ever big wall free solo climbers, and Moraga’s Hans Florine climbed “The Nose” of El Capitan in record time last weekend. They did it in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 51 seconds, beating the old record by Dean Potter and Sean Leary, set in 2010, by 13 minutes, a huge gap. … 

Taxi man Scottie Marzonie is making the rounds at commission meetings, council meetings, etc., arguing that he’d like some kind of exclusive arrangement for taxi service at the airport. Currently working under a kind of catch-all “use agreement,” the popular P.A. man says he’s met “every flight, every day, for four years,” and he’d “like a little back.” …

TV Alert: This is obviously a big week for the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, even without the injured Deena Kastor. …

Nice touch on the Fourth of July Parade: Kiara Raazi, the Education Coordinator/Interpreter Services Coordinator at Mammoth Hospital, tells us all children born at Mammoth Hospital are invited to walk behind a banner titled, “Our Future Olympians.” More info at 760-924-4116. …

Coming up, the last full week for retiring Summit Condo manager Dan Wright, who among other things organizes Mammoth’s Habitat for Humanity expedition, this year to Poland. So long, Dan, and we’ll miss that Corvette around here. …

The Village Summer Movie Series next Thursday is featuring “Iron Man,” and we bring that up because some of it was filmed right here in the Eastern Sierra.  Show starts at dusk. …

Backstrokers, breaststrokers and all others, heads up! The Whitmore Pool public opening and Free Swim Day is tomorrow (Saturday). Free swimming, music and a BBQ from 12-4 p.m.

Our trusty news-bro in Bishop, Bob Todd took a well-deserved stay-cation last week, mostly playing golf.  And out of that comes great news: “My brother Spike broke 80 for the first time AC (After Coma). He’d been close a few times, but finally shot 79 last Wednesday. Our two nephews were happy; you couldn’t pry the smile off my face for three days.” …

Can’t get anything done? Neither can outgoing Supes Hap Hazard and Vikki Bauer, lame ducks on the Board, who are watching pet projects drift into suspended animation. …

It might be worth a visit to Sue King and her “Pie in the Sky” on Rock Creek Road July 2-6, which just so happens to be “National Pie Day.” According to National Public Radio, among the more interesting pie facts is that distance runner Steve Prefontaine’s favorite food was Key lime pie, and he was often spotted running around Eugene with graham-cracker crumbs in his mustache. …

And finally, a tip o’ the cap to John Connolly and his rec crew, for getting the new roller rink up and rolling, so to speak, with about 300 visitors the opening weekend.

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