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What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 30-Dec. 6, starring Daniel and Sarah Roessler, Georgia Lowe, Brit Cogan, Brian Knox, et al

November 30, 2012

Not a day goes by in LEGOLAND without a newshound pounding shoe leather. Photo/John Urdi

Somehow, it seems like Brent Truax has been leading the Chamber of Commerce forever, such has been his impact on putting a face on the organization. He steps aside in December to focus on running the Westin Monache Resort, and we’ll miss him. New Executive Director for the Chamber coming up in December, along with a pair of new board members, to fill in for the departing Dawn Vereuck (Mountain Living)) and Whitney Lennon (Mammoth Lakes Tourism).  …

 

Christmas trees go on sale in the Vons parking lot Sunday, all proceeds to the indefatigable Mammoth High School Boosters. Get ‘em between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. …

 

For the 2012 season, the convivial members of the Eastside Velo Club hosted 16 supported rides, six time trial outings, and several “social” events. Good season, we’d say. …

 

What with early holiday deadlines and such, we’re behind on our birthday list, which includes Georgia Lowe, Tony Dublino, Sam Nicolasi, Paul Payne, Dave Neal, Tenaya Berger, Joe Raimondo and (whew!) Will Erickson. …

 

Mayor Matthew Lehman is leading the charge to get a viable Restaurant Association going (again), especially now with the notion of a Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) on the Idea Grid. …

 

Final numbers are in from last summer, and it shows Mammoth generally made good on its Best Summer Ever campaign, showing an average 15 percent jump in business over 2011, which itself was pretty danged good. …

 

Welcome back to town, Police Chief Dan Watson after a nice, three-week break. Just in time to corral his diminishing force for the onslaught of Heydude Holiday Mayhem. …

 

Speaking of the Chamber (see above), old pal Jack Copeland is on the board as Veep and reminds everyone to be on their best customer-relations behavior. “It can be great,” he said, “and it can be not so great. We have thousands of seasonal employees, many of whom have never had a job before, and we have older employees whom might not be as excited about it as they used to be.” …

 

Mammoth has been re-christened “Mountain Town” by Mammoth Lakes Tourism, says director John Urdi. Urdi directed the “Best Summer Ever” campaign, as well as the “Best Fall Ever” effort but just couldn’t go with “Best Winter Ever.” Too chancy. People on the MLT email blast will start getting a “Mountain Town Flurry” newsletter.  MLT might have copped “Ski Town USA,” but Steamboat already appropriated that moniker, along with “Bike Town USA.” …

 

A note on Warren Miller Entertainment’s “Flow State,” which appeared in Mammoth earlier this month: While the Alaska and Japan shots are exceptionally snowy, the U.S. shots reflect what was one of the driest ski seasons ever recorded. So it makes sense that WME recently joined forces with Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project. …

 

Victoria Ortiz completes her AmeriCorps year of service as the Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s 2012 Education Coordinator and a member of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. In 10 months she put on 23 events, represented ESLT at six community events, gave over 24 presentations, hosted seven brown bag lunch speakers, and clocked 22 days in the field spent on restoration projects and stewardship. …

 

Just for the heck of it: Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. ...

 

Hearty congrats to Daniel Ranson and Sarah Roessler, married in New Orleans (!) Nov. 23. …

Holiday festivities are, like, here already. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting night at Footloose Sports is a week from today (Dec. 7), with fire engines, Santa Claus, bake sale, etc. Ho ho ho! (Not what you think). ... 

 

Organizers of the January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month are offering more incentives for newcomers to learn how to do it. The national “Bring a Friend Challenge” start date has been moved forward to tomorrow, Dec. 1; it ends on March 17. Taking the Challenge simply means introducing and helping enroll newcomers to a lesson or lessons provided by a professional instructor. Sponsors are offering prizes for anyone who motivates newbies. The Challenge is online at bringafriend.org. ...

 

According to Mammoth Nordic’s Brian Knox, the famed Nordoni is tuned up and champing at the bit to lay down tracks for the skinny skiers at Shady Rest! Come on, snow! ...

 

Congratulations to Andrea Walker of Stellar Brew who welcomed a baby boy into Mountain Town! ...

From our very own Alex Garcia: “If you ever get bored in life, just remember, your life is probably boring. Go outside, quit wasting your energy on whatever you’re wasting it on.”...

 

Chris Sellinger (from Carmichael Business Technology) and Sarah Anisman (from Snowcreek Athletic Club) celebrated their son Liam Sellinger’s first birthday. Liam looked like he had a blast. …

 

From biathlete Brittania Cogan: “There’s no high like skiing with your friends around Tamarack.”

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