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What's Up, Up Here? Nov. 9-15 starring DSES, John Connolly, Elizabeth Tenney, Chair 23, et al

November 9, 2012

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s Executive Director Kathy Copeland and Disabled Sports BOD member Brent Truax received two checks from Bishop American Legion Riders at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Sunday (Nov. 4). The Riders raised $573 from a yard sale in Bishop and then the American Legion matched it with $500. The riders rode their motorcycles to Mammoth Lakes to make the presentation. Photo/submitted

Congrats to Elizabeth Tenney, who sure can pack a punch in 95 words. She won a 95-word essay contest sponsored by the Reno Gazette-Journal. …

Speaking of brevity, how ‘bout that sign propped up against the Minaret Cinema sign on Old Mammoth Road, hey? June Lake’s Love Obama,” it said. In Obama’s second-term docket, by the way, is bipartisan apostrophe usage. …

Please don’t forget the Veterans Day celebration at Fire Station #1 on Main Street on Monday morning, beginning with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. …

Wow, the “Restore Hetch Hetchy” ballot initiative sank faster than a leaky canoe. With all precincts in, 77 percent of the SFers voted “No.” The measure would have forced the city to formulate a plan to dismantle the dam, constructed in 1923, and improve local water conservation efforts. The plan would have gone before San Francisco voters as a charter amendment in November 2016. …

Big news on the distance running front: Mammoth Track Club coach Terence Mahon is the new UK national coach. Mahon, 42, worked here with some of the United States’ leading endurance runners in recent years, including Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor, two-time Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall, and Morgan Uceny, who was the fastest woman in the world in 1500 meters in 2011. Mahon is also married to Mammoth Track Club’s Jennifer Rhines, who competed at three Olympic Games in different distance events. …

The good (knowledgeable) folks at UnofficialNetworks.com (Tahoe) just listed their Top Seven “iconic” chairlifts in the world. Mammoth’s Chair 23 makes the list, along with 1. Silverton Chair (Silverton, Colo.); KT-22 (Squaw Valley); FourRunner Quad (Stowe); Ts Marte (Las Leñas, Argentina); Single Chair (Mad River Glen); and Peak Chair (Whistler). Nice company. …

Lindsey Vonn’s request to compete in a men’s World Cup downhill race has been rejected. The International Ski Federation council met in Oberhofen, Switzerland, and “confirmed that one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other.” …

Happy Birthday, Brooke McKenna, alla way up thar in Idaho-ho-ho. …

Where do Mammoth’s denizens let their voices be heard? Councilman Rick Wood sez it ain’t in the council chambers, it’s in “Vons discussions.” …

The Local Loco Nordos are gearing up, ready to go, and are hosting the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Touring Film Festival at the Forest Service Auditorium on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Tix are 10 bucks and you can get ‘em online, as well as the film trailers, at mamothnordic.com. …

Who’s that behind the camera? Why, that was Chris Gray, of course, shooting Opening Day on the ski hill with PR director Joani Lynch, beaming festivities live to KTLA. …

That tireless recreationist John Connolly reminds budding hoopsters that Hot Shots basketball starts next week for 3-5 grade boys and girls,Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., until Christmas break. It’s at the middle school gym because it’s nicer. Just $20, too! Register at the Rec office above Giovanni’s or call 934-8989 x234. Or just show up. …

In Mammoth, seven tomatoes counts as a full-fledged harvest, and shutterbug Brandon Russell can prove it. All it took was patience, sez he. “I planted them in March, moved them outside in May and moved them back inside in early October. I think they would have come a lot sooner had I left them indoors.” …

The ice skating crowd reminds everyone that last year, when there wasn’t much snow, the ice skating was superb. Now that we’re colder than a banker’s heart, the skaters are hoping for another epic fall. …

Just for the heck of it: Tammy Duckworth. …

The Flying Tomato, having flown off course a bit, has agreed to alcohol treatment and we’re cheering him on. A halfpipe without Sean White just ain’t right. …

Happy Birthday, John Dittli and Hap Hazard! …

Having lost the use of his legs from a climbing accident in Joshua Tree, our ol’ writin’ buddy Bill Becher of L.A. goes on undeterred, last seen on a hand-pedal-power recumbent bike, wheeling around the ’burbs. Way to go, Bill! …

The south-facing roof of the Mono Lake Committee bookstore building is now completely covered with 33 photovoltaic solar panels, bringing the group’s total solar panel count up to 42. Local business Sierra Solar installed panels on the “ice house” office building in 2010 and came back to complete the transformation.

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