What's up, up here? Oct. 16-23

Make way forDeanna Campbell as a new member of the Mammoth United School District Board. With her experience at Cerro Coso, there is obvious room for collaboration/understanding among the Learned Ones. …

On his way out of town, CHP Lt. Ron Cohan dropped by the Board of Supervisors this past week to remind the legislators that the hairpin turn on Sonora Pass, the so-called “Trailer House Curve,” is the most dangerous stretch of asphalt in the county. He said the Highway Patrol averages “four or five trips a month” to the curve to help un-stuck big-rigs. He suggested the Supes pressure Caltrans for a prohibition of such vehicles on that road (S.R. 108) instead of just the current recommendation that they not go up thataway. “I have a real concern about that curve not being able to handle big rigs of any kind,” he said. …

Yep, that’s Drew Hill, proudly showing offartist renderings of what the Sierra Center Mall will look like, now that the elevator is fixed and worker bees turn to other tasks. There are big plans for anoutside re-do, he says, featuring a 10-foot-high statue of Paul Rudder himself. OK, maybe not the last part. …

Feeney’s Starlight Café, shuttered just this past summer, is open again, so’s you  know, at the same location. …

Meanwhile, we’re sad to see Java Joint close its doors. …

Thursday, Oct. 23 (tonight), is when the June Lake Women’s Club will present a June Firefighter Appreciation dinner at the Community Center. By mid-week, tix already were at a premium, with 150 dinners prepared. …

YARTS, the public transit system serving both the Eastside and Westside communities into Yosemite National Park, is about to get into Fresno, which would be a big feather in director Dick Whittington’s hat. It might be the last feather, too. Whittington, the only director YARTS has ever had, is 74 now, and is looking to maybe try something different. …

Just for the heck of it: MadBum. …

One of thebig problems in June Lake during the night of the fire was that the community had such old sleeping cots for evacuees. One of them broke, causing an injury, but also causing the Red Cross to supply June with 20 brand-new cots. …

The little cross-and-flowers arrangement dedicated to the memory of Becki Dempsey came down this past week on Meridian Boulvevard at Valley Vista, in case you were looking for it. …

That was a long, long day for the members of the county’s Board of Supervisors, who started their meeting in Mammoth on Tuesday morning, broke for an hour lunch, then re-convened until 4:30 p.m., at which point they jumped down to Chalfant to continue the “second half” of the meeting. It was particularly rough on Tim Fesko, of North County, who planned to sleep that night in Bishop rather than make the long journey home. …

Congressman Paul Cook, who we figure to be a shoo-in for re-election on Nov. 4, nevertheless sent an aide up our way to assure us that the congressman will, in fact, open an office in Mammoth and will receive visitors when he can. Nothing like a campaign season, is what we say. …

John Urdi probably never figured that three years into commercial air service, he’d STILL be explaining howair subsidies work. But there he was, Tuesday afternoon, giving the members of the Board of Supervisors a refresher course, which sounded like the last refresher course, which sounded like the one before. …

According to Urdi, by the way, current research is showing that visitors arriving by air spend $2,588 here per trip, while the car crowd spends $1,575 per trip, for what it’s worth. …

Another nugget to ponder: About 20 percent of total air service passengers are local Mono County residents. …

A gentle reminder that Eastside Velo will convene at the Convict Lake Resort on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. to celebrate another great season of cycling. Convict Lake has reserved the bar area for thetwo-wheelers and will serve up a gourmet pizza/salad/garlic bread/dessert feast, including gluten free pizza for $15 per person. Until then ponder who will win the "Best Dressed" award. Please RSVP to Caroline Casey at ccasey@mammoth-mtn.com or 760-914-0301. …

This year was a GREAT year for mushrooming all around the globe, or so our mushroom lovers say. Hobbyists and pros alike are weighing in (literally) on what a great season it has been for mushrooms. Chef Frederic from Mammoth Rock Brasserie said, “I've collected over 150 pounds of meaty "Ceps" in and around Mammoth Lakes and recently found rare and delicate Chantrelles near Epinal, France. If you're a mushroom lover, this is your year! …

Mammoth Medical Missionsis looking for a new director for its board. In its search, MMM says: “Serving on MMM’s Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who has a passion for public health policy and humanitarian work in remote and austere environments, as well as the time, energy, imagination and professional experience required to help build this young NGO into a thriving and influential force in the dynamic field of international medical relief.” Non-medical professionals with relevant business or nonprofit leadership credentials are encouraged to apply. …

You can start the Halloween festivities early while supporting the students at Lee Vining Elementary School.  Join them Friday, Oct. 24 (tomorrow), for an evening of fun and frightful games, prizes for all, a spooky haunted house and delicious ghoulish delights for sale. Wear a costume and try your luck at the famous raffle table. As always, there are many fantastic, locally donated items to be won, including a season pass to June Mountain. Carnival starts at 5 p.m., raffle begins at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event go directly to theLee Vining Elementary School PTO and the 6th grade Outdoor Education fund.