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What's Up, Up Here? Sept. 14-20, starring Kim Stravers, Trent Wallentine and Mark Twain

September 14, 2012

Members of the low-scoring team at last weekend’s 13th Annual Mammoth Lakes Golf Classic. From left, tongue in cheek, Rory McIlroy, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson and Lee Wentworth. Photo/Supplied

Bye-bye, Kim Stravers, who will be on the X Games crew for ESPN, beginning later this month. We lose a lot up here with her departure, such as one of the few who know how to use kerrect spelling and punctuation.  …

 

Might be the (much) better marketing; might be the repaving job on SR 120; might be because we still love road bikes, but the High Sierra Fall Century last weekend drew about 200 more riders than last year, and that’s a lot. Congrats to Sam Mudie, Jim DeGraffenreid, the Eastside Velos, John Armstrong and the host of volunteers that made it—still—the most beautiful ride we know of. …

 

Mammoth’s own Trent Wallentine, age 10, is a featured “grom” in the September issue of OC-based BL!SSS magazine. That’s Trent, an athlete on the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Team, in the half pipe on page 114. (http://blisssmag.com/sept12.html). …

 

In the Dead Wrong in Public Department: “Coastal Cleanup Day” in the Lakes Basin is tomorrow. (Saturday). Last week, we had it happening last Saturday. Anyhoo, the meetup is at Horseshoe Lake.

Wotta way to go out! That was Community Development Director Mark Wardlaw at the Planning Commissin meeting the other day, arm in a sling, sutures zipping up his arm. Nasty cut, sez he, but not so serious as to stop him from leaving for San Diego County soonly. … 

 

Howard sez the vaunted El Niño is starting to kick back up in the Pacific, which means … what? One thing for sure, he says, and that’s a weak El Niño is an un-good thing. A fine weather dweebfest on KMMT Wednesday a.m., mostly Geek to us. Arctic Oscillation? Watch out! A split in the jet? Too early to tell what’s it all about, Alfie. …

 

You may have noticed that some of the aspens are looking on the pekid side this fall, it’s because of that late early-June cold snap and snowfall, coupled with a dry summer, so sez Connie Millar, one of our very favorite research paleoecologists. …

 

Many literarians (New Word Alert!) regard the publication of Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” as the true beginning of modern American literature, but we’d say it was “Roughing It,” in which Twain recounts his tales of the Great Plains, Nevada, Eastern California and Mono Lake. That reminds us that Mark Twain Days at the Mono Inn goes off this weekend. There will be hot air balloon rides, a craft fair, a massage therapist, an outdoor BBQ, seven bands, beer, wine tasting, actors and the usual great views, today (Friday) and tomorrow, noon until 7 p.m.

 

Since a hamstring injury forced him to drop out of the London Olympics marathon last month and a “pretty gnarly quad strain” led to his withdrawal from the November 4 New York City Marathon, Ryan Hall says he is re-evaluating his coaching situation. Two years ago, he left coach Terrence Mahon and the Mammoth Track Club to strike out on his own. …

 

What do we think of when we think of writers’ conferences? Probably dowdy, quiet types, wandering around trying to work out character development and plot structure. Not so this weekend up here, though, when those paddlin,’ shootin, ’ skiin,’ snowboardin,’ hikin,’ bikin,’ folk of the Outdoor Writers Association of California show up in Our Town, joining local members David Page, Monica Prelle and at least One of Our Own from the MT and Mammoth Sierra Magazine. An astonishing program for all, good will all around. …

 

The feel bad-feel good event of the fall happens Tuesday at the Z Ranch when Our People show up for the benefit to raise funds for the family of Matt Graef,  aspiring student and Husky football star who is battling cancer. Contact Karen at 760-709-2693 or Marisa at 760-914-1381 with any questions or donations for the auction. …

 

A very fine dedication for Dave McCoy by the Clampers at Mammoth Mountain last weekend. One of these days the Clampers ought to have a monument to … E Clampus Vitus! …

 

Just for the heck of it: Notre Dame to the ACC, everything ‘cept football. …

 

That was Aaron Winterfield and his Oregon-based “Genertech” crew installing geothermal systems in town this past week, one project on Tamarack Street and another on Sherwin. Nifty tech from Mother Earth, is what we say. …

 

Our pals in L.A. got hit with a massive stinkbomb this week, and it had nothing do with politics. Lots of dead fish in the Salton Sea prompted a charming bit of bureaucrateze from Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “We now have solid evidence that clearly points to the Salton Sea as the source of a very large and unusual odor event.” Odor event?

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