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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Jan 13-19

January 13, 2012

State Assembly candidate Mark Belden (Calaveras County), who is aiming to represent Mono County (among seven others), telephoned the Mammoth Times to set up an appointment with one of our reporters. On the day of the intoroduction, he called back, saying he had no idea how far the drive was, and he scotched the appointment. Hmm. Any other candidates, step right up! Photo/Submitted

 

All eyes are on Houston tomorrow (Saturday) for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Meb-the-K will be there, with Deena, Josh Cox and Morgan Uceny, among others. Also, there will the ubiquitous John Urdi of Mammoth Lakes Tourism, touting Mammoth and holding a press event for the Mammoth Track Club. He left Mammoth for the event on Wednesday, and to all we wish good luck. Watch in on NBC tomorrow (Saturday) between noon and 2 p.m. and/or follow @houston2012 on Twitter. …

It took about a tenth of a second for Mammoth Mountain’s Mary Walker to identify MLPD’s Marty Thompson (Fresno State, Detroit Lions) and Rusty Gregory (University of Washington, K.C. Chiefs) as our two NFL players in town in response to last week’s request. …

Rick Phelps wasn’t far behind with the right answer, then posed another: “What starting NFL rookie has boarded and skied his whole life at Mammoth and whose parents have long had a place at Juniper?” Answer next week, and Rickster, since he already knows the answer, can’t win. …

Tennis maven Gail Lonne points out that while the Recreation Department strung the net at the community courts last week, it was the tennis club that did the sweeping and cleanup to make it playable. …

That was former MMSA public relations dude Dan Hansen, standing with his loaded mountain/touring bike, on the beach in San Francisco’s Crissey Field, having pedaled over from Mammoth last week. First leg of a cross-America tour. Huzzah! …

Is it true? Our favorite (and fastest) checker at Vons says he’s about to shoot up a snowblower as an offering to the snow gods. And not just any ol’ non-working snowblower, either. “A proper sacrifice has to be of value,” he said. …

Fave Facebook quote of the week: “If you fall, I’ll be there.” Signed, “Floor.”

Good luck to Brandon Russell on his trip to Patagonia where he will polish his Argentine-inflected Spanish, hike the summer hills, do a little backpacking and come back with loads of gorgeous photos, no doubt.

Geez, where are all the pikas? The small, cute rabbit-like animal, native to cold climates and rocky mountainsides, the American Pika is a well-known wild animal in the Sierra Nevada. According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, the State of California is now looking at putting the American Pika under endangered status. Research has suggested that pika habitat may be shrinking due to warming temperatures in the lower parts of their habitat range. Pika population losses have been observed in both the Bodie and Lassen forest regions. An endangered status review of the American Pika is in process by the California Department of Fish & Game, and thanks to the Mono Lake Committee for the heads-up. …

Speaking of critters, we say welcome to Phoebe Lowe, who will dress up Swall Meadows big-time. A Golden, who will retrieve books for Georgia! …

This from former Rutgers QB Sam Mudie in how to play the game: “Always keep your eyes downfield,” which is good advice for QBs, and good advice for just about everyone, we figger. …

Hey that’s Tyler and Laura Goforth who went forth to Morgan Hill, equidistant from San Jose and Santa Cruz. …

Andy Selters reported a mountain bluebird at Swall the other day. “Saw a mountain bluebird today, at 6,800 feet at Swall. Never seen one here until probably early April before now.” Also spotting bluebirds were Jim Stimson, Leslie Goethals Dittli and Phyllis Benham. …

The fix-you-up whitecoats at Mammoth Hospital are finding fruitful work in fixing up people with ice-skating injures, at a rate of two-a-day, mostly from Tenaya Lake. …

Here’s Bob Sollima, Facebooking away: “Been somehow obsessed with Bloody Marys lately...Dunno why. May be a seasonal thing. Some people call it an “experience,” I call it a salad.”

 

 


   
      
   
  

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