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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 22-28

July 22, 2011

The bears are romping in the Lakes Basin, reports the Bear Whisperer, but enjoy the cubs while you can. Mortality rate is an astonishing 51 percent, says he. …

Six new wildlife warning signs are up around town, but not on S.R. 203. Caltrans has rules, you know. …

The Fire Department and Chief Brent Harper are marking trees up near The Bluffs in their continuing effort at fire reduction. Homeowners there will get a 75 percent rebate for forest cleanup, he says, and no complaints so far. …

The trail stewards from Friends of the Inyo and the MLTPA are at Horseshoe Lake again this weekend. Volunteers get a free breakfast, free lunch a groovy T-short, unveiled this past week by the indomitable John Wentworth at the Town Council meeting. Next up: July 30 at Coldwater. …

Regulars at the council meeting fell backwards into their sandals when they saw Community Development Director Mark Wardlaw in blue blazer, gray slacks, a white shirt and a necktie. “Dave (Wilbrecht) wants us to present a more businesslike, professional presence, and I’m on board with that.” Maybe the council itself will catch on. …

The fine, red-shirted folks from the Mono County Search and Rescue Team found friends in the council, when the salons waived all fees associated with their new structure near the Water District. They actually got more than they asked for – a first?...

Interesting syncopation at Jazz Jubilee a week ago, with musicians trying to make music at the Grumpy’s tent, while an asphalt demolition crew, replete with jackhammers backhoes and frontloaders working on the debris, just two doors down. ...

Reports from Yosemite Valley indicated the weekend traffic backup last weekend was 2,000 cars higher per day than this time last year. It’s all about the falls. The gridlock was (is) astounding. ...

Snow is still so deep in the higher elevations that people are just out-and-out bailing. ...

That’s a sweet paint job on the police station, and now Chief Dan Watson is trying to gently cajole the contractor to maybe, possibly do something about the labyrinthine interior. ...

Paving on Meridian Boulevard is to begin Aug. 8 and go through Aug. 15, and a big, flashing sign is in place as a reminder. In the meanwhile, crews are out, getting ready. ...

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Colorado’s Copper Mountain Resort announced a long-term partnership to create the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper. The exclusive early-season, on-snow alpine ski racing venue will be designed to provide full-length downhill training by early November each season, beginning this fall. ...

Mammoth Unbound team rider Kimmy Fasani has a two-page spread in the latest issue of Snowboarder Magazine. …

Mono County won a gold ribbon for its booth at the State Fair in Sacramento last week, according to Alicia Vennos, Mono County Tourism Coordinator. The booth featured Mono Lake and Bodie. Nicely done. ....

A trip to Hidden Lake near Mammoth (and no, don’t ask us to tell you where it is; that’s why it’s called Hidden Lake) is a rare treat this week, with a sea of blue, blooming flax flowers covering the meadows, waterfalls crashing down from the Lakes Basin and red dragonflies abuzz. The wet winter is making for spectacular flower shows all over the Sierra. Get on out there! …

Check out the Roving Mammoth at the Adventure Center for frozen yogurt, burritos, hot dogs, or a Reds Meadow Snack Pack. And don’t let its name fool you. It’s staying put until the snow flies.
Tourism Chief John Urdi: “I think I made a HUGE mistake by downloading “Angry Birds” on my phone to keep the kids occupied in the Vegas airport while we await our flight to Reno. …

Projected occupancy this week: Friday, July 22 - Saturday, July 23 = 52%. It was 55% for the same weekend in 2010, so we’re down three percent, year-over-year. …

There were 29 entries for Mammoth Unbound’s spring video contest. Congrats to winner Abe Kislevitz and his edit of Matt Cook and Chuck Evans…

We’re pleased as punch to see photographs by John Ditti in the Mammoth Gallery. …

Just for the heck of it, 96 degrees at 3 p.m. on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, with a heat index of 108. Thank you, Mammoth.

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