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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 20-26

May 20, 2011

Peek-a-Boo. One of a group of young deer grazing along Meridian Boulevard in front of Mammoth Elementary on May 16 peeks out before crossing the road. Times photo/Jesse Barlet

Just for the heck of it: According to the U.S. Travel Assn., more than 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pets to be part of the family, and 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. Mammoth would be a good pick, sez us. ...

Some big news about bears in the magazine Science recently. Seems it’s not the mama bears with cubs you really have to watch out for, but the single males if you come between them and their food. Like a morning at the Stove, now that we think about it. ...

Among the most beautiful sights in Mammoth, says Our Neighbor Walt, is the flight of a seagull through a snowfall. Happens during California gull mating season at Mono Lake. ...

Matt Lehman started hitting the social networks hard this week on behalf of his Mammoth Rocks/Taste of Mammoth festival Aug. 26-28. Maybe Tioga Pass will be open by then! ...

Everybody ready for political ad season on our local cable TV? We aren’t. ...

Mammoth’s Olympic marathon silver medalist and 2009 New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi made his 12K Bay to Breakers debut last Sunday. He finished seventh in 35:34. Cold and blustery in S.F. while it snowed and snowed and snowed in the Mam. ...

Also running the B2B was Cal grad Lara Kirkner. ...

There’s an old saying in the Owens Valley: Don’t plant until the Whites lose their snow. Hmm. It’ll be a long time until planting. ...

As John Eastman praised Caltrans (and the Town of Mammoth) about the great rehab job out on the Scenic Loop, Public Works whispered that Caltrans had no part in that superb work; it was the Town, the Feds and the Forest Service. ...

Don’t forget the Mono Inn opens today, with Jim O’Meally (on his birthday, no less) and Mario Aguilar at the helm, serving up food, ambiance and fun. ...

Is winter ever going to end? We’re beginning to doubt it up here. “The gnarly chutes that were fat in March are just as fat in May,” said backcountry ski fanatic Chris Lizza, after he drove through another May snowstorm . ...

The Eastern Sierra Connect project is cool, sez Cleland Hoff. The project, with a survey online, “will help identify the communities that need broadband (high-speed Internet) connections and encourage providers to deploy technology options.” So take the survey, already, at desertmountainrcandd.org. ...

This just in from our far-flung correspondent, John Dittli: “Eastsiders, in case you need your suffering quantified;, 30.5” is the new record for snowfall measured in May at Mammoth Mountain” And the forecast for the weekend? Uh huh!” Sick ...

We ran into John Urdi last week and said hi. Sez he: “Whaa?” Ear infection. ...

Lose yer dog? The Bear Whisperer says get a stinky ( or at least, um, distinctive) piece of clothing – an undershirt? – and put it on the ground. Fido will be back soon. ...

Speaking of the BW, he says a good driving tip during deer season is straddling the lane on 203, at night when there are few cars on the road. Gives you more maneuverability. ...

Police Chief Dan Watson’s Hispanic Outreach group is meeting at the Village Lodge at 4:30 Wednesday. We tend to think this is really important. Translators will be there, so no excuses, any of us. Call the Big Man for details. ...

Visit Mammoth is gonna be a big presence at the International Pow Wow this year in San Francisco, and next year at L.A. ...

Is there anyone more eager for the final RecStrats report than Rec Commission chairman Bill Sauser? No. It feels like they’re working in the dark before the report comes out, and they are.

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