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What's up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 27-June 2

May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start of summer...in most places. But Dan Wright’s crew at the Summit Condominiums had to carefully place pool furniture around snowbanks. Times Photo/Fido

It’s almost as big as Opening Day on Mammoth Mountain: Rock Creek Resort Pie in the Sky returns this weekend. Kathy Johnson puts in her vote for Cheddar Pear, but she might be too busy with her mega garage sale to get there. ...

Deena Kastor is prepping for the New York Mini 10K on June 11. It’ll be her first race since her pregnancy. Yes, little Piper is going, too, on her first airplane trip. Andrew Kastor rides along for fatherly support. For Deena, all roads lead to London 2012 and she ain’t kidding. ...

Friends of the Inyo is once again hosting a volunteer wilderness monitoring program in search of campsites and to take stock of the opportunities for solitude. The focus this year will be the Ansel Adams, John Muir and Hoover Wilderness areas. ...

Local (legendary) snowboarder Doug Reinhart last weekend had already racked up more than 190 days on the mountain. It’s his 24th year here in town and he has 25 100-plus riding seasons. ...

There’s a big-time ticket scalping scam for Half Dome tix and campsite reservations, perpetrated in e-mail primarily. Don’t bite. ...

The ski hill is going to open some more lifts for the Memorial Day Weekend, with about 2,000 skiable acres, say those in the know. ...

Telltale signs around town that Memorial Day Weekend is arriving: a lot of sweeping, clearing of lawns, setting up of garden centers, parking lot tents. Now, strike up the balmy weather, please. ...

Eric Olson the younger has graduated from Occidental College in L.A. and has plans to take a year off before heading to medical school. Dad Eric is a Mammoth insurance consultant and Mom Judy is a hair wizard. ...

We see them around town: ribbed roofs that are blue. Elizabeth Tenney the arbiter of taste in Mammoth, says “Never again,” especially for the proposed SAR structure along S.R. 203. Those blue roofs were supposed to match the sky, but, um, nope. ...

What’s old is new again, at least on Old Mammoth Road, where the old Fireside Grill is now CJ’s Grill. Locals Carrie and Jason Hoeltzel are open for business. ...

More biz doings: Speed of Light is about to go dark. It used to be the only place to take your film for developing. What’s film? ...

Steve Searles, speaking at Wednesday evening’s Hispanic Community Outreach meeting, was offered a microphone at the podium, but shrugged it off. “I don’t whisper,” said he. ...

Speaking of Searles, he says there are a couple of places around town that have deer whistles for sale. Clip them on the front of your grill and the deer will jump away. They are silent to human ears. But the Bear Whisperer says they’re highly effective. ...

Although the extreme winds predicted for Crowley Lake and the Long Valley area didn’t do much damage Wednesday night, Debbie Hildebrand noted it sure was windy out there. ...

Anybody notice there’s supposedly a new restaurant coming to Mammoth? Chinese no less. The Red Lantern is supposed to open this fall. We say go for it. Mammoth needs another steak place like a hole in the head. ...

Mammoth High School is going to saying good bye to a passel of teachers, Mike Boucher, Mark Russell, Nancy Liebersbach, Stephanie Johnson, Eileen Burger, (and Deidre Buchholz, who’s taking a leave of absence to have her baby). ...

John Urdi, a native New Englander, was returning to Mammoth from the big Pow-Wow Show in San Francisco on Thursday. He stopped for lunch along way and Facebooked, “Officially losing my IN-N-OUT Burger virginity.” ...

Local musician Jonathan Siebrandt says thanks, Bob, for “ducking down the alleyway for 70 years.”

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