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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 13-19

May 13, 2011

Mammoth Town Councilman John Eastman gave blood at the three-day blood drive at Fire Station #1 on Thursday. Administering his every need is Brianne Dosreis of Reno, working with United Blood Services. The blood drive drew 79 donors on Wednesday, 81 on Tuesday and they were lined out the door on Thursday. Times Photo/George Shirk

Who wants to pick up dog poop in a blizzard? As it turns out, there was Suzanne Nottingham and just a very few others. The Great Dog Poop Pickup was rescheduled for 11 a.m. this coming Sunday (May 15) along Sherwin Creek Road. …

Speaking of cleanups, the Annual Town Cleanup Day has been moved up to June 11, sez Town Rec Manager Stuart Brown. ...

How many of us are here Up Here? New census figures show 8,237 Mammothites say this is their home, up six percent from the 7,093 measured in 2000. ...

Somehow we got it in our noggins that the Whitmore Pool was open 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Umm … no. Spring hours are 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. …

Way to go, Howard Pickett, Joani Lynch, Dan Hansen and all the rest of the Mammoth Mountain marketeers. The National Ski Areas Association gave their department top prize for Best Marketing for a Ski Resort with more than 500,000 annual visitors. They edged out Breckenridge and Park City, to name a couple. …

Big deal: Leslie Jackson Fundraiser for stroke awareness tomorrow night at Hyde Lounge. Giveaways, silent auction and drink specials. On Feb. 23, Jackson, 26, suffered a stroke in her Mammoth apartment. She was airlifted to Reno after being alone for 30 hours in her apartment. She was an employee of Hyde Lounge, Unbound Terrain Park, and most recently the Yodler. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 and was just accepted to Dental Hygiene School this upcoming fall in her hometown of Fresno. ...

Top 25 North American Ski Resorts on Facebook this season: 1. Whistler Blackcomb 68,8041 fans; 2. Mammoth Mountain, 67,872 fans; 3. Vail, 50,585 fans. Location helped (Vancouver, L.A., Denver). …
Great to see Mike McKenna floating around here during the Fishmas holiday. …

With nice weather on the way, we’re reminded of Sunday’s San Jose Mercury News, written by Samantha Gowen under the headline: “Ruff-ruffing it in California: Taking the dogs camping at Mammoth Lakes.‘’ Teddy, Scout, Chase, Perry, Nyah, Bud, Kat, Katy and Ruger are looking forward to their annual foray at Twin Lakes in the Lakes Basin. …

As the snow fell on Monday, we were thinking about National Bike to Work Day, which just happens to be today. ...

Hizzoner Skip Harvey says high gas prices are compelling people to ride their bikes all over the country, and wouldn’t it be neat if local businesses put secure bike racks around their digs? “We want to be a bike-friendly town,” sez he. ...

Always good to see Ward Jones in town, to catch up on how well Canada’s doing (very), and how well the Canucks are doing in the playoffs (very). ...

The Friends of the Inyo are having an Open House at their new digs next Tuesday at 819 N. Barlow Lane in Bishop (just south of U.S. 395). Be there or be squarer than square, 5-7 o’clock. “Help us “warm” our office – it’s a great chance to mingle,” sez exec Stacy Corless, who is among the best minglers we know. ...

Local music luminaries will be performing as “The Super Secret String Band” tonight at the Tap, and what about our local music scene, hey? Hot hot hot. ...

The Far West Ski Association has named Dave McCoy a Snowsports Builder honoree for 2011. The Association will honor McCoy at its annual meeting and honors banquet June 11. ...

If you kept your eyes peeled, those athletes at Red’s Lake this past week were biathletes up here for high-altitude training. ...

Maybe next year there will be a longer run-out at the West Coast Invitational. Close calls this year. ...

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