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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for May 6-12

May 6, 2011

Professional cyclist Andy Jacques-Maynes was in town for six days of high altitude training last week. He was hosted by local cycling enthusiasts Dennis and Barbara Phillips. The Santa Cruz based rider will join his Bissell Pro Cycling Team and twin brother Ben for the eight day Amgen Tour of California which kicks off May 15 in South Lake Tahoe. Photo/Dennis Phillips

Nothing quite like spending Mothers Day picking up dog poop, then heading for brunch, but that’s the plan along Sherwin Creek Road, says citizen activist Suzanne Nottingham, who will be at Mammoth’s “Unofficial Dog Park” at 11 a.m. ...

Longtime Mammoth resident and writer Georgia Lowe is up for the Independent Book Publishers Benjamin Franklin Award. Her book, “The Bonus,” an examination of the Depression-era Bonus March, is a finalist in the category of historical fiction. Not only that, she gets to go to New York City for the May 23 ceremony. ...

We owe an apology to the AT&T authorized retailer that is located at the corner of Old Mammoth Road and Meridian Boulevard. Turns out it’s a full-service store, where you can have your phone activated or upgraded, and pay bills. “In a nutshell, anything the old store could do, we can do,” said Greg Miller, GM of AT&T California retailers. ...

Parks supe Dennis Rottner says almost all of the old (and dangerous) playground equipment in Mammoth Creek Park is about cleared out and new equipment is on the way, but whether it can get installed by the Fourth of July is another thing. ...

Speaking of the parks, nearly everybody expects Mammoth Creek to overflow this spring. Are sandbags in our immediate future? ...

Lotsa big damage from the winter at the Shady Rest Staging Area, sez the Recreation Commission. Trees down, overhanging branches, the whole nasty bit. ...

Is there anyplace else to be than in Our Pal’s house in Crowley Lake on Derby Day? (That’d be tomorrow.) Get out your Derby hats, even if you’re not thar. ...

Here’s the irrepressible Bill Sauser, chair of the town’s Recreation Commission: “I want to congratulate us. We’re all here!” ...

Hats off to the gathering at the library on Thursday to suss out details of the Casa Diablo Project down along 203. ...

Thanks, Dr. J., for re-striping the streets. Caltrans’ work, or lack thereof, on Main Street, remains a mystery. ...

Police Chief Dan Watson issues heartfelt thanks, too. He sez he cringed all winter and spring when people would pull out onto the road and not know where the lanes were. No incidents, but lots of hand wringing. ...
Next up: Vons? Pleez?

Up in Lee Vining, clean-energy evangelist Rick Phelps is beating the drum for a May 16 solar energy workshop at the Community Center. ...

Frosty’s skating bears at the Rafters are gone, in a kind of reverse hibernation. ...

The Mobility Commission’s workhorse, the effervescent Sandy Hogan, wants to remind everyone that a big workshop is set for May 17 in Suite Z. This one will discuss plans for what people want to see happen next winter in roads, speed limits, transit, anything to do with mobility. Another workshop, next November, will address summer needs. ...

As a capper to his “brand” presentation the other night, Tourism Manager John Urdi presented council members with new business cards. “Looks like I’ll have to serve 10 more years,” quipped Mayor Skip Harvey. ...

Last Friday night a synergistic group of people gathered to pay homage to Andrea Mead Lawrence. At the annual dinner in Parallax, there was a passing of the stewardship of Lawrence’s ecological vision to the Mono Lake Committee and a keynote talk by LADWP chief Ron Nichols. Lawrence’s son Corty pointed out Mount Andrea through the windows, the peak that is being named after the icon, who passed away in 2009. ...

Cinco de Mayo, in Spanish, means “Happy Birthday, Meb Keflezighi. ...

Despite a cold morning for fishing opener, Mono County’s Dan Lyster said attendance was strong and some places, like Robinson Creek near Bridgeport, “were smoking.” ...

Just for the heck of it, we’re making a boxed exacta bet on Uncle Mo and Dialed In.

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