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What's Up, Up Here for Nov. 12

November 13, 2010

Separated at birth: Mammoth High School football coach Tom Gault. Photo/Susan Morning

Over in the Minaret Village Mall, they’ve got a resident squirrel, looking to score some feed from Tailwaggers and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. So enticing are the scents that the squirrel, caught in a wildlife trap and carted many, many miles away to a deep woods, found its way back in one day to forage again. ...

Hey is that Tess Adler with Brian Schuldt of the Felici Trio on the February page from the Friends of the Library 2011 calendar? Do you recognize anyone else? Maybe Edyth Irvine and Stella Anderson at a tea party. ...

Some people don’t wait. That skier up on Center Bowl on Monday was Danged Awfully Nuanced, and we think we know who it was, but not sure. He/She got some nice powdery turns. ...

Next up for the Habitat for Humanity project, says local leader Dan Wright, is Egypt, next fall. ...

The iconoclastic Andy Rostar, he of the MT design team, had a good first ride yesterday down Cornice Bowl, but not without some trepidation. “I haven’t been on any kind of board since I was in Oz, and I expected maybe a couple of wipes, but I pulled it off.” Here’s to Andy, and everybody else who pulled it off. ...

Prop. 19’s loss at the polls isn’t about to stop Phylly Benham’s Fourth Annual Pot Party on Sunday in Sunny Slopes, no way. It’s about ceramics, but you knew that, right? ...

Wildlife specialist Steve Searles is so special that he’s working without a contract, but the Town is working on that. ...

If only San Diego and Orange County airports had aircraft appropriate for Mammoth, marketing maestro Howard Pickett says, Mammoth Mountain would jump onboard. But until then, the howls for air service from both places will continue. ...

Utah State graduate student Jonathan Fusaro, in town all summer to do research on bears, says ours are so hip-hop urban that practically every study on bear behavior just doesn’t apply to Da Bears of Mammoth. He’s fixing that. ...

We’ve probably heard of worse acronyms and shortenings, but “RecStrats” is right near the top of the heap. Councilman Rick Wood said at a meeting that he has trouble wrapping his tongue around that every single time. It’s Recreation Strategies, by the way. ...

Not sure what big doings are percolating among the members of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation (think Mammoth Invitational), but board members Austin Beutner, Mark Brownlie, Tom Cage, Tony Colasardo, et. al, are going to start making announcements soon. ...

The town is still negotiating with Mammoth Firewood’s Dave Smith and Doug Howell for a sale. That parcel, at the Industrial Park, would be part of the location of a transportation hub. Dave and Doug plan to continue their snow-removal biz, no matter what happens. ...

That was some race for the three open seats on the Recreation Commission, which ended yesterday after our deadline. Three incumbents, the aforementioned Colasardo, along with Dieter Fiebieger and Shields Richardson, faced off before the Town Council against Gail Lonne, Dawn Vereuck, Patricia Agnitch, Ken Warner and Jane Anderson Baer. To be continued. ...

Is there a nicer shuttle bus driver on Mammoth Mountain than Cara? Don’t think so. ...

Mono County’s appointed county supervisor, Bob Peters, got kudos from the rest of the county board Tuesday for all his hard work this year representing his North County constituents. His last day is Nov. 23. Thanks Bob. ...

Supervisor-elect Tim Hansen takes the reins Dec. 7 and will fill out the two-year remainder of the late Bill Reid’s term. Reid died unexpectedly last October. ...

Think winter’s here finally? Not so fast. Take a hike from the Lower Rock Creek trailhead in Paradise and head upstream for a fantastic show of copper birch and willow still in full fall regalia. ...

Or head up Pine Creek Canyon out of Rovana for some great cottonwood color. ....

David Carle, whom the Eastern Sierra associates with water, Mono Lake and nonfiction, has penned “Mono,” a historical novel about the rollicking time of water theft by Los Angeles back in the early years of the 20th century. Can’t wait to read it. It’s available at www.createspace.com/3490690. ...

Seems to be bears-breaking-into-cars season again. Several in the last week alone. A mother and two cubs broke out the rear window of Chris Cooper’s car the other night to get some tomatoes that had been accidentally left behind. Sure enough, they came back a few nights later to see if more food had been left for them.

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