Archive - 2012
The Mammoth Lakes Lakers, our local pond hockey team, are headed to Minneapolis to compete for the Golden Shovel in the sixth annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championship.
You might not have heard about the Mammoth Lakes Lakers, but theyâ€™ve been around as long as â€¦ well â€¦ as long as Mammoth locals have been skating and playing hockey.
This year, the Mammoth Lakes Lakers are Jeff Posey, Peter Chapman, Mike Rousseau, Ryan Widen, Jim Lynch and Joe Hannigan.
The crabs are gone. All of Mammoth mourns.
Merchants, hoteliers, restaurants and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area all scrambled this week in the face of a steep dive in visitor occupancy.
In its weekly occupancy projection, Mammoth Tourism said the town is expected to fill to just 38 percent this weekend and 21 percent for the midweek.
Last year at this time, with an overabundance of snow and Mammoth the talk of the ski world, the town filled to 65 percent on the weekend and 35 percent in the midweek.
Many hotels and condo complexes are offering deep discounts, particularly at midweek.
As it turns out, the political wrangling and the financing debates have worked themselves out, adding to a record season at the newly reopened ice rink.
December attendance at the rink doubled over December 2009â€”the last season the rink was open.
Going into the New Year, the rink already is 85 percent of the total attendance than it had in 2009-10.
â€śWhat a time to reopen the Ice Rink,â€ť said Stuart Brown, the Townâ€™s recreation director.
â€śAttendance has been through the roof and the quality of the experience on the ice for our guests has surpassed our expectations,â€ť he said.
Fido is having the time of his life.
Every day is the finest time of his life, if you ask me, but even I would admit that this day ranks right up there.
He is reading his fortunes.
â€śDog who pee on dog gets a leg up on the competition,â€ť he intoned. Waiting a comedic moment, he then howled in glee.
Fido had received a box of dog fortune cookies in the mail. Who from? He doesnâ€™t know. An admirer. But right there on the Chinese takeout box, was the label, â€śKung Fu Fido,â€ť made somewhere in Minnesota.
Neither dust nor sun nor heat of night shall keep the Village Championships from their appointed rounds.
â€śThe VCsâ€ť begin on Tuesday with the Race Department putting up gates for the first round of racing.
The second round will take place Jan. 24, followed by races on Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 20; and April 3.
The VC team and individual finals will be April 10.
Itâ€™s a wide-open competition, as it has been for 36 previous seasons. The racers are local and regional business owners, masterâ€™s racers, junior team coaches, ski instructors, current and past competing racers.
Good news from Skip Harvey, owner of the Base Camp CafĂ© and town councilman, who says two cancerous tumors in his throat have â€śshrunk 50 percent.â€ť He says he is taking one FDA-approved drug and another â€śhighly experimentalâ€ť drug to control the cancer. â€¦
Mammoth Mountain sailed through the holidays just fine, according to ski area CEO Rusty Gregory.
In a carefully-worded memorandum to employees, dated Jan. 1, Gregory said this holiday period the ski area â€ścompleted its most successful and New Year holiday period in my 34 years on the mountain.â€ť
Um, well, sort of.
Gregory said in an interview this week that the ski areaâ€™s â€śsuccessâ€ť is in context with other dry holiday periods in the ski areaâ€™s historyâ€”not an all-inclusive, year-by-year breakdown.