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January 6th, 2012

Inaccuracies in previous letter

January 6, 2012

The letter titled “For the Nordic Record,” submitted by Brian Knox and published in the Dec. 23, 2011, edition, contains factual inaccuracies that we would like to address here.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes—not MLTPA—has submitted a Measure R application for a multi-year funding commitment supporting a cooperative effort between the Town and the Inyo National Forest to establish and maintain the Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS).

Resiliency

January 6, 2012

You could have knocked us over with a feather.

The rumor machine was all about possible layoffs on Mammoth Mountain. People whispered about possible closures of Canyon and Eagle lodges.

Runs were going to close. This winter was a dud. A megaflop – bomb, a dead loss.

Then arrived a memorandum from Rusty Gregory, the CEO of Mammoth Mountain. It was addressed to his skittish employees.

Comparing this thin season (so far) to other dry/drought seasons, Gregory wrote:

Fido and Me – Fortune Cookie

January 6, 2012

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.

“Dog who pee on dog gets a leg up on the competition,” 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 doesn’t know. An admirer. But right there on the Chinese takeout box, was the label, “Kung Fu Fido,” made somewhere in Minnesota.

Village Championships begin Jan. 10

January 6, 2012

Neither dust nor sun nor heat of night shall keep the Village Championships from their appointed rounds.

“The VCs” 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.

It’s a wide-open competition, as it has been for 36 previous seasons. The racers are local and regional business owners, master’s racers, junior team coaches, ski instructors, current and past competing racers.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Jan 6-12

January 6, 2012

Good news from Skip Harvey, owner of the Base Camp Café and town councilman, who says two cancerous tumors in his throat have “shrunk 50 percent.” He says he is taking one FDA-approved drug and another “highly experimental” drug to control the cancer. …

Rusty Gregory says ski area flourished during holidays

January 6, 2012

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 “completed its most successful and New Year holiday period in my 34 years on the mountain.”

Um, well, sort of.

Gregory said in an interview this week that the ski area’s “success” is in context with other dry holiday periods in the ski area’s history—not an all-inclusive, year-by-year breakdown.

December 30th, 2011

Kid computer ace, inspired by Mammoth, writes emergency application for iPhone

December 30, 2011

He is 17 years old.

But Nick Entin of Palos Verdes isn’t just another high school skier, though there’s nothing in his outward appearance to suggest otherwise.

And then he whips out his iPhone. On it is his imaginative, 99-cent iPhone application, called Emergency Beacon. With one push of a button he can connect with first responders in case of an emergency.

We made noise in 2011, and so did nature

December 30, 2011

It’s a tiny little place in a remote part of the country.

Yet Mammoth has all the ingredients for a rich stew of colliding agencies—federal, state, county and local, plus extreme weather.

We have colliding interest groups. We have people who are passionate.

We have top-notch scientists working our water, woods and mountains. They take their findings back to their universities. Their colleagues marvel at the work they do here.

We have sport, too. Lots of sport.

We run, we ski, we ride, we backpack. We compete in Motocross. We ride road bikes.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 30 - Jan 5

December 30, 2011

Resident Bob Sollima, who was former winter caretaker at Reds Meadow and has been in Mammoth for oh, 126 years, says don’t sweat the snow scene up here. “We’ve seen it all before … no problem,” he said. “In the winter of 1990-91 we were backpacking in and out of Fish Creek Hot Springs near Iva Belle Camp into February. On March 1, it started to snow and we got 15 feet in the month of March—not a lot, but enough to call it ‘The March Miracle’ by alla the locals. Then there was the winter of 1976-77 where we waited and waited and waited. The snow never came.

December 19th

'Night of Lights' turns ugly

December 19, 2011

The “Night of Lights” last Saturday turned into a night of fights.

Unruly concert-goers drove members of the headline band off the stage by throwing objects at them, then drove them off again when the band, the Naked and Famous, tried to resume the show.

The concert was on the snow at Canyon Lodge. While attendance numbers were not immediately available, it was believed by veteran “Lights” observers to be among the largest crowds ever for the annual event.

Local man, Tom Greenstein, dies

December 19, 2011

Long time local and manager of the St. Moritz condominiums, Tom Greenstein, died Thursday for an as yet unknown reason.

Although there is very little official information available about Greenstein's death as of this time, the Mono County Sheriffs Department did release the following report Monday morning:

"In the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 15, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a call regarding an unresponsive male in the Mammoth Lakes area.

December 16th

Airport terminal annex opens

December 16, 2011

Just in the St. Nick of time, the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport opened its passenger annex Thursday.

The tent-like structure, similar to the Eagle Lodge structure, is officially a “temporary” building, but then so was Eagle Lodge, and it’s still there.

It was built by Sprung Structures, the Utah company that provided the buildings at Eagle Lodge. It is a tension membrane structure. The building itself has become known as, simply, “The Sprung Structure.”

Therein lies a problem.

Peace on Earth begins right here, Mammoth students say

December 16, 2011

It’s a Monday afternoon in early December and school just got out.

On the big, warm, green-curtained multi-purpose room stage at Mammoth Elementary School, about a dozen third through fifth graders, boys and girls, Caucasian and Hispanic, are gathered together, just like they have been for many Mondays previously.

The stage vibrates with the pranks and laughter of 14 high-energy students, but teacher Dee Di Gioia has done this before, and more than once.

What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 16-22

December 16, 2011

The ubiquitous Woolly showed up at the Sprung Structure opening at the airport the other day. “Hey, here comes What’s-His-Name” enthused Top Cop Dan Watson. …

Speaking of the Chief, doesn’t everybody know that his son-in-law is a mascot for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings? …

Big day for Andy Selters fans this coming Wednesday. The photographer/author will be at the Booky Joint to sign books and calendars. The book is “Ways to the Sky,” the mountaineering history book that the Wall Street Journal said is one of the five best adventure books of all time. …

Fido and Me – Dog Songs

December 16, 2011

Fido is shopping.

“The trick,” he said, “is to find gifts that dogs themselves dig, rather than humans. Get it? Digging dogs?”

Fido paused to lick his, um, belly. He lay near the table, dictating to me as I worked the Web on his behalf. His legs are as nimble as fence posts, and his paws just can’t work a keyboard.

“You have an actual strategy?” I asked.

“Why, yes,” he said.

“I get it. You are a very clever dog, my good man.” I gave him a pat and a scratch.

Fido closed his eyes halfway. He was in thought.

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