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September 28, 2012

The unmistakable Glen Plake, center, with a mohawk, survived an avalanche in Nepal last weekend. Here is the last spring's Mammoth Invitational, with (from left) Mark Brownile, Finlay Torrance, Renee Croce, Crystal Roland and Stacey Cook. Photo/Submitted

 

Welcome Robin Roberts, the new department director for the county’s revamped Mental Health Department, now to be called the Department of Behavioral Health. Roberts has been with the county for some time now, but was just promoted to the new title, taking over former Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel’sposition….

The Mammoth Mountain Community Foundationis taking over Slopeside Centeras its first-ever office and Mammoth Teams headquarters, thanks to the support of Mammoth Invitationaldonors and attendees over the last three years. Executive director Stacy Corless says it’s “a huge step forward in realizing our dream for a world-class training facilityfor Mammoth’s athletes.” …

Mono County Sheriff’s deputieswhose trained drug detecting dogsform the county’s K-9 units will now get a $300 a month stipendto take care of their pooches, who live with, travel with and accompany the deputies everywhere they go. Let them eat steak, we say. …

Mammoth Nordic’s Brian Knoxstopped by the other day and said he’s gearing up for a winter of grooming the club’s free cross country ski tracks—and maybe more. …

Tough choice: Either enjoy light refreshments (by Stellar Brew)andguaranteed convivialitythis coming Wednesday evening (Oct. 3) at Mammoth Sierra Magazine’sLaunch Party (for the Oct.-Nov. issue) at Mammoth Creek Inn, or catch the first of the presidential election debates(conviviality not guaranteed). Ourselves, we like conviviality. …

Unofficial weather observation from Howardand Rustyboth: An early, early snowfall (like last year) portends a crummy overall season. Just sayin.’ …

Veteran TV sports commentator Tim Ryanannounced his retirement from the airwaves last week. Long the voice of winter Olympic Gamesand Alpine world championship events, Ryan sez he is working on a book. …

Who gets to take the first official lap on the new Whitmore Track? Undecided for now, but we sure have noticed more than a few “ghost runners” on the polyurethane this past week. Ourselves, we say it should be Deena. Without her, there might not have been a Meb-the-K, and without him, there might have been no Mammoth Track Club, and without the MTC, you get the drift. …

Last day for the Mammoth Bike Parkis Sunday, and what a great season it was. Congrats to Mark Hendrickson et alfor making the trails fast, smooth and interesting. …

Welcome to the Eastside, all you visiting Oaklanders. The Oakland Museum of Californiawill be up and down and along our mountains this coming Tuesday through Saturday, with San Francisco historian Gary Hollowayleading the pack. The tour begins in the north, at Bridgeportand Bodie, and hits Mono Lake, Devils Postpile, the Owens Valley, Independenceand the excellent Eastern California Museum, Manzanar, and the Alabama Hills. Lodging will be at Mammoth Creek Inn, and we hope they’re around for the Mammoth Sierra Magazine launch party there, beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday. …

The Oaklanders follow a big, big contingentof a VisitCalifornia “Fam Tour”that dropped into Mammoth last Sunday, which accounts for all those British accentsaround here. …

A massive avalanche struck Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain,in Nepal shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Sept. 22, sweeping through teams of climbers and skiers camped at 7,000 meters, including our Mammoth pal Glen Plake along with Greg Hill. Both survived. Two people were still missing, among them Plake’s teammates Rémy Lécluse and Greg Costa. Eight were confirmed dead. …

Heartfelt RIP to Tom Sims, who was credited with inventing one of the earliest snowboards and, as a world-champion competitor and manufacturer, with helping to further snowboarding’s widespread acceptance. He died Sept. 12 at a hospital near his home in Santa Barbara. He was 61. The cause was complications following cardiac arrest, his sister, Margie Sims Klinger, said. …

Good ol’Applesent just five iPhone5 unitsto the AT&Tstore in Mammoth. Waiting list as of Tuesday was over 200. …

Congratulations to Laura Beardsleyfor becoming the Friends of the Inyo’snew Executive Director.  “Laura brings energy and passion to the Eastern Sierra that dovetails well with Friends of the Inyo’s mission,” said Sydney Quinn, Vice President of Friends of the Inyo. …

KMMT music director Katie Macis headed out for a long vacation, a bummer for fans of new music, particularly her Friday morning selections. She’ll be back, she insists.

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