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October 8, 2010

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area made a big push to land a spot at May’s Amgen Tour of California, but was outpaced by the Tahoe resorts. The cyclists will start at South Lake to Tahoe-Northstar, North Lake to Squaw Valley, then into the central valley, finishing in Thousand Oaks after eight stages. We is bummed but appreciate the effort put in by MMSA. ...

If it seems like Our Town is on the empty side, it’s only because it is. Some of us are in Hawaii. Some of us are in SoCal. One of us went to New York. Seems that the only ones left in town seem to be students, busy with mid-terms, and their parents, busy with their kids. ...

The ever creative Lone Pine Film Festival Director Robert Barron has some great new twists in this weekend’s filmfest, with a salute to Republic Pictures (think early John Wayne) along with four new bus tours. ...

Our superb triathlete Chris Lieto is in Hawaii, but not to relax. He’s one of the favorites to win tomorrow’s 2010 Ford Ironman Championship in Kona after placing a close second last year. ...

Lava Moon’s Jonathan Siebrandt’s take on this week’s weather: “Octuary.” Cool. Er, cold. ...
That’s a brand-spankin’ new blog for our ever-ready Chamber of Commerce, for what it’s worth. One less e-mail in the inbox ...

What does our very own Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi have in common with, oh, say, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Arthur Ashe, John Wooden, Jackie Robinson, Jimmy Connors, Troy Aikman and Chase Utley? They’re all in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, with Meb in the 2010 class. “Wow, what a great honor to be part of this exclusive group,” tweets Meb. “Thanks all!” Hearty congrats, Meb. ...

Speaking of runners, Ryan Hall, who had to pull out of the Chicago Marathon because of fatigue, tweets that he failed to take his own advice re: plenty of rest, and points us to his very excellent blog. Loaded with good running stuff. ...

Perfect large bear tracks these past mornings, going from dumpster to dumpster, and finding them locked. The dumpsters, not the tracks. ...

For our many shutterbugs, and those visiting, fifty bucks gets you into Bodie on Oct. 16 for a day of photography. Participants are allowed into Bodie State Historic Park 30 minutes before sunrise to get those special images. In the past, photographers were allowed to stay 30 minutes after sunset, but due to the current state budget crisis, this privilege has suspended. ...

He’s not exactly ours, but in a sense, every ski bum around the world maybe oughta have a moment of silence for Georges Salomon, the great ski innovator who died Tuesday in Annecy, France at the age of 85. Salomon’s greatest gift? We say it’s the first releaseable binding.

Over at Alpine Garage, trusted grease monkey Johnny Teller may have his hands in car engines, but his thoughts are definitely on this winter’s ski cross action. He’ll be spending much of his time competing on the European circuit, after just missing the chance to compete in the Olympics last winter. ...

The readers of TransWorld Snowboarding magazine ranked June Mountain at No. 3 among terrain parks in the U.S. Ranked first for best vibe, first for best value and second for best snow. Sez El Segundo’s Joe Vangelisti on Facebook: “June rules hands down. When there is snow there is no reason to go anywhere else. Perfect ...

So perfectly Mammoth: During this week’s rain/sleet/hail/snow storm, lots and lots of automatic sprinklers at condos and second homes just kept on sprayin’. ...

Just for the heck of it: smokey_bear (Yup, that one) on Wednesday was just 61 short of 25,000 Facebook Likes and 57 shy of 3,000 Twitter followers.

Time is running out to get one of Sue King’s famous pies up at Rock Creek Resort. It’s all done for the year after Oct. 11. ....

Reds Meadow opened again after the snow. Forest Service officials say it’s gonna take a foot of snow to close the road for the season. ...

The June Lake Loop is spectacular right now, flaming with every color in the aspen rainbow. Head out there about 1 p.m. and go north for the best backlighting of the leaves ....

Dave Marquart, the ever-present ranger at Mono Lake, corraled a group of NASA scientists to give Lee Vining students a demo of the Mars Rover robot prototype one rainy, snowy day Tuesday, showing the kids just exactly what kind of job they could have with a whole lot more studying.

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