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

April 6, 2012

An artist rendering of the south facade of the proposed training center at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Photo/Submitted

Our Internet service, or lack of it, has caught the attention of the Town Council big-time, and now it’s a political issue. Here’s councilman Matt Lehman, asking for an agenda item for April 18:  “It seems like in the last couple of months, what was not that great is getting worse. Honestly, it’s making my ability to operate my business very, very difficult and some of the other folks I’ve talked to out there are experiencing the same thing.” …

Local women in business drank wine and socialized at Side Door Café on Wednesday evening. Those in attendance: Andrea Colasardo, owner of Footloose Sports; Carrie Guerriero, owner of Hair By Carrie G; Cynthia Felming, Real Estate in Mammoth/Coldwell Banker Realtor; Dawn Vereuck, owner of Mammoth Mountain Living; Natalie Wolf, owner of Apres Pooch (dog daycare), and Selena Mandich, owner of Sundance Foods. The event was coordinated by Quart Keyes from the Chamber of Commerce. …

Tioga Pass will likely open earlier than usual, according to Yosemite National Park spokewoman Kari Cobbs. But ground crews won’t have access to the Tuolumne Meadow area until April 15 to assess the snow depth and road conditions. After that, she said it would be possible to make a better guess. She said the Tuolumne Meadows area is currently at 43 percent of normal for the year, a far cry from last year when it was at more than 200 percent of normal. …

Big week for a certain New Englander who happens to be a HUGE Sawx fan and Mammoth’s loudest evangelist on the running scene. Sawx home opener vs. Rays on April 13, Boston Marathon (with Meb Keflezighi) on Monday, April 16. …

That wispy (and FAST) kid running alongside Meb these days is Mammoth High School distance runner Toby Qualls, getting recruited heavily by, among others, Brown University, says Sierra Striders coach Andrew Kastor. …

Olympic marathoner Deena Kastor knows a little bit about being outdoors, and that’s why she’s so into the Outrun the Sun Race in May. This is a “virtual” yet real race that supports skin cancer education. …

The runners sure are giving us lots of news snippets. This one from distance runner Josh Cox: “I know why so many people don’t like running, because it’s not fun when you’re not fit, there’s no rhythm, it just hurts. Get fit, then the RUN=FUN.” …

And by the way, you can start looking for members of the prestigious Oregon Track Club around here, training hard for the London Olympics. They could have gone to Flagstaff, Kenya or any number of places, but Mammoth seemed like the place to be. …

Later this summer, Mammoth’s Jeremy McGhee, a disabled athlete (paralyzed from the waist down) will attempt to both climb and ski Bloody Couloir. “Bloody is a special peak,” says he. “It can snow year-round, it’s steep and gnarly and no joke.” A teaser clip of him training for the ascent and descent premiered last Tuesday at La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. The teaser followed a showing of the 2011 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival’s Best Movie and Cinematography winner, “All.I.Can.” …

Happy birthday, Gary Myers, John Wentworth and the irrepressible Zeppelin. …

Our man on Mammoth Pass, Bob Sollima has a coupla observations: “If you take last year’s 153 percent winter plus this year’s 48 percent average them, you’ll get, well you get the idea … that’s why they call it average.” …

Cool event each and every year: To kick-off the cycling season the Eastside Velo cycling club will have a “social night” at Restaurant Skadi April 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. for drinks, then everyone lines up for Chef Ian’s incomparable vegetarian pasta. Fifteen bucks cash gets you in. …

Speaking of righteous endeavors, the tireless Jonathan Siebrandt reminds us that “A Wave A Day” is heading to Mammoth April 14, all in the name of breast cancer prevention. “We will be surfing at first light, jumping on a direct flight, skiing all day, then having a fundraising event (at Lakanuki) that night! Making it back to SD then next night just in time to surf before sunset.” All proceeds go to the Keep A Breast Foundation, says he. …

Good-bye and good luck to Stephen Krcmar, popular digital wunderkind at Mammoth Mountain, a great Spotifiy go-to guy and a victim of the Black Wednesday layoffs: “I moved to Mammoth Lakes in September 2008. Since then, I pedaled a whole bunch, experienced some of the best snowboard turns of my life, made great friends, and worked with a crew of people I consider family. I’m heading out today. Thanks for the good times!

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