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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Feb. 3-9

February 3, 2012

The Base Camp Cafe. In Rifle, Colo. Photo/Dan Watson

 

Yow! That was Groundhog Day yesterday, also known as Candlemas, the exact middle between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Up here we don’t have a lot of groundhogs. We have marmots instead. So Happy Mammoth Marmot Day to all, and may there be six more weeks to add to the winter. …
 
While Superpipe competition has never been this popular, many ski resorts are cutting way, way back, according to the National Ski Areas Assn. The reason? Costs to build those 22-foot monsters are through the roof. Smith of Denver-based Snow Consult, says one of his clients (not named) spent $300,000 to build its 22-foot superpipe, which is the main reason the number of halfpipes in the U.S. was down this season, and that doesn’t even count the cost of maintenance. …
 
One of Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson’s favorite breakfast joints is none other than the Base Camp Café. When he’s out hunting big game, he drops by the Base Camp. The one in Rifle, Colo.
 
Kirk Deeter, columnist for Field & Stream magazine, ranks Hot Creek fifth in his list of “rudest rivers in America.”  “When it comes to fly fishing, some rivers don’t give a rip who you are, where you’re from, how good you are, or what you paid to get there,” he writes. “It’s all about themselves (people, not rivers). “ Adds local guide Dave Neal:  “If I had a dollar for every time I saw some jackass down at Hot Creek fishing with waders (and STILL not catching anything), I’d solve Town of Mammoth Lakes’ Hot Creek Lawsuit settlement problems. …
 
Happy Birthday, Sean Turner!
 
From ace Bishop shutterbug Dave McCoy, this: “We just came across a huge collection of vintage Mammoth slides. We’re scanning them now and we’ll post them on the blog. They are from the family collection of Tony Milici, a longtime friend, and there are some great old shots.” …
 
Drew T. Blumberg, Bishop’s local smarty-pants, was named to the Grinnell College Dean’s List for this fall, and anybody who knows anything says this a big deal, from one of the nation’s most prestigious colleges. Blumberg, who is majoring in Biological Chemistry, was one of 302 students honored for outstanding academic achievement. To make the Dean’s List, students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
 
Mammoth Nordic popped the cork on what it hopes will be a strong finish to the Winter of 2012. “The Nordoni has risen to the occasion,” says Barbara Richter.  Also, congratulations to local Jacob Lipman, who walked out of the INF Auditorium with the Grand Prize goods: a six-night Nordic Getaway to Winthrop, Wash. … 
 
Those sure are cute little insects bouncing above the snowpack, about a month earlier that we see them. …
 
Boy that was quick work by Yosemite road crews in opening up Big Oak Flat Road on the Westside late last month. It’s a fave way to get into the park from San Francisco and environs. A huge rockfall occurred Jan. 22. Two lanes were re-established on the road  (gravel) and re-opened within a week. “All of the work on the road this week has been accomplished by the efforts of our Roads and Trails Crew in the Division of Facilities Management,” said park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “I’d like to personally praise them for their tireless work, dedication, and skill in getting the road back open. This opening is a testament to the efficiency and fortitude of our Roads and Trails Crew,” and who are we to disagree? ...
 
Local 16-year-old Sam Whiting just turned in another superb edit from Mammoth Unbound, which says on its YouTube post: “Keep on eye on the kid and remember the name!” …
 
The movie Act of Valor opens in theatres Feb. 24. Watch out for Mammoth local Marc Margulies in the opening scenes he plays the U.S. Ambassador of the Philippines. …
 
The Nevada airwaves are filling up with all things Newt, Mitt, Rick and Ron, and just because we live in California, there’s no escape. Nevada holds its caucuses Saturday.

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