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What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 7-13, starring Stacey Corless, Dan Watson, Marty Thompson et al

December 7, 2012

Who won this boat?!?!?!?

The Eastern Sierra made Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013” list, coming in at No. 6. The travel pub gives a shout-out to Bodie, Mono Lake, Bridgeport, Devils Postpile, and Whoa Nellie Deli. Notably absent: Mammoth Lakes. Top 5 are Louisville, Fairbanks, the San Juan Islands, Philly and American Somoa. …

The director of the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation is out with the ski/snowboard team roster for the season, and it stands at 800-plus! Stacy Corless says that includes Mammoth High Schoolers, and says, furthermore, that the new Slopeside Center near Main Lodge is very close to complete. …

That was Mammoth’s Travis Rue, really cooking in the North Face Endurance Challenge marathon in the Marin Headlands near San Francisco last weekend. He made his way through the rain and muck for 33rd in a field of 186. …

And while we’re marathoning, by the end of 2011, a then-record 29 men had broken 2:07 in marathon during the year, and a then-record 25 women had broken 2:24 during the year. This year makes last year look like a warm-up. As of this writing, 43 men had broken 2:07 in 2012, and 33 women had broken 2:24 since January, sez world-class number cruncher supreme Ken Nakamura. …

It’s Fishmas in December for the three lucky winners of the Eastern Sierra Fishing Coalition’s first big raffle. Carols Cortes of Hacienda Heights won the big prize, a 14-foot, Klamath Deluxe S Aluminum Boat with an 8 hp Honda Marine Outboard Motor and an EZ Loader Trailer. In second place was Clemet Crossno of Laguna Beach, who won an eight-hp Honda Marine outboard motor and in third was John Cook of Perris, who made off with a two-night stay at Convict Lake and dinner at the Mogul. The coalition raised $11,500 for fish stocking in Mono County. …

The California Water Department’s Frank Gehrke says the department has new technology that can measure snow depth from the air! Right down to the millimeter. That’s a long way from the Dave Days, huh? …

Ski Town News: KSL Capital Partners, the owners of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, now owns nearly one-quarter of Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. With the transaction comes a shakeup of the management team and board of directors. … 

Just for the heck of it: Stellar Brew’s 20-oz steel travel mug, which fits nicely into a bicycle’s water cage, easing the commute in the cold, dark months. …

Top Cop Dan Watson this week was favoring his right wrist. A skiing accident? No. A tough arrest? No. Snowblowing-fall-on-the-ice mishap? Yup. …

Boy, that Schools Superintendent of Ours, and you know who he is, sure has a funny way of greeting/thanking that Ski Hill CEO of Ours, and you know who he is, too. That’s really all we’re going to say about it, other than to say it is very Italian. ...

Longtime ski hill hand Jack Copeland, aside from being perhaps the nicest guy this side of Jesus, is the new Chamber of Commerce prez, taking over from Brent Truax, who remains on the board of directors. …

The new Mammoth Sierra Magazine hits the racks today (Friday), and anyone who can name that guy on the front cover gets a prize. Prize to be determined. …

That was a swell C of C holiday party hosted by Jim and Nancy Demetriades. It was a progressive affair, starting at Sierra Nevada Lodge (groovy new lobby and re-dos of rooms in three buildings), moving to Jimmy’s Taverna (it’s all Greek to us!) and finishing up with music and drinks at Rafters, all within spittin’ distance of each other. …

We’d be tempted to call the Chamber party the best of the season, but we’re holding judgment until we hit the Island Extravaganza bash at Canyon Lodge Saturday evening. Sixty-five bucks gets you in the door, with Gator Beat providing the Mardi Gras theme, all in support of Eastern Sierra Disabled Sports. Trip for two to Hawaii is on the line. …

Mammoth’s loss of Officer Marty Thompson to the Mono Sheriff’s Department doesn’t mean our local Lion (Detroit version) would abandon his football coaching duties. Coach says he’s going to pow-wow with the new sheriff sometime soon. ...

Speaking of the Husky footballballers, Coach sez he’d prefer not to have his team face a powerhouse right out of the gate, such as last season, when Whittier Christian rolled on up here and opened a can of Whup-butt, from which the team never really recovered. …

Back on the sports beat: Yes, the Husky hoopsters opened their home season Tuesday with a thorough victory over Big Pine. At one point, the boys had a 30-point lead. As in 30-0. Zow! …

From the Something to Ponder Department: Wherefore Surefoot? Around here, it’s all about ski boots, but as a company, that’s only about 10 percent of the biz, the rest going toward hiking, walking and the rising demand for comfy combat boots, so says a Surefoot insider.

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