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What's Up, Up Here? Feb. 11

February 12, 2011

Mammoth’s Stacey Cook competed in the World Ski Championships this week. Mammoth Times Photo/Susan Morning

Mammoth speed racer Stacey Cook this week crashed out of the World Super G in the World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in fast-fast-fast conditions. After a cycle of freeze-thaw-freeze days, the Super G course was so slick that she said, “It was the first time I could see my reflection in the snow.” ...

Olympic champion Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley finished second, BTW, behind Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl. ...

One of the great local traditions is 4-on-4 ice hockey on Gull Lake, where last Sunday, Dave Plock, Jim Lynch and the local June Lake guys were seen slapping the biscuit around. Also, four or five guys from Orange County joined in, making the contingent about 16. ...

The best place to watch a Lakers game might be at Rafters, since it was one Dr. Jerry Buss whose company built the original, and that was even before Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, et. al.

If you notice more Oz than usual on the ski hill Sunday and Monday, it’s because an Australian “familiarization” group was in town. Lotsa newspaper, magazine and dot-com types, checkin’ us out. ...
Meanwhile, some top honchos from Alaska Air (Horizon) are in town this weekend to better understand just where the heck they’re flying to. ...

Top cop Dan Watson didn’t like the picture we ran of him in last week’s paper, not that he was exactly upset. “Made me look like Karl Malden!” quoth he, but we say that’s not a bad thing. ...

In the “From the mouths of pros” Dept.: “It’s official,” writes skier supreme Chris Benchetler. “This is the most fun I’ve ever had in the main park of Mammoth Unbound. Five perfectly manicured jumps. Super fun rail setups. Bonks and good weather. Can’t beat it.” ...

Health maven Carolyn Balliet took to her bed with a cold, but good news: she’s on the mend enough to rummage through DVDs at Java Joint for entertainment as she convalesces.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which already has some terrific ski cross terrain, is considering adding more stuff, specific to ace Johnny Teller, such as a starting gate, ...

We see the Oak Tree has moved, but not far from its acorns. Now located across Old Mammoth Road between MRG and Mammoth Gallery. And Our Neighbor Walt says its garden center will move, too, to that spit of open space at the end of the building...

Brian Schuldt, cellist with Mammoth’s own Felici Piano Trio, told us they had the chance to bring the healing powers of live classical music to patients and staff at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier last week. Sponsor Whittier College said that no patient called for a nurse while the trio was playing. ...

The ski-back bridge to the Village had a soft launch last Saturday, but gets the big ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 11 o’clock. ...

The so-called Sierra Valley neighborhood comes under the microscope of town planners, led by Ellen Clark, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, when the town staff will examine issues affecting the neighborhood. 6 o’clock, Suite Z in the town offices. ...

Recreation Manager Stu Brown, having heard the same questions over and over about RecStrats, this week was busy building an FAQ for the town’s web site. ...

Meanwhile, Brown said the town staff has created a calendar for the remainder of the year specifically for recreation commission meetings, workshops (RecStrats/USFS, etc..), special events and camps. It will grow organically as all the programs and events are loaded. You can sort, view or print by day, week or month and can even subscribe to receive calendar updates. ...

For an all-inclusive calendar, though, we give you VisitMammoth.com. ...

The MLTPA’s relentless John Wentworth told the Recreation Commission that this summer, his group will place 95 signs along our trails – 10 of them groovy Trailhead signs like the one on the new bike path. ...

The Mono County Bridgeport Animal Shelter’s Nancy Boardman announced that the shelter had received $3,000 in memory of Crowley Lake groomer, Cary Shibley, who died last year. The money came from a fund raiser, the Cary Shibley Memorial “Swing Fore Pets” Golf Tournament, spearheaded by Cary’s parents, Kathy and Brian Shibley, and got to the shelter’s coffers this month to be used for their spay/neuter program. ...

Odd for a Rec Commissioner to announce at a meeting, but during a discussion of the Shady Rest Staging Area, Knud Svendsen said he actually hasn’t been there this season.

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