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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip from Mammoth, April 29-May 5

April 30, 2011

Former Mammoth Track Club distance runner Ryan Hall ran the best Boston Marathon by an American last week. Way to go, Ryan, and this amazing tweet on Wednesday: “Happy to be alive after our plane was hit by lightning.” ...

Mammoth resident and Mammoth Mountain junior race team member Scott Busche took the silver medal at USASA nationals, boys 10-12 skiercross on April 10 at Copper Mountain, Colo. He was presented with the Cholula “Hot Shot” award of the day for having the day’s fastest skiercross qualification time and for his “hot” racer style. ...

Movin’ on up, the Mammoth Board of Realtors has moved from the Sierra Center Mall to the Mammoth Mall, Suites 206-207. ...

The comings and goings continue apace with the Mammoth Times moving across the street to the Plaza (the old Lighthouse church) and with AT&T, also at the Sierra Center Mall, skedaddling for Bishop. ...

By the way, the AT&T store on the corner remains open, but it is a private retailer, not an “official” AT&T so you won’t be able to conduct business there, like paying bills and so on. ...

The opportunity to meet Ed Armenta, the new Inyo Forest Supervisor, and his wife Tambra, will be on May 2 at the Community Center in Mammoth. ...

Meb Keflezighi will compete in the New York City Marathon this coming fall. The New York Road Runners announced Wednesday that Keflezighi will compete Nov. 6 along with defending champions Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya. Meb won the race in 2009. ...

Also, we mis-titled the name of Meb’s book a couple of weeks ago. Of course it’s titled “Run to Overcome.” Sorry about that, Meb. ...

The bald eagles were in town last week, having a ball above Round Valley and Rock Creek Road. ...
That pothole on Meridian that we mentioned a couple of weeks ago? On Tuesday it was paved over. Roses to Mammoth Public Works Department. ...

Firefighter/paramedic Jason Buchanan and LAPD officer Leo Maya are in town this weekend to attempt a Guinness world record. Maya will tow snowboarder Buchanan behind a snowmobile, going 100 meters at world record speed. The action begins at 9 a.m., Saturday at Smokey Bear Flat. They’re doing this to benefit kids with disabilities. ...

Wow, green bumpers greet drivers along Main Street, where it seems as if it was yesterday when they were still snow and cinder swathed. ...

Earlier this month, a group of elite snowboarders and skiers camped out in Valdez, Alaska for 15 days and descended some of the gnarliest lines imaginable. Three Mammoth snowboarders placed in the top 20: WaveRave Snowboard Shop riders Scott Sheer, Tim Gallagher and Steve Klassen. Check out the footage from Sheer’s run on the ‘Net. You won’t be disappointed. ...

Just for the heck of it: Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Tenney says it’s a flat-out fact that oval signs are more effective than round signs. It’s why the Cubs don’t win?. ...

More skiing: Bryce Eller, Tyler Wallasch and Kirk Carlson went 1-2-3 at the Far West Speed Final on Mammoth Mountain this week, while Emily James and Danica Hagan finished 1-2. Amie Lonza copped fourth. ...

Speaking of Bryce, a travelin’ man if there ever was one, those were first downhills he’d run on Mammoth Mountain all season, because of weather cancellations. ...

Bob Sollima getting over food poisoning. Blecch. ...

Just sayin: Little Sluggers instructional T-Ball – kind of like a baseball themed playgroup for the young ones (ages 2-5) begins Wednesday, 5:15 p.m. on the MES grass field and goes 45 minutes each Wednesday night for five weeks. ...

Here’s runner Andrew Kastor on Facebook: “Up at 1a.m. for a Piper feeding with mom. Today at the Post Office, someone said that I looked ‘Parental.”’ That’s a polite way of saying that I look tired.” ...

Gentle reminder to the ski and snowboard set: Sales of MVP Season Passes end tomorrow. They’re good beginning Sunday. ...

For what it’s worth, Our Watchdog in the Valley, Yosemite Steve, is back from Peru and Machu Picchu. ...
There’s still plenty of snow, but Sugar Bowl is shutting down after this weekend. Not us. ...

The long-distance tribe has gathered in New York to push along next fall’s New York City Marathon, and yeah, that was Meb scampering around Central Park with “some great friends and supporters Johnny De Csepel and Rob Siegel. ...

Old pal Ryan Hall didn’t fare so well. “To whoever stole my @ASICS america hyperspeeds this a.m.” tweets he, “may they bring you joy, peace, faith and swift feet!” ...

The very first flowers that bloom up here above 7,000 feet are out. The vivid, magenta-colored pea vetch grows close to the ground and is hanging out near the McGee Creek exit off the highway, where the black asphalt jump-starts the flowers within a week or two after the snow melts. Just around the corner? Indian paintbrush and mules ears, desert peach and lupine.

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