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December 13th

Mark Brownlie is movin' on up ... the ski hill

December 13, 2010

Mark Brownlie is making his way up the mountain, and he’s darned near the top.

The head coach of the Mammoth Mountain Ski team last week earned a promotion, becoming the ski area’s Managing Director of Athletics.

"It's a great honor," Brownlie said in his signature Scottish accent.

"I look forward to creating new possibilities for the Community Foundation and to keep the goal of having the best race department and race team in the country."

December 10th

Arsenic and Old Lake(s)

December 10, 2010

Science of apparently astronomical proportions happened last week, with the announcement that Mono Lake harbors arsenic-munching critters in its waters hit the news.

Maybe. Maybe not.

“NASA’s Mono Lake Arsenic Microbes Not Quite as Advertised,” headlined the Tucson Citizen on Dec. 9.
“Serious concerns have been raised about the conclusions,” said Discover Magazine, linking to Guardian.co.uk, an ocean away.

It was a good lesson in how science works.

New designs are out in snowboards, skis

December 10, 2010

Camber is in. Camber is out. Rocker is in. Rocker is out.

No, wait! They’re both in! And howzabout them tips, eh?

In the world of snowboard and ski design, big things are happening lately, say those in the know.

“In the last two years, there’s been more redesign work on snowboards than in the 10 years before,” said Steve Klassen, owner of the Wave Rave Snowboard Shop and a world-class rider.

Geminid meteor show will burn bright on Monday, Dec. 13

December 10, 2010

In a couple of nights, the best meteor shower of the year will sweep down on the High Sierra, bringing stars to earth, as 60 to 80 meteors an hour streak across the sky.

The Geminid meteor shower, one of some half-dozen, annual, prominent meteor showers, begins in earnest in the very late evening of Dec. 13, although many meteor lovers have been seeing impatient Geminids for the past week.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 10

December 10, 2010

Friday’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival was a gathering of like-minded souls and the films were superb. The film on reintroduction of wolves was a fascinating look at what happens when the predator-prey balance is knocked sideways. Emcee Stacy Corless was brilliant in her introductions. ...

See you at Kathy Copeland’s Island Extravaganza Saturday at Canyon Lodge. Always the best party in December, particular for the Hawaiian shirt crowd. ...

December 8th

Rock Creek/Paradise Lodge development public hearing this Friday

December 8, 2010

The controversial Rock Creek area development project proposed by developer John Hooper for the old Paradise Lodge property goes to the county planning commission again this Friday.

The meeting will held be held at the Crowley Lake Community Center at 1 p.m., in the form of a public hearing on the project's environmental impact document and on the specific plan for the project.

December 7th

June Mountain to open early with $5 lift tickets

December 7, 2010

In celebration of 50 years of operation, June Mountain will offer lift tickets for only $5 on opening day of the 2010-2011 winter season.

Scheduled to open on December 16, 2010, June Mountain has already received more than 6 feet of natural snowfall in October and November.

December 6th

Mammoth Track Club and Josh Cox come up big in Vegas

December 6, 2010

What happens in Vegas, stays in … Mammoth.

The Mammoth Track Club came up the big winner on Sunday in Las Vegas, where Mammothite Josh Cox won the Rock’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, while Mammoth TC runners also captured the men’s half marathon and the women’s half marathon.

There were 28,000 runners. Ours came up first and best.

Don't ignore the warm-up run, people

December 6, 2010

Jack Copeland knows about warm-up runs. So does John Armstrong.

For 10 years Copeland was the director of the Mammoth Mountain Ski School before moving to the fourth floor as an executive. Armstrong was director of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, and holds a certificate from the École Du Ski Francais – about as high ranking as any ski school in the world.

“Warm-up runs are very important for getting the blood going and for the connective tissues in your body,” Copeland said.

“You have to learn about the day,” Armstrong said.

Mammoth man busted for break-ins at Roberto's, Grumpy's

December 6, 2010

Mammoth police on Sunday busted a 22-year-old Mammoth man for Saturday night burglaries at both Roberto's and Grumpy's restaurants.

Eduardo Barrios Navarro, 22, was booked for commercial burglary at Mono County Jail with a bail of $50,000.

On Sunday, at approximately 8 a.m. MLPD officers responded to Roberto’s for a burglary investigation.

An employee discovered the crime when she reported to work at 7:20 a.m. and observed cash registers open and other evidence of a burglary. The investigation revealed that the suspect broke a window to enter the restaurant.

December 5th

Town of Mammoth gets second chance to argue Hot Creek Aviation appeal

December 5, 2010

On Friday Dec. 3, 2010, the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento, advised the Town of Mammoth Lakes that it will be given the opportunity to re-argue the “Hot Creek” appeal because of the retirement of one of the justices who was present for the original oral argument.

A new argument date has been set in Sacramento on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.

December 3rd

The bears are still out, but wow are they s-l-o-w

December 3, 2010

No it’s not your imagination.

The bears, at least some bears, are indeed still out.

Although most bears in Mammoth and the surrounding area have bedded down for the winter, not all of them have, said Mammoth’s Wildlife Management Specialist Steve Searles.

“It’s as if every bear has a different barometric pressure point,” he said. “They each need to reach a certain weight so they can survive the winter, and each responds to different temperatures and other factors differently.”

The bears are like some football players, he said.

What's Up, Up Here? Dec. 3

December 3, 2010

In the Say It Ain’t So department, there will be no girls basketball this season for Mammoth High School. Blame it on a lack of interest. Reminds us of the 2009 football season that wasn’t. ...

Gosh it was great to see Skip Harvey back in the Mayor’s chair this past week (see P. 1). He’s been battling bad illness and had to leave us for a while. “Always good to get out of L.A.,” said he. And out of the hospitals, too. ...

Meet the beetles! They're killing our trees

December 3, 2010

They’re here.

Bug-eyed and pincher-toothed, no bigger than a grain of rice, the mountain pine bark beetle has come to visit, killing thousands of acres of lodgepole and whitebark pine in our own backyard, turning green mountainsides tomato-soup red.

Though nowhere near the problem they are in the Rocky Mountains, where the beetle has turned huge swathes of green forests to dead, red trees, and where tourism-and ski-resort based economies are reeling from the cost of cleanup and prevention of the red tide, Eastside beetle populations are growing and growing fast.

"Stage Door" at Mammoth High School Friday, Dec. 3

December 3, 2010

"Stage Door" is being performed by Mammoth High School.

Stage Door was nominated best picture of 1937 and starred Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball.

It is a very entertaining play starring Lauren Bukenberger, Madison Hodges and others, directed by Kevin Worden.

Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 3 and 4 at 7pm, Multi Purpose Room.

Tickets are only $5.00!

Come out and support the MHS kids and the Drama Department.

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