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September 17, 2010

The Ski Museum’s  Beekley Collection of ski art is such a great treat for our town that we hope it finds a place to live. It’s going to move out of its current digs at the Cerro Coso campus so the college can use it for an educational building. Even so, we liked it there, but know there weren’t many paying customers, not enough souvenir sales and it is a crummy location. A move of the collection awaits Town approval. ...

 

The bike park closes after this weekend after a weird season that began late because of all the snow, but ended on a high note. Overall, the visits were down nine percent from last year – 62 percent in June. July numbers were down 12.5 percent and August was flat, but September was up four percent, according to MMSA’s info DJ, Dan Hansen.

 

We had a blast at the Hop ’n Sage event in Sam’s Woods last weekend, and thought Skip Harvey’s unusual snack was just great. The owner of the Base Camp Cafe and our honorable Mayor, Skip pours chili into an open bag of Fritos and the hoi polloi eat it with a spoon, right out of the bag. “I stole the idea from a vendor in Manhattan Beach,” Harvey conceded, but we didn’t care. Deelish. ... 

 

That was a nasty bicycle crash Sunday morning on S.R. 203 near the intersection with U.S. 395. The cyclist, 68, was wearing a helmet and going at a high rate of speed. He lost control and went down, suffering “severe” back pain and collarbone injuries. MLPD closed 203 for a time, to do measurements of the crash scene, but reopened it moments later. ... 

 

Life of a distance runner: Meb Keflezighi, after a Friday run, tweeted “Ups! I am still cold and shaking. I used to do 25 miles a week in high school, now I am doing it in one day. On Sunday it will be in one run.” Sure enough, Sunday rolled around and Meb tweeted, “25 mile run at 7,000 feet. Ice bath in the creek, total of the week, 120.5 miles. A great week.” ... 

Those  flashing notices on U.S. 395 outside of Bishop, the ones that indicate which passes are open, are flashing not to get yer attention, but to save Caltrans dough, Leaving ’em on all the time would cost a lot of cash. ... 

 

The aspens are aching to burst with color up on Rock Creek Road, but last weekend, not much. ... 

 

Three gents on the uphill side of 75 stood around the weight room at the Snowcreek Club talking about Viagra. The problem, one of them said, was in remembering whether or not he had taken it. When in doubt, take another was the consensus. ...  

 

We’re tearing our hair out over our boo-boo last week. Kathy Johnson’s salon is, of course, Profiles Salon

You know summer’s really over when the High Sierra Camp, Los Angeles’ secret hideaway near Chair 15, closes. Now the neighborhood dogwalkers take over. ...

 

Romance is can take weird turns in Mammoth,  Mammoth pro skier Chris Benchetler recently proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Mammoth pro snowboarder Kimmy Fasani by burying an avi beacon in a backpack filled with a dozen roses. ...   

 

One of these days, it’ll be Moving Day for Dawn Vereuck and her Elegant Bath & Kitchen. She’s moving from the Minaret Village Mall to the Plaza on Old Mammoth Road, and we’re hoping there’s no breakage in the transfer. ...

 

Carving those turns, moving those moguls, it can give a body a fierce hunger. No worries, Mammoth Mountain is all over it, will slake our growling bellies by their version of a food truck (snowcats) prowling the mountain next winter, parking at various lift lines so we don’t have to stop skiing or boarding, according to a piece in the LA. Times. Sweet. ...

 

When former MLPD Lt. Jim Short retired from the force, he got a pretty good roasting at his retirement party, but just wait until Harry White and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) dig their claws into him at a roast Monday night at a private home ...

 

Members of the middle and high school Running Club this week got to jaw with running heroes Meb Keflezighi, Patrick Smyth, Morgan Uceny and Alistair Cragg. Next they’ll sample a spinning class, learn yoga stretches and then learn strategy from Christian Fuller in a chess class at the Snowcreek Athletic Club. ... 

 

Just for the heck of it: The contiguous United States had its fourth-warmest summer (June-August) on record, according to the latest NOAA State of the Climate report. What this means? No idea. ... 

 

We’re intrigued with a story published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, in which Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, professor of psychiatry at the Utah School of Medicine and an investigator with Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, reports that the risk for suicide increases by nearly one-third at 6,500 feet and above. ...

 

The news is true: Deena and Andrew Kastor are expecting a baby girl, due March 1. Deena’s suffering allergies for the first time in her life, and the docs say that’s normal when yer preggers. 

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