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October 15, 2010

Old friend Warren Miller lost his rights to be Warren Miller on Wednesday when he lost a lawsuit between Warren Miller Entertainment (the film company) and Warren Miller (the man) over Miller’s use of his name, likeness, voice and endorsement. Since 2005, Miller, now in his mid 80s, has indicated that he is not content with recent productions, and has been actively discouraged from involvement in the films bearing his name. ..
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The town’s Planning Commission gave a “Certificate of Appreciation” to Jim Demetriades, he of snazzy-looking Rafters and the Sierra Nevada Lodge. ...

Speaking of Demetriades, he says his nifty new skate rink will be ready on Nov. 15, with discounts for locals. ...

Good Morning America’s nationally broadcast ‘Your Three Words’ featured the photo of a very preggers Sandra Di Domizio with her children Stella and Nevin last week. Dad found out about his family’s instant fame when the kids were recognized by a stranger, “I know you!” She recognized them from the nationally broadcast photo, while he was supervising his children at play. The Three Words? “Any Day Now.” ...

That was the irrepressible “Powder Dan” Molnar and the ever-artistic Christian Pondella getting first turns of the season on Bloody Mt. last week. Are we surprised? ...

That poor chicken in front of Carl’s Jr. did a pretty good job of steering traffic last week, but also had its share of abuse. Last week, a passerby chucked a wadded-up newspaper in its direction. Fowl behavior. Nice new roof and paint job over at ol’ Carl’s, by the way...

It was great to see Sam Mudie, he of the Hilton Creek Emporium and the Sierra Cycling Foundation, out on his bike last week, his shattered ankle (snowboarder crashed into him) apparently on the mend. ...

Our own Chris Lieto led the 140.6-mile Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii last weekend through much of the bicycle ride and had opened a four-minute lead before finishing sixth. Aussie Chris McCormack won it in 8 hours, 15 minutes, 34 seeconds. ...

Our pals Cara and Rocky Audenried at the world-famous Mono Cone in Lee Vining had a fantastic final weekend, lines spilling out all the way onto Negit Island. ...

Crowley Lakers are in deep debate over the proposed new welcome sign coming into town. They all agree on the what it oughter be (Flyin’ Brian Jones’ amazing metal fish sculpture), but all agree it’s a bit too pricey. ...

Last weekend of golf at Sierra Star this weekend – no more dimpled balls flying into Meridian Blvd. ...
And what were we doing at 10:10 a.m. on 10/10/10? Having a brunch of scrumptious binaries? At 10:10 p.m. we were handicapping the wild week in football, particularly college. ...

Speaking of college ball, the New York Times on Monday did a special blowout piece about Nevada Wolf Pack coach Chris Ault, inventor of the pistol offense. ...

Fire season up and ended at Yosemite National Park after last week’s storms dumped more than three inches of water on the valley floor, making it one of the earliest closures in park history. ...

Wanna see the International Space Station zoom by? This morning’s sighting was a three-minute show beginning at 6:35 a.m. Tomorrow (Saturday) is a one-minute show at 5:27 a.m. 16 degrees above the horizon in the north northeast. Sunday’s sighting is a two-minute number at 5:53 a.m., 42 degrees in the north northwest. Monday is the big day, a four-minute pass-by. Look at 43 degrees elevation in the west northwest ...

Congrats all around to Dennis Brown and his cohorts at the Sierra Summer Festival, who report double the attendance at this year’s festival over 2009. They’re thinking of maybe adding a fourth day for next year. Sunday Pops? ...

Brian Schuldt, he of the Felici Trio, reminded everyone present at this week’s Recreation Commission meeting that no matter what your marketing strategies might be, “the most important media, by far, is word of mouth.” ...

Congrats once more to our crack Search and Rescue Teams. Last week, in a joint op with Yosemite, our team rescued 70-year-old Thomas Alden of Truckee on the Virginia. Lakes-to-Saddlebag trail. A veteran backpacker, the man didn’t check the weather closely and got caught in the snow. No injuries and he was choppered out. ...

Planning Commissioner Sharon Clark was out of action for Wednesday’s meet. Knee surgery. ...

New play equipment is now installed for public use at Crowley Lake Park.The equipment was chosen through public participation, organized by Mary Ellen Halpin of Mono County’s Public Works Department. Community response was rallied by Crowley mom Kim McCarthy.

Hello?!?!? Tommy and Windsor Czeschin of Crowley Lake signed a lease for a 60-foot pine tree cell tower to be built behind their Crowley Lake Wash All laundromat. This action moves Crowley Lake residents one more step toward joining the mobile phone age.

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