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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 30 - Jan 5

December 30, 2011

Resident Bob Sollima, who was former winter caretaker at Reds Meadow and has been in Mammoth for oh, 126 years, says don’t sweat the snow scene up here. “We’ve seen it all before … no problem,” he said. “In the winter of 1990-91 we were backpacking in and out of Fish Creek Hot Springs near Iva Belle Camp into February. On March 1, it started to snow and we got 15 feet in the month of March—not a lot, but enough to call it ‘The March Miracle’ by alla the locals. Then there was the winter of 1976-77 where we waited and waited and waited. The snow never came. Only snowed a coupla feet all winter. All in all, it always averages out—big winters here—small winters there, no problem.” ...

We do fret about the snowpack, however. …

From Kim Stravers: “Hello, Mammoth. Anyone doing anything cheap and interesting for New Years? (Let’s keep it relatively clean, you devils.)

The Mono County Search and Rescue team this winter selected Gary Boyd as the Rick Mosher Candidate Member of the Year. Boyd has been very active and faithful in both his training and in rescue operations, and quickly advanced to Rescue Member status. He has participated in 59 team events, including 17 searches and rescues since he began his training in March of 2010. He also has a busy life as the CEO of Mammoth Hospital. Thanks, Gary! ...

Talk about a breakout year for Mammoth running! Morgan Uceny of the Mammoth Track Club became the fastest woman in the world the 1500-meters, and credits Mammoth and her teammates, along with coach Terrance Mahon. Said Mahon: “Morgan has always been very smart, so that once she learned the tactics of the 1500 and how different it is then running an 800, then all she needed was a few more races under her belt to fine tune her craft.” Such is Mammoth’s reputation Uceny (pronounced YOU-sin-ee) moved to Mammoth sight unseen. She decided to focus on the 1500, which better suited her strengths. Under Mahon’s guidance and with teammates such as Anna Pierce, Uceny worked on fitness and tactics and became one of the best U.S. middle-distance runners in an already deep field. …

Yep those are hockey players on the ice twice a week at the Ice Rink, for both men and women. …
Suddenlink announced last week that it is now offering a “competitive phone service alternative” to Verizon in Mammoth Lakes. Just so’s you know. …

Our take: Aside from the Mammoth Unbound terrain parks, the only reliable skiing and boarding is on beginner terrain. Yechh! …

This time last season snowfall already had reached 25.6 feet. …

Sad news reaches us via Ruth Harrell regarding the death of surfer extraordinaire Sean Collins, a hall of fame surfer whose online company revolutionized the way surfers track waves. Collins died at 59. The founder, president and chief forecaster of Surfline.com, suffered a heart attack while playing tennis Monday in Orange County and died at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian shortly afterward. Surfer magazine named Collins one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century in 1999, and he was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach in 2008. …

Mountain bike downhiller Aaron Gwin is joining the Bike Park Pro Team. “Can’t wait to see him train for the World Cup race circuit on our trails,” says an MMSA spokesperson. He’s from Morongo Valley, moved to Temecula and recently was known for breaking on to the international World Cup scene after about eight months of riding downhill. He won the overall title in the for the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, became the first American to ever win a World Cup Overall Title and the first male racer to win five World Cup DH races in one season. …

Those busy bees at the Mono Lake Committee say they’re looking to expand even further its Outdoor Education Center here in the Mono Basin. In the program, participants are empowered through work on personal growth and community-oriented activities to build an understanding and appreciation for the Mono Basin/Los Angeles watershed. …

Sonora Pass opened last weekend, FYI, making for clear sailing from Sacto. …

Mammoth Mountain is trying, trying, trying to salvage January with a new mid-week plan, says the redoubtable Deena Betcher, PR Coordinator/Snow Reporter. Website has details. …

Sometimes Santa’s reindeer make their turns too fast and presents tumble out of the sleigh. The Mammoth Lakes Police Department found one such present addressed to Cody. …

Your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. That was Eric Jackson and John Jackson over at Wave Rave Tuesday evening, and if you have to ask, fuggedabouddit or Google ‘em. ...

Also, that was Tony Hawk at the Do it Center.

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