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What's Up, Up Here February 17 2011

February 20, 2012

Eric Braunwalder of Oceanside, Calif., pulls a backside tailslide in the Forest Trail Park on Friday, Jan 10. Photo/Jesse Barlet
Ladies (and man slaves!)—mark your calendars! Pamper Pedal 2012 is slated for Saturday, May 12. This year’s theme is “Nature Girl.”
 
January 2012 was the fourth warmest for the contiguous U.S. This scenario was in stark contrast to Alaska where several towns had their coldest January on record. Go figure. …
 
We kinda blew it last week when we wrote the wandering wild wolf from Oregon didn’t have a name yet. Well, he does. It’s Journey. …
 
Intrepid cyclist Dan Hansen has made it to Texas. He crossed the state line with a helmet that looks an awful lot like Longhorn orange in our opinion. Hook ’em, Dan. …
 
Good samaritans abound here, which is why we’re not too worried about Mammoth’s newest runner. Coach Andrew Kastor wants to know: Does anyone know of or have a room to rent starting now? “I just started working with an Olympic Marathon hopeful from the country of Jordan. He just arrived in Mammoth and is shelling out too much money staying in a motel each night. Thanks!” …
 
Residents of Chalfant got an unexpected surprise recently when Mono County decided to rid Chalfant Park of troublesome gophers. The noise from their efforts was so loud, Supervisor Hap Hazard heard from constituents that “dogs hid under beds.” The county is mulling changing how they get rid of gophers, given the outcry. …
 
The MLPD, Mono County Sheriff’s deputies and the Mono County Health Department last Wednesday participated in Operation Red Snow, a joint exercise with the U.S. Army National Guard 9th Support Civil Support Team. That might have freaked out drivers on Main St. at Minaret, but the PD spokesman said its purpose was to give multiple agencies a chance to work together in response to a scenario involving the possibility of  terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. Gulp. …
 
Some vacations are just like this one: Writes Jim Stimson, “So ... we left the Sierra to escape the snow. It was snowing today at Hoover Dam. Damn!” …
 
Quick now, name the musician that has won Grammys in both classical music and jazz. Answer next week. …
 
How cool is it that Deena Kastor and Catherine Billey’s birthdays are on Valentine’s Day? Very. …
 
Mono Lake was in the news again recently after scientists (cited in Popular Science last month) attacked the results of a study that stated arsenic could replace phosphorus in DNA. Scientist Felisa Wolfe-Simon was at the lake last year with television cameras to document her claim, but in the past few months, her work has met with increasing skepticism.
 
Happy 60th Birthday, Debbie Boucher!
 
This from Mammoth Unbound: “Scott Blum is one of our favorite dudes riding the park on a daily basis. He’s always doing something creative and fun, not to mention he’s probably our resident handplant master!”
 
Several anonymous residents took it upon themselves to paint over some graffiti off of U.S. 395 near McGee Creek. Vandals spray-painted gang-style graffiti on the old cinderblock building that sits off the side of the road. “I don’t know who did it, or the circumstances, but I sure am thankful they took care of it,” said the area’s supervisor, Hap Hazard. “This stuff tends to breed more like it.” And isn’t that a scary image. …
 
Don’t head to Reno via Topaz Lake late at night beginning in May, said Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston. The road will close all night long for some time, forcing long delays or equally long detours at night. …
 
Devils Postpile Superintendent Deanna Dulen said that opening on July 4 is “optimistic” due to downed trees on the roads and trails. See page 13. …
 
Aspen Highlands has decided to impose limits on alcoholic beverages at its mountain bistro. According to a resort official, too many skiers had to be rescued because of their condition on the slopes. So now, the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro has placed a three-drink maximum and removed liquor from the menu, leaving only beer and wine. …
 
V-week produced some good zingers, as usual. From Mammoth Mountain: “Double Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Boy’s too.” …

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