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What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 21

January 21, 2011

Here's the latest from our groovy little burg.

Mammoth will send nine athletes to the X-Games next week in Aspen, and that’s darned impressive for a little town like ours. Tyler Flanagan will compete in Snowboard Big Air and Snowboard Slopeside. Mason Aguirre, Greg Bretz and Luke Mitrani will be in Snowboard Superpipe. Jack Mitrani, meanwhile, has his eyes on the prize in Snowboard Best Method, while Chris Logan goes for Ski Slopeside (men) and Kaya Turski, a defending X-Games champ, goes for Ski Slopeside (women). The Big Star, of course, is Johnny Teller in Ski Cross. Action begins Thursday and goes through Sunday. ESPN. ...

Yessir, that was skateboard legend Tony Hawk up on the ski hill Wednesday, standing next to that certain 17-foot snowman at Main Lodge. ...

Peggy Stovesand stopped traffic in both directions, jogging on Crowley Lake Drive Friday morning. Seems everyone wanted to cheer her on as days grow longer and warmer while the drive gets drier. ...

That holiday storm was certainly a southern one. Kelly Kimball and brother John Kimball report eight feet of snow fell at their cabin in Aspendell in Inyo County, while snow in north county’s Mono City has melted down to a foot. Meanwhile, Cindy Kitts of far east county’s Benton says the main problem is a bunch of cold that keeps blowing by...

Speaking of cold, Crowley Lake has ceased to live up to its name as the banana belt this winter. Minus zero temperatures while Mammoth basks in the 30s and 40s have even the sunniest of Crowleyites getting cranky, though they finally got some relief this week when a stubborn inversion took a hike. ...

NPG Cable’s Maggie Thompson and her gang won approval from the Town Council on selling to Suddenlink. ... It was a legal thing. ...

On the good news side of cold, Mammoth hasn’t had one day this winter of poor air quality, according to Mono County’s Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson. We’ll take all of that good clean air we can get. ...
The Shirkster’s all excited in anticipation of picking up Fido, his newly chosen companion, from Whitmore Shelter. ...

Speaking of the Whitmore Shelter, they, along with the Inyo County Animal Shelter down in Big Pine have way too many cats and dogs and kittens and puppies looking for a home. There’s no better time than the present. ...

The first geothermal home in Mono County is up and running in June Lake. Cool thing, Robert Foster. ..
Kim McCarthy of Crowley Lake and daughter Lily took a girls’ getaway for a night in Reno. Said they had to take advantage of this beautiful weather. ...

Great signs coming into town, welcoming home Ski Cross hero John Teller. More welcome signs elsewhere in town. Made right here by Maverick & Graphics. ...

Swell welcome-home bash, by the way, Tuesday night at the Clocktower. ...

Speaking of the Teller clan, John’s fiance, Angela Dessert broke her upper arm after slipping on an ice patch on the bike path. She was training for a marathon. ...

While keeping one eye on the Recreation Department, Stuart Brown keeps the other trained on his native Australia, where big floods are killing people and devastating the cities and countryside. He says so far, his family is safe. ...

Gosh but that was a great 50K run in Vegas last Sunay when Josh Cox shattered his own 50K record and came to within just seven seconds of a world record. ...

A new summer event (July 7-10) is in the planning stages that combines wine and food tastings with the concerts and adventures of the Blue Sky Festival. Beneficiary is the Mammoth NOW Foundation (read Mammoth’s schools). Evan Russell and Jim Vanko have their heads buried in logistics. Evan, CEO of Mammoth Lakes Foundation is excited about this venture that will replace the Dave McCoy College Classic. ...

That stop-and-go traffic on the Sherwin Grade this past week was courtesy of King Kong Productions, filming commercials for Chevy. Not a hint of Fay Wray, though. Nor the big bad boy himself. ...

Linda Roberts the election guru-ess of Mono County showed up to thank the Town Council and administrative assistant Robin Picken for the work on that weird Jan. 4 special election day. ...
It’s just not that often that Rusty Gregory takes a break, gets on his XC gear and has lunch on the shores of Lake Mary, as he did last Tuesday. ...

Driving along Majestic Pines the other day, here came a jogger who looked just like Andrea Mead Lawrence. We did a double take, then figured it must be Quentin Lawrence, Andrea’s daughter visiting brother Corty. ...

Even though there’s 10 feet of snow out there, it’s not too early to get ready for sweet summer’s upcoming Jazz Jubilee. Maestros Ken and Flossie Coulter and Patti Cole are getting together this week, planning hats in hand. ...

Are there any better doctors out there than Mammoth Hospital’s Dr. David Araya (internal medicine) and Dr. Michael Karch (surgery)? Nope. Thank you, both of you.

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