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What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 25-31

January 25, 2013

Mammoth distance runner Deena Kastor in the 2009 Chicago Marathon. She has announced she will run the L.A. Marathon on March 17. Photo/ASICS America

 

A person lives up here for more than 30 years, you’d think he or she would have heard and seen it all. For Tom Cage(Kittredge Sports, P3,Hertz, etc.), he says he has a great new one. He’s standing in line at Vons during the holiday period. The woman in front of him, now face to face with the cashier, asked the checker-outer, “Excuse me, but where do I find the high-altitude eggs?” The cashier was without words, but Tom wasn’t. Tapping our visitor on the shoulder, he said, “The high-altitude eggsare at the back of store, at the end of Aisle 4.” Thanking him profusely, the woman scurried off. Tom said to the cashier, “Get me out of here fast, before she comes back!” …

Big news on the dining scene: Base Camp Caféis to change ownership imminently. When the news leaked out at a Chamber of Commerce mixerlast Tuesday, Jan. 22, someone yelled “Here’s to Skip!” in reference to the late Skip Harvey, who earned a round of posthumous applause. …

Also on the eatery front, Mammoth Mountain Ski Areais the lucky new owner of the Pita Pitat the Village. …

New Chamber Prez Jack Copelandis pretty much straightforward as to where he wants the outfit to concentrate: 1. Support the Business Investment Districtwith vigor, if not vim; 2. Make sure the town is “development ready” if and when the economy rebounds; and 3. Make sure town ordinances as they affect businesses (i.e. signs, tent sales, etc.,) are enforced equally. …

By the way, speaking of Chamberstuff, visitors and locals alike can look forward to a new Internet effort, both on the web and in social media. New design coming out shortly, courtesy of Katy Drake. …

As if the L.A. Marathonneeds any more dressing up than it already has, Mammoth Olympian Deena Kastorhas agreed to run it March 17—her first sanctioned marathon since injury knocked her out of last summer’s Olympic Trials. …

Not quite sure what to make of this, but national sales of snowboards and snowboard equipment have slipped 21 percentover the last four years, while sales of skis have climbed three percent in the same period, according to SnowSports Industries America, a trade group that tracks the $3.5 billion snow sports and apparel industry. Discuss. …

That was John Dittli, Laura Molnarand friends skiing below Gem Lake Damin the High Country, on Mt. Andrea Lawrence, no less. The peak is about a half-mile mile east of Donahue Peakon the border of Yosemite/Ansel Adams Wilderness.Nice photos by Dittli, one of our backcountry’s best. …

The King Holidayisn’t the biggest of three-day weekends in the ski season, so why all the mayhem? Top cop Dan Watsonsays he and the boys in bluewere a bit baffledas to why there were many drunk and disorderlies around town. Nothing big, sez he, but lots and lots of drunks, fights, etc. Go figger. …

That was a nice bump for Mammothin the travel section of the Boston Globelast Sunday, Jan. 20, and yes, the writers and their families got here by air—a double-double win for that Pats fanin our midst who is now dealing with an eight-year drought. …

The Hahnenkamm Downhillat Kitzbühel, goes off tomorrow, Jan. 26. Our Man to Watch is Mammoth native Travis Ganong, who skis out of Tahoe and who finished sixth in the opening training run Tuesday, +1:30 behind practice leader Aksel Lund Svindal. …

Just for the heck of it: It’s Super Bowl, not Superbowl; it’s 49ers, not 49’ers.

The Chamber of Commerce’s rockin’ holiday bash in December netted $1,121 for the Mammoth Foundation’seducation programs. Chamber member Rich Bocciadelivered the check this past week. …

And finally, from the Smarty-Pants beat, here’s hearty congrats to Mammoth’s Kaylee Taylorand Bishop’s Sarah Tillemansfor making the Dean’s list at Loyola Marymount.

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