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What's Up, Up Here? Jan. 28

January 29, 2011

Retired Lt. Jim Short gets a Certificate of Appreciation from the FBI, presented by Chief Dan Watson.

Short clips about what's happening in our mountain aerie.

It’s always a high adrenaline day when the Race Department runs a Village Championships Super G race. And so it was this Tuesday. The snow was hard and fast, and Jimmy Morning was going for it when he caught an edge on Terry’s Run, tumbled and fell, bounced and was knocked out cold. After a night in the hospital, he was released, with orders not to ski for two weeks. Concussion. Nothing broken. ...

One more thing about Jimmy’s crash: Shutterbug wife Susan Morning was up the hill, shooting pix of the VCs, but didn’t see the crash. ...

Plenty of good times at the Sno Bash All-White party last weekend until, that is, the DJ jumped ship in mid-set, never to return. Doesn’t look like DJ Rockwell is going to work around MMSA in the foreseeable future, does it? ...

Debbie Diaz says Dr. Rick Johnson is tops in his field and he dedicates many more than the allotted 40 hours to Mono County’s public health. She said compatriot Carol Eller, former hygienist with Dr. Mark Zila, now moved to Dr. Craig Schrager’s office, has changed her avocation from gardening to photography. ...

Good times at the Tap last weekend, with Eastside Fade providing the tunes. The band is Judge Mark Magit, Brad Peatross, Dan Venor and Tom Dinicola. ...

Skier Bryce Eller is in the middle of a three-resort run that includes Jackson Hole and Aspen. Judge Stan, very proud but cracked, “When he gets home, I’ll be filing for bankruptcy” ...

Goodbye HorizonAir. Not really, the airline is merely shifting its branding to Alaska Airlines ...

Stuart Brown’s Sports Council meets Monday 5-7 p.m. at the Community Center, and if you want to meet anybody who’s anybody in our disparate sports groups, be there or be square. ...

If it seems there is a disproportionate number of Minnesotans in the ski hill this week, it’s only because Dan Hansen’s Twins-loving family is in town, enjoying the ski hill, where he works. ...

Mammoth Mountain, is preparing a snowtube park for next season at Canyon Lodge. If all goes well, there will be four runs, 400 feet long, with carpet lifts. Cool for the Tubers. Hafta fiddle with the bottom of Chair 7 to make it work, though. ...

Aspen Towing Roadservice & Recovery, says it’s leaving town. ...

Planning commissioner Rhonda Duggan’s chair was empty on Thursday and it will be open for three straight meetings. Just a headsup. ...

Sunset Magazine says Mammoth’s Lighting Ordinance makes it among the Top 100 pleasant places in the West. Let’s hear it for Johnny Goetz and Elizabeth Tenney. ...

Howzabout a book signing this afternoon/evening at the Booky Joint with Chris Fellows?He’s a terrific skier and teacher who has published “Total Skiing.” Free clinics at MMSA are in the offing. ...

Mule trainer Linda Laird of Bishop will be a featured clinician for mules at Equine Affaire in Pomona Feb. 3-6, billed as North America’s premier equestrian gathering. ...

Back to the aforementioned Super G at the VCs, Ski Team coach Kevin Francis showed the field the difference between a former World Cup racer and the rest of us. “I heard there was a race on,” the affable former Oregonian said, “so I was in.” That meant, basically everyone else was out. Man, he can ski. ...

Tough season so far for Jason Patterson and his Mammoth Husky cagers. They are 0-14 going into the weekend. How tough is it? Howzabout 75-8 last week in Mojave. ...

Carol Kavulla of Crowley Lake aspires to become a Master Gardener by registering in the program at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop. ...

Watch out on the Mountain. Dr. Mike Karch says there have been more orthopedic injuries because of the hard, fast snow conditions. Is it time for a snow dance? ...
Short clips about what the heck is going on in our mountain aerie.

The four-day funfest called The Winter X-Games got off in Aspen last night, and we wish all our Mammoth-minded athletes the best. Last week, we listed nine of ’em and thought we had ’em all, but forgot about Scotty Kneller, the irrepressible Aussie Ski Crosser who used to train with the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team. And thanks for the heads up, Robin Falkingham. ...

When retired Lt. Jim Short received his Certificate of Appreciation from the FBI, CERT prez Harry White was there, too, along with past president Ken Coulter. Before the presentation by Chief Dan Watson, White said, “Turn it over. On the other side is probably a warrant!” referring, (ya think?) to a certain recent trip to Oregon ...

This year is the centennial for Devils Postpile National Monument, says the effervescent Deanna Dulen, the Park Service supe for the Postpile. A big birthday bash with all the trimmings is planned this July. Now, what do you get a hunk of rock for a B-Day present? ...

Cold-weather and high mountain training is being amped up for some 15,000 Marines at the Bridgeport-area Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, says Rian Gamble, community outreach for the center. “We are going to need this kind of training for our Marines more and more over the next 20 years as the Afghan-Pakistan theater of war moves to the mountains,” he said.

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