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What's Up, Up Here March 9 2012

March 9, 2012

Just a few of the many delicious food items offered at Java Joint Café. Photo/Jesse Barlet

From the Perspective Dept., via Bob Sollima on Facebook: “So ya think Tuesday night’s ‘plus 3’ was cold? I remember on this very same date (March 7) 40 years ago in 1972, I was downtown slingin’ pizza crusts and it was minus 28. Skied back up to my cabin at Tamarack Lodge at about midnight to find everyone sitting around the huge fire in the Lodge staring at the indoor/outdoor thermometer which was ‘bottomed out’ at minus 40. Coldest I ever remember it being in my 42 years in Mammoth.” …

Hey hey hey! That’s Mammoth Ski Team member Tyler Wallasch who was just named to the U.S. Freeskiing FIS Junior World Championships team. The team competes March 20 in Valmalenco, Italy—approximately 95 miles northeast of Milan and six miles south of the Swiss border. Wallasch won a spot on the skicross team. …
 
Bill Becher, a Westlake Village resident who was California Outdoors Writer of the Year in 2004, was reportedly paralyzed in a 30-foot fall last Monday at Saddle Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. He is no stranger to the Eastern Sierra. We last ran into him when he was scuba diving under ice at Gull Lake, then enjoying his favorite brew of all time, Mammoth Brewing’s Double Nut Brown.
 
Here’s Lynne Almeida, on the transition from last Monday into last Tuesday: “Dear weather: yesterday, right; today, wrong, wrong, WRONG!” …
 
Lynn wasn’t the only one who was in a state of bummed out. The Village Championships, a mainstay of a Mammoth ski season, couldn’t make it on Tuesday. “No way!!!,” wrote a Race Department spokesman in email. “We are postponed until March 13. Couldn’t believe it up here yesterday.” …
 
Happy Birthday to Dave Talsky, Stephen Krcmar, John Teller, Andy Rostar, and others. You and your pals know who you are. …
 
Best two best days on the hill this year? We vote for Tuesday, Feb. 28 and last Wednesday, March 7. “Epic,” reports Mitch Weber, our all-time favorite permanent visitor. …
 
It was nice for New Englander John Urdi to see Vermonters from Jay Peak and Stowe represented last weekend, along with just about every other mountain, at the J2 (15-to-16-year olds) National Championships at Mammoth Mountain. Gosh, the skiers were from everywhere. …
 
Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national, nonprofit animal rights organization, showed up in force at the California Fish & Game Commission meeting in Sacto on Wednesday, calling for Daniel W. Richards, president of the California Fish & Game Commission to voluntarily resign his post after he shot and then publicized his killing of a mountain lion while on a hunting trip in Idaho. Richards said it was “a long-held goal” of his to kill a mountain lion. …
 
It was a cold “Welcome Home” for Police Chief Dan Watson, who got hit with the icy blasts after two weeks in Hawaii. …
 
Hearty congrats to Bishop’s Carolyn Tierney competing in the World Masters Cross Country Ski Championships in Germany. She reached the podium in two events as of Wednesday: third place in the 15k classic and a silver medal in the 10k freestyle. …
 
From The Bear Whisperer last Saturday: “Folks, six bears have come out of den in Mammoth. Please do what you guys do so well! Many thanks in advance!! Steve.” He reports the bears were three adult males, two sows and a juvenile. …
 
Joani Lynch writes that daughter Erica (now nick-named “Giggles” by her coaches) hit 57 miles per hour on skis last Saturday in the Footloose Speed Trap. “Nice work kiddo—you came close to beating Dad (at 61 mph). Not bad for an 8-year-old!”…
 
Just for the heck of it: Japan has been having an all-time winter for snow. …
 
This year’s Vernal Equinox happens early, late on the evening of March 19, and if that date seems weird, it’s because of the Leap Year.
 
Daylight Savings Time, the bane of all early risers and a godsend to North American golfers, goes off this year on Sunday, March 11. Welcome back, dark, cold mornings. …
 
A citizen of Holland legally living in Nevada and her husband are testing the boundaries and scope of employee-employer liability at California ski resorts. Elisabeth (“Elly”) Benschop and her husband, Calvin (“Cal”) Fitzgerald, filed suit against Heavenly Valley and its parent company, Vail Resorts, after Benschop was struck and injured on Heavenly Mountain by an off-duty employee on Feb. 22. A spokesman for Vail Resorts said it is company policy not to comment on pending litigation.

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