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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for July 8-14

July 8, 2011

Mammoth Mountain picked up a nice mention on NBC Nightly News a week ago. The bit was about our late ski season, narrated by anchor Kate Snow. …

It’s true! Tony and Cindy Avena, stalwarts in Mammoth for 30 years, have put the venrable Slocum’s up for sale. …

We’re sure going to miss Jon Eisert, the estimable Ski Surgeon, who folded up shop Tuesday at 12:59:59 p.m. and is on his way to Paso Robles. For good. “Some decisions are made for you,” he said. “It’s time.” Memories? “Back in the day, our dirtbags were better than the current dirtbags.” …

Guthrie Nutter, a 33-year-old deaf man — a native Oregonian who lives in New York City — is hiking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexico border to Canada. Nutter has hiked the first 566 miles of the trail and has encountered rattlesnakes and bobcats that he couldn’t hear. He has gone through four pairs of shoes while crossing high-mountain passes and barren stretches of desert He’s making new friends despite the communication barriers. …

If you felt the earth shaking (happily) in Mammoth on Monday, it was because of the International Olympic Committee’s announcement to include ski and snowboard slopestyle in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. There are still big questions, such as those dealing with FIS involvement and with the greater international organization of the sport to become Olympic ready. …

While we’re on Olympic news, Squaw Valley’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics bit the dust this week. Instead, PyeongChang, South Korea will be the bomb. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association officials figures on “an athlete-friendly, compact venue plan as the key to the successful bid, along with the opportunity to motivate millions of youth in a new region of the world for winter sport.” No wonder Tahoe failed. …

After 236 days of skiing and riding Mammoth Mountain, the 2010-11 season became history on July 4, despite persistent rumors that it would stay open longer. It was one for the books, with a record-breaking snowfall of 669” (55+ feet). Whew! …

Byng Hunt did a scientific study of who was in town over the July 4 weekend. He went up to Horseshoe Lake and took a look at the cars in the parking lot there. “It was 99 percent California plates,” he said. “Seems people are staying close to home.” Good news for the Eastside, given how close we are to that big, ole city of several millions called L.A. ...

The county just signed an employment contract this week for its new administrator, Jim Arkens, who first served the county as its human resource director. Welcome aboard Jim. ...

The Lundy Lake dam is more like a giant waterfall these days, what with all the snowmelt pouring into the lake. But don’t worry, the dam won’t fail, said Mono County Sheriff’s deputy Ralph Obenberger. The road under the dam is another story, though. It’s being gouged out by the falling water, so stay away and stay safe. ...

Big changes for Husky football this season. Head coach Tom Gault, Husky coach since the Pleistocene Era, steps back as an advisor this season, behind new co-head coaches Marty Thompson and Jason Patterson. JV coaching will be by Ed Graff and John Trujillo. First big date is July 15 with a seven-on-seven scrimmage at around 5 o’clock, and don’t be surprised to see (by then) newly married Johnny Teller hanging out on the sidelines, helping out. …

We’d like to shake paws with the Good Samaritans at the Footloose Art Show last weekend, who reminded dog companions (us) that their hound’s feet were burning up on the very hot asphalt. Not only that, they provided a plastic pool to give the pooches some relief, as well as a bucket of water for good slurping. Woof! …

Just for the heck of it, and this is courtesy of e-mail pal Ron Gordon: Three consecutive odd numbers make up the date only six times in a century.  After 7/9/11, only two days remain in this parade of Odd Days. Find the next one!

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