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What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 26-Nov. 2, starring Superman, Sally Miller, Powder Dan, Steve Krcmar and the Usual Suspects

October 26, 2012

Things were weird enough for four-wheelers Monday morning, but they were really, really hard for the two-wheeled set, as these Harley riders discovered at the intersection of Old Mammoth and Minaret roads. Photo/Sam Nicolosi

We pass on a deeply heartfelt RIP to Martin Harris, former resident of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain ski school instructor, and member of Mammoth’s Celtic band Wild Mountain Tyme band. He was admitted to a hospice in England and passed away from complications of prostate cancer. He was 65 years old. …

Meanwhile, old pal Steve Krcmar passes this along:  How many telemarkers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: Two. One to screw it in and one to go “Nice turns Bro!” …

Happy Birthday Debby Christiana Bailey, Steve Barager, and to all other late Librans and new Scorpies. May there be many more! …

 

That was one big blowout of a post on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website this past week, extolling Mammoth’s trail system and the improvements to wayfinding, digital applications, etc., and etc. …

 

One of the Eastern Sierra’s oddest critters, the tiny, iridescent blue, endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish, which live only in the top 50 feet of a 400-foot deep turquoise cavern in the heart of Death Valley, just got a little bit more endangered after the March 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Mexico. The quake rattled the pupfish’s cavern and a series of violent rainstorms in August slammed debris and dirt into the cavern—the only place on earth the little fish exist.  …

 

Direct flights to Mammoth from SFO on United begin Dec. 18. For Mammothites, that means North Beach is just an hour or so away. We always figured it was as great for us locals as it is for the skiers and Bay Area heydudes coming our way. …

 

Who was that guy catching the first powder of the season on Whitebark Ridge? Powder Dan, as if we had to ask. …

 

Can you believe it? Bluesapalooza tix for next summer go on sale next Thursday. … 

 

World Cup ski racing begins this weekend in Sölden, Austria, on the famed Rettenbach Glacier. Go team, go! …

The Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club will raffle away two passes at its “Holiday Dazzle” event Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Grand Sierra Lodge’s Emerald Room. Men take note: No need for a sex change. Yer welcome to attend.  A 2012-2013 season pass to Mammoth Lakes Ski Area and a 2013 season pass at Sierra Star are up for grabs. …

Just for the heck of it: In stores Wednesday, Superman’s mild-mannered alter ego, Clark Kent, decried the state of journalism in a heated discussion with Morgan Edge, the owner of the Daily Planet’s parent company, Galaxy Broadcasting, and quit in front of the entire newspaper staff. … 

 

The chief of Mammoth Brewing, Sean Turner, was the guest presenter at this past week’s Chamber Luncheon, and he entertained the flock with his marketing ideas and a glimpse into the future. The key? Police Chief Dan Watson sez: “The key is to have good beer!” Amen. …

 

When the new running track has its grand opening at noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, Elaine Smith and the High Sierra Striders promise a 100-yard dash among members of the Town Council. Vegas odds favor either Rick Wood or Mayor Matthew Lehman (even), with Michael Raimondo next and, as long shots, Jo Bacon (20 to 1) and John Eastman (100-to-1). …

 

That was a tearful goodbye to Jaymin at last week’s council meeting. She’s the guide dog-in-training who learned her Mammoth chops from Leigh Gaasch, but don’t be surprised if you see her with a new pup soon, she says. …

 

It seems like everyone on the planet wants to know about Mammoth’s roller-coaster ride through the financial and budgetary morass of the MLLA fiasco, which is why councilmembers Rick Wood and Matthew Lehman, along with ski hill sagamore Rusty Gregory and developer Chuck Landy were featured guests at the Urban Land Institute’s convention in Denver. They presented a program called “Mammoth on the Brink,” and it went over like gangbusters. …

 

Welcome aboard the Mammoth Times team, Alex Garcia, who signed on as an editorial assistant in charge of anything that needs editorial assistance, which is a lot, as it turns out. …

 

Good gracious, we never knew Sally Miller was that die-hard of a Giants fan. Her blood runs orange and black, as it turns out, and she’s giving transplants to anyone who wants one, including Leslie Goethals and John Dittli. And Jean Shirk reminds us that she calls her Yamaha scooter over in Oakland “Scooter-O.” …

 

Speaking of the Boys of Summer, the fastest way into Rich Boccia’s dark side is to mention the Yankees, who gagged their way into the winter. Believe us when we say it’s a subject to avoid. …

 

Gosh there were LOTS of great pix of Monday’s snow floating around the Internet, leaving us with a question we tend to always ask, to wit, “Just how does Jim Stimson do that?” A beauty of yellow aspen against new fallen snow. Or is it the other way around?

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