June 25, 2012

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June Mountain Closed Indefinitely

Beloved local ski area in the red

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort announced Thursday that it will close popular local ski area June Mountain for summer operations without plans to reopen. The news came as an unwelcome surprise to June Mountain patrons, who tout the resort's friendly atmosphere and lack of crowds. "I can say in all honesty that June has something you don't just don't see many places anymore: soul," said professional snowboarder Jeff Kramer. In a press release, CEO Rusty Gregory said that June has operated at a lost since Mammoth acquired it in 1986.

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Tortoise 'Lonesome George' Dies

Last survivor of Galapagos subspecies

Lonesome George, the last remaining Pinta giant tortoise, died in his enclosure in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands on Sunday. Edwin Naula, the head of the Galapagos National Park, said that George's keeper of 40 years found his motionless body. "His life cycle came to an end," Naula said. Scientists in the Galapagos had spent years trying to mate the tortoise to females of a closely related subspecies, but none of the three clutches of eggs produced hatched. A spokesperson for the park said that they would conduct a necropsy to determine what killed the animal, believed to be over 100 years old.

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"I want to be better today than I was yesterday and better tomorrow than I was last year."     Photo: Carlos Serrao

Eaton Sets Decathlon World Record

Olympic champ Clay fails to qualify

Ashton Eaton broke the world record in decathlon at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Saturday, earning a spot at the 2012 London Olympics. Eaton, 24, beat several personal records to win the trials with a staggering 9,039 points. Defending Olympic champion Bryan Clay, 32, lost his chance to compete in London, finishing 12th after stumbling in the 110-meter hurdles and later struggling in the discus. Trey Hardee, 28, finished second with 8,383 points and will also advance to London.

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Olympic Trials Tie Confuses Officials

No procedure in place for dead heat

Officials at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, announced Sunday that runners who tied for third place in the women's 100-meter final can choose to break the tie by either a runoff or a coin toss. Judges initially ruled Jeneba Tarmoh third place in Saturday's race for the final spot on the women's 100-meter team but declared a dead-heat finish with Allyson Felix after reviewing photos. A runoff will be held if one or both athletes chooses that option. If both athletes refuse to make a choice, a coin toss will decide the outcome. "Nine times out of 10, most athletes aren't going to want to flip a coin," Bobby Kersee, who coaches both runners, said. USA Track and Field had no procedure in place for breaking trials ties.

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