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Look at the biceps on her!

CARBONDALE, Colo. — Female arm-wrestling seems to be the rage in the Roaring Fork Valley.

"Forget mud wrestling," says The Aspen Times. "Forget a wet T-shirt contest. For contestants, women’s arm-wrestling is more empowering. For spectators of the opposite sex, it’s arguably just as arousing."

The Times attended a fund-raiser in Carbondale, between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. The wrestlers all had catchy names, like La Gata and Cleavage Crusher, even if their day jobs were sometimes more mundane. The Croatian Princess, for example, was a 46-year-old architect designer.

The event was primarily for 20-somethings and 30-somethings, although there were some notable exceptions. A 70-year-old woman called Western Woman lost to her 24-year-old opponent called Streak of Steel. "When I was younger, I would have kicked her ass," the older woman growled.

"Who knew women’s arm-wrestling could be this intense?" wondered the Times correspondent. "Who knew it could be this fun to watch?" The newspaper reported that an earlier bout of bicep flexing, held in Glenwood Springs, "attracted people to the bar the way Paris Hilton attracts camera lenses."

Real estate run takes a break

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — The bulls have slowed their stampede in the streets of Mammoth Lakes. But Rusty Gregory, the revered chief executive officer at the Mammoth Mountain ski area, says the locals should use the opportunity to get ready for the next real estate boom.

"There’s no question in my mind there’s been a flattening of demand in the real estate market," he told The Sheet. "And at the end of these periods of prosperity, the problems become more noticeable."

One problem he sees is the absence of a collective vision for the town’s Main Street. To that end, Mammoth Lakes has appointed a task force to address how to make Main Street more functional but also more aethestically pleasing. It has been described as a 1950s-style collection of suburban-type mini-shopping malls.

The Sheet observers that it’s been nine months since Starwood Capital purchased 77 percent of the equity in the ski mountain and associated holdings, and that Gregory had predicted an immediate expectation of results. Still, pushiness from the new owners hasn’t been apparent. The Sheet speculates that the success of skiing last winter – Mammoth received 670 inches of snow and 1.5 million skiers – may have been a satisfying change.