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What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 19-25

October 19, 2012

Snow dusts Skelton Lake on the way to Duck Pass on Friday, Oct. 12. Photo/Aleksandra Gajewski

 

His regular name is Bob Sollima, but for those who know the ins and outs of Dutch Oven cooking, he is the “Mad Chef of the Forest,” and his yummy recipe for Dutch Oven Eggplant Parmigianais safe and sound at camping.about.com, authored by Monica Prelle, who is something of a mad chef herself. …

That was action photographer Christian Pondella, who really gets around. He was last seen in Virgin, Utah (no kidding) for the Red Bull Rampagefreeride mountain bike races. Virgin, BTW, is snug up against Zion National Park, which has something to say about America, but we have no idea what, exactly. … 

Mono County Chief Probation Officer Tracie Nealis the winner of the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) Employee of the Year Award, given by probation chiefs all over California. She was notified even as she was packing up for Shasta County, sad to report. It was her second such award in the last four years, inspiring the Under-40set everywhere. …

Just for the heck of it: The Walking Dead. …

Talented guitarist Richard Smithgraced the stage at the Inyo Arts Council in Bishoplast night (Thursday, Oct. 18). If only we weren’t on deadline. …

Safe travels to Mammothites Slavkaand Alex Crouthmel who were in Villafranca(near Santiago, Chile) this week. Forecast for them: rain. Forecast for Mammoth: sunny and in the 70s. Where’s winter? Some snow next week? Lower temps? Everyone has the “can’t-waits” and the buzz around town is definitely optimistic, weakening El Niño be damned.

The Mammoth Lakes Foundationlost its Executive Director Maya Weinhart. She made the difficult decision to leave to return to school to pursue a MBA. …

Our old pal Dieter Fiebigerdropped by the MT officethe other day, begging for an autograph from Wendilyn Grasseschion the cover of her book, “Go On, Get Out There.” It didn’t take a whole lot of begging, we couldn’t help but notice. “Whatever you do, don’t stop writing like that,” were his words of advice.  …

For those keeping track of this stuff, gas prices in Californiadropped during the past week, but they were 76.3 cents per gallon higherthan the same day one year ago and 46.8 cents per gallon higherthan a month ago, so say the guzzlers at GasBuddy.com. …

When former Detroit Lions great Alex Karrasdied last week, it meant a lot to Huskies head football coach Marty Thompson, who played with the Lions. “He’d show up four or five times a week for practice,” Thompson recalled. “A real nice guy. A great actor.” Indeed, Karras starred in the TV show “Webster” and did a star turn as “Mongo” in “Blazing Saddles.” …

Best to call aheadfor restaurant reservations these days. Several eateries are closed for vacation, anticipating the slow shoulder season and getting things in order for the upcoming ski season. Among them, Shogunand Petra’sare dark. …

In the pedal-while-the-pedaling’s-goodfile, the convivial cyclists of Eastside Veloare doing their (probably) last ride of the season this Sunday (Oct. 21) morning, the ever-popular Keough’s Ride, starting at the Keough’s Hot Springs just south of Bishop at the far end of the parking lot at 9:30 a.m., then venturing out to Paradise Lodgeand back for a 60-mile ride. A barbeque and hangoutends the “forgiving, warm, and low-elevation” ride. Sign-ups at more info at the club’s Facebook page or its website at eastsidevelo.org. …

From Dr. Rick Johnsonregarding the meningitis outbreak: “None of the medications from the New England Compounding Center have been distributed to any facility in the Eastern Sierra. The only risk would be if someone received medical care at a facility outside of the area that was impacted. All patientsshould have been notified by now.”…

Oh sorrow! Cara and Rocky Audenreid’sMono Coneburgers and shakes in Lee Viningand Sue King’s famous homemade “Pie in the Sky” pies from Rock Creek Resortare gone until next year. We can’t wait until you all return. …

A worthy shout-outto some of the best pharmacists around—Von’s pharmacist Nancy Johnson, pharmacy technician Laura Cruz, pharmacy clerk Bianca Longino, and temporary tech William Lowe, who’s currently filling in for Cruz, now out on maternity leave. It’s never fun to be sick, but your patience and knowledgemake it more bearable. Thank you!

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