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What's Up, Up Here? All the news and gossip for Dec. 9-15

December 9, 2011

Recreation Commission chair Bill Sauser, chomping at the bit, announced at the start of the Rec Commish meeting on Tuesday: “It’s been a long day. I’m looking to make this a quick one.” Three hours and 15 minutes later, the commish finally reached adjournment — one of its longest meetings in months. …

The gurus at the National Weather Service in Reno let slip on Wednesday that there’s a “slight chance” of snow on Sunday and Monday. Um, what is this thing they call snow? …

Heartfelt and enthusiastic best wishes to local businessman Spike Todd, (Mammoth Liquor) life-flighted to Reno’s Renown Hospital last week with a bad case of pneumonia. Get well soon! (Follow Spike’s journey on CaringBridge.com under spiketodd). …

It’s not often that a kid goes to Mammoth High, completes an undergraduate degree, goes to law school, passes the bar and then comes back. So it’s great that Ryan Wood, 26, is back as an associate attorney in his Dad’s law firm. Says Papa Rick: “I couldn’t be happier.” …

It was c-c-c-old at the Ice rink opening the other night, but Police Chief Dan Watson was prepared, with a snazzy cowboy hat that Billy Kidd himself could be proud of. …

Happy birthday week, Danna Stroud, who celebrated in the Southland with close friends and Tower of Power. …

It’s a Christmas tradition with Bishop’s Lynne Almeida and her pet-loving pals. The annual ICARE Shopping Day at Spellbinder Books is tomorrow (Saturday), with proceeds going toward veterinary care for shelter animals. …

HUGE review of the Lakefront last week in the Wall Street Journal. Writes critic David Netto: “Twice in my life extraordinary, mind-altering dinners have appeared in unexpected settings. There was the Chanticleer in Nantucket, a rustic, rose-covered cottage serving world-class fare unexpectedly discovered with sand still between my toes while staying nearby in Siasconset. Then there is the Lakefront, the restaurant at Tamarack Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, California.” Naturally, special praise went to chef Frederic Pierell, natch. …

Don’t forget Mammoth Nordic’s annual mixer and fundraiser at Skadi’s Monday. Great prizes, great food, great company, but tickets are going fast. Visit their website for more info. ...

We have our own Cat in the Hat! Mammothite Andy Geisel’s great uncle on his father’s side is the famed Dr. Seuss, born Theodore Seuss Geisel. …

Greg Newbry made for a fine, fine Santa Claus at last weekend’s tree lighting in the parking lot, outdone only by Violeta Martin and the young singers from the Mammoth Glee Club, under the tutelage of Stephanie Everson. …

Were those great crepes last weekend, or what? Christmas tree crepe design, created by Karen Kasten of the Java Joint, repeated Monday at the Ice Rink Grand Opening. …

This from Matt Taylor, he of MyMammothApps: “There is a new scam going around. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft (or anyone) saying that your computer has been infected with a virus and they could assist you with removing it. HANG UP THE PHONE!!! They are trying to scam money from you and then steal data off of your computer.” …

Mammoth’s unofficial off-leash dog park on Sherwin Creek Road once more is getting to be a nightmare, says dog activist Suzanne Nottingham. “Lots of poop and trash out there. What I really want is for someone to donate a trash container. While some people use dog-do bags, often those bags are left on the ground.” …

One more Mammoth marathoner to put on your list of runners to watch: 26-year-old Tim Tollefson who ran 2:18:26 at the California International Marathon in Sacramento last weekend and now has his sights on the Olympic Trials in Houston in January. A Chico guy at heart, he spent the summer in Mammoth training with Andrew and Deena Kastor, and voila! …

Ice skater John Dittli and pals spent the week planning for an ice skate at Garnet Lake, 9,710 feet, and that ain’t for the faint of heart. Long hike up and in, skate, then long hike back out. …

Santa Claus to show up this Monday at the Ice Rink between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Ten bucks gets you a portrait of you and yours with the Big Man himself.

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