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'What's up, up here?' for July 17-23; starring Tim Alpers, and MMSA's Rusty Gregory and Ron Cohen

July 18, 2014

Chef Chris Luccese, from Los Angeles; Chef Rena McCullough of Ohana's 395 in Lee Vining; Chef Steve Miller of Rock Creek Lakes Resort; and Chef Jason Hoeltzel of CJs Grill in Mammoth, competed in the 'Best of the Best Burger Battle during the Mammoth Food % Wine Experience on July 11. Chef Jason took first place. Photo/Jesse Barlet

The Mountain Boys are back in town. That would be Rusty Gregory and MMSA Vice-Prez Ron Cohen, who joined Tim Alpers in the sweltering capital for a little more arm-twisting on the Land Exchange bill, still awaiting the Senate’s blessing. The legislation already has been through the House twice. “I don’t want to find out if three times is a charm,” quipped an optimistic Cohen upon his return to the (relatively) cool mountains. …


The aforementioned Alpers, who paid his own way for the trip, came back frustrated and weary at the political gridlock Back There, not to mention the weather conditions. “It was 86 degrees, with 85 percent humidly, and once you walk up Capitol Hill, you need a shower!” he told his fellow supervisors last Tuesday. …


That’s Jason Hoeltzel of CJ’s Grill, who won the Best-of-the-Best Burger Battle at the Mammoth Food & Wine Experience. He’s going to Vegas, Baby, for the World Food Championships this November. ...

Birder Alert: Mammoth now is in Level 1 bird feeder restrictions. “All bird feeders must be taken down and secured one hour before sunset,” so sez the Wildlife Whisperer. ...


A heartfelt get-better wish to Body Shopper Bruce Bartlett, injured last weekend when he and his bike went wheel-to-wheel with a parked car. He was OK, but his bike got mangled by a following car. …


A film festival for Mammoth is in the works, to be May 28-31 at the Edison Theatre, sez Shira Dubrovner. She—and we—have the can’t-waits. More deets coming soon. …


Camel grazing? Really? In a discussion regarding the draft proposal for Conway Ranch, Supe Tim Fesko (and the others) got hung up (momentarily) on the question of what kind of animals might be allowed to graze up thataway. Alpacas also entered the discussion, before the legislators approved, simply, “livestock.” Fesko introduced “camel grazing” because, he said, it was the first thing that jumped into his (energetic) mind. “Fesko of Arabia” coming to a theater near you. …


Speaking of the Mono legislators, they hope they’ll get kudos from the citizenry for knocking down the permit fee for installing new rural mailboxes from $132 (and that’s just for the permit!) to 10 bucks. …


The Town Council on Wednesday, July 16, was to vote on filling the empty seats on the Recreation Commission and Planning Commish, details on the Mammoth Times website today. …


Also on the web will be how the Council reacted to the permit-fee folderol regarding the Wednesday Farmers Market. …


Tonight (Thursday) is the start of the six-week Eastside Velo Thursday Night Ride Series with a start at Gomez’s at 5:30 p.m. The route is out S.R. 203 to U.S. 395 North to Owens River Road to Scenic Loop to Village. All welcome. Good chance for some evening training for September’s High Sierra Century/Gran Fondo, we say. Hang out after for Happy Hour specials at Gomez’s in private room. …


Our friends at Wanderlust are hanging in Squaw Valley for a weekend of yoga and music. We’re trying to entice them to fest in Mammoth one of these years. …


It wasn’t just Fido complaining about the heat last weekend, and no wonder. Sunday was 86, busting the 2005 record of 84 set in 2005, and Monday, Mammoth hit 85, breaking the old record of 84 from alla way back in 1994, according to the weather wonks at the weather service in Reno. …


Congrats to all the winners, participants and volunteers at last weekend’s June Lake Triathlon, especially to Alana Levin, who puts the whole thing together. …


A new county park, paid for by the state with matching funds from Mono County, is set to go in along the river a half-mile south of Walker, with picnic tables, parking and the whole she-bang. It’s in the washout area left over from the 1997 Great Flood. …


The Town Council, at its meeting Wednesday, July 16, was all set to approve road closures to accommodate Bluesapalooza and Stellar Fest, both coming up soonly. …


Our old pal Hap Hazard dropped by the Board of Supervisors meeting in Mammoth this week, and as he began his remarks (about A.B. 109), he greeted his former supes with, “It’s a pleasure to see all of you up there, and not me!” …


Fire restrictions for Yosemite National Park went into effect on Tuesday, July 15. The fire order restricts the use of campfires in wilderness below 6,000 feet. However, campfires in designated campgrounds and picnic areas will still be allowed, so sayeth Smokey Bear. …


On May 22, 17 employees from Patagonia’s Reno Service Center traveled down to Bridgeport to help clean up an old shooting range near Travertine Hot Springs. The project was a partnership with the Bridgeport Indian Colony. Lots of spent shells and trash, but no bodies or drunk-looking drivers. …


The Jazz Jubilee is in town, in case yer wondering why there seems to be an unusual preponderance of Q-Tips among us. …


Speaking of the Jazzsters (and others), the forecasters at Mammoth Lakes Tourism say they expect town to fill to about 75 percent of occupancy this weekend, campgrounds excluded. …


Jeff Hunter and members of The Bodie Hills Conservation Project have a swell outing July 19, for those in particular who have never been out of the actual ghost town. It’s a visit to the historic Monoville area and Rattlesnake Gulch along old roads, exploring the history, flora & fauna of the area. This outing will involve approximately four miles of walking on gently graded sand and gravel road. Bring binoculars, a camera, sunscreen, a hat, and a sack lunch, along with 2-3 litres of water.  Moderately strenuous with a 500-foot elevation gain. Heads up: Very little shade on this thing. For more information or to register please contact Hunter at info@bodiehills.org or 423-322-7866.
 

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