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Laura Brown Representing California on the NSFA Industry Leadership Council


Laura Brown, executive director of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation has been selected for the National School Foundations Association’s Industry Leadership Council. The foundation also funded nearly $125,000 in grant applications for local schools and teachers last March.

NTPUD CFO Larry Marple Retires After 27 Years


At the March 13 board meeting the district bid a fond farewell to CFO Larry Marple as he retires following more than 27 years with the District. A resolution commending Marple’s outstanding public service also mentioned that in addition to a long list of accomplishments, “Larry received the first personal computer at the District after he convinced the Board that the monthly statements would be better produced using a new software program called Microsoft Excel.”

Crime Steadily Drops Over 17 Years


Using data compiled from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program and courtesy of the Town of Truckee Police Department, Moonshine Ink found that crime rates in Truckee have steadily dropped over the last 17 years. Property crimes — including burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft — peaked at 401 cases in 2004 for that time span, but have not had a yearly total above 200 since 2012. Violent crimes — including murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault — spiked in 2007 at 59 cases before dropping steeply in 2008. There were 181 property crimes and 22 violent crime in Truckee last year.

Webber Lake Campground Opens to the Public


Less than an hour north of the hustle and bustle of Lake Tahoe, the serene Webber Lake Campground is open to the public for the first time in many years. The 45-site campground, now owned and operated by the Truckee Donner Land Trust, offers access to hiking, fishing, paddling, and cycling, for those looking for a unique escape. Home to threatened and endangered species, bird migration corridors, and a lake stocked with fish, the 3,000-acre property has only been visited by a select few as a private campground for generations.

In 2012 The Truckee Donner Land Trust and its partner, The Trust for Public Land, with support from the California Wildlife Conservation Board, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Natural Resources Agency, and the Northern Sierra Partnership, purchased the property for $8 million from the Johnson family, who has owned the property since 1870. 2018 will be the first full camping season open to the public, and reservations are recommended. Info:

New Waldorf School Comes to Tahoe


Golden Valley Tahoe School is an emerging new tuition-free public Waldorf School in the North Tahoe region, which will manage the Tahoe Truckee Waldorf School charter, and plans to open a transitional kindergarten (TK) through second grade in September 2018. The school wishes to provide the children of the region with a solid, common core standards-based Waldorf education. It is now enrolling TK-2nd grade for fall 2018 and becoming a K-8th grade elementary school by growing a new grade each year. School tours will be held on Tuesdays, by RSVP, and a free public talk by author Jack Petrash will be given on April 25 at Atelier in downtown Truckee. Info:,

Keep it Classy Truckee — Town Reviews Cannabis Delivery

The Town of Truckee Planning Comission reviewed its draft land use regulations for commercial cannabis delivery services on March 27, and the regulation now moves forward for approval with the town council. Jenna Gatto, Town planning manager, said, “The Town has not formalized our commercial cannabis regulations at this point; however, we are in the process of allowing for cannabis delivery services. We expect to have those regulations in place in the next couple of months. No local sales taxes have been contemplated up to this point, but we expect the town council to discuss this over the next few months.”

Truckee-ites, Get Your Waste/Recycle Bins Now


To address the Town of Truckee’s sustainability goals, new programs will be introduced to residents within the incorporated Truckee town limits beginning this summer that will eliminate the need for residents to purchase recycling and yard waste plastic bags, prevent recycling contamination, and increase the amount of materials that can be recycled. To participate, Truckee residents must opt in and indicate how many yard waste and recycling bins they would like delivered to their property by completing an online form available at As part of the new waste hauling services contracted by the Town of Truckee, one 64-gallon recycling bin serviced on alternating weeks, and up to three 96-gallon yard waste bins will be provided to residents who opt in. Additional bins will be available for a fee. Info:

Aquatic Invasive Fundraising Goal Met


The Tahoe Fund and the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association (TWSA) announced on March 13 the successful completion of fundraising efforts to purchase more than 150 bottom barriers, and other necessary supplies, for the control of aquatic invasive species at Lake Tahoe. The “Aquatic Invasive Bottom Barrier Challenge” was a Signature Project of the Tahoe Fund, and the TWSA matched every dollar that Tahoe Fund raised on this specific project. The efforts yielded a grant of $52,000 total to the Tahoe Resource Conservation District for the supplies needed for control projects at Lake Tahoe. The added mats bring the project coverage to 5 acres, and with the full inventory of mats, more aquatic invasive weeds can be removed from the lake and water quality will be improved. Info:

Over $3 Million Awarded to Greenway Trail Project


The California Tahoe Conservancy Board approved a $3.182 million grant to El Dorado County on March 14 to build the next phase of the South Tahoe Greenway Shared Use Trail. The Conservancy completed construction of the first phase in October 2015, providing a .42-mile neighborhood connection between Glenwood Way and Herbert Avenue. Together with the first phase, this phase will provide almost two miles of continuous shared use trail in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. The board also approved $335,360 in three grants for aquatic invasive species plant removal at Meeks Bay Marina, public outreach and education for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Lake Tahoe Shoreline Plan, and Lake Tahoe Water Trail signage and mobile mapping software development. Info:

Truckee Expands Dial-a-Ride Services


Beginning March 18, the Town of Truckee will provide Sunday Dial-a-Ride transit service during the non-winter months, now offering service seven days a week on a year-round basis. The new Sunday service is fully funded by an FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program grant on a three-year pilot. The Sunday service will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with reservations required by 5 p.m. on Friday, and will provide service into all neighborhoods and commercial areas within Truckee for any reason (work, shopping, church, dining, visit friends/family, recreation, etc.). The one-way fare for adults is $6 and $2 for a senior, person with a disability, or child under the age of 12; or a multi-ride punch pass can be purchased for $20. Info:

New Race from Escape Triathlon


Escape Triathlon Series, which holds the annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, announced in January 2018 that they would be bringing the Escape to Tahoe. The Inaugural Lake Tahoe Escape Triathlon will take place Sept. 16. The all-new race will begin with a swim in Lake Tahoe, then a bike ride along the Truckee River and Highway 89, and finish with a run ending in the Village of Squaw Valley. The triathlon will host both sprint and Olympic distance races. Info:

Big Easy Comes to Town: Inaugural Craw Thaw


A New Orleans-inspired spring festival, the inaugural Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival will bring a lineup of American roots-inspired musicians, cajun-style street fare, and more to historic downtown Truckee on April 27 and 28. Festivities kick off Friday evening with two live bands set up on Bridge Street outside Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats: Easy Leaves and Jazz Mafia Accomplices. On Saturday Headphones & Horses will be spinning dance beats and you can feast on Creole and cajun-style street fare, barrel-aged Redemption Whiskey cocktails, and craft beer. There will also be crawfish races, and if you have no idea what that entails you should probably check it out (we gave it a Google search and had interesting results). Info:

Winter Film Series Raises $40,000 for Local Nonprofits


Alpenglow Sports announced March 1 that the 12th annual Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series, presented by davisREED Construction, Inc. raised nearly $40,000 for local North Lake Tahoe nonprofits. The nonprofit beneficiaries for the 2017/18 season include the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue, the Sierra Avalanche Center, the Tahoe Food Hub, Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, and Squaw Dogs. Series speakers included some of the most famous athlete-storytellers alive, including Dave Nettle, Adrian Ballinger, Chris Burkard, Hilaree Nelson O’Neill, and Barry Blanchard. To date the series has raised over $160,000.

Groundwater Awareness in the Driest State of U.S.


The Nevada Resources Conservation District used National Groundwater awareness week last March as an opportunity to spread awareness about the importance and fragility of Nevada’s groundwater. Nevada is the driest state in the nation, with an average precipitation of only about 9.5 inches annually. With Nevada’s limited supply of groundwater and the seasonal nature of surface water, virtually all Nevada residents rely on groundwater — to some extent — for drinking, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, and/or thermoelectric power. In Nevada, approximately 490 to 540 billion gallons of groundwater are pumped every year, 70 percent of which is used for irrigation. Info:

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