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Moving In, Moving Out

Project MANA Welcomes New Program Director


Miren Hower Merrill joined Project MANA as its new program director, on Feb. 15. She has been involved with the nonprofit since 2016 as a volunteer and member of the fundraising advisory committee. She is currently working on a diabetes education and prevention component to benefit Project MANA’s community members who might not otherwise have access to valuable information and programs. Info:

Sierra Avalanche Center Hires New Executive Director


Mark O’Geen, a former ski patroller at Kirkwood, Bear Valley, and Solitude Mountain Resort, has joined SAC as its new executive director. O’Geen takes over the executive director position from Don Triplat, who left the avalanche center to focus on his growing landscape business and other business opportunities. Info:

Alterra Mountain Company Appoints Chief Executive Officer


Rusty Gregory is now the Alterra Mountain Company Chief Executive Officer. His career in the ski industry spans 40 years, starting as a lift operator at Mammoth Mountain where he eventually became an owner, the company’s Chairman, and CEO for over 20 years. Info:

West Shore Café Introduces New Executive Chef


Robb Wyss was named the new executive chef of the West Shore Café. Prior to joining West Shore Café, Wyss served as the executive chef at Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge since 2013. Info:

Town of Truckee to Update its 2040 General Plan


During the Town of Truckee’s Feb. 13 meeting, the Town announced it will be updating its 2040 General Plan in response to updated state legislation, growth and development in the region, a need for affordable housing, and a push for sustainability that is not currently addressed in the 2025 General Plan (adopted in 2006). This General Plan Update is a sub-project of the Town’s 5-year Capital Improvement Project (CIP), which allocated a budget of $1 million to complete the update within three years. Info:

Squaw Valley Ski Museum Receives $125,000 Matching Grant


On Feb. 21, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to allocate the proposed Squaw Valley Ski Museum a $125,000 matching grant from Placer County Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds. The funds will go toward the environmental review, architectural planning and design, and community outreach efforts for the museum project, supporting Phase III of the museum’s “Raise the Rings” campaign. The purpose of the museum is to preserve and showcase the evolution and culture of skiing in the Sierra Nevada, with planned exhibits showcasing over 150 years of history from area ski resorts and private collections. Info:

Placer Develops Sustainability Plan, Workshops in March


Placer County is in the process of developing a sustainability plan, outlining ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and manage climate risks that threaten property value, natural resources, and Placer’s residents’ quality of life. Two community workshops in March will offer a chance to learn about the plan’s purpose, goals, and how to become involved. The plan is intended to streamline the environmental review process in which the impacts of GHG emissions in land development projects are analyzed. It will also describe strategies for both the county and residents alike to reduce their footprint and adapt to the effects of climate risks like wildfire, drought, and flood. Info:

Reno-Tahoe International Airport Unveils Non-Stop Service to Austin, Texas


Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is proud to announce non-stop service on Frontier Airlines to Austin, beginning April 10. The flight will run two times a week between Reno and Austin on Tuesdays and Fridays and depart Reno at 5:07 p.m. and arrive in Austin at 10:16 p.m. (Central Time). The return flight will depart Austin at 2:39 p.m. and arrive in Reno at 4:17 p.m. Frontier is offering affordable introductory base fares of $49 each way. In addition, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport served more than four million passengers in 2017 while the number of seats available into and out of Reno rose 9.5 percent over 2016. Info:

North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Athletes Return from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics


Competitive excellence runs deep in North Lake Tahoe/Truckee, so it’s no wonder that the community sent numerous winter athletes to South Korea for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Representing Cross Country and Biathon events were Russell Kennedy (Canadian XC Team), Annika Taylor (British XC Team), and Joanne Reid (U.S. Biathlon Team), who all grew up training at Tahoe Donner and skiing with the Auburn Ski Club and Far West Nordic ski teams. Alpine skiers at the games included Bryce Bennett (Tahoe City), Mark Engel (Truckee), Tim Jitloff (Alpine Meadows), and Stacey Cook (Truckee). Freestyle skiing halfpipe was represented by gold medalist David Wise (Reno), and bronze medalist Brita Sigourney (Alpine Meadows). Tahoe Select Snowboard Team sent 17-year-old Hailey Langland for women’s snowboard slopestyle and big air.

Jessica Morse Endorsed by California Democratic Party


After a contested win during the vote by delegates of California’s Democratic Party, 4th district candidate Jessica Morse has received the endorsement. Morse received 44 of 67 votes at the state convention in San Diego, falling just shy of the 66 percent majority support needed. Supporters of opposing candidates rushed to gather petition signatures needed to challenge the endorsement, ultimately falling short and securing Morse the nomination. Despite failing to attain the Democratic Party endorsement, opposing candidates say they plan to remain on the ballot, which could put five candidates on the ballot for the heated race this June. Info:

Sagan Fondo Off-Road Cycling Event Comes to Truckee May 3 to 5


Truckee has been selected as the “gravel” host location for one of two Sagan Gran Fondo cycling events in California in 2018/19. The event will include a 67.5-mile-long course with a combination of trail/pavement suited for cyclocross or gravel bikes. A shorter, 23-mile course route will also be offered. Spaces are limited to the first 1,500 registrants, with competitive categories and awards for the top three riders in 12 total age and gender groups. The weekend will include a fundraising gala May 3, a VIP pre-ride and lunch with Peter Sagan on May 4, and the race and festival on May 5. Info:

South Lake Tahoe Drafts Styrofoam Ordinance


The City of South Lake Tahoe is in the process of drafting an ordinance to ban all polystyrene takeout food containers at restaurants as well as the sale of foam coolers and single-use food containers at retail stores. Last October the city considered a similar ban, but decided to look further into how the issue would affect local businesses. In an online survey the City found that almost 90 percent of those who responded supported a ban on styrofoam within the city limits. Info:

Liberty Utilities Offers Scholarships


Liberty Utilities is offering academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service area: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School, Truckee High School, Portola High School, and Lake Tahoe Community College.

The seven high school scholarships are $500 each and the Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750. High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited 4-year or 2-year university, college, or vocational school, plus must have some local community service experience. Info:

Placer County Seeks Planning Commission Members


Recent resignations have left two vacancies on the Placer County Planning Commission. The current openings include one seat in District 2, formerly represented by Supervisor Robert Weygandt, and one in District 5, formerly represented by Jennifer Montgomery. Residents of District 2 and District 5 are encouraged to submit an application to represent the district they live in. Each member would serve a 4-year term. The Planning Commission accomplishes its mission by holding public hearings and making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding proposed general plans, studies and zoning text amendments, and reviews and makes decisions on major land development proposals by encouraging citizen leadership and participation in the planning process. Info:

Meeks Bay and Fanny Bridge Project Updates


In March, Martin Bros Construction will begin pouring the concrete for the new Truckee River Bridge abutments. The new bridge is located just east of the Caltrans maintenance yard along highway 89 (heading into Tahoe City from Truckee). Due to the bridge project the current Tahoe City Trout Sculpture will be dismantled. The highway 89 Meeks Bay Trail Project construction contract was awarded to Herback General Engineering. The project will construct an extension of the West Shore bike trail system south of Sugar Pine Point along Highway 89 to Meeks Bay, heading toward Emerald Bay. Both projects have a planned completion of fall 2018. Info:

The Disappearing West


How fast is the West losing its rivers? According to the second part of the Disappearing West project, pretty quickly. The second part of the project, the river section, was released in February 2018. The river section of Disappearing West illuminates the degradation of the West’s rivers, and is a multimedia, data-driven effort by Truckee-based nonprofit Conservation Science Partners (in partnership with the Center for American Progress). Info:

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