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In response to North Lake Tahoe Athletes Heading to PyeongChang 2018

Nordic Knowhow

There was a lot of press about Olympians from this area doing downhill and snowboard events in South Korea but there has been less publicity about the three cross country skiing athletes from our region. I was one of their coaches while they were growing up and would like to see them get the recognition they deserve.

Our region was well represented by Russell Kennedy, Annika Taylor, and Joanne Reid who all spent most of their formative ski years training in the Tahoe Basin, and were leading members of the local Auburn Ski Club and Far West Nordic ski teams. Kennedy qualified for the Olympics as a Canadian and competed in the Olympic XC Sprint event, the 4x10 kilometer relay, and the 50-kilometer classic race. Russell consistently placed in the middle of the Olympic field and helped Canada to an eighth-place finish in the relay. Taylor competed in the 15-kilometer skiathlon and the 10k freestyle race finishing in 60th place in the latter. Reid competed in four biathlon events at the Olympics with her best result being 22nd place in the 10-kilometer pursuit. 

~ Jeff Schloss, Truckee, via letter

In response to the Feb. 8 edition


Your latest edition is SO GOOD. Thank you for the story on the Sunset Park Inn. I had heard rumors about displacement but did not know where to find more information. What a sad situation. Thank you for bringing it to light. I hope the community leaders you interviewed are able to help find solutions. Your reporting is so relevant to Tahoe/Truckee issues. Thank you for existing and just crushing it.

~ Jessica Carr, Truckee, via Facebook

The Chaos of Rocky Lane

If you have ever driven on Rocky Lane in Truckee during a snowstorm, you have most likely seen cars scattered on either side of the road.  And let’s be honest, nine times out of ten, it is someone from out of town who is not prepared to drive safely in a snow storm.

I have lived on Rocky Lane for three years, and when I first moved in, I would occasionally help these folks. I even have let them into the house to hang out and wait for their  tow truck to arrive, and they were usually nice people, just misdirected to a dangerous shortcut by Google Maps.

How is a street that is so obviously unsafe for people who don’t know how to drive in the snow completely unsigned?  There are no warnings. This road should be closed to through traffic, or potentially made a one-way road during the winter.  People are just flying through to Northwoods Blvd. by way of Bull Pine, looking down at their phone and expecting their expensive rear wheel drive car with racing slicks to easily rocket off the peak and into their “cabin” in Tahoe Donner.  

~ Christopher McDonald, Truckee, via letter

In response to SF’s Tough Rules on Short Term Rental

Working on Short Term Rentals

Hi Jason! With regard to your question wondering if anyone in Tahoe has been looking into strict guidelines on short term rentals, similar to San Francisco’s regulations:

This is a great question. This topic can be really complex in an economy that is dependent upon tourism, not to mention the incredible value that our second homeowner community brings to our region. The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee, comprised of 25 key stakeholders, has recently formed a work group focused on short term rentals and the best practices for similar mountain resort communities (see the piece Moonshine did in December 2017 for some great examples). We look forward to sharing our findings with the community. For more information, please visit

~ Ashley Cooper, communications manager at Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, via letter

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