People-Powered and Motor-Powered Sports Need Designated Areas

Currently, the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is considering the issue of “Winter Recreational Land Allocation.” For a number of years, there has been increasing conflict and tension with occasional near-altercations between motor-powered and human-powered sports. The reason is clear: These two groups have  vastly different needs. The human-powered group overwhelmingly seeks clean mountain air, quiet, solitude, and fresh snow in the backcountry, while the motor-powered group, by the very nature of the activity, inadvertently and necessarily, destroys the fresh air, quiet, solitude, and untracked snow. This creates what can only be called “significant user conflict,” and thus mixed use is not a viable option in this scenario. A “two-state solution” could work to make all parties happy by dividing the winter landscape up equitably so both user groups can “do their thing” and remain in relative harmony. I would propose that almost the entire west and east sides of Lake Tahoe LTBMU administered lands be given to the motorized group for their use, while ceding the northern part of the Lake Tahoe area, between Highway 267 and Highway 50 to the human powered group. Mixed use or alternate day use will not help resolve the user issues. If you agree with the above, or have even better ideas, whether you are motor-powered or human-powered, please contact the planner at LTBMU, Ashley Sibr, at (530) 543-2615 or email Now is the time to make winter recreation fun and stress free for all users, no matter their mode of propulsion!

~ Steve Smith, Lake Tahoe, via letter

In response to Tahoe Donner General Manager Ousted For No Cause

Dangerous and Damaging

I was surprised to learn that Alex Hoeft had both a bachelor and master’s in journalism. Besides being sloppy and poorly written, she wrote a very dangerous and damaging article built on “hearsay.” There are two sides to every story.  However, Alex chose to present only one side to a contentious issue. I’m familiar with all of the players, those who contributed to the article and those who were portrayed as the villains. This article was full of “holes,” misinformation, and erroneous accusations. The quality of this article reminded me much of the National Inquirer … nothing more than a gossip column. Alex, get it right the next time. Do your homework.


~ John Maciejewski, Tahoe Donner, via letter

A Professional Board

My agenda is to ensure that we have a professional board with a long-term view and experience in developing complex business models, managing finances openly and accurately, managing communications, listening and responding to all inputs professionally, and more.

At [a recent] board meeting, Jennifer Jennings read a statement from TD’s lawyer that confirmed Moonshine Ink’s reporting about bullying and harassment complaints filed against Jeff Connors. The lawyer’s statement:

“With regard to the Moonshine Ink article, the complaints referenced were fully investigated by independent professionals,” confirmed the report of multiple complaints. Director Jennings asked us not to take this lack of detailed disclosure as a “cover-up or a lack of transparency,” but that request feels hollow in light of her vocal calls for transparency as a board candidate.

I thought Jeff Connor’s follow-up statement was shameful and an attempt to deflect. Director Connors refuted only exaggerated details: Nextdoor posts mentioning “dozens” of complaints and “many” lawsuits. “Dozens” would equal at least 24, and let’s be thankful the number isn’t that high! But Moonshine Ink actually reported “that there have been multiple complaints made against Connors regarding intimidation, bullying, and harassment,” and Connors didn’t contest the
existence of complaints.

~ Joe Veni, Tahoe Donner, via Nextdoor


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