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In response to Redefining Tourism in Tahoe

Too Late


This should have been thought out years ago as it’s too late to reverse the side effects of overtourism. The locals will continue to get squeezed out and workforces will dwindle to almost zero in the immediate future! Reactionary planning will not fix this and the Tahoe/Truckee area businesses will soon cease to exist. Local and county officials are only after $$$$$$ and it’s sad.  

~ Brian Sumner, Kings Beach, via Instagram

In response to community grant program

LCF Spreads the Love

It is with gratitude that the Lahontan Community Foundation announces the awarding of $168,000 in grants to 23 nonprofits serving the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe community. The generosity of the Lahontan membership allowed us to continue our giving, as we have for the past two decades, despite not being able to hold any of our signature fundraisers last year due to Covid.

We could not have done this alone. Business partners in Truckee have stepped up to help us in our fundraising activities by providing items and services. Our continued thanks to: Raley’s O-N-E- Market, Mountain Hardware and Sports, Mountain Home Center, Como, Truckee Tavern, JL’s Smoke Shop, and Mountain Meats. These local businesses deserve our patronage and support, especially after the uncertainty of the past year.

The Lahontan Community Foundation Fund, through the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, granted funding this year to: Achieve Tahoe, Aim High, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierras, Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Gateway Mountain Center, Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, Girls on the Run Sierras, High Fives Foundation, Kids & Horses, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Community House, Sierra Senior Services, Slow Food Lake Tahoe, SOS Outreach, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Tahoe School of Music, Tahoe’s Connection for Families, The Truckee Roundhouse, Think Kindness, Truckee Community Christmas, Truckee Community Theater, and Truckee Day, Truckee Trails Foundation.
    ~ Suzanne Smith, Truckee, via letter

Regarding to a culture of “more”

Traitors in Our Midst

In legal terms, “the cause” is the reason something happens. By contrast, “a Cause” is group advocacy on one or more issues of interest (I will use capital C for this use of the term). That interest may be [in order to benefit the] public, a group, or the self. The trick sometimes is in telling which applies.

At Tahoe, there are a growing number of Causes that advocate for environmental preservation. Why not? Tahoe has a growing number of issues. But one of those growing issues has become discerning whose interests are being represented. This is getting harder to tell and more important to know.

The number one cause of Tahoe’s problems is too many people. Not all Causes either believe this or advocate for a solution. What is worse, some are directly adding to the problem in the name of preservation. Getting more creative at describing or packaging our problems doesn’t mean we are smarter at getting the needed answers to solve them. Smart growth, sustainable tourism, and other clever names and phrases sound progressive, but too often simply promote more of everything, mostly more development. 

Concerned citizens want to help. I get asked all the time which groups I should send a check to help. I say, find the groups that are trying to do with less.
We are getting further trapped in this culture of more. More residents, more development, more roads, more tourists at more times of the year, more taxes, more attractions, more, more, more. It is clearly not working. We mostly have more problems.

~ Ann Nichols, Crystal Bay, via letter

In response to geocaching and the sharing of ‘secret’ spots

Sierra, Not Disneyland

Sometimes it’s sad to see things [like access to previously restricted natural areas] posted. People need to realize that these locations are natural; they are not an amusement park that can be rebuilt easily if they are not taken care of. There are locations that have been shut down because of too many people, and sometimes it’s so harmful to post these places instead of letting people discover them on their own. 

~ Tina Zander-Auldridge, Truckee, via Instagram

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