In response to Defining the End of Caldor and Dixie, online only
No Fire Fear-Mongering
I was a firefighter for 31 years. Great writing and info by Alex Hoeft, no fear-mongering, just quick explanations of terminology by the folks that know. Outstanding! Keep up the good work.
~ Pat Dillon, Truckee, via letter
In response to Ink-obtained video footage of the Donner Pass Road structure fire on Aug. 30
Been a Long Time Coming
Land/forest management has been poor for decades in California. Since at least the mid ’90s. My parents used to live in Paradise and a good friend lived there when that fire went thru. My parents’ former house survived but my friends’ was destroyed.
~ Steven C. Walker, Truckee, via Facebook
In response to A Force Named Sandy
Prayers for a Powerhouse
Wow. Sandy. Wow. I don’t know you but we have mutual friends. What an amazing advocate for change and for patients’ rights you have been. What a beautiful legacy to leave. Your family and you should be so proud. My best and love to you. <3.
~ Keri Paulson, Truckee, via Instagram
In response to Sierra Watch victory over Alterra in development lawsuit
Dear Tahoe/Truckee …
We did it.
Alterra Mountain Company tried to remake our region with reckless development. They tried to bully their way into 25 years’ worth of development in Squaw Valley — highrises, rollercoasters, and an indoor waterpark.
But we stood up to them, and, as of last month’s court decision striking down their entitlements, we turned them back. Alterra might try to revive their project, and, if they do, Sierra Watch and the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe community will be ready for them. For now, we should take stock of our remarkable accomplishment: a grassroots army of purple-clad mountain-huggers kicked the big, bad private equity billionaires down the hill. And we all deserve a moment to exhale, high five, and raise our fists in triumph.
It’s been 10 years since KSL Capital Partners turned their voracious eyes towards Tahoe and bought Squaw Valley. Five years later, they released their monstrous plans, including: 1,493 new bedrooms in a series of highrise condo-hotels, many of which would be nearly 100 feet tall; a 90,000 square foot indoor waterpark with waterslides, indoor waterskiing, wave riders, fake rivers, arcades, and more; and 21 timeshare mansions on currently undeveloped land in the mouth of Shirley Canyon.
As the field organizer for Sierra Watch’s campaign to Keep Squaw True, I had the chance to talk to many — maybe thousands — of you throughout the years, whether on a chairlift or on the phone. And it was clear: if we could combine our shared passion for this awesome place, we could protect it.
So we did. We signed the petition. We turned out for public hearings. We wrote comments and letters. We made donations. And it worked. Meantime, KSL became Alterra Mountain Company. Their hired hands in Squaw Valley came and went. Placer County rubber stamped their proposed development. But we stayed true.
And we won—for 10 years and counting. Think of what we now know going into it. That their project would add thousands of car trips to our traffic mess — and the pollutants that are robbing Lake Tahoe of its clarity. That it would take more than 10 hours to evacuate Squaw Valley alone when wildfire strikes … ten hours just to travel three miles to a gridlocked Highway 89. That Alterra’s development would deepen our workforce housing crisis, adding 500 employees with no place to live, looking for a home.
If we have to do it all over again, we will. Because this place — because we — are worth it.
~ Chase Schweitzer, Sierra Watch/Tahoe Truckee True, Truckee, via letter
Top Notch Covid Coverage
Thank you for an informative article with clear numbers. Appreciate your reporting.
~ Leslie Pullen, Truckee, via Facebook