Bringing More Traffic to Already Dangerous Tahoe City Street

I am concerned that the proposed new locations for the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area facility would create a serious danger to the community. Using a very flawed and biased scoring system, Tahoe XC identified two spots in the Highlands neighborhood for its relocation.

Both locations would bring unwanted traffic, noise, and other negative environmental impacts. I am especially concerned that Polaris Road, which is already heavily trafficked by school attendees and has no sidewalks, cannot continue to absorb more traffic without significant public risks. Every day I see school children walking in the middle of the street. It is inconceivable that the Tahoe City Public Utility District would agree to add more traffic to a street that is already one of the most dangerous in Tahoe City. In addition, the road is an emergency evacuation route, and more traffic is definitely not in the public’s interest.

Also, I understand there is a possibility that alcohol will be served at the facility. This is outrageous considering one of the proposed new locations is right next to a middle school. I am certain that parents and teachers would object to alcoholic beverages being served within walking distance of the school. 


~ Alex Lesser, Highlands homeowner, via letter

Sierra Senior Services and Local Foundations Make a Difference

Sierra Senior Services, the local Meals on Wheels provider, offers an unduplicated service to seniors in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area. For the last 16 years, we have been delivering meals to a vulnerable population who would have otherwise gone to bed hungry. This program could not exist without the ongoing support from our community partners. We are thankful and honored to have been chosen as a grant recipient from the Lahontan Community Foundation fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Our agency received a grant for $18,350 from them, which enabled us to provide to seniors living in Washoe, Nevada and Placer counties.
Nationally, one in six seniors struggles with food insecurity. Meals on Wheels can provide a senior with meals for a year for roughly the same cost as one day in a hospital. 

The senior population in this area is growing rapidly. Meals on Wheels has doubled the number of meal deliveries in the last 10 years. Thanks to the ongoing support from these foundations, our agency has been able to meet the growing demand for service. 

Thank you to our community partners!

~ Sarah Deardorff, Sierra Senior Services executive director, via letter

Celebrate Prom and Graduation Safely

Near the end of high school, fancy dresses and stylish tuxedos come out for prom. Seniors also prepare for college, military, and/or work.
A lesson from my life must be learned.

In 1992, I was a junior and an athlete at Tracy High School in San Joaquin County. I planned to attend a California university like Sierra College. That never happened.
I was 16 on April 10 of that year and hit head-on by a drunk driver. The collision put me in a coma for 100 days and I suffered from brain injuries, several broken and dislocated bones, and paralysis. I was a patient in two hospitals for seven months and then had therapy for 17 months.

After 25 years, I still struggle daily with my hearing, talking, and walking, and I cannot drive. Schooling for my dream job is unrealistic. A drunk driver dramatically changed my life.

Please do not make a bad decision by driving drunk or becoming a passenger of a vehicle with one. As the old cliché says, “The life you save may be your own.”  

~ Lori Martin, Tracy, California, via letter

In response to Last of the Ski Bums

Why Glorify Ski Bums?

Although I enjoyed reading the profiles of “ski bums” featured, honestly, this article is pretty silly. First of all, why are we glorifying the ski bum life style at all? Why is this something that should be preserved, or aspired to? What happened to doing something meaningful with your life, something beneficial to society and the world in general, and then using your free time to have fun? I love skiing and put in 50-plus days per season, but I also have a job where I provide a valuable contribution to society. And I don’t see how your graphic illustrates that Tahoe is becoming Aspen — according to your own numbers, while a day pass has gotten more expensive, a season pass has gotten cheaper! Rent is roughly equivalent and buying is half the price of Aspen. And the age difference between past and present is almost negligible. A fun article, but silly.

~ Zina Semenovskaya, Truckee, via online