Put the Needs of the Basin First

Proponents of the Squaw Valley Village development often say the resort is at a critical time in its long-standing history, or that the development is necessary for Squaw Valley Ski Holdings to remain competitive.     

I suggest we change the calculus. Instead, let’s ask what the Tahoe Basin needs. This region — whose history is deeper and richer than that of even the oldest ski resort — needs responsible stewardship. This stewardship does not need to come at the expense of a strong economy. However, it will require the community to prioritize the needs of the Basin over those of the ski resort.

As we encourage conservation across the Basin, invest in our local infrastructure, and cultivate sustainable, diverse business growth, the economy will blossom. Resorts claim they need large-scale, environmentally damaging development to survive, but I encourage you to ask instead, what does Tahoe need? Let’s continue to put those needs first.


~ Katy Hover-Smoot, Alpine Meadows, via letter

Wallace and Terry Know Airport Issues

As a longtime resident/business owner in the Tahoe/Truckee area, I have been impressed with the current Truckee Tahoe Airport District board’s efforts to balance the airport’s growth with the preservation of our quiet mountain environment.

This election cycle, there are three positions on the airport board up for election. I am endorsing Lisa Wallace and Andrew Terry as they both have proven records of supporting policies that are inclusive of the entire district. Wallace has served for four years on the airport board of directors and Terry served for eight years on the Airport Community Advisory Team. They know the issues.

Additionally, they are active leaders in the larger community. Wallace is the executive director of the Truckee River Watershed Council. Terry is one of the founding members of the Truckee Trails Foundation.

They are good people who are committed to representing the interests of the entire Tahoe/Truckee community.

~ Carmine Bove, Reno, via letter

In response to Build Us an Anthill

Better Roundabout Art

While the ant is clever, it has nothing to do with the Town of Truckee, the same as the flowers. I’m embarrassed that my neighborhood will be identified by ants, rather than a more appropriate animal … put the ants with the flowers.

~ Carol Pauli, via Facebook

Welcome the Natives

I am pro-ant. We have at least five different species just on our quarter-acre in Glenshire. If we can have non-native flowers in one roundabout, why not native ants in another? And I agree with the artist and his wife — those lumpy roundabout centers DO resemble anthills!

Food for thought: I have noticed that I personally slow down in places where there is art in the roundabout — time to admire them for three seconds instead of just trying to blast on to my next “port of call.” Maybe artwork in ALL of our roundabouts will have a similar effect on others?

~ Laurie Brixie Scheibner, via Facebook

In response to Little Boxes on the Hillside

Where’s the Enforcement?

Wow, seems there is very little enforcement of these housing agreements made by developers. Especially in Placer County. The recession is officially over, and I seriously doubt deed-restricted units would face the same difficulty selling. Kind of disheartening.

~ Jaimee Saliba, via Facebook

In-lieu Fees Should Be Out

GREAT article in the current edition. Truckee’s in-lieu fees should be illegal. Build affordable housing, or don’t come here!

~ Mat Miller, via Facebook

In response to Why Lake Tahoe Never Became a National Park

Take Two

We should try again…

~ Madona Jade Casini, via Facebook

In response to stories on moonshineink.com

Likes on the Website

The top four articles on our website as of Sept. 2 received the following clicks on the “Like” button (shown in order of most-read):

32: Zero Immunity

116: Why Lake Tahoe Never Became a National Park

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21: HOUSING CRISIS | Little Boxes on the Hillside

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