News Briefs

Burn Permits Required

TAHOE/TRUCKEE

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) announced all hazard reduction burning will require a permit in El Dorado, Nevada, and Placer counties, as well as other jurisdictions outside Moonshine Ink’s coverage area. 

Burn permits must be obtained online at burnpermit.fire.ca.gov. Applicants can access the website to obtain a burn permit which involves watching a short educational video and submitting an application. The process provides the necessary information needed to conduct the burn safely, while minimizing the chance for fire escape. Permits are free, must be in possession either by printed copy or digitally, and require annual renewal.

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Property owners conducting hazard reduction burning are responsible for checking the burn day status. Residents wishing to burn must verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning by contacting: 

  • El Dorado County: (530) 621-5897
  • Nevada County — Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District: (530) 274-7928
  • Placer County: Outside Auburn, toll-free: (800) 998-2876. Placer’s burn day website: placerair.org/burnday

Hazard Reduction Guidelines are listed on the permit. As a reminder, always have a minimum 10-foot clearance down to bare mineral soil around all burn piles, have a shovel and a water source available, and an adult present during burning. Failure to follow these precautions may result in a citation and fines.

For further information regarding residential burning or other fire safety tips visit your local CAL FIRE Station or go to readyforwildfire.org.

~ Cal Fire enews

Late Season Storm Expected to Impact Mountain Travel

MARYSVILLE

Caltrans is alerting motorists about a late season storm in the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada that is expected to create some travel delays for the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 11 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday for areas above 5,000 feet. Snow accumulation is forecast between 4 to 8 inches with localized amounts up to 1 foot over the highest peaks. The heaviest snowfall is expected Saturday afternoon and evening with wind gusts up to 50 mph. Motorists should be prepared for travel delays, slippery roads, periods of reduced visibility, and chain controls.

If motorists travel during the storm, Caltrans advises to have a full tank of gas or full electric charge and pack extra supplies in the event of an emergency or if traffic is held for an extended period of time. Those supplies should include snacks, water, blankets, and a flashlight.

Updates to the forecast can be found on the National Weather Service website. Motorists are also encouraged to check Caltrans’ QuickMap before traveling for current road conditions and chain requirements or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play. Road information is also available on Caltrans’ website or by calling the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at (800) 427-ROAD (7623).

Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. The department will issue updates on X @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook CaltransDistrict3.

~ Caltrans press release

New Nonprofit to Accelerate Creation of Workforce Housing

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

Established to support the creation of workforce housing, the Tahoe Housing Hub, a new nonprofit organization, stems from the Regional Housing Implementation Plan which was developed by the Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee, a project of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

Through a collective vision from MHC partners including a Tiger Team made up of the North Tahoe Community Alliance, Sierra Business Council, the Tahoe Truckee Workforce Housing Agency, the Martis Fund, the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, Placer County, the Town of Truckee, and other community stakeholders, the Tahoe Housing Hub concept was evaluated and revised to account for evolving community needs. Erin Casey is the organization’s president and CEO.

The NTCA Board of Directors approved the allocation of $150,000 in Tourism Business Improvement District funds and extended $34,000 of in-kind contributions, spanning office space to professional services. Complementing this, TTCF has allocated $135,000 for the hub’s formation and orchestrated a two-year $135,000 matching grant from the Martis Fund. At the recommendation of the TBID Advisory Committee, the NTCA Board of Directors also recently awarded $479,450 in TBID funds to the Tahoe Housing Hub through the 2024 Annual Grant Cycle. These grants will bolster two pivotal programs: the Workforce Housing ADU (accessory dwelling unit) Pilot Program or ADU Accelerator, and the Fee Backfill Pilot Program. Both programs are tailored to inspire homeowners and aid in streamlined housing development for the local workforce.

The ADU Accelerator aims to encourage homeowners to create affordable, high-quality housing solutions for the local workforce on underutilized residential lots. The Fee Backfill Pilot Program will provide financial assistance to homeowners building ADUs to be used as workforce housing by covering the fees land-use agencies and special districts typically charge for new development projects. Learn more at tahoehousinghub.org.

~ North Tahoe Community Alliance press release

Boat Inspections Prevent the Spread of New Zealand Mudsnails

LAKE TAHOE

Lake Tahoe watercraft inspection stations are open for the season to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Boaters can now book an appointment for this summer online at tahoeboatinspections.com/appt. With the discovery last year of invasive New Zealand mudsnails in Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Tahoe Resource Conservation District are urging boaters, paddlers, beachgoers, and anglers to learn how to prevent the spread of this new threat.

Inspections are available without an appointment any time of the year. During the peak season, an optional appointment can be scheduled online for a $15 convenience fee any day between May 15 and Sept. 30, depending on availability.

As of May 1, the Meyers and Spooner Summit regional watercraft inspection stations will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. The Alpine Meadows inspection station opens May 15 with the same operating hours.

Boats and trailers are one of the largest potential sources of spread of aquatic invasive species in the Western U.S. 

In September 2023, the agencies confirmed the presence of a new aquatic invasive species in Lake Tahoe, the New Zealand mudsnail. Diver surveys showed the invasive species had infested a 3-mile area of Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, according to the assessment surveys.

How to protect Lake Tahoe:

  • Paddlers can learn how to self-inspect at tahoekeepers.org.
  • Download the free Tahoe Boating App at tahoeboating.org for an interactive map that shows location relative to the New Zealand mudsnail infestation, as well as no-wake zones, area attractions, bathrooms, and more.
  • Look for mobile, solar-powered cleaning stations for kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes at popular recreation sites around the Tahoe Basin provided by the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
  • Look for and support roving inspectors at popular beaches and launch ramps this summer provided by funding from the Tahoe Fund and TRPA.

Learn more about these programs and more at tahoeboatinspections.com.

~ Tahoe Regional Planning Agency press release

KidZone Museum Expansion Plan Moves Forward

TRUCKEE

The KidZone Museum announced its plans to raise $13 million to expand and relocate to Truckee River Regional Park. The museum has raised $4.5 million in its preliminary efforts to support the project.

The museum, which has over 30,000 annual visits, has faced critical challenges, including the deteriorating condition of its current tent structure and limitations in accommodating the growing demand for its services.

To address these challenges, the KidZone Museum has plans to build a new 10,500-square-foot museum and science center, along with a 5,000-square-foot outdoor space at the park. This expansion will provide a larger and more sustainable home for the museum and broaden its scope beyond preschool-aged children.

The project’s objectives include:

  • Increase indoor and outdoor space for young children to engage in hands-on learning and sensory activities.
  • Establish a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Center to foster experimentation and innovation across age groups.
  • Create a space for teens and tweens to connect and collaborate, promoting social support and a sense of belonging.

The $13 million Full Steam Ahead capital campaign includes $11 million for design and construction and $2 million for museum exhibits. The museum also will raise $2 million for an endowment fund to help support the museum.

For more information about the campaign, contact Jen Parker, KidZone Museum philanthropy officer, at (530) 945-5856 or jen@kidzonemuseum.org. 

~ KidZone Museum press release

Tahoe Forest Pharmacy Adjusts Hours

TAHOE/TRUCKEE

Effective Monday, May 6, the Tahoe Forest Pharmacy will be closed for lunch from 1:30 to 2 p.m. daily. The 30-minute closure allows for an anticipated daily break for the pharmacy team, while minimizing service interruption to customers.

“A 30-minute closure for a lunch break has become the industry standard, as it benefits both the pharmacy team and our customers,” said Jim Franckum, director of Tahoe Forest Pharmacy.

To help reduce delays or inconvenience, customers are encouraged to use the free online pharmacy app, Rx Local, to manage prescriptions. Downloaded the app at tfhd.com/rxlocal. Customers may also use the pharmacy’s voicemail system to refill prescriptions at (530) 587-7607.

For more information about the pharmacy, visit tfhd.com/pharmacy.

~ Tahoe Forest Health System press release

Construction Project to Cause Delays on State Route 28

INCLINE VILLAGE

The Incline Village General Improvement District’s Effluent Pipeline Replacement Project will cause lane closures on Nevada State Route 28 between Sand Harbor and the Douglas County line this summer. Intermittent single-lane closures and alternating one-way traffic control is scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 5, with construction taking place from Sundays at 7 p.m. through Fridays at 12 p.m. to facilitate the Effluent Pipeline Project work. Traffic delays of up to 30 minutes are expected along this stretch of SR 28 during the summer construction season.

The 20.5-mile effluent export pipeline protects Lake Tahoe’s water quality by exporting all wastewater effluent out of the Tahoe Basin. The original export line pipe, now over 50 years old, has reached the end of its useful life and ongoing corrosion has resulted in pipeline failures at multiple locations in recent years.

Phase 1 work has been completed with the replacement of all 4 miles of segment 1 pipe and 2 miles of segment 3 pipeline. Phase 2 will replace all of the remaining segment 3 pipeline and all of segment 2 pipeline. Phase 2 work will be completed along SR 28 using open-cut construction methodology to relocate the pipeline within the center of the southbound travel lane, or into the northbound travel lane, where required. The short TRPA-mandated grading/earthwork season (May 1 through Oct. 15) dictates that IVGID’s pipeline work be completed as a multi-year project of approximately 4 years total.

This summer’s construction on Phase 2B began with daytime-only work on April 22 to establish traffic management, survey control, and asphalt saw cutting for the trench. Limited excavation and pipeline installation started on May 1, with 24-hour construction beginning at 7 p.m. on May 5, with lane closures and construction underway continuously until Fridays at 12 p.m.

Phases 2C and 2D are scheduled to take place during the 2025 and 2026 construction seasons.

~ IVGID press release

Community Impact Grants 

LAKE TAHOE

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s Community Impact grants cycle is open. The foundation will award grants up to $20,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Applications are due via email to grants@parasol.org no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, June 3. For application details and eligibility requirements, visit parasol.org/index.php/for-nonprofits/grants.

To learn more about the Community Impact grant application and process, join the Community Impact Grant Information Session webinar on May 8 at 2 p.m. Registration for the webinar is required. Register here.

~ Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation enews

Wildfire Prevention Grant Program

TRUCKEE

Truckee Fire has opened the application period for the Wildfire Prevention Grant Program. The Measure T-funded program is designed to enhance and support forest management, fuel reduction, and community preparedness projects. 

Truckee area residents and organizations are encouraged to apply for funding to support forest management, fuel reduction, and community preparedness projects to reduce the threat and intensity of wildfire in the Truckee and Donner Summit Wildland Urban Interface. Proposed projects must fall within the designated Truckee Fire District boundaries.  

Qualifying projects may fall into one of four categories: Forest Fuels Reduction, Forest Health and Resiliency, Community Wildfire Preparedness, Wildfire Prevention Education.  

“This is a unique and valuable opportunity for our community to receive technical and financial assistance and implement important community projects that reduce forest fuels, help to restore forest health, and increase wildfire preparedness and education within the Truckee Fire Protection District,” says Truckee Fire’s registered professional forester, Dillon Sheedy.  

Applications are due by Friday, June 14, at 3 p.m. PST. Virtual grant workshops will be hosted  May 6, 13, 23, and 30. Complete information on the grant program requirements, workshop  topics, and links can be found at truckeefire.org/grants

~ Truckee Fire Protection District press release

Sand Harbor Community Cleanup Results

INCLINE VILLAGE

On Monday, April 22, Sand Harbor State Park celebrated the inaugural Shoreline Sweep Volunteer Cleanup. Over 80 volunteers combed the park, ultimately hauling away 120 pounds of litter. Among the trash retrieved was an abandoned cooler, discarded umbrella gear, wrappers, and wedding confetti. Notably, a significant portion consisted of abandoned clothing and microplastics.

BEACH LITTER: Sand Harbor State Park’s community cleanup resulted in 120 pounds of litter being hauled out by 80 volunteers. Courtesy photo

While staff works hard to maintain cleanliness, the task is made considerably easier when visitors manage their own waste. 

The collected refuse will undergo sorting by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, culminating in an art installation set in the park’s visitors center.

~ Nevada State Parks press release

Point-in-Time Count Results, Placer and Nevada Counties

AUBURN

The annual Point-in-Time survey of people experiencing homelessness in Placer and Nevada counties was conducted on Jan. 24 to determine where people experiencing homelessness stayed the night of Jan. 23. The 2024 count of sheltered and unsheltered individuals surveyed at least 702 individuals experiencing homelessness in Placer County and at least 516 individuals experiencing homelessness in Nevada County. The count surveyed 366 unsheltered individuals in Placer County and 258 unsheltered individuals in Nevada County. By comparison, the 2023 count surveyed a minimum of 709 individuals experiencing homelessness in Placer County and 492 people experiencing homelessness in Nevada County.

A Point-in-Time count is a 1-night estimate of both sheltered in emergency shelter or transitional housing; or unsheltered on the street, in a camp, tent, vehicle, or some other place unfit for human habitation on the night of the count. The data drives the types of programs offered and steers funding allocations, according to JoLyn McMillan, executive director of the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, which led the effort.

Forty-two children under 13 were experiencing homelessness with their families on the night of the count.

The 2024 PIT count in Placer County identified 45 veterans, 29 unaccompanied youth/young adults (ages 15 to 24 years), and 36 families who were experiencing homelessness; 42% reported having a physical disability and 60% reported living with a mental illness. In Nevada County, 14 veterans identified as homeless, 11 unaccompanied youth/young adults, and 34 families; 42% reported having a physical disability and 54% reported living with a mental illness.

Homeless individuals wishing to access the basic shelter and housing services in Placer and Nevada Counties should call 211 to be connected to services.

~ Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras press release

Pride Week and Fun Run Festival 

TRUCKEE

The Town of Truckee is holding its first Pride Week in June, culminating with an event hosted by Tahoe Expedition Academy. The inaugural Rainbow Run, Rock & Roll is set for Sunday, June 9, at the Truckee River Regional Park and Legacy Trail. The family-friendly festival includes a 5K run/walk, a shortened course for those on wheels, live musical performances, local art vendors, community booths, food trucks, and more.

PRIDE WEEK: Truckee pride week will culminate on June 9 with a Rainbow Run, Rock & Roll fun run. Courtesy graphic

Everyone who registers for the 5K run/walk or roller course will receive a commemorative tshirt designed by TEA 10th grade student Ennis Graham. All proceeds go to help make the event possible. The festival is free.

Truckee’s Pride Week kicks off on June 3 and features 14 events, including a weeklong scavenger hunt, crafting, bouldering, paddling, hiking, and Saturday night dance party at Mountain Lotus Yoga.

For more information on the festival and to register for a race, visit the website at tahoeexpeditionacademy.org/rrrr/race-registration.

~ Tahoe Expedition Academy press release

Online Dashboard Tracks Climate Resilience

LAKE TAHOE

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency launched an online Climate Resilience Dashboard this week to monitor and record progress on climate action strategies that will help guide the long-term health of the Lake Tahoe watershed and safety of its communities, according to the agency.

The dashboard, funded by the California Tahoe Conservancy and TRPA, pulls together regularly collected data from diverse sources and displays them in relation to their role in climate resilience. For example, the dashboard tracks the resilience of Lake Tahoe’s transportation system by reporting total transit ridership, equitable access to transportation, miles of bike and pedestrian facilities, a breakdown of people’s transportation choices, and the availability of electric vehicle charging stations. The information will help full- and part-time residents, businesses, and Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program partners measure the results of climate actions. 

Climate resilience refers to how well prepared Lake Tahoe’s ecosystem, infrastructure, and communities are for continued temperature increases, changing weather patterns, and climate hazard events. This includes the local actions needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

The Climate Resilience Dashboard tracks progress across four long-term goals and associated indicators. TRPA and more than 80 partner organizations are implementing climate projects through the Environmental Improvement Program and the Climate Resilience Action Strategy to better prepare for climate hazard events such as wildfire, prolonged drought, and extreme weather events. The dashboard also includes recommendations on actions individuals can take to get involved in building a more resilient Lake Tahoe.

~ Tahoe Regional Planning Agency press release

Pavement Repairs Scheduled Along Interstate 80

NEVADA/SIERRA COUNTIES

Caltrans is alerting motorists of scheduled traffic breaks, lane closures and delays along Interstate 80 as crews continue emergency pavement repairs in Nevada and Sierra counties.

Crews are grinding existing wheel ruts in the slow lane and preparing the surface for a polyester concrete inlay along westbound I-80 between the Nevada state line and Floriston May 5 through May 22.

ROAD WORK: Crews will be repairing wheel ruts on Interstate 80 in May and June. Courtesy graphic

Work is scheduled with nightly traffic breaks between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Various lane closures will also be in place around the clock in order for the polyester concrete to properly set.

Motorists will experience delays during this timeframe and are encouraged to use alternate routes to minimize any inconvenience. 

Work is not allowed during the weekends and no traffic restrictions will be in place between 5 p.m. on Fridays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Crews will pause construction activities during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and are scheduled to resume repairs along eastbound I-80 between Mystic and the Nevada state line June 2 through 14.

~ Caltrans press release

Fire Agencies to Conduct Wildfire Response Exercise

RENO

Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, in partnership with local fire agencies, will take part in a regional wildland fire training exercise intermittently through May 30 in the Galena Creek Regional Park area along Mt. Rose Highway.

This exercise is intended to bring local fire agencies together in a controlled training environment to collaborate on the fundamentals of wildland firefighting practices.

Among the agencies participating are Reno Fire, Sparks Fire, Carson City Fire, Central Lyon Fire, North Lake Tahoe Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service. Residents of the Galena area and those traveling between Reno and Incline on Mt. Rose Highway can expect to see fire apparatus and personnel during the training.

~ Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue press release

Grading and Digging Season Open

LAKE TAHOE

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency reminds residents, property owners, and project managers that the grading and digging season for permitted projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin began May 1.

Grading and digging work is confined to drier months to protect Lake Tahoe’s water clarity from sources of erosion and sediment, according to TRPA. During the normal grading season of May 1 through Oct. 15, soil work can proceed in dry conditions, but is prohibited when a project area is covered with snow, when ground is saturated, muddy, or unstable, and during periods of precipitation.

Working in dry conditions prevents soil compaction and stops loose soil and mud from washing away from project sites or into roadways, storm drains, waterways, and the lake.

Although all grading is prohibited in wet conditions, not all digging requires a permit. Up to 3 cubic yards of soil can be moved if the site is stabilized to prevent erosion. More information is available at trpa.gov/applications-forms.

~ Tahoe Regional Planning Agency press release

Tahoe Joy Festival Announces Musical Lineup

NORTH LAKE TAHOE/TRUCKEE

The Tahoe Joy Festival announced the Dead Winter Carpenters will be headlining the annual festival on Sunday, June 9, from 12 to 6 p.m. at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.  

The Tahoe Joy Festival is a family-friendly event showcasing regional bands, youth performers, local artists, makers, nonprofit organizations, food trucks, local breweries, and more. With support from the Tahoe City Public Utilities District and partnership with the Tahoe City Downtown Association, the Tahoe Joy Festival will be the culmination of the Tahoe City Summer Solstice Festival and a kick-off to a summer of music at Commons Beach. This festival benefits the Tahoe Truckee School of Music and TCDA’s community programming in Tahoe City. Thanks to funding from North Tahoe Chamber’s TOT-TBID Dollars At Work, the Tahoe Joy Festival will be a free event. 

The music lineup includes:

  • Dead Winter Carpenters
  • Matt Axton & Badmoon
  • Coburn Station
  • Vice Grip
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Tahoe Truckee School of Music students

“It warms my heart as a local Tahoe boy to have friend and fellow Tahoe-raised musician Jenny Charles of the Dead Winter Carpenters come back to Tahoe to play,” said Matt Axton, founder of the Tahoe Joy Festival and performer.

Those interested in sponsoring the event or contributing as a vendor, volunteer, or through a donation, visit tahoemusic.net or @tahoejoyfestival on Facebook and Instagram. 

~ Tahoe City Downtown Association press release

GOOD MORNING: The Truckee Chamber of Commerce’s May Good Morning Truckee will focus on forest health. Courtesy graphic

Forest Health and Land Access

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Chamber of Commerce announced the Good Morning Truckee May 21 topic, Forest Health and Land Access in Truckee. Speakers include:

  • John Svahn – Truckee Donner Land Trust
  • Jonathon Fisher – National Forest Service
  • Stacey Caldwell – Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Forest Futures program

Good Morning Truckee is open to the public. It is held on the third Tuesday of every month at Truckee Town Hall from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m., in person and recorded. Ticket prices are $10 for Truckee Chamber members and $15 for the public, and includes continental breakfast and coffee donated by Mountain Brew. New for 2024: bring a business card to be entered into the drawing for a door prize.

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release

Event to Celebrate Reinvestment of Over $5 Million

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

On May 16, the North Tahoe Chamber will host an event celebrating the recent reinvestment of over $5 million in TOT-TBID Dollars At Work funds into projects and programs that benefit the community through the NTCA’s Annual Grant and Event Funding cycles. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the investments and how they align with community priorities, local events that have received funding, as well as other programs and partnerships designed to address regional topics.

Scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. upstairs at Boatworks at Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City, the chamber open house will also serve as an opportunity for community members to share feedback for the NTCA Board and committees to consider when evaluating future funding opportunities.

“Projects that received funding included specific workforce housing initiatives, trails and recreation improvements, litter clean-up, accessibility, and business incubator efforts. The event on May 16 will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about them, ask questions, and share their feedback,” said Tony Karwowski, NTCA president and CEO.

To date, the TOT-TBID Dollars At Work program has reinvested over $21.6 million in North Lake Tahoe and leveraged an additional match of over $30 million in public funds for a total investment of over $50 million in the multi-year sponsorship and annual grant funding cycles to support projects and programs in the North Lake Tahoe community.

Learn more about the projects that have been funded and how the TOT-TBID Dollars At Work program supports the North Lake Tahoe economy at northtahoecommunityalliance.com.

~ North Tahoe Chamber press release

CLAY POPPIES: Join Trails & Vistas and the community for a bilingual workshop to make clay poppies for a future installation. Courtesy photo

Bilingual Community Art Workshops

TRUCKEE

This May, Trails & Vistas will be offering free clay art workshops with local artists Josette Rouas, Nancy Tieken Lopez, and Romina Branje, hosted at the Truckee Roundhouse Community Makerspace. 

These bilingual art classes will give instruction in English and Spanish. Practice speaking Spanish while meeting new people and making California poppies for a community art hike installation. 

The workshops will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 11 and 18 at the Truckee Roundhouse. Registration includes creating a Truckee Roundhouse account. Find the workshops on the class calendar at truckeeroundhouse.org/schedule.

~ Trails & Vistas enews

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

President and CEO of Health System Announces Future Retirement Date

TAHOE/TRUCKEE

Harry Weis has announced his future retirement date of Jan. 2, 2026. Weis has been the President and CEO of  Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) since December 2015 and has served as a leader to more than 60 healthcare facilities and healthcare-related companies nationwide during his career.

“I have been in discussion with our thoughtful board of directors on my retirement for the past several months, and we have agreed on my retirement date,” Weis said. “I have chosen to make this announcement [on] May 2nd, [as it] is a very special day for me, marking the 47th anniversary of my humble privilege to serve in healthcare.”

He expressed his deep gratitude to his employees and the Truckee/Tahoe community:

I am so proud of our team improvement efforts here at Tahoe Forest Health System over the past 9 years; they are equal to any of the best I’ve seen throughout my career.

My personal mission has been to preserve healthcare in communities across America where, in many cases, there was a very high risk of health system closure. I believe it is my duty to serve alongside my team to protect every health system I work in, keeping it on a track of sustainability and improvement by listening and responding to the needs of our patients.

In June 2015, prior to my start at TFHS, our balance sheet showed a net worth of $99 million and a modest annual growth rate of $1.5 million per year. The 3 previous fiscal years of 2013 to 2015 saw an aggregate loss of $1.9 million. However, our team has executed a net worth growth 14 times better year over year.

During the health system’s first 66 years of operation, it remained highly in debt from a “debt-to-asset ratio” perspective, much higher than most hospitals I’ve seen. Yet, we’ve lowered it 21 percentage points!

All of these accomplishments are a result of the exceptional efforts of our amazing TFHS team. I love our team and their willingness to confidently tackle the challenging patient-focused improvements we’ve made over the last nine years. It’s not about being big, but about doing big things for our patients in a compassionate and skillful manner!

I will work with our board of directors as they engage with a skilled recruiting firm and internal and external stakeholders to select the next CEO in a wise and thoughtful manner, ensuring a smooth transition.

It has been such a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the growing and changing needs of this community and to work alongside such an amazing team of dedicated professionals.

To all of you I say — thank you so very much!

~ TFHS press release

Parks Foundation Announces New Executive Director

TAHOE CITY

The Sierra State Parks Foundation Board of Directors has named Michael Myers as the new executive director of the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

Myer’s background in building strong relationships and collaborating with government agencies and nonprofit partners, combined with a deep passion for promoting inclusive stewardship, will help to further advance the mission of the organization that is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 

Former executive director, Heidi Doyle, who has also served her 50th year in public lands, will remain present to support the transition. 

When Myers assumes the role this month, he will manage all day-to-day operations for the foundation and its park operations (visitor centers and historic house tours), fundraising programs for park programs, and maintenance and coordinate projects in progress with state parks.

Prior, Myers served as executive director for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in Virginia and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock in Nevada. Myers began as a conservation, development, and outreach coordinator (AmeriCorps member) with the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock and rose to an executive position after gaining a master’s in nonprofit management. In addition, he is a certified interpretive naturalist and an avid birder. Myers’ combination of fundraising skills and understanding of public lands space is the perfect fit for the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

For more information, visit sierrastateparks.org.

~ Sierra State Parks Foundation press release

Veterinarian Joins Sierra Pet Clinic

TRUCKEE

Sierra Pet Clinic announced that Dr. Wendy Robinson has joined the office’s veterinary team. Robinson will be seeing patients for regular exam appointments and offering acupuncture and chiropractics. For questions or to make an appointment, call (530) 587-7200.

~ Sierra Pet Clinic release

Business Briefs

Alpenglow Sports Upcoming Events

TRUCKEE/TAHOE

Alpenglow Sports announced two events coming up in May and June.

On May 13, Alpenglow Sports will kick off the fourth annual Community Book Initiative. The month-long event will highlight 21 books, chosen in collaboration with community members known for mountain, environmental, and/or social leanings.

ALPENGLOW SPORTS: At the 2023/24 Winter Speaker Series fifth event,#5 featuring Dave Nettle. Photo by Ming Poon

The event will run from May 13 through June 10, during which proceeds will benefit Clean Up the Lake.The theme for the 2024 Community Book Initiative is stewardship. Books will be available for purchase online and at the Alpenglow Sports store in Tahoe City.

On June 3, Alpenglow Sports will be accepting applications for two new Winter Speaker Series Nonprofit Beneficiaries for the 2024/25 season. The application period will be open from June 3 to 30, whereby the selection committee will narrow down the applicants to five nonprofits who will present in person. From there, the committee will select two nonprofits to continue on as Winter Speaker Series nonprofit beneficiaries. Interested organizations can email info@alpenglowsports.com or visit the Alpenglow Sports website for an application.

~ Alpenglow Sports press release

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