News Briefs

New Martis Valley Trail To North Lake Tahoe

TRUCKEE

Placer County officials recently celebrated the grand opening of the Martis Valley Trail in North Lake Tahoe.

The 4.6-mile paved pathway connects the Town of Truckee through the Martis Valley to Northstar Drive, enabling pedestrians and bicyclists the ability to easily trek between these two popular destinations. 

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The project is a collaboration between Placer County and Northstar Community Services District and includes partnerships with the United States Army Corp of Engineers, Truckee Donner Land Trust, and Northstar California/Vail Resorts. U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock was instrumental in gaining final approval for the project.

“The completion of this trail is bittersweet,” McClintock said. “It’s a great feeling to participate in the grand opening of this section of trail after 18 years of effort on the part of so many, but we must do better in the future to streamline federal processes and cut through bureaucratic red tape. Eighteen years is way too long for the construction of a 4-mile trail.”

Washoe Tribe members were also consulted to understand their rich history and concerns with cultural preservation. With continuing input from the tribe, the project incorporates protections of cultural resources and conveys the story of the tribe’s rich history in the Martis Valley through interpretive kiosks on the trail.

The project will ultimately become part of the Resort Triangle Trail, which, when complete, will consist of 62 miles of trails connecting the communities of Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Olympic Valley, Truckee, Martis Valley, and Northstar in a great big loop trail. The trail will be paved and separated from highways and roads to maximize the safety and experience of trail users.

In addition to McClintock, event presenters included Placer County Board of Supervisors Chair and Dist. 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson, Northstar Community Services District General Manager Mike Staudenmayer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District Deputy District Commander Lt. Col. Dianna Lively, Vail Resorts Director of Mountain Planning Jerusha Hall, and Placer County Department of Parks and Open Space Administrator Andy Fisher.

~ Place County press release

CUTTING THE RIBBON: Grand opening of the new Martis Valley trail. Courtesy photo

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Layton Hoffman, Oct. 21, 1938 – July 30, 2022

LAKE TAHOE

Land use attorney Lawrence “Larry” Layton Hoffman, who during his career at Lake Tahoe argued landmark cases all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, died July 30, 2022 in Colorado. He was 83. Born in Los Angeles to Maxine and Charles Hoffman on Oct. 21, 1938, Hoffman graduated from Stanford University and USC Law School, served in the U.S. Navy, and then began a legal career in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office before moving to Lake Tahoe. 

“Larry was an avid and lifelong world traveler,” his obituary noted. “From his private pilot’s license to his international travel retirement in his ‘Born Free’ RV, he reveled in exploring every nook and cranny of all six navigable continents. An enthusiastic outdoorsman, he also shared his love of skiing, hiking, backpacking, and running rivers with his family and friends around the globe.” 

The obituary reports, “In true Larry style, he requested ‘no fanfare.’ Instead, please celebrate his extraordinary life as he would have — on a lake-view deck, cocktail in hand, telling his tales, and having a good laugh.”

Hoffman died at his daughter’s home in Denver. Donations in his honor may be made to The Sugar Pine Foundation.

~ Compiled from the Lawrence “Larry” Layton Hoffman obituary submitted by the family

Labor Day Weekend Drone Light Shows

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

Custom drone light shows over Lake Tahoe are planned to help celebrate Labor Day weekend and the end of summer in Kings Beach and Tahoe City this year. The shows, postponed from Independence Day due to unseasonable weather, will take place after the final concerts of the summer in both locations.

“After having to postpone the drone light shows originally planned over the July 4 holiday in Kings Beach and Tahoe City due to the weather, we’re looking forward to hosting them for our community and visitors over Labor Day weekend,” said Tony Karwowski, president and CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “Community surveys will be used to help us determine how we proceed forward with enhancements or other options around this environmentally friendly celebration in the future.”

On Sept. 2, the North Tahoe Business Association’s final Music on the Beach concert of the season will feature Achilles Wheel from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with the drone light show scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Both events will take place at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

On Sept. 4, the Tahoe City Downtown Association will host the final Concerts at Commons Beach of the summer with a performance by The Blues Monsters from 4to 7 p.m. The drone light show will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Coordinated by professional aerial starlight production vendor Great Lakes Drone Company, the drone light shows will feature custom performances up to 15 minutes in length and choreographed to music. Both will take place over Lake Tahoe, with over 100 drones taking off from and returning to shore at the conclusion of the shows. In addition, backup locations have been identified in the event that weather conditions require it.

Utilizing a combination of TOT and TBID dollars, the shows are made possible by a presenting sponsorship from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and will be produced by the two local business associations. 

~ NLTRA press release 

Johnson Canyon Name Change Made Official 

NEVADA COUNTY

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names, at its Aug. 11 meeting, approved the proposal to change the name of Negro Canyon in Nevada County to Johnson Canyon. The board also agreed to amend the location of the name to apply to the eastern branch rather than the currently named western branch. This agrees with the recommendation of the U.S. Forest Service.

~ U.S. Board of Geographic Names 

Third Annual Wild West Fest on Labor Day Weekend

TRUCKEE

Tahoe Donner will host its third annual Wild West Fest on Sept. 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alder Creek Adventure Center. This family-friendly event is hosted by the Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center. 

Wild West Fest starts at 4:30 p.m. with the Tahoe Donner Wild West Horse Show. Attendees can learn about different horse breeds and riding styles as the horses and riders show off their skills. The Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen Drill Team will follow, performing two arena shows at 4:45 and 6 p.m.

A variety of fun Western-themed activities will be offered throughout the day, including a kid’s craft corral, roping station, pony rides for kids ages 2 to 6, a boot race, family water balloon toss, and an Old West dress-up photo booth.  

Enjoy live music with the eclectic and upbeat Americana sounds of North Lake Tahoe’s own Worn Out Welcome’s “bluegrass adjacent tunes that one can dance and cry to,” playing from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

 An optional Western-style barbecue is available for purchase in advance. Enjoy the country flavors of grilled pork ribs, BBQ chicken drumsticks, pasta salad, baked beans, watermelon, and jalapeño-cheddar cornbread, served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Alder Creek Cafe. Beer and wine can be purchased separately from the Trailside Bar. A vegetarian option is also available for purchase. 

To purchase tickets and see the full event schedule, visit tahoedonner.com/wildwestfest

~ Tahoe Donner press release

Traffic Alert: Extended Closure of SR-89 Eastbound On-ramp 

TRUCKEE 

Caltrans is alerting motorists of an upcoming extended closure of the State Route 89 south on-ramp to eastbound Interstate 80. 

The SR-89 south interstate entrance is scheduled to be closed around the clock from 5 a.m. Aug. 15 through 5 p.m. Sept. 2 for concrete work. Several slabs are being replaced, which requires extended curing times before reopening to traffic. During the closure, a signed detour will direct motorists along Donner Pass Road to Coldstream Road for access to the I-80 eastbound on-ramp.

Motorists are reminded to expect travel delays on I-80 through November for construction activities. Typical delays of 15 to 20 minutes are anticipated when traveling through the work zones on weekdays. However, delays of 25 to 30 minutes are common on Thursday afternoons due to increased weekend travel levels.

The construction activities are part of a $30.6 million project to rehabilitate the existing concrete on I-80 in Truckee, install a westbound auxiliary lane from the SR-89 south on-ramp to the Donner Pass Road off-ramp, install eastbound acceleration lanes from the Donner Pass Road on-ramp and the SR-89 south on-ramp, improve drainage, and upgrade concrete walkways along ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Teichert Construction of Rocklin is the primary contractor for the project, which is scheduled to be completed in this fall. The construction schedule is subject to change based on weather, equipment or material availability, or other unexpected events.

~ CalTrans traffic alert

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

New Executive Team Named as NLTRA Shifts Gears

TAHOE CITY

As it moves from serving as a destination marketing organization to its new charter focused on destination stewardship and management, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association has named three new staff members to its executive leadership team. Kimberly Brown has joined as director of business and community relations, Francois Cazalot as director of finance, and Kirstin Guinn as director of marketing and PR. Along with the director of destination management, the remaining senior-level position still to be filled, the team will help guide the direction and efforts of the organization. Brown, Cazalot, and Guinn will report to NLTRA President and CEO Tony Karwowski.

Brown started in her new role as director of business and community relations on July 18 and is working closely with local businesses and other community stakeholders to help the vibrant North Lake Tahoe business community thrive while also serving as a passionate advocate for destination stewardship. Her responsibilities include business and community advocacy, support and development services, and business educational opportunities. She also has oversight of the NLTRA Visitor Information Centers and staff, as well as regional event sponsorship, and business association contracts.

Cazalot will start in his role as director of finance on Aug. 22. In addition to his extensive Wall Street and ski area finance experience, Cazalot has worked as a firefighter for Cal Fire, fighting some of the largest wildfires in California history. He will oversee the financial operations and planning for the organization, including funding compliance oversight of the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District and Transient Occupancy funds, and the alignment of that spend within the marketing and stewardship goals of the NLTRA.

Guinn will start as the NLTRA’s director of marketing and PR on Sept. 6. As an experienced, results-driven marketing professional in the Tahoe region, Guinn brings a strong understanding of tourism based economy balanced with a passion for preserving the culture, character, and community of North Tahoe, and is eager to put her integrated marketing and communications experience to work in support of those efforts. She will lead the development and execution of marketing campaigns designed to educate visitors and residents about destination stewardship, responsible travel and to encourage mid-week and off-peak season travel in support of a vibrant business community.

Applications are still being accepted for the director of destination management position. The responsibilities of this position include leading the NLTRA’s Destination Management Division as it relates to planning, infrastructure, transportation, capital improvements, and workforce housing development projects for the North Lake Tahoe region. This person will collaboratively research, design, and develop short and long-term initiatives in alignment with the Tourism Master Plan, and destination stewardship projects to improve the visitor experience and economic vitality for the assessed businesses, programs, and projects.

~ NLTRA press release 

Business Briefs

Construction of Tahoe City Lodge to Start 2023

TAHOE CITY

The first new resort hotel development in the last 50 years in Tahoe City, California, is scheduled to begin construction in the spring of 2023. The fully approved Tahoe City

Lodge will include 40 hotel rooms and 65 resort condominiums. Reservations to purchase condominiums are now being accepted. 

Located in the center of North Lake Tahoe, the lodge features stunning views of the lake, Tahoe City Golf Course and surrounding mountains. It is steps from Lake Tahoe’s sandy beaches which are just the beginning of the region’s year-round adventurous Tahoe lifestyle. All within walking distance are the Tahoe City Marina, quaint shopping, local arts and culture, and a range of dining establishments complement the Lodge’s world-class setting. 

The legendary Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley), family-friendly Northstar California and other prominent year-round mountain resorts are a short drive from the doorstep of Tahoe City Lodge.

The lodge will offer a variety of amenities that one would expect within a four-star resort. Benefits and facilities include concierge assistance, a kids club, room service, a street-level restaurant, lakeview bar with inspired cuisine, lounge areas for owners and guests, and other resort-focused features.

Hotel guests or resort condominium owners can pre-arrange a variety of services including gear storage, pre-arrival grocery shopping, childcare, and local dining and activity reservations. 

The condominiums will be delivered professionally decorated, fully furnished, vacation and rental ready. Should they desire, owners may opt  utilize the on-site professional rental management when not staying in their unit.

Daily hotel revenue management and marketing, central reservation service and daily on-site cleaning complement Tahoe City Lodge’s four-star service for the resort condominium owners.

The resort is offering one- to three-bedroom resort condominiums for sale, some with lock-off units. Pricing starts in the $500,000 rage. Fully refundable reservations are now being accepted at tahoecitylodge.com. The lodge is represented by Mike Dunn and Alex West of Chase International Developments.

~ Tahoe City Lodge press release

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