News Briefs

New 25-Cent Cup and Container Fees

TRUCKEE

Starting Jan. 1, 2024, a 25-cent fee will be applied to each disposable cup and food container provided for to-go orders at food establishments in Truckee. These products account for 68% of litter found in the town.

The fee will be applied to single-use takeout cups and containers, plastic boxes, soup containers, coffee cups, and soda cups. The fee will not be applied to foil or paper wraps. Food vendors will retain the fee revenue. Customers can avoid this fee by bringing their own reusable cup or takeout container, or by participating in Truckee’s reusable green box program.

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Customers receiving WIC, EBT, CalFresh/SNAP, or Medi-Cal benefits are exempt from the  25-cent disposable cup and container fee. Eligible customers can simply ask their cashier for the community support exemption and are not required to present documentation showing participation in these programs.

Food establishments will be required to provide all reusable foodware for customers dining in starting Jan. 1. Businesses may apply for a one-year waiver if they have unique challenges implementing this requirement.

The town is also providing grant funding to assist businesses in purchasing reusable foodware and dishwashing equipment. Up to $1,500 is available, and the application deadline has been extended to March 1.

NEW FEES: Bring your own to-go containers at restaurants to avoid extra fees. Courtesy photo

These requirements are included in Truckee’s Single-Use Foodware Reduction Ordinance,  which was adopted by the town council on Nov. 8, 2022. The ordinance includes a ban on the sale and distribution of polystyrene foam products. In addition, starting Jan. 1, accessory foodware items may only be provided if requested by the customer. This includes utensils, chopsticks, condiment cups and packets, straws, stirrers, splash sticks, cocktail sticks, napkins, cup lids, and cup sleeves.

The ordinance will apply to restaurants, food service establishments, coffee shops, bakeries,  bars, drugstores, and grocery stores. The ordinance will not apply to food trucks or special  events.

For more information on the ordinance, visit keeptruckeegreen.org/singleuse.

~ Town of Truckee press release

Tahoe Forest Pharmacy Sees Large Uptick in Prescription Requests

TRUCKEE

With the announcement of local pharmacy closures, the Tahoe Forest Pharmacy is experiencing a significant increase in prescription requests. New and existing customers are strongly encouraged to plan ahead, allowing the team more time to fill the prescriptions as they work to accommodate a greater volume.

“We are doing our absolute best to meet this unexpected need, but we expect a massive influx of new patients and prescriptions,” said Jim Franckum, director of Tahoe Forest Pharmacy. 

Like other businesses in the area, the pharmacy is experiencing a staffing shortage, which when compounded with the upcoming holiday season and winter storms, puts additional stress on resources. 

“Most of our stock comes out of the area, and because inclement winter weather often causes road closures and delays, we ask our customers to please be patient and plan accordingly, as we head into a very busy holiday season,” said Biljana Milicevic, Tahoe Forest Pharmacy manager.

The pharmacy team offers the following tips to its customers to help improve their experience and make delays less inconvenient:

  • Download the RxLocal mobile app to manage prescriptions. Text RXLOCAL to 64890 or visit app.rxlocal.com to get started.
  • Use the pharmacy’s voicemail system to refill your prescriptions by phone: (530) 587-7607.
  • Expect a 24- to 48-hour turnaround time when filling prescriptions
  • Prescriptions will be held for 10 days before being returned to stock, so plan accordingly.

The Tahoe Forest Pharmacy is open 365 days, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., including all holidays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit tfhd.com/pharmacy.

~ TFHD press release

Tahoe Conservation Groups File Lawsuit Against Placer County

AUBURN

Friends of West Shore, tahoecleanair.org, and North Tahoe Preservation Alliance filed a lawsuit against Placer County for failing to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in approving new amendments to its Tahoe Basin Area Plan (TBAP). 

Placer County adopted the amendments to its 2016-developed Tahoe Basin Area Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on Oct. 31, 2023, using an addendum process to CEQA rather than a subsequent EIR, which is required because of the numerous changes and increased safety threats that have occurred since 2016.

The conservation groups contend that Placer County has an obligation to prepare a subsequent EIR for the amendments to the TBAP as required by Public Resources Code section 21166 and CEQA Guidelines, section 15162(a).

“If Placer County truly cares about protecting the environment and the impacted community’s public safety, and not just developer profit margins, it will act now to prepare an EIR. Placer County has so far refused, only providing an environmental checklist. The county has ignored thousands of pages of public comment during hearings. Now it’s time for a judge to decide,” said Ann Nichols, North Tahoe Preservation Alliance president. 

The addendum fails to analyze new and more severe impacts associated with the amendments, including:

  • impacts associated with existing conditions with regards to traffic, wildfire danger, visitation, and more;
  • emergency evacuation responder access;
  • current CEQA Guidance for Analyzing and Mitigating Wildfire Impacts of Development Projects;
  • cumulative impacts of other approved but not yet constructed projects;
  • impact of the proposed reduction in parking requirements.

“No data-driven, worst-case fire evacuation capacity based plan currently exists. Communities are gravely concerned about the current unsafe gridlock on our two-lane roads which will only be exacerbated by these amendments making evacuations that much more difficult,” said Doug Flaherty, a retired fire battalion chief, and tahoecleanair.org president.

~ Friends of West Shore, tahoecleanair.org, and North Tahoe Preservation Alliance press release

New Accessory Dwelling Unit Incentive Programs

TRUCKEE

On Nov. 28, Truckee town council approved four new and updated accessory dwelling unit (ADU) incentive programs to supplement the existing ADU Program. The goal of Truckee’s ADU program is to encourage the permitting of existing unpermitted ADUs, and to increase the inventory of ADUs as a means of expanding affordable, long-term housing within existing neighborhoods. By offering a range of resources, including technical assistance, educational resources, information, and incentives, the ADU program aims to make it easier for Truckee residents to create new units and permit existing ADUs.

For new ADU creation, incentive programs include a $50,000 forgivable loan, a low-interest PLHA-funded loan of up to $50,000 to eligible homeowners, and an ADU master plan reimbursement.

For permitting existing, unpermitted ADUs, a $25,000 forgivable loan product provides eligible homeowners with forgivable loan funds of up to $25,000 to permit existing unpermitted ADUs and junior ADUs. A $1,000 mini-grant is available for existing and new ADUs. The Lease to Locals program allows eligible homeowners to earn up to $18,000 by renting an ADU or JADU to an income-qualified local worker.

California Housing Finance Agency has issued additional funding for its ADU grant program starting Dec. 11, 2023. Participants can get up to $40,000 to assist with ADU construction pre-development costs and non-recurring closing costs.

Funding is limited and past ADU grants have run out quickly so applicants should act fast to begin the process of receiving funding. Eligible homeowners must meet certain criteria in order to benefit from the incentive programs.

For questions about the Town of Truckee ADU Incentive Programs, contact Lynn Baumgartner, housing program analyst at housing@townoftruckee.com or (530) 582-2492. Visit townoftruckee.com/adu to learn more about the town’s ADU program.

~ Town of Truckee press release

Community Alliance Launches Annual Grant Cycle

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

The North Tahoe Community Alliance launched its Annual Grant Cycle as part of its Community Investment Program. Designed to fund projects and programs for one year, with the potential to kickstart longer initiatives, this grant cycle is geared toward projects ready for immediate implementation upon approval. Grant workshops will be held on Dec. 13 (9 to 11 a.m.) in person at NTCA’s Visitor Center in Tahoe City, and via Zoom on Dec. 14 (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) for applicants to learn more about the process and ask questions.

“The Annual Grant Cycle is the second phase of the NTCA’s Community Investment Program, and will allocate up to $5.8 million in funding for projects, programs, and services that benefit North Lake Tahoe residents, businesses, and visitors,” said Tara Hetz, NTCA Grant Framework manager. 

The annual grant cycle will be used to strategically reinvest funds generated by the TOT-TBID Dollars At Work program in support of programs and projects that achieve community vitality, economic health, and environmental sustainability.

Applicants will be required to indicate which priority area(s) they are positively impacting, including community enhancement and visitor integration infrastructure, environmental stewardship and mitigation of tourism impact, transportation, workforce housing, and trails.

Grant applications will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. Eligible applicants will be required to present to committees convened by the NTCA in February. Funding decisions will be made and applicants notified in April 2024.

Learn more about the NTCA’s Community Investment Program and preferred investment opportunities that will be awarded through the Annual Grant Cycle here.

~ NTCA press release

Pet Network Adoption Fees Waived in December

INCLINE VILLAGE

For the month of December, all adoptions at Pet Network will be sponsored by the Gately Family Foundation. There will be no adoption fees for any of the animals looking for their new homes. Additionally, the Gately Family Foundation is providing a voucher for veterinary care at Pet Network Community Hospital, ensuring the well-being and health of the adopted animals.

The initiative is an invitation for the community to find the perfect pet. From pups to kittens and mature pets seeking loving families, there’s a wide array of animals waiting to be adopted into warm, safe, and loving homes.

FIND YOUR PET: Pet Network adoption fees are waived for the month of December. Courtesy photo

“By adopting from Pet Network this December, you’re not just giving a home to an animal in need, you’re also becoming a part of a wonderful journey filled with companionship and unconditional love. I am so grateful for the generosity of the Gately Family Foundation because they allow us to further our mission,” said Simi Balter, executive director.

Visit petnetwork.org to explore the profiles of the animals awaiting adoption.

~ Pet Network Humane Society press release

TTUSD Discontinues Adult School

TRUCKEE

In a move aimed at optimizing resources and ensuring a more impactful educational experience for its primary student body, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) has made the decision to discontinue its Tahoe Truckee Community Adult School effective at the start of the 2024/25 school year. This decision is rooted in the district’s commitment to providing effective and meaningful education for all students, enabling them to reach their full potential.

Opportunities through alternate educational resources remain available for Truckee/North Tahoe community members seeking adult education. The Truckee Library Adult Literacy and ESL Program will continue to offer free GED course support, tutoring, ESL courses, and ESL tutoring. Additionally, numerous in-person instruction and testing opportunities are available through neighboring institutions involved in the Sierra Joint Consortium, including the Placer School for Adults and the Roseville Adult School. These institutions provide online and in-person high school diploma completion and GED support classes, along with a range of Career and Technical Education pathways that were not available in the TTUSD adult education program.

For more information and to be connected with appropriate resources during this transition, community members are welcome to contact TTUSD’s Educational Services department at info@ttusd.org or (530) 582-2500.

~ TTUSD press release

Far West Auction and Raffle Tickets Now on Sale

TAHOE CITY

West Nordic Ski Education Association’s holiday bazaar, dinner, entertainment, and silent auction will take place at the Tahoe Yacht Club in Tahoe City on Sunday, Dec. 17. Bid on prizes and enjoy a hearty meal of sausage and sauerkraut from Men Wielding Fire. Bernie Nelson, former U.S. National Team Coach and current Far West Junior Coach with ASC, is the featured guest speaker.

This year, the auction has been scheduled on the same weekend as the first Junior National qualifying races of the season at Auburn Ski Club, making it easier for those Far West members from out of the Tahoe area to attend. 

Tickets are $50 for adults and $35 for youths; $5 discount for Far West members. The event runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at farwestnordic.org/auction and will be available at the door. A vegetarian dinner option will also be available.

Prize items include puffy jackets, gift cards, skis, poles, backpacks stuffed with men’s and women’s wear, a one-year subscription to Nordic Team Solutions, a World Cup bib signed by JC Schoonmaker, and two Evoke Endurance six-week training plans with two-time Olympian Ben Husaby.

This year’s auction will have a virtual component as well, with bidding on items opening on Dec. 10. There will be a number of special prizes reserved exclusively for in-person bidding at the main event. Bidding in the silent auction ends promptly at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17. Proceeds benefit Far West Nordic Ski Education Association.

~ Far West Nordic press release

Truckee River Trail Murals Approved

TAHOE CITY

The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 28 approved a project proposal to place two murals along a section of the Truckee River Trail passing under the Truckee River Bridge.

Known as the Truckee River Bridge Mural Project, the proposed artwork would be located beneath the bridge at each side along the trail’s undercrossings, visible to those using the trail or river. The project proposal was brought forward by the nonprofit Fox Cultural Hall, formerly Arts For The Schools, which has served the North Lake Tahoe region for nearly 40 years.

Creating the proposed murals requires a public agency such as Placer County to complete a Caltrans transportation art proposal application, as the mural is within the Caltrans bridge structure. The board’s approval authorizes the county’s Department of Public Works to submit an application for the project. If the application is approved, the project leaders will return to the board to request authorization for the required agreements and encroachment permit application.

Earlier this year, the nonprofit released a call for artists, soliciting mural proposals that reflect at least one of three key themes of environmental stewardship, local history, or cultural heritage. 

The designs were chosen by an evaluation committee consisting of representatives from Fox Cultural Hall, local artists, Placer County, the Tahoe City Downtown Association, and the Tahoe City Public Utility District. The committee considered input from more than 500 community members before selecting the two winning proposals: The Light by Frida Ticehurst Rivenbark and Tyler J. Rivenbark, and A Dip Into the Truckee River Ecosystem by Bryn Merrell and Alex Bailey.

Fox Cultural Hall will fund the creation, installation, and removal (if needed) of the murals through grants, donations, and other fundraising efforts. To learn more about this project, visit Fox Cultural Hall’s website here.

~ Placer County press release

Nisenan Tribe Receives First-Ever Government Donation

NEVADA CITY

A $5,000 donation was delivered to the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe by Nevada City, the first government entity to donate to the Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program. Presented by city representatives, the check was delivered in person to Shelly Covert, NCR spokesperson and executive director of the tribally guided nonprofit California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project, or CHIRP.

‘Uba Seo: Nisenan Arts and Culture Center in downtown Nevada City hosted the reception highlighting Mayor Daniela Fernandez. “This is a way for us to bring land acknowledgment to life. I hope this is a call-to-action to the cities of Grass Valley and the county to do the same,” Fernandez said.

She was joined by Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council Elders Virginia Covert, current vice chair and former chairwoman of the tribal council, and tribal council members Lorena Davis and Sarah Thomas. Nevada City council member Lou Ceci, city manager Sean Grayson, police chief Dan Foss, and deputy city clerk Gaby Christakes were also in attendance. City manager Sean Grayson shared that the city council allocates money to support a number of nonprofits and community groups. 

“The community agency was established as a department within the city budget to provide transparency in the city’s allocation of funding for community service organizations, cultural and historical activities, community events, and other activities in which the city council determines there is a public interest. Monies within the fund can come from a number of sources, generally grants or the general fund,” Grayson said. 

~ CHIRP press release

Lower Secline Water Quality Improvement Project Complete

TAHOE CITY

Placer County celebrated the completion of the Lower Secline Water Quality Improvement Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Kings Beach.

The project brought needed drainage infrastructure to both Secline Street and Brockway Vista Drive to help prevent an estimated 2,000 pounds of sediment runoff from reaching Lake Tahoe per year. It also stabilized both roadways and added pavement, curbs and gutters, new sidewalks, and parking for beachgoers.

The Lower Secline Water Quality Improvement Project is one of the final phases of the Kings Beach Water Quality Project, which the county has implemented over the last two decades.

RIBBON CUTTING: Community leaders celebrate the completion of the Lower Secline Water Quality Improvement Project. Courtesy photo

The event featured speakers from Placer County, including Placer County District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson and Department of Public Works engineering manager Ryan Decker, as well as Tahoe Regional Planning Agency environmental improvement program coordinator Shannon Friedman.

“This is such an important project as we strive to protect water clarity for Lake Tahoe and our communities,” said Gustafson. “We’ve made tremendous progress to restore Lake Tahoe’s clarity to historic levels with projects like this and it really takes a partnership between many groups to make that happen.”

The project also included paving the access way to the front of the North Tahoe Public Utility District sewer lift station, which is adjacent to the right of way on Secline Street.

The Tahoe Basin Area Plan calls for a 10-foot-wide multi-purpose trail along Brockway Vista Avenue and the project is designed to accommodate this trail.

For more information visit the Lower Secline Water Quality Improvement project website here.

~ Placer County press release

Community Alliance Accepting Applications for Event Funding

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

The North Tahoe Community Alliance is accepting applications for grant sponsorship funding of events that are scheduled to take place in North Lake Tahoe between May 1 and July 30, 2024. The funds, generated by the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District (NLT-TBID), will support events that promote community vitality, environmental stewardship, and economic health in the region.

Submission criteria and the application process are outlined on the NTCA website, with January 22, 2024, being the deadline to submit. New events and events that have not previously been funded are encouraged to apply.

Preferred investments include events that:

  • feature human-powered sports, arts, culture, or are health/wellness-focused
  • create community vitality
  • utilize the local workforce and resources/vendors
  • have a positive economic impact
  • support local nonprofits
  • increase brand awareness of North Lake Tahoe
  • support longer lengths of stay, shoulder season visitation, and that draw people into the mountains in summer and toward the lake in winter

At the recommendation of the volunteer chamber advisory committee, the NTCA Board of Directors awarded $192,000 in sponsorship funding, generated by the NLT-TBID, to six events scheduled to take place in North Lake Tahoe in early 2024. Scoring and funding prioritization were based on how the events contribute to and benefit economic health, community vitality and environmental stewardship. Each event’s traffic management and sustainability plans were also evaluated, with organizers responsible for identifying and outlining how they will mitigate the impacts of tourism on the community and environment. Learn more about the events funded here.

~ NTCA press release

Former CEO of Sacramento Nonprofit Indicted

SACRAMENTO

The former CEO of a Sacramento nonprofit was arrested Dec. 7, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. On Nov. 16, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Richard Alan Abrusci, 45, of South Lake Tahoe, charging him with nine counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and three counts of monetary transactions with proceeds of specified unlawful activity.

According to court documents, in 2014, Abrusci began working at a nonprofit organization that operates a chain of retail stores in California and Nevada. Abrusci became the chief operating officer of the organization in 2016 and its president and CEO in 2018.

From 2016 to 2021, Abrusci fraudulently caused the nonprofit organization and one of its subsidiaries to pay approximately $1.4 million to Resolution Arrangement Services (RAS). RAS consisted of nothing more than a fictitious business name that Abrusci registered in 2008 and a bank account that he opened the same year. 

The payments to RAS were supposedly for information-technology services, helping to facilitate settlement of a lawsuit, and assisting the nonprofit organization in running call centers for the State of California during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, RAS provided none of the services for which it billed the nonprofit organization and its subsidiary.

This case is the product of an investigation by IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas M. Fogg is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Abrusci faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the nine counts of wire fraud. Additionally, he faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each of the three counts of monetary transactions with proceeds of specified unlawful activity. Finally, he faces a consecutive two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft.

~ U.S. DOJ press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

New Chief of Staff/Clerk Position Created for Nevada County 

NEVADA CITY

In response to the coming retirement of longtime clerk of the board Julie Patterson Hunter, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors has added duties to the position and retitled it chief of staff/clerk of the board.

Jeffrey Thorsby, a senior management analyst who has worked for the county since 2015, will  assume the new position. Supervisors said they selected him for the job because of his  extensive knowledge of board activities and his experience in advocating on policy issues at the  state and federal level. Thorsby starts the new position on Dec. 31.

The move comes after a year of deliberations concerning the optimal path forward to maintain  the performance of that office.

Patterson Hunter served the supervisors for more than 19 years, including eight years as clerk of the board. Hunter was engaged with multiple state organizations, most notably the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association. She met rigorous education, experience, and service criteria in 2017 to become a certified clerk of the board and is one of  only eight clerks currently active in the state to achieve that designation.

~ Nevada County press release

District Health Officer to Retire

RENO/SPARKS

Kevin Dick, district health officer for Northern Nevada Public Health (NNPH), has announced his plans to retire March 31, 2024, capping an almost 40-year career in public health and 11 years leading NNPH, formerly Washoe County Health District. Dick will remain in his position through March 31 and then assist in the leadership transition after holding the role as district health officer since 2013.

“Becoming the district health officer in Washoe County was never my expectation, but it certainly has been an honor and extremely fulfilling,” Dick said.

Dick led the organization to national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board in 2019, a program considered the national standard for public health in the United States. Under his leadership, the district saw tremendous successes.

“We owe Kevin Dick a great deal of gratitude for the work he has done for our community, not just through the pandemic, but long before and after,” said district board of health (DBOH) chair Kristopher Dahir.

The DBOH, the governing body of NNPH, will bring in an independent firm to conduct a national search to hire the next district health officer. The person stepping into the role will oversee an organization that has continued to grow and flourish during times of government contraction, and one that has revived trust within the Northern Nevada community.

~ NNPH press release

Business Briefs

Zander’s The Bottle Shop Opens

TRUCKEE

Zander’s The Bottle Shop is open for business in the West Truckee Center at 12047 Donner Pass Rd., next to Tahoe Mountain Fitness. Although still undergoing minor construction, the store welcomes customers before its grand opening celebration on Dec. 15 from 3 to 9 p.m. Attendees can expect spirit tastings and food.

Tina Zander, former owner of Zander’s Spirits, sold her company to Soaring Seven, owned by Stacey Larson and Jaime Lagare, both Truckee locals. Tina will remain a key figure in the new business, working in the store alongside her son, Peter. 

“We wanted to expand on the legacy of Zander’s Spirits, carrying on their philosophy of having unique bottles and personalized customer service,” Larson said.

The new location offers double the square footage and twice the selection of Zander’s Spirits. It features a variety of products, including a full selection of mixers for craft cocktails and an extensive range of non-alcoholic wines, sparkling wines, spirits, and beer.

Additionally, Zander’s The Bottle Shop has acquired an educational license, enabling them to offer in-store tastings. A unique feature of the shop is its etching room, where customers can personalize bottles with engraved messages.

The move to the West Truckee Center was intentional. “We want to help revitalize the west end of Truckee,” Larson said. 

~ TC

Mountaineer Turns Five

OLYMPIC VALLEY

When Mountaineer launched in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows in 2018, the goal was to make it easy to get around the Palisades Tahoe resort community during the winter months without a car. To accomplish this, Mountaineer Transit Company was formed as a nonprofit collaborative effort of Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows’ homeowner associations, lodging properties, and Palisades Tahoe ski resort. Five years later, MTC has not only achieved their goal, other regional Tahoe/Truckee jurisdictions and communities were inspired to adopt their own microtransit services operated by Downtowner.

Mountaineer’s success in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows prompted Placer and Washoe counties to engage Downtowner and launch TART Connect in Eastern Placer County, Incline Village, and Crystal Bay in summer 2021. The Town of Truckee followed in June 2022 with the expansion of TART Connect, and in July 2022, South Lake Tahoe introduced its microtransit service, Lake Link.

FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: Mountaineer provides free shuttles between Palisades Tahoe and Alpine. Courtesy photo

Today, the cumulative effort of these microtransit services have provided rides to over 1,269,235 passengers (through Nov. 28). In Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, Mountaineer has taken 49,495 cars off the road and reduced Vehicle Miles Traveled by 83,556 miles since its inception. In a total of 506 operating days, nearly 300,000 passengers have taken over 143,000 rides, and during the 2022-23 season, and 87,219 passengers used Mountaineer to get around the two valleys.

“Mountaineer shifted the status quo. Tahoe used to be a destination where you absolutely had to bring a car — whether it was rented at the airport, or driven in from elsewhere. This is not so anymore,” said Stephen Murray, co-founder of Downtowner.

This winter in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, Mountaineer’s free on-demand service will operate 12 nine-passenger, dog-friendly vans equipped with ski/snowboard racks from Dec. 8, 2023 through April 7, 2024. Passengers can request rides through the Mountaineer app, which is free to download. Learn more about Mountaineer and view its operating schedule at mountaineertransit.org.

~ Mountaineer press release

Ski Butlers Donates to Tahoe Fund

TAHOE CITY

This winter, guests who ski or ride in the Tahoe region can skip the rental lines and have equipment delivered directly to their door through Ski Butlers. The rental delivery company is also donating 20% of rental fees for reservations made through the Tahoe Fund portal to support environmental improvement projects.

“We love partnering with innovative businesses that give back to the places that they serve,” said Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO. “Ski Butlers is not only giving people who spend time on the slopes here in Tahoe a new way to get their rental equipment, they are also offering a quick and easy way to give back to our local environment.”

This new partnership is part of the Tahoe Fund’s $1 for Tahoe program. Created to offer a simple way for those who love Tahoe to help make it even better, the $1 for Tahoe program raises money to restore and improve the environment and enhance recreational opportunities. Proceeds from the $1 for Tahoe program support the efforts of the Tahoe Fund in its mission to improve the Lake Tahoe environment for all to enjoy.

BLUEBIRD DAY: A skier enjoys a winter run in Tahoe, with ski delivery provided by Ski Butlers. Courtesy photo

“Ski Butlers is proud to partner with the Tahoe Fund to provide ski rentals to the people of Tahoe and help their sustainability efforts,” said Tyler Jamieson, Ski Butlers’ West Coast director. “Lake Tahoe is such a special place and being able to give back and help the environment is something that we deeply value.”

Ski Butlers has skis and snowboards available for every age, ability, terrain, and condition. The company delivers equipment directly to the reserver’s accommodations, provides an in-residence fitting, and picks up equipment at the end of the rental session.

Visit skibutlers.com/portal/tahoe-fund to reserve equipment and give 20% to the Tahoe Fund. For questions, contact the Ski Butlers team at reservations@skibutlers.com or by calling (877) 754-7754, and mention the Tahoe Fund. 

~ Tahoe Fund press release

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