News Briefs

Nisenan Tribe Land Purchase Opportunity

GRASS VALLEY

The Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe has a time-limited opportunity to purchase a land parcel encompassing 232 acres located on a historic Nisenan Village site called Yulića near Nevada City. This is the tribe’s best opportunity to re-establish a homeland in more than half a century. A fundraising goal of $2.4 million includes the purchase price, government-mandated improvements, and an operating endowment. Phase 1 fundraising: $1.5 million by April 4. 

CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project) entered into a purchase agreement on Jan. 8, 2023, and the funds to purchase must be raised by April 4. If the tribe is unable to raise the funds, the owner must list the property on the open market.

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The property includes over 20 buildings, including a meeting center, offices, classrooms, homes, a dining hall, commercial kitchen, pottery studio, maintenance buildings, a creek, medicine and grinding rocks, and hiking trails.

This opportunity will allow the tribe to return to its land and re-establish:

  • Housing for elders and other tribal members
  • Ceremonial spaces
  • Reconnecting traditional practices for today’s tribal members
  • A community center for tribal meetings
  • Cultural education and activities for tribal members and the public
  • An interpretive center
  • A performance pavilion 
  • Cultural, arts, and crafts facilities and classes
  • Wellness center, traditional healing spaces
  • Environmental protection and education
  • Gardens, indigenous food, traditional medicinal, and craft plant cultivation

Everyone is invited to support the tribe’s effort by donating and sharing. Make an online donation at gofundme.com/f/homeland-fund-initiative. If you’d like to make a larger donation, checks can be made to CHIRP (memo line: homeland return) and mailed to: CHIRP, P.O. Box 2624, Nevada City, CA 95959

REESTABLISHING HOMELANDS: The Nisenan Tribe has a time-limited opportunity to purchase a land parcel near Nevada City. Courtesy photo

For more information, contact Shelly Covert, tribal spokesperson, Nevada City Rancheria and executive director, CHIRP at info@chirpca.org or (530) 237-0707.

NOTE: All funds raised for purchasing the Woolman land will be applied exclusively for the identification and purchase of a property that fits the needs identified by the tribe, should the Woolman land purchase fall through for any reason.

~ Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe press release

Take Nevada County’s Housing Survey

NEVADA COUNTY

Residents, employees, and employers of Nevada County are encouraged to complete an online housing-needs survey. Results will assist the county in developing strategies to address housing needs in the community.  

“Housing is a top concern, and we want to do everything we can to help solve this issue,” said Supervisor Hardy Bullock, board chair.  “The community’s participation in this survey will help us decide where best to spend our energy to develop solutions.”   

The survey will be open through Feb. 22, and is available in English and Spanish. Results are collected confidentially and anonymously. The survey can be found at:  nevadacountyca.gov/housingsurvey

~ Nevada County enews

Become a Fire-Adapted Community

LAKE TAHOE 

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District, a member of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, is encouraging homeowners and residents at Lake Tahoe to participate in the Tahoe Network of Fire-Adapted Community program in 2024. The initiative focuses on creating Fire-Adapted Communities through a multifaceted approach that includes physical measures like home hardening, defensible space, prevention, planning, education, and Firewise certification.

The Firewise USA recognition program, administered by the National Fire Protection Association, plays a crucial role in a national effort to ensure communities are well-prepared against the threat of wildfires. The program recognizes communities that demonstrate a commendable commitment to fire prevention and mitigation. In 2024, congratulations are extended to the 32 neighborhoods within the Tahoe Basin that have received their Firewise USA recognition. Among the neighborhoods are Agate Bay, Carnelian Woods Townhouse Association, Chinquapin HOA, Dollar Point Association, Glenbrook Community, Granlibakken Property Owners Association, Homewood Homeowners Association, The Village at Incline HOA, and more. 

“Creating a Fire-Adapted Community with your neighbors is crucial to effective fire prevention and mitigation and empowers property owners to play a role in changing the narrative around preventing property loss and increasing safety,” said Leona Allen, Fire-Adapted Community and Firewise leader. “The process also allows neighbors to enhance the health of their environment, build stronger community bonds and potentially receive reduced fire insurance rates.” 

PREPARING FOR WILDFIRE: Thirty-two neighborhoods within the Tahoe Basin have received their Firewise USA recognition. Courtesy photo

To learn more about becoming Firewise USA certified, visit the NFPA website at nfpa.org/education-and-research/wildfire/firewise-usa and contact the Fire-Adapted Community Program, Tahoe Resource Conservation District via email at fire@tahoercd.org or by phone at (530) 543-1501 ext. 114. 

~ Tahoe Resource Conservation District press release

County to Launch Environmental Review of Boatworks at Tahoe Redevelopment

TAHOE CITY

The Placer County Community Development Resource Agency and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency have issued a joint notice of preparation for an environmental impact report and environmental impact study for the Boatworks at Tahoe project. The proposed redevelopment project in eastern Placer sits on a 3.8-acre site between state Route 28 and Lake Tahoe in downtown Tahoe City.

The public will have an opportunity to review the notice of preparation and provide comments between now and Feb. 29. The county will hold a public environmental scoping meeting at the Tahoe City Public Utilities District Conference Room, at 4 p.m. on Feb. 26. The meeting will also be held virtually via Zoom.

Proposed by applicant Boatworks at Tahoe, the project site is located on the southeast side of North Lake Boulevard, north of Grove Street and west of the Safeway and CVS shopping center. The proposed project would redevelop the existing Boatworks Mall, the Inn at Boatworks, and the El Dorado Savings Bank building with mixed-use development that would include 79 hotel units, 29 residential condominiums, independent commercial spaces, and a full-service spa.

The proposed hotel would also include new restaurants, conference facilities, event space, and a rooftop bar. The project would be served by underground parking with both valet and self-park.

TRPA will also hold a scoping meeting for the project Feb. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Advisory Planning Commission meeting at the TRPA Offices, 128 Market St., Stateline, Nevada, and via Zoom. The project will be placed as a consent item on the Feb. 28 agenda for the TRPA Governing Board meeting. Find those details by clicking here.

Written comments can be submitted before Thursday, Feb. 29, at 5 p.m. via email to cdraecs@placer.ca.gov or by mail to:

Shirlee Herrington
Environmental Coordination Services, CDRA
3091 County Center Dr., Ste. 190
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 745-3132
Fax: (530) 745-3080

A copy of the notice of preparation can be accessed online at placer.ca.gov/9561/boatworks-at-lake-tahoe-environmental-im.

~ Placer County press release

New Class Scholarship Program

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Roundhouse Community Makerspace announced its new Class Scholarship Program, reinforcing its commitment to making creative space, technology, and tools accessible to everyone in the community.

The program awards $275 per individual per quarter, enabling recipients to enroll in any available classes across their five workshops of wood, metal, textiles, ceramics, and technology. Individuals can apply for up to two scholarships per year.

This initiative is designed to provide educational opportunities for individuals demonstrating financial need and a desire to use the Truckee Roundhouse for personal or professional growth.

To be eligible, applicants must be 16 years of age or older, submit an application, and demonstrate financial need based on household size, employment status, and a statement of need.

Preferential consideration will be given to residents of the North Lake Tahoe area, including Incline Village, Truckee, and summit areas. Priority will be given to residents showcasing a genuine commitment to utilizing the space for self-improvement and growth.

Upon receipt and use of the scholarship, applicants are required to complete an impact survey.

For questions and assistance before completing the application, email info@truckeeroundhouse.org.

Funding for this program is made possible through contributions from a variety of community partners, including the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund at the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and the Martis Camp Foundation.

~ Truckee Roundhouse press release

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Receives Award

SACRAMENTO

The Sacramento chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar International (WTS) gave its 2023 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Transportation Equity Study. Sacramento WTS leaders presented the award to TRPA staff at the annual awards and scholarship event in Sacramento.

Many citizens are underrepresented in traditional transportation planning and TRPA is working to ensure all Lake Tahoe community members are heard and engaged. Surveys of Tahoe’s small, rural communities show at least 30% of residents are underrepresented. Many live below the poverty line and nearly 1,000 households have no access to a car.

ROSA PARKS AWARD: Lead staff on the transportation equity study Victoria Ortiz, left, and Kira Richardson, right, accept the award at the Women’s Transportation Seminar International event in Sacramento. Photo courtesy Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Lead staff for the equity study, Senior Transportation Planner Kira Richardson and Community Engagement Manager Victoria Ortiz, accepted the award on behalf of the agency alongside Kendall Flint of DKS Associates, the project consultant.

The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award honors organizations seeking to promote diversity and cultural awareness in the transportation industry. TRPA completed the first-ever Transportation Equity Study for the Lake Tahoe Region in 2023. The study team conducted multilingual community engagement to improve TRPA’s connection with underserved communities and to understand how transportation planning and decision-making can remove inequities.

The equity study brings forward a suite of policy recommendations such as improving winter access to work, recreation, and services by providing transit shelters and cleared sidewalks and pathways. The study also includes an interactive story map to educate the public and help guide transportation projects and plans, including the Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan update underway this year. 

~ TRPA press release

Report Released for Idaho Maryland Mine

NEVADA CITY

The Nevada County Planning Department released the staff report and notice of public hearing for the proposed Idaho Maryland Mine – Rise Grass Valley Project, scheduled for public hearing at the board of supervisors special meeting on Feb. 15. 

At the meeting, the supervisors will hear presentations from staff and the applicant as well as take public comment. The board is expected to ask questions of the staff and the applicant before entering deliberations on whether to approve or deny the application to reopen  the Idaho Maryland Mine – Rise Grass Valley.  

This special board meeting follows the May 10-11, 2023, planning commission public hearing, where the commission recommended that supervisors deny the project and the final  environmental impact report.  

To encourage public participation and attendance, the board will extend its meeting into the  evening on Thursday, Feb. 15, ending at approximately 7 p.m. Members of the public who cannot attend during work hours are urged to attend in the evening.  

The public can submit written comments by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, to be considered by the supervisors before they make their determination. Written comments submitted after 4 p.m. on  Feb. 14 (including written comments submitted during the meeting) will not be  considered by the board prior to deliberation. However, all written comments submitted by the conclusion of the hearing will become part of the public record. Email comments to bos.publiccomment@nevadacountyca.gov. Mail comments to the Nevada County Clerk of the Board at 950 Maidu Ave., Ste. 200, Nevada City, CA 95959. 

Public hearing details: 

  • When: Thursday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., and may continue to Friday, Feb. 16, beginning at 9 a.m., if needed. 
  • Where: Eric Rood Administrative Center, board of supervisor chamber, first floor, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. 

View live online on Nevada County’s YouTube channel

The public can review the project-related documents and final EIR at nevadacountyca.gov/immrise.

~ Nevada County press release

Placer County Seeks Election Aides

AUBURN

As the March 5 Presidential Primary Election approaches, the Placer County Elections Office is urgently seeking members of the community to serve at their local vote centers during the in-person election period.

With their recent adoption of the Voter’s Choice Act election model, the elections office now provides multiple days of in-person voting at 29 vote centers located throughout the county. Seven of these vote centers will be open for 11 days (including election day), beginning Feb. 24, with the remaining 22 locations open for four days (including election day), beginning March 2. 

Expanding in-person voting opportunities requires an adjustment to how vote centers are staffed. Rather than volunteers who were offered a small stipend for their service, those who are selected to work elections are now hired on as county employees who earn an hourly wage for a certain number of consecutive days, depending on the vote center they’re assigned to. Paid training is provided to those who apply and are accepted.

For more information and to apply, visit jobapscloud.com/placer and look for the job listings titled election aide and election aide — senior. For questions, call the Placer County Elections Office at (530) 886-5650 or email them at election@placer.ca.gov.

~ Placer County press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Miller Retires From Civil Service Commission

PLACERVILLE

On Dec. 4, after 36 years of service with 34 as chair, Ed Miller announced the resignation of his position on the El Dorado County Civil Service Commission.

“I am very proud of and have thoroughly enjoyed my years of service to the people of El Dorado County and with my colleagues on the commission and county staff,” Miller shared in a statement. “I am grateful to the many District 5 county supervisors who appointed and reappointed me over the years.”

Miller said he’s retiring for personal reasons.

~ AH

Business Briefs

New Physical Therapy Clinic Opens

TRUCKEE

Ascent Tahoe Physical Therapy and Performance Training, co-founded by Shawnee Wood and Kerry Nolan, is open in the CR Johnson Healing Center at 10775 Pioneer Trail in Truckee. Ascent Tahoe offers a full spectrum of care, including screening individuals prior to injury, addressing potential injury risk factors, treating with consistency through the rehabilitation process, and returning individuals to activity and performance. Wood and Nolan have a professional history of working in the hospital system and other physical therapy facilities. 

Wood, who grew up in Lake Tahoe, is a physical therapist with a passion to improve longevity of sport and help active individuals of all ages rehab injuries back to full performance. With a background in neuroscience and yoga, she treats all athletes inclusive of spinal cord injury with the nervous system in mind. She enjoys working with active individuals from dog walkers to high level endurance athletes. 

Nolan is a physical therapist with a background in treating athletes of all ages and levels of sport. She has a certification in powerlifting and weightlifting, and focuses on education and active treatment to help her athletes feel a sense of confidence, resilience, and self-efficacy. 

They offer one-on-one physical therapy evaluations, sessions with specialized plans of care, and in-person strength and conditioning programs (individual, group, or full athletic team). Remote individualized programming is available through a mobile application.

Ascent Tahoe caters to each individual athletes’ goals without being restricted by rules and schedules of large medical systems or insurance companies. They offer individualized exercise programs to help clients feel more self reliant and confident in their activities. Find more information at ascenttahoe.com

~ TC

Moore Team Joins Mountain Luxury Properties

TAHOE CITY

Mountain Luxury Properties recently joined with Lake Tahoe real estate group, the Moore Team, consisting of Mark Moore, Kimberly Boyle, Brendan Boyle, and Monica Smith. They have also joined the Tahoe City Downtown Association to become more involved with the Tahoe City community. 

The Moore Team has over 50 years of combined experience and $250 million in sales within the last five years. They specialize in selling luxury, lakefront, and lake view properties. Their knowledge spans the North and West shores of Lake Tahoe, positioning them as an asset to the Mountain Luxury Properties family. 

MOUNTAIN LUX recently welcomed to its team The Moore Team, a top producing real estate team that has deep roots in the Tahoe City Community. Pictured here, left to right, Monica Smith, Mark Moore, Kim Boyle, and Brendan Boyle. Courtesy photo

“Mountain Luxury Properties is a powerful team of successful agents in the Lake Tahoe area, and they care about being involved in our local community, which was really important to us as well,” said Kimberly Boyle, the Moore Team. “We are elated to join the Mountain Lux family and be a part of its growing success.”

Mountain Luxury Properties and the Moore Team are fueled by a collective appreciation for Lake Tahoe, the stories embedded in every property, and the cultural tapestry that defines the community.

~ TC 

Alterra Mountain Company to Acquire Colorado Ski Resort

DENVER

Alterra Mountain Company has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, from Dream Unlimited Corp., expanding Alterra’s portfolio of destinations in the Rockies.

Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s Chief operating officer who has been with A-Basin for 36 years, will continue on to lead the resort, overseeing daily operations as well as leadership of future capital improvement plans, which include expanding parking and snowmaking.

“A-Basin has a long time and loyal following among skiers and riders in Colorado and we care deeply about the culture of A-Basin that brings them back,” said Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin. “We have worked with Alterra Mountain Company since 2019 when we joined the Ikon Pass community, and we have every faith that Alterra is committed to helping us maintain A-Basin’s authenticity.”

Over the last 27 years, Dream, together with the Arapahoe Basin management team, expanded the ski area to 1,428 acres, replaced all of the lifts and most of the buildings, and opened two restaurants. In 2018, A-Basin pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025 and, recently, the resort made a huge step toward that goal by officially using 100% renewable electricity.

There are no changes to Ikon Pass 2023/24 winter access at this time.

The addition of Arapahoe Basin will bring Alterra’s portfolio to 18 year-round mountain destinations throughout North America. The transaction is expected to close later in 2024, and is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

~ Alterra Mountain Company press release

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