News Briefs

Plans for New Library Move Forward

TRUCKEE

Nevada County, the Town of Truckee, and Friends of the Truckee Library have formalized their relationship to work together to build a new 20,000-square-foot Truckee Library facility at Truckee Regional Park.  

The current library was built in 1975 when the community had a population of 2,000; the service area of the library is now approximately 20,000. 

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In a major step forward on Tuesday, the board of supervisors and the Truckee Town Council  unanimously voted to join a Joint Powers Agreement that will construct the new library. The two  jurisdictions also voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Friends of the  Truckee Library to collaborate on planning, designing, and funding. (Friends of the Truckee  Library approved the MOU last month.) 

NEW LIBRARY FOR TRUCKEE: This rendition shows what a new Truckee library might look like. Courtesy rendition

The project now moves to the design and engineering phase, with each of the three partners  committing $500,000 for pre-development costs such as consulting and permitting. 

“This is a model for private-public partnership and how to get things done,” said board of  supervisors chair Hardy Bullock. “The Friends of the Truckee Library created a strong vision for what a new library space could be for our Truckee community, and by working together with the town we can help make that vision a reality and better serve our residents.” 

The library is expected to cost up to $30 million, with construction planned to start in 2027.  Advocacy efforts by the Friends of the Truckee Library have included community fundraising to  help build the new library that will serve as a community center for creativity, collaboration, and  connection. For details on the project, visit truckeefol.org

~ Nevada County press release

Placer County Expands Parking Management

TAHOE CITY

Following an earlier agreement with Palisades Tahoe, Placer County announced a contract to expand parking enforcement to Northstar California Resort. The agreement, approved at the board of supervisors meeting Tuesday, authorizes the Placer County Department of Public Works to contract with Trimont Land Company, operator of Northstar California Resort, to provide back-up enforcement for the resort’s winter parking reservation program.

Under the new parking enforcement agreement, Northstar will contact Placer County’s team of officers as back-up to their third-party parking enforcement team. The county has added staff to manage parking regulations throughout eastern Placer County and address spillover parking within nearby neighborhoods. Northstar will be charged for county staff time necessary to address any requested enforcement.

When called, county staff will cite vehicles parked without a valid resort parking reservation. Fine amounts escalate for each additional violation. The first parking fine for a ticket issued by the county will be $150 for unauthorized parking on private property. The second violation will be $250 and the third and all subsequent violations will cost $450. View the county’s updated parking fine amounts here.

For more information about the Placer County Parking Management Program, visit placer.ca.gov/8857/parking-management-program.

~ Placer County press release

BECOME A NEIGHBORHOOD LEADER: Lake Tahoe residents and homeowners are encouraged to participate in the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Community program to work together with neighbors and prepare for wildfire. Courtesy graphic

Program Trains Residents to Prepare for Wildfire

LAKE TAHOE

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

The FAC program, facilitated by the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), operates on a neighborhood scale, coordinating efforts to prepare people and property for wildfire. The TFFT improves forest health and our community’s safety by implementing priority fuel reduction projects such as thinning trees and conducting prescribed burns throughout the region.

“This work to protect communities cannot be completed by local agencies and fire districts alone. Significant community engagement and volunteerism is crucial within Fire Adapted Communities,” said Michelle McLean, outreach coordinator, Tahoe RCD.

Neighborhood leaders play a pivotal role in FAC, rallying their neighbors to work together in preparing for wildfire. Their activities include:

  • Distributing wildfire-related educational materials
  • Planning a defensible space neighborhood workday
  • Preparing an evacuation plan
  • Organizing a home-hardening day 

Events are scheduled to encourage community involvement:

  • May 4: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (multiple locations)
  • May 18: Wildfire Safety Expo at South Tahoe Middle School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
  • April 27: South Shore Earth Day Festival at Lake Tahoe Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • June 1: Wildfire Community Preparedness Event at North Tahoe Event Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Individuals interested in becoming neighborhood leaders or learning more about the program can contact the outreach coordinator at Tahoe RCD via email at fire@tahoercd.org or by phone at (530) 543-1501 ext. 114.

~ Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team press release

Discount Lift Tickets Benefit Local Schools

TRUCKEE

Skiers and snowboarders can pre-purchase reduced-rate lift tickets valid at many North Lake Tahoe ski resorts through the Excellence in Education Skiing for Schools program. Tickets are on sale now.

Money raised through the program benefits students and classrooms within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District via Excellence in Education’s grant programs.

Participating resorts include Northstar California, providing discount lift tickets with no restrictions. Lift tickets are also available for Homewood Mountain Resort, Tahoe Donner Downhill, Tahoe XC, and Tahoe Donner Cross Country, with some restrictions. Palisades Tahoe discount lift tickets have sold out.

A limited supply of tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Some restrictions apply. Downhill lift tickets are not available for purchase at the resorts but in person at Tahoe Dave’s ski shops. Trail passes for Tahoe XC and Tahoe Donner Cross Country are available at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City and Pacos in Truckee.

For more information and details on specific resort offers, call (530) 550-7984 or visit the Excellence in Education website at exined.org.

~ Excellence in Education press release

Truckee Fire Community Wildfire Protection Plan

TRUCKEE

Truckee Fire Protection District (Truckee Fire), in collaboration with SWCA Environmental Consultants, announced the commencement of the public review period for the 2024 Truckee Fire Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The review period is scheduled from Jan. 22 through Feb. 20. 

The 2024 CWPP is a collaborative effort to enhance the safety and resilience of the community from uncharacteristic wildfires. It will develop an implementable and prioritized plan for risk-reduction activities and monitoring that promotes wildfire resilience in Truckee. 

Community members (full- and part-time residents, property owners, individuals in the workforce) are invited to review the draft CWPP and accompanying story map and provide feedback to ensure its effectiveness and alignment with the needs of our community. 

To access the draft CWPP and story map and participate in the review process, visit truckee-fpd-cwpp-townoftruckee.hub.arcgis.com.

Two in-person public meetings will be held on Feb. 7, and two virtual meetings on Feb. 12 to discuss and comment on the CWPP and story map.

  • Feb. 7: In-person from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall, Council Chambers Room 
  • Feb. 7: In-person from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Tahoe Donner Golf Course, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Alder Room 
  • Feb. 12: Virtual from 9 to 11:30 a.m. here.
  • Feb. 12: Virtual from 4 to 6:30 p.m. here.

Public feedback helps shape a comprehensive and responsive plan for wildfire mitigation.

For more information or questions, contact Angela Chongpinitchai at angela.chongpinitchai@swca.com or Paris Krause at paris.krause@swca.com. To reach Truckee Fire, call (530) 582-7850. 

~ Truckee Fire press release

Over $1 Million in Scholarships Available

TAHOE/TRUCKEE

High school seniors living within the TTUSD boundaries who plan to further their education are invited to apply to more than 100 local community scholarships through one common application through March 31. 

Since 2017, local scholarship funders have come together to streamline the scholarship process. These scholarships are now offered as part of a single online common application via software provided by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF). Once students complete the common application, they are directed to scholarships they are eligible for and any required supplemental forms. 

It is now mandatory for all graduating high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process unless they take steps to opt out. FAFSA is first come, first serve financial aid, so students are encouraged to start these applications early.

“We are grateful to be able to offer this streamlined application process alongside participating scholarship donors and committees. This collaborative process achieves multiple goals, most significantly that it makes a previously cumbersome process much simpler and more equitable for students. Students are alerted to any scholarships for which they are eligible, prompted to provide the correct materials, and no longer waste precious time filling out the same information over and over again,” says Phyllis McConn, TTCF community impact officer.

Contact scholarships@ttcf.net with questions or to contribute to existing scholarships.

~ TTCF press release

Board of Supervisors to Host Housing Element Sites Rezone Workshop

AUBURN

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will host a community workshop on the proposed Housing Element Sites Rezone project at 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Community Development Resource Agency building, 3091 County Center Dr. in North Auburn.

The workshop has been moved up to Feb. 13 from a preliminarily discussed Feb. 20 date to allow the public more time to provide input and to allow staff time to make any potential adjustments, while also meeting the state-imposed program deadlines. The workshop was previously added to the board’s calendar due to public interest at a Nov. 27 public hearing on the rezone program

The rezone program is part of the county’s 2021-2029 Housing Element, a comprehensive plan aimed at addressing and accommodating Placer County’s housing needs while ensuring equitable access to housing options. The county’s Housing Element requires completion of a rezone program by May 2024 to accommodate a shortfall of land identified for multifamily residential development. 

The project comprises properties dispersed throughout unincorporated Placer County. The sites include locations in North Auburn, Dry Creek, Bowman, Penryn, Granite Bay, and Sheridan, as well as south of Truckee within the Lake Tahoe region.

The Feb. 13 workshop will include a presentation from the Planning Services Division on the status of the Housing Element Sites Rezone program, and to receive board direction to finalize the list of potential properties to be rezoned within the program.

Following staff’s presentation, community members will have an opportunity to provide comments both in person and via Zoom. Interested persons can also sign up to receive notifications on the county’s rezone program here: Housing needs rezone program | Placer County, CA

Written comments may also be submitted in advance to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn CA 95603 and via email at boardclerk@placer.ca.gov.

Information on the Housing Element Sites Rezone program is available for review by contacting Senior planner Kally Kedinger-Cecil at (530) 745-3034 or by email at kkedinge@placer.ca.gov.

~ Placer County press release

Voter Information Guides to Be Mailed

NEVADA COUNTY

Registered voters will soon receive two voter information guides to help them prepare for the March 5 Presidential Primary Election.  

One is the state guide, which contains information about state Proposition 1 ($6.3 billion in bonds for mental health treatment facilities) and candidates for U.S. Senate. 

The other is the Nevada County guide, which includes information about candidates for the U.S. House  of Representatives, the state senate, the state assembly, the Board of Supervisors, the Nevada City Council and the Republican Central Committee District 4. It also includes information about three local  ballot measures – Measure A (Twin Ridges Elementary School District school bond), Measure B (Grass Valley sales tax increase), and Measure C (Nevada City sales tax increase).  

Presidential candidate statements are not in either guide but are available online at the California Secretary of State website.  

Ballots will be mailed by Feb. 5. Ballots can be returned as soon as they are received. Early voting is available at Truckee Town Hall starting Feb. 5. All drop boxes will be open by Feb. 6. See the Nevada County Elections website for more information on the election, how to register to vote, and other Vote Center and drop box locations

Free Presidential Primaries Pocket Guides are available at every Nevada County Library branch

~ Nevada County press release

Ski California Safety Day

TRUCKEE/TAHOE

Ski California will host its sixth annual Safety Day on Saturday, Jan. 27, with resorts in California and Nevada planning to offer a variety of safety-themed activities and experiences. The theme of Ski California Safety Day will be centered around the first four points of NSAA’s Your Responsibility Code to educate guests about the importance of skiing and riding in control, how to avoid collisions with other people or objects, and their role in being resorts’ partner in safety.

Ski California will also make a new video produced by the nonprofit High Fives Foundation as part of their B.A.S.I.C.S. series central to its Safety Day education efforts. The video features Travis Ganong and Amie Engerbretson and will be released Jan. 25 and available in the Ski California Mountain Safety Guide and on Ski California’s YouTube Channel.

The Mountain Safety Guide includes:

  • What to know before you ski and ride
  • Being safe on the slopes: staying in control, avoiding collisions, riding lifts, and more
  • Snow safety, including deep snow and avalanche awareness

Readers of the guide will also learn all 10 of the responsibilities featured in the newly updated Your Responsibility Code and the Ski California member resorts’ commitment to safety.

Local participating Ski California member resorts are hosting various activities on Safety Day this year, and include Diamond Peak, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, Northstar California Resort, Palisades Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Sugar Bowl Resort, and Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort.

Skiers and riders are encouraged to review and learn the information contained in the Ski California Mountain Safety Guide and take the quiz at the end for a chance to win a 2024/25 Ski California Gold Pass (value $3,800) at safety.skicalifornia.org.

~ Ski California press release

Survey for Truckee’s Fourth of July Parade

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Chamber of Commerce announced the commencement of a community survey to determine the theme for this year’s Fourth of July parade. The short survey will provide an opportunity for individuals of all ages to contribute. 

Participants in the survey are encouraged to submit their favorite theme ideas by April 30. The Chamber of Commerce is eager to gather diverse perspectives to ensure that they choose a theme that resonates with the community’s values and interests.

To participate in the survey visit surveymonkey.com/r/3h8jc28.

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

CATT Appoints First Female Board President

TRUCKEE

For the first time since the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) was founded in 1998, CATT has appointed a woman to the position of board president. Meghan Behm is now serving at the helm of the local nonprofit’s board of directors.

Behm is an owner and partner of Sierra Crest Cabinets and comes from a family of contractors and subcontractors. Behm notes that while there are clearly fewer women than men in the construction field, females bring a unique set of skills to construction endeavors. “When you walk onto a job site as a woman you are always in the minority,” says Behm. “These situations make women better equipped to face resistance and to figure out the best way to get things done.”

In honor of Behm’s appointment, CATT plans to celebrate women in construction all year by honoring a prominent female CATT member every other month. Look for features highlighting female CATT member success stories and perspectives on CATT’s social channels, in their monthly enews and on the CATT website.  

~ CATT press release

SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR: Naomi L. Albertson, MD, is now practicing at Incline Village Community Hospital. Courtesy photo

Local Hospital Welcomes New Physician

TAHOE/TRUCKEE

Tahoe Forest Health System announced that Naomi L. Albertson, MD, has joined the team at the Incline Village Community Hospital. Dr. Albertson specializes in sports medicine and has been in practice for over 20 years.

As a collegiate athlete, Dr. Albertson gained a unique perspective from numerous visits to orthopedists and rehabilitation that allows her to blend personal insight with expertise in medicine, nutrition, exercise physiology, exercise programming, return to play assessment, and aging athletes. She has dedicated her career in sports medicine to assessing and treating musculoskeletal injuries and motivating her patients through recovery.

Dr. Albertson attended medical school at the Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency in family practice and her sports medicine fellowship with the San Jose Medical Center/Stanford University.

The office of Dr. Albertson is located on the second floor of Incline Village Community Hospital at 880 Alder Ave.. New patients are accepted. For appointments call (775) 831-6200.

~ TFHS press release

Business Briefs

Tahoe Modern Partners With New Village at Gray’s Crossing

TRUCKEE

Tahoe Modern announced its partnership with the new Village at Gray’s Crossing project. The project features 24 modern, maintenance-free residences with four unique, spacious floorplans. While the Village at Gray’s is still under construction, two model homes are now open.

“One of the most exciting parts of our collaboration with this luxury community was furnishing two identical units, allowing us to demonstrate how transformative furniture and décor options and placement can be,” explains Tahoe Modern co-owner Megan Bristol. 

Tahoe Modern is offering two shoppable models, as well as digital and print catalogs for layout options. Homebuyers can select from different room layouts. The catalogs provide options tailored to the homeowner’s lifestyle.

Model 1 allows homebuyers to skip the typical three- to five-month décor process. The townhome is available for sale with a custom furniture plan already installed. “A new buyer could close escrow, get the key, and host a dinner party the same day because everything is ready to go,” Bristol notes.

The Tahoe Modern and Village at Gray’s Crossing collaboration will be featured on an upcoming episode of The American Dream.

~ Tahoe Modern press release

Hyatt Remodel Delayed

INCLINE VILLAGE

Pascal Dupuis, general manager of Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, announced that the hotel’s renovation that was slated to begin in spring of 2024 has been delayed. The full resort experience will continue to be available, including a private beach, cottages, Lakeside Ballroom, and Lone Eagle Grille. An update on future timing of the project was not made available at this time. 

Dupuis says they remain committed to further enhancing the on-site experiences, including additions to the adventure program, the expansion of lakeside activities, and new dining opportunities available at Lone Eagle Grille. 

~ Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Spa and Casino statement 

OBOZ TRAIL EXPERIENCE: Walk, snowshoe, or ski along 20 trails in the month of February and be entered to win prizes. Courtesy photo

The Oboz Trail Experience

TRUCKEE/TAHOE

Tahoe Mountain Sports, in collaboration with Oboz Footwear, Darn Tough, and MSR (Mountain Safety Research), launched the winter edition of the Oboz Trail Experience which allows participants to explore Truckee/Tahoe trails on foot, snowshoes, or Nordic skis.

Complete selected trail segments during the month of February and win prizes along the way. There will be over 20 curated trails to choose from. 

Follow these tips to recreate responsibly:

  • Avoid walking or snowshoeing on ski tracks set by the groomer or by other skiers.
  • Dress in layers. Wool and synthetic fibers wick moisture and are warmer than cotton. 
  • Wear waterproof or water-resistant shoes.
  • Bring food, water, and sun protection. 
  • Get advice and gear at Tahoe Mountain Sports in the Truckee Safeway Shopping Center.

Event Timeline:

  • Feb. 1: Oboz Trail Experience begins
  • Feb. 29: Last day of the event
  • March 10: After-party at Tahoe Mountain Life at 4 p.m.

Participants will be entered into a raffle with a chance to win prizes from sponsors. If participants complete 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% of the trails they will earn a raffle ticket each time. If they post photos on instructed segments, they will earn raffle tickets. Some trail segments will unlock a donation to Nevada Nordic.

Walkers, hikers, snowshoers, Nordic skiers, backcountry skiers in low angle terrain, and ADA mobility device users are invited to participate. Everyone who registers is entered to win one of five pairs of Oboz Footwear at the after-party.

To register visit tahoe.oboztrailexperience.com/welcome.

~ Tahoe Mountain Sports press release

SKI AT NIGHT: Nordic skiers enjoy illuminated ski trails provided by Auburn Ski Club. Courtesy photo

Nordic Night Skiing Expands Opportunities

SODA SPRINGS

The Auburn Ski Club (ASC) is offering the first Nordic night skiing in California and within 600 miles. Permanent, high-efficiency LED lighting in the Nordic stadium and one kilometer of trails extend opportunities for cross-country skiing. In a given week, more than 200 community members from Reno to Colfax and beyond benefit from ASC’s extension of short winter days with illuminated trails. 

In celebration, ASC hosted a New Year’s Eve Freestyle Night Race on Dec. 31. More than 110 community members, ranging from six-year-olds to septuagenarians, participated. Funds raised from the race and the ongoing A Place to Shine campaign will make a phase-two expansion to two kilometers possible this summer. 

“We believe the lights project will fundamentally change Nordic ski culture within our region,” says Nordic program director Gus Johnson. “The lights allow more skiers to get on snow for training and racing, expanding the pipeline and raising the level of competitive skiing for generations of Nordic skiers.” 

Night skiing is offered to the public until 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (conditions permitting). 

~ Auburn Ski Club press release

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