IVGID General Manager Announces Resignation; Adult Education Returning; Burn Restrictions and Wildfire Town Hall; Acupuncture Offered at Hospital; and More

Briefs: June 14-20, 2024

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News Briefs

Open Burning, Recreational Fires Prohibited

NORTH TAHOE/TRUCKEE

North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District, Alpine Springs County Water District, and Truckee Fire activated local fire restrictions by suspending all solid fuel recreational fires and open burning. The suspension will remain in effect through the remainder of the fire season.

All residential campfires, bonfires, charcoal barbecues, and outdoor cooking involving solid fuel (such as wood and lump charcoal grills) are prohibited. Residents and visitors can use outdoor gas devices including gas fire pits, gas barbecues, and pellet barbecues year-round except during red flag/critical fire weather conditions. All these appliances must be utilized following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Open-flame devices such as tiki torches and all fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers, are illegal in California year-round. To report hazardous/illegal campfires, call 911. Illegal fireworks activity should be reported to local law enforcement.

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The few exceptions include designated state and federal campgrounds and day-use picnic areas with a valid permit, as well as permitted special events and commercial cooking operations.  

BURN BAN in effect across the Truckee/Tahoe and greater Sierra Nevada communities. Courtesy graphic

In Incline Village and Crystal Bay, seasonal open burning is closed. Recreational fires (wood or charcoal fire within a non-combustible container with a 1/8” mesh screen) are still allowed with a permit. Recreational fires are not permissible on short-term rental properties. Barbeque grilling (natural gas, propane, charcoal) is still allowed. All grilling appliances shall be used within the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations. This includes smokers and pellet stoves.

According to the Western Fire Chiefs Association, humans cause nearly 90% of wildfires in the United States, a majority of which are not intentional. Truckee Fire has experienced a number of escaped fires caused by improper charcoal ash disposal and campfires. 

Check with the local fire district for additional details and restrictions, including red flag warnings over the summer. For information on how to create defensible space, tips to prevent wildfires, and ways to prepare for emergencies and evacuations, visit tahoelivingwithfire.com. For more details on the Truckee fire ban including a list of FAQs visit truckeefire.org/fire-ban-faq

~ Truckee Fire, North Tahoe, Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts press releases

Adult Education Partnership

TRUCKEE

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District has partnered with Placer School for Adults to ensure continued adult education programming for the North Tahoe/Truckee Community.

In December 2023, TTUSD announced the discontinuation of the Tahoe Truckee Community Adult School to optimize district resources and ensure a more impactful educational experience for its primary student body, transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. However, the intention was always to seek a partner who could bring a more robust adult education program to the region.

Placer School for Adults is part of the Placer Union High School District and a member of the Sierra Joint Consortium, which provides programs and services to adults in Placer and Nevada counties.

Placer School for Adults will offer classes leading to a high school diploma or a GED, English as a second language, and career and technical education classes that align with regionally and nationally recognized certifications.

Many classes allow in-person and online participation, and a principal and coordinator of curriculum instruction, registrar, student data technician, and senior clerical assistant will be in person at the TTUSD offices 2 days a week to support regional students.

Additional information can be found at placeronline.org or by calling (530) 885-8585. 

~ Tahoe Truckee Unified School District press release

Wildfire Town Hall

TAHOE CITY

Placer County Supervisor Cindy Gustafson has organized a town hall for eastern Placer County residents to learn more about what public safety agencies are doing to protect the region. The event will be held in Kings Beach at the North Tahoe Event Center on Tuesday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m. It will also be broadcast online via Zoom and Facebook.

Cal Fire/Placer County Fire Department Chief Brian Estes, Placer County Sheriff Wayne Woo, Placer County Assistant Director of Emergency Services Dave Atkinson, Placer County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ty Conners, Truckee Fire Protection District Chief Kevin McKechnie, Northstar Community Services District Fire Chief Jason Gibeaut, North Tahoe Fire Chief Steve Leighton, and Olympic Valley Fire Chief Brad Chisholm will be in attendance.

“Events like this are critical to convey how often our emergency services teams are training and what they are doing to keep us safe,” said Gustafson. “But it’s equally important to give the public the necessary tools to ensure they are prepared in case an emergency happens to them. This is your chance as a member of the community to ask questions to our local emergency leadership and take home a little peace of mind about our responsiveness.”

Following introductions from the panelists, a joint presentation will be provided by Cal Fire/Placer County Fire Department, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Placer County Office of Emergency Services. A Q&A session will be held afterwards, including questions from the audiences on Zoom and Facebook.

Placer County has partnered with the Sierra Community House; the event will be translated into Spanish and accommodations for hearing-impaired individuals will be provided.

Find more information here. Join on Zoom here. Join on Facebook live here.

~ Placer County press release

Water Safety

LAKE TAHOE

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District responds to numerous water emergencies on the lake during the summer and throughout the year. Be informed about Lake Tahoe’s colder temperatures, rules, regulations, and safety tips. 

As the winter runoff melts and makes its way to the lake, water temperatures fluctuate. As the second deepest lake in the United States, Lake Tahoe’s temperatures remain lower year-round than most lakes in the region.

Before swimming, test the water temperature and know limitations. Cold lake temperatures can quickly lead to cold water shock, swim failure, and hypothermia. For current water temperature and lake conditions, visit the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at tahoe.ucdavis.edu/lake-conditions

Check the wind conditions and red flag warning status at the US National Weather Service Reno at weather.gov.

Consider the following safety precautions before recreating on Lake Tahoe:

When boating: 

  • Wear a life jacket
  • Carry a whistle or horn
  • Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature
  • Check the weather forecast for wind conditions
  • Never go on the water alone
  • Don’t drink alcohol while recreating on the lake
  • File a float plan — leave it with a friend or family member

When swimming: 

  • Wear a life jacket and know your swimming limitations
  • Enter the water slowly
  • Feet first, first time
  • Swim with a buddy
  • Respect the dangers of cold water
  • Check the weather for wind conditions

Visit Nevada Department of Wildlife at ndow.org for more information on boating rules and regulations and Take Care Tahoe at for cold water safety tips.

~ North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District press release

General Improvement District Launches New Website

INCLINE VILLAGE

The Incline Village General Improvement District rolled out a new online experience for visitors to the district’s website, yourtahoeplace.com. IVGID’s new website brings a design and layout with enhanced accessibility, increased security, and mobile-friendly design and functionality.

Notable changes include a consolidation of IVGID’s governmental affairs, financial transparency, and administrative functions. There is also a new residents menu item which hosts information relevant to those who live and/or own property in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, including water, sewer and trash service, IVGID passes and punch cards, and resources for sustainable living.

Each of the publicly-accessible venues that IVGID manages — from the Incline Village golf courses to the Tennis and Pickleball Center and beyond — has a dedicated section of the website containing everything residents and visitors need to know to enjoy the recreational opportunities the district provides.

The upgraded site search functionality includes the ability to find specific search terms both on website pages and/or within documents uploaded to the site, and the responsive design makes navigating the website easier from mobile devices and for users with disabilities.

The new CivicPlus portal gives access to public meeting agendas, minutes, meeting materials, and live streaming video links organized by item/topic, so community members can review exactly what was discussed and decided, and how trustees voted on an item.

“The new CivicPlus portal will give our residents and trustees easier access to the information they need to make informed decisions and stay engaged with all aspects of IVGID’s operations,” said Paul Raymore, IVGID marketing and communications manager.

New features enabled in the CivicPlus portal include the ability for community members to subscribe to receive email notifications about IVGID’s public meetings.

~ Incline Village General Improvement District press release 

Hospital Offering Acupuncture

TAHOE/TRUCKEE

As of June 14, the Tahoe Forest Center for Health now offers community acupuncture in a group setting. Acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat stress, chronic pain, digestive complaints, fatigue, and more.

Led by licensed acupuncturist Brianna Browning, sessions include individualized treatments targeting a patient’s unique health concerns. Each 45-minute session begins with 15 minutes of one-on-one time with the acupuncturist, followed by a 20- to 30-minute relaxation period with other attendees, during which the acupuncture needles are placed.

Community acupuncture occurs on the second Friday of every month from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Tahoe Forest Center for Health, 10833 Donner Pass Rd. Sessions are by appointment only. Community acupuncture is open to everyone; however, self-pay is required, as insurance is not accepted. For more information or to schedule an acupuncture appointment, call (530) 587-3769.

~ Tahoe Forest Health System press release

Grants Awarded to 25 Nonprofits

NORTH TAHOE/TRUCKEE

The Lahontan Community Foundation awarded 25 local nonprofits grants totaling $247,319. Over the course of two decades, the LCF has granted more than $2.8 million to North Lake Tahoe/Truckee nonprofits and organizations. 

The Lahontan community comes together for two major fundraisers each year to raise funds and show support for the community. Awards went to nonprofits providing health and human services ($120,295); education and youth development ($73,100); arts, culture, and civic life ($30,924); and environment, recreation and animal welfare ($23,000). These grants will help ensure seniors have food security, kids are mentored and tutored, mental health services continue, trails are maintained, veterinary services are provided, the disabled have medical services and activities, and children have access to music and the outdoors.

The full list of 2024 awardees:

  • Boys & Girls Club North Lake Tahoe
  • Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
  • Sierra Community House
  • Sierra Senior Services
  • Achieve Tahoe
  • Adventure Risk Challenge
  • Aim High for High School
  • Clean Up the Lake
  • Gateway Mountain Center
  • High Fives Foundation
  • KidZone Museum
  • Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
  • Pet Network Humane Society
  • Positively Rolling
  • Read With Me
  • Safe Talk for Teens
  • Sagehen Outdoor Education Program
  • Send It Foundation
  • SOS Outreach
  • Tahoe Food Hub
  • Tahoe Truckee School of Music
  • Tahoe’s Connection for Families
  • Truckee Community Cares
  • Truckee Excellence in Music Parents

~ Lahontan Community Foundation press release

Gravel Race Returns

TRUCKEE

Visit Truckee-Tahoe announced the return of the Truckee Tahoe Gravel taking place on June 29 and organized by Bike Monkey. The event features three scenic and challenging routes through the Tahoe National Forest on mixed-terrain. Competitors can choose from three expanded distances, each starting and finishing at Riverview Sports Park in Truckee:

  • Truckee Gravel XL: 103.4 miles and 7,819 ft elevation climb
  • Truckee Gravel 70: 66.39 miles and 4,267 ft elevation climb
  • Truckee Gravel 30: 25.43 miles and 1,654 ft elevation climb

The event concludes with a post-race festival at Riverview Sports Park. The festival will feature local vendors, food, craft beer, and music. A free bike valet offered by Truckee Trails Foundation will be available. 

Truckee/Tahoe locals can receive a 20% discount on race registration fees. For more details on the race routes and to register, visit truckeetahoegravel.com.

~ Visit Truckee-Tahoe press release

Ted Beauchamp Scholarship Recipient Selected

TRUCKEE

Far West Nordic Ski Education Association and the Beauchamp Family announced that the recipient of this year’s Ted Beauchamp Scholarship is Hannah Ascher. A skier with Far West for the past 5 years, Ascher will be a 2nd-year U18 skier with Auburn Ski Club in the upcoming season.

Ascher was selected to receive this year’s scholarship due to her grit and determination to be the best athlete she can be, but also because she truly embodies the “light” shone by Ted Beauchamp to everyone around him. Between working two jobs, babysitting, and participating in numerous extracurricular activities, the North Tahoe High School distinguished scholar strives to grow stronger as a skier.

“The majority of Far West goes up to Canada during Thanksgiving break to get on snow before the race season starts. I haven’t been able to make that trip yet and ski in Canada,” Ascher wrote in her application essay. “While the money from this scholarship could go into any aspect of my training — new skis, my spot on the ASC team, or gas money just to get to practice — I would use this scholarship money to attend my first out-of-country trip with Far West to Canmore come November!”

Last year, while many Far West Nordic athletes were training in Canmore, Ascher trained by herself for two solid weeks. She and her family traveled to a milder climate, where she roller-skied, ran, and did bodyweight strength training twice a day, every day, to keep up with her teammates who were on snow.

Ted Beauchamp was an outdoorsman, a longtime supporter of cross-country skiing, and a dedicated member of the Far West board of directors.

This year, Far West had the greatest number of Beauchamp Scholarship applicants seen in the past 10 years.

~ Far West Nordic Ski Education Association press release

Request for Proposals for Partnerships Between Local Nonprofits, Regional Public Agencies

TRUCKEE

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation is again working with the Truckee Tahoe Airport District on its 2024 Agency Partnership Program. The program supports larger, regional projects and programs between local nonprofits and partnering regional public agencies with awards of $5,000 or more. Projects must align with TTAD’s public purpose and their mission to provide safe, high-quality services and facilities, reduce impact on airport neighbors and the environment, and invest in opportunities that increase community safety and provide sustained benefit to the Truckee/Tahoe region. In 2023, eight nonprofit/agency partnership projects received a total of $434,893.

Eligibility requirements and additional information can be found at ttcf.net/ttad-partnership-program.

Prospective applicants should mark their calendars with the following application timeline/process key dates:

  • June 27 at 2 p.m.: Workshop for prospective applicants
  • July 1: Application period opens
  • Aug. 30: Application period closes
  • Sept. 1 to 30: TTCF committee review and recommendations
  • Oct. 23: TTAD board of directors meeting
  • Oct. 24: Notification of funding decisions

TTCF will manage the online application and administrative process for this program. TTAD and its board reserves the right to determine the final amount of funding assigned to partnerships each funding cycle.

~ Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation press release 

Play and Protect

LAKE TAHOE

Nonprofits, public agencies, businesses, and organizations are working together to help keep Tahoe blue during tourist season this summer.

The busiest day each summer in Tahoe is July 4. The 11th annual Keep Tahoe Red, White & Blue event brings together volunteers for beach cleanup around the lake on July 5. Learn more and register here. Data is also collected. Visit the litter data dashboard at keeptahoeblue.org/stoplitter.

The league compiles and analyzes the statistics to determine how litter can be prevented at the source. As a result, plastic bags, Styrofoam, and single-use plastic water bottles have been banned from certain areas in the region.

The data also reveals that each beach faces its own challenges, from parking constraints and too few permanent bathrooms to litter. The league, USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, and other public and private partners have teamed up to create the Tahoe Blue Beaches program to provide a tailor-made approach for beach management in Tahoe. Tahoe Blue Beaches focuses on improving engineering (facilities like parking and trash disposal), education (signage and staffing), and enforcement. The program is being pilot-tested this summer at several beaches, including Zephyr Cove and Shoals in partnership with the site’s concessionaire, Aramark Destinations. 

For the July 4 holiday weekend at Zephyr Cove and Shoals, Aramark Destinations is adding 39 restrooms, five ADA-compliant restrooms, eight hand-washing stations, and 46 trash receptacles. Guests will be issued trash bags.

The Douglas County Sheriff will have a larger presence compared to last year to help manage parking. Learn more here.

Outside alcohol is prohibited on the beaches on July 4. Refreshments will be available in the beer garden near Zephyr Cove Resort.

Help by keeping the beach clean, using reusables, putting food scraps in the trash, carpooling, riding a bike, or taking public transportation.

~ League to Save Lake Tahoe press release

Firecracker Mile to Benefit Scholarship Funds

TRUCKEE

The annual Firecracker Mile will be held on July 4 at 9:45 a.m. before the Independence Day parade that goes through downtown Truckee. The event is organized as a fundraiser for the ASC Training Center scholarship funds and is sponsored by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce and Tahoe Mountain Sports.

FIRECRACKER MILE: This year’s annual race on July 4 will benefit scholarship funds that support young winter sports athletes. Courtesy photo

The scholarship funds contribute to the growth and development of aspiring winter sports athletes in the community.

Race participants can visit the event website at asctrainingcenter.org/truckeefirecrackermile to register. The first 500 people to cross the finish line will get an event water bottle.

To support the cause without running, volunteer opportunities are available. Register at signupgenius.com/go/20f0845adae2fa2f49-firecracker6#.

~ ASC Training Center press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

General Manager Announces Resignation 

INCLINE VILLAGE

Incline Village General Improvement District General Manager Bobby Magee announced his intent to resign his position as the district’s general  manager on or before Oct. 5. 

Magee submitted his resignation letter to the IVGID Board of Trustees on Friday, June 7. Per the terms of his employment contract, he gave 120 days notice to the board. 

“The board is appreciative of Mr. Magee’s leadership over the past few months and wishes him well on his future endeavors,” said Sara Schmitz, chair of the IVGID Board of Trustees. “The board will be formulating a plan at an upcoming board of trustees meeting, for which a date has yet to be identified.” 

Magee was originally hired as the district’s interim director of finance in June 2023, then  appointed to the general manager position on March 6, 2024. 

~ Incline Village General Improvement District press release

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