News Briefs

Northstar Wood Energy Facility Gets $250,000

TAHOE CITY

The Tahoe Fund and Vail Resorts announced a contribution of $200,000 in support of the new Northstar Community Services District (NCSD) Wood Energy Facility. This grant is made possible by Vail Resorts’ guest donation program, which supports the Tahoe Fund. The Tahoe Fund is also contributing $50,000 from its Smartest Forest Fund to the facility, which will convert hazardous fuels from local forests into heat for the Village at Northstar. 

Through Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise program and the Tahoe Fund’s $1 for Tahoe program, guests of Northstar, Kirkwood, and Heavenly can add one dollar to their lift tickets, season passes, golf rounds, accommodations, and more. Over the years, those dollars have made a significant impact on Tahoe’s environment.

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This 6,000-square-foot facility will offer a local solution for excess woody material, such as underbrush, shrubs, and dead trees, from overcrowded forests in the Tahoe/Truckee region. This material is normally piled and burned on the forest floor or trucked long distances to be processed outside of the region, producing greenhouse gasses that pollute the environment.

With the new facility, NCSD will be able to process this material locally, cutting emissions and costs associated with using natural gas. The process will produce heat for 14 buildings in the Northstar community, meeting about 99% of the average thermal demand for those facilities and replacing approximately $700,000 in natural gas costs annually.

Learn more at tahoefund.org.

~ Tahoe Fund press release

TTUSD Naloxone Program

TRUCKEE

At the Jan. 24 board meeting, Dr. Annamarie Cohen, executive director of Student Services, provided an informative update to trustees about Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s (TTUSD) Naloxone Program. Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan©, is a life-saving medication that reverses an opioid overdose, such as fentanyl, while having little to no effect on an individual if opioids are not present in their system. Young people aged 15 to 24 have experienced the greatest percentage increase in deaths due to opioids.

Throughout the school year, TTUSD has been collaborating with community agency partners and educating students, families, and staff about the dangers of fentanyl, opioid overdose, and prevention and harm reduction strategies. Staff and high school students have participated in presentations on recognizing the signs of opioid overdose and the use of naloxone to prevent overdose.

TTUSD participates in the state-sponsored CA Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP) aimed at combating opioid overdose-related deaths by providing free naloxone nasal sprays and fentanyl test strip kits. Since the NDP began in October 2018, distributed naloxone has been used to reverse more than 249,000 overdoses statewide. Because of TTUSD’s participation in this project, each school site has naloxone onsite for training, administration, and distribution, and staff and students have access to it through the nursing offices.

Dr. Cohen’s full presentation can be viewed here. For questions, contact school site administrators.

~ TTUSD enews

Provide Feedback for Transit Development Plan

TRUCKEE

On Monday, April 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the town will host a workshop at the Truckee Town Hall to discuss recent Transit Development Plan (TDP) findings, possible alternatives to current transportation services, and future opportunities for the transportation system operating within Truckee. The TDP is an effort led by the Nevada County Transportation Commission, Truckee, and LSC Transportation Consultants to explore existing transit conditions in eastern Nevada County and possible solutions and alternative services that may improve or maintain current levels of transportation service within the region. Local media partners, regional stakeholders, and the Truckee community are welcome to come join this important discussion. 

The workshop will provide opportunity for feedback and input on the various service options that have resulted in the TDP planning process. If participants are unable to attend in person, a workshop video will be released online with an opportunity for input and feedback via an online survey.

Town of Truckee Transportation Program Manager Alfred Knotts is looking forward to learning what participants think about current Truckee services and their priorities for subsequent operations.

~ Town of Truckee press release

IVGID Audited Financial Statements Accepted

INCLINE VILLAGE

At its April 3 meeting, the Nevada Department of Taxation (NDOT), Committee on Local Government Finance (CLGF), accepted the Incline Village General Improvement District’s (IVGID) Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. The CLGF acknowledged IVGID submitted the required audited financial statements to NDOT on March 29, and is in full compliance with the extensions granted by NDOT establishing the state filing deadline. At the meeting, the CLGF further requested that the IVGID general manager provide a report to the committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting, currently expected to be held in August, with an update on the results of the Forensic Due Diligence Audit.

~ IVGID press release

Prepare for Fire Season

INCLINE VILLAGE

Spring is a good time to start thinking about outdoor clean-up, getting ready for fire season, and creating defensible space. This includes having a preparedness kit or go-bag ready, and for Washoe County residents, being signed up for CodeRED Emergency Alert notifications.

Sign up for a complimentary defensible space inspection, which includes a comprehensive report and photographs, at defensiblespacereport.org/northlaketahoe. For free chipping service, visit nltfpd.org/curbside-chipping. Inspection and chipping requests for the 2024 season will open May 6.

SPRING SAFETY: Get ready for wildfire season by saving these helpful phone numbers and websites. Courtesy graphic

In the event of an evacuation, Washoe County Emergency Management has prepared an evacuation video about what to expect and how to be prepared.

As the snow melts, bear activity increases in neighborhoods. Keep car doors locked and do not leave food items inside the car. Consider installing a bear shed or garbage can enclosure. Visit yourtahoeplace.com/public-works/waste-not/bear-wildlife-awareness for more information.

~ North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District press release

Presidential Primary Election Results Certified

PLACER COUNTY

The Placer County Elections Office announced that the canvass and certification of the March 5 Presidential Primary Election has been completed and that results are now considered official.

Under Chapter 4 of California election code, county elections offices are required to perform a number of post-election canvassing activities to ensure the accuracy of election results, including a manual tally (i.e., hand count) of randomly selected ballots. Over 5% (nearly 7,500) of all ballots cast in Placer County were included in this manual tally; canvass results demonstrated that ballots were counted correctly and accurately by elections equipment.

Those interested in election canvassing policies and procedures can visit the elections office at 3715 Atherton Rd. in Rocklin, call (800) 824-8683, or email election@placer.ca.gov for more information.

~ Placer County press release

River Revitalization Efforts Seeks Community Feedback

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Town Council established the River Revitalization Steering Committee (R2SC) in May 2023, as a specific action of the General Plan 2040.  

The committee has met eight times and made a great deal of progress. The group of 18 community members have developed key themes to guide the committee’s focus. The three prevailing categories are: 

  • Restore: River Health & Access
  • Revive: Community Economic Vitality
  • Reimagine: The Vibe & Character

“When asked about things we love about the Truckee River, committee members identified the river as a connector to town and the Legacy Trail, spending time with family and friends on or along the river, bike lanes, revitalized areas with sidewalks and outdoor spaces, the beauty and views, recreation, housing, and river health,” said Truckee Town Manager Jen Callaway. “In contrast, when asked what we would like to see revitalized or improved, committee members highlighted buildings in disrepair, powerlines, equipment storage, storage buildings, road alignment, and lack of sidewalks, to highlight a few items.”

TRUCKEE RIVER: The River Revitalization Steering Committee is hosting several meetings for community feedback. Photo by Court Leve

With the three themes in mind, the R2SC now aims to check in with the community, hear feedback, and understand if the committee is in alignment with community expectations and priorities that will lead into developing the action plan. Several community engagement opportunities are planned in the coming weeks between mid-April and early May.

Schedule of events:

  • Thursday, April 11: Coffee Talk at Wild Cherries from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18: Taco Talk at the Lift Workspace from 4 to 6 p.m. 
  • Monday, April 22: Coffee Talk at Cornerstone Bakery from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 27: In-person open house at the Truckee River Legacy Trail, Northern Trailhead at East River St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 2: Taco Talk, for Spanish speakers, at Donner Creek Mobile Home Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Information is available at townoftruckee.gov/river.

~ Town of Truckee press release

Local Women Receive $26,000 for Education and Training

TRUCKEE

Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner honored 14 women and two girls at the Celebrating the Best for Women event on March 21 at the Glenshire Clubhouse. 

Eleven women were granted a total of $26,000 to further their education and training, with each woman receiving between $1,000 and $5,000. The winners of the Live Your Dream Award included Melissa Giannetto, Jennifer Saldana, Veronica Coleman, and Maria G. Verduzco Espinoza. They are parents and primary family earners. 

The Career Advancement Awardees include Michelle Salas Nevarez, Mariela Bolanos, Crystal Garcia, Jessica Delgado Mora, Coreen Young, Malenie Corral, and Stephany Alonzo. The women’s career goals range from nursing and education to becoming a doula. 

Two high schoolers, Bryn Kidd and Vallerie Laguna, were honored for their volunteer work in the community with the Violet Richardson Award. They each received $300 for personal use and $300 for a charity of their choice. Over 80 guests attended the event that featured music from Heidi Kuzma and Tru Laboissionnier.

Phyllis McConn, community impact officer for the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, was honored as the Woman of Distinction for her community work in support of women and children.

The scholarships are available due to generous support from the Martis Camp Foundation, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, We Love Eyes, and Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner supporters.

~ Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner press release

Chamber of Commerce to Host Job Fair

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Chamber of Commerce, through the Truckee Jobs Collective program, will host a job fair on Wednesday, May 1, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Truckee Community Rec Center in the north parking lot.

Job seekers, including students, will have the opportunity to meet local employers offering full-time, part-time, flexible, and seasonal job opportunities.

GET A JOB: Truckee Chamber of Commerce will host a job fair for businesses and job seekers on May 1 at the Truckee Community Rec Center. Courtesy photo

Participating employers include Tahoe Mountain Club, Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, Connecting Point 211, Mountain Hardware and Sports, Martis Camp Club, Rubicon Pizza and Fireside Pizza, California State Parks, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, and more.

For those seeking help with resumes, contact Nancy Settle at nsettle@ncen.org or (530) 550-3015 at Alliance for Workforce Development prior to the job fair.

The Truckee Chamber of Commerce runs Truckee Jobs Collective for job seekers and Truckee/Tahoe employers. The website has been upgraded for better user experience. Visit truckeejobscollective.com to explore job opportunities, list open positions, and to learn more about the upcoming job fair. 

For questions, additional information, or businesses interested in participating contact Melissa Williams at melissa@truckee.com or (530) 414-7056. 

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release

Property Taxes Due April 10 

NEVADA COUNTY

Michelle Bodley, Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector, reminds property owners that the due date for the 2nd installment of the 2023/24 secured tax bill is April 10 at 5 p.m. If received after the April 10 date without a timely postmark, a 10% penalty plus a $10 fee will be added for late payment. Mail payment and payment stub to P.O. Box 128, Nevada City, CA 95959-0128.

If you own property in Nevada County and have not received a tax bill, a copy may be printed from the tax collector’s website at nevadacountyca.gov/348/treasurer-tax-collector

Payment transactions can be made online or by phone at (877) 445-5617 up until 11:59 p.m. on April 10. Information can be found at common2.mptsweb.com/mbc/nevada/tax/search or by scanning the QR code on the bill. There is a 2.38% fee associated with credit/debit card transactions but no charge for electronic check.

For Truckee residents: There is a drop-box located at Truckee Town Hall that will be open until 5 p.m. on April 10.

The tax collector’s office is located on the second floor of the Rood Center at 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City. 

Taxpayers who have unpaid taxes as of Feb. 1 may take advantage of the California Mortgage and Property Tax Relief program. For more information, visit camortgagerelief.org.

~ Nevada County press release

Dark Skies Rebate Program to Reduce Light Pollution

TRUCKEE

The Town of Truckee is spreading awareness about the importance of reducing light pollution and maintaining dark skies. The town is launching a $50,000 rebate program to encourage responsible outdoor lighting and to facilitate a switch to new fixtures for homeowners and business owners.

REBATE PROGRAM: The Town of Truckee is launching a rebate program to reduce light pollution and encourage more efficient lighting. Photo courtesy Paul Hamill Photography

Dark skies are important, as light pollution disrupts the natural ecosystems of plants, animals, and insects. Birds need starry skies to navigate during migration. Animals need the dark to hide from predators. Insect populations can be heavily impacted by artificial light — a fatal attraction to nighttime light can impact the entire ecosystem. Humans also need darkness at night to stay healthy, as artificial light exposure at night disrupts sleep patterns and can lead to impaired daytime function and obesity.

To embrace dark skies, turn off unnecessary indoor and outdoor lights by 10 p.m., as outdoor lighting is the primary cause of light pollution. Make outdoor lighting dark-skies friendly by positioning the light beam downward and adding motion sensors. This also saves money — researchers estimate that 30% of outdoor lighting in the U.S. is wasted by lights that aren’t shielded, costing consumers $3.3 billion in excess energy charges.  

The Town of Truckee, in conjunction with the Climate Transformation Alliance and the Sierra Business Council, is launching a rebate program for local residents and business owners to swap out old exterior lighting for newer lights that are downward facing and energy efficient. These types of lights significantly reduce light pollution and can also be put on a motion sensor so they are not constantly on.

The rebate program offers $75 per fixture for up to eight fixtures for residential and small multi-family homes, and a $50 rebate for up to 50 fixtures for commercial buildings and larger multi-family homes. Rebates will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis until the $50,000 program allotment runs out. 

For more information, visit townoftruckee.gov/darkskies.

~ Town of Truckee press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

New GM for Olympic Valley Public Service District 

OLYMPIC VALLEY

The Olympic Valley Public Service District and Olympic Valley Fire Department announced the appointment of Charley Miller as its new general manager, effective May 20. Miller brings experience in project management, budgeting, personnel management, and civil engineering, making him equipped to lead the district into its next phase of growth and development. Miller succeeds Mike Geary, who served the district for over 12 years and has moved onto the Northstar Community Service District.

CHARLEY MILLER has been appointed Olympic Valley Public Service District General Manager. Courtesy photo.

Miller has called Tahoe home for more than 20 years. His passion for the outdoors aligns with the district’s culture and mission, as he is an avid skier, mountain biker, and camping enthusiast. He is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, a devoted husband, and father of two.

With a career spanning both the public and private sectors, Miller has experience in managing diverse teams and projects. He received a degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and is a registered professional engineer. He served as the engineering manager at the Incline Village General Improvement District and most recently, as the district engineer for the Tahoe City Public Utility District. 

Outside of his professional endeavors, Miller is committed to community service and engagement. He currently serves as the board vice chair for the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and as an at-large board member for the Incline Tahoe Foundation.

~ Olympic Valley Public Service District 

Cory Caldwell Joins Truckee Downtown Merchants Association

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association (TDMA) announced the appointment of Cory Caldwell as its new executive director. Caldwell brings experience in small business development and a passion for supporting the local community. 

CORY CALDWELL is the new executive director for the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association. Courtesy photo

With a background in event planning and marketing, Caldwell is positioned to lead the TDMA in its mission to enhance and promote the vibrant, historic downtown Truckee business community. His strategic vision and dedication to creating a thriving business environment align with the association’s goals.

Caldwell’s experience includes work with the Sierra Buttes Foundation. He also helped found Ride Concepts, a Truckee-based bike footwear brand. He is also a long-time Truckee resident. As the executive director, he will play a key role in working with local businesses, government entities, and community stakeholders to strengthen the economic vitality of Historic Downtown Truckee.

For more information, contact Cory Caldwell at info@historictruckee.com.

~ Truckee Downtown Merchants Association press release

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