News Briefs

How to Run for Office


The Truckee Chamber of Commerce and Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe Political Action Committee (CATT PAC) have partnered for a How-to-Run-for-Office Workshop at the Lift Workspace on Wednesday, April 17, from 12 to 4 p.m. Civic engagement is paramount for the success of communities, and aspiring leaders are invited to participate in this workshop designed to demystify the process of running for public office. 

With the guidance of a seasoned campaign marketing consultant, financial expert, and a distinguished panel of past and present elected officials, participants will gain knowledge on every aspect of creating an effective political campaign.


Sessions include:

  • How to get started
  • Campaign marketing
  • Financing strategies
  • Panel discussions

“By empowering individuals to step forward and participate actively in the political process, we ensure that diverse voices are heard and foster a culture of accountability and progress,” said Jessica Penman, president and CEO of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

The How-to-Run-for-Office Workshop offers a welcoming and inclusive space for all aspiring leaders. Space is limited; visit to sign up. Lunch will be provided. 

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release

New Community Pantry Program


Sierra Community House (previously Project MANA) has announced the Community Pantry, a client choice food distribution model that reduces waste and allows individuals to select food items.  

This launch of this new format comes after research and surveying the community. It reflects Sierra Community House’s commitment to forward-thinking methods in addressing hunger and creating a more inclusive and sustainable solution. Moonshine Ink reported on the new pantry in the March 2024 edition, The Subaru Bread Run.

The new client choice distribution model deconstructs the 2020 emergency-based model by giving individuals agency in selecting their food, which fosters community interaction, improves access to resources, optimizes volunteer time, and promotes sustainability through efficient resource use and partnerships with local producers.

PICK YOUR FOOD: A new program from the Sierra Community House allows for individuals to pick out the food they need. Courtesy photo

The Community Pantry mimics a mini supermarket, and the timing of the shift aligns with Senate Bill 1383 that requires food waste generators of a certain size to donate edible food to a recovery agency. The Community Pantry allows operations to recover more food and maximize food options available to the community. 

Kings Beach in-person pick-up already operates with client choice principles. Incline Village still functions as a traditional model due to logistical challenges.

Despite Tahoe’s reputation for affluence, many community members struggle with food insecurity. This program is a no-barrier resource for anyone to access — no proof of citizenship, income, or ID required. 

People can directly support Sierra Community House’s hunger relief efforts by hosting a virtual food drive, volunteering their time, and sharing resources with neighbors. Learn more at

Food distribution schedule:

  • Truckee: Tuesdays from 12 to 6 p.m. at 12116 Chandelle Way, Suite D2
  • Kings Beach: Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 265 Bear St., Kings Beach 
  • Incline Village: Thursdays from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at 341 Village Blvd.

~ Sierra Community House press release

Wine Walk Seeks Nonprofit Beneficiary


The Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop is seeking nonprofit beneficiary applications for this year’s event on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 12 to 4 p.m. Since its inception in 2004, the event has donated more than $50,000 to local nonprofit organizations. Some past partners include the Friends of the Truckee Library’s Library UP campaign, Truckee Donner Horsemen Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Food Hub, Tahoe Safe Alliance, Girls on the Run, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, and Sierra Senior Services.

To be eligible, organizations must serve the Truckee community. The deadline to apply is April 1 at 5 p.m. Applications can be found at

For more information visit or email

~ Truckee Wine Walk & Shop press release

Public Comment Requested for Recreation Master Plan


Nevada County is asking for community input on recommendations for the draft Recreation & Resiliency Master Plan. The county is hosting a virtual meeting on March 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. where the public can learn more about plan recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback. Virtual meeting information is posted on the Nevada County Recreation website at

The plan is a summary of ideas and information provided by community and agency stakeholders, residents, and visitors. It includes recommendations that may enhance recreation access, support health and safety, preserve natural resources, and increase economic vitality. 

Led by the Nevada County Community Development Agency and Design Workshop, the plan identifies eight focus areas to address and improve recreation throughout Nevada County.  

The focus areas include: 

  • Community and Regional Park System 
  • Recreation Outposts 
  • Towns to Towns Trail System 
  • Recreation and Resiliency Hub Network 
  • River Access Management 
  • Destination Donner Summit 
  • Sustainable Recreation and Communications 
  • One Centralized Hub for Recreation Resources and Programming

Details on the need, goals, and purpose for each focus area can be reviewed at

Take the survey here or at any Nevada County library branch by March 24 to submit feedback. The full plan will be made available for public review and comment in April. 

~ Nevada County press release

Seeds, Sips, and Songs 


Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s Seeds, Sips, and Songs is a free vegetable, herb, and flower seeds giveaway to help the community get a jumpstart on the growing season. Seeds can be planted indoors starting now. The pea, bean, greens, beet, carrot, and radish seeds available have been shown to grow well in high elevation climates and are the same varieties SFLT uses in the gardens.

FREE SEEDS: Get ready for the growing season at Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s Seeds, Sips, and Songs event. Courtesy photo

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Activities include a reading circle with children’s stories about gardening and seeds, coloring, garden crafts that include how to make your own pollinator and bird feeder, and education on how to harvest seeds from flower heads and store them in a self-made seed envelope. 

This event will take place on April 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at RMU Truckee in the carriage house and  heated patio at 10292 Donner Pass Rd. Learn more at

~ Slow Food Lake Tahoe press release

Pines to Mines Trail to Connect Nevada City and Truckee


Tahoe National Forest’s Pines to Mines Trail will welcome equestrians, pedestrians, bicyclists, and Class 1 ebike users on the new 72-mile trail network. The trail’s development aims to increase national forest recreation access for multiple user groups and abilities while supporting local economic development. Pines to Mines will include approximately 50 miles of existing trail with 22 miles of new trail planned to begin construction this year.

INCLUSIVE ACCESS: Mountain bikers ride a multi-use trail In the Tahoe National Forest. Courtesy photo

The inclusion of Class 1 ebikes as an approved use on the trail expands access to individuals that may not be able to walk or ride a traditional bicycle as far or for as long. Ebike technology has the potential to include user groups of all ages and attract more diverse users to explore their public land in a socially and ecologically responsible way.

Completion of new Pines to Mines trail construction is contingent on available funding and resources. Tahoe National Forest will continue to work with partner groups to identify grant opportunities and funding sources to complete trail construction and recreation facility improvements such as increased signage and trailhead infrastructure. Trail proponents and partners that have assisted the forest in project development, funding and implementation include Bear Yuba Land Trust, Bicyclists of Nevada County, County of Nevada, Gold Country Trails Council, Truckee Donner Land Trust, Truckee Trails Foundation, and Trust for Public Land. 

To read the decision notice and Pines to Mines project documents, visit

~ Tahoe National Forest press release

Nevada County Set to Advance Community-Centered Objectives 


County of Nevada staff outlined an ambitious work plan in support of the board of supervisors’ 2024 objectives, which reflect community priorities. The eight objectives include fiscal stability and core services, emergency preparedness, economic development, broadband, climate resilience, housing, homelessness, and recreation. 

Housing is a top priority for the county. Local, state, and federal grants are being used to  facilitate the development of new affordable and workforce housing. Ninety-three units of new affordable housing are in the pipeline this year, building on the more than 140 units added last year. The county is also making it less expensive to permit accessory dwelling units and is working on new policies that will make it easier to construct owner-built homes.  

To support unhoused residents, the county plans to complete the Commons Resource Center, a  day center serving unhoused residents, facilitate the expansion of permanent supportive  housing, and develop strategies to better serve Truckee and North San Juan.  

Each year, the board of supervisors identifies their annual priorities during the January board workshop The objectives identified aim to address community challenges and are used to  manage county operations, programs, and services and to support the 2024/25 budget  development process. The 2024/25 budget will be approved in June 2024 following two budget hearings.

Learn more and find quarterly reports on the county’s progress on board objectives at

~ Nevada County press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Tahoe Donner Association Announces New General Manager


The Tahoe Donner Association Board of Directors announced the appointment of Annie Rosenfeld as the new general manager. Rosenfeld’s unanimous selection is the culmination of a 3-month-long nationwide search conducted by executive search firm Wilcox Miller & Nelson. The search generated nearly 200 candidates from 24 states with backgrounds crossing a dozen industries.

Rosenfeld first joined the Tahoe Donner team in 2003 as the recreation manager. Following graduate school, she returned to Tahoe Donner to serve as capital projects manager before moving on to director of human resources and risk management, director of risk management and real property, and, finally, director of administrative services.  

Through these roles, Rosenfeld acquired an extraordinary depth of knowledge spanning nearly every facet of Tahoe Donner’s management, operation, and community. With her 2013 Trails Master Plan and 2016 Land Management Plan initiatives, Rosenfeld demonstrated her talent for long-range planning and visionary leadership. Since August 2023, Rosenfeld has served as Tahoe Donner’s interim general manager, bolstering her reputation for member outreach, inclusivity, and community building.

A GM Meet and Greet is scheduled for Sunday, April 14, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center. 

~ Tahoe Donner press release

Business Briefs

Sugar Bowl Announces Season Extension, Discounts


Sugar Bowl Resort will be open until April 28, extending its season. Discounted lift access is available with the launch of its Spring Pass, which offers unrestricted skiing and riding from the purchase date through the end of the season. Priced at $449 for ages 13 and older and $129 for children ages 6 to 12, passholders from other Tahoe resorts can get a free Spring Pass with purchase of a 2024/25 unrestricted season pass.

Other Tahoe area resort passholders are also invited to ski or ride at Sugar Bowl this spring for just $89 per day Monday through Friday, or $99 on Saturdays and Sundays. Discounted lift tickets can be purchased online or at any ticket window with proof of a valid season pass from any downhill ski area in the Tahoe region.

A new $49 children’s lift ticket (ages 6 to12) valid any day of the week through the end of season is also available. This ticket can only be purchased online in advance, and there is no requirement to have another resort’s season pass to qualify.

Learn more at

~ Sugar Bowl Resort press release

Local Business Raises Money for Gateway Mountain Center


AdventureSmith Explorations, a cruise business based in Truckee, raised over $6,000 for Gateway Mountain Center through its sponsorship of the 6th Annual Alaskan Open Snow Golf Tournament that was part of North Lake Tahoe’s annual Snowfest.

Gateway Mountain Center’s mission is to positively transform the lives of youth. Since 2006, the organization has served over 25,000 youth from all backgrounds through high-impact nature-based learning, wellness adventures, and innovative, non-traditional therapeutic approaches to mental health and wellness.

“Gateway Mountain Center’s mission is well aligned with ours — to connect people with nature and the outdoors; so it’s great to help give back to such a worthy cause,” said Todd Smith, president and founder of AdventureSmith Explorations.

~ AdventureSmith Explorations press release

Tahoe Star Tours Expands Summer Stargazing Schedule


The dark skies over Lake Tahoe offer an unobstructed view of the night sky, and this summer Tahoe Star Tours is expanding its schedule to invite more people for docent-led explorations of the cosmos. Events will return to Cosmoarium locations at Northstar California Resort and the Spooner Lake Visitor Center on Thursdays and Saturdays from June through September.

Led by amateur astronomer and poet Tony Berendsen, past president of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, each tour of the night sky includes a science-based talk about the cosmos and telescopic view of the constellations through high-powered Celestron telescopes. Telescope operator KC Rodrigue guides guests through the expanse of the cosmos with viewing of the planets, moon, and stars.

“The theme of this summer’s events will be focused on how we perceive the cosmos,” said Berendsen. “We’ll look back at how the ancient Greeks measured the distance to the moon in the third century B.C.E. to how we have measured the distance to galaxies and the beginning of our universe in the 21st century.”

Tahoe Star Tours events are $50 for adults and $30 for children ages 12 and under. Children age 3 and under are free. Reservations are required. Tours begin at 8:30 p.m. and conclude at 10:30 p.m. Discounts are offered to active-duty military and seniors ages 65 and older. A 10% discount is also offered to Epic Pass holders for stargazing events held at Northstar California Resort. Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.

Tahoe Star Tours also offers private group events by advance reservation. Learn more and reserve tickets at

~ Tahoe Star Tours press release

Winter Speaker Series Raises Over $430,000 for Nonprofits 


The Alpenglow Sports 18th annual Winter Speaker Series included presentations from Dave Nettle, Michelle Parker, Jim and John Morrison, Elyse Saugstad, and Ingrid Backstrom. In one of their best fundraising efforts ever, the Alpenglow Sports team helped to raise over $430,000 for local nonprofits, including the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, Send It Foundation, Courage Project, Scotty Lapp Foundation, and Slow Food Lake Tahoe. 

The Alpenglow Sports Winter Speaker Series attracts over 4,000 attendees annually, and includes a global live stream component. Premier outdoor athletes present inspirational tales of adventure, creating a forum for motivation, inspiration, and education. Past speakers of the Winter Speaker Series include Lynn Hill, Hilaree Nelson, Jeremy Jones, Emily Harrington, Cody Townsend, Alex Honnold, Adrian Ballinger, and more. 


Each show is dedicated to a different nonprofit, selected through a rigorous application process. To date, the series has raised over $1,750,000 for local organizations, with a record-breaking $430,000 coming from this season. 

Alpenglow Sports will be accepting nonprofit applications for the 2024/25 series starting June 3, 2024. If interested, email The submission period ends at the end of June.

Alpenglow Sports is also seeking sponsor partners for the 2024/25 season. If interested, please email

~ Alpenglow press release


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