News Briefs

Washoe Warrior Society Launches Land-Back Campaign

TRUCKEE

Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu (Washoe Warrior Society) announced the launch of a fundraising campaign accompanied by a virtual launch event, Strength in Solidarity: The Power of Collective Action with Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu, scheduled for May 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Generations after the displacement of Wašišiw from the Truckee/Tahoe region, the time has come for the return to ancestral homelands. With the opportunity to purchase land in El Dorado County, the Truckee/Tahoe community has a unique chance to support the Wašiw journey home through the creation of Wašiw Than-Nu Ungal (The People’s House, in the style of the California roundhouses).

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Formed in 2009 by Wašiw elders, Wašiw Zulšiš Gum T’ànu strives to promote healing and cultural revitalization in their communities, addressing the trauma of forced removal and cultural erosion. Facing challenges such as substance abuse, violence, degenerative disease from western food systems and medicines, suicide, environmental threats to the lake, invasive species, and pollution, they are advocating for reclaiming stewardship for the healing of the land, water, and people.

“I’ve dedicated over a year to volunteering with this organization. The chance it presents for Truckee/Tahoe to reconcile with our settler history and drive meaningful change is truly unique,” expressed Marissa Rudder, a resident of Kings Beach. “Every contribution, regardless of size, brings Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu  closer to achieving its goal.”

BUY BACK LAND: Washoe grassroots nonprofit, Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu (Washoe Warrior Society) fundraising campaign to buy land in Tahoe Basin. Courtesy graphic

This virtual event offers concerned citizens and activists an opportunity to engage in a unique land-back effort. It provides a platform for citizens to support the return of land to Indigenous community members. Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu aims to raise 40% of the down payment needed to secure the first plot of Washoe-owned land, dedicated solely to sacred ceremonies and cultural revival.

The campaign will commence with events, including community forums and community listening sessions. Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu invites individuals, businesses, and organizations to join hands in this collective effort to drive impact and leave a lasting legacy of change. This event is free to attend. Sign up at shorturl.at/37941. Learn more about Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu at wzgt.org.

~ Washiw Zulshish Gum Tahn-Nu press release

Hospital Adds New Service Lines

INCLINE VILLAGE

Tahoe Forest Health System announced the addition of three new service lines at the Incline Village Community Hospital. The additions include a weekend walk-in clinic, orthopedics and sports medicine clinic, and mammography.

The Weekend Walk-in Clinic is now available to treat patients with minor injuries and illnesses on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Offering bone, joint, and muscle care, orthopedics and sports medicine doctors are available for scheduled, same-day, and walk-in appointments. To schedule an appointment, call (775) 831-6200.

This June, IVCH will begin offering 3D mammography screenings at the state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging suite. The Genius AI™ 3D Mammography™ is the latest breakthrough in breast cancer detection and the only exam rated by the FDA as superior for women with dense breast tissue.

For more information about the health care services offered at Incline Village Community Hospital, visit inclinehospital.com or call (775) 833-4100.

~ Tahoe Forest Health System press release

$10 Million Matching Challenge

TRUCKEE

The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation announced that Braddock Philanthropies has committed $10 million in support of TTCF’s strategic plan over the next 5 years. Braddock Philanthropies makes this gift with a matching challenge to the Tahoe/Truckee community to reach another $10 million in any area within the scope of TTCF’s mission.

“With this gift, we hope to inspire other part-time homeowners to recognize the need for their financial support to enable TTCF to address critical needs in the Tahoe/Truckee region even though it is not their primary home,” said Dr. Scribner, executive director of Braddock Philanthropies. “We all have different reasons for loving this place, and TTCF’s mission addresses them as interconnected, so the match is open to any funding contributions to TTCF.”

The Braddocks are multi-generational Northstar vacation homeowners who have prioritized Tahoe/Truckee in their charitable endeavors for more than 40 years. Since its inception, Bob Braddock has worked closely as an advisor on TTCF’s Forest Futures campaign, which has raised $5.75 million and granted nearly $3 million to regenerative solutions for forest health.  

Primary residents of San Leandro, Robert Sr. and Lois Braddock were early investors in Northstar where they built their second home. Recently, the Braddock family has consolidated their charitable efforts under the name Braddock Philanthropies. 

The $10 million gift will be structured as grants and impact investments for TTCF’s Forest Futures campaign. The Forest Futures Impact Strategy addresses the forest health crisis and mitigates the threat of catastrophic wildfire. The grantmaking process for Forest Futures supports regional nonprofits that address the following areas of the Forest Futures Impact Strategy: protect communities, build a forest economy, and/or accelerate market solutions.

This is the largest matching gift in TTCF’s history since the community met William Hewlett’s original matching gift to establish TTCF in 1987. Help meet the $10 million challenge by visiting ttcf.net

~ Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation press release

Event to Raise Money for Volunteer Fire Department

SIERRA VALLEY

The 13th annual Tour de Manure returns to the Sierra Valley on June 1 after a 1-year hiatus. The Tour de Manure is a supported metric century bicycle ride in Sierra Valley. Three routes are available to registrants: a 62-mile ride around the valley, a 42-mile ride that cuts through the middle of the valley on Marble Hot Springs Road, and a 30-mile out-and-back from Sierraville to Loyalton along Highway 49.

“For 12 years volunteers from the Sattley and Sierraville fire stations produced the event and used the proceeds to help purchase new and upgraded response vehicles and other specialized equipment,” said Laura Read, who’s running marketing and promotions. For the first time this year, the Tour de Manure will be hosted by a new nonprofit, the Eastern Sierra Firefighters’ Auxiliary.

“It’s about doing anything to help support the local volunteer fire department,” said Sara Wright, chairperson of the recreation association. “They are so incredibly important to the welfare of small communities.”

MANURE TOUR: This year’s Tour de Manure tour in Sierra Valley will benefit the Eastern Sierra Firefighters’ Auxiliary. Courtesy photo

More than 80 volunteers help make the event possible. Live music will be provided by Michael Hogan and the Simpletones, who have played at the event since its inception. When Pigs Fly BBQ and Los Dos Hermanos will provide food. Sierraville Hot Springs and Drifters’ Table are event sponsors this year. Alibi Ale Works, The Brewing Lair, FiftyFifty Brewing, and Ronin Fermentation Project will provide beer.

Raffle prizes include tickets to a San Francisco Giants game and a 49ers game. Anyone can buy raffle tickets. For more information about the raffle contact nancidavis212@gmail.com or (530) 574-8331. 

Race registration is sold out; however, drop by the Sierraville fire station between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy the Tour de Manure party and live music. Lunch is available for $20 per plate.

For more information, visit tourdemanure.org.

~ Tour de Manure press release

Presentation to Cover Inclusivity for Small Businesses

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Chamber of Commerce June Lunch & Learn will take place on Wednesday, June 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall in the Town Council Chambers.

BECKY BARTON is scheduled to present at the next Lunch & Learn, which will explore diversity, equity, and inclusion policies. Courtesy graphic

The event will focus on where to start with drafting and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion policies, with a special emphasis on small businesses and organizations. Becky Barton from People415 will present. This is an opportunity to acquire insights and strategies aimed at fostering inclusivity within the workplace.

Lunch & Learn is a monthly event hosted by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce on the second Wednesday of the month. Bring lunch; the chamber provides beverages and desserts. Free for members; $20 for future members.

Secure a spot by visiting truckee.com.

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release

Study Examines Impacts of Increased Smoke on California Lakes

CALIFORNIA 

As much as 70% of California was covered by wildfire smoke during parts of 2020 and 2021, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The study, published May 22 in the journal Communications: Earth & Environment, found that maximum smoke cover has increased by about 116,000 square miles since 2006.

The study measured lake responses to wildfire smoke in 2018, 2020, and 2021 — the three largest fire seasons on record in California. It found the lakes were exposed on average to 33 days of high-density smoke between July and October, with August and September having the highest number of smoky days.

The extent of wildfire in California has quintupled since the 1970s, the study notes. Yet little is known about the impact of smoke on lake ecosystems. To answer questions, scientific instrumentation needs to be present in lakes when and where wildfire smoke occurs to measure effects.

As smoke settled over the state throughout the 3 main study years, scientific sensors in 10 lakes were taking note of the changes. The lakes stretched from Castle Lake in the Klamath Mountains, to Lake Tahoe and Emerald Lake in the southern Sierra Nevada, Clear Lake in the Coast Range, and a site in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. 

The study verified that wildfire smoke does change light, water temperature, and oxygen in lakes — the basic drivers of lake function and health — but those changes are as variable as the unique lakes studied. Lake size, depth, smoke cover, nutrient levels, and more dictate how a lake responds to the changes. But lakes are changing.

“We’re seeing changes — often decreases — in photosynthesis and respiration rates that drive almost everything else,” said lead author Adrianne Smits, a research scientist in the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy. “Food webs, algal growth, the ability to emit or sequester carbon — those are dependent on these rates. They’re all related, and they’re all being changed by smoke.”

More research is needed to understand how the scale, scope, and intensity of recent and future wildfires affect lake ecosystems. 

Read the study here

~ UC Davis email communication 

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Hospital CEO on Paid Administrative Leave

TAHOE/TRUCKEE

At the direction of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors, president and chief executive officer, Harry Weis, has been placed on paid administrative leave. Further details have not been finalized at this time. The board directed chief operating officer, Louis Ward, to serve as acting chief executive officer.

~ Tahoe Forest Hospital District press release

Two Long-Term Employees Retire

The Truckee Sanitary District announced the retirement of two long-time employees, Kara Raymer and Eric Sundale. Raymer, whose last day was April 26, worked for TSD for over 24 years. She started with TSD in 2000 as a bookkeeper and went on to become the senior accounting technician. Raymer, who lives in Truckee, is looking forward to gardening and traveling with her husband. 

SAYING GOODBYE: Kara Raymer and Eric Sundale, who are retiring from the Truckee Sanitation District after years of service, with the TS Board. Pictured from left to right: Denny Anderson, director; Kara Raymer; Eric Sundale; Catherine Hansford, director; and Jerry Gilmore, director. Courtesy photo

Sundale started with TSD in 1999 and worked his way up from maintenance worker to supervisor to operations and maintenance superintendent. He also served on the board for the Sierra Section of the California Water Environment Association for 6 years. Sundale, who lives in Truckee, indicated that he is looking forward to spending more time traveling with his wife, hiking, biking, visiting family, and volunteering. 

At their retirement celebrations, TSD Board Director Denny Anderson presented them with  Resolutions of Appreciation and wished them the best in their future activities. 

~ Truckee Sanitation District press release

New Main Street Manager

INCLINE VILLAGE

Incline Village Crystal Bay Association announced the promotion of Jonathon Gardner to Incline Village main street manager. Gardner is a fourth-generation Northern Nevadan. He earned a master’s in business administration from Brigham Young University and has experience building and launching companies as the former director of a venture studio. Other experience includes working in real estate, where he’s been involved in industrial development projects. 

Main Street USA is a nationally recognized program for revitalization and redevelopment in small towns across the United States. Incline Village Main Street is a member of Main Street Nevada. Washoe County supports the Incline Village Main Street program with a community reinvestment grant.  

Incline Village Main Street will work with IVCBA to revitalize Incline Village across the four points of community transformation outlined by Main Street USA, which are economic vitality, design, promotion, and organization.

Incline Village Main Street is currently focused on a beautification campaign, Inclined to Bloom, encouraging locals to participate on June 1 in the Incline Green Clean community clean-up day. Businesses are encouraged to clean their commercial zones and beautify through landscaping, particularly along Tahoe Boulevard.

~ Incline Village Crystal Bay Association press release

Golf Course Under New Management

INCLINE VILLAGE

The Golf Courses at Incline Village announced the new leadership team taking over golf operations at the award-winning Incline Village Championship and Mountain Golf Courses for the 2024 golf season.

Timothy Sands, PGA, was recently hired as the general manager of golf operations for the Incline Village General Improvement District, which owns both courses. Sands plans to focus on maintaining the high level of customer service the Incline Village courses have been known for while making operations more efficient.

In addition to Sands’ hiring, the Golf Courses at Incline Village have promoted Robert Bruce, PGA, to the role of senior head golf professional. Bruce has served in various roles at the golf courses the past 9 years, most recently as the first assistant golf professional.

ON THE GREEN: This golf season welcomes a new leadership team at the Golf Courses at Incline Village. Courtesy photo

The Incline Village golf courses are also happy to welcome Donny Ohu back for a second season as the assistant golf professional at the Mountain Golf Course. Ohu has over 10 years of experience in the golf industry.

Finally, Ashley Wood, PGA, returns for another season as the head of player development for the Incline Village Golf Academy. Wood oversees all instruction and golf clinic development, including private lessons and popular programs such as Get Golf Ready, Women’s Chip & Sip clinics, the PGA Junior League, and Junior golf camps. New this season, she has introduced a number of fun, non-traditional golf clinics designed to appeal to a wide range of golfers and potential golfers.

~ Incline Village Golf Courses press release

Business Briefs

Wine Shop Changes Ownership

TRUCKEE

The Pour House, a wine and cheese shop in downtown Truckee, has recently changed hands. Linda Baumgardner, a single mother who has lived in Truckee for 7 years, has taken over ownership of the shop.

Originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, Baumgardner learned from her father’s experience as a business owner. “I have come to appreciate how business owners are such an important part of the fabric of small communities,” she wrote in an email. 

Baumgardner brings to Pour House a background in events and education, as well as a love of wine and cheese. She wrote that this purchase is a “dream come true.” She has spent extensive time exploring the world of wine through winemaker dinners, tastings, and tours, constantly learning and discovering new flavors. Baumgardner plans to maintain the high standards and excellent value that The Pour House is known for, while also introducing some updates, such as computerizing operations and freshening up the website and social media presence.

THE POUR HOUSE: Linda Baumgardner recently purchased the Truckee wine and cheese shop from long-time owners, Christa Finn and Dean Schaecher, who will still be involved with the business. Courtesy photo

Christa Finn and Dean Schaecher, who opened The Pour House in March 2005, will continue to be involved with the business, with Dean remaining as the resident expert and wine buyer. Their guidance and expertise have been invaluable to Baumgardner as she transitions into her new role.

The transfer of ownership was finalized on April 1, after several months of escrow. Linda has since been shadowing Finn and Schaecher, learning about the shop, its wines, producers, distributors, and regular customers.

“I love what Dean and Christa have created, and I am grateful that they are keeping their talent and heart in the business for the foreseeable future, while also gaining a bit more freedom,” wrote Baumgardner.

To celebrate the transition and thank customers, The Pour House will be hosting a special event in June, with details to come.

~ TC

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