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2022 General Election Results

REGION-WIDE

Results for the 2022 General Election continue to pour in. Below is the latest round-up of counts for contested races, correct as of Friday, Nov. 11. Results are combined across counties where necessary. Visit the websites below for county-specific information:

District

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Votes Cast

LOCAL OFFICES

Incline Village General Improvement District (vote for 2)

David Noble

Ray Tulloch

Gail Krolick

Yolanda Knaak

2,541

2,020

1,980

1,148

North Tahoe Fire Protection District (vote for 1)

Luke Ragan*

Ron Parson

 

137

124

Tahoe City Public Utility District (vote for 2)

John Pang

Gail Scoville 

Morgahn Grey

Write-in

 

628

605

244

5

Tahoe Forest Hospital District (vote for 1)

Robert Barnett

Cindy Basso

Write-in

 

2,760

2,099

4

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (vote 1 per area)

Patrick Mooney (Trustee Area 1)

Richard Ludke (Trustee Area 1)

Denyelle Nishimori (Trustee Area 4)

Heather Whitney (Trustee Area 4)

Write-in (Trustee Area 4)

Dianna “Deedee” Driller (Trustee Area 5) 

Shannon M Hansen (Trustee Area 5)

Write-in (Trustee Area 5)

 

4,104

1,606

3,768

1,814

5

4,053

1,661

4

Town of Truckee Town Council (vote for 3)

Anna Klovstad*

Jan Zabriskie*

David Polivy*

Suzie Tarnay

 

2,444

2,310

2,115

1,359

Truckee Sanitary District (vote for 3)

Jerry Gilmore*

Nelson Van Gundy*

Marcus Waters (appointed incumbent)

Phil Fay

 

1,908

1,907

1,660

1,428

Truckee Tahoe Airport District (vote for 2)

Mary Hetherington*

Kathryn Rohlf*

Mike Daniel

Christopher Henderson

Write-in

 

2,714

2,493

2,250

1,861

8

LOCAL MEASURES
Measure V

No

Yes


14,243

13,898

* incumbent

~ AH

Town and TDPUD Launch Expanded Home Weatherization Rebates

TRUCKEE

The Town of Truckee and Truckee Donner Public Utility District have launched expanded home weatherization rebates. This partnership expands eligibility for the TDPUD’s existing rebates, which were previously limited to customers with electricity as their primary heat source. Now all TDPUD customers, regardless of home heating source, are eligible.

In alignment with the town council’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to support community resilience and disaster preparedness, this program seeks to encourage residents to perform building envelope improvements that will both increase energy efficiency and reduce exposure to wildfire smoke.

Weatherization refers to the implementation of measures that improve the building envelope. This includes sealing cracks around windows, doors and fireplaces, and other spaces where air can find a pathway from outside to inside. Measures like weather stripping, caulking, and properly sealing ductwork can help accomplish this. Most homes in Truckee are not properly weatherized, especially those built prior to the 1980s.

Weatherizing makes buildings more effective at retaining heat, meaning home heating systems don’t have to work as hard and new heating systems can be properly sized for maximum efficiency. This can translate to energy savings up to 30%. 

According to Truckee’s 2016 greenhouse gas inventory, emissions from building energy use comprise 59% of Truckee’s total community emissions. This makes buildings the largest emissions category, and the area with the greatest impact potential. Weatherizing existing buildings is a critical step toward decarbonization.

TDPUD customers can apply for rebates online at tdpud.org. To be eligible for the building envelope or duct mitigation rebates, customers must complete a pre and post mitigation test. 

~ Town of Truckee press release

THE VALLEY: Olympic Valley development plan approvals rescinded by the county. Courtesy photo

Placer County Rescinds All Approvals for Development

OLYMPIC VALLEY

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind its approval of a development proposed for Tahoe’s Olympic Valley at a public hearing on Nov. 8.

Conservation nonprofit Sierra Watch had secured a court order commanding the county to “vacate and set aside its approval” of Alterra Mountain Company’s large development proposal. 

Would-be developers Alterra Mountain Company, then acting as KSL Capital Partners, purchased the Tahoe ski resort formerly known as Squaw Valley in 2010. Within a year, the company applied to Placer County for development entitlements for a series of high-rise condo hotels, a rollercoaster, and a 90,000 square-foot indoor waterpark. 

Sierra Watch responded by building a grassroots movement under a banner of Keep Squaw True. Thousands of volunteers got involved. 

In November of 2016,the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the project. Sierra Watch challenged those approvals in court, arguing that Placer County violated state planning laws. 

In August of 2021, the Third District Court of Appeals agreed with Sierra Watch that Placer County ignored the proposed development’s impacts on Lake Tahoe, fire danger, noise, and traffic. 

“Judgment in this case is therefore entered in favor of Petitioner Sierra Watch,” the court declared in its unanimous decision. “The county shall vacate and set aside its approval of the project, including the specific plan, the development agreement, the large-lot vesting tentative subdivision map, amendments to the Squaw Valley General Plan and Land Use Ordinance, zoning change, development standards, and related resolutions and ordinances … adoption of related findings of fact, statement of overriding considerations, and mitigation monitoring reporting program; and certification of the EIR.”

At the Nov. 8 hearing, County Planner Patrick Dobbs said Alterra still plans to remove forward with the project.

~ Sierra Watch press release

Ski Film Searching for Extras

TAHOE/ TRUCKEE

In 1984, a new film subgenre was born — the ski comedy. Birthed on the slopes of what was then called Squaw Valley, Hot Dog … The Movie quickly became a cult hit and spawned two decades worth of followers. From Ski Patrol to Aspen Extreme, Ski School to Better Off Dead, the list of classics goes on and on … until it doesn’t. In the ever-changing Hollywood shuffle, the genre has been lost as of late, but certainly has not been forgotten by legions of fans worldwide. Which is why Weak Layers is here, a feature length ski comedy. 

Would you like to be part of this movie? The same team that brought you Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche is producing Weak Layers in North Tahoe this November and December. 

The production is looking for extras to appear in several scenes that will shoot on Nov. 14, 16, 18, and 30, and Dec. 1, 2, 8, and12. Most locations are at Palisades Tahoe. Extras must be 18 or older. To sign up, email weaklayers@gmail.com and reference the date you’re available.

~ Nicole Dreon email

Childhood Traumas Strongly Impacts Mental,Physical Health

RENO

Most Americans, 67%, report experiencing at least one traumatic event in childhood, and a new study shows that these experiences have significant impacts on adults’ health risks. Physical illnesses such as obesity and chronic pain are affected, but mental disorders show the most significant association, including post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and depression. 

Scientists from DRI and the University of Nevada, Reno, led the study, published on Oct. 6 in Frontiers in Psychiatry. More than 16,000 people from the Reno area volunteered for the research as part of the Healthy Nevada Project, one of the most visible genomic studies in the U.S., powered by Renown Health. Participants answered questions about their social environments before age 18, including experiences with emotional, physical, or sexual mistreatment, neglect, and substance abuse in the household. The researchers combined this information with anonymized medical records to build on existing research about how childhood traumas affect health outcomes.  

Nearly two-thirds, 66%, of participants recalled at least one type of trauma, and almost one-quarter, 24%, reported experiencing more than four. Women and people of African American and Latinx descent reported a higher prevalence of traumatic experiences than men and those with European ancestry, but people in low-income households were the most impacted. 

Thirteen mental illnesses showed the most statistically significant associations, including mood disorders, depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and substance abuse. For every reported type of abuse experienced in childhood, a participant’s risk for PTSD increased 47%. Each cumulative trauma also increased one’s risk for making a suicide attempt by 33%. 

The researchers note that although the study is rooted in Nevada, which has high rates of adults with mental illness and poor access to care, it provides a window into deeply rooted public health issues across the nation. 

~ Renown Health press release 

Trail Closure 

FLORISTON

The Tahoe-Pyramid Trail is closed one mile west of Floriston. Contractor Richard May has been working on stabilizing the trail due to erosion. This will hopefully avoid any further issues, especially after the winter melt. Work will continue through November. Cyclists traveling east can ride on the shoulder of Interstate 80.

~ Tahoe-Pyramid Trail November newsletter

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Resort Association Welcomes New Board Members

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

Five North Lake Tahoe business leaders were recently appointed to join the volunteer board of directors for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. The new and returning members represent food and beverage businesses, Homewood ski area, the Northstar Business Association, Northstar ski area, and Resort at Squaw Creek, and were appointed by the board of directors to fill seat vacancies.

“On behalf of the board and NLTRA staff, we’d like to recognize the recent departures of long-time board members Kevin Mitchell and Tom Turner, and thank them for their contributions to our community over many years,” said Tony Karwowski, NLTRA president and CEO. 

The NLTRA board of directors guides the work of the organization and its responsibilities under the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District and in contracts with Placer County that focus on destination management and marketing, housing and transportation, and destination stewardship initiatives. The members who assumed board positions as of the Nov. 2 meeting include:

  • Food & Beverage Businesses At-large seat: Ray Villaman (retaining NLTRA board secretary position)
  • Homewood ski area seat: Harry Hirsch
  • Northstar Business Association seat: Adam Wilson (retaining NLTRA board chair position)
  • Northstar ski area seat: Amy Ohran
  • Resort at Squaw Creek seat: Manfred Steuerwald

The makeup of the board of directors reflects the diverse North Lake Tahoe business community and includes representation from all sectors and geographic regions. The board includes six nominated seats and 10 designated seats, with all seats being elected by the members, as specified in the NLTRA bylaws.

Board and committee meetings are open to the public, and the NLTRA is committed to fiscal transparency and incorporating public input and participation in all decision-making. Learn more about the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, its volunteer board of directors and committees at nltra.org

~ NLTRA press release

URIEL MONTOYA: SOS Outreach’s newest staff member and program alumnus. Courtesy photo

SOS Outreach Hires Local Program Alumni 

TRUCKEE/ TAHOE

The youth development nonprofit SOS Outreach is gearing up for another winter season of impactful programming. SOS engages underserved youth from Truckee, Tahoma, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, and Incline Village using mountain sports and positive mentorship as a medium to teach core values and develop leadership skills. This year, the organization is bringing the impact full circle through the hiring of a new staff member, Uriel Montoya,  and an SOS program alumni.

“I remember really wanting to snowboard when I first moved to Truckee, but we didn’t have the money to do it,” says Montoya. “Joining SOS changed that, and it’s really cool to come back now and give this opportunity to other kids in Tahoe.”

Montoya first learned about SOS when he was in elementary school and a teacher recommended that he try out the program. He signed up that same winter and quickly fell in love with snowboarding. Montoya recognizes the profound impact that mountain sports have had on his life and also recognizes that he wouldn’t feel the same sense of belonging to his home town of Truckee if couldn’t get out on the slopes.

Now helping run programs for the next generation of SOS youth, Montoya says his intimate knowledge with the program will be a significant help to the North Lake program team. SOS programs will begin as early as December and will run through late April. To get involved, volunteer, or donate, please visit sosoutreach.org.

~ SOS Outreach press release 

Business Briefs

BASE TO BASE: Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows unite, allowing 6,000 acres of skiable terrain. Photo by Ted Coakley III/Moonshine Ink

Palisades Tahoe Opening Day and Gondola Updates

OLYMPIC VALLEY

Palisades Tahoe unveiled its new infrastructure, including the new Base-to-Base Gondola, at an exclusive media event on Oct. 27. The Base-to-Base Gondola is set to open on Dec. 17 at a community launch party where members of the community will be able to ride it for free. Palisades senior vice president of development Tom Feiten explained that the gondola is a project that has been in the making for over 70 years. Feiten described it as the “ninth wonder of the world.”

Earlier this week, Palisades announced that it will be opening the resort four days early, moving opening day from Nov. 22 to Nov.18. However, only one chair will be running on opening day, Gold Coast. Skiers and riders will have to travel to the upper mountain as well as down via the Gold Coast Funitel. 

After the new gondola’s official launch on Dec. 17, it will spin daily at 9 a.m. (weather permitting). One hope for the gondola is to elevate congested ski traffic that builds in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows. Those traveling from Tahoe City will now be able to park at Alpine Meadows and use the gondola to get to Palisades, while those traveling from Truckee can park at Palisades and finish their commute to Alpine via gondola if they wish. 

The new infrastructure at Palisades also includes a new Red Dog chair and other resort improvements. The cost of said infrastructure has been about $85 million, said Palisades personnel. 

The new infrastructure will require about 25 additional employees to operate.

~ KM

FIRST TURNS: Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe to offer skiers and riders their first turns of the 2022/23 season. Courtesy photo

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Opens 

RENO

Due to cold temperatures and heavy snowfall from recent storms, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe opened Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 for skiers and riders to make their first turns of the season.

“The significant snowfall that’s expected, paired with cold temperatures and our robust snowmaking system is going to allow us to get even more terrain open quickly,” said Mike Pierce, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe marketing director. “At 8,260 feet, the highest base area elevation in Tahoe, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is where the snow is.”

For opening weekend, top-to-bottom skiing and riding will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday from the resort’s main lodge. Lifts planned to operate include the Northwest Express and the Wizard beginner lifts offering access to most of the beginner, intermediate and some advanced terrain on the main lodge side of the mountain.

All parking will be at the main lodge, and services will include the Lodgepole Cafe, Timbers Bar, tuning center, and rental shop, with season lease pick-up available. The lodge will open at 8 a.m.. All ski school lessons will begin Nov. 19.

The resort will be closed mid-week, Nov. 14 to 18, for finish work on the new Lakeview Express chairlift, and reopen for daily operations for the 2022/23 winter season on Saturday, Nov. 19.   

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will soon open its new Lakeview zone, a $7.5 million on-mountain expansion that will enhance and change the way skiers and riders experience the mountain. The new Lakeview Express lift caters to low-level and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, and the new Lakeside trail offers expansive views of Lake Tahoe and is the preferred route to access the popular Around the World trail.

Learn more and purchase a season pass or lift tickets at skirose.com.

~ Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe press release 

Nordic Ski Coaches Needed 

NORDEN

Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy is seeking a few motivated, passionate, and committed coaches to join its squad of professional Nordic instructors on Saturdays and Sundays through March. SBSTA Nordic weekenders are a small but enthusiastic crew of kids ages 5 to 14. The academy offers coaches’ education and advanced training, keeps its coach-to-athlete ratio small, and strives to provide the very highest level of long-term athlete development. It is SBSTA’s firm belief that all of its participants should become outdoor athletes for life.

Programming runs from Jan. 7 through March 26, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. SBSTA is looking for coaches who could commit to both days or a single day each weekend. Preference will be given to coaches interested in working with U12 and U14 age groups. 

SBSTA provides Nordic coaches with:

  • Extremely competitive hourly wages 
  • Uniforms
  • Discounted equipment purchase through our partners
  • Pay for licensing and professional development
  • A Sugar Bowl/Royal Gorge pass
  • A sense of purpose in developing our next generation of outdoor enthusiasts

For more information, contact Will Sweetser, Nordic programs director at wsweetser@sbacademy.org or by calling (207) 227-7842. Find the youth Nordic coach job description online at sbst.org/employment.

~ Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy press release

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