News Briefs

Proposal to  Incorporate Incline Village, Crystal Bay as a City

INCLINE VILLAGE

The community and business association in Incline Village and Crystal Bay (IVCBA) will host the Inclined to Meet Town Hall on the proposed City of Incline Village on Sept. 27. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Chateau in Incline Village, 955 Fairway Blvd.

The presentation will be made by Todd Lowe, president of the Village League to Save Incline Assets, and Kevin Lyons. The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Community Forum is a co-sponsored, free event.

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The Village League to Save Incline Assets is spearheading the initiative to develop a petition for incorporating Incline Village and Crystal Bay as a city. The community is facing new challenges and more unsolved problems than ever before. Incorporation would bring autonomy and local control over the quality of services here and would give residents a community-driven platform for solving local problems. Along with volunteers, the Village League is preparing a plan for community review, evaluation and adoption which will ultimately become the petition. Updates and information are available at cityofinclinevillage.com.

Inclined to Meet is a meeting platform for bringing the community together for conversation on important issues. 

~ IVCBA press release

The Launch of the Climate Transformation Alliance 

TRUCKEE

The Climate Transformation Alliance launched on July 15 with a kickoff gathering at Truckee Tahoe Airport. The CTA is a regional public private partnership of local governments, special districts, community organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to collaboration, innovation, and accountability through a governing body and shared vision. The overarching goal of the CTA is for the Truckee/North Tahoe community to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

The CTA is committed to the development of local policy and initiatives that will promote the resilience of the community, recognizing that more can be achieved for the community together. The creation of this platform is a way to work collectively to identify and implement programs, policies, and projects that reduce emissions and climate risk and promote adaptation to climate change. The CTA is an information sharing and learning network while also offering a centralized platform to work together to set a common regional agenda, share resources to help speed climate adaptation and mitigation focused projects, offer peer-to-peer technical assistance to meet goals, measure outcomes, and report successes.

In late 2021, the Town of Truckee, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and Truckee Donner Public Utility District, under the guidance of Sierra Business Council, developed a charter and strategic plan for the CTA. The alliance formally welcoming members in June.,

The next Climate Transformation Alliance meeting will take place on October 14. Interested parties can contact Sierra Business Council for further details and are encouraged to review the charter and strategic plan. The charter can be endorsed, and your interest in joining the alliance noted, through a board resolution or signature from a business or individual. Local stakeholders who endorse this charter will be considered founding members and will have one vote in decision-making processes.

~ Town of Truckee press release 

Business Briefs

Bacchi’s Inn Closes its Doors

TAHOE CITY

Bacchi’s Inn announced last week via Facebook that it will be closing after 90 years in business. The final day that the restaurant was open for service was Sept. 11.

“Over the past 42 years, Bill Hunter has been honored to be your host and cook. His son, Everett Hunter, has been working diligently by his side for over 28 years. Together they have offered their company, comradery, and delicious food,” the Facebook post read. “Our family started this business with the small idea of offering great Italian food. Ninety years later and four generations of family working for our restaurant, we feel grateful to be a part of Tahoe City history. Closing is bittersweet and comes with mixed emotions. Bill is retiring and will spend his evenings and weekends with family and friends while perfecting his golf game and storytelling.”

Bacchi’s was known for great Italian food and great times, loved by Tahoe City’s locals and visitors. 

~ KM

REDUCING FIRE THREATS: Land Tender, a new technology aimed at reducing wildfire threats in the Tahoe region, uses high resolution imaging and artificial intelligence to modernize planning for forest health treatments. Courtesy photo

Forest Health Partners Deploy New Technology to Help Reduce Wildfire Threats 

TRUCKEE/ TAHOE

As the Mosquito Fire burns, and one year after the Caldor Fire burned into the Lake Tahoe Basin, the Tahoe Fund and Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation announced the deployment of Land Tender, a powerful new software tool developed by Vibrant Planet, that will allow land managers to collaboratively address wildfire threats and plan forest health and restoration treatments. Land Tender will be used in the Tahoe Basin and surrounding critical watersheds covering 1.5 million acres, making this the largest deployment to date of this new system.

Land Tender, also jointly funded by California Tahoe Conservancy, is the leading community wildfire resilience and wildland health decision support system in the United States. The platform will be deployed across the Lake Tahoe Basin, the Middle Truckee River, American River, Bear River, Feather River, and Yuba River watersheds. Much of that area is either burning, under high wildfire threat, or in need of reforestation, fueling the need for faster, more informed wildfire resilience and restoration planning and monitoring. 

Land Tender will provide granular-level detail on dozens of key forest health metrics in the region, including tree densities and potential mortality; vulnerability of endangered species habitats, recreational trails, and waterways. From there, Land Tender enables land managers to collaboratively create forest treatment plans based on a number of desired outcomes, such as reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire, or maximizing water quality or protecting recreational opportunities.

~ Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation press release

SKI TRANSIT: Mountaineer offers new microtransit service for the winter. Courtesy photo

Microtransit Service For Upcoming Ski Season

OLYMPIC VALLEY 

Mountaineer, the service that offers free, convenient winter transportation in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, will add new service routes and expand its operating schedule for the 2022/23 winter season. For the first time, daily evening service between Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, four day per week operations in Alpine Meadows, and service in Olympic Valley until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and during WinterWonderGrass will be available, giving residents and resort guests more options to get around the Palisades Tahoe resort community without their cars.

This winter, Mountaineer will operate its nine-passenger, dog-friendly vans equipped with ski/snowboard racks during the following operating schedule Dec. 9, 2022 through April 9, 2023:

  • Daily in Olympic Valley from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with service until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and during WinterWonderGrass (March 31 to April 2, 2023)
  • Friday through Monday and additional dates* in Alpine Meadows from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Daily between Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

Passengers can request rides through the Mountaineer app, which is free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Inter-valley transportation will be provided between the two Palisades Tahoe base areas by the new Base to Base Gondola, scheduled to operate daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this winter.

Placer County will continue to offer TART Connect free, on-demand transportation in North Lake Tahoe this winter with Friday and Saturday service between Olympic Valley and Tahoe City, and between River Ranch and Tahoe City from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Rides can be requested through the free TART Connect app, with these routes operating between Dec. 15, 2022 and April 9, 2023.

~ Mountaineer Transit Company press release 

MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE INCLUDES SUGAR BOWL: Local favorite, Sugar Bowls now included with Mountain Collective pass. Courtesy photo

Sugar Bowl Added to Mountain Collective

DONNER SUMMIT

After welcoming Sun Valley and Snowbasin back to the Mountain Collective Pass in March, Le Massif de Charlevoix in June, and Marmot Basin in July, the Mountain Collective has continued to make strategic acquisitions, adding Sugar Bowl, California for the 2022/23 season bringing the total number of resort partners to 25 worldwide.

One of the oldest ski resorts in California, Sugar Bowl has a storied past with ties to Austrian ski culture, Hollywood, and Walt Disney. Perched atop historic Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Resort has been family-owned and proudly independent since 1939. Steller terrain is open for all abilities, from steep narrow chutes to wide open bowls and perfectly groomed cruisers, as well as plenty of gentle slopes for beginners and young children. Locally in Lake Tahoe, Sugar Bowl is known for short lift lines, uncrowded slopes, and the most annual snowfall through the adage, “More Snow, Less Crowds.”

The 2022/23 edition of the Mountain Collective is currently on sale and is available exclusively online at mountaincollective.com

~ Mountain Collective press release

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