Olympic Valley’s Most Famous Resort is Now Palisades Tahoe; Resort at Squaw Creek Commits to Name Change
It’s official: The resort that’s been criticized for containing a slur against Indigenous women prominently in its name is now Palisades Tahoe, and the effects of the decision are influencing other entities using the word. Read The Journey to Remove ‘Squaw’ from Tahoe’s Washoe Lands on moonshineink.com for the backstory of this decision, published over a year ago.
As of Sept. 13, the resort is committed to enacting visible changes, with signage updates in the works and all former logowear removed from retail shops. On Sept. 15, nearby luxury Lake Tahoe destination Resort at Squaw Creek announced a commitment to change its name in order to cease the use of the slur by April 2022.
~ Palisades Tahoe letter, Resort at Squaw Creek press release
Mt. Rose Announces Employee Wage Increase, Vaccine Requirement Alongside Expansion Project
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe announced Sept. 13 that it has raised its minimum wage to $15 per hour for all positions that were previously below that mark, a 66% increase over Nevada’s current $9 per hour minimum. The resort will also require employees to be vaccinated for Covid-19 ahead of the start of its 2021/22 winter season.
Mt. Rose’s wage increase will affect employees in nearly all departments at the resort, including staff in base operations, ski school, food and beverage, terrain parks, lift operations, rental and retail operations, ski patrol, and tickets.
Additionally, the resort revealed plans on Sept. 28 to expand the lakeview area of the mountain to include additional ski terrain and a new high-speed chairlift. Estimated to be the largest capital improvement project in the resort’s history, the new lift will be a key piece of Mt. Rose’s efforts to enhance the overall experience in the lakeview mountain zone, which will include trail additions, existing trail improvements and new skier traffic patterns. The expansion is estimated to cost upward of $7.5 million, and is expected to be complete ahead of the 2022/23 winter season.
~ Mt. Rose press release
Office BOSS to Announce Annual Best Boss Award Mid-October
The Office BOSS is celebrating National BOSS day to acknowledge exceptional local bosses by sponsoring a Best BOSS competition in the Truckee/Tahoe area. The company accepted nominations for this year’s award throughout September, with a panel of community leaders slated to review the nominations and select the winner and runners-up, announced at a special wine-and-cheese reception on Oct. 16 at The Office BOSS Mail Center at 11260 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.
The winner will be awarded a free lunch party to celebrate with their work team at a local restaurant in the Truckee/Tahoe area. Runners up will be awarded certificates and gift bags.
~ Office BOSS press release
Annual Truckee Chamber Awards Announced
The Truckee Chamber of Commerce presented awards to seven winners at its 68th Annual Awards Event, held Sept. 24 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport in Hangar N-01. Nominees are submitted by chamber members, and the chamber’s board of directors reviews and discusses them and selects three finalists and a winner in each category.
The 2021 winners in each category, as well as their award presentation, are listed below:
- Entrepreneur Award: Landing Locals
- Business Stewardship: Mountain Hardware & Sports
- Resilience Award: Tahoe Forest Health System
- Rising Star: Grocery Outlet
- Creative Award: Greg Zirbel
- Innovation Award: Truckee Donner Land Trust
- Chairman’s Award: Patty Baird, Cedar House Sport Hotel
~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release
Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up
County Veteran Joins Tahoe Executive Office
Placer County has selected Stephanie Holloway as the new Tahoe operations manager for its North Lake Tahoe County executive office. The position provides administrative oversight, community relations partnership, project management, and operational guidance throughout North Lake Tahoe and eastern Placer County. Some initial areas of focus for Holloway and her team will include updating the county’s tourism master plan and furthering solutions for housing and transportation.
Holloway has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado and is a registered civil engineer and traffic engineer. Holloway began her new role Aug. 30.
~ Placer County press release
TFHS Hires Nurse Practitioner, Two Physicians
Tahoe Forest Health System announced this September that Claire Ward, WHNP-BC, and Kristy Lynn Howard, DO, have joined its team at the Tahoe Forest Women’s Center.
Both Ward’s and Howard’s offices are located on the second floor of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center at 10121 Pine Ave., Truckee. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 587-1041.
TFHS also welcomed Anna Holman, MD, to its team at the Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics. Holman specializes in family medicine and sports medicine and will provide care to patients in the primary care, urgent care, and sports medicine office settings.
The home office of Dr. Holman is located at 925 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 581-8864.
~ TFHS press releases
Washoe County Seeks Applicants for the Air Pollution Control Hearing Board
The Washoe County Health District – Air Quality Management Division is looking for individuals to join the Air Pollution Control Hearing Board and serve the community regarding air pollution matters. The board is a fair and unbiased panel that hears appeals when a negotiated resolution to an air pollution complaint cannot be achieved.
It consists of seven members who are not employees of the state of Nevada or any of its political subdivisions and are recommended by the AQMD and approved by the district board of health. One member of the board shall be an attorney, one member shall be a Nevada licensed engineer, and one member shall be a Nevada licensed contractor. The remaining members are at-large. Interested individuals may apply by completing the application available on washoecounty.gov, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to the Washoe County Health District, Air Quality Management Division, 1001 East 9th Street, Building B171.
~ Washoe County website