Business Briefs | January 14 – February 10, 2021


New Option for Meal Delivery Service


Jessie & Laurent is a new local food delivery service specializing in bringing delicious, fresh meals to your home each week, which has expanded from the Bay Area to the North Tahoe region.

Visit for the weekly menu and to submit orders by Tuesday before noon for Friday delivery.


“Lake Tahoe is an important location for us. Not only do we have existing customers that bring our food up to the area, we also recognize a growing need for food delivery,” said Rick Graves, managing partner for Jessie & Laurent. “Our goal is to make it easier for existing customers to enjoy our food and serve both full-time residents and those visitors that are outside of our existing delivery area.”

Delivery is available in the following areas: Boreal, Carnelian Bay, Homewood, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Tahoma, Truckee, Olympic Valley, Sugar Bowl, and Incline Village (a pick-up zone is available for Incline residents as opposed to delivery services).

~ Jessie & Laurent press release

Natural Family Medicine Practice Goes Fully Virtual


NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine announced Dec. 7 the practice will be transitioning to online services entirely, after closing their brick and mortar
office on Jan. 1.

The vast majority of patients had been receiving ongoing care via a telemedicine system for 9 months during the COVID-19 pandemic, and “everyone has become comfortable with Zoom meetings or other video conferences across our lives,” the press release explained. “Many [customers had] expressed how much [they] are enjoying the convenience and efficiency that telemedicine brings.”

Some services and administrative tasks that need to be in person will be offered through Auburn Naturopathic Medicine.

~ NaturaMed press release

Vail Reports Losses in First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021


Vail Resorts’ first quarter of fiscal year 2021 showed negative impacts from COVID-19-related limitations, restrictions, and closures. As a whole, the company’s net loss was $153.8 million — that’s 44.4% down from the same quarter in 2020 (August through October).

Season pass sales through Dec. 6, 2020 for the 2020/21 season increased roughly 20%, though sales dollars were flat comparatively thanks to redeemed credits from 2019/20 pass holders. Vail maintains significant liquidity, with $614 million in cash on hand by the end of November 2020.

Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz said, “Our results for the first quarter continue to be negatively impacted by COVID-19 … In North America, our U.S. resorts experienced improved demand from leisure travelers throughout the quarter relative to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, but summer visitation remained well below historical levels.”

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~ Vail Resorts press release

Moving In, Moving Up, Moving On

Married Olympic Pair Added to Squaw Valley Ski Team Leadership Roles


The Squaw Valley Ski Team is proud to announce the addition of former Olympians and husband-wife duo Anna and Marco Sullivan to team leadership roles. Following long-standing competitive careers in alpine ski racing, Marco joins as interim head coach for the U16 team and Anna takes over as FIS manager and head coach for the Squaw Valley Ski Team.

A 2010 Olympian, two-time NorAm champion, and nine-year member of the Canadian National Team, Anna has played an integral role within the Squaw Valley Ski Team family for many years, including her consistent presence coaching spring camps and as a U14 assistant head coach. She holds degrees in economics and conflict resolution from Westminster College, coaches alongside husband Marco at American Downhiller race camps, and is co-founder of the Ski Racing Sisterhood.

A lifelong Tahoe resident and Squaw Valley Ski Team alum, Marco was a member of the U.S. Ski Team for close to two decades, competing in over 150 World Cups, as well as the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 Olympics. At the peak of his career, Marco was ranked fourth globally in downhill and helped to establish the U.S. Ski Team as one of the best in the world alongside Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves.

~ Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows press release

Water Quality Control Board Appoints Executive Officer


Michael Raymond Plaziak, a water program expert and geologist with a wide range of experience in water issues in both the military and public sector, has been appointed executive officer of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Plaziak, who has been serving as acting executive officer, stepped into his new role Dec. 14. He replaces former long-time executive officer Patty Kouyoumdjian, who retired Aug. 21.

As executive officer at the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, Plaziak will lead a staff of 75 that oversees a vast region spanning starkly different landscapes — from the alpine settings of Lassen County and the Lake Tahoe area to the desert expanses of the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County.

~ California Water Boards press release

POWERHOUSE LUXURY SALES: Corcoran Global Living has welcomed Elder Group Tahoe, led by Alison Elder. Photo courtesy Corcoran Global Living

Realtor Royalty in North Tahoe


Corcoran Global Living, a franchise affiliate of Corcoran Group, announced that it has welcomed the powerhouse Elder Group Tahoe, led by Alison Elder. The Elder Group has been recognized locally and nationally for its exponential luxury sales volume success, as well as involvement in many community efforts throughout the Lake Tahoe region. United in the brokerage culture and vision, Elder joins the Lake Tahoe operations as an equity partner, bringing her talents and expertise to the network of associates and staff of Corcoran Global Living.

Already a member of Corcoran Global Living, Tracy Voelker with the Tahoe City North Corcoran office has been elected to sit on the board of directors of the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors. She will serve for two years and is eligible for re-election for up to three consecutive terms.

In her role as an elected member of the board, Voelker and her fellow directors will oversee the activities and affairs of the TSBOR, including support for realtors and MLS members through education, training, legislative advocacy, and technical applications.

~ Corcoran Global Living press releases

Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes New Physician


Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Sarah L. Fletcher, MD, has joined its team at the Tahoe Forest Women’s Center.

As an obstetrician/gynecologist, Fletcher specializes in women’s health, particularly in pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system.

Fletcher attended medical school at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the UC Davis Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Her office is located on the second floor of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center at 10121 Pine Ave. in Truckee. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 587-1041.

~ TFHS press release

Nevada County announced the appointment of Dr. Scott Kellermann as the new public health officer. Courtesy photo

New Public Health Officer Will Launch ‘Campaign to End Pandemic’


On Jan. 1, Dr. Scott Kellermann assumed his role as public health officer, with his formal appointment occurring at the Jan. 12 meeting of the county’s board of supervisors.

Dr. Kellermann received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine with a masters in public health and tropical medicine. Currently, Dr. Kellermann is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and an assistant clinical professor at California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove. He is a senior consultant for the Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases, through the National Institute of Health and UC Davis. CREID research will attempt to identify novel viruses and prevent future pandemics.

~ Nevada County press release


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