Alpenglow Sports Hosts Adrian Ballinger


Alpenglow Sports will welcome professional ski mountaineer Adrian Ballinger as the fourth speaker in the 2019/20 Winter Speaker Series on Jan. 23, presented by Peak Design. Ballinger, head guide and founder of internationally acclaimed Alpenglow Expeditions, will present his show, K2 no O2, The One That Should Have Gotten Away, detailing his recent expedition to the legendary mountain K2, and his attempt at the treacherous summit without supplemental oxygen.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Olympic Village Lodge at Squaw Valley. Attendees are encouraged to arrive when the doors open at 6 p.m. to ensure seating. Admission for Ballinger’s show is free, and all bar and raffle proceeds will go to Truckee Donner Land Trust, the nonprofit beneficiary of the evening.


Locally Made Vodka Introduced


Sierra Vodka, recently released by Old Trestle Distillery, is the only vodka made in Tahoe with 100% Sierra Nevada-sourced water. It is fermented, distilled, filtered, bottled, and labeled all in Truckee. Made from 100% California yellow corn grown in the Sacramento Valley, the vodka pays tribute to the agricultural origins of the Truckee/Tahoe region.

$90,000 Raised for Mothers, Newborns


More than 250 community members gathered for the 29th Annual Barton Gala on Dec. 7 and pledged a record-breaking $90,000 to support community health in the Lake Tahoe area. This year’s beneficiary was the Family Birthing Center at Barton Memorial Hospital, with proceeds from the black-tie soiree funding medical equipment and training to keep at-risk newborns close to their families in those precious first moments together.
The Barton Foundation produces the gala as part of its mission to inspire philanthropy for community health. The foundation supports Barton Health’s direct investment in local, high-quality care as an independent, nonprofit healthcare system.

Mexican Kitchen Opens at Squaw


In a renovated, expanded space in the heart of the Village at Squaw Valley, Tremigo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar is the second restaurant from the owners of Auld Dubliner Irish Pub. Tremigo will serve signature Mexican dishes with large booth seating, featuring menu items such as “Squacamole,” Mahi-Mahi fish tacos, and Molcajete, a hearty Mexican stew served in a traditional lava stone for sharing.

Join the Green Box Program


The Town of Truckee’s Green To-Go Box program allows food customers to buy their first green to-go container for $5 with your to-go meal at Red Truck, The Station, or Siam Cuisine. After that, all you have to do is rinse your box when you’re done eating and bring it back to trade for a free, clean box of food at one of those restaurants when you’re next ready to order. You can even use your green box as your personal tupperware or to avoid non-reusable take-out from any other restaurant in the meantime.

Housing Project Grand Opening


The Palisades at Squaw Valley, a new housing project, opened three models to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 3. The development will be a small enclave of homes, marketed toward those who share a love of this impressive territory and its unique offerings.

Vail Resorts Announces Layoffs


In an “effort to centralize corporate functions,” Vail Resorts completed its third round of company-wide layoffs at the end of 2019. The decision affected finance teams at Keystone and Breckenridge Ski resorts, who received notice they’ll be released this coming spring. Earlier in 2019, Vail staff from marketing and human resource departments were laid off.
“The organizational changes announced within the Vail Resorts finance function are part of our company’s concerted effort to centralize corporate functions in order to best support our growing business now composed of 37 resorts around the globe,” wrote Vail Resorts officials.

This information was made public around the same time Vail announced record-breaking lift ticket prices and an increase in ticket sales.


ALL RISE: The Washoe County Second Judicial District Court (SJDC) announced Sandra Unsworth as its newest judge. Courtesy photo

New Judge for Washoe County


The Washoe County Second Judicial District Court announced that Judge Sandra Unsworth was sworn into the court, Department 12, in December. She steps into the role left by Judge Francis Doherty, who retired in the fall. Unsworth has 27 years of family law experience, and her passion for such developed through her own life experiences and in observing how legal proceedings involving family matters deeply affect the parties and their children.

IVGID Board Vacancy to be Filled


Washoe County has received official notification from the Incline Village General Improvement District to move forward with an appointment process in order to fill a vacancy on its Board of Trustees. On Dec. 18, 2019, IVGID held a special meeting to fill a vacancy previously occupied by Phil Horan, but could not come to an agreement on an appointment; therefore, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners will appoint an applicant to fill the vacancy. Washoe County accepted applications from Dec. 24, 2019 through Jan. 6, 2020.


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