Tahoe Expedition Academy Launches High School Program

Tahoe Expedition Academy is launching a high school program that will start with a 9th grade class for the 2013-2014 school year. Each subsequent year, the school will add another grade level to eventually provide a complete high school curriculum. Professors from top universities around the country will teach the program.

Tahoe Expedition Academy, a private school headquartered in Kings Beach, currently offers pre-kindergarten classes, elementary, and middle school academic programs (kindergarten through 8th grade). The school has an emphasis on experiential learning in the outdoors.

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For its new high school program, Tahoe Expedition Academy has identified three areas of focus: high-level academics and inspiring art programs; adventure, athletics, and nutrition; and character, citizenship, and service. Info: tahoeexpeditionacademy.org.


Homewood Selected as Finalist for National Environmental Award

Homewood Mountain Resort has been selected as a finalist for the National Ski Areas Association’s (NSAA) prestigious Golden Eagle award. The annual award is NSAA’s highest environmental honor and recognizes exemplary environmental performance in the ski resort industry. The winners will be announced at NSAA’s annual convention on May 1 in Palm Springs.

Homewood has been selected as one of three resorts in the Small Ski Area category — resorts with fewer than 200,000 skier visits annually. The other two finalists are Beaver Valley Ski Club in Canada and Mt. Abram Resort in Maine.

Homewood is being recognized for its commitment to innovative watershed management and the water-quality monitoring work performed resort-wide over several years. Working with Integrated Environmental Restoration Services Inc., Homewood has removed and restored nearly 300,000 square feet (nearly 4 miles) of unpaved, on-mountain roads. In addition, through the development of a new, peer-reviewed stream-monitoring method developed by the project team for small alpine watersheds, a watershed-scale sediment reduction of 41 percent was measured between 2010 and 2011.

The tools and methods developed at Homewood have been incorporated in a 300-page Watershed Management Guidebook that was recently published by Integrated Environmental Restorative Services. The guidebook serves as a valuable resource for other ski resorts seeking to improve their watershed management results. Info: SkiHomewood.com


Tahoe Music Professionals Opens its Doors

A group of Tahoe musicians, DJs, and entertainers has launched Tahoe Music Professionals, specializing in weddings, corporate events, and private parties.

Tahoe Music Professionals works with all styles of live music, DJs, and performers, both locally and nationally. It offers complete sound, staging, lighting, and décor for all special occasions.

“We are providing a service that allows our clients to take the guess work out of hiring entertainment. A planner can go to them to hire a classical guitarist, a jazz trio, an ’80s cover band, and a children’s entertainer, all for one event, all with one phone call,” says co-founder Ben Martin.

Tahoe Music Professionals is a proud partner and supporter of the Tahoe School of Music, a nonprofit organization. Ten percent of every booking with Tahoe Music Professionals goes directly to programs and scholarships at the school. Info: TahoeMusicPros.com   


InnerRhythms Expands

InnerRhythms Dance Centre plans to open its third studio in September in the space adjoining its current studios in the Truckee outlet center. The nonprofit dance group will launch a capital improvement campaign to raise funds for the expansion. Info: innerrhythms.org


Plumas Bancorp Reports 175% Increase in Quarterly Earnings

Plumas Bancorp, the parent company of Plumas Bank, announced first quarter 2013 earnings of $616,000, an increase of 175 percent from $224,000 during the first quarter of 2012.

In April, Plumas Bancorp also repurchased at auction 60 percent of the preferred shares that were issued to the U.S. Department of Treasury during the low point of the economic recession.

“The repayment to the Treasury and the exit from this government program are indicators of the bank’s progress in successfully navigating through the global financial crisis while at the same time protecting our common shareholders’ best interests,” said Andrew Ryback, president and CEO of Plumas Bancorp.


Schaller Joins MOBO

Jennifer Schaller has joined Molsby and Bordner, LLP (MOBO Law) as the newest member of its legal team. Schaller has been a practicing attorney in Truckee for the past three years.

Schaller will add her knowledge of family law to MOBO’s growing expertise, which includes business, estate planning, construction, family, and real estate law. MOBO assists clients from all over the Tahoe/Truckee area and northern California, as well as select clients from southern California and Nevada. Info: 10280 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, mobolaw.com

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