Houses Removed, a Rumor Debunked, and Staying Within the Forest Lines


A somewhat sporadic roundup of community questions popped up around the region. I reached out about the recent railroad track-adjacent construction in Truckee, a rumor about the fate of the Tahoe City Lodge property, and, for those spending time in the local forests, the purpose of the pictured wooden structures. (Turns out that the lattermost point was an educational opportunity for Jamie Hinrichs, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, as much as for us!)

~ AH


Two residences at the northeast corner of East River and Bridge streets in Truckee were recently removed. Was that related to the adjacent work being performed at the railroad tracks crossing on Bridge Street?


Union Pacific spends about $1.9 billion annually on maintaining our rail infrastructure. It is an integral part of our operations and underscores our commitment to safety. As we prepare for the next snow season, Union Pacific is performing regular maintenance in Truckee, California.

Recently, two residential buildings were removed in Truckee. These buildings were once used for Union Pacific employee housing, which is no longer a need or part of our policies. Removing these buildings provides additional space for growing operations.

~ Meg Ronspies, Union Pacific manager II — corporate communications

Tahoe City Lodge’s Fate?

Is it true that Boatworks at Tahoe has purchased the Tahoe City Lodge property?

That is not correct.

~ Vinton Hawkins, general counsel, project manager at MJD Capital Partners

Wooden Blockade

What’s the purpose of these wooden structures on Tahoe National Forest land? Are they common across national forests?

These wooden barriers designate the edge of vehicle access. They are intended to help visitors avoid driving off the road into portions of the forest that are not intended for driving or parking. You are likely to spot them along roads or within campgrounds and other developed areas.

It is my understanding that these are common in national forests and are also used by other land management agencies for the same purpose.

~ Jamie Hinrichs, PhD, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Forest Service


  • Alex Hoeft

    Alex Hoeft joined Moonshine staff in May 2019, happy to return to the world of journalism after a few years in community outreach. She has both her bachelor's and Master's in journalism, from Brigham Young University and University of Nevada, Reno, respectively. When she's not journalism-ing, she's wrangling her toddler or reading a book — or doing both at the same time.

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