North Tahoe Public Utility District Exploring Public-Private Partnership for North Tahoe Event Center

KINGS BEACH

The North Tahoe Public Utility District is exploring a potential public-private partnership with Laulima Development LLC to renovate and manage the North Tahoe Event Center. Three public meetings in February and March are planned to discuss the potential partnership and to solicit community input. The district has been working to find a solution to the funding shortfalls at the event center for many years. In the meantime, operational subsidies continue to be used to maintain services in the center. The partnership was proposed by Laulima, a developer in escrow on the Ferrari Crown Motel in Kings Beach. Laulima would manage the event center as an asset for their lodging property while also making it available for public and community events. A public workshop will be held Feb. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the event center. The district’s recreation and parks commission will meet on Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the event center with this as a timed item at 6 p.m. An NTPUD board workshop will be scheduled in March to continue the discussion regarding this partnership. Info: ntpud.org

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TRPA Looks to Improve Bicyle and Pedestrian Mobility

TAHOE BASIN

Improving transportation options for bicyclists and pedestrians is one of the most effective strategies to conserve and restore Lake Tahoe’s environment, revitalize the economy, enhance recreation opportunities, and improve public health, according to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials. In its capacity as the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization, TRPA released a draft active transportation plan for public review and comment in January. The plan will help local, state, and federal agencies continue to develop multiple-benefit projects to improve transportation options for bicyclists and pedestrians in the Tahoe Basin. The Linking Tahoe: Active Transportation Plan identifies high-priority locations for transportation infrastructure upgrades, discusses challenges to project implementation and potential solutions, highlights best practices for roadway design and maintenance, and offers an assortment of actions communities can take to enhance bicycle and pedestrian mobility. The draft version of Linking Tahoe: Active Transportation Plan is available at TRPA offices and online at tahoempo.org/activetransportationplan. TRPA will accept comments about the plan until Feb. 16. Send comments to Morgan Beryl by email, mberyl@trpa.org, or by mail to TRPA, P.O. Box 5310, Stateline, NV 89449.


Truckee Donner Land Trust Acquires Carpenter Valley

NORTH OF TRUCKEE

The Truckee Donner Land Trust recently acquired Carpenter Valley. Covering 1,320 acres, Carpenter Valley is one of the most important meadows in the Northern Sierra Nevada eco-region and provides habitat for a variety of native birds, animals, and plants. Located seven miles north of Truckee, Carpenter Valley is in close proximity to the town’s expanding footprint. The diversity of wildlife, the high quality of this habitat, and its position in the Truckee River Basin all combine to make Carpenter Valley a high priority for conservation. The land trust is under contract to purchase Carpenter Valley. The campaign’s goal is to raise $10.4 million to cover the purchase, future management, and restoration. Besides Carpenter Valley, this budget includes two other parcels of 320 acres in the uplands along the ridge that separates Euer and Carpenter Valleys.


Alcohol Related Driving Incidents Decrease in 2015

TRUCKEE

In 2014, Truckee experienced an alarming uptick in alcohol related arrests and incidents, specifically DUI traffic collisions and DUI arrests. Due to this trend, the Truckee Police Department led a community-wide campaign to reduce these incidents in 2015. In addition to a community outreach and education effort, the department also collected data throughout 2015 in order to better understand the trend. In 2014, there were 161 DUI arrests by the Truckee Police Department and 23 traffic collisions caused by DUI. In 2015, there were 83 DUI arrests and 12 traffic collisions caused by DUI. Tragically, one of those 12 collisions resulted in the fatality of the driver in a single-vehicle accident. Despite the one death, there was an overall reduction of 48 percent in arrests for DUI and a 47 percent reduction of DUI-related traffic collisions for the year.


Alder Creek Middle School Selected as One of California’s Schools to Watch

TRUCKEE

Alder Creek Middle School has been selected by the California State Superintendent as one of California’s 2015/2016 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage model middle schools. Alder Creek Middle School serves sixth through eighth-grade students in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. The Schools to Watch program uses a competitive, rigorous review process to identify high performing, high impact middle schools so that all middle schools may have models of real-world success. Only 11 schools were selected statewide this year.


Truckee Named Ski Town of the Year, Wins Smart Infill Award

TRUCKEE

As 2015 came to a close, Truckee was named Small Community of the Year by Infill Score and Ski Town of the Year by Curbed. Infill Score, a website promoting sustainable development and land use, named Truckee as its 2015 Small Community Award winner. The long-anticipated Truckee Railyard, downtown revitalization efforts and smart growth strategies outlined by the town’s general and specific plans has not only created local jobs, improved tax revenue and created more affordable housing opportunities, but has led to Truckee being named as a top mountain community by Curbed and Outside Magazine.

Curbed, an online ski magazine, pitted 16 ski towns against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. With more than 3,700 votes in the final round, residents and visitors boasted about Truckee’s historic downtown, small town feel, and world-class ski resorts.


KeepTruckeeGreen.org Makes It Easier for Community to Recycle

TRUCKEE

What should I do with leftover paint? Why can’t I recycle plastic bags curbside? These are just some of the common recycling mysteries Truckee residents face when they want to get rid of household items in an environmentally responsible manner. The Town of Truckee answers those frequently-asked recycling questions on a comprehensive, easy-to-use online recycling guide and website, just launched in February. The website directs how to properly recycle or dispose of more than 250 items, as well as provides tips and guides for sustainable living. The Keep Truckee Green website, found at keeptruckeegreen.org, currently boasts a recycling guide, collection reminders, tips and news, and resources for sustainable living.


Kindergarten vaccination rate increases in Placer County

PLACER COUNTY

Vaccination rates have increased for Placer County kindergartners, while fewer parents are exempting their children from vaccines, according to new data from the California Department of Public Health. Placer’s vaccination rate increased from 86.4 percent to 88.8 percent for the 2015-2016 school year. Kindergarten personal belief exemptions are down from 8 percent to 5.96 percent, one of the most significant reductions in the state.

Placer County public health officials anticipate vaccination rates to continue to increase due to the passage of California Senate Bill 277. Starting Jan. 1, parents or guardians of students in any school or child care facility, whether public or private, are no longer allowed to submit a personal belief exemption to a required vaccine.


Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project Gears up for Last Phase

KINGS BEACH

The Placer County Board of Supervisors recently approved the Department of Public Works and Facilities to award the last contract for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project. The contract, expected to be awarded by spring, calls for construction on the second of the project’s two phases to begin this spring. This last big project includes extending sidewalks and water quality improvements on both ends of State Route 28 in Kings Beach, as well as the construction of a public parking lot along Rainbow Avenue. Phase 1, approximately 95 percent complete, and phase 2 are estimated to be completed in October of this year.


Printed Take Care Signs Now Available for the Community

TAHOE BASIN

The Lake Tahoe Outreach Committee announced it is now taking orders for Take Care signs. Thanks to a new partnership with Vail Resort’s Epic Promise program, the committee will be able to provide Take Care signs to community members at greatly reduced prices. The Take Care campaign includes more than 60 messages that remind residents and visitors to take care of the environment. The digital files of the messages are available to download for free, but until now it was cost prohibitive for some to print the signs. A Take Care Kit featuring digital files with summer, winter, Spanish, and kid-friendly artwork is available on the following themes: general litter, cigarette butts and beer bottle litter, dog waste, fire safety, bear awareness, and aquatic invasive species prevention. To order signs, please email info@takecaretahoe.org.

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