Fanny Bridge Project Environmental Document Available for Public Comment

TAHOE CITY

The Tahoe Transportation District, Federal Highway Administration, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency released the SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project joint environmental documents in December for public comment. The public has until Feb. 17 to offer input on the environment impact report, environmental statement, and environmental assessment.

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The primary needs for the proposed project relate to the current traffic congestion and safety and travel conditions at and around Fanny Bridge and state Route 89/28 “Wye” intersection. The project intends to increase emergency access and egress to the West Shore, improve the safety of vehicular, pedestrian, and cyclist mobility at Tahoe City, address the long-term structural integrity of 86-year-old Fanny Bridge through its rehabilitation or replacement, assist in alleviating traffic back-ups, and create a vibrant and walkable commercial area.

Six project action/build alternatives are proposed, with four including repair/replacement of the existing bridge and a new bridge over the Truckee River. Two others would maintain the current alignment of state Route 89, while modifying the “Wye” intersection. There is also a no-build option.

If approved, the design is scheduled to be completed in September, after which it would go to bid for construction, tentatively scheduled for May 2016.

Hard copies of the joint Draft EIR/EIS/EA are available at the Tahoe City Public Utility District, Tahoe City Public Library, and online at TahoeTransportation.org and TRPA.org.

Several public hearings are scheduled to accept public comments on the draft environmental documents:

• Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m., TRPA Advisory Planning Commission, 128 Market St., Stateline, Nev.

• Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m., Tahoe Transportation District Board of Directors, Granlibakken Resort, 725 Granlibakken Rd., Tahoe City

• Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m., TRPA Governing Board, The Chateau, 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village, Nev.

Info: suggestions@fannybridge.org, (775) 846-2381, fannybridge.org


Skiers Start Friends of Alpine Meadows

ALPINE MEADOWS

The Friends of Alpine Meadows launched in December with a mission to protect, preserve, and celebrate the history of its favorite ski area. The group consists of volunteers who are passionate Alpine Meadows skiers and riders, believe the ski area should remain true to its rich history, and that users should have a voice in the mountain. The grassroots organization has more than 1,300 Facebook fans, a new website, and recently launched a survey (surveymonkey.com/s/alpinemeadowsusersurvey) to better understand the concerns of users.

The steering committee of Friends of Alpine Meadows is made up of multiple generations of Alpine Meadows faithful, whose goal is to preserve Alpine Meadow’s identity, character, and culture.

“We have become increasingly concerned about the future of our favorite ski area,” said steering committee member Ozzy Simpson. “But instead of just complaining about it, we felt it was time to assemble a group to voice our concerns.” Info: friendsofalpinemeadows.com, facebook/friendsofalpinemeadows


Sierra Nevada College Announces Appointment of Interim President

INCLINE VILLAGE

Shannon Beets has been named interim president of Sierra Nevada College. Beets, formerly SNC’s executive vice president and provost, replaces Dr. Lynn Gillette, who resigned abruptly in December. Beets has a distinguished career in academic education. She is a graduate of the University of La Verne, and completed her graduate work at Claremont Graduate University. She has served in numerous management and executive positions at the college.

In these positions, Beets has overseen a tremendous period of growth and positive transition at SNC. The 2014/15 academic year yielded the second largest enrollment in the school’s history with 549 undergraduates and total enrollment of 1,030. The college offers graduate programs in teacher education and masters programs in creative writing and interdisciplinary art.

Board Chair Atam Lalchandani said of Gillette’s three-year presidency at SNC Tahoe, “He championed the active learning style that now defines SNC academics, and positively articulated that vision to the outside world.”


Two Northstar Developments At Odds Over Road Usage

NORTHSTAR

The Placer County Board of Supervisors in December instructed county staff to return to the board at a later date with additional information on a request to abandon two roadways in the Retreat at Northstar development in Martis Valley: Mill Site Road and Cross Cut Court.

Property owners in the Retreat at Northstar filed a request earlier this year with the county for the abandonment of the public’s interest in Mill Site Road and Cross Cut Court, and to dissolve the county service area for the public maintenance of these roadways. Retreat property owners want to privatize the two roadways and prevent through traffic on Mill Site Road from the adjoining Martis Camp subdivision.

The primary point of contention between the two developments is the use of an electronically controlled gate by vehicles coming from or going to Martis Camp for access to and from the Northstar resort.

The Retreat property owners argued that the current use of Mill Site Road is not safe, prevents their full enjoyment of their property, and was not contemplated by their development or the Martis Camp development, and is not part of the Martis Valley Community Plan. The Retreat owners said the private road in the Martis Camp development that abuts up to Mill Site Road is only intended for emergency vehicle and public transit access to Mill Site Road. Martis Camp has asserted that its use is consistent with Martis Camp’s conditions of approval and is not prohibited.


NTPUD Approves Agreement with Placer County for Firestone Property

KINGS BEACH

At its December meeting, the North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors approved the points of agreement with Placer County to transfer the Firestone Property to Placer County. The district and Placer County had been in discussions since August related to transfer of the property. This transfer will allow the county to move forward with construction of 2.4 miles of the Dollar Creek Shared Use Trail. When completed, the Dollar Creek Shared Use Trail will start on Dollar Hill, where the current Tahoe City Public Utility District trail ends, and go to Fulton Crescent Drive in Carnelian Bay. The county has received a Federal Lands Access Program grant for the project and anticipates breaking ground in 2015.


FRC Looks for New Executive Director

TRUCKEE

The Family Resource Center of Truckee is recruiting a new executive director. Due to unexpected family commitments, Nicole Todd Bailey will be transitioning out of the executive director role in early 2015. The board is eager to find another experienced leader with a strong background in nonprofit finance management and operations who is available to begin a partnered hand-off from Todd Bailey as soon as possible. Those interested should forward their resume to carmen@carmencarr.com.


Pet Network Names New Leader

INCLINE VILLAGE

Jason Stipp was recently named executive director of the Pet Network in Incline Village. Stipp was most recently the animal care manager at the organization. Stipp has worked in the tech industry with AOL, and as a certified teacher in physical education, Spanish, and computer skills. He plans to broaden Pet Network’s reach with expanded programs for children and families. He resides in Incline Village with his wife Carolyn and their dog Augustus and cat Salvador.

Board Chair Christine Chew praised Stipp’s performance and creativity. “We are fortunate to have someone with Jason’s problem solving ability and people management skills to step up to this position. Jason has shown a passion for the homeless animals that come through our shelter, and compassion for the people who work with the animals,” she said. Info: petnetwork.org


Big Blue Adventure Athletes Raise Money for Local Environment

LAKE TAHOE/TRUCKEE

Big Blue Adventure joined Green Bucks in 2014 to help support the efforts of the Tahoe Fund and Truckee River Watershed Council to restore and preserve the local environment by collecting more than $2,000 from its athletes on event registrations last summer. Many Big Blue Adventure events are held on lands that have been restored with the help of both nonprofits.

Big Blue Adventure joins businesses around the region that are collecting Green Bucks from room nights, season passes, and other items to help improve the area’s natural environment. These dollars add up to support hiking and biking trails, watershed restoration projects, boating and fishing access, wildlife protection, and environmental stewardship programs.  

“Green Bucks is a great fit for us,” said Todd Jackson, director of Big Blue Adventure. “The program provides an easy way to give back to this incredible environment, make a positive impact to support trails and the watershed, and create a community of folks that appreciate and support the Green Bucks cause.”

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