PROUD ARTISTS: SELS sixth-graders with their mural project, created out of recycled materials and meant to represent the fight against climate change and environmental degradation. Courtesy photo

SELS Students Create Climate Change Mural


Sierra Expeditionary Learning School sixth-graders designed and helped build a climate change mural for their school campus. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 3 to celebrate its installation. Truckee Roundhouse provided equipment to create the work which uses repurposed wood scraps to represent Truckee’s climate. Student-made original artwork and poetry are incorporated via a laser printer and metal plasma cutter. The word “change” welded together from scrap bike frames from Reno Bike Project is designed to encourage social change toward carbon-free transportation. The mural is displayed behind a bike rack at the school.

Lassen Is Designated UC Davis Natural Reserve



Amidst volcanoes, steaming fumaroles, and forestlands, the Lassen Field Station became the newest addition to the UC Davis Natural Reserve System on May 17, following approval from the UC Board of Regents. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Lassen Field Station will be based at the headquarters of Lassen Volcanic National Park in the Tehama County town of Mineral. Researchers will have access to park facilities such as cabins, classroom space, and camping. The reserve will streamline research permit processes and open new avenues for research, teaching, and public outreach.

Emerald Bay Settlement Reached on Highway Boulder Damage


The Tahoe Regional Transportation Agency’s governing board approved a $50,000 settlement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Stewart Engineering because of May 2018 permit violations on California Highway 89 near Emerald Bay. TRPA had received a complaint regarding the construction of a Highway 89 retaining wall within the Bayview project, where a worker noticed evidence of a large boulder rolling over the side of the highway. Caltrans and Stewart embarked on a restoration project and TRPA approved installation of permanent erosion controls, like placing downed trees to stabilize the slope and planting various shrubs to inhibit erosion. The site will continue to be monitored through November 2021.

Truckee Varsity Football Games Return to TTCTV


Truckee Tahoe Community Television kicks off 2019 coverage of Truckee High School varsity football Aug. 23, when the Wolverines travel to Grass Valley for a nonleague opener against Bear River. “The Voice of Truckee Sports,” Keith Thomas, will handle the play-by-play. Viewers can tune in at 7 p.m. for coverage on TTCTV Suddenlink channel 6 or the live-stream at Week two of the season will see the Wolverines travel to Fernley as “KT” calls his 100th broadcast of Truckee High Football on Aug. 30. Businesses wishing to support the telecasts on nonprofit, educational TTCTV should lock down season sponsorship packages now by contacting Keith Thomas at (530) 448-0744 or A complete season schedule, plus archived games from previous seasons, can be viewed at

Update of Kings Beach Center, Eastern Gateway Project


The Kings Beach Center and Eastern Gateway redevelopment project team held a community meeting in early March to unveil new renderings incorporating revisions based on public feedback. Since then, the project team has brought in renowned local architect Dale Cox. Founded in 1979, Dale Cox Architects specializes in mountain-style architecture reflected in commercial and resort design, and historic remodels. Additionally, Cox has designed dozens of luxury lakefront homes. The project team also designated workforce housing units above the Eastern Gateway retail and office space, which will provide additional units beyond those required for the combined projects, further assisting community and regional needs with the shortage of workforce and achievable housing.

Nevada County Approves Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance


A cannabis cultivation ordinance was approved in a 4 to 5 vote at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting May 14, allowing farmers in the county to cultivate up to 10,000-square-foot-sized parcels of outdoor-grown medicinal cannabis. Farmers are only permitted to plant marijuana in agricultural or forest zones, rather than residential. This vote marks the end of a multi-year community process starting in 2016 when voters rejected Measure W by 59%, which would have banned outdoor growth of cannabis. The ordinance does not allow for manufacturing, dispensaries, or any other cannabis-related businesses.

Camp Fire Source Determined by Cal Fire


Following an in-depth investigation, Cal Fire officially announced on May 15 the source of the deadliest fire in California history: electrical transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E sparked at two locations (one in the Pulga area and the other at the intersection of Rim and Concow roads). The Camp Fire began the morning of Nov. 8, 2018 and ultimately burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroyed 18,804 structures, and resulted in deaths of 85 civilians and several firefighter injuries. For any questions related to the Camp Fire investigation, contact Mike Ramsey at (530) 538-7411 or at, or

Proposed Truckee Community Pavilion & Ice Rink Progressing


Advocates for the Truckee Community Pavilion & Ice Arena celebrated a big step forward in bringing the proposed year-round covered facility to fruition. At the April 25 Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District board meeting, the board approved progressing with design work by MWA Architects, Inc., negotiating with the Town of Truckee to move TDRPD’s Corp yard, and reviewing funding options internally and via state grants. Final design is expected in late summer, with anticipated ground-breaking between spring and fall 2020. Use of the pavilion and ice arena would include ice skating, roller derby, and music festivals. A full list of events can be found at See related coverage from January 2019 and an update on the progress of approval and funding exclusively on this June.

Moving In, Moving Up, Moving On

Sharon Romack is ED of Sierra Senior Services


The Sierra Senior Services Board of Directors appointed Sharon Romack as executive director, chosen for her years of nonprofit experience in fundraising, team building, and leadership. Since joining Sierra Senior Services, Romack has worked toward the agency’s goal of expanding its Meals on Wheels and Congregate Dining programs which currently serve 32,000 meals a year to seniors in the Truckee/North Tahoe area.

Tahoe Forest Health System has new ED, Karli Epstein


Karli Epstein is the new executive director overseeing both Health System Foundations: Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation and Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation. She started with the health system in January 2017, and has helped implement seven-day-a-week Primary Care service at Tahoe Forest Health System’s Multispecialty Clinics. Their emergency room is open seven days a week, 24 hours per day.

Ward-Young Architecture Welcomes Two New Principals to Leadership Team


Ward-Young Architecture & Planning announced an expansion in the ownership of the firm as architects Mike Mussano and Ted Brobst have joined Don Fulda, Robert Heck, Tim Ward, and Larry Young as shareholders. As principals and partners, Mussano and Brobst will help guide and oversee the future growth of the firm. Mussano and Brobst have been with Ward-Young for over 25 years and have contributed significantly to the firm’s portfolio of projects and reputation for creative design solutions, responsiveness and longevity. Tim Ward and Larry Young founded the firm in Truckee in 1977 and have operated studios in both Truckee and Lafayette since 1983.