News Briefs

Locals Go For the Gold


Feb. 4 marked the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, with an unusually large smattering of Tahoe and Truckee atheletes representing the U.S. and other nations’ teams. Tahoe City local JC Schoonmaker, who has trained with the Sugar Bowl Ski Team for four years and attends the University of Anchorage, Alaska, will compete in Nordic skiing along with Truckee local Hannah Halvorsen, a 23-year-old with a comeback story — she’s competing following recovering from a brain injury caused by being hit by a car in 2019.

Halvorsen is a fellow alum to Schoonmaker of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy, and six Alpine skiers who attended SBSTA will also be competing: Luke Winters, Louis Muhlen-Schulte, Katie Parker, Alice Robinson, Michel Macedo, and Maureen Lebel (a Truckee local) will all compete. Meanwhile, Palisades is also sending five athletes to Beijing: Travis Ganong, Bryce Bennett (of Truckee), AJ Hurt (of North Tahoe), Nina O’Brien, and Keely Cashman.


Additionally, Reno’s two-time gold medalist in men’s freeski halfpipe, David Wise, is slated to return to completion for his third Olympics, and South Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson will also look for a third straight Olympic gold when she competes in women’s slopestyle. Anderson recently claimed a pair of second-place finishes in big air and slopestyle at the X Games.

~ BL

North Tahoe Arts Seeks Executive Director 


North Tahoe Arts, a nonprofit that has a mission to support the arts in the North Tahoe and Truckee region, is seeking a 30-hour per week, year-round executive director who is passionate about the arts in Tahoe/Truckee. The position will involve leading the organization in its new chapter in Kings Beach.

Responsibilities include managing existing programs; membership and events; oversight of the newly renovated art center including an artisan shop, exhibits, workshops, and camps; new program development; and fundraising, financial management, marketing, and general administration of the organization.

Those who are self motivated and have nonprofit management experience including strong organizational, communication, and project management skills are encouraged to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to by Feb. 18.

~ North Tahoe Arts press release

Press Conference and Information Gathering on the Murder of Gary Spohr


At a press conference on Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. in Homewood, the family of Gary Spohr announced a $150,000 reward for information of his murder.

Gary’s daughter, Adrienne, reached out to the Ink as part of a media plan to seek anyone who may have information about the unsolved murder, during which, as Adrienne describes it, “a masked gunman entered my parents lakefront home at 3015 West Lake Blvd. and shot both of them.” While Gary was killed, Adrienne’s mother survived despite being shot in the head twice.

“We are reaching out to the media in Reno/Sparks/Elko, Tahoe, Sacramento, and [the] Bay Area as we believe that the shooter could have driven from any of those places, and individuals from those places may have information on the killer,” Adrienne continued.

Surveillance footage from the day of Gary’s murder showed the hooded and masked man wearing a black backpack and white jogger pants, walking up the bike path and running up the driveway into Spohr and Woods’ home. The Placer County Sheriff’s office has identified a person of interest but has not revealed their name so as not to jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

If you have any information, call (530) 889-7853 or email The family is also asking people to visit, a website they created where you can find information on the reward offered and the story of the incident, with the surveillance footage from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office of the suspect.

~ BL

Board Provides Direction for Evolution of Short-Term Rental Codes


Washoe County began permitting STRs in May 2021, having issued almost 500 permits to date. The community services department approached the first summer season as a pilot “to see what issues may arise and how the code might be amended to better serve resident/ owners of STRs,” the county said in a press release. On Jan. 25, based on public meetings with residents and STR owners, commissioners discussed the suggested revisions and deter- mined to:

• Include minimum insurance requirements in affidavit rather than a certificate of insurance

• Clarify requirements for parking where parking is unassigned

• Revise method for calculating maximum occupancy

• Replace “wildlife resistant carts” with bear-proof boxes

• Work on technology innovation to improve the overall STR program

• Postpone action on adding fee for additional building inspections

• Postpone action on increasing inspection permit fee for North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District

The board provided further direction to staff, including a continued partnership with the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, which collects the lodging tax on STRs for the county. Commissioners also suggested looking again at the fee structure after another summer season to ensure that expenses and revenue are balanced and truly reflect the cost of staff time and resources.

“We had a rough summer this year. The wildfires didn’t help us really evaluate the program to the full extent. Would it be fair to say we need another year to fully evaluate the ramifications of this pro- gram?” Washoe County District 1 Commissioner Alexis Hill asked during the Jan. 25 meeting.

Ninety-six percent of the STRs in Washoe County are located in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Hill’s district.

~ Washoe County newsletter

Coalition of Tahoe Donner Homeowners Call for Spending Cap on Ski Lodge Project


On Jan. 28, a coalition of home- owners in Tahoe Donner who are concerned about the proposed new ski lodge’s financial and other impacts delivered petitions from hundreds
of homeowners to the board, calling for a cap on spending for the lodge at $18 million. In its press release, the group notes that even with this proposed limit, the project would be the largest and most expensive in Tahoe Donner’s history. The board of directors must notify the petitioners and take action in the form of a vote within 20 days of the submission of the petition.

~ TD concerned citizens’ press release

Moving In, Moving Up, Moving On

Housing Program Manager Heads Out


Seana Doherty, who’s worked as housing program manager for the Town of Truckee for two years, is joining Agnew::Beck, a multidisciplinary consulting firm focused on policy development, planning, public engagement, and more, as a senior manager. While the firm is based in Anchorage, Alaska, Doherty will stay in Truckee and work remotely.

“I am honored to have been part of the first housing division at the town,” Doherty shared in an email with Moonshine, “and know great work will continue under the leadership of our town council, stewarded by our hardworking, competent, and fun staff team.”

~ AH

New Chair, Vice Chair Appointed


Vaughn Hartung, representing District 4 in Nevada’s Washoe County on the board of commissioners, will serve as chair for a term of two years, and Commissioner Alexis Hill, representing District 1, will serve as vice chair for a two-year term. County commissioners are appointed by the rest of the board and also serve on nearly three dozen boards and commissions ranging from public health to business development to transportation and tourism.

~ Washoe County press release

Business Briefs

Truckee Jobs Collective Reaches Out to Bridge Gap Between Potential Employee and Employer


The Truckee Jobs Collective is a project developed by Truckee Tomorrow, a Chamber of Commerce initiative. Its mission is “to bring together people who want to live in the mountains with employers who are running great businesses and awesome cultures,” and functions as a search and collaboration database tool.

The tool allows you to seek opportunities to work in — or employees to fill — full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions. Prospective employees can create a profile and be searchable within the database. The Truckee Chamber also now sends out weekly featured local job listings.

Create your profile and use the full tool at

~ Truckee Chamber newsletter, materials

Pizza Place Reopens After Extended Closure Due to Lack of Employees


PIZZA’S READY: Though Front Street Station Pizza Co. had to close its doors for roughly six months due to a lack of employees, the Truckee business has now been open since Nov. 16, 2021, and is going strong. Courtesy photo

For about six months, Truckee’s Front Street Station Pizza, located on 11782 Donner Pass Rd., had to shut its doors because it “couldn’t find enough employees,” Javier Colmenero, an employee at the Truckee location told the Ink. (Front Street also has a Tahoe City location). Things have been going better for the restaurant, Colmenero said, since being able to fill enough shifts and reopening a few months ago on Nov. 16.

~ BL


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