Biomass Project Moves Forward; Upcoming Town Logo and Branding Update; Local Donations to Stop Sex Trafficking; More

News Briefs

Placer County Staff Advances Tahoe Biomass Project, Seeking Public-Private Partnership

AUBURN

The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county staff to prepare and release a request for proposals for the proposed Cabin Creek biomass facility project in North Lake Tahoe.

The board’s approval of the Request for Proposal process came after receiving a project update from county staff on the feasibility of the construction and operation of a biomass facility.

The proposed facility site is the Eastern Regional Landfill located in Placer County.  

The facility would not only assist with mitigating wildfire risks but also create renewable energy or other renewable biomass fuels by using thermochemical conversion technologies. Biomass facilities produce energy using wood scraps left over from forestry operations or residential defensible space clearing, helping remove a hazardous source of fuel for wildfires. They also generate heat and a byproduct called biochar that could be used as fertilizer and in water filtration processes. 

Recent catastrophic wildfires, including the River and Mosquito fires, have highlighted the need for local biomass facilities to take the surplus of biomass material resulting from forest fire cleanup, forest management projects and residential defensible space efforts. However, the lack of local facilities has caused this material to be shipped long distances to biomass facilities already approaching capacity limits, driving down its value and burdening residents with increased disposal costs. 

In response, Placer County has for years pursued plans for a biomass facility to effectively manage and utilize excess woody biomass material in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Currently, agencies employ various tactics to reduce wood scraps left on the ground during routine healthy forest maintenance, including open pile burning.

Open pile burning is necessary to reduce fuel loads, especially in the absence of a regional biomass facility, but can create temporary smoky conditions, and also releases carbon into the atmosphere. 

Advanced technologies used in modern biomass facilities, on the other hand, can trap carbon and other pollutants, helping agencies reduce even more fuel loads, which decreases the risk of wildfire, reduces air pollutants compared to open pile burning, and is better for the environment.

~ Placer County press release

New Website, Logo to Launch Next Month

TRUCKEE

The Town of Truckee will launch a new website at the end of March that includes updated branding and logo. The hope is to inspire enhanced community engagement and jurisdiction cohesion, particularly amid a number of town divisions and projects with their own identity, separate from the town’s current official logo.

The new website will include more information about disaster preparedness, ideally becoming a hub regarding wildfire- and storm-related impacts. The logo will be updated across town materials, equipment, and property. 

“The process for the creation of an entire branding system has been driven by employee feedback,” shared Bron Roberts, communications program manager for the town. “We had more than half of our employees choosing to offer their guidance and advice during development of this branding toolkit, and individual divisions are still working on their own representations. The process of internal input is similar to what other surrounding agencies have done with their branding effort, including Nevada County.”

The town entered into a contract agreement with CivicPlus for website design and hosting in July 2023. The total cost of that contract to date is $57,331. Expectations for the scope of work can be found in the Request for Proposal, first advertised February 2023. The total projected expenditure for the town branding project is $155,000 and comes out of the general fund.

“We are happy to be preserving the history of Truckee with the current logo being retained as the official seal of Truckee and an array of other logos, illustrations, fonts, colors, and division specific icons to support branding and recognition for the Town as an organization. Creating an entire system will help represent our government agency across various channels and assets,” Roberts said.

No public input was sought during the process, which began this past September. Roberts explained that all town staff were invited to participate in the process. Over half (86) took the initial survey and 40 attended the first workshop. 

One town employee who asked to remain anonymous shared frustration over the logo and branding update with Moonshine Ink, saying if so much money is being spent on such a process, taxpayers should be involved.

According to Roberts, many staffers are excited about the update.

“Not everyone has expressed support for the new branding, but like other design and artistic processes, it is unlikely that full support is attainable,” Roberts said. “Unfortunately some staff that may not be in favor of the branding may have chosen not participate in the internal process beyond the initial survey.”

Currently, different divisions at the town are working on their individualized iconographies in advance of the branding update next month.

~ AH

$5,000 Awarded to Help Trafficked Women

TRUCKEE

Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner (SITD) was able to support both Awaken (Reno) and Sierra Community House (Truckee) with $2,500 each thanks to the generous support of the Whittier Trust.

Sierra Community House (SCH) provides 24/7 support to women, men, and children subject to sex trafficking or domestic violence. The support ranges from hotel rooms, food, clothes, and comfort in Truckee and North Tahoe. In addition, SITD has placed posters highlighting the services in Truckee, Tahoe City, and Kings Beach.

Awaken in Reno has set up transitional housing for women and their families who have been trafficked. This grant will be used to help furnish the supportive housing.

SITD President Cathy Leibow said, “I am so pleased we can support women in our community getting the help they need to get out of dangerous situations and rebuild their lives for themselves and their children.”

SITD holds monthly club meetings on the second Thursday of each month at noon. All are invited to join as a guest by emailing info@sitd.info. For more information, go to sitd.info or contact Cathy Leibow at info@sitd.info. SITD hosts its annual Wine and Restaurant Faire in June and Soroptishop for Holiday Shopping featuring local artisans Nov. 16.

Soroptimist (soroptimist.org) is an international volunteer service organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. SITD is a 501(c)(3) organization.

~ SITD press release

Tax Savings Deadline from 2023 Winter Storms Nearing

NEVADA CITY

Due to the excess damage in Nevada County as a result of the winter storms in February and March 2023, a large number of properties qualified for a temporary reduction in assessed value by the assessor’s office. As a result, these qualified applicants collectively received more than $5.5 million dollars of value removed from their assessment. However, there are more owners who may still qualify for this temporary relief from last year’s storms and the application is due no later than Monday, April 1.

Under Section 170 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code, property that has been damaged by misfortune or calamity may qualify for a reduction in assessed value, which can result in the lowering of property taxes. To qualify for the reduction, the damage from the calamity must exceed $10,000 in market value and an application must be filled out in the assessor’s office within one year of when the calamity occurred to potentially receive the reduction.

Upon receiving a proper application, the assessor shall appraise the property immediately before and after the damage or destruction. If the sum of the full cash values of the property before the damage exceeds the sum of the values after the damage by $10,000 or more, the assessor shall also separately determine the percentage reductions due to the damage. The assessor shall reduce the values appearing on the assessment roll by the percentages of damage or destruction computed pursuant to this subdivision, and the taxes due on the property shall be adjusted as provided. When the damaged property is rebuilt in a like or similar manner, in a timely manner (normally within the next five years), the property will be restored to its prior assessed value for property tax purposes. Typically, claims are processed within 30 to 90 days after receiving all necessary information. Once the analysis is complete, the assessor’s office will notify the property owner of their decision.

Those who believe their property is still eligible for the reassessment from last winter’s storms, please submit the Calamity Reassessment Claim Form to provide the assessor’s office with the information needed to determine if an adjustment is justified. Please attach any photos, cost estimates, or other documents that may indicate the level of the damage. 

The form is also available on the Assessor’s website at nevadacountyca.gov/163/assessor. Those with questions about the form or process, please contact the office at (530) 265-1232 or assessor@nevadacountyca.gov.

~ Nevada County Assessor’s Office press release

Town Seeks Two Additional Community Members to Join R2SC Steering Committee

TRUCKEE

The Town of Truckee is looking for two local residents to join an important committee that is helping to shape the future of the downtown area. The River Revitalization Steering Committee (R2SC) was formed in 2023 to work collaboratively with landowners, business owners and other Truckee River stakeholders to create opportunities for the revitalization of the river corridor. 

A diverse group of 16 local community members was appointed last fall, and now the town is looking to fill two additional residential seats with community members who live in the area. Residents who live on East River Street, West River Street (including Donner Creek Mobile Home Park), Riverside Drive, or Foxmead Lane are invited to submit a letter of interest by March 1. People can send the letter via email to Truckee’s assistant to the town manager, Hilary Hobbs, at hhobbs@townoftruckee.com.

The committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. at town hall. Learn more about the R2SC at: townoftruckee.com/river 

~ Town of Truckee press release

Supervisors Deny Rise Grass Valley’s Idaho Maryland Mine Project

NEVADA CITY

On Feb. 16, after six hours of public comment over two days, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to deny Rise Grass Valley’s Idaho Maryland Mine Project and Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

“This has been a fair and consistent process,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Hardy Bullock. “Supervisors have been engaged and heard from the community and from the applicant. Our job is to reflect the values and vision of our community.”

The supervisors’ decision is consistent with the planning commission’s unanimous recommendation in May 2023 that supervisors deny the proposed Idaho Maryland Mine – Rise Grass Valley Project and the Final EIR.

Watch the recording of the Feb. 15 and 16 board special meeting online via Nevada County’s YouTube channel. Additional information and documents about Rise Grass Valley’s proposed Idaho Maryland Mine project can be found at nevadacountyca.gov/immrise.

~ Nevada County press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Steve Randall Joins Bike Trail Board

RENO

Former Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District GM Steve Randall has joined the Tahoe Pyramid Trail board. The TPT is a nonprofit organization with the goal of creating a trail that runs along the length of the Truckee River. To date, the trail is 81% complete.

Randall has a history with the trail, specifically the construction of the canyon. He served as the rec and park general manager from 1985 to 2023 and was responsible for oversight of all district functions and activities including administration, finance, human resources, parks and recreation operations, and public outreach. Randall came to Truckee in 1985 to serve as the GM. Under his tenure, the district grew and now includes 14 parks, facilities, and community centers. The district has received many awards over the years, including the Best Park and Recreation District in the State of California in 2004, 2010, and 2017, as well as for Best New Facility in the State of California for River View Sports Park, the Community Recreation Center, and the Community Aquatics Center. 

Randall is active in community service as a member of the Truckee Rotary Club, sitting on various boards and commissions, and chairing many community special events. He has been awarded Citizen of the Year in Truckee twice, been Rotarian of the Year three times, and grand marshal of the July 4th parade. During his tenure as general manager, Steve worked with Janet Phillips and the Tahoe-Pyramid Trail to secure grants, trail construction, and project management for the California sections of the trail.

~ TPT enews

Lawsuit Filed Against TRPA; Cheese Recall in Reno; Tech Workforce Opportunity for Teens; Safe and Sober Grad Night Fundraiser; More

News Briefs

Lawsuit Declares Agency Violated Lake Tahoe Compact, Defense Planned

SACRAMENTO

Mountain Area Preservation filed a lawsuit on Feb. 9 against the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, declaring the federal agency is in violation of the Tahoe Regional Planning Bi-State Compact, the regional plan, and TRPA regulations. Under the compact, TRPA must ensure that new development will not exceed or impede environmental threshold carrying capacities adopted to protect water quality, air quality, scenic views, and other Tahoe resources. 

Under the compact, TRPA must prepare and consider a detailed environmental impact statement (EIS) before deciding to approve or carry out any project that may have a “significant effect on the environment.” An EIS from TRPA is required to use “a systematic, interdisciplinary approach,” and TRPA must consult with relevant public agencies and provide a minimum 60-day public comment period on an EIS. 

Since TRPA’s last EIS for its regional plan update in 2012, the lake’s health has deteriorated from, among other things, record amounts of microplastics and new invasive species. Lake Tahoe also has special status under the Clean Water Act. Designated an Outstanding National Resource Water, Lake Tahoe is now “listed under Clean Water Act Section 303(d) as impaired by inputs of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment.” In addition, local conditions have been negatively impacted by substantial increases in visitation, proliferation of short-term vacation rentals, and escalating populations in adjacent cities. 

MAP’s lawsuit contends that TRPA failed to comply with the compact and TRPA regulations by adopting amendments to the regional plan and TRPA code that will increase height, density, and coverage limits without fully considering the impacts of intensified land uses, including evacuation safety in the event of a major wildfire. By failing to prepare an EIS, the agency deprived the public of information pertaining to impacts on environmental resources and mitigation and alternatives to reduce these impacts, as well as skirting procedural safeguards for public review. 

The TRPA is planning a defense of the lawsuit, TRPA general counsel John Marshall said.

The planning agency noted that recent policy changes created additional incentives for affordable and workforce housing close to transit and services, along with increased requirements for stormwater treatment to protect the lake’s clarity and measures to promote walking, biking, and transit use.

Unfortunately, litigating affordable housing solutions under the guise of environmental protection is becoming a common tactic in communities across California and the nation, and is a major reason why shortages of affordable housing continue,” Marshall said. “In the case here in Lake Tahoe, these litigants are blocking both affordable housing solutions and progress toward lake clarity.”

~ MAP, TRPA press releases

Series of Winter Storms Expected to Impact Holiday Travel

MARYSVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Caltrans is alerting motorists about a series of winter storms in the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada that will create challenging travel conditions through the President’s Day holiday weekend..

Motorists should be prepared for chain controls, reduced visibility, additional travel times, and delays. Caltrans advises to pack extra supplies in the event of an emergency or if traffic is held for an extended period of time. Those supplies should include extra snacks, water, a blanket and a flashlight.

After a brief break in the wet weather, two additional storms are expected to impact travel starting Friday through Tuesday, Feb. 20. Early forecast estimates show 12 to 18 inches of snow at Donner Summit and 6 to 8 inches at Echo Summit. 

Motorists are encouraged to check Caltrans’ QuickMap before traveling for current road conditions and chain requirements or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play. Road information is also available on Caltrans’ website or by calling the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at (800) 427-ROAD (7623).

Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. The department will issue updates on X @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook CaltransDistrict3.

~ Caltrans press release

Cheeses Sold in Nevada Recalled, Linked to Listeria

RENO/SPARKS

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a recall of dairy products from Rizo Lopez Foods due to a multistate outbreak of infections due to Listeria monocytogenes. The items include queso fresco and cotija cheeses, yogurt, and sour cream, as well as products made with these recalled food items sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, and more stores in Nevada and throughout the U.S.

CHEESE RECALL: A sample of recalled products sold in Nevada. Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control

Illnesses have been linked to 11 states, including one reported illness in southern Nevada. Some recalled products were shipped to Trader Joe’s and Costco locations in Reno and Sparks, but those retailers have removed them from store shelves.

A full list of all affected products, with additional information, is available at the FDA’s website and the CDC’s website.

Infections due to Listeria, called listeriosis, are the third-leading cause of death from foodborne illness in the United States, and these infections are most likely to sicken people who are pregnant, newborns, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms usually start within 24 hours after exposure, but may not appear for up to two weeks, and include fever, flu-like symptoms, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and even seizures.

Those who are pregnant are at greater risk for miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Northern Nevada Public Health, formerly the Washoe County Health District, encourages residents to follow federal guidance to check for any recalled items, and discard any that are found. If you or anyone you know has eaten any of these recalled items and are experiencing symptoms, visit your doctor for a lab test. Most people with intestinal listeriosis illness recover without the use of antibiotics, while more serious infections may require antibiotic treatment. During pregnancy, prompt antibiotic treatment might help keep the infection from affecting the baby.

~ NNPH press release

VOTER BALLOTS: The deadline to register to vote in the March 5 Presidential Primary Election is Feb. 20. Courtesy photo

Register to Vote by Feb. 20

STATEWIDE

Feb. 20 is the deadline to register to vote in the March 5 Presidential Primary Election and  receive a ballot in the mail. Register to vote at registertovote.ca.gov

Those who miss the deadline may still vote in the election, but will have to conditionally register and vote in person at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City; Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Rd., or at one of Nevada County’s seven other vote centers. Placer County voting centers are listed here; El Dorado County’s, here.

Voting is underway now. Voters may immediately return their completed ballots in the mail, put them in a drop box or vote in person at the Rood Center or Truckee Town Hall. 

Check voter registration status at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov. Check ballot status at  wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov

~ Nevada County press release

Parasol Foundation Grants $15,000 for TNSAR Transport

TAHOE CITY

Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue has received a grant award from the Community Fund of the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation as part of the team’s campaign to raise funds for the purchase of a much-needed multi-passenger van for use in search, training, and community education activities.

TNSAR is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of men and women who are called upon to search for and rescue individuals lost and/or injured in the Tahoe area backcountry and surrounding counties, often in the worst possible winter storm conditions. Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is the oldest and largest community foundation dedicated to cultivating community philanthropy and enhancing and preserving the quality of life at Lake Tahoe. PTCF has previously supported TNSAR and has always been an important partner in keeping TNSAR trained and equipped, and response-ready to conduct searches and save lives.

Since TNSAR’s formation in 1976, the team has conducted more than 400 searches and located more than 700 individuals in the backcountry.

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s grant award of $15,000, when combined with grants and donations from six other organizations, foundations, and individuals, will be used to purchase and equip a vehicle that will facilitate the transport of team members before and after searches, allowing for active planning time enroute and ensuring that shared gear is readily accessible. Traveling together is an efficient way to ensure all team members arrive simultaneously without risk of delay in commencement of search efforts. Such a vehicle also enhances team safety after long and strenuous search and rescue shifts by having a single, designated driver rather than multiple, tired drivers in separate vehicles.

Learn more about TNSAR at tahoenordicsar.org and more about the Parasol Foundation at parasol.org.

~ Laura Read, Special to Moonshine Ink

ASC Biathletes Shine at World Winter Masters Games

SODA SPRINGS

Eight biathletes represented Auburn Ski Club (ASC) and the USA in Vermiglio, Italy at the 2024 World Winter Masters Games January 11 to 21.

The team posted solid results. Members Kim Harris, Ted Hulbert, Deborah Howell, Michael Swan, Mischel Twining, and Dan Warren were among the U.S. contingent in a field of athletes from 15 countries. Teammates and mother-son duo Ren Sessler and Sam Zabell coached.

WINTER MASTERS: ASC World Winter Masters Games biathletes at Seiser Alm. Courtesy photo

Twining brought home a silver medal in the sprint and a bronze in the individual event. In the relay, Twining teamed up with fellow ASC biathlete Howell and 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics competitor Deborah Nordyke from New York, with the team earning gold in the women’s 60 and over category.

~ Auburn Ski Club press release

Tahoe Fund Challenge for Nevada Nordic

INCLINE VILLAGE

The Tahoe Fund is asking community members to help unlock $10,000 to support Nevada Nordic’s grooming efforts. 

“If you love cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, this challenge is for you,” said Amy Berry, CEO of the Tahoe Fund. “If 100 community members donate to the $10,000 Challenge, the Tahoe Fund will give $10,000 to support Nevada Nordic’s nightly grooming of 19 kilometers of free trails.” 

Located off the Mt. Rose Highway, 4 miles west of Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and 6 miles east of Incline Village, Nevada Nordic provides the closest groomed trails to the Reno and Carson City areas. Thanks to its 8,100-foot elevation, Nevada Nordic’s trail grooming can often continue longer than any other cross-country area in the region. 

KEEPING TRAILS ACCESSIBLE: Nevada Nordic’s groomed trails are free to use, thanks to community support. Photo courtesy Tahoe Fund

“Our mission is grounded in making sure our trails are available at no cost, and it’s the community support that makes this possible,” said Meghan Pry, Nevada Nordic board member. 

Nevada Nordic maintains its trail system year-round, including removal of downed limbs, trail debris, and dog waste. A team of dedicated ambassadors helps visitors get the most out of the trail system, and school groups, local school ski teams, and students from the Boys & Girls Club are regularly welcomed to Nevada Nordic’s freshly groomed trails.

The first 100 people to donate $25 or more by March 15 will unlock the Tahoe Fund match. Give at tahoefund.org/10kchallenge.

~ Tahoe Fund press release

New Tech Workforce Initiative for Teens

TRUCKEE

The Town of Truckee, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Tahoe Forest Health System, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and the Truckee Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of Truckee North Tahoe Tech Teens (TNT Tech Teens), a new workforce initiative focused on promoting the diverse range of tech-related jobs available to Truckee and Tahoe students.

This month-long series, starting April 11 and running weekly through May 9, will expose Truckee/North Tahoe high school students to a variety of technology sectors, highlighting their practical applications in different career fields. The goal is to inspire and prepare students for diverse opportunities in the region.

“We are excited to unveil the hidden systems that keep Truckee running,” says Chris Hardy, program creator and chief information security and technology officer for the Town of Truckee.

Over the five weeks, students will experience hands-on learning at key locations and explore technologies such as air traffic control towers at the Truckee airport, surgery robots at TFHS, and policing technologies in action at the Town of Truckee. The TNT Tech Teens program culminates with a career-building workshop, equipping students with valuable resume and interview skills. Students who complete the full program will receive a certificate of completion from the Town of Truckee mayor. 

TNT Tech Teens is open to all high school students living in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. Students interested in participating in the program must apply by March 15. The application can be found at bit.ly/tnttechteens. For questions regarding the application process, reach out to Jessica Penman, president and CEO of Truckee Chamber of Commerce, at jessica@truckee.com.

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release

Safe and Sober Grad Night Fundraiser

TRUCKEE

A fundraiser for Truckee High School’s Safe and Sober Grad Night will be held March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St. The event, A Night in Milan, will feature Truckee High School seniors modeling clothing provided by Truckee retailers. The evening will include an online silent auction with items that include a stay at a Park City, Utah condo, a 2024/25 Palisades Tahoe season pass, and more. Food will be provided. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from FiftyFifty Brewing Co. and San Martin Winery. 

“Our goal with Safe and Sober Graduation is to bring graduating seniors together in a celebratory atmosphere while safeguarding them against the risks of alcohol, drugs, and vehicle accidents,” says Carolyn Gallagher, event co-chair. “We are calling on our community to rally behind this cause and help ensure a safe transition for these kids as they move beyond high school.” 

Tickets are $60 for adults and $20 for kids under 18 and can be purchased here

Sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Beth Ham at skinorthstarcondo@yahoo.com or Kate Fanter Byus at katebyus@gmail.com. Checks are also accepted for sponsorship or donations and can be mailed to: Truckee Boosters DBA Project Grad, P.O. Box 583, Truckee, CA 96160.  

~ Truckee Boosters press release

Truckee Fire Seeks Collection and Disposal Contractor

TRUCKEE

Truckee Fire Protection District released a request for proposals (RFP) on Feb. 9, for 2024 to 2026 curbside green waste services. The district is seeking qualified and interested contractors or organizations to provide green waste collection and disposal services in residential areas across the 125-square-mile district. 

Tahoe Donner Association will be included in the district’s green waste service area. Truckee  Fire anticipates this program will generate a need to service approximately 5,000 piles annually. The RFP has a not-to-exceed budget of $600,000 annually, or $1.8 million total. 

Information and forms are available at truckeefire.org/projects. Proposals must be received no later than 3 p.m. on March 5, at which time they will be publicly opened and recorded by  Truckee Fire’s administrative office. 

Contractor questions must be submitted electronically to wildfire prevention manager Eric Horntvedt at erichorntvedt@truckeefire.org no later than 3 p.m. on Feb. 23.  

For more information on Truckee Fire, Measure T, and Green Waste Services, visit truckeefire.org.    

~ Truckee Fire press release

STATE PARK EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities are available at 27 Nevada State Parks. Courtesy graphic

Nevada State Parks Hiring 

CARSON CITY

Nevada State Parks announced job opportunities in any of the 27 Nevada State Parks.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit parks.nv.gov/about/employment. The hourly rates for these positions range from $15.18 to $19.14, depending on the role. Some parks offer seasonal housing, and the park may be willing to work around school schedules, making this opportunity accessible to a diverse range of candidates.

For more information, contact Tyler Kerver at tkerver@parks.nv.gov or (775) 684-2745.

~ Nevada Division of State Parks press release

North Tahoe Fire Receives Grant for CPR Device

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) received a FEMA grant for $80,000 to purchase five Zoll AutoPulse NXT resuscitation systems. The portable, battery-powered devices provide high-quality automated CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, potentially increasing survival rates by up to 50% compared to manual CPR.

“We are thrilled to be the first fire district in Nevada to have these life-saving devices,” said assistant fire chief Russell Barnum. “They will undoubtedly play a crucial role in our efforts to provide the best possible care to our community members experiencing cardiac arrest.” 

In 2014, Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a proclamation to the fire district for being the first Heart Safe Community in the state of Nevada.

The AutoPulse NXT system uses advanced technology to measure chest size and resistance before delivering precise, uninterrupted chest compressions. This frees up firefighters and paramedics to attend to other critical tasks, such as administering defibrillation or airway management.            

~ NLTFPD press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Emerging Leaders Council New Members

GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA

The Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) announced the newest members of its Emerging Leaders Council last week at its annual conference in Garden Grove, California.

The council was formed to identify and recognize future leaders in WACE and the chamber of commerce industry.

Members of the council will be asked to provide program feedback and ideas and will serve as advisors to the association’s board and president. 

Included in the new chamber CEOs and staff professionals named to the WACE Emerging Leaders Council for a two-year term is Jessica Penman, Truckee Chamber.

NEW MEMBERS: Chamber professionals, including Truckee Chamber of Commerce president Jessica Penman (seventh from left, front row), are named for a two-year term on the WACE Emerging Leaders Council. Courtesy photo

WACE is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals with members in 21 western states and Canada designed to promote and enhance the professional development of chamber of commerce executives. With approximately 800 members, WACE is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the U.S.

~ Truckee Chamber of Commerce press release

Nisenan Tribe Land Opportunity; Environmental Review of Boatworks at Tahoe Redevelopment; Alterra to Acquire Arapahoe Basin; More

News Briefs

Nisenan Tribe Land Purchase Opportunity

GRASS VALLEY

The Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe has a time-limited opportunity to purchase a land parcel encompassing 232 acres located on a historic Nisenan Village site called Yulića near Nevada City. This is the tribe’s best opportunity to re-establish a homeland in more than half a century. A fundraising goal of $2.4 million includes the purchase price, government-mandated improvements, and an operating endowment. Phase 1 fundraising: $1.5 million by April 4. 

CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project) entered into a purchase agreement on Jan. 8, 2023, and the funds to purchase must be raised by April 4. If the tribe is unable to raise the funds, the owner must list the property on the open market.

The property includes over 20 buildings, including a meeting center, offices, classrooms, homes, a dining hall, commercial kitchen, pottery studio, maintenance buildings, a creek, medicine and grinding rocks, and hiking trails.

This opportunity will allow the tribe to return to its land and re-establish:

  • Housing for elders and other tribal members
  • Ceremonial spaces
  • Reconnecting traditional practices for today’s tribal members
  • A community center for tribal meetings
  • Cultural education and activities for tribal members and the public
  • An interpretive center
  • A performance pavilion 
  • Cultural, arts, and crafts facilities and classes
  • Wellness center, traditional healing spaces
  • Environmental protection and education
  • Gardens, indigenous food, traditional medicinal, and craft plant cultivation

Everyone is invited to support the tribe’s effort by donating and sharing. Make an online donation at gofundme.com/f/homeland-fund-initiative. If you’d like to make a larger donation, checks can be made to CHIRP (memo line: homeland return) and mailed to: CHIRP, P.O. Box 2624, Nevada City, CA 95959

REESTABLISHING HOMELANDS: The Nisenan Tribe has a time-limited opportunity to purchase a land parcel near Nevada City. Courtesy photo

For more information, contact Shelly Covert, tribal spokesperson, Nevada City Rancheria and executive director, CHIRP at info@chirpca.org or (530) 237-0707.

NOTE: All funds raised for purchasing the Woolman land will be applied exclusively for the identification and purchase of a property that fits the needs identified by the tribe, should the Woolman land purchase fall through for any reason.

~ Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe press release

Take Nevada County’s Housing Survey

NEVADA COUNTY

Residents, employees, and employers of Nevada County are encouraged to complete an online housing-needs survey. Results will assist the county in developing strategies to address housing needs in the community.  

“Housing is a top concern, and we want to do everything we can to help solve this issue,” said Supervisor Hardy Bullock, board chair.  “The community’s participation in this survey will help us decide where best to spend our energy to develop solutions.”   

The survey will be open through Feb. 22, and is available in English and Spanish. Results are collected confidentially and anonymously. The survey can be found at:  nevadacountyca.gov/housingsurvey

~ Nevada County enews

Become a Fire-Adapted Community

LAKE TAHOE 

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District, a member of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, is encouraging homeowners and residents at Lake Tahoe to participate in the Tahoe Network of Fire-Adapted Community program in 2024. The initiative focuses on creating Fire-Adapted Communities through a multifaceted approach that includes physical measures like home hardening, defensible space, prevention, planning, education, and Firewise certification.

The Firewise USA recognition program, administered by the National Fire Protection Association, plays a crucial role in a national effort to ensure communities are well-prepared against the threat of wildfires. The program recognizes communities that demonstrate a commendable commitment to fire prevention and mitigation. In 2024, congratulations are extended to the 32 neighborhoods within the Tahoe Basin that have received their Firewise USA recognition. Among the neighborhoods are Agate Bay, Carnelian Woods Townhouse Association, Chinquapin HOA, Dollar Point Association, Glenbrook Community, Granlibakken Property Owners Association, Homewood Homeowners Association, The Village at Incline HOA, and more. 

“Creating a Fire-Adapted Community with your neighbors is crucial to effective fire prevention and mitigation and empowers property owners to play a role in changing the narrative around preventing property loss and increasing safety,” said Leona Allen, Fire-Adapted Community and Firewise leader. “The process also allows neighbors to enhance the health of their environment, build stronger community bonds and potentially receive reduced fire insurance rates.” 

PREPARING FOR WILDFIRE: Thirty-two neighborhoods within the Tahoe Basin have received their Firewise USA recognition. Courtesy photo

To learn more about becoming Firewise USA certified, visit the NFPA website at nfpa.org/education-and-research/wildfire/firewise-usa and contact the Fire-Adapted Community Program, Tahoe Resource Conservation District via email at fire@tahoercd.org or by phone at (530) 543-1501 ext. 114. 

~ Tahoe Resource Conservation District press release

County to Launch Environmental Review of Boatworks at Tahoe Redevelopment

TAHOE CITY

The Placer County Community Development Resource Agency and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency have issued a joint notice of preparation for an environmental impact report and environmental impact study for the Boatworks at Tahoe project. The proposed redevelopment project in eastern Placer sits on a 3.8-acre site between state Route 28 and Lake Tahoe in downtown Tahoe City.

The public will have an opportunity to review the notice of preparation and provide comments between now and Feb. 29. The county will hold a public environmental scoping meeting at the Tahoe City Public Utilities District Conference Room, at 4 p.m. on Feb. 26. The meeting will also be held virtually via Zoom.

Proposed by applicant Boatworks at Tahoe, the project site is located on the southeast side of North Lake Boulevard, north of Grove Street and west of the Safeway and CVS shopping center. The proposed project would redevelop the existing Boatworks Mall, the Inn at Boatworks, and the El Dorado Savings Bank building with mixed-use development that would include 79 hotel units, 29 residential condominiums, independent commercial spaces, and a full-service spa.

The proposed hotel would also include new restaurants, conference facilities, event space, and a rooftop bar. The project would be served by underground parking with both valet and self-park.

TRPA will also hold a scoping meeting for the project Feb. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Advisory Planning Commission meeting at the TRPA Offices, 128 Market St., Stateline, Nevada, and via Zoom. The project will be placed as a consent item on the Feb. 28 agenda for the TRPA Governing Board meeting. Find those details by clicking here.

Written comments can be submitted before Thursday, Feb. 29, at 5 p.m. via email to cdraecs@placer.ca.gov or by mail to:

Shirlee Herrington
Environmental Coordination Services, CDRA
3091 County Center Dr., Ste. 190
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 745-3132
Fax: (530) 745-3080

A copy of the notice of preparation can be accessed online at placer.ca.gov/9561/boatworks-at-lake-tahoe-environmental-im.

~ Placer County press release

New Class Scholarship Program

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Roundhouse Community Makerspace announced its new Class Scholarship Program, reinforcing its commitment to making creative space, technology, and tools accessible to everyone in the community.

The program awards $275 per individual per quarter, enabling recipients to enroll in any available classes across their five workshops of wood, metal, textiles, ceramics, and technology. Individuals can apply for up to two scholarships per year.

This initiative is designed to provide educational opportunities for individuals demonstrating financial need and a desire to use the Truckee Roundhouse for personal or professional growth.

To be eligible, applicants must be 16 years of age or older, submit an application, and demonstrate financial need based on household size, employment status, and a statement of need.

Preferential consideration will be given to residents of the North Lake Tahoe area, including Incline Village, Truckee, and summit areas. Priority will be given to residents showcasing a genuine commitment to utilizing the space for self-improvement and growth.

Upon receipt and use of the scholarship, applicants are required to complete an impact survey.

For questions and assistance before completing the application, email info@truckeeroundhouse.org.

Funding for this program is made possible through contributions from a variety of community partners, including the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund at the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and the Martis Camp Foundation.

~ Truckee Roundhouse press release

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Receives Award

SACRAMENTO

The Sacramento chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar International (WTS) gave its 2023 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Transportation Equity Study. Sacramento WTS leaders presented the award to TRPA staff at the annual awards and scholarship event in Sacramento.

Many citizens are underrepresented in traditional transportation planning and TRPA is working to ensure all Lake Tahoe community members are heard and engaged. Surveys of Tahoe’s small, rural communities show at least 30% of residents are underrepresented. Many live below the poverty line and nearly 1,000 households have no access to a car.

ROSA PARKS AWARD: Lead staff on the transportation equity study Victoria Ortiz, left, and Kira Richardson, right, accept the award at the Women’s Transportation Seminar International event in Sacramento. Photo courtesy Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Lead staff for the equity study, Senior Transportation Planner Kira Richardson and Community Engagement Manager Victoria Ortiz, accepted the award on behalf of the agency alongside Kendall Flint of DKS Associates, the project consultant.

The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award honors organizations seeking to promote diversity and cultural awareness in the transportation industry. TRPA completed the first-ever Transportation Equity Study for the Lake Tahoe Region in 2023. The study team conducted multilingual community engagement to improve TRPA’s connection with underserved communities and to understand how transportation planning and decision-making can remove inequities.

The equity study brings forward a suite of policy recommendations such as improving winter access to work, recreation, and services by providing transit shelters and cleared sidewalks and pathways. The study also includes an interactive story map to educate the public and help guide transportation projects and plans, including the Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan update underway this year. 

~ TRPA press release

Report Released for Idaho Maryland Mine

NEVADA CITY

The Nevada County Planning Department released the staff report and notice of public hearing for the proposed Idaho Maryland Mine – Rise Grass Valley Project, scheduled for public hearing at the board of supervisors special meeting on Feb. 15. 

At the meeting, the supervisors will hear presentations from staff and the applicant as well as take public comment. The board is expected to ask questions of the staff and the applicant before entering deliberations on whether to approve or deny the application to reopen  the Idaho Maryland Mine – Rise Grass Valley.  

This special board meeting follows the May 10-11, 2023, planning commission public hearing, where the commission recommended that supervisors deny the project and the final  environmental impact report.  

To encourage public participation and attendance, the board will extend its meeting into the  evening on Thursday, Feb. 15, ending at approximately 7 p.m. Members of the public who cannot attend during work hours are urged to attend in the evening.  

The public can submit written comments by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, to be considered by the supervisors before they make their determination. Written comments submitted after 4 p.m. on  Feb. 14 (including written comments submitted during the meeting) will not be  considered by the board prior to deliberation. However, all written comments submitted by the conclusion of the hearing will become part of the public record. Email comments to bos.publiccomment@nevadacountyca.gov. Mail comments to the Nevada County Clerk of the Board at 950 Maidu Ave., Ste. 200, Nevada City, CA 95959. 

Public hearing details: 

  • When: Thursday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m., and may continue to Friday, Feb. 16, beginning at 9 a.m., if needed. 
  • Where: Eric Rood Administrative Center, board of supervisor chamber, first floor, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. 

View live online on Nevada County’s YouTube channel

The public can review the project-related documents and final EIR at nevadacountyca.gov/immrise.

~ Nevada County press release

Placer County Seeks Election Aides

AUBURN

As the March 5 Presidential Primary Election approaches, the Placer County Elections Office is urgently seeking members of the community to serve at their local vote centers during the in-person election period.

With their recent adoption of the Voter’s Choice Act election model, the elections office now provides multiple days of in-person voting at 29 vote centers located throughout the county. Seven of these vote centers will be open for 11 days (including election day), beginning Feb. 24, with the remaining 22 locations open for four days (including election day), beginning March 2. 

Expanding in-person voting opportunities requires an adjustment to how vote centers are staffed. Rather than volunteers who were offered a small stipend for their service, those who are selected to work elections are now hired on as county employees who earn an hourly wage for a certain number of consecutive days, depending on the vote center they’re assigned to. Paid training is provided to those who apply and are accepted.

For more information and to apply, visit jobapscloud.com/placer and look for the job listings titled election aide and election aide — senior. For questions, call the Placer County Elections Office at (530) 886-5650 or email them at election@placer.ca.gov.

~ Placer County press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Miller Retires From Civil Service Commission

PLACERVILLE

On Dec. 4, after 36 years of service with 34 as chair, Ed Miller announced the resignation of his position on the El Dorado County Civil Service Commission.

“I am very proud of and have thoroughly enjoyed my years of service to the people of El Dorado County and with my colleagues on the commission and county staff,” Miller shared in a statement. “I am grateful to the many District 5 county supervisors who appointed and reappointed me over the years.”

Miller said he’s retiring for personal reasons.

~ AH

Business Briefs

New Physical Therapy Clinic Opens

TRUCKEE

Ascent Tahoe Physical Therapy and Performance Training, co-founded by Shawnee Wood and Kerry Nolan, is open in the CR Johnson Healing Center at 10775 Pioneer Trail in Truckee. Ascent Tahoe offers a full spectrum of care, including screening individuals prior to injury, addressing potential injury risk factors, treating with consistency through the rehabilitation process, and returning individuals to activity and performance. Wood and Nolan have a professional history of working in the hospital system and other physical therapy facilities. 

Wood, who grew up in Lake Tahoe, is a physical therapist with a passion to improve longevity of sport and help active individuals of all ages rehab injuries back to full performance. With a background in neuroscience and yoga, she treats all athletes inclusive of spinal cord injury with the nervous system in mind. She enjoys working with active individuals from dog walkers to high level endurance athletes. 

Nolan is a physical therapist with a background in treating athletes of all ages and levels of sport. She has a certification in powerlifting and weightlifting, and focuses on education and active treatment to help her athletes feel a sense of confidence, resilience, and self-efficacy. 

They offer one-on-one physical therapy evaluations, sessions with specialized plans of care, and in-person strength and conditioning programs (individual, group, or full athletic team). Remote individualized programming is available through a mobile application.

Ascent Tahoe caters to each individual athletes’ goals without being restricted by rules and schedules of large medical systems or insurance companies. They offer individualized exercise programs to help clients feel more self reliant and confident in their activities. Find more information at ascenttahoe.com

~ TC

Moore Team Joins Mountain Luxury Properties

TAHOE CITY

Mountain Luxury Properties recently joined with Lake Tahoe real estate group, the Moore Team, consisting of Mark Moore, Kimberly Boyle, Brendan Boyle, and Monica Smith. They have also joined the Tahoe City Downtown Association to become more involved with the Tahoe City community. 

The Moore Team has over 50 years of combined experience and $250 million in sales within the last five years. They specialize in selling luxury, lakefront, and lake view properties. Their knowledge spans the North and West shores of Lake Tahoe, positioning them as an asset to the Mountain Luxury Properties family. 

“Mountain Luxury Properties is a powerful team of successful agents in the Lake Tahoe area, and they care about being involved in our local community, which was really important to us as well,” said Kimberly Boyle, the Moore Team. “We are elated to join the Mountain Lux family and be a part of its growing success.”

Mountain Luxury Properties and the Moore Team are fueled by a collective appreciation for Lake Tahoe, the stories embedded in every property, and the cultural tapestry that defines the community.

~ TC 

Alterra Mountain Company to Acquire Colorado Ski Resort

DENVER

Alterra Mountain Company has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, from Dream Unlimited Corp., expanding Alterra’s portfolio of destinations in the Rockies.

Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s Chief operating officer who has been with A-Basin for 36 years, will continue on to lead the resort, overseeing daily operations as well as leadership of future capital improvement plans, which include expanding parking and snowmaking.

“A-Basin has a long time and loyal following among skiers and riders in Colorado and we care deeply about the culture of A-Basin that brings them back,” said Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin. “We have worked with Alterra Mountain Company since 2019 when we joined the Ikon Pass community, and we have every faith that Alterra is committed to helping us maintain A-Basin’s authenticity.”

Over the last 27 years, Dream, together with the Arapahoe Basin management team, expanded the ski area to 1,428 acres, replaced all of the lifts and most of the buildings, and opened two restaurants. In 2018, A-Basin pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025 and, recently, the resort made a huge step toward that goal by officially using 100% renewable electricity.

There are no changes to Ikon Pass 2023/24 winter access at this time.

The addition of Arapahoe Basin will bring Alterra’s portfolio to 18 year-round mountain destinations throughout North America. The transaction is expected to close later in 2024, and is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

~ Alterra Mountain Company press release