Twin Falls, Idaho, holds a variety of surprises. Most famous for its towering bridge over the Snake River, a hotspot for bungee jumping and base jumping, and the thundering Shoshone Falls, the largest cascades west of the Mississippi. Nestled in the midst of farmland in the enchanting ‘Magic Valley,’ skiing is the last thing that comes to mind. With only an average of 18 inches of snow annually and a landscape as flat as Nebraska, it’s unexpected. However, there’s a hidden gem for skiers and snowboarders – Magic Mountain Ski Area and the backcountry skiing around it.
Six Nevadans have been indicted due to their actions in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Three of the electors who are accused of falsely portraying themselves as Nevada’s presidential electors in the aftermath of the 2020 election are Douglas County residents.
Douglas County residents Jim DeGraffenreid, Shawn Meehan and Eileen Rice are listed as among the indicted.
Rice is the wife of Douglas County Commissioner Wes Rice.
The other three are Michael McDonald, Jesse Law, and Durward James Hindle III.
“When the efforts to undermine faith in our democracy began after the 2020 election, I made it clear that I would do everything in my power to defend the institutions of our nation and our state,” Ford said. “We cannot allow attacks on democracy to go unchallenged. Today’s indictments are the product of a long and thorough investigation, and as we pursue this prosecution, I am confident that our judicial system will see justice done.”
According to a release issued by Ford’s Office, all six have been charged with offering a false instrument for filing, a category C felony, and uttering a forged instrument, a category D felony, for offering a false instrument titled “Certificate of the Votes of the 2020 Electors from Nevada” to the President of the Senate; the Archivist of the United States; the Nevada Secretary of State; and the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Insomnia Cookies, the beloved cult brand known for serving warm cookies all day and late into the night, will be opening a bakery in South Lake Tahoe this winter. Located in the Chateau at the Village shopping center, the new store will mark the brand’s 18th location in California.
Here to the rescue when the craving for something sweet hits (even at 3 a.m.!), Insomnia Cookies offers in-store, pickup, and delivery options for customers to experience the company’s signature warm, delicious cookies. From the Classic Chocolate Chunk cookie to favorites like Snickerdoodle and Confetti Deluxe, delicious Cookies IN Ice Cream flavors, decadent brookies, brownies, and blondies, a full slate of vegan options, and a frequently-rotating limited-edition menu, the brand’s offerings satisfy every sweet tooth – warm or cold.
Join the squad! The new South Lake Tahoe location is hiring part-time cookie crew members, delivery drivers, and shift leaders. Interested applicants and cookie lovers are encouraged to apply now at Careers.InsomniaCookies.com.
The opening date and addressed will be announced in the coming weeks.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif – Briana Evigan, actor, conservationist, and wildlife activist, is hosting a free meet and greet event at The Loft Theatre, Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 9 p.m. Her film credits include starring role in the Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up All In, Sorority Role, From Dusk Till Dawn Burning Bright and more.
She’s now living full-time in Zimbabwe doing some incredible work in Africa, and she wants to share it in person in The Loft Theatre. She will sharing her work through videos, pictures, and open discussion.
Evigan was drawn to activism while on a vacation to Asia where she learned about the elephant abuse in tourism camps.
“I was actually riding an elephant at the time and they were painting and playing soccer and all this stuff and I realized we were breaking these animals for human consumption and entertainment,” Evigan told the Tribune. “It broke me and I was part of the problem.”
Following that experience, she had many more heartwarming, heartbreaking and memorable experiences with animals but she soon realized, looking at poachers and animal trainers, that she couldn’t solve the animal problem until she helped humans. This led her to create An Abundant Village.
Evigan, along with her co-founder Stuart Newton, who are the principals of Abundant Village (a 501c3 organization), will be sharing their construction of abundant villages in Africa. An Abundant Village is an eco-friendly village built from the ground up that works as a source for the most needed resources to the communities that surround it. This includes clean water, food, energy, housing, childcare, healthcare, education, and job opportunities.
“An Abundant Village acts as a source to the most needed resources for the communities that surround it,” said Evigan.
Each village is self-sustaining and will generate enough income to cover its own ongoing expenses. Each village will be run locally and curated differently to meet the unique needs of each community.
“If you’re suffering, you’re not dreaming and if you’re not dreaming, you’re not living. We all got to dream our whole lives, we got to be artists, we got to be whatever we wanted to be,” said Evigan. “We wanted to create a place with opportunity, once you get past water, food and energy, where you can dream.”
Around this same time, Evigan decided to step away from the entertainment industry and reconnect with her love for nature.
“The entertainment business is incredible, and there are so many good pieces of it, I think I just started getting lost in the toxicity of it all and the comparing games and hierarchy and the sense of being put on pedestal. Where do you go from there? You fall, which is exactly what happened,” Evigan said.
This lead her to create MoveMe Studios so she could continue working, and doing what she loved, without waiting on other people.
During this event, she will talk about more about her journey and her work. While she hopes this event will raise money for An Abundant Village, she also hopes it will help people become inspired to find their passions.
Learn more about MoveMe Studios and Abundant Villages here: https://moveme.studio/about
Reserved seats are FREE. Simply pick your seat out online at https://thelofttahoe.com and the tickets will be emailed to you.
IMPORTANT INFO: Please join us prior to the event at Taste At The Loft, the award-winning American Tapas Restaurant, adjacent to the theatre for dinner and drinks prior to the event. Recommended reservation time would be 7-7:30 p.m. Visit https://thelofttahoe.com for reservations or more information. Parking is available in the Heavenly Village Parking Garage for just $5.00 after 5 p.m.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The South Lake Tahoe Rite Aid location at 1020 Al Tahoe Blvd. will close its doors December 10, 2023, many of its shelves are already bare.
On Oct. 15, 2023, the Rite Aid Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of New Jersey.
“Implementing the contemplated restructuring plan will significantly reduce the Company’s debt, increase its financial flexibility and enable it to execute on key initiatives. In connection with this, Rite Aid has initiated a voluntary court-supervised process under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code,” the companies announcement stated.
Just over a month after the New York Times reported Rite Aid would close 154 stores, the employees of the South Lake Tahoe location were notified their location would be added to the new list of stores to close from New Jersey to California.
The same day as the bankruptcy announced, Rite Air Corporation announced the appointment of Jeffrey S. Stein as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Bruce Bodaken, Rite Aid Chairman, stated, “After a thorough and thoughtful search process, the Board unanimously agreed that Jeff is the right executive to lead Rite Aid through its transformation. Jeff is a proven leader with a strong track record of guiding companies through financial restructurings. We look forward to benefitting from his contributions and leveraging his expertise as we strengthen Rite Aid’s foundation and position the business for long-term success.”
South Lake Tahoe residents will have to rely on stores like CVS, Safeway and Raley’s for their pharmaceutical needs.
South Lake Tahoe employees told the Tribune that severance was offered to the employees based on length of services, some serving as many as five years with the corporation.
The Rite Aid locations in Truckee and Gardnerville are also closing.
Rite Aid did not respond to requests for comment prior to publication.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department with assistance from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Lake Valley Fire Protection District are conducting prescribed burns around the Lake Tahoe Airport starting on Wednesday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 12.
The prescribed burns will take place over 22 acres with an estimated 230 identified piles to burn. Since the Caldor Fire, South Shore Agencies staff have been working to coordinate and plan fuels reduction work. Land managers identified these piles over the last 3-6 years as fuels reduction work was completed around the Lake Tahoe Airport. This is also a part of an overall Fuels Reduction project on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe within the South Shore Division of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team.
All prescribed fires follow a specialized prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke which is then used to decide when and where to burn. The intent of pile burning is to remove excess fuels (branches, limbs, and stumps) that can feed unwanted wildfires. Smoke from the prescribed burns is normal and may continue for several days after ignition. If you are sensitive to smoke, please limit your time outdoors near these areas.
Burning is dependent on weather and resource availability to safely conduct the prescription, so the schedule is subject to change. We ask residents to stay out of prescribed burn areas for your safety and to not interfere with ongoing operations.
To learn more about the benefits of prescribed fire, visit https://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get…/understanding-fire/.
For more information and a map of current burning operations in the Lake Tahoe Basin, visit the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team website.
LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.– The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team is scheduled to continue widespread prescribed fire operations this week at Lake Tahoe, conditions and weather permitting. Smoke from these operations may be present throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas. View smoke management tips and current air quality index at AirNow and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/USDA Forest Service Fire and Smoke Map.
To be added to the prescribed fire notification list, send TFFT an email. View the prescribed fire map with project details and locations at Tahoe Living With Fire. Please keep in mind the following units are on hold or complete and in patrol status, which means firefighters are patrolling and mopping up to reduce smoke impacts to communities: Sherlock, Diamond Peak, Lily Lake 1001, Fallen Leaf Units 172/116 and Toads 34.
Learn more about living in fire-adapted ecosystems at Tahoe Living With Fire and get prepared, get informed, and get involved.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Sponsoring their second Adopt A Day of Nourishment for the year, Tahoe Green Dispensary hosted the Monday Meal on November 27. Even though two of the planned Adopt A Day sponsor crew members were unable to attend due to not feeling well, the sponsor crew arrived with two ‘substitute’ team members to replace the ailing Tahoe Green Dispensary employees.
Tahoe Green Dispensary, owned by David and Melanie Turner, was represented at the Monday Meal by Melanie, their daughter Haleigh Turner, and her friend Kasandra “Kasi” Rangel. According to Haleigh, volunteering as an Adopt A Day crew member was “a wonderful learning experience.”
The trio was very helpful throughout the meal service as they wrapped utensils, bagged fresh fruits and vegetables, dished out the main meal on the serving line and then stayed to help with the meal’s cleanup.
Being on the meal’s main serving line is the best way to meet and greet all the dinner guests. As she took a break from manning the serving line, Rangel expressed her thoughts about her interactions with the dinner guests. “I’m having a lot of fun seeing all of the smiles” as the dinner guests went through the serving.
As the Tahoe Green Dispensary AAD team’s lead, Melanie Turner, was excited to see her young co-team members enjoy their volunteering experience and see how their actions were impacting the always grateful dinner guests. “Loved having our “substitute employees” and spending time giving back to the community with my daughter and her good friend.”
“Thank you to the Tahoe Green Dispensary for their Adopt a Day of Nourishment sponsorship by donating $350 to support the meal’s cost and bringing a wonderful crew to help provide a hot, nutritious meal and food giveaway bags to the 93 dinner guests who came to St. Theresa’s Grace Hall for a great meal and the comfort of knowing so many people care,” Bread and Broth said.
TRUCKEE, Calif. – The National Weather Service Reno Office has issued a lake wind advisory starting Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph and waves 2 to 4 feet for Lake Tahoe,” the advisory states.
NWS recommends small boats, kayaks and paddle boards that are prone to capsizing and to remain off of the lake until conditions improve.
Rain and snow are also headed to the Basin.
Starting around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, rain is likely to hit the Truckee/Tahoe area, turning to snow around 4 p.m.
“The Tahoe Basin has a 10-30% chance of 1-3 inches, with some higher peaks in the northern Sierra looking at a 15-25% chance of 6 inches,” a NWS report stated.
According to OpenSnow, snow levels may start at 7000ft on Wednesday but could drop down to 5000-6000ft on Thursday.
While snow is not expected for Friday, temperatures will remain low, with a low of 16 degrees and a high of 35 degrees.
There is a slight chance of rain and snow over the weekend.
OpenSnow expects a dry pattern following this storm into mid-December.
Our Trip Lured Us Back To Explore The Backcountry
On our trip to Sun Valley a few years ago we found that southern Idaho had some Mom & Pops that provide Twin Falls skiing. One of those is Magic Mountain Ski Area. Though not vast, this ski area was a delightful surprise and provided our powder fix for the trip even though it hadn’t snowed in over a month. You can read about our experience in our article – Abracadabra Powder Skiing At Magic Mountain Idaho. What it also did was open our eyes to the backcountry skiing opportunities surrounding it. The decision was made to come back with our backcountry gear and see what the mountains had in store for us.
No Info But A Local With The 4-1-1
As we returned home, I dedicated the summer to uncovering information about backcountry skiing in the area, but the southern Idaho mountains seemed shrouded in mystery. Oddly enough, this only fueled our determination to explore them further. During our last trip, we connected with Terry, a passionate local ski patroller and a backcountry ski junkie. Terry generously offered to join us and provide local knowledge on the area. Drawing on the trip-planning expertise passed down by our mentor, Avalanche Educator Richard Bothwell, we etched out a plan.
A Bonanza Of Powder
On our first day, we set out to explore and dip our toes in the backcountry that could be accessed from the ski area. Calling it ‘low hanging fruit’ barely captures how easy it is to access for those willing to put in a tiny bit of effort. Thanks to the lift, which conveniently places you along the ridgeline, our route was straightforward – tracing the resort’s Spell trail until it gradually descended. At that point, we threw on our skins and began a brief ascent towards a prominent spot marked by an abandoned poma tower.
Adapt To Your Mountains
From the open knoll, we gained a bird’s-eye view of our goal for tomorrow – Pike Mountain. As we soaked in the sun and scenery, we met a couple of locals sporting an intriguing pair of skis I hadn’t seen before. On the bottom of the skis, they were equipped with scales akin to cross-country skis which allowed them to ascend gentle slopes. However, they were as wide as downhill models. This unique setup allowed them to bypass transitions and access the same terrain we were skiing at a fraction of the time.
After bidding adieu, we ventured a bit further to choose our own path. Swiftly transitioning, we descended. The open slope gradually increased in pitch allowing us to make a few bouncy turns. Reaching the base, we delved into a dense cluster of pine trees. Maneuvering through them, our crew shot out of them and onto a gentle slope dotted with Aspen trees. The route continued to present occasional tight spots interspersed with more open areas. We finally exit onto a snow-covered road. And even with a splitboard, the road has enough pitch to allow us to effortlessly glide back to the ski area.
Using the lift, it’s possible to rack up half a dozen or more laps without breaking a sweat, especially with quick transitions. After a few more runs of gobbling up some powder, we exchanged farewells, planning to meet up the next morning.
A Legit Ski Tour – Pike Mountain
The following day, we crossed the road and made our way to Pike Mountain. While most first-timers hit up the western aspects of Pike Mountain, the snow can be iffy. Instead, our local expert arranged to meet at the Wahlstorm trailhead. Our objective? Ski the north-facing slopes on the opposite side of the mountain. Despite it being a Saturday around ten in the morning, we found ourselves alone. After a brief beacon check, we smoothly set off into uncharted terrain.
Where Do Those Skis Go? They Go Up Ray!
At the outset of our tour, we traced a creek bed and followed a XC trail that gradually ascended. The only sound is the crunching of snow, while towering pines surrounded us in serene silence. As our climb picked up pace, we maneuvered through a series of switchbacks on a slope filled with Aspen trees. Breaking free from the gully, we’re greeted by a breathtaking view of the distant valley and prominent mountains in between the cluster of white-barked trees.
Ahoy! Thar Be Wind!
Our group ascends towards the saddle nestled between Pike Mountain and a smaller northern hill. The wind gradually gains intensity with each step upwards. Nearing the north face of Pike Mountain, the gusts intensify, hitting us head-on. Instead of pushing for the summit, collectively we opt to climb only until we reach the point where the trees thin out.
Just Us In This Untouched Paradise
Battered by the fierce wind, we seek refuge behind a towering spruce. From here we swiftly transitioning to our next objective. Gliding over to our destination, I’m awestruck. This side of Pike Mountain unfolds into a vast playground. There are chutes, perfectly spaced glades, and a diverse range of slopes to ski all day long. And remarkably? There isn’t a trace of any prior tracks – just us in this untouched paradise.
Despite today’s windy weather, I glance up at the peak. On a calmer day, we could effortlessly enjoy over 1,000 vertical feet of incredible skiing. However, today, we had to settle for a quick 600-foot descent. As we drop in, the snow is a mix of chalky goodness feel that improves with every turn. Gradually, it transforms into knee-deep powder, swirling around us like a wintry blanket.
Reaching Terry I can’t help but grin widely and exclaim, “Now THAT was awesome!”
If you’re keen on exploring this tour and other adventures in the southern Idaho mountains, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide available on Visit Southern Idaho’s website: You can find it here.
It’s Not Over Yet!
This is but the first leg of our backcountry ski tour. Stay tuned as we explore the backcountry options surrounding both Pomerelle Mountain and Soldier Mountain.
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TAHOE CITY, Calf. – This winter, guests who ski or ride in the Tahoe region can skip the rental lines and have equipment delivered directly to their door through Ski Butlers. The rental delivery company is also donating 20% of rental fees for reservations made through the Tahoe Fund portal to support environmental improvement projects.
“We love partnering with innovative businesses that give back to the places that they serve,” said Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO. “Ski Butlers is not only giving people who spend time on the slopes here in Tahoe a new way to get their rental equipment, they are also offering a quick and easy way to give back to our local environment.”
This new partnership is part of the Tahoe Fund’s $1 for Tahoe program. Created to offer a simple way for those who love Tahoe to help make it even better, the $1 for Tahoe program raises money to restore and improve the environment and enhance recreational opportunities. Proceeds from the $1 for Tahoe program support the efforts of the Tahoe Fund in its mission to improve the Lake Tahoe environment for all to enjoy.
“Ski Butlers is proud to partner with the Tahoe Fund to provide ski rentals to the people of Tahoe and help their sustainability efforts,” said Tyler Jamieson, Ski Butlers West Coast Director. “Lake Tahoe is such a special place and being able to give back and help the environment is something that we deeply value.”
Ski Butlers has skis and snowboards available for every age, ability, terrain, and condition. They deliver equipment directly to the reserver’s accommodations, provide an in-residence fitting, and pick up equipment at the end of the rental session. Visit www.skibutlers.com/portal/tahoe-fund to reserve equipment and give 20% to the Tahoe Fund. For questions, contact the Ski Butlers team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 877.754.7754, and mention the Tahoe Fund.
STATELINE, Nev. – A 2019 drug deal that occurred in Stateline came back to haunt a Sacramento man who dodged a warrant for failing to turn up at court for the last four years.
Jean Claude Rocha, 41, was the bag man in a cocaine sale that occurred right in front of a patrol car on Dec. 22, 2019.
A deputy watched as three men participated in the sale. Frank Dennis Riley took the money and Rocha admitted on Tuesday that he handed the buyer a 1.25-gram bag of cocaine. After the arrest, deputies found 13 bags amounting to 12.9grams.
Rocha posted $20,000 on Christmas 2019 but failed to appear in Justice Court in February 2020. He was arrested in Carson City on a trafficking charge, though that was later dropped.
Attorney Max Stovall said Rocha thought the notice that the Carson City charges were dropped reflected the Douglas charges, as well.
Meanwhile the warrant for Rocha’s failure to appear was for within 200 miles of Douglas County, which he managed to avoid until October when he was arrested in Placerville on a charge of driving under the influence.
District Judge Tod Young ordered Rocha be held without bail pending his Jan. 16 sentencing.
Rocha faces 1-6 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, since the deal occurred before the Legislature modified Nevada’s drug laws.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The City of South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission is meeting Thursday Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.
City of South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission meetings are held in person at 1901 Lisa Maloff Way. Meetings are live-streamed on Channel 21, City website at www.cityofslt.us, YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3LYne8Ih-kTPLnnuyJW9SQ/live and via ZOOM at this link
2. 2024 Planning Commission Regular Meeting Schedule. Requested Action / Suggested Motions: Pass a Resolution adopting the Planning Commission Regular Meeting Schedule
3. Tentative Map Extension for 3708 Highway 50 Town Homes Tentative Map, File #23-131. Requested Action / Suggested Motions: Pass a Resolution recommending the City Council adopt a resolution granting a 24-month extension for the 3708 Highway 50 Town Homes Tentative Map pursuant to California Government Code Section § 66452.6(e), and making all other findings listed in the resolution.
See the full agenda here.
El Dorado County Supervisors
The El Dorado County Supervisors will be meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.
The meeting can be viewed in person at 330 Fair Lane, Building A Placerville or remotely via https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86510316590 or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUMjDk3NUltZJrpw2CL7Zkg.
11. Supervisor Laine recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter to Eldorado National Forest District Ranger, Dionne Uzes in support of their efforts to sustain and replenish the existence of Recreation Residence Tracts on National Forest Service lands.
See the full agenda here.
Tahoe Transportation District
The Tahoe Transportation District will be meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.
The meeting can be attended in person at University of Reno, Prim Library, Room 214, 999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village or remotely https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4525786008528114783.
8c. Discussion and Possible Action on Preparation of a Facilitated Strategic Board Work Session for Short and Mid-Term Priorities to Complete Transit Multi-Modal Connectivity within the Greater Tahoe-Truckee Region from the I-80 to the US 50 Corridors.
See the full agenda here.
Meyers Advisory Council
The Meyers Advisory Council is meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.
The meeting can be viewed in person at Lake Valley Fire Station Training Room 2211 Keetak Street or remotely at https://edcgov-us.zoom.us/j/8427205891.
2. Chair recommending the Council receive and file an update from California Highway Patrol Officer Ruth Loeher regarding their work in Meyers.
3. Chair recommending the Council receive and file an update from Catherine Howells regarding changes to South Tahoe Refuse’s debris pick up.
4. Chair recommending the Council receive and file an update from Member Dayberry on the Visitor’s Center in Meyers.
5. Chair recommending the Council receive and file an update from Member Dayberry on the Beautification Plan.
6. Chair recommending the Council receive and file an update from Member Henriques from the Communication Ad-Hoc Committee on a draft Communication Plan.
7. Chair recommending the Council receive and file an update from Member Cardinale on Tahoe Paradise Park.
See the full agenda here.
Douglas County Commission
The Douglas County Commissioners are meeting Thursday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. The meeting can be viewed at https://youtu.be/lEtF3lNdW7k.
Douglas County Liquor Board
For possible action. Discussion to approve the Package Retail Liquor License, On-Site Unrestricted License, Caterer’s Liquor License, Entertainment Endorsement and a Non- Restricted Gaming License for Neva One, LLC, dba Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino represented by Brian Muravez and Yale Rowe. Brian Muravez and Yale Rowe have signed a Waiver of Notice of Hearing. Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino is located at 50 Highway 50, Stateline, Nevada 89449. (Captain Michitarian)
Board of Commissioners
2. For possible action. Discussion to approve the 2023 Douglas County Comprehensive Trails
Plan. (Brook Adie)
3. For possible action. Discussion on the adoption of Resolution 2023R-095, increasing the South Tahoe Refuse Company’s rates by 8.15% for the 2024 calendar year, as allowed under the terms of the franchise agreement. Douglas County receives a 3% franchise fee on the revenue collected from Douglas County citizens who voluntarily choose to be served by South Tahoe Refuse. (Philip Ritger)
4. For possible action. Discussion to approve a Franchise Agreement between Douglas County and South Tahoe Refuse Company for recycling, organics and solid waste collection and processing services in the Tahoe Township area of Douglas County. The amount of the franchise fee Douglas County receives is equal to three percent (3%) of gross receipts for all services performed by South Tahoe Refuse under this Agreement. (Philip Ritger)
See the full agenda here.
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Advisory Planning Commission
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Advisory Planning Commission is meeting at Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., on Zoom and at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market Street, Stateline, Nev.
Planning Matters – Presentation on 2020 U.S. Census demographics for the Tahoe Region and Other Available Data
Public Hearings – Economic sustainability and housing amendments to Placer County’s Tahoe Basin Area Plan
See the full agenda here.
South Tahoe Public Utility District
The South Tahoe Public Utility District is meeting Thursday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, South Lake Tahoe.
- Municipal Information Systems Association of California Award of Excellence in Information Technology Practices
- Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPA’s & Associates, LLP – 2023 Fiscal Year Financial Statement Audit
Items for board action
- Secondary Clarifier No. 1 Rehabilitation Project 1) Find minor irregularities in the bid from T&S Construction Co., Inc. to be immaterial and waive immaterial regularities; and 2) Award the Project to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder, T&S Construction Co., Inc., in the amount of $1,810,750.
- Director of Operations Position – Approve the addition of a new management position titled Director of Operations with a monthly salary range of $14,557 – $18,579 and approve the wage and associated benefits expenditure to be added to the fiscal year 2023/2024 budget.
- Election of Board Officers – Elect a Board President for 2024 Calendar Year
- Election of Board Officers – Elect a Board Vice President for 2024 Calendar Year
See the full agenda here.
It’s common for the knees to get a little noisy on occasion, so hearing a “crack” during your hike or yoga class shouldn’t be worrisome. However, knees that pop, click, or crackle frequently may be headed toward arthritis.
What’s that Noise? The popping sound you hear is caused by air bubbles in the synovial fluid – the liquid that surrounds and lubricates your joints – and by the snapping of tightly stretched ligaments as they slide off one bony surface onto another. This noise in the joints is called crepitus.
Crepitus is common, and while it’s not a reason to rush off for a knee replacement, it is a sign that something is going on in the knee joint. Most can live with noise, but if frequent noises occur or pain and stiffness accompany the noise, it can be a sign of cartilage breakdown.
A Painful Result Arthritis occurs when cartilage (the smooth outer coating on the end of the bones that allows for easy movement of the joints) breaks down or degrades, exposing the bone and causing inflammation and pain in the joint. As the smooth surface becomes disrupted, motion in the knee is affected.
There are many causes of arthritis, including trauma and rheumatological conditions; however, the most common is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is considered degenerative, or a “wear and tear” type of arthritis that occurs with age. Others may have risk factors such as obesity or a history of a significant knee injury.
Those who often or always have noisy knees are more likely to develop knee arthritis symptoms than those who never had crepitus.
Find Answers and Fight Back If you have frequent cracking or popping in the knees, get an X-ray. While there is no magic pill that can stop arthritis, there are some ways to slow its progression, including nonsurgical treatment options and strengthening the muscles that support the knees with training or physical therapy.
Dr. Katie Gollotto is a board-certified sports and physical medicine specialist offering nonsurgical orthopedics and sports medicine solutions to the active Lake Tahoe community. To learn more about Barton’s Sports & Physical Medicine services, call 775.589.8915 or visit BartonHealth.org.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Incline Village Community Hospital, in collaboration with the Nevada State Immunization and their pharmacy satellite program, will host a vaccination clinic on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic will be held in the IVCH Community Room at 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village.
Vaccines that will be available include the RSV vaccine for 60+ years old, COVID vaccine for 12+ years old, flu, shingles, and TDAP vaccines. A prescription or appointment is not required.
Most insurance is accepted; however, insurance may not cover the full cost. The RSV vaccine is covered by most Medicare Part D plans. Patients are asked to bring an ID and insurance card.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the vaccines offered, please contact your health care provider. For more information about the vaccination clinic, please call (775) 888-4200.
Two-year-old Lucy wins the hearts of everyone she meets! She is a sweet, friendly girl ready to find her forever home. Lucy is not only a very affectionate, laidback pup, but she pretty much fits the bill for almost any home. She’s great with people, kids of all ages, and other large-breed dogs! She has a very nice level of play with her canine friends.
Lucy is young and bouncy with a perfect level of energy. She enjoys going on walks where she can sniff everything, playing with her large dog friends, and exploring with her human friends. Lucy knows basic commands and would love to learn more advanced skills. She’s one smart cookie!
Lucy’s ideal forever home would provide her with a good balance of exercise and cuddle sessions. It would also be a cat and small dog-free home. It truly has become a mystery to staff and volunteers at HSTT as to why she still has not found her forever home. She’s been super at the shelter and nothing but a perfect lady in foster. Lucy’s foster said, “Lucy is so loving and loyal. She’s snuggly and always waiting to greet me when I get home. Lucy loves her ball and playing fetch. She even brings the ball back!”
Just to sweeten the deal, Lucy’s adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous donor. So why wait?! Meet Lucy today and see what all the fuss is about! She is fully vaccinated, spayed, and microchipped. Don’t let this lovely lady pass you by! To meet Lucy or learn more about her, please reach out to one of HSTT’s Adoption Specialists at, 530-587-5948 or email@example.com. To view more adoptable pets or to learn more about the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, please visit www.hstt.org.
Investors often think about which companies are doing well, what sector is hot, and where the market may be headed in the next few months. But more important than any of those is the question of proper asset allocation. Studies indicate that asset allocation is actually the main determinant of portfolio return, even ahead of fund selection. People who fail to set up a portfolio with a proper asset allocation are very likely leaving money on the table with their investments.
What is asset allocation? Asset allocation refers to the strategy of dividing your investment portfolio among different asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, and cash, to optimize risk and return based on financial goals, risk tolerance, and investment horizon. The goal is to create a diversified portfolio with an eye towards maximizing returns while minimizing risk.
The primary asset classes are:
1. Stocks, also called “equities”. When you own a stock, you actually own a small piece of the company. A good mix of stocks brings the potential for high returns, but also greater risk and volatility than the other classes listed here.
2. Bonds, also called “fixed income”. These are essentially a company or government entity borrowing money from you in exchange for periodic interest payments and the return of your principal at maturity. Bonds are thought of as less risky than stocks, and usually have a lower rate of return than stocks.
3. Cash and cash equivalents. These include highly liquid investments like money market funds and government treasuries. These investments usually offer a lower rate of return than stocks and bonds, but a high level of security with little volatility and risk.
Now to the key point, how to best allocate your assets. The optimal asset allocation varies from investor to investor, depending primarily on your financial goals, your risk tolerance, and your time horizon.
In terms of risk tolerance, someone who struggles to take on risk should allocate fewer assets to stocks and more to bonds and cash. This investor is accepting the probability of a lower return over time in exchange for greater security and less volatility. In Tahoe terms, are you a black diamond skier who is willing to take on more risk in order to ski faster and get in more runs, or are you more of a green circle rider who is happy to give up some runs in order to have a smoother ride and less risk? The black diamond investor is someone who is more comfortable with stocks and a riskier portfolio with the expectation of higher returns.
Your investment time horizon also plays an important role in determining your ideal asset allocation. The key concept here is that you don’t want to get stuck selling off your stocks at a loss during a down market. Investors who have many years before they will need to start cashing in their investments can afford to take on more risk in this regard, as the stock market
has historically risen in almost every 10-year period over the past 125 years. It has risen in every 20-year period during that same timespan. On the other hand, if you are going to start needing investment income in just a few short years, it might make sense to have more of your money in bonds and cash, in order to ensure that the money is there when you need it. In that case, you don’t need to eliminate stocks completely, but you would have less than a long-term investor.
Whatever asset allocation you settle on, you’ll still need to diversify your holdings within each asset class. Holding 10 different healthcare stocks is not a good strategy, since individual stocks in sectors like healthcare often move in tandem. You’ll also want to rebalance your portfolio periodically to make sure that your asset allocation stays as desired.
Good luck with your asset allocation design! And however you allocate your dollars, invest smartly and invest well!
Larry Sidney is a Zephyr Cove-based Investment Advisor Representative. Information is found at https://palisadeinvestments.com/ or by calling 775-299-4600 x702. This is not a solicitation to buy or sell securities. Clients may hold positions mentioned in this article. Past Performance does not guarantee future results. Consult your financial advisor before purchasing any security.
Living with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be challenging, but with a well-designed treatment plan, you can effectively manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
GERD is a chronic condition characterized by the flow of stomach acid back into the esophagus — the tube that connects your throat and stomach. GERD can manifest as frequent heartburn, regurgitation, chest discomfort, or waking up with a sore throat or cough.
Some foods and beverages, such as caffeine, citrus fruits, fatty and fried foods, chocolate, and alcohol are known triggers for GERD. Avoiding these foods can make socializing and dining out a daunting experience, especially around the holidays, and can become a source of anxiety.
A practical approach to addressing GERD may include a variety of approaches, including lifestyle modifications, medications, and if necessary, surgical interventions, as well as diagnostic tests.
Making changes to your everyday routine can have a significant impact on reducing GERD symptoms:
- Avoid potentially triggering foods and beverages, such as fried or greasy foods, tomato sauces, and vinegars.
- Opt for smaller, more frequent meals as opposed to large infrequent servings.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing around your abdomen, since tight clothes can squeeze your abdomen and push acid into your esophagus.
- Stay upright three hours after meals, and avoid eating within three hours of bedtime.
Some medication can be used to reduce acid production and alleviate symptoms. Commonly-prescribed medications for GERD include:
- Over-the-counter antacids
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2-receptor blockers
Two diagnostic tests commonly used to evaluate GERD are esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and Bravo pH monitoring:
- During an EGD, a surgeon inserts a flexible tube with a tiny camera into the esophagus, stomach, and digestive system. This diagnostic procedure helps identify any abnormalities, such as inflammation or damage caused by acid reflux.
- The Bravo pH monitoring system, a small wireless probe, is a groundbreaking diagnostic tool that can be implanted during an EGD to further investigate the upper digestive tract. The Bravo system measures the frequency and duration of acid reflux episodes over a 48-hour period, providing crucial information for treatment and management of GERD. The capsule holding the system dissolves and is evacuated by your digestion system, with no need to have it removed.
In cases where lifestyle modifications and medications fail to provide adequate relief, surgical options, including various endoscopic procedures and minimally invasive anti-reflux surgical procedures, may be considered.
Speak with your healthcare provider for treatment options to take control of GERD and enjoy a better quality of life.
Dr. W. Reid Shepard is a board-certified general surgeon, specializing in anti-reflux and minimally invasive surgery. Barton General surgery performs GERD diagnostic testing, including EGD and state-of -the-art Bravo pH monitoring technology. For more information on treatment of gastrointestinal issues, visit BartonHealth.org.
It’s rare that someone, not only has an impact on one young person’s life, but then goes on to mentor three generations of that person’s family.
This is just what happened when cross-country coach, Austin Angell entered the life of then South Tahoe High School student, Darrell Schue in 1975. It wasn’t until 22 years later that Angell would coach Darrell’s daughter, Lauren in 1997 at South Tahoe Middle School.
Sixteen years later, Darrell’s grandson, Ethan would become the third generation of the Schue family to be coached by Austin Angell.
Now in his 48th year of coaching cross-country, Coach Angell says he plans on working until he hits his 50th year.
Before becoming coach for both South Tahoe High School and South Tahoe Middle School, Coach Angell participated in the Boston and New York marathons, and attended every California State Championship track and field meet.
To say the least, Coach Angell has been a hero and a mentor to those training under him for the past forty-eight total, and twenty-five years at South Tahoe Middle School. He’s led his cross-country team to too many championships to name.
Darrell Schue started training with his friends who were cross-country runners. “I actually was a track athlete, and I ran the high hurdles and high jumped. In 1975, Austin helped out Coach Les Wright and Coach Jim Jones with the cross-country and track team. At that time our cross-country team was a top ranked cross-country team in California,” says Darrell Schue.
Coach Angell tells his athletes, “Train and put in the work, and you will be successful.”
It was hearing these words of wisdom that led Darrell and his cross-country teammates, The Vikings, to winning most all of the meets they competed in.
In the early days, a lot of the young cross-country players on Coach Angell’s team couldn’t understand why a man 5x their age was coaching them. Those first practice workouts were dubbed “Old Man Camp.” Little did they know about their coach’s incredible past as an athlete. Such as being a water polo player in college and running a series of races in San Francisco and New York.
It was soon realized by generations to come that having an older coach means they have more experience and knowledge to pass on.
Darrell Schue says the fact that Coach Angell has a positive and helpful attitude, and has also competed himself, is what was inspiring to him.
“Coach was always competing in local races himself. We had ‘all comers’ track meets every week at the middle school in the summer for years, and coach would be there competing and helping out,” adds Schue.
Darrell says he’s proud and honored to have had his daughter, Lauren and now his grandson, Ethan, running cross-country as the Timber Wolves on Coach Angell’s team.
No matter when Coach Angell retires, his legacy will be felt and never forgotten by both the Schue family, and those families that have come before and after.
“Our community is fortunate to have Coach Angell encouraging and coaching the kids over the last 48 years! His commitment and dedication to the kids is truly inspiring. He has touched so many lives in such a positive way. I have great admiration and respect for him,” says Schue.
Editor’s note: This article was written on behalf of the Schue family to thank Coach Angell. Coach Angell could not be reached for this article.
STATELINE, Nev. — In the spirit of the holidays, Tahoe Beach Club demonstrated its commitment to the local community by extending a helping hand to those who serve it. On Thanksgiving Day, the dedicated staff, led by General Manager Kevin Speer, delivered a Thanksgiving meal to Tahoe Douglas Fire Station 23, a gesture that exemplifies the Club’s values of gratitude and community engagement.
Tahoe Beach Club’s Thanksgiving Day effort was a labor of love that brought comfort and joy to the firefighters and first responders on call at Tahoe Douglas Fire Station 23. The generous spread included a succulent roasted turkey, maple spiced glazed carrots, roasted quince, sausage and sage stuffing, all topped off with a delectable pumpkin pie accompanied by chantilly cream.
It was a culinary feast that not only celebrated the holiday but also conveyed the Club’s sincere appreciation for the brave men and women who selflessly protect and serve the Lake Tahoe community.
General Manager Kevin Speer, who played a pivotal role in coordinating this initiative, expressed his gratitude, saying, “We are immensely grateful for the tireless efforts of firefighters and first responders in our community. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank them and show our appreciation. It’s a small token of our gratitude for the incredible work they do.”
Tahoe Beach Club have served both firefighters and police over the last two holiday seasons and plan to make it a yearly tradition. Tahoe Beach Club hopes to inspire others in the community to find their own ways to support and appreciate those who make Lake Tahoe a safe and wonderful place to live.
The Nevada Department of Transportation, after having been met with vocal community resistance, has removed the “road diet” portion of the U.S. 50 Tahoe East Shore Corridor Management plan.
NDOT said they will continue to seek possibilities that provide solutions as multifaceted as the problems they aim to solve.
The problems identified through NDOT’s analysis included difficulty turning in/out of side streets and driveways, bike and pedestrian safety, on-highway parking and speeding. The proposed solutions didn’t go over well with the community it would impact and protests led to an organized grassroots group set on being heard.
A coalition of residents and neighbors, unified by their shared abhorrence, formed TESA, the Tahoe East Shore Alliance. Armed with road and transportation experts, they set out to verify NDOT’s facts and challenge their proposal.
“NDOT’s plan to remove two of four lanes of Hwy 50’s east shore corridor was first rolled out in 2017,” TESA’s website states when residents came out to protest six years ago, “NDOT retreated until returning in ’22 they returned with a similar plan to reduce large sections of the 13-mile corridor from Stateline to Spooner Summit to two lanes with a center turning lane, sometimes referred to as a suicide lane for the dangers posed by drivers misusing the lane to circumvent traffic gridlock. In traffic vernacular, this is called a ‘road diet.'”
NDOT estimated 7 million trips pass through the corridor annually, the opinion that safety is at the top of priorities is a fact that unites more than it divides but how to achieve said safety is a source of debate and has been since this summer.
The Tahoe Regional Planning agency calls the CMP changes “fundamental cornerstones of transportation changes” that need to happen for safety.
NDOT describes the US 50 CMP as “an integrated, multi-modal transportation study with the purpose of balancing mobility and safety enhancements with the unique range of other corridor interests through an ongoing collaboration among stakeholders”.
“We want safety as much as anyone,” said Brett Tibbitts, Founder, TESA, who added ” Caldor was a wake-up call to all of us. The evacuation was chaotic despite a 4-lane US 50. Imagine that evacuation scenario with only two lanes.”
Asserting the road diet would lead South Lake Tahoe into a Lahaina destiny, TESA started making waves at NDOT Board of director meetings, demanding the attention of officials and they got it.
During the most recent board meeting NDOT delivered findings from a survey and concluded: “As a result of recent lane reductions for construction and utility work observations have shown that traffic levels are high enough to back up traffic and result in delays beyond the desired speed reduction. Due to this observation and current traffic levels NDOT will no longer consider lane reductions as a safety strategy is no longer being pursued”.
“When we began this effort to keep US 50 four lanes, It felt a bit like David going up against Goliath,” TESA Tech team member Robert Byren and former Chief Technologist for Raytheon’s Space & Airborne Systems, told the Tribune.
“Road diets were never designed for rural settings, especially on alpine arterial highways. Peak traffic conditions on US 50 regularly exceed maximum thresholds for the use of road diets. Using Federal Highway Administration language, we must conclude that US 50 is not a “good candidate” for a road diet. It’s a non-starter,” Byren added.
Byren poured over information from 17 sources, among them NDOT’s CMP, news articles covering past wildfire devastation, even Caltrans’ investigative findings from the 2018 Paradise fire, to create “The Wildfire Evacuation Dilemma — A South Lake Tahoe Story”. The 16 page document will soon be published detailing a potential reality no one wants.
“We all agree that there can be improvements made,” Stephen Ascuaga, Nevada District 2 Representative, said during the Transportation Board of Directors meeting November 13.
“I appreciate everyone’s efforts,” while expressing gratitude to the multiple agencies and the community for putting their efforts in, Ascuaga noted the complex stretch of highway from Spooner Summit to Stateline presents a “variety of different personalities of a roadway including traffic volume, speeds, surroundings and lane configuration”
Echoing Ascuaga’s comments, Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo, added “there were points given on both sides of the road diet but the path that we are going to go is probably the better path and will probably eliminate 4 hours of public comment”.
Not everyone agrees with detouring from the road diet.
TRPA’s Jeff Cowen told the Tribune, “When we saw the lane reductions go away we really saw a lot of the potential safety benefits go away too”.
“Critical safety concerns remain in certain areas, especially those that were considered for lane reconfigurations. We will work with NDOT to ensure those areas are the focus of early action measures and further study,” Cowen said in a later statement to the Tribune.
“Whenever a road diet is considered you have to look at why,” TESA’s Road Diet expert Randal O’Toole.
60 years ago, in the fall of ’63, construction began on the modern US 50, revealing the 4-lane arterial highway in the spring of ’64.
NDOTs CMP would revert the scenic byway to something more like the original 2-lane roadway of 1962.
O’Toole has provided nationwide analyses of more than one hundred land-use and transportation plans, including plans for national forests, national parks, metropolitan regions, and transit systems, have made him one of the nation’s experts on public land management, urban and regional growth, and transportation.
“What I see in the Tahoe area is a nationwide trend and isn’t any different from what I’m seeing in places like San Francisco, Denver, and Portland”, O’Toole said climate and safety have been used as crutches for policy makers long before climate was an issue.
“During the Camp Fire in 2018, people using a primary evacuation route to leave the area experienced a significant traffic delay because of recent road improvements that reduced roadway capacity” according to a preliminary investigation report by Caltrans Division of Research, Innovation and System Information entitled Traffic Modeling of Potential Emergency Wildfire Evacuation Routes.
“I don’t believe that it really mattered, I don’t think there’s any town in the world prepared with a roadway infrastructure that could evacuate their entire town all at once. They’re just not built to do that,” Former Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said about the catastrophe in Paradise, Nov 2018.
South Lake Tahoe Chief of Police David Stevenson told the Tribune “The pinch point where all the roads connect to 50 at lake parkway is the bigger issue for a future evacuation, similar to Caldor.”
Stevenson added the agencies would, as with any emergency response in the basin, work together to coordinate a solution in the event of an emergency.
“I’m all for NDOT working on ways to make it safer for everyone, but due to our fire and evacuation conditions we can’t afford any reduction in lanes,” Scott Lindgren, Tahoe Douglas Fire Chief, told the Tribune “I absolutely support keeping it four lanes with no restrictions for evacuation safety and general traffic. I also support center turn lanes to help with flow. We definitely have some safety concerns at 50/28, Zephyr Point Conference grounds (dead man’s curve), and by Zephyr Cove Resort. People definitely drive way too fast. Speed and alcohol are big contributors to the safety of our citizens along 50.”
Currently, the only funded projects are: the new traffic signal at Warrior Way, Round Hill Pines entry improvements, and resurfacing of US 50 currently planned for 2025, which could include some early action to improve striping and/or signage.
Mid and long-term improvements will take more time to be constructed with possible implementation over the next five – 20 years depending on funding availability, other state and agency priorities through the One Nevada Transportation Plan.
“NDOT will further evaluate options to improve the existing intersection to make turns safer and easier,” said NDOT spokesperson Meg Ragonese, “Left turns between U.S. 50 and State Route 28 have been a public concern expressed during our corridor management plan public outreach”.
Plans outlined and proposed as part of the U.S. 50 CMP currently show two roundabouts; a roundabout is suggested for the State Route 28/Hwy 50 junction as well as the intersection at Lake Parkway.
Ragonese said the final report will be published in 2024.
View the full plans here: https://www.dot.nv.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/20925/638024808502330000
For questions or comments regarding the U.S. 50 East Shore CMP, please contact Melissa Chandler, NDOT Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-888-7170.