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NEWS BRIEFS | April 14 - May 11, 2017

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Rivers for Change Paddles from Meyers to Pyramid Lake


Between June 2 and 11, a core team of five paddlers will conquer the entire 150 miles of the Truckee rivers, starting in Meyers, California, traveling along the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, through Tahoe City, Truckee, Reno, and ending at the Truckee River’s terminus at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. Schools, businesses, and communities along the entire length of the Truckee rivers and Lake Tahoe are invited to participate for different stretches of this Truckee River Source to (inland) Sea Paddling and Environmental Learning Project. The team of five will support 10 student ambassadors representing middle school students from four different school districts to paddle approximately 50 miles of the journey. Info:

Conservancy Board Approves $3.6 Million for the Ecosystem and Watershed


The California Tahoe Conservancy Board on March 16 made $3.6 million available for multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection projects. Grant applications for this second round of Proposition 1 funding are due by April 28. The board will consider approving funding for projects no later than December 2017. Program guidelines, grant application package, and other materials are available at The Board also authorized $260,128 for a grant to the Tahoe Resource Conservation District to conduct a pilot project designed to kill invasive weeds at Lakeside Beach and Marina in South Lake Tahoe.

Clinic Staff Recognized as Team of the Year


The Nevada County Truckee Family Planning Clinic was recently recognized as the Team of the Year by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. The Nevada County Clinic focuses on providing reproductive health services particularly for difficult-to-reach and underserved community members. The majority of people the clinic serves live below the poverty level, and for many of them the Nevada County Clinic is their primary source of health care.

Forest Service Seeks Input for Improvement Projects


Forest Service land was hit just as hard as the rest of our area this winter, and the public has an opportunity to submit input on where resources should be allocated for improvement projects this year. The Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is requesting proposals for natural resource improvement projects in Nevada and Placer counties that benefit National Forest System lands. Approximately $240,000 is expected to be available this year for RAC-recommended projects. Apply online at

Auburn Ski Club Celebrates 90 Years


Auburn Ski Club (ASC) will be celebrating its 90th birthday in 2018, and is offering a limited number of 2017/18 Cross Country trail passes for $90, which will also be valid for the rest of this spring ski season. Auburn Ski Club was founded in 1928 by a group of visionary winter sports enthusiasts from Auburn, with its first facility located in Cisco Grove. Today, Auburn Ski Club has evolved into the ASC Training Center, a nonprofit winter sports facility dedicated to the lifelong enjoyment of winter sports for families and athletes from the greater foothill region and across Northern California. Info:

Placer County Moves Forward on Housing Issue, Truckee Hosts Workshop


Placer County took action on April 7 to develop an affordable housing work plan for the entire county and joined the Tahoe Truckee Regional Housing Council toward setting a regional housing strategy. The county and Town will each contribute up to $50,000 per year to its efforts. The county board also directed staff to develop a housing work plan to accomplish a number of recommended actions presented to them in their meeting April 7. The Town of Truckee will hold its third housing workshop on April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Truckee Town Hall.

CancerLinQ Technology Introduced at Gene Upshaw Center


The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center announced that it is live on CancerLinQ, a data initiative developed and led by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to help improve the overall quality of care for people with cancer. CancerLinQ allows cancer care providers to analyze millions of confidential cancer patient medical records, in order to identify patterns and trends, and measure treatments against peers and recommended guidelines. The CancerLinQ platform is the only effort of its kind driven by a nonprofit physician organization. It leverages the combined expertise of more than 40,000 of the world’s leading oncologists who comprise ASCO’s membership. Info:

Project MANA Begins Fasting Fundraiser Project


Project MANA is launching a new fundraising campaign called Fight Hunger Fast — a 24-hour fast to raise $50,000 for hunger relief in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. The goal of Fight Hunger Fast is to raise awareness about food insecurity while raising enough money for 160,000 meals. Participants can help by completing a 24-hour juice or water fast, during any chosen 24-hour period in April. Info:

Truckee River Watershed Council Becomes Foriver


The Truckee River Watershed Council rebranded its logo to “Foriver” in March. According to a TRWC press release, they hope this new logo will sum up their mission (with just seven succinct letters). The logo will be incorporated into the website in the near future, although the URL,, will remain the same.

Humane Society’s Black Tie and Tails Raises $180,000


The Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe’s ninth annual Valentine’s bash attracted 330 guests and 100 dogs to a sold-out event, and raised $180,000. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception with treats for the honored canine guests, a Hound Heaven lounge with dog treat samples, a best-dressed pet contest, a photo booth, and a stunt dog show put on by Stunt Dog Productions, which has been featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Rounding out the evening was a silent auction. Info:

Two Brand New Engines for North Tahoe and Meeks Bay


Both North Tahoe Fire (NTFPD) and Meeks Bay Fire (MBFPD) each took delivery of one new KME Type 1 engine this year. Both were built within the last four years, and are designated as NTFPD Engine 51 and MBFPD Engine 61. Delivered on Feb. 28, Engine 51 responded to its first call on March 31. The Meeks Bay Firefighters Association contributed $150,000 to the Meeks Bay engine.

Winter Champions and Summer Hopefuls With TDRPD Sports


As the winter winds down, we reflect on tales of triumph and defeat in the world of TDRPD adult broomball, hockey, and basketball. In true Cinderella-story fashion, Balls Deep defeated Click Click Broom 7-4 in the broomball finals under the bright Truckee ice rink lights; Dirty Daves beat the Truckee Titans 10-8 in the hockey finals; and Tahoe Riverfront Realty clinched the win over Gus’ Open Pit Barbeque in the basketball finals. For those with a taste for ruthless competition, bocce and softball season begin now. Info:

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