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Sean Barclay Named General Manager of Tahoe City Public Utility District

TAHOE CITY

The TCPUD board of directors announced on Oct. 20 that Sean Barclay will succeed Cindy Gustafson, who retired from the district in August. Barclay will assume the new role effective immediately. Barclay has served as the district’s director of support services since 2016, responsible for enterprise management systems, information technology, construction and permitting, and overseeing the development of new business ventures, including operations of the Tahoe City Golf Course and the Winter Sports Park.

Squaw Alpine Hires New Human Resources Director, Promotes Mountain Operations VP

OLYMPIC VALLEY

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced the selection of Casey Blann as senior vice president of mountain operations for the resort on Oct. 9. Blann previously served as vice president of mountain operations at Alpine Meadows and vice president of risk management and loss prevention across the entire enterprise at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The resort also announced on Oct. 18 that Jennifer Scharp, who joined the company last month as senior human resources manager, has been promoted to human resources director.

Oz Butterfield Retires as TTSA Board President After 28 Years

TRUCKEE

Oz Butterfield is retiring from the Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency board, where he has served as president for 28 years. On Oct. 19, he submitted a letter to the Truckee Sanitary District board of directors giving his 30-day notice of retirement as TSD’s representative.
Butterfield had a long history in public utilities, serving as the original general manager for the TTSA for 14 years until 1986, then as the TSD general manager until 2004. Current TSD general manager Blake Tresan told Moonshine Ink that the TSD board has “indicated that they are interested in appointing me [Tresan] as his successor.” Butterfield’s position as TTSA board president will most likely be filled by the current vice president, Lane Lewis, who is also current president of the North Tahoe Public Utility District board of directors, according to Tresan. Butterfield leaves the TTSA at a time of turbulence in the district, following a series of employee complaints and hampered efforts to unionize — see Moonshine Ink’s August 2017 article It Rolls Downhill.


NDA Seeks New Partners for Management of Feral Horses

NEVADA

After four years, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) has ended its agreement with the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC). In 2013 the two organizations signed an agreement that gave the AWHPC the right to buy horses and help them find homes, before euthanasia. In 2016 an agreement transferred all feral horse management responsibilities to the AWHPC — including the horse populations in the Virginia Range area — utilizing a birth control darting program that reduced the feral horse population by about 500 horses over the last four to five years, according to the organization. The NDA requests that until a new agreement is signed, people report horses near unfenced highways or roadways in the Virginia Range area by calling (775) 353-3709 or emailing horse@agri.nv.gov.


Cabin Creek Biomass Project at Pivotal Moment

TRUCKEE

Potential grant money may revive the proposed Cabin Creek biomass energy facility, a two-megawatt renewable energy project that would convert forest waste, or biomass, into electricity, which could then be sold. While the project planning is nearly complete, the historically-low power market has hampered efforts to sell the electricity that would be created by the project, staff reported. County staff investigated a viable option for selling the electricity through reduction of the purchase price by subsidizing with public funds. A grant from the U.S. Department of Energy is set to expire at the end of 2017. With $1.5 million in grant funds still to be used in facility construction, the county has entered into extension discussions with the DOE and anticipated a decision by the end of October, but at the time of this publishing no decision had been reached.


$18 Million: County Asks for Community Input on Lodging Tax Dollars

PLACER COUNTY

Each year Placer County collects about $18 million in guest lodging taxes in eastern Placer County. At three community meetings in early November, the county and its partners at the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association will ask local residents for their thoughts on the best way to invest it in projects and services to improve quality of life as well as the visitor experience. According to the county, it has spent $36 million in lodging tax revenues on visitor-serving projects in North Lake Tahoe since 1996, and helped secure an additional $250 million in state and federal funding for Tahoe projects. Still, the Tourism Master Plan identifies an additional $100 million in needed projects and services in North Lake Tahoe — including trails, signage, expanded transit and marketing — to remain competitive with other resort communities. Two upcoming county initiatives include providing $125,000 for the continued development of the Squaw Valley Ski Museum project, matched by $163,068 in funding from the Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation, and $135,000 for improvements at North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. Info: placer.ca.gov/news/2017/october/tahoe-tot-meetings


Assessing the Temporary Airport Tower Program

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Tahoe Airport District board of directors voted to continue the Airport Tower program next summer in their Oct. 25 meeting. The airport began seasonal operations with its first-ever control tower on June 1 of this year, to reduce annoyance and noise complaints in surrounding neighborhoods and to increase safety at the airport. The district is still learning about the program and how to best utilize it. “I believe the result improved the safety component but did not do that much on noise annoyance. We need to work on the noise still,” said Rick Stephens, board vice president. According to Stephens, the airport saw an increase from 33,000 to 38,000 flights over the summer. The tower consists of six shipping containers, adding a welded stairwell and power infrastructure to connect to the operational air control facility constructed by Kansas-based Midwest ATC.


In Case of Emergency

With wildfires raging through northern California, and the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas this month, it becomes quite clear that emergencies can strike at any moment. In an effort to help the community prepare, local emergency management offices urge residents to sign up to receive critical emergency notifications through notification systems. Alerts often can be received as notifications on your mobile phone. Sign up for alerts in each local region at the following sites:

Washoe County: washoecounty.us/em/RegionalAlerts.php

Placer County: placer.ca.gov/departments/sheriff/citizenalert

Nevada County: mynevadacounty.com/1293/CodeRED-Emergency-Alerts

Truckee: townoftruckee.com/government/police/emergency-services


County & Burning Man Collaborate on 200-Mile Art Project

WASHOE COUNTY

What is the first memory of the place you call home? We all have some sense of the places where we grew up; we form attachments, make connections, and forge memories of those places. Washoe County and Burning Man are looking for artists to answer this question. The artist call begins an 18-month process of community story gathering, artist design submissions, and the formation of a route of memories, artworks, and landmarks along the 200 miles from Crystal Peak Park to Gerlach. This route will be celebrated through two iconic art installations at either end and a series of signs that will allow for interactive collection of memories associated with personal history and place. Info: burningman.org


Community Bike Park Opens

INCLINE VILLAGE

The long awaited Community Bike Park (Phase 1) opened to the public on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 980 Incline Way. This collaboration by the Incline Village Parks & Recreation, Incline Bike Project, and the Incline Tahoe Foundation was also funded in a large part by the Robert and Robin Holman Family. The park offers a pump track with beginner and intermediate flow lines.


Tahoe Forest Women’s Center Joins Tahoe Forest Health System

TRUCKEE

Tahoe Forest Women’s Center, with Peter Taylor, M.D., FACOG; Steve Thompson, M.D., FACOG; Shawni Coll, DO, FACOG; Cara Streit, M.D., FACOG; and Janet Brooks, NP joined Tahoe Forest Health System on Nov. 1. Tahoe Forest Women’s Center advocates preventative medicine, such as wellness exams, PAP smears, and mammography, as well as problem-oriented care, extending from puberty through menopause, including hormonal therapy and osteoporosis prevention. The practice will remain in the same location at 10175 Levon Avenue in Truckee, and keep the same phone number: (530) 587-1041.


Hospital District Launches New Medical Record System

TRUCKEE

Tahoe Forest Health System is implementing a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system called Epic, which was scheduled to go live on Nov. 1. The new Epic system is one of the most widely used electronic tools in healthcare, and will be available in both its inpatient and outpatient settings. With the new system, hospital and MultiSpecialty Clinic charges will appear on the same statement, identification and insurance cards will now be required at each visit in order to avoid cash payment at the time of service, and the hospital’s HELP Financial Payment Plan will continue as always with no changes. Info: (530) 582-3598


Community Christmas Helps Area’s Most Vulnerable Neighbors

TRUCKEE

For more than 25 years, the Truckee Community Christmas nonprofit organization has provided a large box of food items, grocery store gift cards, toys, and coats to individuals and families identified as the most in need during the holiday season. Ways to help include:

Look for food collection barrels placed at Safeway and Save Mart beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and donate non-perishable food items.

Deposit new, unwrapped toys at collection bins located at banks, real estate offices, schools, homeowners’ association clubhouses, and businesses around town.

Drop off warm, clean, and gently used winter coats at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee and Tahoe Forest Church on Hirschdale Road.

Provide necessities for seniors, whose wishes are often easy to fulfill and whose gratitude is always abundant. Gratitudes, in downtown Truckee, is coordinating senior gift donations. Help is also needed to sort and pack donated items at the SELS school gym on Donner Pass Road on Dec. 21 and 22. Info: (530) 587-2757

Foundation Launches Give Back Season, Variety Show

TRUCKEE

North Tahoe/Truckee will celebrate the Give Back Tahoe Giving Season this Nov. 28 to Dec. 31. The year-end collective giving campaign, spearheaded by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, kicks off with #GivingTuesday and features more than 60 local nonprofits. Participants can even help organizations win thousands of bonus dollars in Challenge Grants. On Dec. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m., go see the Give Back Tahoe Variety Show at Alibi Ale House Truckee Public House to enjoy local performers, meet your neighbors, or even get on stage. Info: givebacktahoe.org


Nonprofit PaintCare Celebrates Nearly 183,000 Pounds of Recycled Paint in Truckee

CALIFORNIA

Truckee was the first community to hold a PaintCare event in California five years ago. There have been three more events locally since then, collecting a total of 182,590 pounds of unwanted paint from 730 participants to be managed properly. If you want to dispose of your own unwanted paint products the rigth way, visit one of PaintCare’s drop-off locations at Mountain Hardware & Sports, 11320 Donner Pass Rd; and Kelly-Moore, 40153 Truckee Airport Rd.


Friends of the Library Host Expert Susan Hildreth

TRUCKEE

A former Placer County and California State librarian with impressive national positions, Hildreth addressed an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Emigrant Trail Museum on Oct. 21. With a new library building and site moving forward, Hildreth had encouraging words about the future and emphasized that the most important building feature is flexibility, with a balance of program open space with stack space, and a nice exterior and garden area for outdoor events.

 
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November 9, 2017