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Honoring those Fallen in January’s Storms

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While beautiful in many ways, January’s snowmageddon was also quite brutal. All of us dealt with the effects of the near continuous, huge storm cycle, but some experienced the ultimate sacrifice. Here, we take a moment to honor those who died in Tahoe/Truckee during this storm-of-a-century.

Emmanuelle “Manu” Delavoye, 43, was killed Jan. 12 when a tree fell on her Subaru which was stopped in traffic on highway 89. A teacher at Discovery Preschool in Truckee, Manu is remembered for her “joie de vivre,” French for “joy of life,” describing her well. She left behind three young children and a husband.

Joe Zuiches, 42, died Jan. 24 from the detonation of an explosive hand charge while conducting avalanche control at the top of Gold Coast Ridge at Squaw Valley. Zuiches, who had worked as a ski patroller and mountain guide for more than a decade, is remembered by his friends as a passionate and highly skilled outdoorsman who was beloved by many. He left behind a wife and a young child.

Todd Michael Borchardt, 49, was found dead, buried under a pile of snow outside of his Homewood house, on Jan. 24. Borchardt, a real estate agent with Chase International in Tahoe City, was known as a friendly and big-hearted animal lover, and an avid fan of Guns ‘N Roses. He is survived by his son, a daughter-in-law, and a grandchild.

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June 14, 2018