Tahoe Quarterly Announces Changes

Tahoe Quarterly and one of the magazine’s co-founders, Chaco Mohler, have announced Mohler is transitioning out of his role as the magazine’s publisher and editor. J.D. Publishing, which runs Tahoe Quarterly’s sister publications Big Sky Journal and Western Art & Architecture, bought a controlling interest in Tahoe Quarterly, signaling a change in the 12-year-old magazine. Jared Swanson assumes Mohler’s role as publisher, while Managing Editor Kyle Magin assumes the magazine’s editor role.

Chaco remains a minority stakeholder in Tahoe Quarterly. He will join the multimedia firm Destination Media Solutions as vice president, but continues to serve as an advisor to the magazine during the transition. Info: tahoequarterly.com


Creative Concepts Hires Project Manager

Liz Bowling has joined Creative Concepts Media + Marketing and will manage operational aspects of the company, oversee project work plans, and work on media campaigns.

Bowling brings more than 10 years of marketing experience. She previously worked at New York City and Denver agencies for Fortune 500 clients, including American Express, Gillette, and Kellogg’s. Info: creativeconceptsmedia.net


Tahoe Trips & Trails Launches New Website, Announces 2013 Trips

The Cedar House Sport Hotel’s in-house adventure guiding company, Tahoe Trips & Trails, has launched a new website and announced its 2013 lineup of guided trips.

Activities on the guided trips include snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, hiking, mountain biking, paddling, and horseback riding. They will cover locations in California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Info: tahoetrips.com


Bob The Tax Guy Opens Truckee Office

Bob Johnson, a California Tax Education Council-registered tax preparer, has opened a new office on High Street. Bob The Tax Guy is open and ready to prepare both business and personal returns, and also offers bookkeeping, W-2 and 1099 preparation, and tax planning. He has been preparing taxes professionally for four years.

Johnson has been a full-time resident of Truckee for 10 years. He had a long career in manufacturing with Clorox before purchasing and operating the Ontario, Canada-based Kiwi Kayak Company, a manufacturer of recreational kayaks, giving him practical experience in both large and small businesses. He provides mobile service and will meet clients in their home or office. Bob The Tax Guy office is located at 10343 High St., Suite 7. Info: bob@bobjthetaxguy.com, (530) 386-1068


Special Event Grants Available

The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 Special Events Grant Program. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. Grant presentations are scheduled for Friday, March 15.

The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association currently has $14,000 available to award recipients to be used this fiscal year, July 2012 to June 2013, or next fiscal year, July 2013 to June 2014. The available funds are open to those with events planned for the Placer County/North Lake Tahoe region. The majority of grants awarded will be in the $500 to $2,500 range. Info: Judy Laverty, judy@puretahoenorth.com, 530-581-8702


Business Classes Offered

The Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is proud to partner with the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce to provide business classes to their members (at a discount) and to the public at large. The classes will begin in February and will be taught by experienced instructors.

Topics range from QuickBooks, Internet Marketing, How to Create an Effective Business Plan, How to Start a Business, Thinking of Selling Your Business, Survival Tools to Manage Your Business and more. Back by popular demand, SEDCorp is also offering a grant writing class in Auburn and Placerville in February. Info: (530) 823-4703, sedcorp.biz/events   


Truckee Property Owner KIMCO to Give Away One Year of Free Rent

KIMCO Realty, which owns the Gateway and Crossroads shopping centers in Truckee, is launching KEYS, a Business Boot Camp in partnership with the California Small Business Development Center.

Participants who complete the three-day boot camp and write a business plan will be eligible to apply for one year of free rent at a KIMCO shopping center, take advantage of affordable property charges to minimize initial overhead, access to personal KIMCO retail business counselors, lock into a flexible four-year lease option after the first year, and receive continued business consulting from the Small Business Development Center.

The cost of the Boot Camp series is $50, which includes lunch each day. Info: (916) 563-3210, sbdc.net/workshops/kimco-boot-camp


Boice O’Neal Realty Goes Independent, Moves into Truckee’s Flying A

After 40 years, Boice O’Neal Realty has gone independent, and is no longer part of the Keller Williams franchise. The real estate company will open a new office in the Flying A, a former gas station, in downtown Truckee.

The company, comprised of 60 agents, is now the largest independently owned real estate group in the North Lake Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service area. Boice O’Neal has offices in Tahoe City, Tahoe Donner, and at the Flying A building located at 10091 Donner Pass Rd. in historic downtown Truckee. Info: boice.com


Village at Sugar Bowl Launches New Website

Sugar Bowl Resort has launched a new website highlighting the real estate opportunities at the nation’s only snowbound village located on the slopes of one of the West’s most legendary ski resorts.

The Village at Sugar Bowl is a slopeside village unequaled in North America. Connected by groomed ski trails, the village homes sit below the snow-laden peaks of Sugar Bowl Resort’s Mount Disney and Mount Lincoln. When the ski lifts close for the day, the village becomes a secluded, quiet refuge for homeowners with unrivaled recreation only steps away.

The website gives homeowners and prospective buyers information on the availability of newly released Summit Crossing homesites, highlights resale opportunities in the Village at Sugar Bowl, and gives an overview of village services, amenities, and recreational opportunities. Info: villageatsugarbowl.com


California 89 Store Opens in Downtown Truckee

California 89, a store that sells clothing, accessories, and lifestyle goods emblazoned with the California 89 logo, opened in downtown Truckee on Dec. 22.

Business owner Lisa Gotts said the outdoor activities in the Truckee area inspired her to open the store.

“From skiing, boarding, and snowshoeing in winter to biking, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful lakes in summer, California 89 celebrates the Sierra way of life,” said Gotts.

Gotts will donate a portion of California 89 proceeds to Keep Tahoe Blue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the environmental balance, scenic beauty, and recreational opportunities of the Tahoe Basin.

Gotts will also use the store as a hub to connect with other like-minded people. The store has already formed a triathlon team to compete in the Donner Lake Triathlon in July and is interested in sponsoring additional sports teams.

California 89 is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 10156 Donner Pass Rd. in downtown Truckee. Info: california89.com