Swift Sells Four Papers
Swift Communications, parent company of the Sierra Sun and the Tahoe Tribune among other local publications, sold four Nevada newspapers to the Pacific Publishing Company. The papers that changed hands to the Nevada and Washington-based company are the Nevada Appeal, the Record-Courier, Lahontan Valley News, and the Northern Nevada Business View. The Pacific Publishing Company will operate these publications in Nevada under the name Nevada News Group. Swift CEO and Chairman Bill Waters stated in a press release that “the ownership change will provide the opportunity for sustainability of the products and services offered in the region as the teams at Pacific Publishing and Nevada News Group bring many years of experience and success coupled with a deep commitment to local, community journalism.” The Nevada Appeal currently shares an address with the central printing location for Swift Communications, which will not change with the sale.
Town of Truckee Examines TOT Increase
Following a May survey of 616 Truckee residents by True North Research that showed affordable housing access as the number one request, town staff are looking at a potential 2% increase in Transient Occupancy Taxes on short-term rentals to fund affordable housing projects. Eighty percent of respondents favored the TOT increase over another funding option of a flat $50 parcel tax which received just 28% approval in the survey. Voters would have to approve the increase, which would add $620,000 in revenue to the town services budget.
$3 Million Class Action Settlement Approved
The Nevada County Superior Court approved the settlement of a class action suit alleging that Snowtech Inc. and Waltman Construction Inc., which merged in March 2017 to form Elements Mountain Co., conspired to fix the price of snow removal services sold to residents of Tahoe Donner for almost a decade. Depending on the level of participation of those affected, the settlement could exceed $3 million to be paid out in $390 each year in snow removal vouchers to anyone who received snow removal services from either company beginning in the 2008-09 winter season through 2017-18. The two now-joined companies are also barred from raising snow removal prices at all for the next three years. In order to redeem vouchers from Elements Mountain Co., a class action suit member must send a letter to the company prior to the snowy season.
Tahoe-based Designer Launches Online Company
Local interior designer Scott Coridian announced the unveiling of his new online interior design company, Seanachai, which is an Irish word for storytelling. The team will be fully in-house and is currently seeking beta candidates to apply for what the fledgling company says is a $750 value personalized membership. The designers, dubbed “storytellers,” seek to work closely with their clients to understand their lifestyle — including their “passions, dreams, friends, children, fur babies, and more” to fit the design to each individual or family. Interested clients can visit seanachai.life to begin the process.
Sierra Green Business Network Announced
The Sierra Business Council launched their certified green business program under the California Green Business Network (CAGBN) on Aug. 2, providing the opportunity for local businesses to be recognized for sustainable practices they already provide and to encourage new ways to green up businesses in the area. The council will use the network to guide applicants for CAGBN certification through the process and connect them to resources to become certified for free. Interested businesses can begin the process at greenbusinessca.org or contact Chelsea Walterscheid at (530) 582-4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boatworks Mall Aquired by MJD
MJD Capital Partners, a California-based real estate development company, announced their acquisition of Boatworks Mall on Aug. 28. The company bought the next-door 34-unit Tahoe City Inn in late 2018, and with the acquisition of Boatworks Mall comes new ownership of some of Tahoe City’s oldest and most well-recognized establishments including Jake’s on the Lake and Hacienda del Lago. Marie Murphy, founder and CEO of MJD, assured the community that the transition will not involve new development without community input. “As excited as we are, we have no plans to move forward with any future development until we have consulted with our neighbors, satisfied the strict requirements of Placer County and the TRPA, and ultimately decide what is in the best interest of the Tahoe City community and Lake Tahoe,” she said.
Henrikson Building Demolition Makes Way for Tahoe City Lodge
Groundbreaking for the demolition of the old Henrikson Building in Tahoe City began in a well-attended ceremony Aug. 21, with construction of the new Tahoe City Lodge scheduled to begin in spring 2020. The $60 million hotel boutique will feature 118 rooms, a restaurant and conference space, and rooftop hot tubs. Owning company Tahoe LLC describes its design aesthetic as “contemporary mountain architecture.” The groundbreaking event also served as a fundraiser for the Sierra Community House. The company estimates that the Tahoe City Lodge will bring in $43.4 million in economic activity into the community throughout the course of demolition and construction, and thereafter annually infuse $8.6 million into the local economy via taxes, jobs, and visitor spending.
North Lake Tahoe Adds Germany, Switzerland, Austria to Global Portfolio
The North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative, a partnership between the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitor’s Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, is working with MSI Germany to increase international tourism to North Lake from these countries. This addition is the fifth market in the NLTMC’s portfolio, joining Australia, Canada, the UK, and France in building relationships with tour operators and marketing companies to increase and improve both longer-term and visiting travel for the purposes of stoking the economy. The effort began Sept. 1 and the partnership will be announcing specifics and updates as it rolls out.
Core Values Fund Applications Available
The Chamber of Commerce has announced the third annual Truckee Core Values Fund to help support events that reinforce the town’s core values. Administered by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation with funding provided by the Town of Truckee, this program bestows grants for events in town. Applicants are required to be planning events that garner high local resident participation and strong alignment with one or more of the town’s core values, which are: healthy lifestyle; family friendliness; natural beauty; community-mindedness; and arts, culture, and history. Applications will be reviewed through Nov. 1, and can be submitted online to grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=ttcf.
Moving In, Moving Up, Moving On
Tony Commendatore Takes Over Town Council Spot
At their Aug. 27 meeting, the Truckee Town Council selected Tony Commendatore, owner and CEO of Aegis Insurance Markets, to replace former Vice Mayor Morgan Goodwin on the council in a 3-1 vote. He was publicly sworn-in at the Sept. 10 council meeting, and the town told Moonshine that he is currently setting up meetings with each department head to begin his orientation process.
“I am humbled to be chosen to fill the vacant spot on the town council and excited to give back to a town that has given me so much,” wrote Commendatore in an email to Moonshine Ink. “I look forward to taking on the issues that Truckee faces as Truckee continues to expand due to the incredible quality of life that our town has to offer. It will be great to work side-by-side with my fellow council members and town staff.”
Trustee Now Airport Board Chair
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority named Carol Chaplin its new chair of the nine-member board that oversees both Reno-Tahoe International (RNO) and Reno-Stead Airports (RTS). Appointed by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, Chaplin has been in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Lake Tahoe area for over 35 years. Since 2008, she has served as president/CEO of the Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authorities. Guided by her passion for air service, Chaplin was chosen for the Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC) Board in 2008 and is co-chair of RASC’s marketing committee, which is instrumental in bringing new air service to the region. Chaplin said she intends to continue RNO’s momentum in gaining flights to key destinations and ensure progress of the master plan process.
New Pediatrician on Tahoe Forest Team
Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Dr. Alida Fiamengo has joined their team at Tahoe Forest Pediatrics. Dr. Fiamengo specializes in a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of children from birth to young adulthood. She attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and Creighton Medical Center. She is board eligible in pediatrics. Dr. Fiamengo’s office is located in the Tahoe Forest Medical Office Building at 10956 Donner Pass Rd., Suite 310. New patients are being accepted. For appointments, call (530) 587-3523.
Kit Elliott Appointed County Counsel
After a candidate recruitment with Ralph Andersen & Associates, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors has appointed Kit Elliott to County Counsel effective Nov. 1. While in Mendocino County, Elliott oversaw the adoption and implementation of the county’s cannabis ordinances including cultivation, dispensaries, and taxes. In addition, she advised the county on the creation of protocols and resolutions in response to several wildfire events and managed a similar sized office.
New Director for North Tahoe Arts
Heather Emerson has been announced as North Tahoe Arts’ new executive director. Emerson comes from a background working in adventure travel and tourism. She enjoys creating, teaching and participating in various art forms and mediums. Tahoe captured her heart and imagination over 15 years ago. In that time, she has immersed herself in the community, working with nonprofits such as Art for the Schools and Project MANA. Emerson can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Vail Resorts Announces Leadership Changes
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Vail Resorts Inc. announced that Tom Fortune, currently general manager of Kirkwood Mountain Resort, will become general manager of Heavenly Mountain Resort. Fortune’s more than 40 years of experience in the ski industry started at Stevens Pass, where he worked for two decades. Fortune joined Vail Resorts in 2010 as director of base area operations at Heavenly before being named Kirkwood’s general manager in 2018. The leadership change will go into effect ahead of the 2019/20 ski season. The process to fill the open leadership role at Kirkwood is underway.
Janvrin Joins Prosperity Center
Tahoe Prosperity Center, a community development and economic nonprofit that works to unite Tahoe’s communities, hired finance and real estate expert Chase Janvrin as program manager. Janvrin, a husband and father of two young girls, moved from the San Francisco area, where he held multiple positions in financial management, to the Tahoe Basin two years ago. He has a B.S. in finance and entrepreneurial strategy from the University of Montana, Missoula, and an M.B.A. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Janvrin’s work with the Tahoe Prosperity Center will be primarily focused on his biggest passion, improving housing conditions in the region.