Sheriff’s Office Enforcing Rules Against Beach Nudity
Nevada law enforcement agencies are implementing a law requiring clothing on longtime Tahoe clothing-optional beaches such as Creek Beach, Secret Harbor, Secret Cove, and Whale Beach. The recent crackdown came from a confrontation at Secret Harbor between nude beachgoers and sheriff’s deputies in which nudists were allegedly waving their private parts toward law enforcement officers. Carson City sheriff’s officers swept beaches in early July, telling nude beachgoers to clothe themselves, as public nudity is against state and local laws.
TGR Teases New Snowboard Film, Roadless
Flashback to powder days when Bryan Iguchi, Jeremy Jones, and Travis Rice traversed the Teton Wilderness for 10 days, climbing and riding dozens of routes previously unexplored by snowboard. A new Teton Gravity Research film follows their journey. The Teton Wilderness is one of the largest tracts of protected land in the contiguous 48 states. Home of the Yellowstone grizzly, this wilderness is known for great snow and great views. Iguchi spearheaded the project and teamed up with fellow snowboarders Jones and Rice to explore this wild area and the film will premiere after TGR’s annual ski and snowboard film, Winterland, this fall.
Slow Food Tahoe Launches Composting Initiative
Slow Food Tahoe has partnered with Keep Truckee Green to create a pilot program to collect food waste this summer. Initially, compost will be collected in three initial drop-off locations: through Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Truckee Community Farmers Market in Tri Counties Bank Plaza on Donner Pass Road; until Oct. 1 at Truckee Demonstration Garden in Truckee Regional Park (put in compost bins against the fence); and anytime at the Truckee Town Hall rear entrance in the labeled compost bin behind the building. Free countertop kitchen compost bins are available while supplies last at the Truckee Community Farmers Market compost booth run by Keep Truckee Green. Fruit and vegetable scraps, tea remains, coffee grounds, flowers, leaves, eggshells are acceptable compost material. Do not compost bread, bones, meat, dairy, seafood, fats, pet feces/kitty litter, plastic, compostable cutlery, compostable bags or containers, tissues/paper towels, cardboard, leftovers, weeds, or anything sprayed with pesticides or herbicides within this system. The Truckee Demonstration Garden, which grows food for Project MANA (part of Sierra Community House) food drops, is also an acceptable location to drop off compost. Find information at slowfoodlaketahoe.org/events.
Olympic Meadow Preservation Effort Awarded $1 Million
The effort to preserve Olympic Meadow received $1 million in Transient Occupancy Tax funds awarded by Placer County to the Truckee Donner Land Trust and Squaw Valley Public Service District. The land at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road and Squaw Creek Road could become public open space if the Truckee Donner Land Trust and public service district raise a total of $14.7 million by the end of the year to acquire the property. The Capital Projects Advisory Committee and Placer County Board of Supervisors made the decision that brings the project that much closer to its goal. The plan is to implement trails, benches, and picnic tables for a free outdoor recreation opportunity in the valley. The special tax assessment will go to voters of the valley in November. For information or to donate go to tdlandtrust.org, and to learn about the public service district, go to svpsd.org.
Railyard Artist Lofts First to Go Vertical
Friday, Aug. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. is the official celebration and groundbreaking for Artist Lofts, the affordable housing plan geared toward creatives, which will be the first project of many at the Truckee Railyard to go vertical. Developer Nancy Holliday told Moonshine in an email, “We are going vertical with affordable housing first!” Eventually, the development will include multiple other residential options, retail, a movie theater, and restaurants.
Projects Show Promise for Reducing Congestion
NORTH LAKE TAHOE
New transportation pilot projects in North Lake Tahoe aim to reduce congestion and improve circulation. In cooperation with local transportation and business community partners, Placer County has recently supported a series of public transit pilot projects and alternative transportation options aimed at reducing congestion and getting people out of their cars by encouraging alternative modes of transportation like local transit and biking. County-supported programs include converting the road shoulders on State Route 89 into a third lane only accessible by public transit vehicles; a pilot park-and-ride program during peak visitation times connecting parking areas with popular destinations in the North Lake Tahoe area; and expansion of the Zagster bike-share service in Truckee to North Lake Tahoe.
License Plates Fund Environmental Projects
Nearly 21,000 Nevadans contribute to Lake Tahoe’s protection through their purchase and annual renewal of Lake Tahoe license plates. This year, the Nevada Division of State Lands (NDSL), within the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is providing approximately $350,000 in Lake Tahoe License Plate (LTLP) program funds to support vital environmental preservation and restoration projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Projects range from water quality initiatives and state park improvements, to research and monitoring studies, invasive species surveys and removal, and public education efforts. With the passage of Assembly Bill 93 in May 2019, NDSL will be able to award LTLP program grants to nonprofit organizations in addition to public agencies. Prior to AB 93, such funds were only available for projects completed by public agencies.
West Nile Virus Confirmed
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Program has confirmed that mosquito samples from Hidden Valley and Rosewood Lakes area tested positive for West Nile Virus. No human cases have been reported in Washoe County so far this year. The virus is most commonly spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. Eight out of 10 people infected with West Nile do not develop any symptoms. The Health District is increasing mosquito surveillance and has conducted early-morning insecticide applications near Hidden Valley and Rosewood Lakes. Residents are asked to report nighttime mosquito activity to the Washoe County Health District by calling (775) 328-2434.
Survey on Insurance Woes in High Fire Risk Areas
District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson distributed an anonymous survey (available at shorturl.at/hlnzI) to understand the effects of fire insurance nonrenewal and increases to premiums. Gustafson shared via email that the critical issue deserves attention, and that although the county doesn’t have jurisdiction or control over insurance rates, staff and Gustafson will work with residents facing the issues and advocate for solutions at the state and federal levels. Also in the vein of wildfire, Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced the hiring of 393 new fighters across the state.
Free Back-to-School Immunization Clinics
Placer County is offering free back-to-school immunization clinics for children without access to vaccines. Families whose are uninsured or have Medi-Cal can call (530) 889-7128 to schedule an appointment for a clinic on Aug. 15 or 22 at the Public Health offices at 11475 C Ave. in Auburn. Two other clinics are already fully booked. Appointments are required and the immunization clinics are open to all school-aged children. Parents or guardians must attend the clinic with their child and provide their child’s immunization records and a Medi-Cal card, if applicable. The clinics will ensure children receive immunizations against potentially life-threatening diseases as they return to school. Under state law, all children entering kindergarten or seventh grade must be fully immunized in order to attend school. Find more details on required vaccines online at placer.ca.gov/immunization.
Hotline for STR Complaints
County residents can now report nuisances related to short-term rental properties using a new around-the-clock complaint hotline. Operated by Host Compliance, the hotline is intended to offer neighbors a simple, anonymous alternative to calling law enforcement to report nonemergency issues like noise or parking problems caused by short-term rental guests. The hotline phone number is (530) 448-8003. Complaints may also be filed online at hostcompliance.com/tips. Complaints are anonymous, but callers may choose to leave their contact information so operators can follow up with them to ensure their complaint has been adequately resolved.
Preparing Seniors for Emergencies
Volunteers for Sierra Senior Services delivered over 100 emergency food kits to recipients of the local Meals on Wheels program. These kits include entrees, snacks, packaged fruit, powdered milk, and water bottles that could sustain a person for three days and be eaten at room temperature, if needed. These emergency services were partially paid for by a grant from California Area 4 Agency on Aging.
Martis Wetland Restoration Begins
Implementation of the Middle Martis Wetland Restoration projects will take place through October. Trail access in some areas of Waddle Ranch may be disrupted for short periods. Construction crews may need to escort bikers and hikers through the restoration site. The Truckee River Watershed Council is sponsoring the restoration of Middle Martis Creek, made possible by several partners and funders. The Middle Martis Restoration project will restore 40 acres of meadow as well as several reaches of the creek. When completed, the project will: restore wetlands on the north side of Highway 267; improve water quality by reducing of excessive erosion; preserve existing wetlands and riparian areas on south side of Highway 267; and protect existing roads including Highway 267, Sawmill Flat Road, and the Waddle Ranch access road.
PEO Awards Seven Scholarships
The Incline Village chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization has chosen seven young women as recipients of scholarships totaling $14,000 created to honor the 150th anniversary of PEO. The organization was formed at Wesleyan College in Iowa by seven young women as a sisterhood with the intent of helping women receive education. This year’s seven graduating seniors got their award as a result of funds raised at PEO’s Tastes of Incline charitable fundraiser last year, which will be held again Aug. 22 at The Chateau in Incline Village.