Summer Reading Program Underway

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Library began its Summer Reading Program June 27 with a bang. The theme this year is Blastoff for Reading!, consisting of a series of events and encouraging reading materials focused on science, art, and space. Interactive events and special guests will appear through Aug. 14. Multi-level learning challenges are available for pre-readers, independent readers, and teen readers. Summer Lunches with the Library is the newest program, supported by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. The lunch program is held at Meadow Park and runs Monday through Friday, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., through Aug. 2. After lunch each day, the library will provide interactive opportunities for children until 1:15 p.m. (See Savvy Stacks here, for related information.)


Museums Free on Summer Saturdays

PLACER COUNTY

Museums in Placer County will be free on Saturdays this summer as the Heritage Trail Museums Tour returns for its 12th year. From Roseville to North Lake Tahoe, 26 museums will be participating until Sept. 7. The tour added new museums to this year’s lineup including the Placer County Museums Archives and Collections Facility in Auburn, the Truckee Old Jail Museum, and Truckee Railroad Museum in neighboring Nevada County. A full list of participating museums, free dates, opening hours, and activities is on the Heritage Trail Museums Tour blog at theheritagetrail.blogspot.com.


Caltrans Breaks Ground on Highway 49 Rehabilitation Project

AUBURN

The Caltrans Highway 49 Rehabilitation Project began June 21 with a groundbreaking ceremony. The $40.5 million project is funded through Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The project, which stretches 4.4 miles from the I-80/SR-49 interchange to Dry Creek Road, will rehabilitate existing pavement and drainage, improve operational features, and upgrade pedestrian and bicycle amenities. The plan is to create class II bicycle lanes northbound and southbound on SR-49 between Elm Avenue and Dry Creek Road, with bike timing loops at each signal to assist bicyclists traveling the 4-mile stretch.


Road Improvement Projects Target Safety Concerns

TRUCKEE

The project to improve road conditions on Old 40 by Placer and Nevada counties has been delayed a year, and will take place over two summers. Existing large cracks will be attended to and bike lanes will address biker safety concerns. More “share the road” signs will be put in place on Donner Pass Road to raise vehicle driver awareness of bikers. Envision Donner Pass Road  is a series of projects that will be finished in October, intended to beautify Donner Pass Road, improve cyclist and pedestrian amenities, put utilities underground, and improve traffic flow.


NV Energy Transmission Outages Impacting TDPUD Customers

TRUCKEE

Truckee Donner Public Utility District management has been working with NV Energy regarding recent declines in transmission reliability which have resulted in numerous intermittent and longer-term electrical outages. The outages have occurred primarily in Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake, as well as Glenshire and other areas. NV Energy has work planned during the last two weeks of July, which should address the equipment related transmission outages. Any questions related to the causes of power outages should be addressed to TDPUD at (530) 587-3896 during regular business hours. For current outage information, visit tdpud.org and click “outages” on the homepage.


Illegal Dumping in Forest a Serious Problem

HUMBOLDT NATIONAL FOREST

Illegal dumping on all districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has become a serious issue and officials are warning of the many problems it causes. The dumping of human waste destroys the natural beauty and wildlife habitats of National Forest System lands and discourages people from visiting areas where dumping is occurring. Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest employees are finding dump sites that include yard debris, animal carcasses, household garage items, appliances, and sometimes even boats and motor vehicles. Disposal of toxic substances, such as motor oil or household cleaners, and other solid waste contaminants can seep into the soil or groundwater. In the event of heavy rainfall, chemical pollutants present in illegal dumps can be washed onto local watersheds, polluting local drinking and recreational waters. Dump sites that include scrap tires are a perfect place for mosquitoes to breed. Insects can breed 100 times faster than normal in the warm, stagnant water which collects inside the tires, and some mosquitoes carry life-threatening diseases. Other insects, rodents and animals that are attracted to dumps may also pose a health risk.


Cigarette Butt Receptacles Coming to Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE

The League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Waters Supplies Association are in the process of distributing an initial run of 250 cigarette butt collection canisters at key locations around Lake Tahoe. The aim of the Tahoe Cigarette Disposal Program is to reduce toxic chemicals from littered cigarette butts from leaching into the environment, to protect wildlife, and to reduce litter on Lake Tahoe’s shoreline and its vicinity. The program came about after the League noticed that cigarette butts were the top collected items at their cleanup events. At the League’s most recent cleanups this month, the Tahoe City Cleanup and the Bike Path Cleanup, volunteers collected over 4,500 cigarette butts. Last year, the League gathered more than 27,600 cigarette butts in and around Lake Tahoe, inspiring them to design this solution. If you are a business owner who would like to adopt and install a canister, or if you are a concerned citizen who would like to inform the League of a hot spot to install a canister, please visit keeptahoeblue.org/cigarettedisposal.


Washoe County Receives Financial Reporting Award

WASHOE COUNTY

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence to Washoe County in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence is nationally-recognized and is the highest accolade in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Washoe County has received this prestigious award for the past 37 consecutive years and credits their award-winning CAFR, prepared by the Comptroller Department, to their efficient and dedicated services of the accounting staff and support staff.


BUILDING BRIDGES: A crane places one of 31 total fiberglass bridges along the East Shore Trail, which connects Incline Village to Sand Harbor. The trail’s celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony was June 28, amid a flurry of other trail access milestones. Photo courtesy Incline Village General Improvement District

Community Asked to Help Name Flow Trail in Kings Beach

KINGS BEACH

A new multi-use trail with mountain bike features is being built for public use in Kings Beach, thanks to a regional collaborative effort between the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, the Truckee Tahoe Airport, the U.S. Forest Service, the Tahoe Fund, and the North Tahoe Public Utility District. The trail and parking improvements will be accessible from the Forest Service access road off of Beaver Street. The team collected more than 80 submissions of possible names for the trail from the community. The winner will be announced July 12 at 4 p.m. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Three finalists were selected because of their relevance to the trail and where it is being built: Beaver Tail, since the trailhead is located off the Beaver Street access road, Flow Rider because the trail was designed as a flow-style trail, and Kings Run as a nod to the trail’s location in Kings Beach. Those interested in attending the ribbon cutting and trail opening are encouraged to park at the Beaver Street trailhead and ride or walk up to the trail.

Other notable recent trail milestones include finishing an important section of the Tahoe Pyramid Trail (see our online exclusive covering this in detail) and the completion of the Big Chief Trail, a collaboration between the USFS, Northstar, and the Truckee Trails Foundation. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 28 for this trail that connects the Sawtooth Trail in Sierra Meadows to Watson Lake and the Tahoe Rim Trail. Also celebrated on that same day was the unveiling of another completed section of the East Shore Trail, which now connects Incline Village to Sand Harbor. This project includes 31 bridges, the longest of which, at 810 feet long, is now the longest bridge in Tahoe.


Headwaters Acknowledged in STEM Listing

TRUCKEE

Truckee-based education nonprofit Headwaters Science Institute has been listed by STEMworks at WestEd as an “accomplished” program, one of only a few in the area to achieve this distinction. STEMworks is a searchable online database of high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education programs. Headwaters worked with over 1,600 local students in 2018, 50% of whom were low-income students and 40% of whom were minorities, according to their annual report. Headwaters now offers programs across California and strives to teach the scientific method through creativity, encouraging curiosity, and by having students develop their own research questions.


Scholarship Recipients Have Big Futures

Soroptomist International has granted $7,000 to local high school graduates. Truckee High graduates Zoe Brunings and Hailey Degraff and Sierra High School’s Natali Morales, Sasha Nicole de Principe, Kalli Robertson, and Denia Lopez all won merit-based scholarships from the organization. Soroptomist is an international volunteer service aiming to improve the lives of women and girls.

The Martis Camp Community Foundation, meanwhile, awarded $220,000 to Tahoe Truckee graduates. Aiden Kane and Drew Wingard received the Denise Martinez scholarship; Zach Larson, Jillian Ferre, and Jacquelyn Campos-Araujo won the MCCF scholarship; the Ambition Scholarship went to Brian Wolfe, Dillon Hudson, and Arturo Colmenares.

The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation thanked the volunteers and donors who made their scholarship program possible this year, whose support allowed TTCF to award $449,500 to students in pursuit of higher education. Including all partner funds, TTCF gave out a total of $893,400. Out of 145 students who applied, 118 received scholarships, 37 of whom will be first generation college students.