Placer County Supervisors Approve Alpine Meadows Housing Project

ALPINE MEADOWS

The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the Alpine Sierra subdivision project in Alpine Meadows, adding 38 homes with advanced wildfire protection measures. Located between Alpine Meadows Road, the Alpine Meadows resort parking area, and the Bear Creek Association neighborhood, the housing development will include 38 single-family lots on 47.21 acres. Approximately 18.93 acres of the site will be preserved as open space. The project has been designed in cooperation with North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Alpine Springs County Water District to provide the best available technology to establish a fire safe community. Most notably, the project features a 3,000-square-foot homeowners association building that will serve as a shelter-in-place facility if evacuation is infeasible or undesirable.


Tahoe Conservancy Accepts $1.95 Million Grant

LAKE TAHOE

At its board meeting on April 18, the California Tahoe Conservancy accepted a $1.95 million grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to co-manage the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI), a pioneering landscape-level effort to restore forest and watershed resilience to more than 2.4 million acres. This Proposition 68 grant from the SNC will enable the Tahoe Conservancy to provide strategic direction to forest health and watershed restoration across the entire TCSI landscape, which extends from the North Yuba River to the American River watershed, and encompasses the Lake Tahoe Basin. Conservancy staff will also plan restoration projects, coordinate restoration crews, and conduct research to speed up large-scale restoration.


Liberty Utilities Warns Public of Aggressive Scams

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

Liberty Utilities has issued a public warning about aggressive phone scams targeting utility customers. In recent days, customers have contacted Liberty Utilities indicating they received a phone call from someone posing as a Liberty Utilities collections representative and threatening to shut off their power if payments were not made. It has also been reported that the callers provide the correct number to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in order to appear legitimate. However, Liberty Utilities representatives do not place such calls, text, or send emails to customers demanding immediate payment. Liberty encourages customers who receive such a scam call or email to contact them at (800) 782-2506.


TTD Earns Award for Data Dive, Finds Tahoe Sees 10 Million Annual Visitor Vehicles

TAHOE/TRUCKEE

Stantec Consulting Services Inc. and the Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) have been recognized with a Gold National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning by the American Planning Association (APA). The award recognizes Mobility Planning on the Cellular Level, an initiative that used cellular data to understand visitor trips and develop recommendations to reduce congestion and increase transit mode share during Lake Tahoe’s busiest tourism seasons. To help Lake Tahoe officials understand how traffic congestion from visitors affected the environment, planners created a comprehensive multimodal transportation implementation plan using cell phone data to show trip origins and destinations for several groups of travelers. The data revealed that the region received more than 10 million annual visitor vehicles on its rural roadway system, 2.5 times previous visitation estimates.


Final EIR/EIS Released for Squaw Base-to-Base Gondola Project

OLYMPIC VALLEY

GONDOLA IS A GO: The plans and environmental impact documents approved for construction of the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows base-to-base gondola were released April 5. The project will utilize Alternative Route 4, shown here. Courtesy photo

The U.S. Forest Service and Placer County released the final Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Base-to-Base Gondola Project Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) on April 5. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC has proposed a base-to-base gondola project connecting the Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski areas, including two base terminals, two mid-stations and 33 to 35 lift towers along the alignment to be installed within the Alpine Meadows ski area boundary. The county received notification from the developer that the previously proposed eight Gazex avalanche mitigation devices are no longer part of this project and have been removed from the final EIR/EIS. The route was altered to avoid wilderness areas and to eliminate wildlife destruction.


Truckee Town Council Endorses Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

TRUCKEE

The Truckee Town Council on April 23 voted unanimously to endorse the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, also known as the Energy Innovation Act, and to recommend to Congress that they pass this legislation. The Energy Innovation Act is the first piece of bipartisan climate legislation introduced in Congress in 10 years. The North Tahoe chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby asked the Truckee Town Council to endorse this legislation because it states a comprehensive, effective, fair national solution to climate change is incredibly important to our mountain town. There are 12 members of the North Tahoe CCL chapter who will be going to Washington D.C. in June to attend the Citizens’ Climate International Conference. On June 11, they plan to hand deliver the Truckee resolution to the offices of our members of congress and lobby for the Energy Innovation Act.


NDOT to Begin Final Season of State Route 28 Shared-Use Path

INCLINE VILLAGE

A 3-mile shared-use path from the southern end of Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park is being built as part of a multi-year project started in 2016. The pathway has been excavated and paved. Four bridge decks, 2,800 linear feet of storm drain pipes, a pathway tunnel, and 5,000 linear feet of reinforcing wall were installed. This year, final drainage, landscaping, paving, and other finishing work, as well as installation of remaining bridge decks, will take place. Project completion is anticipated for early July and will be announced prior to opening. Day and nighttime single-lane closures will take place Sunday evenings, 8 to 5:30 p.m. Weekend single-lane closures may also occur during off-peak season and motorists should regularly anticipate 20 to 30 minute travel delays. Advance notice will be provided so motorists can plan accordingly.


Buffering the Effects of Climate Change in Martis Meadows

TRUCKEE

The Martis Wildlife Area restoration project is scheduled to break ground in mid-July. The project will restore 70 acres of wet meadows and fix 2 miles of broken streams. It will level the floodplain to revive and reconnect the meadow’s water-saving rivulets. Construction will take four months, with completion targeted at late October. Habitat recovery for fish, birds, fox, and deer will take two or three years. Starting right from the first season, water quality will be dramatically improved. Sedimentation should be reduced by up to 75%, the shallow water table will rise from 6 feet below ground to at, or near, the meadow surface, and drinking water downstream will be cleaner and healthier. The goal is for the meadow to return to its original place in the water cycle: the sponge that stores and filters our most precious commodity.


TART’s Spring Services Now in Operation

NORTH TAHOE

Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit began spring operations on April 8 with continued free night service operating until 10 p.m. The Truckee local route and Truckee Dial-a-Ride service are operating seven days a week. TART’s Truckee local route is now free riders and operates throughout Truckee including Donner Lake, Crossroads, Gateway, downtown Truckee, and Henness Flats. Service is provided Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and  is available within Truckee to seniors, persons with disabilities, and the general public. ADA-certified passengers ride free. Info: tahoetruckeetransit.com



Moving In, Moving Up, Moving On

Cindy Gustafson Appointed New Placer County Supervisor for District 5

PLACER COUNTY

Cindy Gustafson will be Placer County’s new Board of Supervisors member for District 5, appointed by a unanimous vote of the board April 11. Gustafson fills the District 5 seat vacancy left by outgoing Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, who resigned March 31 to accept an appointment by Gov. Gavin Newsom to serve as director of the Forest Management Task Force. She will serve the remainder of Montgomery’s term, which expires at the end of 2020. Gustafson was previously the CEO and executive director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and general manager of North Tahoe Public Utility district.


Joy M. Doyle resigns as Executive Director at NTBA

NORTH LAKE TAHOE

Joy Doyle is moving on from her executive director position at North Tahoe Business Association and is proud of all it has accomplished over nearly eight years. The board will actively begin the search for her replacement. Her intention is to stay on through the end of July to help train the new director, unless the position is filled sooner.


Deirdra Walsh Named Vice President and GM of Northstar California

TRUCKEE

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced the appointment of Deirdra Walsh, former senior director of mountain dining at Park City Mountain in Utah, as vice president and general manager of Northstar California Resort, effective April 25. The appointment follows the announcement earlier last summer that Nadia Guerriero would be transitioning from the role at Northstar to serve as the new vice president and chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort.