Why did the Truckee Hospice Thrift Store significantly reduce its retail floor?

The Truckee Hospice Thrift Store located on West River Street is a recycling and storage facility that’s also designated for retail use.

The recent shift in internal space is to accommodate the large ongoing intake of donations, plus additional room that’s needed for processing, recycling, and storing the items intended for retail. 

The store is very popular with local repeat customers looking to buy or donate good quality, gently used items. Donations and sales directly benefit the TFHS Hospice program.

Organizing the space to meet the demands of fluctuating year-round donations is an on-going issue, and this was also the case in our previous store location on Meadow Way.  Parking is also somewhat limited.

We’ll continue to assess the square footage and location needs for the Hospice Thrift Store, and we’re very grateful for the community support.

This West River location is a pretty new location to us, just about a year. The reason that we moved to the new space was because we had outgrown the space at the Meadow Way location. We have great community support and there’s a lot of donations and these folks (many of whom are volunteers) have to process and store everything that comes through. We’re in a constant state of assessing the floor space to maximize it.

Frankly it’s been a little bit of a struggle at that West River location because the parking is somewhat limited and we recognize that and are thinking about that. We are very serious about keeping this program going and having it be a vital program for the district.

~ Paige Thomason, director of marketing and communications for Tahoe Forest Health System (which runs the Hospice Thrift Store)


What’s going on with the SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project? What is the timeline of construction? Should the community expect traffic congestion due to this project?

There are numerous ways the public can stay informed as to “what’s going on” with the project, the construction timeline, and expected traffic delays.

1) Sign-up to be added to the Project’s eblast database. Email suggestions@fannybridge.org.

2) Visit the project webpage at fannybridge.org for updates.

3) Become a member of the project’s Facebook group, or

4) Call or email community outreach specialist, Margaret Skillicorn at (775) 846-2381 or suggestions@fannybridge.org.

When information is received from the Project Lead Agency/Construction Lead, Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration (CFLHD-FHWA), the information is noted on the project webpage fannybridge.org.

Here is what the public can expect during the 2019 construction season (dependent on weather):

The construction plan for 2019 is to complete the realignment of SR 89, the new Truckee River Bridge, and the two roundabouts on either end of the realignment (one on West Lake Boulevard and the other east of the Caltrans maintenance yard on SR 89 heading into Tahoe City from Truckee.)

• The rebuild of Fanny Bridge will not take place during the 2019 construction season, nor will construction of the roundabout at the wye in Tahoe City.

• Expect up to 20-minute delays in the project area

• Traffic controls will include:

   ° Normal temporary lane closures utilizing flaggers with a maximum 20-minute delay

   ° Flaggers located at parking lot entrances to allow access

   ° No blocked businesses

   ° At the West Roundabout (near the Caltrans maintenance yard) K-Rail placement with reduced lane widths to 11 feet — same configuration as in 2018.

• Shared-use paths for cyclists and pedestrians:

   ° Detours will be set

   ° No paths will be closed

The completion date of the new Truckee River Bridge, the SR 89 realignment and the two roundabouts on either end of the new SR 89 realignment will be dependent upon the weather, water levels of the Truckee River, in addition to the Martin Brothers Construction, Inc. construction schedule being approved by the Construction Lead Agency, Federal Highway Administration/Central Federal Lands Highway Division along with approvals and permitting from the TRPA to conduct work.

~ Margaret Skillicorn, Paragon PR and Marketing