Collin still committed to South Lake Tahoe council candidacy after fatal wreck |

Collin still committed to South Lake Tahoe council candidacy after fatal wreck

A head-on collision on Kingsbury Grade resulted in the death of one driver and serious injuries for several others, including South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate Jason Collin.

Collin, his wife Natalie and several others were in an RV headed to Mammoth on Friday, Sept. 23 when they were struck by a Nissan Pathfinder headed in the opposite direction. The collision was reported at 1:21 p.m.

The group was headed to test a running route for an upcoming event by Epic Tahoe Adventures, of which Collin is “Chief Officer of Awesomeness.” He also works as Barton Health’s Director of Home Health and Hospice.

The driver of the Pathfinder, 47-year-old Carrie Hilderbrand of Wellington, Nevada, died from her injuries at the hospital. She was the only occupant in the car.

Collin and Hilderbrand were transported by air ambulance, while three of the RV passengers were taken away by ground ambulance. At least two people had to be cut from the wreckage, reported the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Nevada Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation indicated that Hilderbrand allowed her car to drift over the double yellow lines, and ultimately strike the left front of the motorhome, driven by Collin.

At this time, it is not known if drug or alcohol impairment factored into the accident, but the investigation by the highway patrol is ongoing. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.


“Jason sustained serious injuries in the crash yesterday resulting in both legs being broken and shattered in various places from the knee down. He has had 2 successful surgeries so far and has one more scheduled for Monday. He is in excellent spirits and is recovering well and will hopefully be released next week,” according to a Facebook post by Epic Tahoe Adventures on Sept. 24.

“His wife Natalie also broke a finger in the accident but was treated and released yesterday, and is by Jason’s side. The Collin family appreciates the outpouring of support and love the community has shown.”

On Sept. 25 Collin posted on Facebook himself thanking everyone for the support.

“I am doing pretty well considering everything that’s happened. I had surgery to straighten out my right leg today. And I will have surgery Monday to straighten out my left ankle,” he wrote.

Collin still is committed to running for city council, said his wife Natalie on Sept. 26.

“The accident might slow down his campaign a bit, but his spirits are high and he continues to be optimistic about running for city council. He is still committed to being part of positive change in Tahoe,” said Natalie.

“We are completely focused on his recovery. Fingers crossed he gets home by the end of the week.”

“Snowbound!” — Tahoe historian talks significant snowfall

Join Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Friends of the Library as they welcome Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin as he offers an illustrated presentation about his newest book, “Snowbound! Legendary Winters of the Tahoe Sierra,” on Saturday, Oct. 1.

“Snowbound!” profiles the top 10 snowiest winters since 1879, based on snowfall measured at Donner Pass. Dramatic stories and compelling weather facts will entertain and inform you. Storytelling at its finest!

The book is full of historical photographs and vignettes, resulting in a glimpse of the Sierra’s past.

“[McLaughlin] has written a lot of engaging histories about Tahoe. This one — whenever you bring up the big winters like ’52 everyone gets excited. Everyone knows someone who was here, even if they weren’t here. The idea that we could still have a big winter is something we all hope for.

“People live in Tahoe because they love the snow. Hearing stories of when it really, really snowed is exciting,” South Lake Tahoe Library branch manager Katharine Miller said.

This event is free and open to all. It begins at 11 a.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Library, located at 1000 Rufus Allen Boulevard.

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Clown show, mock election hybrid at Lake Tahoe Friday

It’s a clown show-turned-mock general election. After a full week of shows at schools across Lake Tahoe Unified School District, “Democrazy: The Other Party” will perform once for the public on Friday, Sept. 30.

In the show, four “clowndidates” are in the race for Clown President. It features iconic clown antics such as dancing and making music, culminating in the “most Raucous Caucus this side of Capitol Hill” with the audience voting for a winner.

“We’ve been working a little bit off common characteristics of [political] candidates. There are specific characteristics we pulled from current and past political candidates,” South Shore native and “Democrazy” actor Rebecca Kushner said.

Clown candidates include An Extremely Nice Clown, who loves everything, Carl, a sad clown, RIOT, who is good at everything, and Secretary Clown, who can type 5,000 words per minute.

The four actors are traveling from New York City to put on the show, which is part of Tahoe Arts Project’s 30th season. Kushner, along with fellow “Democrazy” actor Sebastiani Romagnolo, grew up in South Lake Tahoe before moving to the East Coast to pursue a career in the arts.

The public performance begins at 7 p.m. at the South Tahoe High School theater, located at 1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under age 18, and can be purchased at the South Lake Tahoe Visitors Center or by calling Tahoe Arts Project at 530-542-3632.

— Lake Tahoe Action

5 Reasons you should go to Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest on Tahoe’s South Shore

Dust off those lederhosen and grab those steins — Oktoberfest is back at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina for another year of beer, brats and yodeling! Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Entry and parking are free, as is the bike valet in front of Mountain Sports Center.

Still on the fence about whether or not you care to partake in the celebration? We’ve got five excellent reasons why you should join in on this slice of Bavarian fun in the Sierras!

1. Beer and food. But mostly the beer.

There is a fun spectrum of seasonal craft brews offered at this year’s Oktoberfest celebration, featuring everything from Leingukegal’s Oktoberfest to Deschutes Fall IPA to Crispin Hard Cider. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin, New Belgium Sunshine Wheat and St. Archer Pilsner are also available for connoisseurs who love dabbling in a variety of ales.

If a beer buffet isn’t enticing enough, you should know there is also a smorgasbord of German food and dessert. Think turkey legs and IPA beer-infused bratwurst. If you’re great at stuffing wieners in your mouth (or at least watching), there will be a sausage-eating showdown at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the main stage. We promise this is the only sausage fest you will ever have fun at.

Food and beer can be purchased with Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest tickets, available for sale behind the hotel.

2. The entertainment

We know you’ve been practicing your polka moves in front of the mirror. Now’s your chance to show off those skills! The Gruber Family Band headlines live music with plenty of space near the stage for dancing. If polka is not your forte, fear not — there will be a host of other contests throughout the weekend, including a stein-holding contest, a yodeling contest and an owner and dog dress-up contest. Winners will receive gift certificates for food, lodging and activities at the resort, as well as their well-deserved 15 minutes of Oktoberfest fame. Those who choose not to participate are invited to cheer from the sidelines. Trust us, it’s just as much fun.

3. Family friendly. Bring the pooch.

Did someone say bouncy house? Yes, there will be one there. Pumpkin carving? You better believe it. Craft booths, face painting, balloon art, a bungee platform — yes, yes, yes, yes! And there will even be activities for your kids! We joke.

Oktoberfest offers fun for the entire family with a wide range of activities for people of all ages. No need to stay home with the kids because you couldn’t find a sitter. Oktoberfest offers activities to not only keep them occupied, but also wear them out (because, let’s be honest, that’s the real goal here). Dogs are not only welcome, but encouraged to don their best Bavarian garb. You’ll get a kick out of seeing everything from Chihuahuas to German Shepherds strutting their stuff in lederhosen.

4. Great Vendors

What’s a festival without a mini shopping center? Get an early start on Christmas shopping — swing by the assortment of vendor booths at this year’s Oktoberfest. Here you will find handcrafted goods and Tahoe-specific brands unique to the area. Need help with this year’s Christmas list? Let us help you. How about a lavender-scented brick from Tahoe Mountain Soap for grandma, a RISE design tee for your brother and a pendant from High Sierra Crystals for your favorite banker who always compliments your hair. These are just a few of the many amazing vendors that will be present at this weekends’ event! Shopping is always more fun after a few steins of Blue Moon, anyway.

5. Everyone will be there

Need we say more? Oktoberfest is one of the largest and most popular family-friendly festivals in South Lake Tahoe. It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and enjoy Tahoe’s beautiful fall weather. You have nothing to lose and only laughter to gain. Whether you stop by for a few hours or stay all day, you’ll be sure to leave with fond memories of your time at Camp Richardson’s 22nd annual Oktoberfest!

Comedy at the Improv: Todd Glass and Gary Brightwell perform this week at Lake Tahoe


Some comics are so admired by other comics that they’re referred to as a “comic’s comic.” That is quite a compliment, and no doubt comedian Todd Glass would disagree, but — too late, I said it. Gary Brightwell will perform with Glass at the Improv this week.

I recently purchased a copy of Todd’s memoir, “The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy.” It’s a great read and even better knowing the man who wrote it. There’s a lot of great stuff on this guy, too. Todd made his mark early, opening for literally every headlining act out there by the age of 18 — and he still opens for a lot of his big-time friends on the road. When not headlining himself he’s a regular opener for comedic friends Sarah Silverman and David Spade. Some of Todd’s television credits include NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” seasons 2 and 3, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” HBO, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Showbiz Show with David Spade,” “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” on Comedy Central and “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Maher to name a mere few.

Todd can’t turn it off. He’s in “prankster mode” most of the time — but that, too, is a compliment. Like myself, Todd has a podcast (“The Todd Glass Show”) on The Nerdist podcasting network hosting the show along with frequent co-host Daniel Kinno who is also up here this week as a feature act. He’s beloved by just about every fellow comic out there and it carries through with his audience as well.

Todd is openly honest and recently became even more open, coming out as gay — but in today’s world I really don’t think it’s a big deal. I mean, not to dismiss it, but he’s such a good guy that it circumvents everything else. He decided at the age of 48 to come out, in part because of all the suicides happening with young adults within the LGBT community; he’s been not just a role model to many, but speaks frequently about it at corporate functions. Todd has had the full support of virtually everyone within the comedy community — and who wouldn’t be? He talked about it the last time he was up here on both my radio and podcast show, and said he was just tired of hearing about others being bullied just because they were gay.

It’s been way too long since he was last here and really glad he’s back up here.


He’s performed overseas entertaining our troops in the Middle East, caddied for blue collar comedian Bill Engvall and still hasn’t performed up here in our room. Now, that’s a crying shame. Gary Brightwell is one of those rare comedians who was actually born and raised in Southern California and started doing his comedy while studying Engineering at Cal State Long Beach. After receiving two degrees in aerospace engineering, working full time during the day as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas and working at night as an emcee at a comedy club in Hermosa Beach, he decided to quit the steady income of the engineering job and go into stand-up comedy full time (of course his parents were pleased that his college education was being used to its fullest). If asked why one would forego engineering for stand-up comedy, Gary’s answer is usually,” I was tired of getting up early, and golf tee times are much easier to get during the weekdays.”

Gary is by far one of the most laid back, super nice guys ever that personifies the Southern California tradition. His comedy is very relatable, and he’s been featured on many comedy shows including NBC’s “Friday Night”, A&E’s “Comedy on the Road”, “An Evening at the Improv” and a PBS comedy special entitled, “Can We Be Serious.” He’s worked with some of the best including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Paul Reiser, Harry Anderson and the late Garry Shandling. As mentioned earlier Greg has entertained for our troops traveling all over the world for the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) and says that’s probably one of the most rewarding shows to do.

Howie Nave is the MC at the Improv at Harveys. The comedy club is inside Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows begin at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and tickets are $25 plus fees, except Saturdays. Tickets are $30 on Saturdays. The Improv is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. Must be 21 or older to attend. More information is available by calling 775-586-6266.

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, American Legion’s Oktoberfest, toy drive and more


Adelynn Margarita Lizaola Meyer was born Sept. 19 to Fidencio Lizaola and Kelly Meyer of South Lake Tahoe.

Alma Rayne Ruvalcaba was born Sept. 20 to Art Ruvalcaba and Leah Aguilar of South Lake Tahoe.

Kelsey Grace Zorn was born Sept. 20 to Jacob and Jamie Zorn of South Lake Tahoe.

Omar Ruelas Ruiz was born Sept. 21 to Jorge Ruelas Quintero and Ana Ruiz Palomino of South Lake Tahoe.

Stella Renee Rivas was born Sept. 23 to Daniel Rivas and Haley Rivas of South Lake Tahoe.

Hazel Mae McCreary was born Sept. 23 to Frank and Jeri McCreary of South Lake Tahoe.

Jett Joseph Ritter was born Sept. 25 to BJ Ritter and Michelle Wittenberg of Gardnerville.


The American Legion Post 795 of South Lake Tahoe invites residents and visitors to join members of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary for an Oktoberfest celebration that includes a traditional German meal and live music by the Cash Only Band on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Food will be served from noon until 5 p.m. and the cost is $10. The American Legion Hall is located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

Oktoberfest originally began when German Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. Oktoberfest traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.

For more information, contact Carol Olivas at (530) 544-1306.


The entire community is invited to Lake Tahoe Community College for a talk with author and anthropologist Enrique Martinez Curiel on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Aspen Room (library building). This is a free presentation that will be delivered in Spanish.

Curiel is the author of “Los que se van y los que se quedan,” or “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.” The book is based on a study Curiel conducted that analyzed the formal education of and transition to adulthood in the youths of families who remained living in Ameca, Jalisco, compared to those who instead migrated into communities throughout California. Curiel received the prize for Best Doctorate Thesis in Social Science and Humanities at the National Autonomous University of Mexico for his work.

This free event is sponsored by the Equity Department at LTCC. For more information about this event or the Equity Program, contact Laura Salinas at (530) 541-4660 ext. 549, or send an email to


The Lake Tahoe Toy Drive is planned for Saturday, Oct. 1, at noon. It’s sponsored by the American Legion Post 795.

Food will be provided, along with live music by Cash Only Band.

Help 450 families in the community that can’t afford a Christmas this year. Cost is one unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item.


Beginning this September and continuing through December, staff from the Nevada Division of Water Resources, Office of the State Engineer, will be conducting pumpage and crop inventories in approximately 60 hydrographic basins statewide.

While conducting the inventories, staff will visit the sites of underground permits within the hydrographic basins. The purpose of the inventory is to, with other reports and aerial imagery, accurately determine the amount of groundwater pumped to produce an annual report of water usage statewide. Additionally, the information obtained for the individual hydrographic basins will be published and available on the Division’s website at

The mission of the Nevada Division of Water Resources is to conserve, protect, manage and enhance the State’s water resources for Nevada’s citizens through the appropriation and reallocation of the public waters.


Al Anon meets every Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Unity at the Lake, 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. It’s a support group for people affected by alcoholism.


An ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge game is planned for Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. in the South Lake Senior Center. Call John Guerry at 530-543-0237 or 530-318-3887 and email jguerrysr! This is a year-round event.

Lake Tahoe Men’s Bridge Club meets every Thursday to play bridge year-round. It kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. It’s a casual game with lunch at noon.

My view: Nevada vs. California mentality undermines community (opinion)


Does it matter where an organization is physically located, as long as they deliver goods and services? Bank of America is headquartered in North Carolina; they deliver financial services to South Shore residents. Southwest Gas is headquartered in Las Vegas, but they deliver gas to South Shore homes every day. The same goes for Liberty Utilities; they are located in Oakmont, Canada. In this day and age, where an organization is located has little bearing on the services it delivers. We think nothing of calling a company on the North Shore or in Nevada, or any place for that matter, as long as they perform the services you need.

Why do I bring this up? Because for over a decade there has been individual organizations and publications that continually refer to the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce as “Nevada based.” It started years ago when the South Lake Tahoe Chamber and the Tahoe Douglas Chamber were merged — and several of those that didn’t agree with the merger began referring to the new chamber of commerce as “Nevada based.” It didn’t matter that the board of directors were from both California and Nevada or that the majority of members were from California. They still refer to the organization as “Nevada based.”

The question is why? I’ll tell you — it’s to create an artificial division within the community that individuals try to exploit for their own benefit. There is no question that the community has different positions on issues, and those issues should be debated passionately. But to divide a community based on a state line most people (visitors and locals alike) could care less about, and a state line that does not exist as far as jobs and money are concerned, undermines the entire South Shore community.

So whenever you hear or read the words “Nevada based” from a politician, an organization or a publication, know they are seeking to divide us for their own benefit — be it power, money or influence. For what it’s worth, the Chamber now has an office in California in the Tahoe Mountain Lab building.

In other news, public art is so challenging — and the proposed sculpture for Lake View Commons has received very mixed reviews. It’s driven off the concept of the facility “Champions Plaza.” I am not sure who came up with that name, but I don’t think it really reflects the local values of the community. Just look at the daily use of the facility, especially Thursday nights. Does the use fit with the name?

That being said, I do think the three gold-medal woman deserve special recognition — but they are part of the community; they don’t define the community, as I believe this art is trying to do. I agree art is in the beholders eye, but art should speak to you and move you in some way. I can’t speak for others, but for me it doesn’t work. One thing art should do, however, is stimulate debate on who we are and what our values are, a discussion long overdue in my opinion; and if nothing else this piece is doing just that.


Last week the Nevada Oversight Committee approved moving forward with a $750 million in public funding for building a stadium for the Oakland Raiders to move to. Really? This in a state ranked last in education in the United States.


It’s October — don’t miss the World Series. What else?


America lost one of its greatest sportsman with the passing of Arnold Palmer. We all owe him a big “thank you” for his contribution to the game. A tip of my hat, may he rest in peace.

Carl Ribaudo is a contributing opinion columnist for the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He is also a consultant, speaker and writer who lives in South Lake Tahoe. He can be reached at

Music icons subject of Lake Tahoe art display on South Shore

Some of music’s most recognizable faces are hanging in the Foyer Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Photographer Jim Grant, of the Nevada Appeal and The Record-Courier, is displaying “Music Through the Camera Lens,” 20 images taken at concerts put on annually at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline.

Grant said the images aren’t your average photos; they’re manipulated in Photoshop to look almost like paintings. Some resemble the style used by Andy Warhol, he said.

“I had all these images and I wanted to make digital art,” he said. “It’s something different than the usual Tahoe landscapes.”

The photographer said he’s been working on the project since last fall, slowly but surely manipulating the photos, a process that takes a couple of hours per image.

The display includes images of Sheryl Crow, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler and others.

It can be seen through Dec. 3. Grant, who also teaches at the college, will give a brief talk about the exhibit at an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lake Tahoe Community College is at 1 College Way in South Lake Tahoe.

Triple Threat Film Festival debuts at Homewood Mountain Resort

The first-ever Triple Threat Adventure Film Festival held at Homewood Mountain Resort features three nights of rock, dirt and snow thrills. The fun begins on Friday, Sept. 30, and lasts through Sunday, Oct. 2. Three films will be shown on the resort’s 27-foot outdoor air screen at the North Lodge.

“Kicking off the event on Friday, Sept. 30, we will host Reel Rock Film Tour 11, showcasing rock climbing features and shorts that encompass some of the sport’s biggest stories, athletes, worldly explorations, first ascents and more,” states the Homewood Mountain Resort website.

Night two is filled with mountain bike movies by Anthill Farms, including “Strength in Numbers,” “NotBad” and “Not2Bad.”

The festival concludes with a night focused on winter sports, preparing attendees for the upcoming season.

“For night three on Sunday, Oct. 2, come by and get stoked for winter by starting the evening with a showing of Level 1’s new film ‘Pleasure.’ Shot on location around the world, Level 1’s film encompasses the simple joys that are found in skiing,” according to the site.

Each night will feature a raffle, from which proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit.

“Come out and celebrate the adventurous spirit of Tahoe and the sports we love while supporting the groups who make them possible!” states the site.

Each film begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $20, and grant guests access to all three nights of films. When purchased at the door, all-access tickets are $25.

Homewood Mountain Resort is located at 5145 West Lake Boulevard in Homewood.

— Lake Tahoe Action

Slow start costs Whittell football in 36-30 loss to Virginia City

ZEPHYR COVE — A big early deficit proved too much to overcome for the Whittell football team in a battle of 1A West League unbeatens Friday, Sept. 23. The Warriors fell 36-30 to Virginia City, ending their streak of 12 straight regular season victories.

“Early mistakes cost us,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said.

Whittell (3-1, 1-1 1A West) trailed by 20 points early in the second quarter before settling in against the Muckers. Virginia City (4-0, 2-0) scored on its first two possessions Friday night, and went up 20-0 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Yoder to Wyatt Pieretti with eight minutes left in the first half.

“We got behind early with people out of place and trying to do too much instead of just playing their position,” Bryant said.

The Warriors got on the board on the next drive with a 1-yard touchdown and two-point conversion from senior Dismas Womack. That was the first of two second-quarter scores for Whittell — the other was a 37-yard pass from Womack to sophomore Dalton Warswick — and the hosts went into the break trailing 28-16.

“After falling behind, we settled down and played like who we are,” Bryant said.

Whittell took the opening drive of the second half 67 yards in two minutes for a score, cutting Virginia City’s lead to 28-24 on a 6-yard scoring run and two-point conversion from Womack. But the Muckers answered with a score on the next drive to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.

“We liked how the kids responded to the situation,” Bryant said. “Once we settled down, we were able to shut down their inside runs and get yardage with our offense.”

In the fourth quarter Whittell found the end zone early to make it a one-possession game, but couldn’t get any closer than six points. After junior Corey Huber ran for a 1-yard score with nine minutes left, the game finished scoreless — allowing Virginia City to prevail and remain undefeated.

“We uncharacteristically missed tackles and blocks. A lot of that was simply that they executed well and we didn’t,” Bryant said. “They’re a good, physical team.”

With a chance to tie the game late, Womack was intercepted and the visitors ran out the clock. The loss was Whittell’s first in the regular season since Oct. 30, 2014 — also a home defeat against Virginia City.

Womack finished 7-of-13 passing for 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in defeat — and ran for 42 yards and two scores on 14 carries. Huber led Whittell with 48 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Warswick caught three passes for 108 yards and a score.

For Virginia City, Yoder was 4-of-6 for 60 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions to go along with 75 yards rushing and a score. Sam Strahan ran for a game-high 128 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and Ireland Franklin had 68 yards rushing and two scores.

Whittell returns to action Saturday, Oct. 1, at Smith Valley (2-2, 0-2). Kickoff is scheduled for noon.