Tahoe Stateline Venture, LLC, has entered into a purchase agreement with Jianping Pan, Kawana Holdings LLC to sell part of The Chateau at the Village for $42.5 million, according to Owens Realty Mortgage.
Formerly known as “the Hole,” the property was untouched for many years after a developer tore down existing structures before running out of money during the recession. Owens Financial purchased the property, located on Lake Tahoe Blvd. near the casino corridor, and began creating residential and commercial units.
Tahoe Stateline Venture is a subsidiary of Walnut Creek-based Owens Realty Mortgage, which is managed and advised by Owens Financial.
The first phase of the project was completely in October 2014 and consisted of 31,000 gross square feet of retail space at a cost of $21.5 million. This space now houses retail stores and restaurants like McP’s Taphouse Grill.
The next phase of the project, estimated at $48 million, kicked off September 2015 and includes an additional 20,000 gross square feet of retail, 30 high-end condominiums and a common area of more than 44,000 gross square feet. The area is known as Zalanta, and Chase International is handling the condo sales, which range from $895,000 to over $2 million.
Subterranean parking for 535 stalls has also been developed.
Eleven and a half acres of the retail and residential development site were put up for sale with no listing price towards the end of 2015 through real estate firm Kidder Mathews.
Kawana Holdings has agreed to purchase approximately 8 acres of land and entitlements, including related parking and garage structures. This does not include existing retail buildings and improvements.
In order for the sale to move forward, a number of conditions must be met, including satisfactory due diligence by Tahoe Stateline Venture and approval by the City of South Lake Tahoe of a tentative map.
The transaction is expected to close around March 31, 2017 or within seven business days following approval of the map.
“There is no assurance if or when the sale of the TSV Property will be consummated,” stated Owens Realty Mortgage.
Kawana Holdings has paid an initial deposit into escrow of $500,000, and an additional $12.5 million will be added before Nov. 18. Tahoe Stateline Venture will credit the buyer $3 million for expenses. The remaining $32.5 million will be paid at closing.
On Sunday, Sept. 25, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care released a male golden eagle that had been living at the rehabilitation center for shortly over a month.
“He was ready to go. When he came in, he was extremely thin and wasn’t flying very well,” LTWC founder Tom Millham said.
Two weeks ago, volunteers and staff began taking the eagle out for exercise time in which the bird would practice flying. He grew better each day.
Millham began eyeing Sunday, Sept. 25, as a release date approximately one week ago. On the 19th, the golden eagle continued flight improvement during practice and exercise time.
“It confirmed my thought he was ready to go. The last flight and exercise training was on Friday [the 23rd]. He flew about 15 times and didn’t really get winded. I was confident he would do well,” Millham said.
On Sunday, LTWC released the eagle at Carson Pass, and the release went exactly as Millham expected.
“On several instances at that location when we let birds go, they just soar down, down, down towards the lake before catching a thermal and coming back up. This one, I don’t think he went down at all. That doesn’t happen very often,” Millham explained.
For more information on Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, visit www.ltwc.org or find the organization on Facebook.
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.”
As the seasons begin to change, Kokanee salmon start their fall migration. This weekend, the U.S. Forest Service celebrates the annual event with its Fall Fish Fest, held at Taylor Creek Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2.
“The Fall Fish Festival focuses on a variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its rivers. In addition to the Kokanee, these species include the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and little-known smaller fish, such as speckled dace,” states the U.S. Forest Service website.
Over the years, festival activities have included a treasure hunt, fish painting, ice cream truck and visits from mascots such as Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Sandy and Rocky Salmon.
The giant inflatable fish returns this year, and Smokey Bear might even pay a visit.
“From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, visitors can learn about the natural wonders of Taylor Creek from Forest Service biologists as they stroll along the accessible half-mile loop Rainbow Trail.
“This peaceful walk meanders through forests, meadows and marsh lands to the creek where the Kokanee salmon spawn within a few feet of your own feet. A close-up view of this natural event is available in the underground Stream Profile Chamber located along the Rainbow Trail path,” according to the site.
The two-day event is free to attend. Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located at Visitor Center Road in South Lake Tahoe.
— Lake Tahoe Action
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.
For more information, visit www.eldoradolibrary.org/tahoe.htm.
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
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!
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.
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.
AMERICAN LEGION OKTOBERFEST
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 email@example.com.
LAKE TAHOE TOY DRIVE
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.
NEVADA DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES TO INVENTORY PUMPED GROUNDWATER
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 www.water.nv.gov.
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 MEETING
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.