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Foxworthy headlines Reno’s Silver Legacy Casino

Renowned comedian and television personality Jeff Foxworthy brings his stand-up comedy tour to Reno’s Silver Legacy Casino for a two-performance night on Saturday, Oct. 1.

“Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest-selling comedy recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and best-selling author of 11 books.

“Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s,” states Foxworthy’s online biography.

Marked by his “You might be a redneck if …,” jokes, Foxworthy was a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which included comedians Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy. The stand-up comedian is also known for his stints on “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

“Never in a million years would I ever have expected myself up on stage with people actually wanting to hear my jokes and what I have to say… I mean, all that ever got me growing up was a D- in conduct!

“I consider myself a regular guy and I do my best to live my life through the guidance of God, keeping my friends and family close, and treating people the right way,” states Foxworthy’s Facebook biography.

Saturday’s first performance begins at 6:30 p.m., with the second following at 9:30 p.m. Silver Legacy Resort & Casino is located at 407 N Virginia Street in Reno.

Tickets start at $52.75, plus tax and fees. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

— Lake Tahoe Action

Three South Shore projects named in TRPA’s Best in Basin Awards

Three projects on the South Shore were recognized by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in its annual Best in Basin program.

The Best in Basin program, now in its 26th year, showcases projects that are in line with Lake Tahoe’s environment and communities.

Of the nine projects recognized this year, three were in South Lake Tahoe: Bijou Bike Park, Sawmill 2B Bike Path and Erosion Control Project, and Angora Burn Area Restoration Phase III.

“These projects illustrate the progress our partners are making to restore and conserve our environment, improve our communities, and make our region more sustainable,” said Joanne S. Marchetta, executive director of TRPA.

The Bijou Bike Park was created by the City of South Lake Tahoe and volunteers from the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA). The bike park includes a world-class BMX track, two pump tracks, three slopestyle jump lines, and a loop trail within the five acres of forest land in Bijou Community Park.

South Lake Tahoe Mayor Pro Tem Austin Sass recognized Assistant Public Works Director Jim Marino and Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association President Ben Fish as the driving forces behind the Bijou Bike Park.

The Sawmill 2B Bike Path and Erosion Control Project was spearheaded by El Dorado County and partners. Together they built 1.2 miles of Class 1 bikeway, connecting South Lake Tahoe and Meyers.

The project included water quality improvements to reduce erosion and stormwater pollution. Thick forested areas long the bikeway were also thinned to help reduce wildfire risk.

Lastly, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit was recognized for the work accomplished over the last nine years in the 3,100-acre burn area from the Angora Fire.

Since 2007, the Forest Service, in conjunction with community and government partners, has reforested 672 acres, restored 44 acres of aspen and meadow, and completed 1,400 acres of fuels reduction and forest thinning to reduce the risk of wildfires.

They have also relocated roads and trails out of stream zones, installed new signage, and restored 2,000 feet of stream channel.

Winners of the Best in Basin were announced at the TRPA Governing Board meeting on Sept. 28 in Kings Beach.

Tahoe Chamber calling for Blue Ribbon Awards nominations

The South Shore Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce is calling on the public for 2016 Blue Ribbon Awards nominations.

The Blue Ribbon Awards recognize businesses and employees in seven categories: Geotourism, Tourism, Experience, Entrepreneur, Customer Service (Business), Customer Service (Public Agency) and Wendall Award—for a green business or program.

“Is the product or service unique? Did creative ingenuity overcome challenges? Has the business achieved sustainable success in the community?”—these are the type of questions to ask yourself when considering nominating a business or employee, according to the Tahoe Chamber.

Nominations can be submitted online through the Tahoe Chamber’s website, www.tahoechamber.org, until noon on Oct. 17.

“The concept was started as a result of some of the negative views that are out there in regards to the Tahoe Business community. We wanted a way to show the community that there are great businesses here that provide exceptional service and experiences,” said Emily Abernathy, events director for the Tahoe Chamber.

Nominees will be announced in late October, and finalists will then be evaluated by a Blue Ribbon Awards Committee of Tahoe Chamber board members and staff, past winners, and community members.

The winners will be announced at the 9th annual Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony and dinner, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Nov. 10.

“Winners receive a glass award as well as one year of chamber membership, a blue ribbon award banner for their business, a produced vignette about their business and why they won the award along with opportunities to be featured in chamber publications regarding why they were selected,” said Abernathy.

The individual who wins the customer service award gets treated to a “perfect Tahoe day,” added Abernathy, which could include activities like golf, a massage or a fishing trip.

The Chateau at the Village in South Lake sells for $42.5M

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.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care releases golden eagle

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.

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.

COLLIN’S CANDIDACY

“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.”

Autumn Fish Fest returns to South Lake Tahoe this weekend

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

“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.

For more information, visit www.eldoradolibrary.org/tahoe.htm.

Clown show, mock election hybrid

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.