Blue Ribbon Awards recognize seven nominees |

Blue Ribbon Awards recognize seven nominees

Jack Barnwell
The winners of the 2015 Blue Ribbon Awards include from left John Packer (Harrah’s/Harveys), Pete Sonntag (Heavenly Mountain Resort), Sean Sweeney (Epic Tahoe Adventures), Senator Ted Gaines, Jason Collin (Epic Tahoe Adventures), Kevin Sommerfeld (Lake Tahoe Golf Course), Bobby Jaeger (Lake Tahoe Golf Course), Janelle Thomas (Nevada Department of Transportation), Jess Schnoll (Epic Tahoe Adventures), Angela Luke (Artemis Lakefront Café), Brian Luke (Artemis Lakefront Café), Salvador Delgado (Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel).
Courtesy / Scott Shephard |

Lake Tahoe South Shore’s business scene is buzzing as local groups received recognition and funding. South Lake Tahoe also saw an increase in its permit department.


Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (Tahoe Chamber) recognized South Shore businesses and individuals for outstanding accomplishments that benefit Lake Tahoe’s South Shore at its eighth annual Blue Ribbon Awards Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Montbleu Resort, Casino and Spa.

From a list of more than 150 nominations, seven nominees were selected in different categories including geotourism, tourism, experience, for being a green business, customer service and entrepreneurship.

Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino won the Tourism Award for its summer music concert series.

John Packer, with Harrah’s and Harveys, said the summer music concert series celebrated its 14th year in 2015. The concert series enhances the South Shore music scene and brings famous talent like John Elton and Aerosmith to Harveys’ outdoor amphitheater.

“It just keeps developing and improving every year,” Packer said.

Heavenly Mountain Resort won the Ecotourism Award for “providing an authentic Lake Tahoe experience and for engaging visitors.”

Rock Tahoe Marathon and Epic Tahoe Adventures won the Experience Award.

For the Entrepreneur Award, Brian and Angela Luke were recognized for their success in opening Artemis Mediterranean Grill and Lakefront Café on Ski Run Boulevard. The Lukes operated a restaurant on Lake Tahoe Boulevard when they decided to open the second one.

Salvador Delgado, head chef of Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, won the Customer Service Award.

Janelle Thomas and Tony Angelopoulos from Nevada Department of Transportation were recognized with the Public Agency Service Award.

Tahoe Chamber recognized Lake Tahoe Golf Course with the Wendell Award for a Green Business or Program for its efforts in developing an environmentally balanced facility. The award was named in honor of Tom Wendell, who died in August 2013.

Allegra Boyd, part of the Chamber Ambassadors program, was recognized with the inaugural Ambassador of the Year Award for her long-standing service, which include “integrity, honesty, commitment and interest in the welfare of the South Shore business community.”

According to Tahoe Chamber, more than 300 people attended the Blue Ribbon Award ceremony.

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South Lake Tahoe’s development services department was humming this year with building permits, according to director Shawna Brekke-Read.

She said that private development, along with improvements, was double that of 2010.

“The last time I checked, there was more than $50 million in private investment in the city,” Brekke-Read said.

She added that the city exceeded its revenue expectations in that area “by a lot.”

Approximately 29 residential hotels and motels submitted permits under the city’s new single room occupancy program. She said approximately 400 rooms have been registered with the city.

The city enacted the new program in order to regulate hotels and motels that act as residences and improve safety in those that aren’t well-managed.

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