Cloud-seeder feeling especially high |

Cloud-seeder feeling especially high

— Tahoe cloud-seeder Carl Young, a graduate research assistant in Desert Research Institute Division of Atmospheric Sciences and a student in the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been awarded the $15,000 Sierra Pacific Power Co. fellowship. Young is using his fellowship to study severe storm processes, including observations of the development of tornadoes in the Midwest.

The fellowship is a one-year award selected on the basis of competitive research proposals from graduate students.

— It should come as no surprise that Tahoe is mentioned several times by readers of Mountain Living magazine in the February issue in its “best of” roundup. Five places for each category were mentioned. Heavenly weighs in in the ski-school category; Kirkwood Inn for apres ski; Lost Trail Lodge for best private skiing; Donner Summit and Northstar for snowshoeing; Lake Tahoe for best mountain lake; Lake Shore Drive for best scenic drive; Squaw Creek for best spa; and Lake Tahoe for best summer resort.

— The Tahoe Resource Conservation District presented Shirley Taylor, owner of the Celio Ranch in Christmas Valley, with a certificate of recognition for the stewardship of her property. Their partner in conservation, the Natural Resources Conservation Services, made the TRCD aware of Taylor’s continuing stewardship.

— The Lake Tahoe Chess Club is meeting at the South Lake Tahoe branch of El Dorado County Library. It assembles Tuesday and Wednesdays from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

— Sterling Village has been active through the holidays. Through the efforts of Lawrence B. Cummings, the Lake Tahoe Community College dancers performed the hula, the South Lake Tahoe Board of Realtors was thrown out the welcome mat, piano students put on a Christmas recital and a Christmas party was hosted by residents and family members.

— Claire Fortier celebrated her 50th birthday last week, surrounded by about 50 good friends who felt free to roast and toast the former managing editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Fortier, at times reduced to tears, received a few surprise gifts — a bottle of vino from 1953 and a shotgun trip to Virginia Beach to visit family members who were unable to come to Tahoe. — Four area students have made the dean’s list at UC Santa Barbara: Joshua Michael Miller and Ashley Kirsten Smith, both of Georgetown, and Katherine Clara Wyles of Pollock Pines, had at least a 3.75 GPA for the fall quarter.

— Squaw Valley’s founder and Chairman Alex Cushing will be recognized this month for his continued support of the Heuga Center during the Can Do Winemaker Dinner at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno on Jan. 29. Cushing will be presented with the Can Do Award, honoring him for the dedication and support he and the Squaw Valley Ski Corp. have provided to the mission of the Heuga Center. This award acknowledges him for continually following the impossible dream; for having the courage to host the 1960 Winter Olympic Games; for the drive to develop the most advanced lift network in the world; and for the foresight to build cutting-edge mountain facilities like High Camp.

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