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Reno-Tahoe International Airport announced a new airline on Monday, ExpressJet, that will feature non-stop daily service to Spokane, Ontario, Tucson and Long Beach beginning Nov. 11.

ExpressJet will fly twice daily to Long Beach, Calif., and once daily to Ontario, Calif., Tucson, Ariz., and Spokane, Wash.

“Ontario was previously the largest unserved market at Reno-Tahoe,” said Krys T. Bart, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority executive director.

ExpressJet features onboard luxuries such as leather seats, valet carry-on baggage service and free XM Satellite Radio. All flights will be operated by a 50-passenger Embraer 145 Regional Jet.

“Today, we are not only adding flights, we are adding quality,” Bart said. “This new airline is great news for the region. ExpressJet is a new community partner who will hire local people to work their gates, the ramp and ticket counter.”

Ski industry officials see it as a win-win.

“The addition of ExpressJet gives us new nonstop service to and from four great markets just in time for the start of ski season,” said John Wagnon, chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and vice president of sales and marketing for Heavenly Mountain Resort. “This is terrific news for our region.”

Jim Ream, ExpressJet president and chief executive officer, said Reno-Tahoe is the right-sized market for airline’s fleet of 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft.

“We can provide value by saving our Reno-Tahoe customers time and making their travel more convenient,” Ream said.

The company said it expects to hire 10 to 15 employees in Reno.

For more information on flight schedules and ticket sales, visit http://www.expressjet.com.

Water board meeting to include discussion of fuels reduction in stream zones

The Lahontan Water Board will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday and Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.

Action on water treatment projects at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge is expected as part of the first portion of the meeting on Wednesday.

This part of the meeting is expected to begin at 2:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe.

The board will also visit two sites, the Heavenly Valley Creek Stream Environment Zone Fuels Reduction Project and Saxon Creek, as part of a field trip on Thursday morning.

Thursday’s field trip is scheduled for 8:45 a.m., with interested parties meeting in the parking lot of the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

Carpooling is encouraged.

A full agenda can be viewed at: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb6/AG_MIN/AGMIN_Index.htm

— Adam Jensen


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