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Heroics from Heavenly

Paul Middlebrook, Tahoe Daily Tribune publisher

I’m Back!

Did ya miss me? Sure ya did. I haven’t written a column in awhile and I have had many calls and letters urging me to write … So this is for both of you.

Heavenly Ski Resort … What a great job they did in cooperating with all emergency personnel who put out the fire. The fire starts on Wednesday, July 3 and is under control by Saturday morning. … What an impressive effort by all of the agencies involved. The potential danger to Heavenly and the home and business owners on Kingsbury was incredible. How the agencies responded and managed the situation was heroic. The fire also shed another light on how valuable the Lake Tahoe Airport is in emergency situations such as this. The emergency and fire fighting helicopters based out of the airport and the fire management could have been an entirely different story if not for the airport.

A fair warning to all of you. When I see you at meetings and the grocery store, I will be showing you pictures of my two new granddaughters, Grace and Julia. I will be an extreme bore, but that is my prerogative as a 56-year-old grandfather and publisher. So when I do it, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Speaking of children, we are bringing back the education page starting in September due to great cooperation with both school districts. Look for our “Back to School” edition coming out in August and our education page, which will appear weekly. We’ll once again be talking about our No. 1 resource.

I would like to thank the members of Soroptomist International of South Lake Tahoe for inviting me to speak at their lunch meeting a few weeks back. (This thank you saves me a stamp.) I had a great time and enjoyed your input.

Kudos to the Kid’s College program organized by LTCC. Great courses and a wonderful way for children to spend some time during the summer. Dr. Guy Lease and staff provide a quality educational experience for the community and should be commended.

Here they come! The candidates are coming out for the City Council race in November. A varied and good group of people they are. Hal Cole is going for another round. … He’s a good one! Brooke, sorry you won’t be back. We’ll keep you informed of the candidates. It’s an important year for the city and your vote will be strong in this election. Register to vote and vote. If you don’t vote, you are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Our condolences to the family of Dwight Steele who recently passed away. A staunch environmentalist in Northern California who played a large part in the study of our water clarity at the Lake.

Speaking of water. … My friend Dennis Cocking, the PIO of the South Tahoe Public Utility District urges you to use discretion with your home water usage as we are in another drought year. Washing your cars and watering your lawns is a huge drain on supplies.

Congrats to the city of South Lake Tahoe for hiring a new City Manager, David Jinkins. Sue Schlerf should get a gold watch for being the most experienced “interim” City Manager in the country. Sue … good job holding it together … again!

Gotta go … one passing thought. …Why would anyone want to use Ted Williams DNA? The Splendid Splinter’s son has his DNAE..and he’s an idiot!

See ya.

— Paul Middlebrook is Publisher of the Tahoe Daily Tribune (and a grandfather).


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