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I’m going out on a limb to support chipmunks

Two headlines which ran in the last few days: “TRPA seeks policy changes” and “Man wanted in chipmunk drownings.” I don’t know about you, but if given the choice, I’m going with the chipmunk story every time. Upon discussion with my other cohorts in publishing, I am definitely taking the pro chipmunk stance on this one. I’m not sure where I am on the TRPA thing … I’m having trouble getting into that one.

— A helicopter landed right outside of my window on Lake Tahoe Boulevard on Tuesday. I was thrilled thinking that corporate had sent a perk. Soon I discovered some goof was in a nearby home holding the police at bay. Great job done by local law enforcement on that situation … but I’m a little bummed about the helicopter.

— A big goodbye and thank you to Carol Spain who is retiring as director of the Tahoe Tallac Association. Carol founded the group 24 years ago and has run is very successfully ever since. She will end her tenure on Sept. 30.

–Congratulations to the Labor Day Lake Tahoe committee on yet another successful weekend. Fireworks, stern-wheeler race, fishing derbys, drinking contests … wait, that was at my house. A great job done by Terrie Sayre, Steve and Penny Teshara, the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority and all who were involved in the festivities. A huge contribution to our tourism efforts.

— What about all of those tent sales over the Labor Day weekend. Heavenly’s great annual sale, the Adidas sales. Our family has a least $2,000 of items we don’t really need … but at a fantastic savings! It’s like going to Costco — $1.50 for a dog and drink and $400 for a bunch of other stuff … what a steal! I drive 70 miles round-trip to save $10 on gas. Somehow this makes sense … doesn’t it?

— Let’s end on the upbeat. Check out the schools on both sides of the state line. Whittell football … welcome back. Soccer for all levels is stellar and a great entertainer if you’re looking for a sports fix. The cross-country programs are ones to watch, volleyball will be another force with which to be reckoned. And congratulations and thank you to coaches Chris Morgan and Rod Robison for stepping into and past the controversy with the football program to move it forward. Academics … Holy Toledo! Last year’s Whittell high school SAT scores way up and Lake Tahoe Unified School District showed a marked increase in the STAR program test scores and are above the California state average. Good job also to Greg Bruso’s accomplishments in his first year in professional baseball … he’s on the move. And congrats to true freshman Garret McIntyre, a STHS grad who is playing for the Fresno State Bulldogs, on TV no less.

— Finally, our condolences to Tom Millham and his family on the passing of his father, Al. Tom and Cheryl run Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and are two of the great people in this community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Have a great weekend … talk to you soon.

— Paul Middlebrook is publisher of the Tahoe Tribune. He may be reached at pmiddlebrook@tahoedailytribune.com

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