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Letters to the Editor: Airport plays a critical role, ‘Our side of the mountain’

Airport plays critical role

With the appearance of the firefighting “SuperScooper” aircraft at Tahoe Airport, I hope residents can see the incredible advantage of having an all-weather landing field, existing and maintained right here in South Lake Tahoe. Someday, it just might be the difference between life and death for local residents threatened by fire, just a few miles (or city blocks) from our own Lake Tahoe Airport.

And…during neurosurgery’s tenure here (1975 for a quarter century) the Tahoe Airport existence made a critical difference for our locals by transporting blood, tissue, organ donations, x-rays and patients – even in the hospital!

Unfortunately, in severe weather, helicopters just can’t cope. Think about that the next time someone wants to “Improve Tahoe” with another new shopping center on that nice, flat, “underused area” just south of the “Y.”

John B. Harris

South Lake Tahoe

Our side of the mountain

Hello Tahoians! Hope everyone out there in Tahoe land had a great Fourth of July. You rock Tahoe!

Today, I’m writing about a movie I saw many years ago called “My Side of the Mountain.” It starred Theodore Bikil and Teddy Eccles. It was about a boy who goes off to live in the mountains on his own for a year, and trains a peregrine falcon to help him get food to survive. He captures a baby falcon, raises it and names it Frightful because at first it’s a scaredy-cat and is afraid to catch things, you see. So the boy has to teach Frightful not to be afraid. He does this by going into town occasionally and checking out books from the library on falconry and learning about it. Soon the falcon is trained and helps keep the boy stocked up with food: pheasants, rabbits, ducks, etc. The boy is living good.

Now here’s my point about the movie. Frightful had to be taught how to hunt, just like its parents would have had to do for it in the wild. You see, hawks, falcons and eagles (and owls) don’t just automatically know how to hunt from instinct. Yes, they are instinctive hunters but have to be taught how to do it. They follow their parents around for about two months learning how to do it.

The boy returned to his parents after a year in the mountains, but in the process had learned to become a falconer, which I thought was pretty cool. I loved the movie when it came out. The way I look at it, Tahoe is “our side of the mountain,” everyone. Keep Rockin’!

Theodore R. Harris III

South Lake Tahoe

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