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Taking an interest in everything Tahoe

The headlines read “Political campaigns heat up” and “TRPA zeros in on users of fertilizer.” I sensed a somewhat odd connection between the two.

Speaking of politics. Congratulations to those candidates who won the recent local elections and also to those who did not. The courage it takes to run for an elected office is as enormous as is the dedication to your community to do so. If you are one who was somehow upset about comments made in the paper during the races, articles written or endorsements made, please give me a call … I am currently serving customer No. 876.

On the point of calling me … in January we will be starting our reader board, a panel made up of 10 or 12 of our readers. We will meet once each month for lunch — I buy — and you can tell me how you think we are doing. We are looking for the average reader, not necessarily those in positions of power. If you would be interested in helping us out, give me a call at (530) 542-8046 or send me an e-mail at pmiddlebrook@tahoedailytribune.com.

Congratulations to the South Tahoe High Vikings boys varsity soccer team. Undefeated in regular season play, Northern Region champs and off to Las Vegas to play in the first game of the state championship today. With their hair bleached blond, they look like the Swedish National team invading Vegas. Darin Olde from our sports staff is there to cover all of the action … watch for the results in Monday’s paper. Go Vikings!

I also want to mention all of the sports teams from Nevada and California. Every time I read the sports pages, we are winning in cross-country, volleyball, soccer and football — in high school and middle school. Obviously they are serving a well balanced diet of academics and athletics in our schools. It’s all for the kids and all about the kids … something as parents we must remember when we are spectators and coaches. (I only got warned once on the sidelines this year).

Jerry Hurwitz’s little girl Carrie grew up to be quite the soccer coach. A standout several years ago on the Vikings girls soccer team, Carrie coached an under-12 girls AYSO soccer team this year and was selected by other coaches and the league to coach the U-12 All-Star team. They went to the Kit Carson Shootout and brought back a championship — one of only a few girls’ teams to ever do so. Carrie, it’s clear your dad didn’t show you everything he knows about soccer!

Want to buy some of the best photos of the Tahoe area? You can get them right here at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Did you catch Jim Grant’s recent photos of the rainbow or Dan Thrift’s photos of the bear wading in the lake or the coyote in the meadow? Great stuff and you can purchase them for a nominal fee. Just give the photographers a call.

Last but not least, thanks to the efforts of Ron Rumble of Rainbow Mountain on Ski Run and attorney Dennis Crabb for spearheading the bike trail project for Ski Run Boulevard. And kudos to George Perkins for the gorgeous buildings he has put up on Ski Run. From the Marriott project, the Heavenly gondola, redevelopment on Ski Run … you’re looking good South Shore! We must keep progressing and striving to be better. As I saw on a bumper sticker the other day E”Life is a mountain, not a beach.”

Paul Middlebrook is publisher of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He may be reached via e-mail at pmiddlebrook@tahoedailytribune.com

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