Peaks & Valleys: Bright spots and challenges in South Lake Tahoe (commentary)
Warriors are state champs
Whittell boys basketball beat Word of Life Christian Academy (Las Vegas) 53-48 in the Div. IV State championship Saturday, Feb. 27, at Lawlor Events Center.
Congrats to the Warriors on their second state championship in three seasons!
Snow back in the forecast
From what we hear, there’s potential to get the whole month’s precipitation average in a week. The Reno National Weather Service office is calling for 1-3 feet of snow, and up to 100 mph winds during this weekend’s storm.
Batten down the hatches, folks. We’re hoping for a Sunday powder day.
Meyers park updates in the works
Tahoe Paradise Park is in need of a variety of upgrades. Thus Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District is seeking public comment for a master plan.
Given the number of comments on this story via the Tribune’s Facebook page, it appears that locals are excited about redevelopment possibilities. We look forward to seeing park progress.
Sierra hosts new big mountain competition qualifier
Sierra-at-Tahoe was put on the map for its gate-accessed backcountry terrain last weekend when it hosted the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association Huck Cup.
“This legitimizes us as a full mountain,” resort marketing director Steve Hemphill said of the competition. “It was just a wild success. We’re extremely excited that we were able to showcase our terrain. It definitely opened our eyes to the potential back there.”
Parade debate debacle
Tuesday turned into a rowdy day for South Lake Tahoe’s city council. What appeared to be a fairly innocuous parade policy adoption turned into a heated discussion. The nuances of this issue are too plentiful to comment on, so let’s cut to the heart of the matter. It’s unfortunate when elected officials veer from productive discussion. That’s something worth considering come election time in November.
The city moved to take over the Fourth of July parade, rather than have councilwoman JoAnn Conner organize it as a fundraiser through her private business. This certainly simplifies what some view to be a conflict of interest. The city’s 50th anniversary parade was a success. Let’s see what July brings. One can only hope Conner and the city reconcile differences and work together.
Dry February impacts snowpack
Unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snowfall made for a pretty dry February. Let’s hope March storms bring the wet stuff.
Boulder falls in road
Rocks falling onto the highway seems to happen from time to time around Tahoe. But, the van-sized boulder that fell in late February was something else entirely, considering its size and the traffic woes it created. Thanks to Nevada Department of Transportation for handling this issue quickly.
Rude Brothers moving
The building housing Rude Brothers for the last two decades was sold. Rude Brothers must now seek a new home at the end of the month.
We hope this beloved small business finds a new, suitable location soon.
Push for Loop Road ballot measure
Opponents of Tahoe Transportation District’s U.S. Highway 50 South Shore Community Revitalization “Loop Road” Project are proposing to petition the City of South Lake Tahoe to put the issue on November’s ballot.
While community discussion over a project’s many nuances — both pros and cons — is a positive thing, what will come of it remains to be seen.
How South Lake Tahoe’s aging infrastructure, traffic congestion and lack of a distinct town center are handled will likely continue to be a source of contention. Let’s keep the discussion going.
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