Peaks & Valleys: Bright spots and challenges in South Lake Tahoe (commentary)
Even though it was just a dusting, some moisture on Lake Tahoe peaks brought a smile to the snow lovers among us. We hope it translates to increased winter bookings.
• The Cork & More, a specialty wine and deli shop on Al Tahoe Boulevard, will remain open past Nov. 1 while owners Jim and Kim Warlow speak with potential buyers. It was previously reported that the business would close due to the owners’ pending retirement.
This locals’ favorite food and beverage shop will continue to fill a niche. It’s always good news when a beloved small business stays open. We hope it continues to operate for decades to come.
• South Lake Tahoe lowered its sign permit fees from $878 to $120 for minor signs and $300 for major sign applications.
This was a good policy move for the city because it supports small, local businesses.
• South Lake Tahoe police officer Mark Hounsell, his wife Jeanne and family friend Laura Fisher were killed in an Oct. 17 vehicle rollover east of Fallon, Nevada. A fundraiser set up to support the Hounsells’ four children raised $107,422 as of Oct. 28.
Tahoe Daily Tribune extends its condolences to family and friends. We also want to express gratitude to all those who donated funds to the Hounsells’ children.
• South Lake Tahoe City Council censured councilwoman JoAnn Conner over allegations of bullying behavior toward city staff.
This situation continues to be an unfortunate distraction preventing positive progress for city goals.
• A single-engine plane crashed into a residential neighborhood after take off from Lake Tahoe Airport Oct. 10.
Two people unfortunately died in the crash — the plane’s owner, 73-year-old Conrad Yu of Oakley, California, and the passenger, Mary Choy, 66, of San Francisco. It’s truly lucky — shocking, even — that no one else was injured on the ground as a result of this accident.
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