Tahoe Talkabout — Skiers attract bear with sandwich
— Backcountry skier Abby Hutchison, along with Tahoe Daily Tribune employees Darin Olde and Colin Hupp, ran into an orphaned bear cub or small adult bear on Saturday while climbing Maggie’s Peak near Emerald Bay. The bear turned and followed the trio uphill, apparently following the scent of a ham sandwich coming from Hutchison’s pack. Clicking their poles and yelling, the party evidently convinced the animal that three hungry skiers would be willing to fight for their summit snack. The bear turned and ran off downhill.
— Hollywood stars and former Saturday Night Live regulars Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider were hamming it up on New Year’s Eve at the Cottonwood Bar and Restaurant in Truckee. Allegedly Sandler was taking snowboarding lessons at a North Shore ski resort from an instructor who was also a Cottonwood employee. Schneider, visitors said, has a place in the Bay Area. Sandler was inhaling helium from balloons and entertaining his entourage in the lounge before being seated at table in the dining area.
— Being that Carson Valley is prime ag country, it should be no surprise the last baby born in 2002 gets a “Beef for Baby” gift certificate. Worth $50 at Butler Meats in Carson City, the Western Nevada Cattlewomen’s Association donated the certificate to Shana Peterson and Michael Hogan of Carson City. Their baby was born at 2:35 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Carson-Tahoe Hospital, giving it the distinction of being the last born in Northern Nevada in 2002.
— On Jan. 11th Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area lodge invites everyone to watch the game with former Oakland Raider and Super Bowl champion Mario Celotto. Mario will be available for pictures and to sign autographs from noon to 1 p.m.. and from 3 to 4 p.m. If you cannot make it to the Downhill Ski Area that afternoon, stop by the Clubhouse Bar and Grill later that evening where he will again be available for pictures and autographs at 7:30.
— Beginning today at 11 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room at 360 Fair Lane in Placerville Judge Suzanne Kingsbury will officiate at the ceremony of swearing in El Dorado County elected officials.
— Tahoe cloud-seeder Carl Young, a graduate research assistant in Desert Research Institute Division of Atmospheric Sciences and a student in the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been awarded the $15,000 Sierra Pacific Power Co. fellowship. Young is using his fellowship to study severe storm processes, including observations of the development of tornadoes in the Midwest.
The fellowship is a one-year award selected on the basis of competitive research proposals from graduate students.
— Legendary blues singer Bonnie Raitt, who played Caesars Tahoe last week to ring in the new year, found Tahoe’s sold-out crowds “mild” in comparison to her usually rowdy honkytonk crashers, adding the “respectful” demeanor was “nice for a change.”
— Incline Village Postmaster Bob Sloan has thrown in the towel — after 36 years of federal service, 33 of which were for the U.S. Postal Service and three years of which were in the Army.
Sloan has worked in Incline Village since 1990, commuting from the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno — many of those miles on his Suzuki 1400 Intruder, and occasionally his full-dress Yamaha Royal Star Venture.
— Powder hounds should enjoy the opening of all six access gates at Killebrew and Mott canyons at Heavenly Ski Resort. The favorite extreme skiing routes — including Pipeline, Boulevard and Stateline — are rated as double black diamond runs on the Nevada side. Experts are advised to use extreme caution.
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