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Luxury broker joins Sotheby’s leadership team

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty recently announce expansion of its leadership team by welcoming Reno/Tahoe Broker Jenny Johnson.

Johnson joins the award-winning brokerage as its president and Nevada corporate broker. Backed by a proven track record in both real estate leadership and luxury sales, Johnson brings a diverse skill set to the firm through her extensive knowledge in both residential and commercial transactions.

“Joining Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty in a leadership role marks a huge milestone in my career,” Johnson said. “From integrity and excellence, to providing a true luxury experience, there are so many parallels between the way I conduct business and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. As it became time for me to move into the next chapter of my professional life, the path was clear and I am thrilled to join the sales associates and staff of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.”

“Our company culture is an embodiment of our people and Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty is stronger than ever with the addition of Jenny Johnson,” said Scott Webber of Sotheby’s. “Jenny exemplifies the mission of our company: provide real estate services like none other through ethics, hard work and results.”

As a part of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty’s leadership team, Johnson will play an integral part in the real estate services, strategy and customer experience for buyers and sellers throughout the Lake Tahoe and Reno areas.

Johnson joins over 100 sales associates and support staff across eight offices throughout the Reno-Lake Tahoe region.

For more information, visit sierrasothebysrealty.com.

Washoe County begins process to fill senate seat

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Washoe County Board of County Commissioners and the Carson City Board of Supervisors will appoint a resident of Senate District 16 to fill the senate seat following the resignation of Sen. Ben Kieckhefer earlier this month.

Per state law, the appointee must live in the senate district and have lived there as of Sept. 29, 2021. Residents interested in applying can check their district by entering their home address on the Nevada State Legislature’s “Who’s My Legislator” website. Applicants must also be a registered member of the same party as the outgoing senator, at least 21 years old and a qualified elector as defined in the Nevada Constitution, and have no legal condition or status that would prevent them from being able to take the oath of office.

The application period opens at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 and closes at 12 p.m. Oct. 28 and can be found here.

Applications will not be accepted outside of the application period and can be emailed to SD16application@washoecounty.gov or delivered in person to the Washoe County Administrative Complex, County Manager’s Office, 1001 East 9th Street, Reno, during normal business hours.

Because the senate district spans two counties, both the Carson City Board of Supervisors and the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners must decide on a single appointment. Carson City Supervisors will review applicants and select a single nomination on Nov. 4, and the Washoe County Commissioners will meet Nov. 9 to do the same. The two boards will meet jointly at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 to select the appointment.

The process must be conducted immediately, as the Nevada State Legislature is slated to convene a special session this year to decide redistricting following the 2020 U.S. Census.

Source: Washoe County

NDOT plans US 50 lane reductions through Cave Rock on Thursday

STATELINE, Nev. — Work that was originally supposed to happen last week at Cave Rock will take place Thursday, officials announced on Wednesday.

Lane shifts and reductions will take place from 7 a.m. to noon on Oct. 21 on U.S. Highway 50 through the Cave Rock tunnels at Lake Tahoe as the Nevada Department of Transportation removes rock from the slope above the tunnels.

The work was originally scheduled for Oct. 18, but was rescheduled due to weather.

U.S. 50 will be reduced to one lane in each direction and westbound traffic will be routed through the eastbound Cave Rock tunnel. Motorists are advised to slow to posted speed limits and travel safely through road work zones. The construction schedule will remain subject to change based on weather.

Rock fall reduction and slope stabilization experts will remove rock on the south end slope of the lakeside tunnel to help reduce the potential of rock fall onto the road. Removal this fall will reduce risk of the rocks potentially being loosened by the natural winter freeze-thaw cycle.

When heavy rains loosened boulders from the northern rock face above the Cave Rock tunnel in 2015, NDOT extended the westbound, lakeside Cave Rock tunnel with an approximately 60-foot long tunnel addition to catch rock fall before it reaches the road. The smaller rocks being removed this month are on the opposite end of the westbound tunnel. The rocks were identified as part of NDOT’s routine tunnel and bridge inspections.

State road information is available at dot.nv.gov or by calling 775-888-7000.


Tahoe Fund supports another season of SOS Outreach

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Fund announced this week it will continue its support of SOS Outreach, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for underserved youth to experience the outdoors while participating in a mentorship program that is designed to prepare them for life’s challenges.

The Tahoe Fund’s support will expand the program’s impact in Lake Tahoe where more than 585 kids learn to ski and snowboard, learn leadership skills, and learn the importance of protecting the environment through service projects each year. In the summer months they learn to fly fish, river raft and mountain bike, said a press release. Off the slopes, they engage in social service projects that help improve their local community.

Over the past 10 years, SOS programs have led to more kids graduating from high school, attending college, finding careers and giving back to their communities. In fact, 96% of SOS youth plan to attend college, and 61% return to mentor peers. Staff of the Tahoe Fund have also served as mentors in the program since 2017.

“At its core, our programs are meant to encourage a deep sense of belonging for underserved youth in our outdoor community,” said Heather Schwartz, SOS Outreach North Lake Tahoe program manager. “Through positive mentorship and the power of community, our kids feel empowered to engage in service projects, learn leadership skills, and are mentally and emotionally equipped to handle all that life throws their way. What starts as just learning to ski or snowboard, soon transpires to tangible life skills that these kids will use for years. We’re incredibly thankful for the continued partnership of the Tahoe Fund and our community of supporters who make this work possible.”

“The SOS Outreach program supports the Tahoe Fund’s mission to use the power of philanthropy to improve the Lake Tahoe environment for all to enjoy,” said Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO. “Making these outdoor opportunities available to the next generation is critical to the long term sustainability of special places like Lake Tahoe. It is also a wonderful opportunity for our staff to participate as mentors and see firsthand how impactful the program is.”

SOS Outreach is looking for positive adult mentors and volunteers. If you love to ski or snowboard and want to support local youth, this is your program. Reach out to Heather Schwartz, North Lake Tahoe Program Manager at hschwartz@sosoutreach.org.

Source: Tahoe Fund

The Tahoe Fund is again supporting SOS Outreach this year.
Provided/SOS Outreach

Powerhouse grid clash: Incline ‘hosts’ Yerington Thursday in Reno

Incline quarterback Nick Suter gets help on a quarterback sneak earlier this season.
Provided/Jen Suter

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline High School will play its first football game in about three weeks on Thursday when they host rival Yerington in the biggest game of the season.

Everything is on the line. Neither team has lost in league play. And the winner will control its destiny in the league title race and playoff seeding.

“It should be the game of the season, we’re preparing for everything,” said Brian Martinez, the Highlanders head coach. “We’ve put a lot of importance on this game. It will decide almost everything for the playoffs.”

The Highlanders game last Saturday was canceled because Silver Stage was excluded due to COVID-19, the second time a team has been forced to cancel on the Highlanders due to the virus.

The Highlanders are “hosting” Yerington, yet the game will be played at 6 p.m. at Galena High School in Reno due to construction delays on replacing goal posts on their home field. The school failed to get the installation complete ahead of the game so now Incline will hit the road for a Thursday night clash. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

“In finding the positives while not being able to play at home, Galena has a nice, grass field that’s in great condition,” Martinez said.

After losing to upper division Sparks in a close battle to open the season, Incline has not lost and hasn’t given up many points.

Yerington has also only played four games this season and hasn’t lost any of them.

The teams have a couple of common opponents that they have already played and those final scores suggest Thursday’s clash will be a close and hard-fought.

Incline defeated Battle Mountain and Coral Academy 21-0 and 48-13 while Yerington beat the same two opponents 42-12 and 48-6, respectively.

“The positive thing about last week’s game being canceled was that we got more time to prepare,” Martinez said. “This is a special group of kids that are staying focused and motivated.”

The Highlanders smoked Yerington 38-8 during the spring, last season. It was their first victory over the Lions in about two decades, possibly longer.

The Lions are always among the 2A Northern League elite and this year’s clash will likely decide the league title.

The Highlanders have been leaning on a stingy defense that has allowed just 13 points in three league games, including two shutouts, and a rushing offense that is averaging about 243 yards per game and 7 yards per carry.

Quarterback Nick Suter and running back Joe Duran have led Incline this year with a combined 747 yards. Suter has 362 yards and six touchdowns and Duran has 385 yards and four TDs.

Suter hasn’t had to go to the air too much this season, but when he does, the senior completes over 50% of his passes (14 of 24) and hasn’t thrown an interception.

While he hasn’t thrown an interception, on defense Suter has picked off three passes and Duran has two.

Freshman Colin Combs is leading Incline in tackles with 37 with Suter next at 27.

Martinez said Yerington is very well coached, always has good players and it’s going to take good execution to pull out a victory.

“We’ve gotta beat them at their own game,” Martinez said. “We need to take care of the fundamentals and make tackles. If we execute the way we know we can, we will do well. We have big, strong kids and we have to take advantage of that.”

The football field at Incline Village High School currently has no goal posts due to construction delays.
Miranda Jacobson/Tahoe Daily Tribune

City partners with Prosperity Center, Landing Locals to address housing needs

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — City Council on Tuesday took several actions to address housing shortages in South Lake Tahoe.

The council approved a professional service agreement with Landing Locals to tackle the shortage of long-term rentals.

Landing Locals started in Truckee in November 2020 to convert short-term rentals and vacant vacation homes into long-term rentals. They offer financial incentives to homeowners who rent their homes on a long-term basis.

Since partnering with the Town of Truckee, they’ve placed 67 tenants, awarded 37 grants, and have 20 pending grants.

In South Lake Tahoe, single family, townhomes and privately owned condominiums are eligible for the incentive program. Property owners can earn $2,000 per resident housed, up to $10,000, as long as the residents are housed for at least a year. Each unrelated or single resident must have their own bedroom.

To fund the program, council approved $500,000 of their American Rescue Plan Act to be allocated to the program. Of the $500,000, $200,000 would be used for housing grants, $214,000 for a property maintenance incentive program and the rest will be spent on marketing and administration.

Mayor Tamara Wallace said this is a “right now solution,” while the city continues to pursue housing development projects.

The council also approved a contract with the Tahoe Prosperity Center to help address housing shortages. TPC has conducted a detailed “South Shore Region Local Resident Housing Action Plan.”

The city awarded TPC a three-year, $210,000 Professional Services Agreement to help implement housing solutions. Councilmember John Friedrich recused himself from the vote.

Council also provided staff feedback on adding tiny homes and mobile residences into the accessory dwelling units.

The council agreed to pursue mobile dwellings as another housing solution, directing staff to add a required minimum of a six month lease to the ordinance.

They also directed staff to add aesthetic requirements to the ordinance, so that these mobile residences aren’t just RVs parked in someone’s driveway.

The ordinance also has to meet Tahoe Regional Planning Agency standards.

The council also heard a bid protest for the winter program concession services at the city campground. The city had requested bids and the final decision came down to Shearer Activities and Budgell Enterprises, with Shearer Activities narrowly winning the bid.

The bids were reviewed and rated by five reviewers. Budgell noticed discrepancies with one of the reviewers, so they asked the council to throw out that reviewer’s score.

After hearing from both parties, council voted to grant the protest and give Budgell the contract. Councilmembers Cristi Creegan and Friedrich recused themselves from the vote.

During the meeting, the council appointed members to the Art, Culture and Tourism Commission. Stacey Ballard, Eleanor “Bon Bon” Brennan, Scott Forrest, David Hamilton and Bryan Yerian were selected and Tony Lyle with Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority was chosen as a non-voting member.

The consent agenda was approved with the exception of the contract with Huntington Beach Electric, Inc. for supply and installation of LED lighting along U.S. Highway 50 which was pulled by Friedrich.

The LED bulbs that were to be installed were too bright to be considered dark sky compatible. The council agreed that public works should look into dimmer bulbs and other ways for the city to become dark sky compatible.

Finally, the council voted to end the state of emergency declared due to the Caldor Fire.

The council’s next meeting will be held at 9 a.m.Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Employee Recognition

New Regular City Employees:

Fire Department:

Luke Daum – Firefighter/Paramedic

Service Awards:

Public Works

Phil Harwood – 15 years of service

Police Department

Angela Kallstrom – 15 years of service

El Dorado County Community Action Council seeks new member

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The El Dorado County Community Action Council has a member vacancy within the Community Sector Membership category.

The council is seeking to fill the vacancy with an individual or agency to represent the interests and concerns of people and families with low incomes living in El Dorado County, with a special focus on housing, nutrition and low-income program needs. Priority will be given to representatives of community organizations that demonstrate a commitment to advancing the purposes and activities of the Council.

The council acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency about needs of the community relating to human services for low-income residents. The council provides for collaboration of local government, private organizations and citizens serving the most vulnerable populations.

Representatives of community agencies that serve the county’s low-income residents are encouraged to apply. This is a volunteer, unpaid position. Meetings are held online. Once in-person meetings resume, the meetings will be held in Placerville.

The deadline to submit membership applications is Nov. 15. For an application, contact Star Walker at 530-621-6255 or star.walker@edcgov.us.

AAUW Tahoe Lunafest online fundraiser to feature 7 films


INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The American Association of University Women Tahoe Nevada chapter, based in Incline Village, will host its 2nd annual Lunafest fundraiser virtual screening from Nov. 5-7.

Tickets are $30 for individuals and $50 for a small group and registration is required prior to Nov. 1.

The screenings can be viewed from home.

Lunafest is a traveling film festival created by Luna Bar. For the last two decades, Lunafest has put the spotlight on the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers, featuring short films directed, written and featuring stories about women and women’s issues.

Lunafest this year will feature an all-documentary lineup of seven short films by women filmmakers, sharing new perspectives and lighting a fire in the industry, said a press release

Once registered, AAUW will provide a link on Nov. 5 to watch seven short films and an interview with filmmaker A.J. Andrews, the main character of one of the films featured, “Knocking Down Fences.”

The films include: “Overexposed” by Holly Morris, “Knocking Down Fences” by Meg Scutzer, “A Line Birds Cannot See” by Amy Bench, “Scientists vs Dartmouth” by Sharon Shattuck, “Until She is Free” by Maria Finitzo, “Connection” by Tracy Nguyen-Chung and Ciara Lacy and “Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business” by Christine Turner.

Screening may be done over a 48-hour period, and includes a special discussion session via Zoom for all registrants on Sunday, Nov. 7.

To RSVP visit https://form.jotform.com/212535403253143.

For more information, visit AAUW Tahoe Nevada’s website at https://tahoe-nv.aauw.net/lunafest2021.

All proceeds from the event will benefit AAUW Tahoe Nevada’s Scholarship Fund that assists women and girls in the community in their quest for higher education, as well as Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

To date, Lunafest has raised more than $6 million for nonprofit organizations, featured 170 women filmmakers, and hosted over 2,500 screenings across North America.

For more information about LunaFest, visit https://www.lunafest.org/.

The film “Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business” by Christine Turner will be available during the screening.
“Knocking Down Fences” by Meg Scutzer will be one of the featured films.

Quilting group to offer assortment of handmade quilts at Sunday event

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Bee Inclined Quilters are offering an assortment of handmade quilts and quilted goods from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at The Grill at the Chateau in Incline Village, located at 955 Fairway Boulevard.

“The members of Bee Inclined Quilters are devoted to making these quilts,” said founder of the nonprofit Maggi Davis. “We enjoy incorporating new techniques, as well as classes taught by our own members into their construction. We’ve all contributed to our charity quilt inventory and we are pleased to be able to display these available quilted goods to our community.

“Our group’s purpose is to promote the art of quilting and giving back to our community,” she continued. “We’ve donated hundreds of comfort quilts to many different organizations and communities over the years and are very grateful for the donations of quilting cottons we continue to receive. This bi-annual quilt expo is a way to showcase our efforts and sell the goods that we have overstocked.”

The Bee Inclined Quilters meet the third Thursday of each month at the Incline Village Library Community Room.

Quilts will be available for twin, double, queen or king size beds, along with baby and toddler quilts and throw blankets. Additionally, table runners, table toppers, pot holders and more will be available for purchase.

Over the past 17 years, the group has donated to such causes as the victims of the tornados, earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as fires and hurricanes around the country. The quilts have also contributed to local schools’ and other charitable organization’s silent auction fundraisers.

Most recently the Bee Inclined Quilters made baby quilts for Casa de Vida (home for unwed teen mothers) and youth quilts for the Northern Nevada Childrens’ Cancer Foundation.

They also made and donated hundreds of masks to area hospitals during the pandemic.

The quilters participated in the 2006 Nationwide Quilt Pink Event to raise funds for breast cancer research. For this event, they contributed a completed quilt which was selected from more than 4,000 quilts donated as one of 100 quilts for publication in the book, “Quilt Pink for Hope,” published by Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Due to the efforts of their now 35-plus members, the group has achieved the title of “International Published Quilt Artists.”

For more information, if you are a quilter or would like to learn to quilt, contact Roxanna Dunn at 775-530-3388 or roxanna_dunn@yahoo.com.

Calstar celebrates 20 years in South Lake Tahoe with open house

Calstar has been servicing the South Lake Tahoe area and beyond since 2001.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Calstar Air Medical Services is celebrating 20 years of service to the South Lake Tahoe community and surrounding areas and is inviting the public to an open house this weekend.

The celebration will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at South Lake Tahoe Airport, 1901 Airport Boulevard.

Those who are interested may meet flight crew members and leadership, see a medically configured Airbus H-135 helicopter up close and enjoy complimentary refreshments.