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In the News: IVGID Restricts Beach Access for Out of District Employees  

January 31, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 1/26/23. Written by Miranda Jacobson.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted to take away employee access to beaches in a 3-2 vote. 

The move has been described by IVGID Public Works workers as “chipping away” at employees, according to Chairman Matthew Dent. 

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In the News: Clean Up the Lake Shares Plans for 2023

January 31, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Sierra Sun on 2/1/23. Content submitted to the Sun.

Forty deep water and “hotspot” trash clean-ups are planned in Lake Tahoe and will be expanded to other lakes and reservoirs in the High Sierra.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Following on the successful 72-mile clean-up of Lake Tahoe in 2022, the dive team that coordinated the effort is expanding its underwater clean-up plans in 2023. Clean Up The Lake, a nonprofit committed to fighting back against plastic and all forms of pollution both above and below the surface of its local waterways, will return to Lake Tahoe and nearby Fallen Leaf Lake, and also has plans to clean up Echo Lake, Boca and Stampede Reservoirs in Truckee and four different lakes in Mono County and the Mammoth Lakes Basin.

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Pine Nuts – One Lucky Boy

January 31, 2023 | McAvoy Lane

Nevada is a state of mind. Before you roll the dice, you say, “C’mon, Honey, Baby needs a new pair of shoes!” And everything outside of Las Vegas is Cowboy Nevada, except Incline Village, where we either have two homes or two jobs. Those with one job and one home are rare as a straight flush. I just happen to be one of those lucky boys to draw a straight flush.

Forty years ago, I was living on the Island of Maui, and happy as an ophi clam at high tide, when I vacationed at Tahoe to discover Ski Incline, now known as Diamond Peak.

While riding up in the chairlift I looked over my shoulder and saw a blue lake that seemed to stretch out to the horizon. The lady sitting next to me asked what I did, and I told her I had a job my father thought should be illegal.

“And what might that be?” she asked with a smile.

“Morning radio on the Island of Maui.” 

Following a pregnant pause, she put her hand on my arm and asked, “How would you like to do morning radio here?”

So over the next two weeks I went from surf bum to ski bum while maintaining the same job my father thought should be illegal.

I had fallen in love with places before, and lived in the comfortable confines of Cape Cod, Carmel and Kauai, but never wanted to marry a place, until I met Incline village. 

On morning radio here, I got to tell the kids whether it was a school day or a snow day, and they followed me around in Raley’s while I shopped, “Mr. McAvoy, do we have to go to school tomorrow?”

“I don’t know, we’ll see how I feel in the morning…” 

The esteem was almost too much, and as if that were not ridiculous enough, because I reported ski conditions I was invited to ski free at all resorts within driving distance, including Diamond Peak, where I became the lucky owner of a locker!

 Then Mark Twain tapped me on the shoulder, and I started visiting as many as ten schools a week while teaching Nevada history and folklore. It became a magical journey that has spanned 35 years and 4,000 programs, ending with a perfect offramp this coming summer with “Mark Twain’s Nevada” at St. Pat’s cozy outdoor amphitheater here in the village, and Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, where it all began.

There will be a few fun events between now and then, and the one I am looking forward to most is Carson City’s First Annual Mark Twain Days Festival, April 21, 22 & 23. Check these sites for fun events: https://youtu.be/T6CYwH2cNyQ  & Mark Twain Days Website. (Sam would be so damn proud.)

On my way out, I’m encouraging folks like you to consider giving yourself another life through the art of Chautauqua, and I sincerely do hope Chautauqua might start you on a journey as enjoyable as mine… 

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Local Lens – A Thriving Community

January 25, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Good news! Washoe County is clearing the sidewalks on Tahoe Boulevard.

Bad news! The potholes on Tahoe Boulevard are dangerous. Doug Brown at the Chevron Station is noticing an increase in business he would rather not see: repairing tires that have gotten chewed up by those potholes. They ARE working on potholes, but they have a lot of roads to cover. Go to dot.nv.gov for the latest information. Please be careful everyone. It’s hard to see pedestrians behind the tall snowbanks especially if they are coming across a driveway where one does not expect to see a pedestrian.

A thriving community. I take it for granted that everyone wants one, but when I bring up the subject of commercial development, I am sometimes met with silence. People are worried we will end up with too many people, too much traffic and we will lose our small-town feel. But look at the composition of our businesses: most are small and family run, not big box stores.  In order to survive, they count on locals to support them year-round and second home owners/visitors to give them a boost in summer and ski season. Be tolerant of those busy times when it’s hard to get into your favorite restaurant. Those merchants have had to adjust to competition from Reno and Amazon.  Things that don’t change will grow stagnant. 

I was outside at the Biltmore yesterday where Tahoe Regional Planning Agency was reviewing the project plans and the site for the Waldorf Astoria development. Replacing a boarded up aging casino with a luxury resort surely is an improvement. We are counting on TRPA to ensure that this project is environmentally sound and meets their standards of excellence. When we moved here 34 years ago, things were different. There was a lot more traffic coming to Crystal Bay for the casinos and to stay at the Cal-Neva and the Tahoe Biltmore. Crystal Bay played a big part in the history of Washoe Tahoe.  Let’s have a state border crossing that makes us proud to live in Nevada.  

I missed the basketball game at the high school last night. This morning, listening to “TK”, the Incline High School basketball coach, talking about the sold-out crowd and close game (that Incline won!) made me wish that I had been there. Don’t be shy about attending games if you don’t have kids in the school. You will connect with families and neighbors that make Incline such a great place to live. Tim Kelly, TK, is much loved by the youth in our community for his coaching and supervision of youth programs at the Rec Center. I am a big fan of TK myself because he is so enthusiastic about the IVCBA Local Heroes Parade and the 4th of July events!  And, he has plans for another great community event early in June…. just waiting on the official word from IVGID. 

Breaking news!  The dates for the Local Heroes 4th of July Celebration for 2023 are set!  It will begin on Sunday, July 2 with the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District pancake breakfast at the fire house, followed by the parade along Southwood and Incline Way, ending at the Village Green for the Community Fair and, back this year, Beer and Brats at Aspen Grove. The Celebration ends on July 4th with the Sky Show (the drone show). More details to follow!

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IVGID Community Appreciation Week

January 24, 2023 | Member Submitted

IVGID Community Appreciation Week at Diamond Peak is January 30 – February 5, 2023. As a community owned resort, Diamond Peak Ski Resort will show its appreciation to the residents of Incline Village and Crystal Bay by offering free lift tickets to people with a valid IVGID Picture Pass or Recreation Punch Card. Diamond Peak season passholders with a valid IVGID Picture Pass or Punch Card will be provided free demo equipment rentals.

Bring your valid IVGID Picture Pass or Recreation Punch Card to receive the following benefits at Diamond Peak during IVGID Community Appreciation Week:

  • Free Lift Tickets: (1) free lift ticket, per day (non-transferable, not valid for Diamond Peak season passholders or with Recreation Center Memberships). Please be prepared to show your Picture Pass or Punch Card at Diamond Peak’s Ticket Windows. Failure to bring your IVGID Pass will result in having to pay full price. 
  • 10% off Food & Drinks: Receive 10% off all food and non-alcoholic beverages at all our food outlets.

Diamond Peak Season Passholders with an IVGID Pass

Diamond Peak season passholders with an IVGID Picture Pass or Punch Card qualify for free Demo equipment rentals during IVGID Community Appreciation Week. Visit the Rental Shop and present your Diamond Peak season pass, IVGID Picture Pass/Punch Card and credit card (for deposit). Return equipment at the end of each day. (Demo rental includes skis or snowboard only, boots are not included. Not transferable.)

Special Events

  • Daily 1/30 – 2/5: Sweep with Patrol 3:50pm – 4:30pm. Meet at the top of Crystal Express (outside the Eagle’s Nest Patrol shack). Must be a strong intermediate or advanced skier or snowboarder to participate.
  • Friday 2/3: Interpretive Mountain Tours 10:30am & 1:30pm; On mountain
  • Ullr Torchlight Parade & Deck Party  4pm – 8pm; Base Lodge Deck
  • Saturday 2/4: Meet & Greet with Patrol Director (Kari B.) and her Patrol Dog (Fred) 11:30am – 12:30pm. Ask questions, watch Fred do some tricks and snap a selfie with Fred. 
  • Sunday 2/5: Live Music 2-5pm; Loft Bar
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In the News: Lake Tahoe’s Conservation Continues (Opinion)

January 23, 2023 | Grace Hubrig

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 1/20/23. Written by Julie Regan.

The recent glimpses of clear skies, frosted forests, and Lake Tahoe’s mesmerizing blue hues have a way of perfectly framing nature’s power and beauty. Amidst a series of no less than nine extreme storm systems, we find ourselves simultaneously grateful for the abundance of snow and belittled by the size of the berms.

The need to double down on the Tahoe region’s climate action strategies could not be more urgent. Increasingly extreme weather events will continue to hit the Sierra – from mega droughts to atmospheric rivers. These and other impacts of climate change may have you questioning what strategies are in place to conserve Tahoe’s beloved communities and environment into the future? From modernizing land use policies to improving water quality and treating our overstocked forests, many of the solutions for tomorrow are built on Tahoe’s complicated legacy.

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In the News: NV State Parks Has $1 million Available for Outdoor Recreation Projects

January 23, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 1/23/23. Written by Staff Report.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – The Nevada Division of State Parks has approximately $1 million available in federal funds for outdoor recreation development and acquisition projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund program.

All local governments, including counties, cities, towns, general improvement districts, and Native American tribal governments are potentially eligible for the 50/50 matching grants offered through the program.

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In the News: Find Your Caffeine Fix and More at Tahoe’s Top Coffee Shops

January 23, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 1/19/23. Written by Miranda Jacobson.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With plenty of snow falling in the Lake Tahoe Basin this winter, the search is on for the best warm drink to enjoy on a cold day.

Whether you’re looking for a warm cup of coffee or something sweet to eat with the family after a day on the slopes, communities in the basin have something to offer.

We’ve put together a list of the best coffee shops to head to in the basin based off reader’s votes in the Best of 2022 contests on the north and south shores. Keep reading to find your next favorite spot.

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In the News: EAT This Week: Lone Eagle Grille’s Ahi Tuna Poke

January 23, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 1/19/23. Written by Robert Galloway.

To try and decide each week where and what to eat in and around the basin can be a challenge — there are so many amazing choices. In this feature we’ll dive into dishes that will surely satisfy those hunger pangs and leave you wondering where to go next.

You ever have one of those dishes that no matter what kind of day you’re having you can always return to and know it will instantly put you in a good mood? This week’s feature is one of those dishes for me. I don’t believe I’ve ever dined at the Lone Eagle Grille and not ordered this popular appetizer.

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In the News: Tahoe Agencies Continue Search for Workforce Housing Solutions

January 23, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 1/22/23. Written by Miranda Jacobson.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Heading into the new year, affordable/workforce housing on the North Shore is top of mind for many Tahoe agencies and is set to be a topic of conversation among the Washoe County Board of Commissioners this month.

The commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25, where Commissioner Alexis Hill, who represents Incline Village, is looking forward to discussing affordable and workforce housing on the North Shore. The meeting details, or agenda, is not yet published, but Hill is hoping to be talking about incentives for developers.

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