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2022 IVCBA Annual Report

February 22, 2023 | Grace Hubrig

Photo credit Matt Morning.

We are pleased to share our 2022 Annual Report, featuring our community events, member programs, community connection initiatives, and more! We thank our 271 members and community supporters for helping build sustainability for the cohesiveness of Incline Village and Crystal Bay! We are excited for another year of supporting our thriving community.

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Workforce Transportation Roundtable

February 22, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Business leaders and employers are meeting with transportation officials on March 9 to discuss commuter needs and possible solutions. The high cost of gas, coupled with the lack of local workforce housing has led to a chronic shortage of workers in Washoe Tahoe, indeed within the Tahoe Basin. Last summer, a committee organized by the Washoe Tahoe Housing Partnership, conducted a workforce transportation survey. It led to the use of Regional Transit Commission VanPools at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe, under the leadership of Michael Murphy, General Manager of the Hyatt.  Additional VanPools are a possible solution for other employers. However, longer term solutions are needed to address the needs of business owners of all sizes and their employees. 

Officials from the Regional Transportation Commission, the Tahoe Transportation District, TNT/TMA, Placer County, Washoe County, and Travel North Tahoe Nevada will be present.

Business leaders and employers are invited to attend. Not an IVCBA Member? Join here. Lunch is sponsored by Menath Insurance and Waldorf Astoria Lake Tahoe.  Please register in advance.

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In the News: New Film Explores Lake Tahoe Housing Crisis

February 22, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 2/17/23. Written by Miranda Jacobson.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Lake Tahoe housing crisis is a hot topic, and local resident Elizabeth Cameron has documented the difficulties of finding places to live. 

Cameron was a coach for the Palisades Tahoe ski team five years ago, before moving away to pursue other ventures. When she returned in late 2021 for the winter season, housing prices had skyrocketed. 

“I was so blown away by how just five years prior, it had been so easy to find a place,” said Cameron. “I was just shocked by how much more difficult living up here, from a rental perspective, had become in just five years.” 

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In the News: Incline agency discusses housing solutions with Washoe County during inaugural member meeting

February 21, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 2/17/23. Written by Miranda Jacobson.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Members of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Business Association came together for their inaugural member meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Chateau, to discuss goals as an organization for the upcoming year. 

The meeting began with a presentation from Washoe County Commissioner Alexis Hill, who outlined initiatives currently happening in Washoe Tahoe, including workforce housing, a potential short term rental moratorium in Incline Village, transportation, and traffic and pedestrian safety.

IVCBA Executive Director Linda Offerdahl has been a champion of connecting Incline Village with Washoe County representatives in order to bring positive change to the district. 

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Pine Nuts – AI is Not for Me

February 21, 2023 | McAvoy Lane

With the omnipresence of AI, I feel compelled to wrap myself in the 19th century, and make myself at home in the Sandwich Islands of 1866. Presently, I’m on my surfboard, along with a few Hawaiians, awaiting the perfect wave. Every sixth wave is near perfect, and then along comes the Big Kahuna. I’m in the perfect place to catch it and ride it to its tubular end, but so is the Hawaiian surfer at my side, and as there is not room for the both of us, he gives me a gentlemanly nod, and off I go on the ride of my life.

All the information I needed for this ride came with a courteous nod, and I bought that Hawaiian gentleman a Primo at the end of our afternoon together. A Shaka sign is a communication that can never be duplicated by artificial intelligence, “artificial” being the operative word.

AI can be programed to disseminate misinformation, so it remains irrevocable that resulting information is no better than the programmer.

I ask you, what sort of AI program could understand the following scenario from 1866, when Mark Twain offered his sage advice to prospective visitors…

“And just here I would caution those of you who intend to visit this archipelago, against bringing wines and liquors with your baggage, lest you provoke the confiscation of the latter.  I was asked by the customs agent what I had in my small bag; I told him, ‘Pajamas.’  He took the liberty to inspect the bag and discovered therein a small bottle of scotch whiskey, which he held up on high.  ‘Pajamas!?’ he asked.  I stuck to my story: ‘My night cap.’” Let AI try to work that one out.

And, let us return for a moment to 1866, when Mark Twain described a scene that AI could never get its head around…

“The missionaries pointed out to their congregation that it’s hard enough to get into heaven fully clothed, but to attempt it naked might seem like blasphemy.  Then they imported a quantity of hats, bonnets, neckties and other wearing apparel, distributed them, and begged these descendants of Adam & Eve not to come to church naked next Sunday as usual.  And they didn’t. But being a generous people by heart, they divided up with the neighbors. So on the following Sabbath, in the midst of the reading of a hymn, a stately dame would stalk in with nothing in the world on but a stove-pipe hat.  Another would arrive with a flourish, with the sleeves of a bright calico dress tied around her waist -the rest of the garment dragging behind like a peacock’s tail…off duty.” Good luck with that one, AI.

AI has its merits, like fighting diseases, but for me it’s as cold as an untipped blackjack dealer’s stare. No, you can go ahead and access Jasper Chat. Me? I’m going to ask a librarian…  

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In the News: Highlanders Fall in League Title Game, Face Needles to Open State Tourney

February 21, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 2/21/23. Written by Justin Scacco.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline boys’ basketball team’s run for a fourth consecutive Northern League title came up short this weekend after the Highlanders suffered a 53-48 loss in the tournament finals to West Wendover.

The Highlanders entered Saturday’s championship game at Incline High School after dispatching rivals North Tahoe in Friday’s regional semifinals.

Incline won the contest in thrilling fashion, topping the Lakers 37-35 on a game-winning floater with eight seconds remaining.

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IVCB Community Forum Recap 2-17-23

February 20, 2023 | Member Submitted

Did you miss out on the 2/17 IVCB Community Forum? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You can watch the recap here. You can also choose to read the meeting minutes here.

To be alerted about future forums, subscribe to the mailing list by sending an email to ivcbcommunityforum@gmail.com.

The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Community Forum will be held the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 9am in person and online using the meeting app Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID number is 815 3612 1755 and the password is 1864.

On Friday morning at 8:55am John Crockett or Amanda McPhaill from the library will start the meeting. Please join before 9am so we start on time.

If you are unable to join the Zoom meeting by computer or cell phone.

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February is National Heart Month

February 15, 2023 | Member Submitted

Submitted by North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District

It’s February – National Heart Month, a time when our nation spotlights heart disease, the number one killer in our country.

Did you know?

  • Heart attacks can be silent – one in five heart attacks occur without the person even knowing they had one.
  • Heart attack symptoms can differ between men and women. Women may experience abdominal pain and epigastric burning, pain in the back, arm, neck, or shoulder; nausea; fatigue; shortness of breath; and vomiting whereas men may experience sweating, pain in the chest, arms, neck, or jaw; shortness of breath; heartburn or indigestion.
  • Young women are more likely to die from heart attacks than similarly aged men because they do not recognize the symptoms, so they delay care and treatment.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet consisting of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy sources of protein and minimizing processed foods is one of the best things you can do to support a healthy heart.

You can take an active role in reducing your risk for heart disease by eating a healthy diet, engaging in physical activity, and managing your cholesterol and blood pressure. This is a wonderful opportunity to start heart-healthy habits!

  • Start a heart-healthy habit – staying active, eating healthy, and watching our weight are all important parts of maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. Pick a new heart-healthy habit like jogging or substituting sodas with water and try to stick to it for a whole month.
  • Educate yourself – learn about the risk factors for heart disease, the ways you can prevent them, and the lifestyle choices that can help you stay healthy.
  • Get your cholesterol evaluated – If you are worried you might be at risk for heart disease, ask your doctor to perform a simple cholesterol test to let you know if you are at risk and should adjust your diet.

While we are focusing on heart health this month, another heart condition to also be aware of is sudden cardiac arrest. Different from a heart attack, which is a circulation problem, causing a blockage or narrowing of the coronary artery and symptoms can include chest pain, fatigue, weakness, nausea and difficulty breathing, and may occur hours or days before; cardiac arrest is an electrical situation where the heart stops beating abruptly, and symptoms may occur moments before where the individual may have loss of consciousness and collapse, no breathing, no pulse.

Whether you suspect it is cardiac arrest or a heart attack, the first step is always to call 911. Every minute matters!

After you have first responders on the way, in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, start CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) if one is nearby.

Download PulsePoint, a free mobile app that alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert users in the vicinity of the need for CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these potential rescuers to the exact location of the closest AED.

“With PulsePoint we hope to increase bystander involvement in time-sensitive medical calls by increasing the use of CPR and AEDs, while also keeping the community informed, in real time, of all emergency activities,” said Fire Chief, Ryan Sommers. “It gives our residents and visitors the ability to know when a cardiac arrest is occurring close by, locate AEDs in the area, and perform potentially lifesaving CPR while our personnel respond to the scene. It also shows them general information for all 9-1-1 calls to keep them better informed of what’s going on in our community, folks can also visit our PulsePoint page on our website.”

Throughout the year, NLTFPD responds to nearly 2,500 incidents, including more than a dozen cardiac arrest events.

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IVCBA Is Hiring!

February 15, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

We are hiring two enthusiastic, positive, and organized individuals based in or near Incline Village! We are IVCBA, your local community and business association. We are building and growing sustainability for the cohesiveness of Incline Village and Crystal Bay. Come join our team!

IVCBA Business & Membership Manager

The IVCBA community and business association is looking for an enthusiastic positive individual to run business and membership operations.

Business manager duties: Interface with QuickBooks Online, accountant and membership software.

Membership program manager duties: Recruit new members and work with members on business programs.

Ideal candidate has a business degree or equivalent, is proficient with office software and knows how to close membership sales. The successful candidate will have an outgoing personality with the ability to multi-task and manage time effectively.

Salary: $25-$35/hour, depending on experience

Hours: 30 – 40 hours/week

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to linda@ivcba.org

IVCBA Incline Village Main Street Manager

The IVCBA community and business association is looking for an articulate and organized individual to run the Main Street revitalization and redevelopment program.

Duties: Administer and run the Main Street program and oversee its committees. Research and understand community issues and work with agencies for effective leadership of Main Street.  Assist IVCBA in establishing charitable status for Incline Village Main Street.

Ideal candidate has a college degree or equivalent experience with an interest in revitalization and redevelopment issue and is passionate about Incline Village. Leadership, time management and effective communication skills are a must. 

Salary: $30/hour

Hours: 20 hours/week

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to linda@ivcba.org

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In the News: More Security Measures Coming Soon to Incline Village Schools

February 15, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 2/11/23. Written by Miranda Jacobson.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village students will begin to see new security measures that is expected to increase safety at schools as soon as this spring.

New additions include a gun-detecting dog to be trained in the coming months, updated security measures as a result funding by the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, and two new Washoe County deputies on the Incline High School campus next year. 

With recent acts of violence happening all over the country, including multiple school shootings, the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees agreed that the safety and security of their students is a top priority, but it also falls on the entire community as well. 

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