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Washoe County School District UPDATE

March 29, 2023 | Member Submitted

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is in the process of changing its policy on school closures.

The deadline for public comment on this policy change is APRIL 12th at 5pm. (updated 4/4/23)

The link to review the new policy can be found here: https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/3928

If you have concerns about these changes, please email WCSD at:  Policy@washoeschools.net

Or the Incline Schools Area Superintendent, Mike Paul, at:  mpaul@washoeschools.net

Additionally: WCSD is developing a long-term plan for school facilities, and the district is considering changes for our Incline Village schools. We would like to invite you to a regional conversation on Wednesday, April 5 at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Incline High School. At the regional conversation, you will hear about initial concepts and learn more details, ask questions and provide your input on the options that will be presented. Any potential changes would take place no sooner than Fall 2024. 

Options under consideration include consolidation of students and classes into two buildings and repurposing of a third. No final decisions will be made at this meeting, and there will be more opportunities for you to learn more and to weigh in on the options. This will be an important meeting and we hope you will join us. 

The meeting will be offered in English and Spanish. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit our website at: www.washoeschools.net/FMP

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Local Lens – Gratitude

March 29, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Today’s Lens is about gratitude for two of our anchor institutions, IVGID and Incline Village Community Hospital. It is easy to take both for granted because they are woven into the fabric of our community. They are part of the landscape; they add value and quality of life to Incline Village and Crystal Bay.

We did not always take local health care for granted. Thanks to some of our early residents, like Ivan Althouse, the Lakeside Hospital was established in 1981. Its existence was precarious until local community members led by Marianne Ingemanson, provided some emergency funding, and then aligned it with the Tahoe Forest Health District in Truckee in 1996. It is now owned by Tahoe Forest Health District. It includes emergency care and a clinic with primary care physicians and specialists that have weekly office hours. The IVCH Foundation raises funds to enhance its supply of medical equipment.

I don’t normally dispense medical advice, BUT having utilized our local hospital twice recently, I have a couple things to share. They both highlight the great care we get from the Tahoe Forest Health System.

First, mental confusion can indicate a urinary tract infection! When my husband Richard complained of feeling foggy and kept asking the same question, I reached out to Dr. Joy Koch. She referred us to ER and then called to tell them we were coming. Thorough testing indicated a UTI, even though he had no symptoms. The ER care was fantastic, from Nurse Joe Woodman to ER Doc Ben Kavinoky.

Second experience: Sore abs from an exercise class and questionable food intake confused the symptoms of  appendicitis that I was experiencing. More than one thing can be happening at a time! When that pain (think childbirth contractions) I was experiencing went away, I was tempted not to follow through with the doctor appointment. Thank goodness I went. Dr. Koch’s careful exam led to a CT scan, leading to an emergency appendectomy. I got fast test results that only a small hospital could provide and immediate response from the ER and surgical team at the larger hospital in Truckee. 

About those sore abs….Kristen Miller, fitness instructor at IVGID, can be a drill sergeant! I found muscles I never knew I had! The 30-day Fitness Challenge at the Rec Center encouraged me to go to new classes and have a daily fitness habit. Community health and wellness is at the core of what they do. From the myriad recreation facilities to the social opportunities, particularly involving fitness, IVGID is integral to the high quality of life in Incline Village. Be sure to let the staff and the board know how much you appreciate the “country club” life style in a public setting. 


We have two critical opportunities coming up to make our voices heard and to have a say in shaping the future of our community school with the Washoe County School District.  

Washoe County School District (WSCD) has called a meeting next Wednesday, April 5 at 5PM in the cafeteria at Incline High School to discuss a possible consolidation of the Incline Village schools, including an option for the consolidation of students and classes into two buildings and repurposing of a third. The forums will be held in both English and Spanish. 

Currently, WCSD is in the process of changing its policy on school closures, and the community has until April 4th at 5PM to provide public comment. Take a moment to review the new policy and provide feedback at the emails provided if you feel so inclined.

View the Washoe County School District updates here >

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CARE Chest Executive Director Named Nevada’s Woman of the Year by USA TODAY!

March 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Reno, NV – March 21, 2023 – CARE Chest is proud to celebrate its Executive Director, Anne McNulty, for being chosen as Nevada’s 2023 Woman of the Year (McAndrew, 2023). Part of USA TODAY’s ongoing Women of the Century project, the Women of the Year award recognizes women across the country who have made a significant impact in their community and abroad. McNulty was chosen to receive this award because of her work at CARE Chest, a Nevada nonprofit helping provide free Medical Resources to low-income Nevadans (at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Line). Her background as a social worker, mother, and proud Nevadan shine through each day to anyone she encounters. Her compassion, can-do attitude, and drive have helped CARE Chest grow into a statewide agency serving more than 18,000 Nevadans each year.

“My proudest moment as a professional was opening our offices in Las Vegas to serve the Southern half of the state. My proudest personal moment has been watching my children grow into amazing humans and adults.”

“My definition of courage is looking at a fear or an obstacle, an adversity straight on and developing a plan to address it and take it on. That is courageous whether it is something professionally or personally.”

Since assuming the role of Executive Director in 2019, Anne has pushed the agency to grow capacity and the agency’s ability to more efficiently and effectively provide medical resource programming in the State through rural and metro areas while shifting service models to increase access and improve each consumer’s experience. Thanks to those efforts, CARE Chest serves 37 communities monthly in addition to serving individuals at the Reno headquarters and Las Vegas distribution center.

Congratulations, Anne for receiving this honor!

About CARE Chest

CARE Chest is a Nevada 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving Nevadans in need by providing medical resources free of charge. With offices in Reno and Las Vegas, and outreach locations across the state, CARE Chest provides Medical equipment and supplies, monthly diabetic testing supplies, prescription assistance, supplemental medical nutrition, Independent Living services and low-interest CARE Loans to nearly 20,000 individuals annually. Since 1990, CARE Chest has provided over 500,000 unique services to individuals throughout Nevada. To find out more information about CARE Chest, visit CAREChest.org

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Scholarships For Women In Construction

March 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

The SkillPointe Foundation, chaired by Incline Village resident Laura Petrucci, and the Home Depot Foundation announced an investment of $200,000 in trade school scholarships for women, in celebration of Women in Construction Week (March 5-11). The Home Depot Foundation’s Path to Pro Scholarship for Women by SkillPointe Foundation will provide $4,000 in financial assistance to women entering or currently enrolled in construction trades programs.

There are nearly 400,000 unfilled construction roles nationwide, with The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics reporting only 11% women construction workers.

“The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than half of a million dollars in trade school scholarships to extend support beyond our training programs and help bridge the opportunity gap for more students seeking high-earning careers,” said Shannon Gerber, The Home Depot Foundation’s executive director. “We’re proud to have trained more than 39,000 trades professionals and awarded nearly 200 trade school scholarships to-date, and we’re thrilled to continue that momentum with an intentional focus on women.”

The SkillPointe Foundation will partner to administer the scholarships nationwide. “We are thrilled to share this opportunity with residents of the Lake Tahoe/Northern Nevada area, and honored to help increase the presence of women in the trades,”  said Laura Petrucci, Board Chair of The SkillPointe Foundation. “Through our partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, we have provided skills training scholarships for hundreds of aspiring construction industry workers from coast to coast.”

Recipients will be selected based on requirements including:

  • Candidate must be female
  • Candidate must be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalent
  • Candidate must intend to enroll or be currently enrolled in an accredited construction trade college or postsecondary program in the U.S.

To learn more and apply for The Home Depot Foundation’s Path to Pro Scholarship for Women by SkillPointe Foundation, please visit https://www.myscholarship.app/the-home-depot-foundations-path-to-pro-scholarship-for-women

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Know Before You Throw

March 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Press release from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

 The winter that keeps on giving is still alive and well! While we are hoping with the official arrival of Spring that we will see the sun more than snow, until then, “Know Before You Throw.” 

Taking advantage of breaks between storms is the best opportunity for snow clearing preparations. 

Quick Tip Reminders: 

• Look up! Snow accumulations can fall and harm/kill you, depending on their size. Clear roofs of excessive snow and ice buildup, being careful not to damage vents and electrical supplies to the building. Clearing the roof can be dangerous so residents are advised to leave this work to professionals (see OHSA Safety Advisory here). 

• Be aware that a roof may collapse with little or no warning. The following warning signs could indicate that you have a danger of roof collapse. You should immediately evacuate the building and notify your local building official, fire department, or contact a structural engineer to determine if the building is safe if you observe the following:  

  • severe or new roof leaks. 
  • cracked or split wood members. 
  • bends or ripples in metal supports. 
  • recent cracks in walls, gypboard or masonry. 
  • cracks in welds of steel construction. 
  • sprinkler heads pushed down below ceiling tiles. 
  • doors that pop open. 
  • doors or windows that are difficult to open. 
  • bowed utility pipes or conduits attached to the ceiling; or creaking, cracking, or popping sounds. 

• Look down! Keep all exits clear of snow, so that occupants can escape quickly if a fire, or other emergencies, should occur. Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in case the primary means of escape is blocked by fire. Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to gain access to your building. 

• Look all around! Keep all chimneys and vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the building. Some vents, such as pellet stove vents, may exit the building through a wall and are susceptible to being blocked by excessive snow buildup. 

We have seen a significant increase in gas leaks, Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms, and other hazard-related emergencies resulting from repeated storms and heavy snow. 

• Know where your gas meter shed is located and keep it clear. Buildup of snow around natural gas meters and piping, as well as falling ice and snow from rooftops, can create hazards for natural gas customers. Promptly clear snow or ice build-up around meters. Use a broom, not a shovel, whenever possible to avoid causing damage. Keep rooftop areas above natural gas meters and piping clear of ice, icicles and/or falling snow to prevent damage. 

• Make sure you have working CO alarms installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Test them monthly. If your utility vents are located on the side of your home, make sure to keep them clear as snow accumulation can cause carbon monoxide to back up into the house. 

Hopefully following these safety tips will help to alleviate potential winter weather related situations. 

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Pine Nuts: Maui’s Race to End the Arms Race – Part Two

March 27, 2023 | McAvoy Lane

We learn from declassified documents and an excellent article in The Week magazine, that back in 1961 a brave 25-year-old leader of an Air Force ordinance disposal team got an urgent call. Lt. Jack ReVelle was assigned the daunting task of finding and disarming two hydrogen bombs that fell from a B-52 bomber seconds before crashing in North Carolina.

Jack found, and personally diffused the primary corps of those hydrogen bombs, carrying each of them against his breast to safety. Had either one of those uranium and plutonium filled bombs detonated, well, North Carolina would not need area codes today because nobody would be living there, much less playing golf at Pinehurst. 

RIP Dr. Jack ReVelle, who, in 2020, died in his sleep from complications caused by exposure to radiation.

Accidents happen. Nuclear accidents have a military code name, “Broken Arrow.” How ironic, sad and senseless it would be, were the world to end from a broken arrow.

This is no longer thumb wrestling, friends. How do you spell “escalation” in 2023? D-O-O-M-S-D-A-Y! The fellow who has his finger on Russia’s nuclear arsenal has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. There is a warrant for his arrest, and the more losses he suffers in his Ukraine misadventure, the more likely he is to resort to nuclear weapons.

No, the thumb wrestling days between Gorbachev and Reagan are long over, this is serious business, with survival in the balance. When a Russian warplane sideswipes an American drone over the Black Sea, well, it is time for the rest of the world to unify, condemn this hazardous game of chicken, and demand that all parties, “Stand Down!” 

At this critical point in time we need all the world’s 195 countries to speak as one voice. Impossible? Not really…

In Maui’s Race to End the Arms Race, scheduled for July first, Maui high school students will don sashes to represent each nation of the world, run their 10k race, then make their case for an end to the arms race toward a war nobody can win. Each student will have one minute to make their case, and in one hour and a half we will have heard the words that will stop the doomsday clock and save this blue ball that we have all come to love.

I’ve been told by a few that this is merely a pipe dream, and it could never happen, but I maintain if you don’t have dreams, you can’t have dreams come true. Against the assault of 195 high school kids representing the entire world, appealing for a drawdown, well, nothing can stand. As Maui’s Bruno Mars might like to say, “Hot Damn…Don’t believe me, just watch!”

Listen to the Audio: https://anchor.fm/mcavoy-layne

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IVGID Board of Trustees Meeting Synopsis 3-22-23

March 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees Meeting Synopsis
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Time: 5:00pm

Meeting Location: The Board Room at the Administration Building, 893 Southwood Blvd. Incline Village, NV 89451

Meeting Agenda >

Watch Livestream recording of this meeting >

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In the News: Rosewood Tahoe celebrates grand opening in Incline Village

March 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Sierra Sun on 3/26/23. Written by Madison Schultz. Photo from Rosewood.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Within the 22 square miles that make up Incline Village, there is a variety of restaurants, ranging in casual bites and cocktails, to fine dining, full-course destinations. Riding the line between both relaxed and upscale, Rosewood Tahoe was born.

Founded by couple Alexa and Adam DeMezza alongside good friend and business partner Danny Baker, the group broke ground on the restaurant in spring 2022. A year later, and the three are excited that Rosewood Tahoe is officially open for the public to enjoy. 

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In the News: Koppinger hired as new Tahoe Forest Health physician

March 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Sierra Sun on 3/23/23. Submitted to the Sun. Photo submitted to the Sun.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Tahoe Forest Health System announced that Jayson Koppinger, MD, has joined their team at Incline Village Community Hospital.

Dr. Koppinger specializes in providing comprehensive eye and vision care. He is medically and surgically trained to diagnose and treat the full range of disorders affecting the eye and surrounding tissues.

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New Member Welcome – Alibi Ale Works

March 22, 2023 | Member Submitted

Alibi Ale Works is Incline’s local-grown brewery and public house! Alibi was founded in 2014 by two long-time locals, one of whom (Rich Romo) was raised in Incline Village. What started out as North Tahoe’s first production brewery has grown to include two additional brew pubs in Incline and Truckee offering great food, a wide range of community events, private event options, and good times for all. Alibi’s beer can be found throughout the greater Tahoe/Truckee/Reno region and they are as proud as ever to call Incline Village their home base. Cheers!

Alibi Ale Works >

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