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Local Lens – Workforce Transportation Roundtable

March 15, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

There is nothing like a record year for snowfall to highlight the problems of living or working in a remote rural community like Incline Village! We are learning more about snow loads on roofs that lead to leaks and potholes that lead to tire damage (including my car). Even the Sheriff’s Substation had to evacuate and relocate to the old library building on Alder. On the positive side, we can all share a story about how our neighborhood came together, and the persistence of the snow plow crews have kept us as accessible as possible for emergencies. Thanks to the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District for providing sandbags and to Washoe County for providing the sand.

One of those community wide issues that gets worse in a winter like this, is workforce transportation. Assuming they can afford the gas, how many workers can afford a reliable AWD vehicle with snow tires to drive up from Reno or Carson? A big thanks for all the workers who have suffered long commutes and hazardous driving to work in Incline Village and Crystal Bay!

This is why IVCBA convened a roundtable on Workforce Transportation last Thursday. Every single transportation agency managed to attend, despite storm warnings that afternoon. Major employers and business leaders attended as well. We started the conversation, with Commissioner Hill as moderator, of just what can be done, particularly with the help of regional transportation agencies. The first step is to utilize what’s already available.

Look to IVCBA to get the word out on van pools and “smart trip” carpools provided by the RTC in Reno. Better yet, go online to RTCWashoe.com. TRPA has a Commute Tahoe Program that we need to learn more about. Our local TART Connect, with funding from Travel North Tahoe Nevada and other agencies, illustrates that shared rides can work, particularly for local service workers. TART buses are often criticized for apparent lack of use, but officials point out this is mostly during off-hours and that service, even in Incline, they are well utilized for morning and evening commutes in North Tahoe.

Longer term solutions will take commitment… by agencies to fund commuter transportation from the gateway cities, by workers making some sacrifice in personal convenience to share rides, by businesses helping to fund employee transportation and by residents to get behind the concept of a bus hub. Yes, I know, I am definitely looking at this issue with my rose-colored glasses.


  • Rosewood Tahoe is the new restaurant in Raleys Center! It has a casual vibe with a hint of Italian influence, catering to a wide audience.
  • Tunnel Creek Cafe is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday, giving their chefs Chad and Evan a chance to shine.
  • Is there anyone who hasn’t been to Ts Rotisserie since they reopened? We are grateful for their commitment to supporting their staff while they were closed.
  • Happy Tiers will be shedding real tears of happiness when they are finally fully open for business, hopefully before Easter. They are hoping to get your pastry/cookies/cakes order for that weekend!

If you are not on FB or Next Door, maybe you haven’t heard that Grocery Outlet is definitely moving into the old Village Market space in Village Center. They are shooting for a November 2023 opening.

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Local Heroes 4th of July Weekend is Back!

March 1, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Time to mark your calendars! The Local Heroes 4th of July Weekend official dates are Sunday, July 2 – Tuesday, July 4, 2023. It all begins at the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District with a flag raising and the annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, July 2. The Local Heroes parade, organized by IVCBA and the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline, follows with the IVGID kids bike parade kicking it off on Southwood and ending on Incline Way at the Village Green. The Community Fair on the Village Green begins after the parade. The Beer and Brats event, sponsored by Incline Tahoe Foundation and Incline Spirits & Cigars, takes place at Aspen Grove next to the Community Fair.

Monday brings more celebration of our Vets with the Recognition Luncheon sponsored by Cornerstone Community Church and the Flag Retirement Ceremony on the Village Green. Tuesday is the 4th of July!  The annual IVCB Veterans Club Pancake Breakfast at Aspen Grove starts the day.  The drone Sky Show on the Ridgeline Ball Fields is the finale and promises to be bigger and better than last year. Travel North Tahoe Nevada is the lead organizer of the Sky Show and is looking for donations from the community. The activities of the USAF Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) from the 129th Rescue Wing are still being finalized.

Organizations, please start planning your entry in the Local Heroes Parade and Community Fair!

IVCBA.org will have all the latest information and how to participate. Volunteers will be needed! It is not too late to add events to the schedule, email info@ivcba.org for more information.

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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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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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Local Lens – Skiing, Heart Month, and Kindness!

February 15, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Who goes to Minnesota to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Richard and I do! We had our first date there 43 years ago, so it holds a special place in our hearts. In 1988, newly married, we hopped off the corporate merry go-round to start and raise a family in this wonderful mountain community, Incline Village. Many people wonder why we would have two homes in snowy climates, but we follow our hearts… Richard wants sunshine and I love snow. Tahoe offers us both. 

I thought everyone moved to Tahoe for the winter sports, not the 320 average days of blue skies and sun. I still cross-country ski…. thank you Dave Straley and Nevada Nordic for grooming those wonderful trails in the Mt. Rose Wilderness … and for making “senior accessible” steps to get over that huge berm on Highway 431 to access the trails.

The best aerobic thing I do for my heart is cross country ski. I swear once those endorphins kick in, I could ski forever.  OK, that IS a figure of speech; I last no more than an hour and a half. My time gliding and striding is particularly enjoyable with long time Tahoe friends, Mary Peterson and Cathie Spector, who joined me on Monday. Sadly, Mary and (Dr.) Dan Peterson are moving to Horace, North Dakota, just outside of Fargo and won’t be on the trails with us any longer. I understand!  After all, I go back to Minnesota as often as I can; there is something about that Midwest heartland, even with its windchill.

If you notice a heart theme to this blog, you are correct. February is National Heart Month! 

Tahoe Forest Health District is focused on helping our community understand the threat of heart disease and the importance of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. Free community workshops are scheduled in Truckee. In addition to great cardiologists, we now have Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab, a comprehensive lifestyle program for patients recovering from heart attacks and surgery.  

Did you know that the North Lake Tahoe Protection District was designated as the first Heart Safe Community in Nevada by Nevada Project Heartbeat? The NLTFPD is a certified American Heart Association Training Center. In addition to having all the bells and whistles, equipment and services, they provide CPR classes. Every year they train 7th graders at Incline Middle School in CPR. Last year, they added the phone app PulsePoint Respond, a real-time view into local dispatch, increasing awareness of emergent events and alerting CPR-trained citizens to cardiac arrest victims nearby. Everyone is encouraged to download the app. Read the article on heart safety, submitted by the NLTFPD, below in this issue of SnapShot for more details.

Have you heard of “hands-only” CPR? Apparently, it is an alternative to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. This technique sounds like something even I can master! Local residents Joe and Edie Farrell tell a compelling life-threatening story with a happy ending. After being saved by CPR, Joe has made it his mission in life to teach the hands only method to as many people as he can.  He is on board of the Pulsepoint Foundation.


IVGID Recreation Center is bringing back their popular fitness challenge for the month of March. It may even encourage me to try a spin class!


I recently heard the following at a Rotary meeting (Rotary is a service club dedicated to community service): “… the best cure for your own sadness is to help someone else.” I truly believe that being kind to others is uplifting and good for the soul. Please share human kindness stories with me and I will share them with our community in this blog – it takes a Village, and I know ours has heart! You can send your human kindness stories to linda@ivcba.org.

We have two Rotary Clubs in IV/CB. Get involved:

Rotary Club of Tahoe Incline (aka Thursday morning) 

Rotary Club of Incline Village (aka Monday lunch)

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Local Lens – What’s Going on in the Community

February 8, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Winter is my favorite season! I love to cross country ski, but there is so much snow, I can’t quite make it up to the Nevada Nordic groomed trails by Chickadee Ridge up in the meadows.  What a great service they do for our community!


TODAY: IVCBA, the Community and Business Association (that produces this newsletter!) has its 1st Annual Members (only) Meeting at the Chateau at 4:30. Memberships range from $50 for a Community Supporter and $150- $1,000 for Business memberships. If you like the SnapShot newsletter, why not join? The more subscribers and members we have, the more information we can get out into the community. Join IVCBA here >

Our mission is to build cohesiveness for the sustainability of Incline Village and Crystal Bay. We do this through our community website, news, calendar, events, and promoting our businesses, nonprofits, and agencies. The Incline Village Main Street program helps address revitalization and redevelopment issues. New this year: we are forming committees to engage more people in positive work in the community. Our vision is a thriving community. We hope you share that vision!

If you are already an IVCBA Business Member, please ask your employees to subscribe to our newsletter for free here >

The Washoe Tahoe Housing Partnership met on Monday. They hope to present their roadmap for workforce housing solutions soon. I know, I keep saying that. Working with multiple agencies is slow-moving work, but necessary for those policy changes that can encourage these efforts. In the meantime, IVCBA plans to look harder at workforce transportation options, such as the van pools offered by the Regional Transit Center and currently utilized by the Hyatt.

Remember when your mother told you to finish your dinner because of the starving children in China? Turns out she was right: there is huge food waste in the entire world. The Tahoe Center for Environmental Science on the campus of UNR@ Lake Tahoe has a speaker Thursday night. You can get the details and register for free here >

At the top of my list for weekend activity is going to the TOCCATA concert on Saturday at the Cornerstone Church. Their concerts are always great, but never more so than when Elizabeth Pitcairn is performing with her famous Stradivarius “red violin”. Purchase your tickets here >

I want to finish this column with a heartwarming story. As you may have seen in the Health District announcement, Happy Tiers in the Christmas Tree Village has not been able to serve food because of some regulatory issues. It’s complicated. But John and Debbie Sullivan, Sunshine Deli owners, offered to share their commercial kitchen with Andrea and Jason Jurss until Happy Tiers can be fully operational again. In the meantime, Happy Tiers is still a great spot for coffee lovers. Sunshine Deli is a great breakfast and lunch spot. (My favorite are the savory crepes.) Their coffee is FREE, much to the consternation of my husband Richard who thinks they should charge. Richard runs the “Philosopher’s Club” at Sunshine Deli on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for all you curmudgeons out there!

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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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Submit YOUR Community News!

January 16, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Have some interesting Community News to share?

Any information that appeals to our Incline Village / Crystal Bay community can be considered Community News! Examples: updates from your organization, a cool community story, highlighting one of your exemplary employees, an article about your upcoming event, etc.

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Local Lens – The New IVCBA Website is Finally Here!

January 11, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

A THRIVING COMMUNITY is IVCBA’s vision. Although we may not all agree on the details, we can all agree that it’s a good idea. For instance, everyone wants the infrastructure to work, roads plowed and maintained, garbage picked up, electricity and internet that’s reliable 24/7. Full-time residents and part-time residents (aka our visitors) want a local business economy that meets their needs. Homeowners want their property values to rise. Employees want stable housing. Employers want a dependable workforce. Merchants want consistent business that makes their business profitable. Everyone wants work-life balance!  Hence, IVCBA’s tagline is Building Community Where You LIVE.WORK.PLAY.

The impetus for re-forming IVCBA two years ago were the threats to a thriving community magnified by COVID. We no longer had an active Chamber of Commerce or a local newspaper to promote businesses and nonprofits. We often felt that our views were not effectively heard in some of the government and regional agencies. Although we may fervently disagree on what we want, many of us argue vehemently on our right to some autonomy. Throughout 2023, IVCBA and the Local Lens will feature some of the “building blocks” that comprise the foundation of Incline Village Crystal Bay. For the next couple weeks, I want to bring to your attention to the ways that IVCBA is tackling this vision of a thriving community.


The community website IVCBA.org has new features! I want to give a big shout out to Julie Malkin-Manning who masterminded the remake of IVCBA.org last year. It is truly the go-to website for everything related to Incline Village and Crystal Bay. Whether you are a full-time or a part time local, this is your best source of what’s going on in the Village. 

  • COMMUNITY NEWS BLOG, as submitted by community members and aggregated from agencies, local organizations, and regional news sources. It is a carefully curated list of all of the local news to town, it even includes any local pieces from the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Sierra Sun, and Reno Gazette Journal. You can submit news or features about what’s going on in our community here.
  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR is your best source of local events, all in one place! Please help us out by sending us your events.
  • THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT NEWSLETTER is our weekly aggregation of what’s going on, sent directly to your inbox. Great news, if you’re reading this now you’re already a subscriber! Pass this along to your friends so they can subscribe for free.  Or better yet, join IVCBA as a Community Supporter for $50.
  • THE LOCAL LENS is mostly me, Linda Offerdahl, Executive Director of IVCBA. My tagline is “My glasses are always rose-colored.” I use this blog to give my personal take on events and issues and highlight what’s going on. 
  • IVCBA MEMBER DIRECTORY is also newly redone on IVCBA.org. You can use this to find a local nonprofit, place to eat, and more! The directory now links directly to their websites. With close to 250 members listed, that’s a good start to a comprehensive community directory!
  • LIVE.WORK. PLAY. our seasonal magazine, is arguably the most popular piece we publish. Thanks to Kathy Hess Slocum, our Publisher, it is the only magazine strictly dedicated to Incline Village and Crystal Bay residents, businesses, and community events. Look for the next one at the end of March. You can read our past publications here.
  • @IVCBA SOCIAL MEDIA is a newly revamped way for you to get all of your local news and events. Follow us on Instagram and on Facebook to stay up to date on the happenings in town.

IVCBA also holds meetings. Stay tuned for next week’s Local Lens to hear more.

MY NEW BEST FRIEND is Cody, snowplow driver for Lariat Circle. We were both working at 5am this morning, only he was outside clearing Lariat Circle and I was inside on my computer. Thank you Cody. And the word on the Circle, is that the rotary plow accessory that he uses to make those nice sharp walls of snow, is broken. Parts coming from Canada.

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Local Lens – New Years Resolutions

January 4, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl


I know I’m not the only one resolving to lose weight and get more physically fit in 2023. How did breaking my wrist in 2021 result in my lack of focus on exercise for the last two years! Maybe you can relate; it doesn’t take much to sit or eat too much, get too busy, or just lazy. What’s motivating me now (besides New Year’s resolutions), is my annual physical with Dr. Koch!  I am grateful for the IVGID Rec Center and the wonderful friends that keep me coming back to classes. I’ve had 3 days in a row where the rings on my Apple Watch were happy. Wish me luck!

Winter is my favorite season. I’m loving the snow, cross country skiing and just tromping around Lariat Circle and our Joyous Journey Art Park with its colorful sculptures.  The subject of clearing the Incline sidewalks came up at the Washoe County Citizens Advisory Board last night. A shortage of county staff is part of the problem. Staff dedicated to sidewalk clearance is something Commissioner Hill is trying to get in the budget for next year. In the meantime, give pedestrians a little extra room. 

Those of you looking for more community involvement, I recommend that you attend the Citizen Advisory Board meetings held on the first Monday of the month, either on Zoom or at the Incline Library Community Room. Each meeting features a speaker talking about a relevant issue. One of last meeting’s speakers was Jacob Stock from the TRPA speaking about the process to amend the Washoe Tahoe Area Plan. Yes, there really is a plan and it is an agreement between Washoe County and TRPA, the Tahoe Regional Planning Authority. The issue at hand is whether the plan should be amended to allow condominiums to be developed within the definition of Incline’s town center. It has come up because of a proposed luxury condominium development at the corner of Tahoe Blvd and Southwood, a long-term vacant lot that used to have a restaurant and a gas station. One could ask why no one has stepped in with a new business or with a proposed apartment building before now. The reality is that it is not economically feasible to build workforce housing.

What has many people up in arms, is that there IS a strong need for workforce housing in Incline Village. This is a chronic problem, not a new one. It needs strong leadership and direction from Washoe County and TRPA. Commissioner Hill is addressing workforce housing through a grant with Tahoe Prosperity Center. The Washoe Tahoe Housing Partnership Roadmap should be forthcoming this spring and give direction to Washoe County and TRPA on how to address this very troubling issue. 

IVCBA is starting its third year of operation. Our vision is a thriving community that supports, and is supported by, its agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and residents. We have close to 300 members and have made a big impact with communications such as the SnapShot newsletter and the Live.Work.Play. magazine. We have also become known for organizing community-wide events, such as Northern Lights and the Local Heroes 4th of July Celebration. 2023 will find us working on redevelopment and revitalization issues through the Incline Main Street program. If you agree with our vision of a thriving community, please join, either as a community supporter or a business. Join IVCBA here.

ONE MORE THING: Get some culture this weekend and attend the TOCCATA concert at St. Patrick’s on Saturday at 3pm!

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