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In The News – Washoe County Sheriff’s Office picnic brings community members together for special day 

September 23, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on 09/22/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office held their community picnic at the Ridgeline fields at Incline Middle School Saturday, Sept. 16, with hundreds of people pouring in to show their support for local first responders and community. 

Captain of the Incline Village Substation, Blaine Beard, was extremely proud of the turnout, as well as all of the different ways the picnic allowed the community to interact with local agencies and organizations. 

“There’s several hundred people here and they’re continuing to pour in,” said Beard during the picnic. “So it just shows the kind of community we have. It shows the amazing support that we have for the Sheriff’s Office and all the other local entities and agencies as well.” 

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Photo Credit – Tahoe Daily Tribune – Miranda Jacobson

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In The News – Incline Wine + Food’s Autumn Tasting event to benefit Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe

September 16, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Triubne 9/15/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— The Incline Wine + Food’s Autumn Tasting event and silent auction will be happening at Aspen Grove in Incline Village, with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. 

The event will feature a fun and lively Autumn afternoon under the aspen trees tasting over 50 Napa Valley wines, ranging from Cabernet to Chardonnay, from Merlot to Pinot and Zinfandel, paired with gourmet bites prepared by The Chateau. 

The event will be happening from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at Aspen Grove in Incline Village. Tickets are $245 per person, and should be purchased early in advanced in order to make preparation for the event the best it can be. 

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In The News: Concept for Cal-Neva revealed with hopes to open by 2026

September 12, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 9/09/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev.— Conceptual designs for the revitalization of the historic Cal-Neva Resort were revealed at Bowl Incline Thursday, Sept. 7, with many excited to see the worn down property receive a new breath of life. 

The property was purchased by real estate investment, development and management firm, McWhinney, in April 2023. At the self-paced presentation of preliminary design and concept ideas, guests were able to hear from representatives about the plans for the site. 

“2026 will be the 100 year anniversary of the opening of the Cal-Neva,” said Cal-Neva representative Jason Newcomer. “So we are working really hard to try and open in 2026.” 

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In The News: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to host community picnic, preparing to move back to substation

September 8, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 9/07/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is thrilled to invite the community to their annual Incline Community Picnic from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Ridgeline Ball Fields at Incline Middle School. 

Community members are welcome to come enjoy free food at the picnic which will include hot dogs and hamburgers, while visiting with the WCSO and their special teams, including the mounted horse unit, the motors unit, the K9 unit, the RAVEN helicopter, the Marine 9 and crew members, the bomb squad, and more. 

In addition, valuable resources in the community will be available to speak with, including the Child ID services, the Incline Village General Improvement District, Tahoe Family Solutions, TART, Sustainable Tahoe, Pet Network and WARF, and many more. 

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In The News – Washoe County Commissioners raise STR fees, discuss work to be done for the program

September 6, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 8/31/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— The Washoe County Board of Commissioners voted to increase fees related to short-term rentals in the county after it was revealed that Washoe County tax payers are currently subsidizing the STR program. 

Standards and regulations were established for STRs in the county in 2021 after a two-plus year public interaction process. These standards address quality of life impacts, occupancy, safety, and other aspects of STRs that seemed to cause problems in local communities. 

The initial fees that were set were based on future projections and “guesstimates,” leading to the expectation that staff would need to reassess the fees after the program was established. Issues that were identified with the program currently include the program being understaffed, meaning it does not operate at maximum efficiency, leading to delays in processing and responses. Additionally, Planning and Building Division Director Kelly Mullen explained during her presentation that general taxpayer dollars have been heavily subsidizing the STR program. 

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In The News – Sierra Community House: Building a community for a better tomorrow in Lake Tahoe

August 29, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 8/29/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson & photo credit

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Lake Tahoe is known as a destination location to people all over the world, but for the people who live in the area year round, it’s considered to be home. Underneath the vacation haven that is the basin are thriving communities looking to support their residents. 

There are plenty of challenges that come with living in a mountain town, including high densities of empty second homes and short term rentals leaving long term residents struggling to find a place to live, along with the growing need for food and mental health resources. 

To combat these challenges in the basin, the non-profit agency Sierra Community House was created. 

“Sierra Community House was created in 2019,” said Executive Director Paul Bancroft. “It was a result of the merging of long standing social service organizations in the community.” 

Sierra Community House encompasses a wide variety of social services on the north shore and in the Truckee area, bringing together Project Mana which is focused on hunger relief, Tahoe Safe Alliance which is focused on domestic and sexual violence and child abuse, and the North Tahoe Family Resource Center and the Family Resource Center of Truckee. 

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In The News – Burnt Cedar trees poisoned, Incline Village staff look for answers

August 25, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in the Sierra Sun 8/25/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson & photo credit

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— Six trees have been poisoned at Burnt Cedar Beach in Incline Village, totaling the amount of poisoned trees to twelve at the private beach located along Lakeshore Blvd.

Incline Village General Improvement District Superintendent of Parks Steven Phillips explained that last year in July 2022, staff noticed the smell of diesel, and found out that six trees had been poisoned. 

“Those trees didn’t survive,” said Phillips. “This year, we were starting to do some rings around the trees, and we noticed the smell of diesel again. So what we ended up with was six large trees have been poisoned again.” 

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In The News – Incline Village evacuation drill and fair invites residents to learn more about emergency preparedness

August 18, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune 8/17/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson & photo credit

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— The Incline Village evacuation drill and preparedness fair invited both residents living in the Second Creek area of Incline Village, along with anyone interested in learning more about emergency preparedness, to the Incline Village Recreation Center on Wednesday, Aug. 16. 

The fair was bustling with residents visiting different booths of fair vendors, ranging from the American Read Cross and PulsePoint Foundation, to community partners of the drill like Washoe County Emergency Management, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. 

Washoe County Regional Animal County Services also had a booth, and offered free dog tags made possible with the funding of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, along with free microchipping for dogs. 

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In The News – 27th annual Lake Tahoe Summit examines climate crisis impact on the basin, path to restoration and preservation

August 16, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 08/11/2023, Written By Miranda Jacobson

KINGS BEACH, Calif.— The 27th annual Lake Tahoe Summit was held at the Kings Beach Recreation Area Wednesday, Aug. 9. The bi-partisan, bi-state coalition of local, state, federal, Tribal, and environmental leaders were able to gather to discuss the importance of sustainable solutions to combat climate crisis and local community issues in Lake Tahoe. 

This year’s summit, “Protecting Lake Tahoe Sustainability and Stewardship in the Face of the Climate Crisis,” was hosted by U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, who was joined by many of his colleagues including Speaker Emerita Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, and Senator Jackie Rosen, among many others. The summit was able to highlight the urgent need to extend the authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act through 2034 in order to keep allocating funds and approving projects that lead to the restoration and preservation of Lake Tahoe. 

It was noted by many speakers that as of late, Lake Tahoe has experienced incredible highs and lows in climate events, a lingering trace that the Basin has not been spared by climate change. 

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photo: Miranda Jacobson – Tahoe Daily Tribune

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In The News: Incline Village Board of Trustees work towards transparency amid recall petitions

July 23, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 07/21/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— The Incline Village Board of Trustees worked on communication with the public through creating a new Frequently Asked Questions page and the implementation of board-appointed committees at their meeting on Wednesday, July 12. 

The meeting centered mainly around a list of frequently asked questions brought to the board by Chairman Matthew Dent, to which he requested board feedback on dispelling rumors that have been circulating around the district. There were many rumors brought up by the board that are frequently mentioned during public comment, ranging from the explanation on the elimination of the recreation fee, to the rumored privatization of all IVGID facilities. Over ten questions were discussed by the board, each involving its own discussion on the best way to respond to public interest. 

Trustee Dave Noble was hesitant to get too deep into answering questions that addressed rumors among the district, especially as the questions of definitions began to arise. The board questioned what the true model for the district really is and if it has been changed, and questions of what the word ‘privatize’ truly means. 

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