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Joe Atack Named Executive Director of Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

February 13, 2024 | Member Submitted

Written by Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (LTSF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Atack as its new Executive Director. An accomplished theater professional, Atack’s 20+ years of regional theater experience and commitment to educational programming in the community made him an ideal candidate to deliver on the theater’s mission. Atack will assume his new role immediately – succeeding former Executive Director, Bob Taylor, as part of a planned retirement transition.

“We’re thrilled to elevate an extraordinarily talented and internationally experienced member of our team to the role of Executive Director at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival,” said Patty Jansen, Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors. “In addition to his robust resume, Joe’s longtime dedication to our company, deep connection to the community that we serve, and passionate commitment to creating exceptional arts experiences will propel the Festival to an exciting future.”

As Executive Director, Atack will join Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, in leading Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival – working closely with the Festival’s Board of Directors and staff to deliver high-quality theatrical productions and engaging educational experiences to the region.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the Board’s unanimous decision to appoint Joe as Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s next Executive Director. It makes all the sense in the world for our company,” said Charles Fee, LTSF’s Producing Artistic Director. “Joe is an extraordinary theater practitioner with a long history with our company…and extensive experience as a producer, educator, and creative artist. Building on our 14-year working relationship together, I look forward to collaborating with him in new and exciting ways to advance the Festival’s momentum of success.”

Atack’s deep knowledge of the Festival and background of experience positions him uniquely for success in his new Executive Director role. He has served LTSF for the past 17 years – most recently as Director of Education since 2011. Originally trained as an actor at the Arden School of Theatre, University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, Joe moved to the United States to join LTSF in 2007 where he helped create the Festival’s signature, in-school education program InterACT. In addition, Atack earned a Master of Science in Arts Administration degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and served as Producing Artistic Director of the Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company in Reno, NV since 2014.

“I am honored and excited to step into this new role with the Festival,” said Atack of his appointment. “I am proud to call Northern Nevada home and grateful to have worked with so many amazing educators and artists in the community. I am thrilled to work more closely with Charles Fee – leading our dedicated team of staff, artists, and volunteers to build on the Festival’s incredible legacy in the region and continue serving our audiences and community in meaningful ways.”

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In The News – Community asked to take anonymous survey to help in superintendent search

February 13, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune on 2/12/24, Written by Brenna O’Boyle

WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. – The Washoe County School District is asking for its community members to participate in an anonymous survey regarding the superintendent search. Incline Village is in Washoe County.

The survey is available until Friday, Feb. 23. It can be accessed at https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/14118 and then select Superintendent Search Survey.

This survey gives Washoe County residents an opportunity to communicate what qualities they would like the next superintendent of schools to have. Input from the community is an important part of the selection process, the press release stated.


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Powell:  It’s past time for an ‘adult conversation’

February 13, 2024 | Member Submitted

Written and submitted by David Vomund

In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said, “It’s probably time, or past time, to get back to an adult conversation among elected officials about getting the federal government back on a sustainable fiscal path.”  Let’s have that conversation:

For much of my career people have warned about the rising federal debt.  They said that our children and grandchildren will eventually have to pay the price.  It turns out those were the good old days.  The real debt crisis might be just five to ten years away.  

The U.S. national debt topped $34 trillion in early January.  But that number isn’t helpful.  We just know that $34 trillion is a lot … and debt is growing.

Today’s higher interest rates, which might stay higher for longer, increase the government’s borrowing costs.  Currently, the annualized interest expense on U.S. debt is just over $1 trillion.  But that will increase because bonds that yield next to nothing are maturing and they are being replaced with securities that pay 4 to 5 percent.  Here’s the really scary part:  About half of national debt will roll off in the next three years.  If interest rates remain at current levels then ten years from now the amount of tax individuals pay will only cover the interest payments on the debt.   

Debates over government spending pushed congress into chaos several times in 2023, but the threats of closing the government or defaulting on debt do more harm than good.  That’s because they don’t address entitlements, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, which equal half of government spending (add another 12 percent for defense spending).

Social Security is projected in ten years to receive in taxes 77 percent of what they will pay out in benefits.  Benefits will have to be cut by 23 percent.  Has Trump or Biden done anything about that?  Nope, and both have vowed to protect the payments.

What about taxes?  Trump says he won’t increase them and Biden says he won’t raise taxes on households making less than $400,000.  Translation:  tax receipts won’t increase by much.  

What about spending?  Both Trump and Biden raised spending (and so did Bush and Obama), which is why debt and deficits worsened during their terms.  The president that enters office in 2029 won’t be able to ignore this issue.

Fed Chair Powell is right that an ‘adult conversation’ is needed.  Unfortunately, that seldom happens in Washington.  

David Vomund is an Incline Village-based Independent Investment Advisor.  Information is found at www.VomundInvestments.com or by calling 775-832-8555.  Clients hold the positions mentioned in this article.  Past performance does not guarantee future results.  Consult your financial advisor before purchasing any security.

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Knitters Guild of Incline Village Donates to Children’s Cabinet – Red Scarves and Hats for Valentine’s Day Project

February 13, 2024 | Member Submitted

Submitted by Millie Szerman

INCLINE VILLAGE, NV. (February 10, 2024). . . Started by a small group of women who belonged to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed knitting and crocheting, the Knitters Guild of Incline Village gathered together to support a Red Scarves and Hats Project for Valentine’s Day. Headed by Guild member, Gisela duVigneau, the members of the Knitters Guild “created these beautiful hats and scarves, as part of a Goodie Bag that includes homemade heart-shaped cookies, affirmations, and letters of encouragement. These bags will be distributed to young men and women on Valentine’s Day.

“We hope to give them a boost of confidence to pursue their education.” Gilly Quinn, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator of the Children’s Cabinet of Reno (https://www.childrenscabinet.org/) is instrumental in distributing to the most deserving of our youth.

Gilly Quinn

The Red Scarf Project had been a part of Ms. duVigneau’s volunteer efforts when she lived on the East Coast, but moving to Incline Village offered her no such activity. While a member of the Knitters Guild in Incline Village, she decided to start a similar project here in Northern Nevada, and birthed Red Scarves for Valentine’s Day!

Members of The Knitters Guild, part of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church’s community outreach program, meets on an informal basis and visit with each other, sharing patterns and ideas. The group has evolved into one that finds pleasure in making warm clothing and blankets for families who need them in Incline Village and the North Tahoe area. Members live in Incline Village, Tahoe City, Truckee and as far out as Spanish Springs. The Knitters Guild meets every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the library of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Boulevard, Incline Village.

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Several hundred items are handmade and donated to numerous organizations each year, including Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, which receives layettes for newborns, and blankets for Long Term Care patients; hats, sweaters, scarves, mittens and other warm items are part of the Winter Warmth and Wellness event each October. The Gene Upshaw Cancer Center in Truckee is grateful for chemo caps, made of very soft yarn for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Eddy House in Reno also benefits from the hats and scarves created and donated by the members of the Knitters Guild. The Guild receives support from the community by donations of yarns, patterns and needles.

Over the years, and before the COVID pandemic, the Guild members were also part of the Incline Village After-School Program as they taught knitting and crocheting at the Incline Elementary School on Monday afternoons.

For further information, please contact Gisela duVigneau at giseladuv@gmail.com or call 732-604-9512. 

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Incline Village School Updates

February 13, 2024 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Incline Education Fund, Written by Mary Danahey

It’s going to probably be a little quiet around town next week as all Incline schools are on break for SKI WEEK!

In the meantime, make sure your calendars are marked for these exciting upcoming events:

Incline High School Highlander Home BBQ (aka: Crab Feed) March 16th at the Hyatt

Tickets can be bought here: Highlander Home BBQ Tickets     

21st Incline Star Follies

May 3rd & 4th at Incline High School’s Duffield Theater

Tickets on sale soon!

And here’s some current news from the schools:

Incline Elementary School

The new Art Program is up and running at IES!

IEF is funding a dedicated art teacher for all K5 students and their first project was a smashing success!

Students studied “natural disasters” in their English and Library classes. The fourth graders read about the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai of Great Wave Fame. Then they made their own block prints out of legos in the makerspace class and used them in the art class to create their own artistic representation of a wave. It was an amazing display of the cross-curricular learning happening at IES.  

Incline Middle School

IMS held their annual Spelling Bee last week.. Here are the winners: (first, second, third, respectively)

6th grade: Isabella, Mack, Ninel

7th grade: DJ, Maddie, Nick

8th grade: Aspen, Alva, Sky

The Incline Middle School Jazz Band attended the “Jazz in the Schools” event at UNR last weekend.

The students even got to have a private “clinic” with the entire UNR jazz faculty.  Stayed tuned for photos!

And speaking of the IMS jazz band….

The IMS students are evidently quite multi-dimensional.  They have banded together (sorry for the pun) to write a rap song! This is part of the Trash to Treasure project and the song will be used to accompany the public service announcement being put together by students in the IMS video production class.

Incline High School

We are looking for volunteers to help with Mock Interview Day at Incline High School this coming May.

If you are skilled at interviewing and/or coaching young adults on how to interview, please email Mary at Incline Education Fund. Dates TBD, but it will be in mid-May.  email: maryd@inclineeducationfund.org

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Stillwater Spa Announces Menu of Services for Valentine’s Day Week

February 12, 2024 | Member Submitted

Submitted by the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino PR

Incline Village (February 12, 2024) – The award-winning Stillwater Spa, located at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, announces a special treatment menu for Valentine’s Day week. The holiday menu features multiple couples’ and solo treatments complemented by the Harmony Experience biomat service. 

“Our beautiful alpine retreat is an ideal destination to relax and treat yourself this Valentine’s Day week,” said Julie Orblych, director of spa and wellness at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino. “We are excited to debut a special treatment menu for the holiday week that is designed to help both couples and solo visitors to enjoy complete tranquility.”

“The Valentine’s Day menu of services will be available between now and Friday, February 16. It will include the “I Love You | I Love Me” treatment which includes a 60-minute couples’ “Calm” massage designed to relieve stress through a combination of deep tissue and relaxing Swedish techniques. The massage is complemented by a 30-minute couples’ “Harmony Experience” in the spa’s Fireside Suite, which includes a combination therapy of a Biomat and Bioacoustic mat designed to reduce stiffness and promote deep relaxation.

The menu of Valentine’s Day services also includes a 60-minute couples’ “Glow” facial, which supercharges skin with Vitamin C and a professional peel, also complemented by a 30-minute “Harmony Experience” in the spa’s Fireside Suite. Each service includes a glass of champagne that can be shared together in celebration of the holiday.

In addition to the holiday specials, Stillwater Spa features a variety of treatments that fit the intention and unique wellness journey of each guest. Options include an Ayurveda-inspired “Balancing” massage featuring an herbal-infused oil, and the “Tahoe Adventure” which uses a mixture of deep tissue massage therapy, sports massage stretches, and a hot stone foot massage ideal for an active lifestyle. 

Focusing on overall wellness and connection with nature, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe provides a menu of immersive activities in addition to its signature spa services. The on-site Adventures program features complimentary guided excursions including hikes and snowshoe tours, archery classes, floating movement and meditation sessions in the resort’s heated pool, yoga, and more. For more information on the Adventure program, please visit Hyatt Lake Tahoe Wellness and Adventure Activities (uqr.to)

For more information or to book a wellness-focused getaway to Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, please visit Hyattregencylaketahoe.com, or call (775) 832-1234.

About Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

Ideally situated on the pristine shores of North Lake Tahoe, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, a AAA Four Diamond Award winning resort, offers majestic lake and mountain views from its 422 guestrooms, including 32 suites and 24 lakeside cottages. The resort’s design evokes modern alpine luxury with exposed wood beams, rich leathers, and granite features throughout the property. Premium amenities include 500 feet of private beach featuring a 275-foot floating pier, a year-round heated lagoon-style pool and two hot tubs, a 25,000 square foot Grand Lodge Casino, and 50,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor flexible meeting and event space including the picturesque Lakeside Ballroom, Tahoe’s premier lakeside ballroom just steps away from the beach. Additional amenities include a 20,000 square-foot Stillwater Spa and Salon with 16 treatment rooms, multiple restaurants and bars, pet-friendly accommodations, a fully-equipped Hyatt StayFit gym, and an on-site Adventure program which provides guided activities led by the resort’s team of adventure specialists. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino has received numerous awards and recognitions including Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, Smart Meetings Smart Stars Awards, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Awards, and more. 

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, at 111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV, 89451. For more information, visit HyattRegencyLakeTahoe.com or follow the resort on Facebook or Instagram

About Hyatt Regency hotels 

The Hyatt Regency brand is a global collection of hotels and resorts found in more than 200 locations in over 40 countries around the world. The depth and breadth of this diverse portfolio, from expansive resorts to urban city centers, is a testament to the brand’s evolutionary spirit. For more than 50 years, the Hyatt Regency brand has championed fresh perspectives and enriching experiences, while its forward-thinking philosophy provides guests with inviting spaces that bring people together and foster a spirit of community. As a hospitality original, Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts are founded on openness—our colleagues consistently serve with open minds and open hearts to deliver unforgettable celebrations, effortless relaxation and notable culinary experiences alongside expert meetings and technology-enabled collaboration. The brand prides itself on an everlasting reputation for insightful care—one that welcomes all people across all countries and cultures, generation after generation.
For more information, please visit hyatt.com

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In The News – Action in Tahoe: Valentine’s Day dates, dining out and in

February 11, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune on 2/08/24, Written by Ashleigh Goodwin

Romance isn’t dead, it’s alive and well in South Lake Tahoe. For locals and visitors, there’s no place like Tahoe to celebrate Valentine’s Day, create something together and tantalize your taste buds all in the same day. Get into some snow play all day, recharge with a facial and some yoga, followed up with seeing the shops, or find a new place to walk along the shore, then head to one of these resorts for the top of the line or grill at home with food divine from Overland Meat & Seafood Co.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe hosts Surf & Turf love feast

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa And Casino has a Valentine’s holiday menu that will feature a selection of thoughtfully crafted dishes. Experience the “World of Hyatt” nestled in Incline Village at 111 Country Club Dr. 

The waterfront resort dining experience, at Lone Eagle, has been crafted to include a choice of cherry wood smoked beef tartar or ahi tuna tartar, lobster and butternut squash bisque, a Valentines Surf & Turf, which includes an Angus beef filet and poached jumbo shrimp, and a raspberry rose petal cremeux for dessert.

For more information visit https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/nevada/hyatt-regency-lake-tahoe-resort-spa-and-casino/tvllt/dining


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In The News – Tahoe’s snowpack: ‘disappointing,’ but not a concern

February 10, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune on 2/09/24, Written by Katelyn Welsh

MT. ROSE, Nev. – Experts say it’s a disappointing start to the year for Tahoe’s snowpack, but not a concern given last year’s heavy winter. Plus, there’s still time for mother nature to boost the numbers. 

Thursday’s snowpack reading at Mount Rose’s SNOTEL site revealed a 67 inch deep snowpack. If you melted that snow, Hydrologist Jeff Anderson with the Natural Resources Conservation Service says it would produce about 16.3 inches of water. This is about 60% of a normal snowpack. About 9% of that accumulated since Feb. 1.


PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Anderson weighs the snow filled poll to calculate the water content of the snowpack at the Mount Rose SNOTEL site on Feb. 8.  CREDIT: Katelyn Welsh / Tahoe Daily Tribune

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In The News -Workforce housing in Tahoe still needs work

February 9, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in The Sierra Sun on 2/09/24, Written by Zoe Meyer

Housing remains a significant challenge for both workers and employers in the Tahoe Truckee region. 

The Mountain Housing Council reports that over 50% of surveyed employees lack sufficient income for living costs, and 90% of renters face difficulties securing housing. Concurrently, 79% of employers express concern that current housing conditions detract from the success of their business. 

In response to these challenges, MHC partners are collaborating on initiatives to improve housing affordability and accessibility. They work with nonprofits, governments, businesses, and community members to develop and implement solutions that benefit both employees and employers to tackle the workforce housing shortage. 


Photo Credit: TRPA

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Pine Nuts – The Alliance Ticket

February 7, 2024 | McAvoy Lane

What Would Mark Twain Say?

How nice might it be, were we able to earn voting power. Yes, one vote for everybody, two votes for high school grads, three votes for college grads. The Constitution says nothing against it. As it is, I drive a good friend to the polls and we split the ticket, he being a graduate of Harvard Law School. Under an Earned Voting Law, I would be inspired to go back to college and graduate to pull even with my pal and avoid getting clobbered at the voting booth.

Also, a third-party “Alliance Ticket” might be helpful. This party would be dedicated to getting things done through cooperation and compromise sans animosity or acrimony.

So what might Mark Twain have to say? 

“I don’t vote for politicians, it only encourages them. Well look at it, look how difficult it is today to find a politician with morals and ethics high enough, that he will stay bought.” 

Okay, so let us safeguard our enfranchisement. How ‘bout a simple competency test on governance to weed out those who don’t know the Constitution from the Lord’s Prayer. What keeps our republic afloat is good citizenship. We all need a moral compass to help us reject exclusionary and violent ideologies. Do I hear a second? Yes, Mr. Twain…

 “In political independence I have found a spiritual comfort and a peace of mind quite above price.” 

Agreed, a third-party Alliance Ticket will serve to inspire our body politic to become a more ethical and moral institution. We might need the help of an army of historians, educators and journalists to lift us out of our present predatory two-party malaise, for we live in a house divided, and we know what Abe Lincoln had to say about that…

Our mutual friend Mr. Twain has some words of caution that might be helpful in the organizing of an Alliance Ticket…

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” 

Also, there is this Twain caveat, “To create man was a quaint and original idea; but to add the sheep was tautology.”  

So whom might we dragoon to head-up this Alliance Ticket? I would do it myself, but I have this carbuncle that is just killing me. No, we shall leave the filling of these wide-open seats to you, the gentle reader. Meanwhile, let us accept our present system as an obligation to do what is just, and kind.

Finally, as is our custom, we shall leave the last word to Mark Twain…

“No country can be well governed unless its citizens keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more. This atrocious doctrine of allegiance to party plays directly into the hands of politicians of the baser sort, and doubtless it was borrowed, or stolen, from the monarchial system.” 

Audio: https://anchor.fm/mcavoy-layne

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