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Golf Course Sustainability Keeping it green

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Trees and Trails An Earth Day tribute

22 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle What you can do 24

California Building Code Know the new regulations

Departments

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What’s in the Box? CSA box menu ideas

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Let’s Get Together April events and dining

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45 Day Notice Fire ban rule

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Eat + Drink = Happy Spring celebrations

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Telephone Landlines For emergency preparedness

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Photo Recap Spring events

President’s Message Tahoe Donner happenings

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Monthly Calendar April events

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General Manager’s Message Keeping up with member trends

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Architectural Standards Office Solar panels: ASO rules

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Where in the World is TD News? TD News travels the world

Election Procedures Two open directors’ positions

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VOL. 15, No. 4

Welcome

APRIL 2014

EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Alyson Stetz Brinn Talbot Gretchen Sproehnle Jenny Kendrick

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Tom Johns, btjtd@aol.com

Vice President

Jim Stang, jcstang@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer

Steve Miller, stephen.m.miller@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Secretary

Dick Gander, rwgander@yahoo.com

Director

Courtney Murrell, 2courtneymurrell@gmail.com

Board of Directors

board@tahoedonner.com

Postmaster Send address changes to Tahoe Donner News, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161 530-587-9400, Fax 530-587-9419

Email

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Publishing Information Tahoe Donner Association holds the exclusive service mark right to “Tahoe Donner.” Any unauthorized use of such will be regarded as an infringement of that service mark right and is prohibited. The inclusion of advertising in this publication does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Tahoe Donner Association or its board of directors of the products, services, or views contained therein. Tahoe Donner News (ISSN 1550-6061) is the official monthly publication of Tahoe Donner Association, which is located at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161. Each membership parcel receives one subscription to a domestic address. Additional subscriptions are available at the cost of $25 each. Cost to produce and distribute this publication is offset by advertising revenues. Periodicals Postage Paid at Truckee, CA, and additional mailing offices. Member letters to Tahoe Donner are published in the Members section of tahoedonner.com, where publishing guidelines are available.

President’s Message The lack of snow this past season was challenging, but your Tahoe Donner employees did an excellent job of strategically maneuvering snow coverage, at both the Downhill Ski Area and the Cross Country Ski Center, in order to stay open as long as possible for our members and guests. As with any service organization, the attitude and commitment brought to the task by staff makes all the difference. Hats off to the Tahoe Donner team! With spring here, thoughts naturally turn to all the great events and activities. To follow are a few notables. Recreation Programs Day Camp and Aquatic Registration opened in March this year to allow members to plan early for their summer vacations. Swim lessons, day camps and other recreation programs coordinated through Trout Creek Recreation Center are extremely popular and frequently sell out. Check with Member Services to see if you can secure a spot for your child. One of the Day Camp activities is panning for gold in Trout Creek, and I can guarantee that your camper will find some gold nuggets. Kayak Lottery All you kayak fans take note: starting April 1, Tahoe Donner will accept applications for the lottery for kayak storage at Tahoe Donner Beach Club Marina. This year spot assignments will be determined by the order in which the member’s name is pulled from the lottery. See more information on page 13. Easter Brunch The Lodge Restaurant & Pub will host a wonderful all-you-can-eat Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. The Easter bunny will host the Annual Easter Eggstravaganza hunt for the kids with carnival games, spoon races, crafts and face painting and plenty of eggs to go around. Why drive to all the way to Sunnyside or Gar Woods, when Chef Lew serves up the best food in the area right here?

The Lodge Cinco de Mayo Party On May 5, a special Mexican-inspired menu will be offered at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy Happy Hour all night in the entire restaurant along with special $5 margaritas and $3 Coronas. Mother’s Day Weekend On May 9 and 10, The Lodge’s own Chef Lew will be serving up an extra-special menu in honor of Mother’s Day. You can treat mom to a nice dinner while the kids are entertained with a bounce house and crafts from 4-7 p.m both nights. For more specifics about any of these activities, be sure to check out our website or the Summer Fun Guide, which will be distributed to all members very soon. Tahoe Donner continues to move forward with projects to improve our facilities and accommodate current and future association growth. A common goal with all projects is to maintain our amenities and facilities to our current high quality standards with an eye to the future. One such special project is the proposed new Cross Country Ski Center. The final submission of the architectural and site plans to replace the current facility is now scheduled for review by the Town of Truckee Planning Commission on April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Truckee Town Hall. If possible, I urge property owners to attend the hearing to show support for the new facility or you can share your comments of project support with Town Council and Planning Commissioners by emailing supportTDXC@tahoedonner.com. (Please note: emails sent to this address will also be sent to all the Town of Truckee Planning Commissioners, town council members, town staff, and Tahoe Donner staff.) Put on some sunscreen, update your Rec Fee and amenity access cards, get your golf pass, sign up for a recreation program, re-string your racket, check out your hiking boots and get ready for a great spring and summer of fun!

TOM JOHNS | Board President


April

For ADDITIONAL APRIL EVENTS and information SEE let’s get together on pAGE 12. FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Kids Night Out Kids ages 4 – 9 are invited to an evening of games, dinner, arts and crafts, and our Friday night movie. See page 13.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20 Tahoe Donner SNOWPLAY 1997 IMAGE by LONG PHOTOGRAPHY

Easter Brunch Lodge Restaurant & Pub will host a delicious all-you-can-eat Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. See page 16.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20

ALL EVENTS ARE DEPENDENT ON CONDITIONS. PLEASE CHECK TAHOEDONNER.COM or call 530-587-9400 for updates.

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THROUGH APRIL 20

Easter Eggstravaganza

Burger and a Beer Month

April is $10 Pizza Month

The Easter Bunny will host an Eggstravaganza hunt for the kids with plenty of eggs, games, and face painting to go around. See page 13.

Enjoy a burger and a beer for $12.25 anywhere, anytime in the restaurant for the entire month of April. See page 16.

Every day for the entire month of April, enjoy $10 pizza! Please note: we will be closed April 21 -May 21. See page 16. tahoedonner.com |

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FROM THE GENERAL MANager’s Desk

Since the inception of Tahoe Donner in the late 1960s, the association has slowly developed in phases from units 1 through 11, now amounting to 6,471 assessed properties. Of course, there have been continuous utility, road, and amenity infrastructure improvements over the last 43 years, not to mention constant neighborhood home construction, particularly during the 1990s. Of the total private lots within Tahoe Donner, there are 747 single family home lots still undeveloped, along with 13 multi-zoned (townhome/condo) property lots zoned for 70 units yet to be developed. At present, we have just over 25,000 member identification cards issued to your fellow members. This represents an average of almost four membership cards issued per property. Of course, each property is eligible to have four membership cards per property, along with two guest cards, and also has the ability to purchase up to four additional cards per property for larger families. These numbers suggest that our membership base has tremendous potential to grow even more–if not eventually double–particularly as we continue to see undeveloped lots being built upon and utilized on a full-time or part-time basis.

Accommodating and Serving our Membership Given the ownership dynamics between part-time and full-time residents, we will continue to improve our amenity capacity, services, and ability to serve and accommodate not just our 6,000 full-time resident members, but the 19,000 part-time resident members whose utilization is typically centered around weekends, the summer season, and peak holiday periods. To this end, and in accordance with our 2030 General Plan, Tahoe Donner is in the process of seeking approval for a new Cross Country and Equestrian facility. On April 15, 2014, the local Truckee planning commission is again scheduled to hear our proposed plans to replace the existing Cross Country Ski Center. This plan was scheduled to be reviewed on March 4, 2014, but at that meeting we learned the review process was postponed due to last-minute regulatory comments received outside the 30-day comment period. However, the planning commission did review over 100 written positive and supportive comments for the project by members of the community, along with dozens of individuals who endorsed the project at the public comment portion of the March 4 hearing. We are addressing the last-minute regulatory comments submitted just hours before the hearing; this delay will cost the association over $50,000 in additional consultant and legal fees, which is less than desirable on a project application that was submitted for review in August 2013. It’s important to note that our project complies with and goes beyond the requirements of all applicable local, regional, state and federal laws to ensure required environmental and resource protection. We are optimistic the renewed focus of the Town Council on economic development will weigh positively on our project application.

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The current 2014 Truckee Town Council mission statement: Protect and enhance Truckee’s quality of life by ensuring that growth and our capital investments enhance our environment, social and cultural character and ensure long-term economic viability.

Trends in Ownership In past months, I’ve written about the changing dynamic of the community over the last several years, with a surge in property transfers and sales, and an average ownership age decreasing along with parttime ownership interest increasing. As a recreational service provider, keeping track of these trends is important as we consider new amenity service offerings in balance with financial performance, and focused capital infrastructure investments in line with amenity utilization growth to benefit the membership. There is a clear overall trend among the existing owners and members of increased amenity utilization each year, as members are unmistakably voting with their feet by showing up in greater numbers, and voting with their pocket book by purchasing more goods and services in our user-based amenity model. This overall membership utilization growth and the continued membership growth potential as the remaining undeveloped lots are built upon, along with a growing trend of multi-generational family use of homes in the community, continue to direct our planning with an eye on future membership capacity. Annually, we see almost half a million visits to our amenities between the three categories we track–member, guest, and public, with excess public amenity capacity sold amounting to approximately 15 percent of overall visits. Of course, the public utilization is only at public amenities–as originally designed by the association since 1971–and even then, the vast majority of that overall 15 percent utilization is at our Downhill and Cross Country amenities, generating a significant positive revenue contribution to the association. Overall, there are many advantages to living in a property/homeowner association. There are the amenities, which provide a wide


variety of activities and facilities which would not normally be affordable by individual ownership situations. Community associations also retain and improve the standard of living and property values within a community. Tahoe Donner provides a great deal of local control for issues facing our particular subdivision. The owners elect our board of directors who in turn develop specific rules and restrictions for our community; the board also establishes long-term capital investment priorities in order to continue to improve and maintain our common facilities and property. As a reminder, our annual election for our board of directors is coming up and we will have two vacancies to fill. If you would like to contribute, or know someone who might be interested, applications are now available. Inquire at Member Services or call Bonnie Watkins at 530-587-9431. Ballots will be mailed in mid-May. Don’t forget to vote!

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Amenities Alder Creek Campground 587-9462

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Beach Club Marina

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Bikeworks 582-9694 bikeworks@tahoedonner.com Cross Country Ski Center 587-9484

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Equestrian Center

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Recreation Info Hut

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Tennis Center

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General Plan Committee Co-Chair, Michael Fajans mhfajans@gmail.com General Plan Committee Co-Chair, John Stubbs stujod@sfsu.edu

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Friends of TD Trails, B.R. Levine

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Rowing Club, Dot Mace

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Senior Alpine Ski, Jim Pyle

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Tennis, John McGregor

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9-Holers, Barb McCabe

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Men’s Golf, Bob Moore

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Women’s Golf, Fran Macomber

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Hiking Club, Robin Reese

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Quilt Club, Linda Brush

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Tahoe Donner Association 2014 Board of Director Election Procedures February 22 | The board approves the 2014 election procedures,

appoints the Inspector of Election, authorizes the engagement of an accountancy firm (subject to ratification by Inspector of Election) for ballot counting services, and establishes May 1, 2014 as the record date for this election.

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March | Along with their March statement of account, owners with outstanding amounts due to the association are sent notice of the pending suspension of their membership rights, to include voting rights, by board action on April 26, 2014, to become effective as of May 1, unless full payment is received by May 1. Owners are also advised of their right to a hearing before the board regarding the suspension. Such request must be received by April 25, 2014, and the hearing would be held on April 26, 2014. April 1 | Candidacy applications will be made available in the Member

Services office at Northwoods Clubhouse. April 26 | The board of directors approves the pending suspension of membership rights for failure to pay outstanding amounts due the association (assessments, fines, etc.) or for failure to comply with a duly issued corrective-action requirement. (Member hearings, if any, will be conducted at this time.) May 1 | Deadline for submittal of application for candidacy, proof of

ownership (copy of recorded deed), and conflict of interest statement. Close of applications is 4 p.m. May 1 | Elections Committee and staff meet to verify the eligibility of those candidates whose applications were received in a timely manner, and candidates are advised as to their qualifications to run.

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Candidates are invited to submit a candidate’s statement (not to exceed two 8.5- by 11-inch pages), which will be mailed, as submitted, to the membership along with the election ballot. Candidates’ statements shall only be reviewed for compliance with the size limitation—no review of content shall be performed, and the association shall not be


liable for their content. If any statement received fails to comply with the size limitation, the author is advised that such statements will not be accepted. May 8 | Candidates’ statements must be received at the Member Services office no later than 4 p.m. No electronically transmitted (facsimile, e-mail, etc.) statements will be accepted, except for those transmitted via e-mail in pdf format to electionscommittee@tahoedonner.com. May 24 | As provided by Article VII, Section 5 (d) of the Amendments to the Restated Bylaws, if two, but no more than two, eligible candidates have submitted their timely applications for the two available seats, the board of directors declares those candidates elected and the director election concluded. June 7 | Candidates’ Night at Northwoods Clubhouse, 7 to 9 p.m. (Note: Only candidates who have formally filed and been certified are eligible to appear on the dais or otherwise act as a candidate at this forum.) June 20 | At 9 a.m., board convenes an open board meeting for the accountancy firm to commence tabulation of ballots. Personally delivered ballots shall be accepted and replacement ballots shall be available during this meeting until its adjournment at 5 p.m. An ID card is required to submit a ballot in person. June 20 | Deadline for receipt of director election ballots mailed or personally delivered directly to the accountancy firm is 5 p.m. June 22 | The annual membership meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Personally delivered ballots are accepted at the annual membership meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at which time voting in the director election shall conclude. Replacement ballots shall be available until the conclusion of voting. An ID card is required to submit ballot in person.

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, the results of the election will

be announced unless less than 25 percent of the eligible voters of the association (quorum requirement) have submitted valid ballots. In such case, the failure to achieve a quorum will be announced (but not the vote tally), and the meeting, along with the culmination of the election, will be adjourned to the following morning. June 23 | As a result of a failure to achieve the 25 percent quorum requirement, the annual membership meeting is reconvened at 10 a.m. at Northwoods Clubhouse for the purpose of concluding the annual election of directors in accordance with a reduced 15 percent quorum requirement.

The election results are announced and posted at Northwoods Clubhouse, and published in Tahoe Donner News, following certification by the Inspector of Election.

2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE APRIL 1, 2014 Applications for candidacy for the two open directors’ positions to be filled in the 2014 election are available in the Member Services office in the Northwoods Clubhouse. Applications may also be mailed to you upon request; call 530-587-9431. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on May 1, 2014, to the elections committee lockbox in the Member Services office. If you have leadership and/or other skills and experience that would well serve the association, strongly consider running for one of the open positions. Qualifications for and responsibilities of directors are posted on the association’s web site at tahoedonner.com/board/elections. Election procedures are provided in the accompanying article. If you would like additional information, feel free to contact the Elections Committee at electionscommittee@tahoedonner.com. Current members of the board would also welcome your questions; see tahoedonner.com/board.

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Win Golf, Ski Passes, Dining Certificates, or Concert Tickets! Currently, a large percentage of our membership information is not up to date. To encourage members to update their member profiles, we’ve decided to make it interesting. Log on to tahoedonner.com/update-your-profile/ and complete the form. You may also stop by the Member Services office, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call 530-587-9400 to update your information. Once we have received completed membership information for all active members of your property, your name will be entered in our information update contest. Only one entry per property will be considered. Submit your updates by April 30 for a chance to win one of these exciting prizes: • An afternoon round of golf for four (midweek/non-holiday)

update to win!

• A 2014-2015 combo ski pass • 2 Tickets to our Summer Concert on the Green featuring Super Diamond • A $100 Gift Certificate for The Lodge Restaurant & Pub • A $50 Gift Certificate for Pizza on the Hill

We are asking for this basic demographic information so we can not only be more informed about our members in order to provide a higher level of customer service, but also to have your current information in case of an emergency. Please note, each profile for your membership must have completed information to be entered into the raffle. Drawings will be held every other week; we have already awarded several prizes! You do not have to be present to win. All updates received February 1 and after have automatically been entered to win. Please be assured that Tahoe Donner Association records, and any information from members, will not be used, sold, or shared with any outside organization or used for any other purpose not reasonably related to a member’s interest as a member. Privacy is a number one priority for Tahoe Donner Association. So log on, stop by, or call us with your updates. We thank you for your time and good luck to all!

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After a mild winter…. We are looking forward to the best golf season ever!

Season Pass and Multi-play Packs on sale now! For the best rates, purchase by April 30! Tahoe Donner residents (and guests) receive discounted play compared to the public—a great opportunity to enjoy your community Championship course! Green fees are discounted early season and vary by time of play. Visit us online or call for more information.


If now is a good time for you, NOW is a great time to sell. Values haven’t been this good in Tahoe Donner for years and we are getting a lot of calls about pricing. So, we’ve made it simple; just email us your property address and we will send you the most current sales data available and give you our professional opinion of value. It’s that easy. Should you decide to sell you can contact us at your convenience.

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What’s in the Box? For those participating in Mountain Bounty Farm’s CSA (community supported agriculture) box program, it’s a treat to receive a box brimming with fresh vegetables each week. However, whether you are a CSA newbie or a seasoned veteran, at times it can be daunting to plan meals around the week’s harvest, especially if some of those veggies are new to you. Need some inspiration? We took the contents of a typical April CSA box from Mountain Bounty Farm (see box, above right) and passed the list of ingredients on to our own Chef Lew Orlady at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, as well as Justin Brendecke, Pizza on the Hill’s new kitchen supervisor, and Johannes Greisshammer, the cook at Alder Creek Café at the Cross Country Ski Center, with one simple question. “What would you make with this box?” The answers range from simple to complex, but all sound delicious. Even if you don’t currently receive the box of veggies each week, these ingredients are now in season and are plentiful (and often on sale!) at the market. Bonus: we even convinced Chef Lew to share one of his recipes. Chef Lew Orlady, Executive Chef at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub: • Start with turkey, kale and barley soup (see recipe) • Arugula, shaved fennel and spring red onion salad with green garlic vinaigrette • Pan roasted Colorado lamb sirloin with crispy saffron risotto cake and ragout of fava beans, English peas, snap peas and green garlic pesto (this dish is on The Lodge’s shoulder season menu) • Pecan Carrot Cake Justin Brendecke, Kitchen Manager at Pizza on the Hill: Because this is fresh local produce, my instinct is to be careful not to over-season or over-complicate the recipes. My philosophy is to allow the flavors of the produce to be the star! Here are recipes that come to my mind:

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Cooking from a CSA Box

Sample April Bounty: 1 bunch carrots
 1 bunch asparagus
 1 bunch green garlic
 1/2 lb baby red romaine or Batavian Crisp 1 bunch curly kale
 1/2 lb fennel (or collard greens)
 1 bunch red spring onion
 1 bunch oregano
 1/2 lb arugula

• Romaine and arugula salad with carrots and green garlic crème fraiche • Grilled asparagus and fennel with a light chili sauce • Traditional collard greens with sautéed red onion and green garlic • Sautéed kale with shaved red onion and green garlic

stew with white beans. Something similar to this recipe here: http://goo.gl/XCSpOY. • You could easily add in the kale for some greens, and the carrots fit well too. • My favorite way of preparing asparagus is with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Wrap it in tin foil, and put it on the grill. So simple, so delicious.

Johannes Griesshammer, Alder Creek Café cook: • Mmm, my gut reaction says Provencal pork

And there you have it; ideas galore from Tahoe Donner’s best. Hopefully you will never again feel enslaved to a box of vegetables!

Chef Lew’s Turkey, Kale And Barley Soup ¼ cup olive oil 2T chopped garlic 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 large carrots, peeled and diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 8 ounces ground turkey 1T Italian seasoning 10 2 1 1

cups Rachael Ray chicken broth cups diced concasse tomatoes cup cooked pearl barley bunch kale, center rib removed, coarsely chopped ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley Salt and pepper to taste

Heat half the olive oil in large pot and sauté the ground turkey until meat is just cooked. Remove from pot and reserve. Add the remaining olive oil and sauté the onion, carrot , garlic, Italian seasoning and red pepper until soft. Add the reserved turkey, diced tomato, cooked barley, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Add the kale; cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender (about 10 to 15 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. Serve with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley on top.


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Boat Storage Applications for boat storage, located off Skislope Way, are available at Member Services and are collected through April with spaces assigned in May. For questions, contact Member Services at 530-5879400 ext. 0. The boat storage application is available online at tahoedonner.com/member-services.

ALI KOVACH | BEACH CLUB MARINA MANAGER

Tahoe Donner hosts an evening of games, dinner, arts and crafts, a movie and even a bedtime story at the Northwoods Clubhouse from 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month for children ages 4-9. Space is limited; please make reservations online at ShopTD (tahoedonner.com/ shop). Call 530-587-9437 for more information. Date: Friday, April 4 and Friday, May 2; Time: 5-9 p.m. Where: Northwoods Clubhouse Cost: $20 per child; advance reservations required

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1.  Don’t wait to tee off in traditional order. “Ready golf” is proper

decorum. If you are ready, step up and hit the ball. 2. Spot other player’s shots. The others not teeing off should help to

spot the ball for the one who is hitting. It makes finding an errant shot quicker. 3. Drop your passenger off and go to your ball. Let’s not wait to watch our partners hit the ball. Prepare to hit your ball while the other has addressed their shot. 4. Drop your bag or cart strategically between the green and the next tee. Avoid walking back to get your bag or cart thus delaying the oncoming shots of the next foursome. 5. Record your scores when you’ve reached the next tee. Avoid waiting at the past green to write down your score since this action


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will delay the oncoming foursome from approaching the green with their next shot. 6. Please refer to the full document at

tdgolfclub.com for all 16 suggestions. Some of it is common sense, but it’s always good to remind ourselves what we can do to improve the pace of play. Second, there are also numerous things the golf course can do to improve pace of play. We’ve often hit into the woods where it can be difficult to locate the ball due to heavy brush, weeds and other impediments that accumulate throughout the winter season. To help with this situation and improve the playability of the course, the TDMGC would like to sponsor several clean-up days in April and May. Ideas include cleaning up dropped needles, pinecones, twigs, and leaves. Removal of weeds and other small obstructions can also help clear the area to make it easier to find our golf balls. This will be coordinated with our course superintendent. In the next edition of Tahoe Donner News, we will publish more details on the clean-up days. We all want to do our part and help improve the pace of play.

MARK TOMPKINS | TAHOE DONNER MEN’S CLUB Women’s 9-Holers Golf Club Attention Tahoe Donner Women Golfers!! The Tahoe Donner Women’s 9-Holers Golf Club is accepting membership applications for the 2014 season. Applications are available on the Tahoe Donner website at tahoedonner.com/golf/clubs or you can pick one up in the Northwoods Clubhouse at the Member Services office. The cost to join is $60 per year and includes our summer luncheon, the

awards banquet at the end of August, our tournament, and the opportunity to play each Thursday morning with our group (does not include greens fees). The only requirement is that you must be a property owner and have a basic knowledge of golf and course etiquette. Not sure if our club is a fit for you? We invite you to play with us at our preseason games in May. These are scheduled on Thursday mornings, weather permitting, usually at Ponderosa or Brockway Golf Courses. This is an opportunity to meet our members without an obligation to join. If you are interested, please contact the club president Barbara McCabe at barbmccabe@sbcglobal.net. Search ALL TAHOE DONNER Properties FOR SALE:

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Dining Options The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Open nightly at 5 p.m. with artisan-crafted cuisine and spirits. For more information, call 530-587-9455 or to see our menu, visit tahoedonner.com/the-lodge.

Easter Brunch, Sunday, April 20 The Lodge Restaurant & Pub will host a delicious all-you-can-eat Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 20. Easter brunch is $39 for adults, including complimentary champagne or mimosa, and $16 for kids. The Easter Bunny will pay us a visit and there will be an egg hunt, games, crafts and more for kids 12 and under.

WildER Wednesdays Happy Hour specials will be offered all night long in the entire restaurant. Take 25 percent off shared plates, soups and salads, plus enjoy drink specials.

Happy Hour – Daily, all month long!

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Every day for the entire month of April, enjoy drink specials and 25 percent off shared plates, soups and salads from 5-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour discounts valid in The Pub only.

Cinco de Mayo Party, May 5

Burger and a Beer Month, April 1-30 Enjoy a burger and a beer for $12.25 anywhere, anytime in the restaurant for the entire month of April. Choose from a selection of Bud, Bud Light and Coors Light bottles. Not valid for groups or private events.

No Corkage Tuesdays Bring in a special bottle of wine from home to savor in the dining room and the corkage fee is waived on Tuesdays. Every other day of the week, bring in a bottle of wine from home and the corkage fee is waived when you purchase a bottle from our extensive wine list.

A special Mexican-inspired menu will be offered in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Monday, May 5. Enjoy Happy Hour all night in the entire restaurant along with special $5 margaritas and $3 Coronas.

Mother’s Day Weekend, May 9-10 Chef Lew Orlady will be serving up extradelicious specials in honor of Mother’s Day the weekend of Friday, May 9-Saturday, May 10. Treat mom to a special dinner while the kids are entertained with a bounce house and crafts both days from 4-7 p.m. The Pub will open one hour early for drinks only at 4 p.m. and food service will be available as usual at 5 p.m. both Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10. Happy Hour pricing will be offered in The Pub only from 4-6:30 p.m.

*Offers listed are valid during non-holiday periods and are not valid with any other promotions or coupons. Offers subject to change.

Pizza on the Hill Have you tried our new menu items yet? Come in, Thursday - Monday from 5 - 8:30 p.m. Please note that we will be closed April 21 - May 21 for renovations, including the installation of an additional pizza oven to improve service levels during busy periods. For more information, please call 530-582-9669, or visit us online at tahoedonner.com/pizza-on-the-hill to see our menu.

Thursday Night Trivia Every Thursday, Trivia Night is held from

6:30-8 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates for free pizza.

April is $10 Pizza Month Every day through April 20, enjoy any pizza on our menu for just $10. Such a deal!

Take-N-Bake We make it and you bake it! It’s the ultimate for freshly baked pizza in the comfort of your own home. You can order any pizza off our menu or create your own. Come in to order, or call ahead to 530-582-9669. Just $10

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per pizza during April!

Happy Hour A great way to quench your thirst! Get $3 Coors Light drafts, $4 seasonal draft beers, $3 house cabernet or chardonnay by the glass, $4 cocktails and half-price wings at Happy Hour every day from 5-6 p.m. *Offers listed are valid during non-holiday periods and are not valid with any other promotions or coupons. Offers subject to change.


COMMUNITY Tahoe Donner Compliance Specialist

45-DAY NOTICE NEW TEMPORARY FIRE BAN COVENANTS RULE

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A new rule to the Covenants Fireworks, Firearms and Fire Safety rules for temporary fire ban authority will be considered for action by the board of directors. The board of directors is expected to take action to adopt these procedures, as they are presented here (or with some modification) at the May meeting currently scheduled for Saturday, May 31, 2014. The board welcomes any input you may wish to offer regarding this rule. The recommended new rule for temporary fire ban is as follows:

The board of directors may consider and approve establishment of a temporary burn ban of all outdoor wood fires, including those in a commercially manufactured fire burning device for all private properties, common area, and amenities. Your comments are welcome. Please contact Annie Rosenfeld at arosenfeld@tahoedonner.com, 530-582-9630, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, Calif., 96161.

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KEEPING IT GREEN: Environmental Stewardship at Tahoe Donner Golf Golf Course Sustainability Efforts Earth Day falls in April and it is a time to reflect on environmental efforts and sustainability. At Tahoe Donner Golf Course, the maintenance department takes into account environmental efforts with the management of the golf course on a regular basis. Tahoe Donner’s Golf Maintenance Department is dedicated to taking a sustainable approach to golf facility management. The crew’s ongoing goal is to improve the golf course property through the professional management and conservation of resources and inputs, while at the same time, providing acceptable playing surfaces and conditions to the course’s golfing patrons. The following are environmental efforts currently being made by Tahoe Donner’s Golf Maintenance Department.

Audubon International Tahoe Donner Golf Course has been a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) since 1999, and has been fully certified since 2003. This stewardship program is a cooperative effort between the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Audubon International. It serves as a catalyst for environmental stewardship, ecologically sound land management, and the conservation of natural resources.

Water Quality and Conservation •  Efforts to protect wetland areas and Trout Creek involve the institution of buffer zones on the golf course to aid in the filtration of nutrients that may move through the soils, and help ensure that any fertilizer applica-

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tions stay well away from any wetland or stream. •  Water samples are taken from Trout Creek and sent out for lab testing. Past testing has involved taking samples from Trout Creek at both ingress and egress points of the golf course property. •  In 2010, four pressure reducing valves (PRVs) were installed to the irrigation mainline at various points on the golf course. By doing so, we are now able to irrigate the lower elevation portions of the golf course, including the driving range, with water from Tahoe Donner’s own wells. This part of the property had previously used Public Utility District (PUD) water for irrigation. The goal is to have an ongoing savings of at least $25,000 annually. To date, the total amount saved since the PRV installation is approximately $117,296, which means the average savings per year has been $29,324 annually. •  A large portion of management’s time during the operating season is spent monitoring the irrigation system. Adjustments to the system are made on a daily basis. •  Water conserving, low-flow toilets were recently installed in the maintenance shop.

Wildlife Habitat •  The Tahoe Donner Golf Course consists of over 200 acres. This protected area provides an enhanced wildlife habitat to at least 15 animal species and 20 different bird species. It also hosts multiple tree and plant species. •  The grown grass aids in reducing the amount of pollutants in the air while at the same time producing vast amounts of oxygen. Turfgrass is an excellent filter that

has the ability to trap and hold pollutants in place. This is one reason why golf courses are commonly used to restore environmentally damaged properties, such as landfills. •  The institution of native areas are designed to give some of the golf course back to Mother Nature. By giving back space that had been previously intensely maintained, the need to water or make chemical applications to these areas is reduced or eliminated. Wildlife habitat is also increased, while Tahoe Donner saves man hours on maintenance, and eliminates the use of fuel-powered machines to maintain these areas.

Equipment •  Tahoe Donner’s golf maintenance crew currently has seven electric utility carts in its fleet, as well as a hybrid riding mower. •  All golf carts used by golfing patrons are electric. •  Tahoe Donner Golf Course has a water filtration system on its mixing and loading/wash pad. When washing equipment, all rinse water is pumped through this system. It not only separates solids such as grass clippings and soil particles, but also separates fuels and oils from the rinse water before draining to a small holding pond.


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GOLF PASSES and PACKAGES AVAILABLE: BUY NOW AND SAVE Season golf passes and multi-play packages are available for purchase online, at the Golf Pro Shop, or at Member Services. The golf course is expected to open mid-May with some of the best conditions in years! Take advantage of early-season pricing now through the end of the month. See tahoedonner.com/golf for rates. Don’t delay - rates go up on May 1. You may sign up online, or call either Member Services at 530-587-9400 or the Golf Pro Shop at 530-587–9443.

New equipment on the horizon for the golf course industry include: •  Electric walk-behind and riding mowers • Hybrid riding mowers • Solar-powered golf carts

Resource/Waste Management Tahoe Donner Golf Course uses and/or reuses resources found on, or generated by, the golf course property. Examples of such efforts are listed below. •  Rocks and boulders found on the property are used in rock curbing and turnouts along cart paths, yardage monuments located on tees and fairways, and golf course signage. Some boulders are converted into drinking fountains and gates at street crossings. •  Trees removed from the golf course prop-

erty are sold to milling companies or cut into appropriate lengths and offered to Tahoe Donner members as firewood. •  Tree waste is chipped by our Forestry Department, and sold to a co-generation plant or offered as free mulch to Tahoe Donner membership. •  Waste oil generated when servicing equipment is properly stored and removed from the property to be recycled. •  Recycling containers are used at the shop for paper goods, cans, glass and plastic bottles. Staff filters through the waste containers on the golf course to separate cans and bottles for recycling. •  Grass clippings, aeration plugs, and other organic waste are removed from the golf course and composted. A portion of composted material has gone towards creating new wildflower areas.

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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY TREES AND TRAILS IN TAHOE DONNER By Gretchen Sproehnle

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hose darn gophers!” exclaims Bill Houdyschell, Tahoe Donner’s forester. He points to gopher tunnels near a small Jeffery pine seedling that was planted last year. “They haven’t gotten to this one yet, but they have eaten plenty of others,” he says. For a moment I flash on an image of Bill Murray in his hilarious performance as greenskeeper in the movie Caddyshack. We are hiking in the higher elevations of Tahoe Donner, off a fire road near the new forestry building off Teton Way. Houdyschell is checking out some recent plantations, and he’s generally pleased at what he is seeing. Occasionally, however, there is evidence of gopher activity, which frustrates him. Outsmarting the gophers in Tahoe Donner, however, is a bit more complicated than it is in the movies, as Houdyschell can’t just stuff dynamite down the gopher holes. The sneaky little critters, Houdyschell explains, munch on the tree root systems while tunneling underground. Houdyschell says there’s not much they can do about it, other than stop planting in that area. “Sometimes we can plant red fir instead of Jeffrey pine; they don’t seem to find them quite as tasty,” he said. Houdyschell and his crew are responsible for over 7,000 acres of association-owned, private, and public land in Tahoe Donner; their main goal is to maintain a healthy forest by mimicking what Mother Nature would do without any human activity. They plant native seedlings and help them to survive competition to develop into trees. They clear the brush and grasses, which in turn reduces the amount of fuel in the area, thus helping to prevent catastrophic wildfires. In the process, they naturally build habitats for wildlife. “We work hard to help these little guys survive,” says Houdyschell, pointing to a 10-inch tall Jeffrey pine seedling. “This one was planted two years ago and looks pretty good,” he adds.

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY Gophers aren’t the only creatures the young seedlings have to contend with. Deer are also notorious for eating the tops off the trees during their fall migration, Houdyschell says. Other adversities include brush and grasses taking over and choking them out, competing for sunlight and moisture. Diseases introduced by humans who brought infected non-native species to the area hundreds of years ago now

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affect the trees. And in a season such as this past winter, with extended periods of cold temperatures and limited snow on the ground to act as insulation, the trees have to withstand frost conditions. Upon his spring inspection of the plantations this year, Houdyschell expected to see much more frost damage; fortunately, they seem to have survived well. The number of trees planted each year has fluctuated from 8,000 to 20,000. But these aren’t just your regular run-of-the-mill trees. “You can’t just go out and buy these trees,” Houdyschell explains. Years before a seedling is planted in Tahoe Donner, crews collect pinecones from trees growing right here in our own forests. The seeds are harvested from those cones and frozen until needed. When Houdyschell determines how many trees he will need for future plantations, he sends that number of seeds to specialized nurseries — in the past Tahoe Donner has worked with nurseries in Klamath Falls, Ore., and in the foothills near Fresno, Calif. — which cultivate the seeds until they are one to two years old. Two-year-old seedlings are ideal, Houdyschell explains, as they have better root systems and are better able to grow in tougher conditions. Since 2007, Tahoe Donner has planted twice a year: The seedlings are picked up in the spring; some are planted right after the snow melts, and others are watered all summer and planted in the fall. Since all come from our very own trees, they are naturally resistant to diseases specific to this area and are better able to survive our elevation and climate.

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Except when they are very young, trees normally grow about a foot per year, and roots grow at an even faster rate than the tree grows above ground. Once a seedling is three years old, it becomes a sapling until it is 10 feet tall. From 10 to 30 feet (or 4 to 12 inches diameter at breast height), it is termed a pole-sized tree; after 30 feet it is considered saw timber size, and after 100-150 years the tree is mature. Here in Tahoe Donner, the forestry crew plants a variety of trees. The majority are Jeffrey pine, but sugar pine and red and white fir are also planted in strategic areas. Because trees absorb atmospheric carbon through the photosyn-


In these U.S. Department of Agriculture aerial photos, the effects of the 1960 Donner Ridge fire can be seen. In the photo at left, taken in 1939, trees are plentiful (seen as black dots); in the middle photo from 1966, the affected area shows far fewer trees. The more recent photo at right, taken in 2005, depicts the regrowth and maintenance efforts of the Tahoe Donner forestry crew.

thetic process, Houdyschell explains, planting more trees increases a beneficial occurrence called carbon sequestration. This is a process of capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide. “As they get larger, trees take more carbon in, which isn’t released until it either burns or rots,” he says. Carbon sequestration is an important byproduct of Tahoe Donner forestry department’s activities.

ENJOY OUR TREES – GET OUT ON THE TRAILS Tahoe Donner has more than 40 miles of single track and fire road trails, and our trails department collaborates with several local agencies to enhance trail connections and utilization. The Donner Lake Rim Trail (DLRT) is a Truckee Donner Land Trust project and volunteer effort to build a trail encircling the peaks around Donner Lake. Because part of this trail will go through the southwest corner of Tahoe Donner property, our trails department is working with the DLRT to facilitate completion of this portion of the trail. DLRT will be doing all the permitting and paying the necessary fees for this dedicated easement that was established during the purchase of the property in 2010. In addition, a trailhead will be added at the Bermgarten cul-de-sac off Skislope Way. For several years, the Town of Truckee has been planning a paved Class 1 connector trail from Tahoe Donner to downtown Truckee as part of the Truckee Trails and Bikeways master plan. The Trout Creek Trail is proposed to connect Northwoods Boulevard near Coyote Moon Golf Course to Downtown Truckee at Bridge Street just north of Highway 80. “This will be a nice connection for our residents,” says Sean Connelly, Tahoe Donner’s trails manager, adding that there will also be a trailhead with parking opportunities.

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY June 7, 2014: To celebrate National Trails Day, Tahoe Donner’s trails department will be offering a two- to three-hour interpretive hike. Hikers will meet at the Glacier Way trailhead and hike up the Donner Ridge toward Drifter Hut, learning about flora and fauna from one of our experts. Watch for details in future Tahoe Donner News or your email inbox.

To complement this new trail, Connelly says, Tahoe Donner will be building a trail that will allow connection to it without having to step foot on busy Northwoods Boulevard. This trail, slated for completion this year, is part of Tahoe Donner’s five-year Trails Master Plan, and will run about six-tenths of a mile behind and between houses starting at the Northwoods Clubhouse. It will connect with the new Trout Creek Trail trailhead, and because it is planned to be constructed of crushed gravel, will be ideal for families with strollers, as well as biking, hiking, and walking. This connector will be completed this fall. Another new initiative for Tahoe Donner’s trails department this fall and for implementation in 2015 is to apply for a summer special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service to connect the two Mustang Sally trails. This new project will add more trail connectivity and great views to our existing trail system. Other future plans for our trails system includes connecting the East Perimeter Trail with the Overland Emigrant Trail. An unofficial user trail currently exists, but the trails crew is working with the Forest Service to include this connector to be officially recognized. Connelly says that adapting our existing trails—many of which have been in place since the 50s and 60s—to be more sustainable is an important part of his department’s responsibilities. “Many of the trails just went from point A to point B without considering the impacts of erosion,” he explains. “We are working on realigning and rehabilitating these trails to a more gentle grade to reduce erosion, allow for better drainage and improve water quality issues.”

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY If you’d like to participate in the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day celebration, it will be held on April 19 at the Village at Squaw Valley. This iconic event includes environmental activities, demonstrations, live music and entertainment (don’t miss the now famous Trashion Show, presented by Truckee High School’s Envirolution Club). And remember, the next time you are out enjoying a hike, a mountain bike ride, or just a stroll with the family in Tahoe Donner, take a moment to thank our forestry and trails departments for giving us access to these wonderful areas and for allowing us to connect with the natural beauty of our region.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Recycling in Truckee is free and easy

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ALYSON STETZ/TAHOE DONNER Starting June 1, remember to start bringing your resuable grocery bags.

he Town of Truckee takes recycling and waste prevention seriously and makes it easy for residents to help keep Truckee green. This April, in celebration of Earth Day, take a few moments to learn how you can make a difference by recycling.

estry (click on vegetative drop off ). Member Services sells blue bags in packs of five for $2.43 and green bags in packs of five for $3.50.

How curbside collection works

Cardboard

In Truckee, trash, blue recycling bags, and green bags are all collected manually on a single route with one truck. Once the truck arrives at the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility, bags are sorted by color and the material inside is processed. Trash makes its way over a conveyer belt where workers sort recyclables from the trash. Later, blue recycling bags are opened and the recyclables are also sorted by individual material type. Green yard waste bags are taken to the wood-processing area, where they are prepared for transport to a biomass facility.

What can be recycled? • Plastics 1-7 • Aluminum steel and tin cans • Clean mixed paper • Glass bottles and jars • Cardboard • Rigid plastics

Example Items not acceptable: • Egg cartons • Waxy milk, juice, and soup cartons. • Styrofoam • Plastic lining inside cereal and cracker boxes.

Tie the Bags When leaving trash, blue recycling bags, and green yard waste bags at the curb, it is important that bags are tied so the contents do not mix. Place containers and tied bags curbside on your collection day - not the night before. It is your responsibility to properly secure trash. Remember, if Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal has to clean up a mess created by animals who have helped themselves to your garbage, you will have to pay an additional charge. Also, do not place hot ashes in your trash. Green bags are picked up year-round, but you may not place more than four bags out per week, they must be tied, and may not weigh more than 40 pounds. Read more about green bags at tahoedonner.com/for-

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It is also important that cardboard is either fully contained in blue recycling bags for curbside collection or dropped off for free at a cardboard collection bin. Loose cardboard left at the curb is considered trash and will result in a charge for pickup. Drop off flattened cardboard at the following locations: • Sheriff’s Station, 10879 Donner Pass Road • Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road • Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility (ERL), Highway 89 South and Cabin Creek Road

Keep Bears Alive and Wild! Spring is here and that means bears will be out and about. Never leave trash at the curb prior to 6 a.m. on the morning of your collection, unless trash is properly secured in a bear shed. If using an animal resistant garbage can enclosure (ARGCE), secure the door and remove the key from the lock. To receive regular service, ARGCEs must be installed within 28 feet from the edge of town-maintained roadways. For sheds greater than 28 feet, residents may sign up for TTSD trip service.

Batteries Included: NEW Curbside Service of Batteries and Small Handheld Electronics Batteries such as AA, C & D, button cell, camera, and cell phone batteries can now be recycled curbside. (Sorry, car batteries not included). This includes devices such as cell phones, iPods, small radios, and pocket cameras (not to exceed 6x8x10 inches). Just put items in a Ziploc bag and place on top of trash can lid for free recycling. Other electronic devices such as computers, TVs and DVD players, etc. may be dropped off at the Eastern Regional Landfill for free recycling, year-round. The Eastern Regional Landfill is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Recycling Residents may drop off household hazardous waste for free recycling


during regularly scheduled household hazardous waste events, every third Saturday of the month, through the spring, summer and fall. Appointments are required; however, disposal of waste is free. In addition to the drop-off days at Eastern Regional Landfill, Truckee residents may drop off old paint at Mountain Hardware for free recycling. In order to be accepted, paint must be in original container with label.

Paper shredding Event, April 19 The Town of Truckee is sponsoring a free paper shredding event at the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day event scheduled for Saturday, April 19, in the Village at Squaw Valley. Confidential papers for on-site shredding will be accepted from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., there is a limit of four boxes per participant. The staging area will be located in the parking lot; just look for the Shred-It truck.

Thinking Beyond the Bag – Single-Use Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance Approved Effective June 1, single-use plastic bags will be a thing of the past in Truckee. Retailers, large and small, will no longer be able to distribute free single-use bags to customers. Recycled paper bags will be available for purchase for a minimum of 10 cents each. It’s time to start remembering those reusable bags everywhere you shop in Truckee. For more information on Truckee’s waste prevention and recycling programs, contact Town of Truckee Solid Waste and Recycling Division at 530-582-2909 or visit KeepTruckeeGreen.org.

Watch Your Water There has never been a more appropriate time to conserve, understand your water consumption, and fix leaks. Truckee Donner PUD has new tools for customers to see water usage data online and can help you conserve. What Can You Do? 1. Conserve water now!

•  TDPUD is not currently experiencing a water shortage but a prolonged drought will impact us all. •  The TDPUD can help you conserve water. •  Visit tdpud.org, stop by the conservation department at 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee or call 530-582-3931. 2. Track your water usage online

•  TPDUD has a NEW online tool to allow customers to view their water usage and monitor continuous flow alarms. •  Visit tdpud.org and use the first four letters of your last name and TDPUD account number for secure login. 3. Got Leaks?

•  It is your responsibility to fix a leak on your property. •  Leaks waste water, cost you money, and can damage your home. •  You may qualify for a $100 rebate if you fix a leak. •  Contact the TDPUD conservation department to learn more by visiting tdpud.org or call 530-582-3931.

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Thinking of building or remodeling? Know the New 2014 California Building and Standards Codes The California Building Standards Code (CBSC) is maintained by the California Building Standards Commission (BSC), which regulates construction of all buildings and structures in the State of California. January 1, 2014 was the statewide effective date established by the BSC for the new 2013 CBSC, also known as Title 24 of the CBSC, which is a set of new building codes based on the latest international and national building codes. The CBSC are the established minimum regulations for the design and construction of buildings and structures in California and state law mandates that local governments enforce these regulations. Because of local climatic, geological, or topographical conditions, cities, towns, and counties may adopt ordinances which are more restrictive than those provided by CBSC. These local amendments must be filed, as appropriate, with either the Building Standards Commission or the Department of Housing and Development. Literally thousands of changes have occurred to the newly adopted 2013 CBSC. Fortunately, many are minor in nature and simply strive to clarify provisions that were ambiguous. However, California has revised and increased construction requirements in a number of areas that will impact many projects starting this year. Owners of single family residential properties need to be aware that any project that alters the floor plan of a residence, either through a remodel or addition, triggers a building permit and the new codes. To follow are highlights of some of the more significant changes to our building codes: California Energy Code Regulations Changes to the California Energy Code include additions and amendments to the energy and water efficiency standards for buildings, including residential, nonresidential, high-rise residential, hotel and motel buildings. As noted by the BSC, the 2013 Energy Code has been extensively rewritten to conform with California’s policy that all new residential buildings by 2020, and all new commercial buildings by 2030, have a “zero net energy” footprint. Other significant changes include increased levels of required roof, ceiling and wall insulation, increased efficiency of light fixtures and bulbs, window products with improved insulating properties, and leak testing requirements for HVAC duct systems. Due to the stringency of these provisions, their implementation has been postponed to take effect July 1, 2014 to allow jurisdictions and engineers to prepare for them. California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen): Probably the most noteworthy change in the 2013 CALGreen Code that will impact designers and contractors is that the scope of the sus-

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tainable construction requirements has been expanded to include many additions and alterations not previously covered. 2013 CALGreen will apply to new buildings and residential additions and alterations where the renovation increases the building’s area, volume or size; and nonresidential additions of 1,000 square feet or greater, and/or alterations (i.e. tenant improvements) with a permit valuation $200,000 or above. Among the more significant changes taking effect are those dealing with water-conserving plumbing fixtures that must be installed whenever a private residence is altered or improved. According to the CBSC, the terms “alterations and improvements” mean “any construction to an existing structure which enhance or improve the structure.” Construction related to repairs or maintenance of an existing structure are not considered to be an alteration or improvement. California Building Code Disabled Access Regulations California’s disabled access construction regulations pre-date Federal regulations of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). New accessibility standards will extensively revise the Building Code in order to harmonize state standards and those set forth in the ADA. Although these standards apply to a broad category of public buildings and structures, privately owned residences need not comply with the accessibility code requirements. Town Of Truckee Adoption of the CSBC The Town of Truckee adopted the CSBC with a number of revisions and additions to the California Building and Residential Codes, California Plumbing Code, and California Mechanical Codes. A few of the notable revisions and additions include:

Building and Residential Code Permit Expiration Every permit issued shall expire two years from the date of issuance. Every permit shall expire by limitation and become null and void if the building or work authorized by such permit is not commenced within 360 days from the date of such permit, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned at any time after the work is commenced for a period of more than 360 days. Topographic Survey and Boundary Survey Requirements For new construction, all lots will require a topographic survey prepared by a California land surveyor, or civil engineer specifically licensed to perform such services. For new construction, all lots will require a boundary survey prepared by a California licensed land surveyor or civil engineer licensed to perform such services.


Wood Shake and Wood Shingle Roofs With the exception of the historic district, wood shake and wood shingle roofs are prohibited. Where installed in the historic district, wood roof assemblies shall be Class A fire rated. Sheet Metal Roofing Underlayment Sheet metal roofing shall be applied over an underlayment of not less than 15-pound felt. The underlayment shall be applied horizontally. Fasteners and their spacing shall be as specified by the manufacturer. SNOW RETENTION SYSTEMS A snow retention system is required on roofs of heated areas of buildings. Roofs, regardless of covering, with a pitch of less than 8:12 shall be protected against leakage (caused by ice and snow) using an approved manufactured membrane installed per the manufacturer’s specifications and as approved by the building official. This application shall extend from the eave edge of the roof up the roof slope measured five feet beyond the wall line separating the conditioned and unconditioned space, and up to 30 inches along each side of a valley. This snow retention system shall be in addition to any underlayment if required. Chimneys, Protection from Sliding Snow Chimneys, chimney chases, flues and heating appliance vents projecting through the roof shall be protected from damage by sliding snow or ice by snow splitters.

Plumbing Code

nate above the anticipated snow depth. Work that involves new buildings, additions, bathroom or kitchen remodeling, replacement of building systems including roofs, water heaters, furnaces, siding, windows, plumbing, electrical or mechanical work requires a permit. Obtaining a permit and required inspections will assure that work is done correctly, is safe, and meets minimum adopted codes. There are penalties for doing construction work without a permit, and if work was done in violation of the code, it may need to be redone. The new 2013 California Building Codes are currently available for purchase from technical book stores or directly from the International Code Council, at iccsafe.org.

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Protection of Pipes From Freezing All water supply piping shall be protected from freezing by a minimum of 36 inches of earth covering. When structural conditions necessitate installation of water piping in exterior walls or above ceilings, the pipes shall be installed to the inside surface of the wall or ceiling framing and insulated, on the unheated side of the pipes, with insulation equivalent to the R value required for the wall or ceiling. Water piping shall not be installed or concealed in unheated walls, ceilings and attics. Valves The water supply system, including hot and cold, shall be designed and installed for winterization and freeze protection, such as allowing for routine drainage of the system to prevent freezing. The water supply shall be equipped with a readily accessible shut off valve. Valve(s) and/ or drain port(s) when used shall be readily accessible, insulated for protection from freezing, and shall be protected from the potential of back flow.

Mechanical Code Exit Terminals Exit terminals and combustion air intakes shall not be located under decks which could be sealed off around the perimeter with snow accumulation. Sidewall venting of direct vent heaters and room heaters shall terminate above the anticipated snow depth. Side Wall Venting Sidewall venting of direct vent heaters and room heaters shall termitahoedonner.com |

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Eat + Drink = Happy By Mike Peters You better be quick on your feet if you’re going to the Cooper’s Hill CheeseRolling and Wake Festival in England!

Spring is upon us, although, sadly, it seems as though summer never left. Spring is a time to enjoy the sunshine, warmer weather and longer days and spring also sparks celebrations around the world. The equinox, which marks the beginning of spring, has long held a special importance in human society. The first day of spring is the end of winter; the beginning of the season in which daylight again outlasts darkness and life springs anew. Flowers blossom, trees shoot out new leaves and branches, animals give birth and eggs hatch. These tangible signs of the world’s rebirth were of paramount importance to agricultural societies, and they naturally developed elaborate fertility rites to celebrate the occasion. Thus eggs — one of the most ubiquitous symbols of fertility and birth — have long been associated with the beginning of spring and hence with the equinox, and play an important role in spring festivities throughout the world. In the United States the Easter Bunny hides eggs and treats for children. In Bosnia, for the celebration Cimburijada, or Festival of Scrambled Eggs, the day begins with giant bowls of, you guessed it, scrambled eggs. I personally prefer England’s Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake festival that takes place in the town of Gloucester; competitors

race down a steep and uneven hill (uphill races are for skinny people) chasing a large wheel of cheese. And the prize? A round of Double Gloucester cheese. Walpurgis Night is a traditional spring festival celebrated across Central and Northern Europe with dancing and bonfires. Named after Saint Walpurga, it is held exactly six months after All Hallow’s Eve, (known as Halloween in America) that is observed in several countries on Oct. 31. If you thought Mardi Gras was a crazy celebration, in Valencia, Spain, a five-day holiday takes place every spring known as Las Fallas. Each neighborhood of the city has an organized group that works all year long preparing for their participation in the festivities. Months are spent creating their falla, or elaborate constructions of paper, wax and wood, some up to five stories high. Some are made up of whimsical characters; others are based on satirical jabs at popular current events, and most climb high into the sky. A general sense of merriment fills the streets around the clock and awards and prizes are given to the best fallas and their creators. At midnight on the final day of the festival, the city quite literally lights up as the fallas are ignited and burst into colorful flames. Of course, here in the U.S. we celebrate Easter. In addition to its religious significance,

Easter is also a popular secular holiday. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. A festival was held in her honor every year at the vernal equinox. The idea of an egglaying bunny came to the U.S. in the 18th century. German immigrants told their children about the “Osterhase.” The word “hase” means “hare,” and in Northwest European folklore the “Easter Bunny” indeed is a hare, not a rabbit. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets the night before Easter. The precise origin of the ancient custom of decorating eggs is not known, but the tradition dates back to at least the 13th century. In Sweden, Easter has a unique twist. A special tradition is a form of “trick or treating,” where children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, colorful headscarves, and painted red cheeks and freckles. They go house to house in the neighborhood offering the residents paintings, letters and drawings; they are presented with treats in return. If you plan to be around for Easter weekend, join us at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub for our annual brunch and Eggstavanganza. The Easter Bunny will be on hand hiding eggs for the hunt, and there will be crafts and games for the kids. Chef Lew is putting together quite the buffet so come hungry. You can see the Easter buffet menu online at the Lodge’s main page; reservations highly recommended. If you have plans for your Easter brunch elsewhere and are looking for an easy, no fuss dinner, grab a Take-N-Bake pizza from Pizza on the Hill for a fast and easy meal (just $10 through April!). Either way, have a wonderful Easter this April!

Did You Know? Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each year.

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Are you looking to add solar panels to your home? As a reminder, Tahoe Donner’s Architectural Standards office has rules regarding solar panel installation. Solar panels come in two forms: those that lie flat against the roof or siding (Picture A), or solar panels that are placed on high mounted steel racking systems and metal pans (Picture B). If the solar panels you are looking to purchase have the high mounted racking system, please remember that the racking steel/metal system must be painted to match the adjacent material of roof or siding; no shiny metal is allowed. Also, please submit your application for a solar panel permit through our office prior to any installation. Applications may be submitted over the counter Monday through Friday, and will be reviewed by a member of the Architectural Standards Committee every Wednesday. This type of permit is valid for six months. Please download the Change to Existing Structure application on our Architectural Standards page at tahoedonner.com for your solar panel permit application.

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Bulletin Board

Taking Care of Business Regular Board Meeting Recap FEBRUARY 22, 2014 Consent Calendar: Approved 4-0 (Director Gander absent) • Tahoe Donner Green Club dissolution • Tahoe Donner Four Wheelers Club bylaws • 2014 annual director election procedures, inspector of election, and accountancy firm. Board Resolution Review: Approved 4-0 (Director Gander absent) The board approved rescinding Policy Statement 91-5 insuring board members absolute

right to access association records and documents. Policy Resolution 2014-1 Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Reporting: Approved 4-0 (Director Gander absent) The board approved a new policy resolution. May 24, 2014 Board Meeting Date Change: Approved 4-0 (Director Gander absent) The board approved changing the date for this meeting to May 31, 2014. Golf Rates: No Action Discussion took place regarding the 2014 golf rates. This item was placed on the March 22, 2014 board meeting agenda for further consideration.

Aquatic Invasive Species Ordinance: No Action Discussion took place regarding the Town Council-approved new ordinance that will go into effect this summer 2014. Director of Finance and Accounting Report: No Action The board received a report from Director of Finance and Accounting Mike Salmon regarding the association’s January preliminary financials. These summaries are intended for general information purposes only. The minutes are available at tahoedonner.com, upon request in the general manager’s office, or by calling 530-587-9431. A copy of the minutes and current agenda are posted in the Member Services Office.

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Emergency Response to Tahoe Donner Private Residence As cell phones become the primary phones for many, some have considered saving money or redundancy by disconnecting landlines. However, there are several important reasons to consider keeping the landline phone in your house. In addition, knowing what to do when you do have to make the call is critical.

Keep in mind the following considerations: 1.  If someone calls 911 from a landline, the

dispatcher knows the exact street address from where the call is originating; you also don’t have to worry about whether you have cell coverage or even know the street address of your location. If you are in a house and call 911 from a cell phone, the quality of the cell phone coverage

may interfere with your ability to talk to the dispatcher. Also, the dispatcher will have to ask you for the street address of your location. The 911 dispatcher will know your general location based on the latitude and longitude of the call but won’t know the exact street address of the house from which you are calling. If your property is used as a rental, make sure you have your street address written down at accessible locations throughout the house. Posting the address in key locations such as on the refrigerator or on night stands is a good idea. 2. Be prepared to give your exact street

address. This verifies that the address on the 911 dispatcher’s screen is accurate information. 3. If emergency services have been dis-

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not hang up. Simply tell the operator the call was made in error. If your young child is holding the phone and you hear someone on the other end, DO NOT IMMEDIATELY HANG UP THE PHONE. The person on the other end of that call was probably the 911 dispatcher. Simply explain to the dispatcher what happened. It is still, however, their option to have the police respond to verify all is OK. 6. If you’re reporting an emergency, try to

remain calm and speak slowly. Although 911 calls are recorded for immediate

playback, the dispatcher would like to understand the issue the first time it is mentioned. If your speech is accented, speak slowly so your reason for calling can be understood the first time. Critical seconds can be wasted if the dispatcher has to ask for things to be repeated. 7. If it is not safe for you to speak, or you

are unable to speak, simply dial 911 and put the phone down. The dispatcher can hear what is happening and can send the appropriate resources. If the call is made from a landline, they already have your street address. 8. Having house numbers clearly visible

from the street will assist responding personnel in finding your house quickly. This is why the Tahoe Donner Association Architectural Standards rule requires the five-digit house number be on the house and clearly visible from the street. The numbers must be at least four inches in height. A secondary location can be on the garage enclosure located closer to the street. If your house is on an access easement, consider having all house numbers using the easement have their numbers posted at the entrance to that access easement. For more information on easement address signs contact Sheryl Walker, Architectural Standards Manager at swalker@tahoedonner.com.

Other things to consider for emergency preparedness: 1. If you are renting your house, make

sure you clearly post the physical address near the phone and/or other location where quick reference can be made. 2. In case of power outage, have a basic corded desk phone to use. Most people have cordless phones which will only work when the power is on. 3. Post an emergency cheat sheet including your physical address and cross streets, local emergency contacts, poison control, CPR/Rescue Breathing and choking instructions, and more. 4. Always make sure you have an I.C.E. contact in your cell phone. I.C.E. = In Case of Emergency.


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Margaret Paine on the Jordan River while on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May 2013.

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Mike Hench and Sharon Cavazos celebrated their birthdays on a Viking on River Cruise on the Seine River in France. This picture was taken es. Versaill September 7, 2013 in the Hall of Mirrors in Palace of

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Mary and Fred Zapponi in front of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

MONTANA

Jeff and Karen Lynch in Anaconda, Montana on September 14 for the wedding of their youngest daughter, Chelsea.

Email your “Where in the World� photos to: comdep@tahoedonner.com. Please submit only .jpeg files of 300 dpi or higher for printing. Photos must include a copy of TD News. Please list the names of everyone in the picture, where and when it was taken, and a short description of your captured experience. Note: please be patient; it could take up to six months to see your photo published due to a large number of submissions.

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Castle. Cottage. Condo. ®

Escape to Villa San Souci i n t e r n a t i o n a l

Office locations Zephyr Cove Glenbrook Incline Village

$1, 349,000

The home of carefree living. This private estate, located on 20 forested acres in Juniper Hills, offers panoramic views of surrounding mountain ranges. Alder woodwork throughout. Julie Riggs 530 368 1422 & Ross Collins 530 414 0619

The Cottage Hotel

$824,900

Rare opportunity to own a piece of history. Built in 1907, the hotel has 5 service apartments, 7 overnight guest rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, owner’s quarters with full kitchen and living areas. Sally Kleffman 530 906 3702

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Squaw Valley Lodge

$468,000

Ski-In, Ski-Out location. This 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo is in immaculate condition and possesses finer amenities than any other property in Squaw Valley. Faith Sprague 530 412 2673 & Brian Berliner 530 412 1369

connection “The rightmakes all the difference.”

Agents L to R: Julie Riggs, Ross Collins, Sally Kleffman, Faith Sprague and Brian Berliner.

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Tahoe Donner News - April 2014  

Tahoe Donner News (ISSN 1550-6061) is the official monthly publication of Tahoe Donner Association, which is located at 11509 Northwoods Blv...

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