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OLYMPIC DOUBLE-DUTY

TD NATIVE LEADS WAY TO GOLD

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March 2017

On a stormy day last March we received a call from the Truckee Fire District asking us to help them respond to a medical emergency on a road in the upper elevations of Tahoe Donner. Even though the roads had been cleared earlier in the day, record snow had since accumulated causing the ambulance to become stuck on the steep, snow-covered road. We reached the ambulance at about the same time that the Town of Truckee’s loader, which had also been redirected to help, arrived to start clearing a path up the street. We all worked together to get Truckee Fire’s paramedics to the victim. This team effort resulted in a person’s life being saved.

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INSIDE THE REPORT:

THE BUZZ:

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ASSOCIATION UPDATES

EVENTS, DINING+ UPDATES

Message from the Board President

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OLYMPIC DOUBLE-DUTY

Tahoe Donner native, Russell Kennedy (left), competes in the Olympics, then guides a Paralympic skier to gold

FEATURES

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Campaign Guidelines for June Elections

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Key Covenants Rules in Tahoe Donner

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Best of Spring in the Mountains

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Local Public Agency Updates

Chef David's honey chipotle sauce recipe comes just in time for barbecue season

Making a Difference on Earth Day and Beyond

Tahoe Donner Programs + Features

Thank You to Giving Fund Donors

NOT YOUR MOTHER'S BARBECUE SAUCE

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Trail System Tips + Etiquette

TD Briefs

26

Quick Calendar

Clubs Updates

Dining Hours + Specials

32

Where in the World Is TD News?

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Board Meeting Recap

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RETURN TO PARADISE

An interview with Mike Vowels about his return to skiing after a paralyzing accident

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VOLUME 19 | NO. 04

APRIL 2018

EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION TEAM CHRISTINA SCHWARTZ

DREW DEURLINGTON

LINDSAY HOGAN

DEREK MOORE

JAMIE BATE

JOE LEWANDOWSKI

AMBER BARRETT

JEN MALONE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT | JEFF CONNORS

JCONNORS@TAHOEDONNER.COM

VICE PRESIDENT | JEFF SCHWERDTFEGER JSCHWERDTFEGER@TAHOEDONNER.COM

TREASURER | JEFF BONZON

JBONZON@TAHOEDONNER.COM

SECRETARY | JENNIFER JENNINGS JJENNINGS@TAHOEDONNER.COM

DIRECTOR | DARIUS BROOKS

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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POSTMASTER: SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO TAHOE DONNER NEWS, 11509 NORTHWOODS BLVD., TRUCKEE, CA 96161; (530) 587-9400, FAX (530) 587-9419

EMAIL: COMDEP@TAHOEDONNER.COM ADVERTISING SALES: CREATIVE CONCEPTS MEDIA + MARKETING IS THE EXCLUSIVE ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE; PHONE (530) 582-4100 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. 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.

ON THE COVER: Lower Carpenter Valley in bloom photographed by Elizabeth Carmel, Tahoe Donner member and co-owner of The Carmel Gallery in downtown Truckee. Carmel says she finds it very fulfilling to use her photography to assist with the preservation of wild places. She hopes the photos inspire others to support the efforts of the organizations working to protect landscapes throughout the Sierra region.

MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT

In turning our clocks forward, I was reflecting on the progress we are making on the communications journey toward becoming a more member-centric association. As many of you will appreciate, one of my goals since being elected to the board of directors has been to have Tahoe Donner be a more member-focused and inclusive community in which differences of thought patterns are respected. In rising to this challenge, we have created new committees with many newly involved members focused on areas like improving the Equestrian experience from both financial and member-excitement viewpoints, or enhancing the Architectural Standards Office experience from a member satisfaction perspective while eliminating what I will call “annoyance” fees and exploring the entire short-term rental (STR) issue from the ground up. This would include enforcing the existing rules while clearly providing an easier and timelier access point for members to voice their STR issues. We’ve made good progress, with much more to come in the weeks ahead. In this spirit we recently launched the first FlashVote survey regarding our amenities, and many of you have expressed your thoughts on its suitability through media forms like Nextdoor. Thank you for those comments, as most of the board and management see those insights and will continue to adjust the overall process. On the other side of the equation, I would ask that you continue to sign-up for FlashVote and express your views. I can assure some of the naysayers that the board is looking for honest feedback and FlashVote is one vehicle to help us better understand your wishes as we work for the membership and direct management to execute your thoughts.

As part of the communications journey, we have been moving to further partner with the Town of Truckee on issues of importance to Tahoe Donner members. At the March board meeting we will have heard the Town’s thinking on STRs within Truckee, as well as their plans to continue focusing on our speeding concerns and the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Northwoods Boulevard and Donner Pass Road. In April, we hope to invite Town officials back to the board meeting to discuss the rollout of the new waste disposal initiatives recently passed in a 5-0 Truckee Town Council vote, and potentially initiate a committee to just focus on Town issues. In this spirit it is important to remember that Tahoe Donner is part of the Town of Truckee and is very much bound by the rules and laws it creates. As we have recently experienced with the green bag/disposable waste changes being enacted as of July 1, the Town has a great deal of influence over Tahoe Donner concerns. Although we have about 6,500 residences representing around 23,000 individuals, our ability to influence via a voting bloc is limited to our approximately 1,200 fulltime homeowners, which represent about 2,400 eligible votes (+/-). This would equate to about an 18% influence if everyone voted, which as we all can appreciate is not probable! So, as we go forward it is important that we continue to expand the communications process with the Town at a higher level than we historically have experienced, and ensure that TD’s voice, whether from fullor part-timers, is being heard. To see an update from the Town on upcoming projects, please see page 30. (Continued on p. 4)


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Return to Paradise: A Skier’s Journey Film Premier

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Downhill Closing Day + Downhill Dummy Contest

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Anticipated Closing of TDXC

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New Hours at Alder Creek Cafe

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Free Margarita Tasting at The Lodge

APRIL 28

April Board of Directors Meeting

MAY 5

Cinco de Mayo Party at The Lodge

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COMMUNITY APRIL 9

Tahoe Silicon Mountain Meeting

APRIL 12

Town of Truckee Cannabis Dialogue Workshops

APRIL 13

Tahoe Forest Affordable Health Screenings

APRIL 20

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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Truckee Craw Thaw Music Festival

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(Continued from p. 2)

This brings me to our own voting process within TD, as the annual election process is just around the corner and I want you to be involved. Soon we will have candidates presenting themselves to the membership asking for your vote. As we all know, the association is made up of a variety of interest groups, with some members thinking that the turnout in our election is perhaps a measure of member interest in the affairs of Tahoe Donner, while others believe that it reflects member contentment. Last year member voter turnout increased to 32% from its recurring level of around 25%, as many important directional views of Tahoe Donner were presented. To keep this turnout increasing, at the March board meeting we will be hopefully finalizing the establishment of the Member Engagement Committee. The committee would focus on: 1) ways to improve voter turnout; 2) producing voter turnout to approve the upcoming changes to the covenants later in the year; and 3) engaging members on key issues coming before the board. The board is working hard to ensure that your various voices are being heard, and translating those voices into how you would vote on key issues. Recently the board approved the replacement of our 47-year-old Snowbird Chairlift and many of you were kind enough to express your thoughts by writing to the board. Input from the membership is always highly appreciated, and I would ask that you

continue to do provide it. I try to answer your notes to the board within a few days’ time. Shortly we will address issues like the potential expansion of Trout Creek Recreation Center as well as the renovation of the lodge at the Downhill Ski Resort. It is your money we are utilizing and the full board wants to be sure we understand your thinking on how you wish to see it used. Thus, as the candidates for the board and their platforms become more visible in the next few months, your participation in their selection is strongly encouraged. In summary, as we move further down the communications path, I ask that you continue to provide input, sign-up for the recently launched FlashVote, come to committee and board meetings, or listen to the live stream/video recordings of meetings whenever possible. If you have a specific passion at TD or an area that you would like to see prosper, let us get you more involved in bringing it to fruition. Importantly, let us all do what we can to increase member turnout for the upcoming election and ensure that we are a member-centric association expressing your views and thoughts on the direction of Tahoe Donner.

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AMENITIES Beach Club Marina Bikeworks Cross Country Ski Downhill Ski Area Equestrian Center Forestry Golf Course The Lodge Pizza on the Hill Recreation Hut Campground Tennis Center Trails Trout Creek

ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE CHAIRS Architectural Standards Rod Whitten aso@tahoedonner.com

Finance Art King aiking156@att.net

Thanks in advance for your continuing involvement and for caring about our association.

Covenants Fred Zapponi fzapponi@tahoedonner.com

General Plan Michael Sullivan iceman40@mac.com

Elections Bette Rohrback truckeebette@yahoo.com

Giving Fund Chairman Dick Gander tdgf@tahoedonner.com

JEFF CONNORS | BOARD PRESIDENT

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Rowing Club Dot Mace dotmace@me.com

Equestrian Club Susan Terrell terrellsf@earthlink.net

Senior Alpine Ski Michael Eyton-Lloyd hmsmike1@aol.com

Friends of TD Trails B.R. Levine tdtrails@gmail.com

TD 4-Wheelers Club Bill Ratcliff club@td4wheelers.org

Hiking Club Robin Reese rbtahoe@sbcglobal.net

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LETTER TO THE BOARD

Provide feedback to help improve the overall association. Submit your comments and concerns at board@tahoedonner.com. Learn more at tahoedonner.com/feedback.


BE IN THE KNOW

CAPITAL PROJECTS EMAIL UPDATE Missing your monthly story about Capital Projects? We’ve gone digital! Now with more details, direct links to additional information and updates on new projects – it’s your one-stop to stay in the know and provide feedback. Sign-up today at tahoedonner.com/subscribe and click on Capital Projects!

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FEATURE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE ON

EARTH DAY and Beyond TAHOE DONNER RESIDENTS CELEBRATE THE ENVIRONMENT 365 DAYS A YEAR By JAMIE BATE | Photos by ELIZABETH CARMEL

On April 22, 1970, some 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate on behalf of a healthy, sustainable environment. As the first large-scale protest of the negative impacts of industrial development, “Earth Day” started an important conversation that led to the Environmental Protection Agency and other worldwide initiatives to save the planet. Nearly 50 years later, ecological awareness is an essential global issue, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries expected to celebrate Earth Day this April 22. It’s an important day of political action and civic participation, and thousands of Tahoe locals and visitors will participate in events to raise awareness about environmental causes (on page 8). For Tahoe Donner residents Kathy Englar and Deirdre Henderson, Earth Day is just a small part of a year-round effort to protect and preserve the High Sierra for generations to come.

About the photographer: Elizabeth Carmel is a Tahoe Donner member and renowned photographer. She and her husband, Olof, specialize in fine art prints of Sierra/Tahoe landscapes. They provide images to the TDLT in support of protecting land in perpetuity. Carmel said, “the scenic beauty of this area is astounding. I was particularly delighted with the many species of wildflowers in the meadows and along the creek bed.”


KATHY ENGLAR OF

TRUCKEE DONNER LAND TRUST Since 1990, the Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) has protected more than 33,000 acres by negotiating land acquisitions, easements and exchanges of critical open spaces and natural areas often threatened by imminent development. The group’s work has been particularly beneficial for Tahoe Donner residents who enjoy the association’s extensive trail system, which will continue to grow through TDLT acquisitions and trail development. “You can now hike from the Alder Creek Adventure Center to Independence Lake,” says Kathy Englar, Tahoe Donner resident and development director of TDLT. “The vision of the Truckee Donner Land Trust is to create the equivalent of a national park between Tahoe Donner and Sierra County.” Individually, land purchases like Perazzo Meadows, Independence Lake and Lower Carpenter Valley appear to be separate pieces on a vast map. Stand back a bit, however, and each purchase starts to fill in a larger portion of a map that once

looked like a checkerboard of private and public ownership. The vision of a huge, continuous holding of preserved land under a unified management plan is achievable when enough people work together, Englar says. “Lower Carpenter Valley and Crabtree Canyon couldn’t have been done without Tahoe Donner Association,” Englar says. “Our collaboration with Tahoe Donner is really a high point for us.” For Tahoe Donner, the Euer Valley purchase is now coupled with TDLT’s acquisition of 1,300 acres just north of association property in Lower Carpenter Valley. That includes 640 acres of Crabtree Canyon purchased by Tahoe Donner for its summer and winter trail system. Beyond trails and recreation, the acquisitions mean land-use managers can now implement broader forest-health projects once hindered by checkerboard land ownership, including forest thinning and controlled burns to prevent catastrophic wildfires. These efforts benefit watersheds and wildlife habitats, Englar says.

CHECK IT OUT: LOWER CARPENTER VALLEY Registration for docent-led hikes of Lower Carpenter Valley opens April 1. As the Truckee Donner Land Trust works on trails and trailhead access for Carpenter Valley, exploration of the area during summer 2018 will be with guided hikes only. Lower Carpenter Valley is one of the best examples of a properly functioning meadow in our area, according to the TDLT. Willow forests abound on the valley floor, and the North Fork of Prosser Creek meanders through the valley. When the snow melts, Lower Carpenter Valley puts on a wildflower show that is unrivaled in our area.

Go to tdlandtrust.org for hike registration.

For more about TDLT, including volunteer and donation information, visit tdlandtrust.org.

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DEIRDRE HENDERSON OF

CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY While the TDLT takes a direct approach to conservation by protecting and preserving natural areas, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) strives to sustain the planet and improve our ecosystem through policy initiatives and local government action. Deirdre Henderson, Tahoe Donner resident and volunteer group leader with the North Tahoe chapter of CCL, says the national, non-partisan, non-profit organization trains residents to become effective citizen advocates. CCL chapters work to build relationships with local members of Congress to work toward the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions. The North Tahoe chapter of CCL works with Rep. Tom McClintock of California’s 4th congressional district. “Climate change often seems like such a big issue that people feel paralyzed,” Henderson says. “CCL enables people to feel like they can actually do something. We try to build political will within our communities and we welcome anybody into our organization. We don’t care what party you’re from, or your age or ethnicity. We want everybody to be involved.” CCL’s latest initiative is a Carbon Fee and Dividend solution to lesson and monetize carbon emissions. Simply put, those who pay an upfront fee on carbon emissions from fossil fuels would receive a monthly dividend from the fee’s revenue. Fees on carbon would rise steadily and predictably, and about two-thirds of participating households will break even or receive more energy than they would through traditional payment methods, Henderson says. “We think we’ve found a consensus solution that both Republicans and Democrats can support,” she says. “It is market-based, doesn’t grow the size of government and doesn’t involve more regulations. It’s a win-win policy.” Henderson points to the Truckee-Tahoe economy as a reason why engagement on the climate issue is crucial. Various studies model that winter recreation will be impacted by increasing global temperatures, with the fallout being shorter ski seasons and higher snow levels – both of which will effect Tahoe Donner directly. “I have two sons and a grandson, and want to leave them a livable world,” Henderson says. “That motivates me every day.” For more information about CCL, see citizensclimatelobby.org or attend a monthly meeting at Truckee Tahoe Airport.

EDUCATE AND LEARN MORE WAYS TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT ATTEND A LOCAL EARTH DAY EVENT SAVING SNOW FILM PREMIERE

Saturday, April 21 | Doors 5PM Base Camp in the Village at Squaw Valley $15 adult, $5 child/student More info at adaptationnow.com/saving-snow

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SIMPLE WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT • Buy local produce or, better yet, grow a garden. Organic is great, but local is better. • Say no to the straw and forgo single-use disposable plastic bags for reusable containers. • Give up gum. Most gum is made of a synthetic rubber, AKA plastic, which you generally want to keep out of your mouth. • Use matches or a refillable metal lighter rather than disposable plastic lighters. • Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for harsh chemicals in multiple plastic bottles. • Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. The plastic bags they give out take 1,000 years to degrade. • Stay smooth using replaceable blades rather than disposable razors. • Vote local for candidates who align with your values and environmental goals.


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FEATURE

OLYMPIC

DOUBLE-DUTY Tahoe Donner native Russell Kennedy competes in the Olympics, then guides a Paralympic skier to gold By JAMIE BATE

CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

COURTESY OF RUSSELL KENNEDY

COURTESY OF RUSSELL KENNEDY

COURTESY OF DANAE ANDERSON


Russell Kennedy competed in three cross country skiing events for Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Two weeks later, he won a gold medal. Kennedy, 26, grew up in Tahoe Donner and cut his teeth on the trails at TDXC. Thanks to dual citizenship, he has represented Canada as a cross country skier since 2010, and was thrilled to earn the final spot on Canada’s cross country team at the 2018 Games. “The Olympics were an incredible experience,” Kennedy says. “It was really cool to be in the village with athletes that I look up to. There was a bit of tension, as there is with all major events. But for me, making it was really the most amazing part – being a part of something that I have wanted to be a part of for so many years.” Kennedy’s Olympic results were solid, with the best being a ninthplace finish in the Men’s 4x10km Relay. He also placed 49th in the 50km Mass Start Classic and 54th in the Mass Sprint Classic. “My performances were good,” he says. “The relay was a really good race and I was super stoked to see what I could do.” Unlike most Olympians, Kennedy didn’t return home shortly after the closing ceremony on Feb. 25. Instead, he flew to Japan to train – as a guide for blind skiers competing for Canada at the Paralympic Games held March 9-18 in PyeongChang. And it paid off big-time. On March 14, Kennedy earned a gold medal guiding Canada’s Brian McKeever in the 1.5km Visually Impaired Sprint Classic at the Paralympic Games. It was their first race together, and McKeever’s record-breaking 15th Paralympic medal and 12th gold.

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“It was really cool to share what I love doing with someone who experiences it with a totally different perspective,” Kennedy says. His love for guiding started at TDXC when he volunteered for his first Ski for Light event as a high school student. “TDXC was huge for me as a kid,” Kennedy says. “Going back brings back fond memories of all the fun times I had. It was definitely the foundation for my passion for this sport. Taking that passion to the Games, though, made me realize the community that’s still there backing me and just how lucky I was to grow up with.” As far as Beijing in 2022, Kennedy said he’s taking a wait-and-see approach. “I have put years of effort and money into making it to this stage, and although I am very proud, I’m also OK with a change. I haven’t made up my mind on the subject just yet, but will see what happens this spring and after I have some time to reflect on this past year.”

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THE REPORT

NEW FAIR CAMPAIGN GUIDELINES FOR THE JUNE 2018 BOARD ELECTIONS Greetings from the Elections Committee! The 2018 Board of Directors Election “season” begins on March 30, when Candidate Application Packets are made available to members interested in running for the one vacant board position to be filled. The slate of candidates for the election will be posted on May 1. Once that happens, candidates can begin conducting campaign activities aimed at informing the membership of the reasons for their candidacy and their campaign platforms.

Last year’s election campaigns were the most active the Elections Committee has ever experienced. We received questions and/or complaints from members, candidates and staff almost daily, most often about which kinds of campaign activities were permitted and which were not. Because many of these questions had not been raised before, we found ourselves scrambling to provide answers during the heat of the campaign. The experience was not a positive one for many of the individuals impacted. So, after the election was completed, we reviewed all of the questions and concerns that had been raised by members. We interviewed the candidates, asking them to identify any positives about the campaign experience as well as what they would like to see changed or improved. We did the same with staff, who were often caught in the middle. We presented our findings to the board of directors in July, and requested approval to proceed with the revision of our outdated election processes and procedures, and the development of Fair Campaign Guidelines to be put in place before the next election cycle. After many drafts, revisions and discussions with legal counsel, we finally received board approval in February for the Fair Campaign Guidelines published here.

TAHOE DONNER ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION FAIR CAMPAIGN GUIDELINES The purpose of this document is to provide members and candidates with guidance regarding what actions are acceptable in running an election campaign for the Tahoe Donner Association Board of Directors Election. The overarching assumption is that candidates have a moral obligation to abide by basic principles of decency, honesty and fair play. The right of candidates to engage in campaign activities must be balanced by the right of the members to peaceful enjoyment of all Tahoe Donner Association property and facilities. The goal in articulating these expectations is that every individual participating in the elections process (candidates, members and staff) understands his or her rights and responsibilities under California law as well as the Covenants, Bylaws and Rules of the Tahoe Donner Association.

CANDIDATES PARTICIPATING IN THE TAHOE DONNER ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION WILL ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING: 1

The posting of signage, flyers, etc., on association media (official bulletin board, notice board, kiosk, official website, broadcasting on association television monitors or other notices mailed or delivered by association members) is not permitted,


unless specifically authorized by the board of directors. (See Section 1.1 of the Tahoe Donner Association Voting and Election Rules). If authorized, a dedicated election bulletin board will be made available during the campaign period for official candidates to post campaign information. The campaign period will begin when the roster of candidates is approved by the Elections Committee and will terminate when the Elections Committee announces final election results. 2

Campaign signs are permitted on private property (Separate Interest) within Tahoe Donner with the owner’s permission.

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Town of Truckee regulations provide that temporary political signs may be posted 60 days preceding the election and shall be removed within 14 days following the election, and may be located within the Town of Truckee right of way as long as they do not create sight distance conflicts or other safety hazards (see Town of Truckee website). These rules shall be applicable to Tahoe Donner Association elections.

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Paid advertising in Tahoe Donner News by candidates is not permitted.

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Candidates are encouraged to exercise caution in the public distribution of all public information. Candidates shall not knowingly distribute or disseminate information of any kind to the members which they know is false or materially misleading. When using social media (Nextdoor, Facebook, etc.) candidates shall abide by the site or app’s stated rules and regulations. Tahoe Donner Association is not responsible for content by candidates using social media, nor does it have any control over the use of social media by candidates.

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In accordance with California law and association rules, candidates are permitted access to common areas for campaign purposes. • Candidates have the right to access members for campaigning purposes, and members have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of all Tahoe Donner Association properties and facilities. As such, candidates are asked to respect members’ right to peaceful enjoyment at all Tahoe Donner Association properties and venues. • If a candidate believes that their access to the membership is restricted or if a member believes that their right to peaceful enjoyment is infringed upon, please inform the Elections Committee immediately via email at electionscommittee@tahoedonner.com. The Elections Committee will follow-up with the individual lodging the complaint, and all candidates will be notified of the outcome. Depending on the severity of the complaint, the board of directors might become involved.

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Members occasionally submit questions to a candidate or candidates. If the candidate(s) needs assistance from staff to answer such questions, the question should be forwarded to the Elections Committee mailbox at electionscommittee@tahoedonner.com. The Elections Committee, in conjunction with the general manager or designee, will identify the appropriate staff member to answer the question and consult with the candidate(s). Once an answer is received, it will be shared with all candidates. This process will ensure that all questions asked are answered correctly, factually and shared with all the other candidates.

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The Elections Committee will monitor the election process to help assure its fairness and impartiality. To that end, the Elections Committee, in conjunction with the inspector of election, will monitor campaign activities of candidates, respond to and investigate inquiries/complaints from members, staff and/or other candidates, and inform the board of issues that may be in conflict with the association’s Covenants, Conditions & Regulations (CC&Rs).

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It is a goal of the Elections Committee to make opportunities available to the membership to meet and interact with the candidates during the election period so that members may inform their vote for the board election. Formal Elections Committee-sponsored candidate access to the membership will be made available on separate occasions, scheduled early in the election cycle. Dates and times of these events will be published in each Election Candidate Packet, posted online and sent through email to inform the membership. These events include: • Candidates Night with Formal Questions (1) • Candidate Meet and Greet Events (2)

YOUR RIGHTS + FEEDBACK These guidelines reflect new California regulations that went into effect in January 2018 (Civil Code 4515) that govern “Rights of Assembly and Non-Commercial Speech” in homeowner associations. While specific implementation of the regulations is still being worked out, our legal counsel advises that the bottom line is that associations must balance members’ rights to peaceful enjoyment of the properties with candidates’ rights to campaign. Candidates have the right to approach members and attempt to engage them in conversation about the election. Members have the right to engage in discussion with the candidate, or to “opt-out” of that dialogue by simply informing a candidate that they do not care to discuss the election. Anyone who believes their individual rights under this scenario are not being respected is encouraged to contact the Elections Committee at electionscommittee@ tahoedonner.com. We look forward to your feedback!

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FEATURE

BEST OF TAHOE DONNER

SPRING IN THE MOUNTAINS By JAMIE BATE

Celebrate Earth Day with your own spring cleaning or enjoy spring skiing at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort’s end-ofseason bash. A new season is upon Tahoe Donner – have fun, get involved and be inspired!

DAPHNE HOUGARD


BEST CLOSING DAY PARTY

BEST BRING-A-FRIEND

If you and a friend have always wanted to cross country ski together but never actually learned how, you’re in luck! Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center (TDXC) is offering two-for-one private midweek lessons until the end of the season. Stop by the TDXC retail store to gear up and save 30% on select items. What: 2-for-1 Private Lessons! When: Valid until closing day Where: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center Reservations required: (530) 587-9484

BEST INSPIRATIONAL EVENT

Put your life into perspective at the Truckee-Tahoe film premiere of Return to Paradise – A Skier's Journey. The inspirational film is hosted by Mike Vowels and documents his 30-year journey back to skiing and the mountains he loves after a life-altering sports injury. When: Wednesday, April 11 | Doors 6PM, Film 7PM Where: Alder Creek Adventure Center Cost: $20 suggested entry donation supporting High Fives Foundation

BEST WAY TO GET INVOLVED IN TAHOE DONNER

Tahoe Donner Association has dedicated professional staff, but it’s the board of directors and committee members who set policy for staff to implement. Make your voice heard at monthly board meetings or sign-up for a committee or task force today! When: Next TDA board meeting, April 28 Submit application for board candidacy by April 30. Are you a TDA member in good standing? There are open seats on various committees! Learn more at tahoedonner.com/committees.

Celebrate this season’s snowfall at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort’s annual end-of-season bash. There’ll be food and beverage specials, live music, a bounce house and the always entertaining Downhill Dummy Jump, where “super-hero” dummies will be sent off a massive kicker. Prizes will be awarded for best design, best air and best crash. When: Sunday, April 15 Where: Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort Cost: Full-day lift tickets available at half-day rates

BEST WAY TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY It’s spring, so it’s time for a good cleaning. Instead of tossing stuff away, recycle and upcycle your unwanted goods by posting free items on Tahoe Donner Nextdoor or donating to area thrift stores. Do not place your unwanted goods on the corner!

What: Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off When: Saturday, April 21 Where: Eastern Regional Landfill Call Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal at (530) 583-7800 for info & appointment.

BEST PLACE TO CATCH A BALL GAME

If it’s April, it’s Major League Baseball time! Head to Pizza on the Hill to catch a Giants or Athletics game while enjoying pizza, pasta and beer. The kids can play in the game room or mom and dad can visit the bar – either way, don’t miss a game. What: Specials at Pizza on the Hill When: Happy hour daily 5-6PM, $10 pizzas on Sundays Enjoy happy hour with 25% off all appetizers, $4 Coors Light drafts, $5 seasonal draft beers and $6 house wine. $10 pizzas on Sundays include cheese, sausage and pepperoni for dine-in or take-out.

BEST BURGER DEAL

Work up an appetite after a great day outdoors or from doing your taxes, then stop by The Lodge Restaurant & Pub for a Lodge Burger and a Coors Light or glass of house wine – all for just $14 throughout April. When: April 2-30 | Daily 5-9PM Where: The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Make your burger even better with sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, avocado or Point Reyes blue cheese.

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THE

BUZZ EVENTS. DINING. UPDATES. AQUATICS

CROSS COUNTRY SKI

LIFEGUARDING CERTIFICATION

The end of the season means the best deals at TDXC!

If you are 15 years or older and looking for a great summer job or challenging career in the aquatics industry, the Tahoe Donner American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification Program will give you an advantage! Lifeguarding certification will qualify you to work as part of a committed team of certified lifeguards while you work together to provide safety and protection to aquatic patrons. You could save a life! Your certification will provide you the necessary skills to prevent and respond to water-related emergencies.

2-FOR-1 PRIVATE LESSONS

NEW LIFEGUARDS

New to lifeguarding? Great news! If you are 15 years or older you can become a Red Cross-certified lifeguard at Tahoe Donner Association. Lifeguarding is a sweet summer job where you learn lifesaving skills and spend your time by the pool! You should be responsible, punctual and know how to swim. You’ll feel proud of yourself for trying something new and earning money.

Book a midweek private lesson package – including pass, rentals and lesson – and a friend or family member can join you for free. For those with gear and a pass, midweek private lessons are also two-for-one. It lasts until the end of the season, so stride and skate today. When: Midweek until TDXC closes

Email aquatics@tahoedonner.com for upcoming class dates. Cost: Member $229, Guest $254* *If you are hired onto the Trout Creek Aquatics staff and fulfill your season commitment, your course fee will be refunded less a $55 materials fee.

RETURNING LIFEGUARDS

Looking to work for us again? Right on! With your experience, you might even consider moving up in the ranks! To reapply as a lifeguard, go to tahoedonner.com/employment.

REFER-A-FRIEND

SAVE 30% AT TDXC RETAIL

Email aquatics@tahoedonner.com for upcoming class dates.

When: Daily until TDXC closes

If you know someone looking for a job, refer them to us! If you’re a current employee, you may get a bonus. Let your friends know about Tahoe Donner Lifeguarding today.

Whether you need new XC gear, sporty apparel or Tahoe Donner swag, the retail store at TDXC has got you covered. Save 30% on Solomon, Smartwool and other selected items until the end of the season.

SEASON PASSES ON SALE STARTING MAY 1


DOWNHILL SKI

SNOWPLAY

EQUESTRIAN

CLOSING DAY + DOWNHILL DUMMY CONTEST SUNDAY, APRIL 15

HOURS OF OPERATION

Applications for horse boarding can be found online at tahoedonner.com/equestrian. Lock in the below rates by May 1, prices are subject to change. Boarding includes daily cleaning and twice-daily feeding of up to two flakes.

Join us for the annual end of season bash! Enjoy food and beverage specials, a bounce house, live music and the traditional Downhill Dummy event, in which teams build unique dummies to send sliding down the hill and off a massive jump. This year’s theme is “Super Heroes.” Prizes will be awarded for best design, best air and best crash. Full-day lift tickets will be available at half-day rates.

Slide into some fun at Tahoe Donner Snowplay on weekends when conditions permit. FRIDAY 1:30-4:30PM SATURDAY + SUNDAY 9:30AM-4:30PM

UPCOMING EVENTS SNOWBALL THROWING CONTEST

When: Sunday, April 1 | 1-2:30PM

2018 BOARDING RATES

Basic 12x24 Member Paddock Monthly $429 Weekly $114 Daily $27 Basic 12x24 Non-Member Paddock Monthly $579 Weekly $184 Daily $44 24x24 Paddocks with a Freestanding 12x12 Shelter (one horse capacity) Member $599 Non-Member $759

SEASON PASSES ON SALE STARTING MAY 1

RECREATION EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA SUNDAY, APRIL 1

Easter Bunny 11:30AM | Egg hunt 12PM Kids 12 and under will enjoy carnival games, spoon races, face painting and a performance from Penney the Bunny. When: 11AM-1PM, Brunch 10AM-2PM Where: The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

TRIVIA NIGHT THURSDAYS

Trivia lovers, this is your chance to win big! Play for free every Thursday. When: Thursdays, 6:30-8PM Where: Pizza on the Hill

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT FRIDAYS

Enjoy a classic or new movie every Friday. All films are rated G or PG. Call (530) 582-9646 to find out what’s playing at this free event. When: Fridays, 6:30PM Where: Northwoods Clubhouse

*All prices subject to change

VIRTUAL GOLF ACADEMY Practice your full swing, chipping, putting, or just play a round of golf.

CLUB FITTING

Our certified club fitting staff will collect data on your swing to identify the optimal golf club and golf ball configuration for your game. Cost: $99 Note: 50% of the club fitting session is refunded if golf clubs are purchased from Tahoe Donner.

GOLF SIMULATOR

Enjoy 27 of the world’s finest golf courses with our golf simulator! Multiple tee and game options are available. Reservations recommended. Cost: 30-minute “Virtual” Session $25 60-minute “Virtual” Session $35

LESSONS

Improve your game in the off-season with video analysis of your swing. Cost: 30-minute Session $50 60-minute Session $100 TD Club Members receive a 10% discount

Info/Tee Times: (530) 587-9442

SEASON PASSES ON SALE STARTING APRIL 10

SUMMER CAMPS ADVENTURE DAY PROGRAMS Days full of exploration, discovery and adventure prepare kids ages 7-11 for a lifelong love of the great outdoors. AQUATICS PROGRAMS Kids can make a splash with group swimming lessons, private lessons and the Trout Creek Tiger Sharks swim team. DAY CAMPS These week-long camps offer ageappropriate activities that challenge, educate and entertain kids ages 3-14. HORSEMANSHIP CAMPS Riders ages 8-14 can saddle up and learn fundamental equestrian skills including grooming, safety and riding. MARINA PROGRAMS Donner Lake is the perfect place for kids to learn water-oriented skills including windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. For more details and to register for any camps or programs, see tahoedonner.com/summercamps.

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BUZZ: CLUBS

TD JUNIOR GOLF CLUB While you may be getting a few final days of skiing under your belt, it’s time to think about the Tahoe Donner Junior Golf Club. Founded over 20 years ago, the Junior Golf Club provides children under 18 the opportunity to gain skills, learn etiquette and most importantly, have fun playing the game of golf. Each Thursday afternoon we begin with putting and chipping games designed to teach and reinforce skills without the participants knowing they are drills. Then we hit the course. The players are put into foursomes based on skill and age. The younger players are accompanied by adult volunteers, who are there for safety purposes only; the kids are playing golf on their own. Club members get special discounted tee time rates, and The Lodge provides incentives for participants and their families in the form of discounted dinners. Membership applications will be available at the Pro Shop when the season opens. The membership fee is $15. A weekly option of $5 is available for those who can’t make it every week (once you have participated three times, the membership fee is satisfied.) This goes to cover costs of snacks on play days, postage and more as we solicit financial support from our local businesses. At the end of the summer, we hold our annual Tahoe Donner Junior Golf Club Championship Tournament. Every participant takes home a prize, and hopefully great memories.

TD 4 WHEELERS CLUB

QUILT CLUB

The TD4WD Club is a wonderful way to explore the rugged outdoor beauty from our Tahoe Donner base camp! Check out TD4wheelers.org for the 2018 trail ride schedule and to see pictures of prior trips.

BRUNSWICK CANYON ROAD-EL DORADO CANYON LOOP RUN! SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Brunswick Canyon has a fun, steep, double-track drop-in from near Carson City’s BLM office. The dirt road continues south to Sunrise Pass Road, where you can bailout if you only want to do the easy half of the loop. From there it is a north turn into El Dorado Canyon, which is a tough run through amazing scenery. If you are interested in roadside geology, El Dorado Canyon is a don’t-miss location with a cave and other interesting rock formations.

The quilt in the photo was made by Lydia Stang and is one of the many quilts our club makes for the Truckee Healthy Babies program. This is an ongoing project, so donations of fabric and batting are much appreciated and can be dropped off at Member Services or by contacting Marilyn Dundas at md11792@outlook.com. Tahoe Donner Quilt Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month in the Meadow Room at Northwoods Clubhouse from 1-3PM. All are welcome as we meet socially, show our projects and learn from each other. Last month Gail Tierney taught a free motion quilting clinic. It’s a great group of ladies, come check us out. Questions? Contact Linda Brush at sewlinda@aol.com.

SENIOR ALPINE SKI CLUB

CLUB SOCIAL AT NORTHWOODS CLUBHOUSE SATURDAY, MAY 5

On March 9, 15 skiers tore up the giant slalom course in the annual East-West Club Race in celebration of long-anticipated snow. Charlene Braga, Level 2 USSA coach and winner of five USSA Masters Championships, offered weekly race training.

Join us from 5:30-8PM to meet club members, learn more about our runs and get answers for questions about 4x4 vehicles.

SHIRTTAIL CANYON RUN SATURDAY, MAY 19

This is an easy but scenic forest road run suitable for stock 4x4 vehicles. We’ll see the off-the-grid gold rush era town of Iowa Hill, the Colfax-Foresthill Suspension Bridge and numerous hydraulic mining areas. We’ll have a lunch stop along the American River.

We are fortunate to be able to take advantage of great amenities here at Tahoe Donner. This club is the perfect way to connect with our community and celebrate mountain living. Yearround club activities include skiing, kayaking, golfing, cycling, tennis, pickleball, BBQs, camaraderie and socials at The Lodge. Membership is offered to those age 50+. If interested, email info@tdski.com.


THE

BUZZ:

smoked salmon, tequila lime tri-tip, a dessert station and much more. Reservations recommended. When: 10AM-2PM Cost: Adults $41.95, Kids $17.95

DINING

BURGER-AND-A-BEER MONTH APRIL 2-30

Get a Lodge Burger and Coors Light draft or glass of house wine for $14 throughout April. Not good with any other promotions or discounts.

The Lodge is open daily from 5-9PM.

DAILY PUB HAPPY HOUR

Drink specials and 25% off pub fare, soups, salads and appetizers in The Pub. When: Starting April 2, 5-6:30PM

NO CORKAGE TUESDAYS

Bring your special bottle of wine on Tuesday and we’ll waive the corkage fee.

APRIL HOURS

Thursday-Monday, 5-8:30PM

HAPPY HOUR

Enjoy $4 Coors Lights, $5 drafts, $6 house wine and 25% off all appetizers. When: Thursday-Monday, 5-6PM

SANDWICH & A BEER MONDAYS

WILD WEDNESDAYS

Happy Hour food and drink pricing all night long throughout the entire restaurant.

EASTER BRUNCH & EGGSTRAVANZA SUNDAY, APRIL 1

Enjoy soufflé French toast, Belgian waffles, Eggs Benedict, king crab,

Try one of Chef Barton's new sandwiches with a draft beer for $13.

THURSDAY NIGHT TRIVIA

A new family-friendly film every week. Bring your pillows and purchase Pizza on the Hill for dinner! When: Fridays, 6:30PM Where: Northwoods Clubhouse

11509 NORTHWOODS BLVD (530) 582-9669

FREE MARGARITA TASTING FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Sample tasty margaritas made with DeLeón Platinum Tequila and $5 margaritas all night. When: 5-6:30PM

CINCO DE MAYO PARTY SATURDAY, MAY 5

Celebrate with $3 beers, $6 margaritas and authentic Mexican food specials from Chef Freddy Zarate. 12850 NORTHWOODS BLVD (530) 587-9455

Lunch served daily, 11:30AM-2PM Trailside Bar open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30AM-2PM

FREE FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE

Let us do the cooking with $10 cheese, sausage or pepperoni pizzas for dine-in or take-out. Limit 10 per family. When: Sundays, 5-8:30PM

Returning favorites joined by new additions including English pea and prosciutto salad with arugula, snap peas, fresh grated horse radish and a Dijon vinaigrette.

AFTER APRIL 15 OPEN DAILY

Play for free and you might win prizes! When: Thursdays, 6:30-8PM

$10 PIZZA SUNDAYS

SPRING MENU GOES LIVE FRIDAY, APRIL 13

TACO TUESDAYS

Two carnitas taco’s with cilantro lime slaw for $6 throughout April.

THROUGH APRIL 15 LUNCH SERVED DAILY Monday-Friday, 11AM-3PM Saturday-Sunday, 11AM-4PM Trailside Bar open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30AM-5PM.

BURGER FRIDAYS

Enjoy the ACC burger and fries for $10 every Friday all month long.

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

APRIL HOURS


BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, BE A GOOD GUEST By ANNIE ROSENFELD, Tahoe Donner Director of Risk and Real Property Whether you are a homeowner or a guest of Tahoe Donner, we are all here to enjoy nature and take in the beauty of our mountain surroundings. Please take these key rules and courtesies into account during your time in Tahoe Donner. This is an abbreviated list of the Covenants Rules. For a complete list, visit tahoedonner.com/covenants.

TRASH

Lock it up in your bear-proof container, never your neighbors’ or dumped anywhere in Tahoe Donner.

NO DRONES

Flying drones on Tahoe Donner-owned property, including the trails and open space, is prohibited unless authorized by Tahoe Donner.

RESPECT QUIET HOURS Loud music, barking dogs and latenight partying are prohibited from 10PM-7AM.

HOW TO MAKE A COVENANTS COMPLAINT 1

Visit onestop.tahoedonner.com

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Email compliance@tahoedonner.com

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Call (530) 414-8166*

*A staff member is available Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM and Saturday-Sunday 11AM-8PM. On-call, after-hours staff are available FridaySunday and holiday periods 8-11PM.

WHAT INFORMATION TO PROVIDE Be prepared to provide: • • • • • •

Your name, address and email Nature of complaint with times occurring Address of property being complained about Evidence: photos, video, etc. How this behavior is affecting you What actions have been taken (e.g. called police)

LIGHTS OUT

Enjoy the mountain stars and minimize light pollution by turning off outdoor lighting after 10PM.

SLOW DOWN

The speed limit is predominantly 25 MPH here. Wildlife, accidents, dogs and children could require sudden stops.

LEASH UP

Pets must be on leash at association facilities and must be within voice control on Truckee streets.

PARK ON PAVEMENT Parking vehicles off-pavement, on another person’s property or on access easements is prohibited.

AFTER-HOURS COMPLAINT: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT Staff will take your complaint and make every effort to contact the owner of the property being complained about, share details about the complaint and request voluntary compliance.


RETURN TO

PARADISE A SKIER’S JOURNEY

VOWELS-A-COPTER

FORMER CHAMPION MIKE VOWELS SKIS AGAIN NEARLY 30 YEARS AFTER A PARALYZING ACCIDENT On April 11, Tahoe Donner will host the Lake Tahoe premiere of Return to Paradise – A Skier’s Journey. This inspirational film documents former champion freestyle skier Mike Vowels’s return to skiing 28 years after a paralyzing ski accident in 1985. We caught up with Mike to talk about his skiing background, his motivation to return to the sport and his first ski film. How did skiing begin for you? My stepfather Jack Graham introduced me to skiing at age 11. I was a quick study, and by age 15 I had become a ski instructor and I taught for another 14 years, until the time of my injury. I competed as a freestyle skier from 1974 to 1976, winning 12 aerial competitions in the Pacific Northwest in the first two years. My 1976 ski season took me on a National Freestyle Tour. My best finishes of that final season included a second place finish in Quebec and a fourth place finish in Keystone, Colorado. What changed post-accident? Everything in life was more challenging. I rolled-up my sleeves and returned to work 12 weeks after being released from the hospital. I persevered and established a solid career in the commercial construction industry as an estimator and

project manager. Skiing was no longer on the table. I never looked back. When did you return to skiing? At 57, depression began creeping into my busy life. I dove into two years of psychotherapy and the processes forced me to address all aspects of my life, including my broken relationship with skiing. I spent one intense year in the gym getting in the best shape possible. Journaling and psychotherapy prepared me mentally for what was to come – learning to ski again without having the use of my legs. How has it been so far?

Your premier in Tahoe Donner supports the High Fives Foundation. That’s right. My ski film allows me to pay it forward. My aim is to generate revenue that serves injured veterans through outdoor recreational therapies. If someone else hosts me and the film, my aim is to generate revenue that serves their charitable cause. High Fives is a great organization helping athletes work through similar life situations I faced. Promoting the film has been its own adventure. Tell us about that.

It was a lot of hard work, but more rewarding than I ever imagined. I am enjoying my fifth ski season since my return. I am now semi-retired and reinventing myself. My world just keeps getting bigger.

To help raise awareness, my partner Cate and I have set out to ski 28 new ski resorts in reflection of my 28 years away from skiing. We have nine more to complete in April, one of course being the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort.

Tell us about your film.

What’s next?

The film took four years to complete. It’s a journey about self-exploration, discovery and healing. The skier finally faces a traumatic life event that influenced his life for nearly three decades. The film was an opportunity for me to share what I’ve learned in hopes of encouraging and benefiting others along the way. It is dedicated to my stepfather, Jack.

I’ll be attending the Snowsport History Celebration in Squaw Valley April 12-15. We plan to move to Sun Valley next winter, where I’ll continue seeking new life-expanding opportunities like stand-up comedy, motivational speaking and forever seeking to improve my skiing.

MIKE VOWELS-SKIER Join Mike Vowels and friends for the Lake Tahoe film premiere of Return to Paradise – A Skier’s Journey. This inspirational film documents Mike’s journey back to skiing after experiencing a lifealtering sports injury nearly three decades earlier. WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 WHERE: Alder Creek Adventure Center TIME: Doors 6PM | Film 7PM COST: $20 suggested entry. Donations supporting High Fives Foundation. No host beer, wine and grab-n-go food items available for purchase.

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THE REPORT

TRAIL SYSTEM TIPS + ETIQUETTE USING AND ENJOYING TAHOE DONNER'S LARGEST AMENITY By JOE LEWANDOWSKI

As the seasons change, so does the trail system. While winter is home to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking, the spring thaw brings the return of hiking, trail running, mountain biking and horseback riding. With so many users – including horses and dogs where designated – we must all work together to observe rules and etiquette to keep trails safe and rewarding for everyone.

WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES?

YIELDING ETIQUETTE ON TRAILS

Vital to the trail community is creating a vibe that fosters a sense of stewardship, community, appreciation for the experience and compassion for each user. Next time you’re out on the trails, keep the following in mind.

You should expect to come across fellow recreationists each time you head out on a trail. Although common sense goes a long way when using busy trails, we ask that all trail users observe the following yielding etiquette.

Share the trail. Tahoe Donner trails are designed and maintained for multiple users. Expect to see all user types and abilities on the trails.

Be aware and don’t tune out. Stay engaged and be prepared for wildlife interactions, changing weather and unexpected trail conditions.

Horseback riders always have the right of way, but should be prepared for inexperienced trail users who are unfamiliar with how to act around horses. Avoid high-traffic and multiuse trails whenever possible.

Hikers/trail runners must always yield for horseback riders. Step to the downhill side of the trail to let them pass. When approaching those on horseback, announce yourself to avoid spooking the animals.

Bikers must always yield for hikers and horseback riders. Stop and get off the bike, then step downhill and off-trail to let them pass. Always announce your presence when approaching people and horses on the trail.

Uphill traffic always has the right of way.

Observe yielding etiquette, and always negotiate safe passes.

Greet fellow trail users, especially when coming from behind.

Manage your animal. Whether it's a dog or horse, you have a responsibility to the animal and other trail users to maintain control at all times.

Report trail issues to the trail manager by calling (530) 582-9672 or emailing trails@tahoedonner.com.

DOGS ON TRAILS ETIQUETTE The keys to positive trail interactions are courtesy and having compassion for other owners and their pets, as well as for adults and children who don’t like dogs. The Tahoe Donner trail system is not a dog park, and even in dog parks, owners must abide by rules and etiquette. Take physical control of your dog (leash or hand on collar and possibly step off trail) when approaching:

Do not allow your dogs to greet people or a leashed dog without permission.

Pets must always be under voice control and within line of sight.

• A horse on trail.

Dogs must be non-aggressive to people and dogs.

Always carry a leash.

• A leashed dog.

Retract leash when you see other trail users.

• Children or people who “pause” or communicate concern.

Dogs must be able to be called off people, other dogs, horses and wildlife.

Pick up after your pet and do not leave your waste bags trailside. Pack them out and leave no trace.

• Bikes on trail.


MEET THE B.A.R.K. RANGERS By CHRISTINA THAYER, Tahoe Donner Trail Manager

PROTECT YOURSELF + OUR TRAILS Always be respectful of animals, the environment and your fellow trail users. Patience and courtesy make busy trails easier to navigate. Check the weather forecast so you know what to expect when you hit the trail, and always bring water, snacks, sun protection and extra layers.

As Tahoe Donner’s year-round trail manager, I have the good fortune to talk with people who are out enjoying the incredible outdoor opportunities available within the association. I love hearing about their adventures, athletic pursuits or sheer gratitude for having access to this incredible corner of Truckee. I hear it all, including the comments and feedback from our community. One of the most frequent comments I hear is, “Truckee is so petfriendly!” This pet-friendly culture and the access to our local trail system are often the reasons given for why people move to the area. There’s no denying that we’re crazy about our pets! While we love animals, they come with responsibility and awareness for those who share the trails. Tahoe Donner provides a multi-user trail system, which translates to mean we share! No one user group, including pet owners, is without guidelines necessary to participate in collaborative care of our trails.

Don’t play in the mud. Let muddy trails dry out so they remain narrow and don’t erode.

Tahoe Donner is not alone in its attempts to keep the pet-friendly vibe. The National Park Service recently introduced a new program called B.A.R.K. Rangers. It’s a simple way for dog owners to foster responsible pet ownership within a shared experience among non-pet owners.

Stay on the trails. Don’t cut switchbacks or take shortcuts, it damages the ecosystem and shortens your hike!

Although this new program isn’t widespread yet, we’d like to help spread the word and foster a sense of pride in Tahoe Donner’s shared trail system. Through education and responsible dog-ownership we can create a culture of personal ethics, caring and sharing.

Pick up after your pet. Litter bags are available at most trailheads, please bring them, use them and dispose of them in a trash can. Respect our neighbors and stay on Tahoe Donner property at all times. Property boundaries are posted; please observe them. Take and share photos of your hike or adventure to inspire others to enjoy all that Tahoe Donner offers.

Bag your dog’s poop and dispose of it. Take it with you. Plan ahead to carry it out. Always have a leash with you and leash your pet in areas where the rules indicate to do so. Don’t leave your dog unattended. Respect wildlife. Don’t let your pet bark, harass or chase wildlife. Know the rules and where you can go. Check websites, social media and official guidelines for an area. Stay informed and prepare ahead of time by bringing a leash and poop bags, and obeying signage. “Poaching” areas designated as “no dogs allowed” or “dog-on-leash only” zones creates a feeling of disrespectful pet ownership and may jeopardize access for all dogs.

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THE REPORT

BRIEFS TDA FINANCIAL UPDATE

(2017 AUDITED, ANNUAL REPORT IN PROGRESS)

DOWNHILL SKI RESORT DISCUSSION GROUPS

$1.2 million or 19% favorable to Budget 2017 Net Operating Results (audited)

For the fifth consecutive year, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub at Tahoe Donner was recognized by OpenTable as a Diners’ Choice winner. The Lodge was voted among the highest-scoring restaurants in North Lake Tahoe in the following categories: Best Value, Best Service, Best Ambiance, Best Food and Best Overall.

• Notables – Downhill Ski $593,000 favorable, Cross Country Ski $155,000 favorable, Snowplay $116,000 favorable $64.3 million in total assets as of Dec. 31, 2017, up $3.3 million (5%) from prior year end $2.3 million in Operating Fund members equity as of Dec. 31, 2017 (after $3.3 million transfer to Capital Funds) o Balance exceeds policy contingency balance by $1,045,000 or 84% • 2018 Budget Revenues of $12.5 million are $1.5 million or 13% greater than 2017 budget. A moderately aggressive revenue budget for 2018, in part knowing the robust members' equity due to 2017 results, a key element in holding the Assessment flat at $1,900 for 2018 • 2018 to date: lack of natural snowfall through end of February impacted financials, mitigated by snowmaking investment o January financial results: revenue off Budget $459,000, net operating results off Budget $370,000 o February financial results: revenue off Budget $269,000, net operating results off Budget $204,000 o March financial results: with new snow, trending favorable to Budget in revenue and net operating results • Snowmaking investment is proving to have a strong return on investment o $640,000 in favorable net operating results at Downhill Ski, this December 2017 to February 2018 (snowmaking only) as compared to December 2013 through February 2014 (no snow)

THE LODGE RESTAURANT & PUB EARNS 2018 OPENTABLE DINERS' CHOICE AWARD

Discussion groups are being formed with members who want to learn more about the Downhill Ski Resort (DSR) Task Force's research, analysis and potential recommendations, and to provide feedback to the task force. These sessions are hosted by members of the task force, with groups of approximately five TD members at a time. Groups from the Ski Bowl Condo Association and the TD Senior Ski Group recently attended discussion groups, and the task force would like to invite other TD members to participate. The discussion group agenda includes: • Project objective and a review of the Capital Projects Process • Who has volunteered for the project • The task force's work to date, and what's next • Information about ECOsign, TDA's consultant, and ECOsign's preliminary report • A discussion about the ski lodge • A review of the recommendations the task force has made, and have yet to be made • Next steps for the task force If you would like to participate, with a group or as an individual, please contact Jim Beckmeyer, DSR Task Force Lead, at gpc@tahoedonner.com.

Diners' Choice winners are determined by feedback from diners who booked their reservation through opentable.com, an online restaurant review and reservation site. To date, The Lodge has been reviewed over 700 times and maintains a respected overall rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 stars. Of those who gave a review, 95 percent would recommend The Lodge to a friend. Congratulations to Chef Lew Orlady and The Lodge staff. To book a reservation at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, visit tahoedonner.com or call (530) 587-9455.

BUSINESS DIRECTORY Don’t miss our newly redesigned directory of local businesses including carpet cleaners, contractors, designers, painters and more at tahoedonner.com/businessdirectory.

WRITE A LETTER TO THE BOARD Do you have a question or concern about the association? Provide feedback to help improve the overall association. Submit your comments and concerns at board@tahoedonner.com. Learn more at tahoedonner.com/feedback.


NATURE LOOP TRAIL UPDATE

Progress continues on the Nature Loop Trail Improvement Project, with major enhancements planned for one of Tahoe Donner’s most popular trails. The project involves replacing the Nature Loop’s bridge and boardwalk, installing retaining walls along Alder Creek, and repairing damage from heavy use and severe weather. The Nature Loop is located within a wetland environment, so any trail work requires extensive ecological surveys and engineered plans that meet the approval of governing agencies. Construction will begin after board approvals, surveys and permits are secured, and trail users will be required to use alternate means to connect from the Northwoods Blvd. trailhead to trail access near Trout Creek Recreation Center. You may have noticed survey flagging and signage requesting that trail users pass along the north side of the Nature Loop. Please do not remove the flagging and respect the trail closure signage. It is there for your safety! We appreciate your patience while we prepare for this major trail improvement project, and know you’ll be pleased by the outcome. For now, please consider checking out some of Tahoe Donner’s other (less muddy) trails and help us minimize impacts to the Nature Loop. Find a full trail map, the Trails Master Plan and more information at tahoedonner.com/trails.

ONE OPEN SEAT FOR UPCOMING BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION Election packets to run for the open board of directors seat will be available March 30. Learn more at tahoedonner.com/boardelections.

SUP/KAYAK STORAGE 2018 SEASON

Serving Truckee/Lake Tahoe

Due to limited quantities, members must enter a lottery for storage spots. To enter the lottery, use your ShopTD account to purchase the desired storage product during its specified purchase period. After the purchase period ends a lottery is held at Alder Creek Adventure Center, with storage spots assigned numerically as names are pulled.

QUALITY WORKMANSHIP CLEANLINESS & CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

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Tahoe Donner members wanting convenient, season-long summer storage for kayaks and/or stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are encouraged to enter the lottery for storage spots at Beach Club Marina. Different storage products are available based on vessel (kayak or SUP) and preferred location (Lakeside or Exit Side).

You will be notified via email with lottery results. Anyone not receiving a spot will have their credit card refunded. The products will be available at shoptd.tahoedonner.com during the specified purchase periods. Please read and understand the complete Rules and Information at tahoedonner.com/kayakstorage.

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FEATURE

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With summer quickly approaching, barbecue season is just around the corner. Our housemade honey chipotle barbecue sauce is featured on the Alder Creek Cafe’s pulled pork sandwich and peps up our locals’ favorite flank steak sandwich special, too. This versatile sauce will also work nicely on chicken, salmon or ribs.

CHEF DAVID’S HONEY CHIPOTLE BARBECUE SAUCE 1 qt. ketchup 2 cups honey 2/3 cups brown sugar 1/3 cup Dijon mustard 8 oz. pineapple juice 1 cup apple cider vinegar 4 oz. chipotle peppers in adobo (Add more if you want it spicier or less for mild. You can freeze what's left for later use.) 1 tsp. chili flakes 1 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. black pepper

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THE REPORT

THANK YOU

TAHOE DONNER GIVING FUND DONORS

Over the past year you have read articles about the scholarship grantees and non-profit organizations to whom we have awarded your contributions. Now we want to honor you – for your generosity in showing that the residents of Tahoe Donner truly do care. Our thanks and that of the grant and scholarship recipients is only exceeded by your generosity. You have truly made a difference in the lives of many worthy students and organizations in the greater Truckee area.

NUMBER OF DONATIONS AT DOLLAR AMOUNT

2016

2016 AND 2017 DONORS, WE SALUTE AND THANK YOU

2017

Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Bunje*

1

$2,200

1

$22,000

4

$1,000

3

$3,000

13

$500

7

$1,000

1

$300

1

$700

3

$250

16

$500

8

$200

10

$250

1

$150

6

$200

37

$100

42

$100

10

$50

15

$50

5

$25

4

$25

2

$20

1

$20

Ms. Barbara Bysiek*

Mr. David G. Falconer

Mr. and Mrs. Zachary M. Candelario

Ms. Diana Freeman Dick and Karolyn Gander*

Scott Carino and Will Mallari

Mr. Douglas Gielow

Mr. Robert J. Cattolica

Mr. Tom Gray

Mr. Edward W. Coble*

Ms. Karen Grote

James and Marie Colbert*

Ms. Joanne Haddy*

Mr. Jeffrey Connors

Jon and Connie Hartung*

Al Coppin

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Havlik

Ed and Barbara Czerwinski*

Ms. Peggy Headley*

Alexis Davis and Allen Namath*

Mr. Peter Himes

Gary Day*

Ms. Linda Hollister

Mr. George DeVore

Mr. Harold F. Honath, Jr. and Ms. Judy G. Anderson*

Ms. Florence DiBenedetto Mr. and Mrs. Steven Disbrow*

Anonymous Donors (20)*

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bernbaum*

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Adams

Ms. Elizabeth Beynon

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Allen

John Biebl

Mr. and Mrs. George Argyris*

William A. Bischoff

Mr. and Mrs. Marty Aufhauser

Mr. John M. Blackmore*

The Aufmuth Family Foundation

Jerry Blackwill

B&T Bookkeeping, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Bonzon*

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Barr

Mr. George Brandt

Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Barrett

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Brannen*

Mr. and Mrs. George Bechtel Ms. Irene A. Bell

Merle and Michael Fajans*

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dreyer Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dudum Ms. Phyllis M. Edwards Mr. Rick Elfman Ms. Kathy Englar* Mike and Pam English* Mr. Robert M English and Ms. Anna Maria Zara*

Ms. Jennifer F. Jennings and Mr. Michael L. Bledsoe* Jewish Community Foundation The Jewish Community Fund Ms. Jennifer Jordan Eric Jue Derek and Lisa Kirkland* Beth and Dieter Krewedl* Mr. Mark Kubo*

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ermak*

Mr. Harry N. Lalor* Spencer and Alecia Larson

Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Trevor S. Fagerskog*

Mr. Nicholas Lee

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Bullock*

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Fairfax*

John and Karin Leinart


MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE Ms. Tina Lucas and Mr. Thomas Ostrom*

Tahoe Donner Men’s Golf Club

Dave and Julie Lydick*

Tahoe Donner Women’s Golf Club*

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Madsen*

Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. Tanner

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Malko Mr. and Mrs. James E. Matthews

Margaret Van Camp and Carol Patterson

Steve and Vivian Goldman McClure*

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Veni* Mr. and Mrs. Bob Von Raesfeld*

Doug and Mary McWilliams*

Lisa Wallace

Ed Melia

Ms. Janet A. Weaver

Toni J. Moore*

Mr. and Mrs. Jay P. Wertheim*

Elise Morgan & Jack Seitz*

Ms. Frances White

Cameron and Marcia Murray*

Mr. and Mrs. Rod Whitten*

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mark Murrell*

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Wienholz*

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Odishoo*

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. O’Donnell*

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Wilson*

Optimist Club of Truckee

Ms. B. Diana Winyard and Dr. Norman B. Kahn*

Mr. and Mrs. David K. Patterson

Craig Wyreman

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Pellegrini

Ms. Janet Zipser Zipkin and Dr. Charles R. Zipkin*

Mary and John Podesta* Graham and Lynette Powell* Tom and Peggy Prescott*

IN MEMORY OF:

Ms. Gillian Printon

David J Beynon

Mr. and Mrs. Anuj Purwar

Karen Coble

Dana and Steve Rieger*

Bill Mueser

Ms. Linda F. Rintala*

Mokey

Mr. Dave Robinson and Ms. Sharon Newhall

Chris and Sherilyn Nelson

George and Bette Rohrback* Christine Roster Thomas Ryan* Tom and Jill Sampson* Mr. and Mrs. Don Scherer Dr. Frank A. Schmidtlein* Mr. Jeff M. Schwerdtfeger Mr. and Mrs. Brian K. Service

4TH ANNUAL

TAHOE DONNER GIVING FUND DINNER + AUCTION JULY 11, 2018

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO DONATE TO OUR SILENT AUCTION? CAN YOU OFFER: • BUSINESS WITH PRODUCTS OR SERVICES • A STAY AT A TIMESHARE OR HOME NEAR THE BEACH OR SAN FRANCISCO • TICKETS FOR ENTERTAINMENT, SPORT OR ART EVENT Help us make this the best auction ever with some unique gifts. Contact TDGF@tahoedonner.com for more information or to make a tax deductible contribution. Proceeds from the dinner and auction will go directly into the 2018 Grant Fund, and will support several worthy area non-profits as well as help fund future scholarships to deserving youth.

Mark Stebbins

IN HONOR OF: Merle and Michael Fajans Jack Kay and Carole Lynn Phil and Jennifer Satre Alan and Lindsey Schroeder Karen and Mike Nanevicz

Mr. John Shelchuk* Ms. Linda Slattery*

FOUNDING PARTNER:

Marian Scheuer and Abraham D. Sofaer

Elements Mountain Co.,* Jaime Waltman Legare and Matt Warren

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Stang* Jan and Esther Stearns Shaun and Suzanne Sullivan* Mr. and Mrs. Steve Suzuki Tahoe Donner 4Wheelers Club*

MAKE A GIFT AT TAHOEDONNER.COM/GIVING-FUND * Indicates multiple year donors. TAHOE DONNER NEWS |

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THE REPORT

LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCY UPDATES

The Town of Truckee and Truckee Donner Utility District have several projects underway which will have an impact on Tahoe Donner Association and its membership. From road improvements to vegetation management, these projects are designed to enhance the community, improve fire safety and increase our quality of life. Stay tuned for monthly updates, and learn more at townoftruckee.com and tdpud.org.

TOWN OF TRUCKEE PAVING + DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS

UTILITY DISTRICT VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Construction will begin this summer for newly paved streets and drainage improvements throughout several Truckee neighborhoods, including in Tahoe Donner.

Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) owns and operates about 134 miles of overhead power lines, and the Vegetation Management Program works to trim trees that pose a potential danger to the community. Since 2008, TDPUD has spent nearly $4 million on tree trimming and vegetation management around power poles and near power lines, as mandated by state and federal regulations. TDPUD inspects all of its electric power lines annually, and the 2018 tree trimming will focus on Tahoe Donner.

NEW NORTHWOODS/DPR ROUNDABOUT Plans are underway to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Northwoods Boulevard and Donner Pass Road. The project is in the design phase with construction anticipated in 2020.

SKISLOPE WAY VEHICLE TURNAROUND This summer, construction will begin on two vehicle turnarounds on Skislope Way. They are designed primarily to improve snow removal operations.

NEW OPT-IN YARD WASTE AND RECYCLING SERVICES Beginning this summer, the Town of Truckee is phasing out green yard waste bags and blue recycling bags, which stay in the environment for more than 100 years. New waste and recycling programs will meet the needs of the Town’s sustainability goals, and prevent up to three million plastic bags from being landfilled over the next 10 years. The programs will also save Tahoe Donner residents money, prevent contamination and increase the amount of recyclable materials. After June 30, 2018, the Town of Truckee will stop accepting green yard waste bags. All Truckee residents who opt-in will receive up to three free large carts for yard waste, which will be collected every other week. Additional yard waste disposal services will be offered, including complimentary drop-off at Eastern Regional Landfill. In Tahoe Donner, blue bag recycling will continue until 2020, when free carts will be distributed to those who opt-in. For your convenience, blue bags will continue to be serviced at local stores, and two new recycling drop-off locations will be offered to residents in the summer months. For Town of Truckee info on projects and waste services visit townoftruckee.com and keeptruckeegreen.com.

State and federal regulations for TDPUD’s Vegetation Management Program have changed significantly, requiring larger clearances and resulting in significantly more tree trimming. Specifically, the minimum distance TDPUD must now trim any vegetation (other than large tree trunks) near its overhead power lines has increased from 7 feet to 12 feet. More significantly, the minimum distance from large tree trunks to TDPUD overhead power lines has increased from 18 inches to 4 feet, meaning TDPUD must now fully remove trees in this expanded area. TDPUD understands how important trees are to the community, and uses only approved techniques. TDPUD’s entire overhead electric distribution system is maintained on a minimum five-year vegetation management cycle. It’s important to note that trees outside of TDPUD’s power line easements and around homes are solely the property owner’s responsibility to properly care for, maintain and trim. This includes trees near the power line connecting the home to the TDPUD electric distribution system. To help property owners address hazard trees and protect against fires and power outages, TDPUD will de-energize the power line connected to your home at no charge to you, and recommends the hiring of a professional tree trimming service. To learn more about TDPUD’s Vegetation Management Program, or for questions regarding TDPUD’s 2018 work in Tahoe Donner, visit tdpud.org or call (530) 587-3896.

TOWN OF TRUCKEE'S RECENT PRESENTATION

Watch the Town or Truckee's recent presentation on housing, traffic safety and the roundabout project at tahoedonner.com/boardmeetingdocs.


THE REPORT

BOARD MEETING RECAP BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING January 27, 2018 PASSED (APPROVED 5-0 UNLESS INDICATED) • Approval of Minutes • Approval of Snowbird Chairlift Replacement – Special Board Meeting: Approved 4-1 • Review of 2018 Election Procedures, Inspector of Election & Accountancy Firm • Revisions to the Elections Committee Charter • Human Resources Committee Appointments • Legal Services Request for Proposal • 2018 Committee Goals • Association Key Performance Indicators Update

FAILED • Introduction of Emergency Agenda Item by Director Brooks: Failed 3-2

NO ACTION • Executive Session Report • Review of the Proposed Tahoe Donner Board of Directors Election Fair Campaign Guidelines • Board of Director’s Code of Conduct • Board Resolution on Review and Approval of Commercial Contracts Authorizing Use of Tahoe Donner Land and/or Amenities • Committee Management Reports • Special Task Force Reports • Governing Documents Update

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING February 8, 2018 • Snowbird Chairlift Replacement & Learning Center Improvements: Approved 5-0 Approved Option 1 of the decision paper, with the exclusions of E.

FOR ALL THE WAYS YOU

ENJOY

THE OUTDOORS, MORE!

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING February 13, 2018 • Executive Session Report discussed contracts and bids for a new Snowbird Chairlift: No Action • Replacement of Snowbird Chairlift: Approved 5-0 The Board of Directors approved to delegate authority to the General Manager, Robb Etnyre, to sign a contract with SkyTrac to replace the Snowbird Chairlift See full minutes at tahoedonner.com/boardmeetingdocs

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WHERE I N

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WORLD IS TD NEWS?

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA Kurt, Joanie and Jonathan Engel with Scott and Lizzie Mason at the Olympic Plaza after cheering on Mark Engel's ski race.

EUROPE Addison Rozenzon with her family – Julie Lewis and Yan Rozenzon – during their trip through Europe. Highlights included Le Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, the Changing of the Guard in London, England, and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy.

PARIS, FRANCE Mia and Vincent Castillo at the Hotel des Invalides while on a school trip.

TIKAL, GUATEMALA Michelene, Cameron, Eric and Dylan Moayedi visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal over spring break.

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS Email your “Where in the World” photos to comdep@tahoedonner.com. Please submit only JPG files of 300 dpi for printing. Photos must include a copy of TD News. Please list the names of everyone in the picture, where it was taken, and a short description. Note: please be patient; it could take up to six months to see your photo published.


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Tahoe Donner News April 2018  

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

Tahoe Donner News April 2018  

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