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Irene Garvey

Irene Garvey

November 13, 1932 – July 18, 2021

Irene Louise Garvey (nee Stahl), the light of our lives, left us on July 18, 2021 in Reno, Nevada at the age of 88.

Irene is survived by her children Beth Osberg (Jim) and Bekki Anderson (Ed) and her step children Patty Garvey-Darda (Dave), Pam Kouri (Frank), Ted Garvey (Christine), Tim Garvey (Sue) and Nancy Garvey. She is survived by her grandchildren Lacey Cannelos (Nick), Amie Osberg, Curtis Anderson, Nikki Osberg, Joe, Zack and Sam Darda, TJ Garvey (Jessie), Kristina Kouri, Emily Ann Warwar (Wasif), Sophia Watters (Mitchell), Rachael Kouri, and Dylan, Ryan and Luke Garvey. Irene is survived by her great grandchildren Sophie and Niko Cannelos and Adour and James Warwar. She is survived by her sister Joanne Redmond, her brother-in-law Richard D’Agostino and thirty nieces and nephews as well as her neighbors and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas Joseph Garvey, her parents, Robert and Maybelle Stahl (nee Clarke), her daughter Bridget Rennison, her grandson Craig Anderson, her brother and sister-in-law Robert and Beverly Stahl, her brother-in-law Everett Redmond and her nephew Peter Redmond.

A lifelong California resident, Irene was born on November 13, 1932 in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from North Hollywood High School.

Irene graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Home Economics and a Teaching Credential. She taught Home Economics at El Segundo Junior High School. After taking several years off from teaching to raise her family, she continued her education at San Francisco State University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education. She taught Special Education in the Dublin Unified School District until her retirement in 1991.

In 1992, Irene and Tom moved to their new home in Truckee. They shared a passion for travel and explored the beaches of Oregon, California and Mexico. They visited Canada, Italy, China, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.

She was a very active and much-loved volunteer in the Truckee Community. She was passionate about her volunteer work at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, the Gift Tree at the Tahoe Forest Hospital and serving Truckee residents at the Food and Resource Service Center.

A Memorial Mass is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church at 10930 Alder Drive, in Truckee, California at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Irene’s life. A reception luncheon will be held on the church lawn immediately following the Mass. Irene will be interned at Queen of Heaven cemetery in Lafayette, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Irene’s name to the TFHS Foundation for the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, P.O. Box 2508, Truckee, CA 96161.

Joanne Marier

Joanne Marier

August 5, 1932 – August 24, 2021

Joanne Ellen Marier passed peacefully on August 24, 2021 after a long, 13-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. Born on August 5, 1932, in Cottage Grove, Oregon, to Wayne and Irene (Quinn) Witcher, Joanne lived most of her childhood in Roseburg, Oregon. At the early age of 14 she met the person who would become the love of her life, Ernest Marier, who was employed at her father’s logging company. Two years later, as Ernie was serving as a pilot in the US Navy, they were married. After Joanne finished high school in Roseburg, she joined Ernie at the Naval Base in San Diego, California. Two years later, Ernie Jr. was born and two years after that their daughter Jackie arrived. The young family moved from San Diego to Healdsburg, California and before long, moved on to Tahoe City, California where they started Bear Creek Construction Company, a local Tahoe business for over 50 years. There, they raised their family, which in 1961 increased again when Rick joined the family and 4 years later, Dixie.

Together, Joanne and Ernie were a moving force behind the Tahoe City Optimist Club and for many years helped organize and put on popular early Tahoe events like the 4th of July Carnival, Santa at the “Big Tree” and youth basketball tournaments. Joanne would organize the “Hospitality Room” for these tournaments, feeding teams for days and often, even arranging lodging for out of town boys.

Later, when Bear Creek Construction began building Forest Service roads in the woods, Joanne faithfully joined Ernie for the “season” deep into the forest, camping with the crew and occasionally dealing with local wildlife. Joanne enjoyed many quiet days reading, or putting around the motorhome, waiting for everyone to return to camp.

After retiring, Joanne enjoyed traveling with Ernie through Canada and Alaska. A favorite winter destination was Arizona where they gathered with friends-both old and new, and family to wait out the cold Tahoe months. When they weren’t traveling, they split their time between Tahoe City and their beautiful property in San Andreas, California.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband Ernie, daughter Jackie, son Ernie Jr., brother Wayne Witcher, and sister Betty Thorton.

She is survived by her children Rick Marier, and Dixie Mooney (David), her grandchildren: Ryan Marier, Megan Marier (Ramez), Adam Marier (Elysha), Garett Marier, Cody Marier, and Michael Mooney. And one great-grandchild: Adam’s daughter Aria.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Tahoe City, California at 12:00 (noon.) Burial following at Trail’s End Cemetery.

Jennie Desmond

Jennie Desmond

February 12, 1932 – September 9, 2021

Jennie Desmond, age 89, died on September 9, 2021, in Reno, Nevada. Kind, loving, and generous to all, she was the mother, daughter, spouse, sister, and friend everyone would wish for.

Born in Reliance, Wyoming, she met her husband, Frank, at the University of Wyoming and after graduation became an English teacher. She and Frank married and moved first to Napa, California, and then to Reno, sustaining a long and loving partnership until Frank’s death earlier this year.

A longtime parishioner of St. Albert the Great Church, Jennie was devoted to her faith and to her seven children, and her warmth, guidance, sense of humor, and generosity will be long remembered. We will greatly miss her joy and her laughter.

She is survived by her children, Mary Duffy, Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Judith Heath, Kevin Desmond, Theresa Desmond, John Desmond, and Jennifer Desmond, 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister, Julia Davis, nieces and nephews, and many friends.

A private gathering of family and friends will be held to celebrate Jennie’s life at a date to be determined, in accordance with COVID-related protocol.

[Donations in her memory can be made to the Desmond Family Scholarship Fund at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, 110 Bishop Manogue Drive, Reno, Nevada, 89511. For more information, please call 775-336-6060 or email jill.johnson@bishop-manogue.org.]

PHOTOS: Steamboat’s rising stars celebrated at 20 Under 40 event

The newest group of 20 Under 40 honorees were celebrated Wednesday at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. The event is hosted by Steamboat Pilot & Today in partnership with the Young Professionals Network. Alpine Bank was the event’s presenting sponsor.

With this year’s Class of 2021, 100 young rising stars in the Routt County community have been honored since the program began in 2016. 20 Under 40 recognizes outstanding young professionals in the community for their career accomplishments and contributions to the community.

This year’s winners included Caitlyn Bambenek, Katie Carroll, Kelly Cook, Bill Crosby, Ian Frazier, Peter Hall, Emily Hines, Adrienne Idsal, Lennae Jenkins, Matt Johnson, Patrick Johnston, Kelly Latterman, Michael Marchand, Laraine Martin, Nelly Navarro, Jason Regan, Angelica Salinas, Maggie Taylor, Renzo Walton and Rebecca Williams.

The 2021 class of 20 Under 40 were celebrated Wednesday at the Yampa River Botanic Park. This year's group of winners included Caitlyn Bambenek, Katie Carroll, Kelly Cook, Bill Crosby, Ian Frazier, Peter Hall, Emily Hines, Adrienne Idsal, Lennae Jenkins, Matt Johnson, Patrick Johnston, Kelly Latterman, Michael Marchand, Laraine Martin, Nelly Navarro, Jason Regan, Angelica Salinas, Maggie Taylor, Renzo Walton and Rebecca Williams. The event is presented by Steamboat Pilot & Today with support from the Young Professionals Network. Alpine Bank was the event's sponsor.
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Ian Frazier celebrates after being honored at the 20 Under 40 celebration Wednesday evening at the Yampa River Botanic Park.
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Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher Logan Molan presents an award to Lennae Jenkins at the 20 Under 40 celebration at the Yampa River Botanic Park on Wednesday.
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From left, Bob and Ropbin Schellen.
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Reall and Jason Reagan
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From left, Annmarie Blodgett and McKenzie Hughes.
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Tara and Bill Crosby
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Colin Kemp and Maggie Taylor.
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From left, Rosanna Lobitz, Peter Hall and Anna Hall.
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Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman presents an award to Matt Johnson and his daughter Kate at the 20 Under 40 celebration at the Yampa River Botanic Park on Wednesday evening.
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Matt Johnson and his daughter Kate "The Great.“
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Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher Logan Molen introduces Alpine Bank Senior Vice-President Andrew Zaback on Wednesday as they honored the 20 Under 40 class of 2021. Alpine Bank sponsored this year’s event, which was presented by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Young Professionals Network.
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From left, Cait Bambenek and Brian Huegel.
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From left, Elissa Greene and Katie Carroll.
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From left, Michael Marchand and Adrienne Stroock.
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From left, Angelica Salinas and Adam Basse.
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From left, Mary Schrader, Josh Schrader, Ian Frazier, Samantha Pal Frazier, Anna Cross and Mason Cross.
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From left, Josh Schrader, Ian Frazier and Mason Cross.
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From left, Mark Golembiewski and Chelsey Moffat.
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Rebecca, Silas and Drew Williams.
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Ian Frazier and Samantha Pal Frazier.
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Ana Gomez and John Bristol.
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Kelly Latterman and Harry Murray.
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From left, Patrick and Ginger Johnston.
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Emily Hines and Glen Hammond.
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From left, Patrick Johnston, Ginger Johnston and Maddie Labor.
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The lawn at the Yampa Valley Botanic Park was full Wednesday night during the 20 Under 40 event.
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Members of the Young Professionals Network of Steamboat Springs, including Zach Love, Sylvia Wappes, Maren Franciosi, Madison Keeffe, Angelica Salinas, Michael Marchand, Rachel Sinton and Alex Long.
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Those who came out for Wednesday evening’s 20 Under 40 celebration toast the class of 2021.
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Newsom survives recall with Nevada County support

Nevada County voters turned out largely in favor of retaining Gavin Newsom as governor.
Photo: Elias Funez

Gov. Gavin Newsom kept his job after Tuesday’s vote, with support from the majority of Nevada County voters.

Per the unofficial results from the Nevada County Elections Office, 54% of the county’s registered voters — 40,796 of 75,586 — participated in the 2021 gubernatorial recall election.

Votes are still coming in, and the numbers will likely change.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Nevada County Elections Office stated that 58% — 23,519 — of the election’s participants voted “no” against Newsom’s recall.

Ninety-two percent of the election’s participants selected their choice for the future of California via mail-in-ballots.

The majority of the votes — 73% — cast in-person early or on election day supported the recall, but ballots filled out onsite only made up 8% of the total votes Nevada County cast throughout the election.

Even if all 3,127 of the total votes cast in-person were against Newsom’s continued leadership, the collective opponents would have been unable to overcome the 8,000-vote margin required to surmount the current governor’s lead established through Nevada County’s mail-in ballots.

Of the 42%, or 17,277 voters, who marked “yes” to the recall question, 11,220 sought to replace the Democrat with Larry Elder; 2,243 chose Kevin Falcouner; and 2,213 selected California’s 6th District Assemblyman Kevin Kiley.

In-person voter Jacquelyn Mattoon described Elder, who received 42% of the votes cast for Newsom’s replacement, as a Christian radio host. Although Mattoon convenes with a weekly prayer group made up of politically like-minded individuals, the Rough and Ready resident opted for Kiley because of his “constitutional” reputation.

Kiley and Falcouner each received approximately 9% of the votes cast to replace Newsom. Falcouner, who concluded his term as San Diego mayor in 2020, escaped a tie for the conservative voters’ would-be second place with 30 votes more than Kiley.


Although the special election’s results remain pending, data collected by the Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday morning indicates Newsom will continue his term with a 2.5 million vote margin.

According to data collected by the Secretary of State’s Office just prior to the 2020 presidential election, California has 22 million registered voters of nearly 25 million eligible. According to its website, this special election marks the highest voter registration — 89% — California has seen since before 2003.

As of Aug. 30, 47% of the registered California voters were Democrats, 24% were Republican and 23% were registered with no party preference.

The Secretary of State’s website notes the possibility of discrepancies between county and state-generated data because the agency based its eligibility estimates from the 2010 census. More accurate numbers would be available had the COVID-19 pandemic not delayed the collection and release of the official 2020 census data.

The Secretary of State’s Office reported over 98% of eligible voters in Nevada County are registered to vote. Forty percent, or 30,067 people within county lines, are registered Democrats; 32%, or 24,411, are registered Republicans; and 14% indicate no party preference.


Chair of the Nevada County Democrats, Eric Robins, described the mood in his organization as “grateful” and “proud.”

“We were pretty confident, but we were still pretty thankful with the results,” Robins said.

Robins said more Nevada County residents voted in favor of Newsom continuing his original term in this special election than those on the winning side of the governor’s election almost four years ago.

“It was stronger — percentage-wise — than Newsom got here in 2018,“ Robins explained. ”(He) only won Nevada County by 5 points, and it looks like ‘no’ votes got a 15-point margin this time.“

Robins said this marks the fifth election in a row in which Nevada County voted majority Democratic, and he is looking forward to continued engagement in the region’s political progression.

“We’re looking forward to 2022,“ Robins said. ”We have statewide races again and local stuff, with Board of Supervisors, and defending the Nevada City Council in June.“

Robins said he, personally, has not figured out how to interrupt the increased flow of misinformation that intensifies political polarization, but trusts local election officials’ oaths of service and commitment to transparency.

“We’re entirely confident in the reliability of our mail voting system,” Robins said, adding, “practically speaking, it’s the same — you’re handing a ballot to a registrar’s office (or you’re mailing it in). You either trust them or you don’t.”

When Robins said “we trust the registrar,” he is referring to Democrats as a whole.

“Left-wing voters vote heavily by mail than conservative voters,” Robins said. “Here in Nevada County there are more left-wing voters.”

According to the county election website, absentee ballots postmarked on or before the day of the election will be included in the election’s final report.

In the meantime, organized members of the Nevada County Democrats are taking a breath of fresh air.

“We are taking a break for the next few weeks,” Robins said, attributing the lack of scheduled events in the coming weeks to continued risk posed by COVID-19 and smoke.


According to the Truckee Fire Protection District’s website, Measure T will tax land owners — $179 per parcel, per year, or 49 cents per day — to provide a dedicated fund for wildfire prevention and mitigation.

Eastern county residents reached the two-thirds majority vote required to pass the tax, with 73% of the 5,745 votes cast in favor of additional financial support for the district.

The measure’s fact sheet states allocated funds will assist efforts to relocate dry brush, dead trees, fuels and fire hazards; improve emergency evacuation systems, routes and procedures; and support defensible space and critical infrastructure.

According to a resolution by the Truckee Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors, the tax will generate $3.7 million annually in locally directed funding for wildfire protection, with independent audits, exemptions for low income residents, and local oversight. The tax will automatically expire in eight years.

Rebecca O’Neil is a staff writer with The Union, a sister publication to the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at roneil@theunion.com

Lessons from Caldor Fire may help forest restoration, lake preservation efforts

A view of a beach at Lake Tahoe impacted by the Caldor Fire.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Even as flames from the Caldor Fire threatened Tahoe, scientific research efforts were already underway to learn how the historic blaze was impacting the lake’s famed water quality and clarity.

In the closing days of August, scientists from the bi-state Tahoe Science Advisory Council launched a rapid response scientific study to gather samples of smoke and ashfall from the Caldor Fire. That real-time data gathering is now supporting investigations into changes in algae growth, the presence of clarity-diminishing particles, and other ecological dynamics at play in the lake.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is the project’s lead funder, with additional support provided by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the State of California, the State of Nevada and the Tahoe Fund.

“The Caldor Fire is a wake-up call: climate change is here in Tahoe, and extreme wildfire is what it looks like. To Keep Tahoe Blue we need to adapt, and fast,” said Darcie Goodman Collins, CEO of The League, or Keep Tahoe Blue, in a press release. “With this rapid response research, we’re pushing the boundaries of science to learn about wildfire impacts, help inform critical fire recovery decisions, and create a model that can be used in other places facing threats from extreme wildfire.”

The project’s funders and researchers highlighted the importance of turning the Caldor disaster into an opportunity to prepare for the future impacts of climate change. Armed with new science from the study, land managers and decision-makers can take steps to make Tahoe and the entire fire-threatened Sierra Nevada more resilient in the face of prolonged droughts and dry forests.

“We will need a multi-step process to understand the impacts of the Caldor Fire,” said Sudeep Chandra from the University of Nevada, Reno, one of the study’s leading scientists. “A first step is to understand the impacts from the smoke and ash which have recently been deposited in the lake. As soon as the data is ready on how forest thinning and defensible space helped fire suppression, we’ll dive into that as well. Fires like Caldor, Dixie, and Tamarack crossed county and even state lines, so the response must also be regional. Our science will help inform how to best restore the forests after a fire event, and what steps regional leaders should take to make Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada ecosystem resilient for the future.”

Prior studies indicate that wildfire smoke and ash can impact lake ecology by adding nutrient particles that promote algae growth, and by blocking ultraviolet light radiation which allows tiny invertebrates to migrate to the surface and feed on that algae. The combined impact, in the short-term at least, is reduced water clarity. The study will quantify those phenomena, while looking at previously unstudied impacts, including to nearshore water quality.

UNR, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, and Desert Research Institute are all members of the Tahoe Science Advisory Council and collaborators in this study. The smoke and ash impacts research exemplifies the council’s purpose – to be at the forefront of Tahoe scientific research when it is needed most. The present study will tie into the Council’s ongoing work to assess and preserve Lake Tahoe’s clarity.

The smoke and ash impacts research will continue in the coming months. Findings and recommendations will be shared and updates will be released at keeptahoeblue.org and tahoesciencecouncil.org.


Truckee weather: Colder weekend expected

This weekend will bring much colder weather before temperatures stabilize early next week, the National Weather Service said.

Today and Friday will be sunny. Today’s highs will reach 74, and Friday’s will hit 76. Expect 5 to 10 mph winds on both days, with 20 mph gusts possible Friday night.

Saturday will also be sunny, with highs climbing to 69. Winds will start at 5 to 10 mph before increasing to 10 to 15 mph that afternoon. Gusts could reach 25 mph both day and night. Lows will drop to 39.

There’s a 40% chance of showers on Sunday. Highs will make it to 59, and lows will settle at 30 that night. Snow levels will drop from 8,800 feet to 7,800 feet after midnight.

The sun returns on Monday. Highs will reach 62 on Monday, and 71 both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sawmill Lake.
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Wolverines top Fernley in straight sets

The Truckee girls’ volleyball team pushed their winning streak to four games on Wednesday night, topping Fernley at home in straight sets.

The Wolverines came into the game missing a handful of players due to COVID-19 precautions, and earned a hard-fought victory across three sets, winning 25-20, 25-21, 25-18.

“We really pulled through and worked together even missing five of our players,” said senior Mia Paulson. “The biggest thing was talking and working together.”

The teams went back and forth in the first set and were tide at 19 before Truckee reeled of six of the final seven points to pick up the win. Fernley would play better in the second set, leading 20-18 at one point, but again went on a drought as Truckee scored six straight points on the way to a two-set advantage. The Wolverines went on to take full control in the final set, jumping out to an early lead before cruising to the team’s sixth win of the year.

“I think we can go really far,” said senior Callie Rule on Truckee’s hot start. “We have a lot of potential and I think we’re just a good team. We work well together.”

The Wolverines (6-1) on Friday will make their annual overnight trip to face Elko (3-2) and Spring Creek (2-1). Truckee will still be without several players due to COVID precautions, according to Head Coach John Decrescenzo. In past years, the two-day road trip to the interior of Nevada has been used to forge bonds within those respective squads, helping to propel Truckee’s teams through the remainder of the season.

“We need it since with COVID and everything we’ve had to distance from each other,” said sophomore Isabel Smart.

Fire 70% contained; some forests remain closed

Fire progression map for Wednesday September 15.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Even though crews continue to keep their hold on the Caldor Fire, the Forest Service has extended the closure of local forests.

The statewide forest closure is set to expire on Sept. 15, at 11:59 p.m. However, the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit closure order will remain in effect for Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, Barker Pass and McKinney/Rubicon through Sept. 19, 2021. Eldorado National Forest will remain closed until Sept. 30.

Still, the fire has not grown in several days, remaining at 219,267 acres.

Overnight fire activity in the east zone was calm, allowing crews to continue to prioritize containment near Trimmer Peak and Scout Peak, near Caples Lake.

However, in the west zone, the fire remained active through Tuesday night. Large downed fuels continue to burn and heat is detected near control lines.

“West winds are forecasted for today and [Southwest] winds are forecasted through most of next week,” the morning situation report stated.

The fire is at 70% containment.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune is a sister publication of the Sierra Sun.

Truckee weather: Rain this weekend

Temperatures will take a nose dive starting Sunday, when rain enters the forecast, the National Weather Service said.

There will be haze before 1 p.m. today. Highs will hit 70, and winds will be 10 to 15 mph this afternoon. Lows will drop to 39.

Thursday and Friday will be sunny, with highs reaching 74 both days. Lows will land around 40 both nights.

Saturday will be sunny with highs around 70, and lows dropping to 40. Rain chances start Saturday night, and continue into Sunday. Sunday’s high will reach 61. Lows will drop to 30. Snow levels will start at 10,100 feet, and drop to 7,900 after midnight.

Rain chances will linger into Monday. Highs will hit 60. Tuesday’s highs will top out at 67.

Rocky Ridge sunset.
Submitted by Tim Mayhew