A calm holiday weekend
The Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the start of Truckee’s summer tourism season, and businesses and hotels around town reported an increase in business compared to previous seasons.
“This was one of the best Memorial Day weekends we’ve ever had,” said John Firpo, manager of Cabona’s in downtown Truckee.
“I think the weather was the key … normally we have a few snowstorms around this time of year, but since summer came a little earlier this year … I think people we more confident to come up.”
The Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn reported filling all its rooms on Saturday, while Jenelle Potvin, the manager of the Truckee Hotel, said they were fairly close to being full.
“I would say we were about 20 percent up from last year,” said Potvin. “We lowered our rates, which probably helped. It was nice, people seemed happy to be in town.”
Mountain Hardware and Sports said the weekend was just what the store needed to kick off the busy season.
“We had a really good weekend,” said Assistant Manager Chris Andrews.
“It was busy but everything went smoothly … it’s tapered off a bit (since the weekend) but we’re getting ready for the busy season to begin.”
Lt. Dave Baxley of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said he was happy with how smoothly things went. No major accidents or crimes marred the weekend.
“We were quiet for a change,” said Baxley. “It happens like that some holidays you staff like crazy sometimes, and nothing happens.”
NCSO police reports indicate that only two arrests were made for alleged drunk driving in Truckee, with the only other notable lawlessness reported on Thursday at a fast food restaurant where a woman claimed she got into an altercation with a man, who threw a milkshake at her.
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