Cheers and Jeers: Navy pilots, public process and regional collaboration |

Cheers and Jeers: Navy pilots, public process and regional collaboration

CHEERS: To the Tahoe Donner Association for taking the time to listen to concerns from some of its residents and deciding to not consider a trio of open space site locations for its new forestry multi-use facility. There are few things we treasure more in the Truckee/Tahoe region than our open space, and itand#8217;s important that whenever it is perceived these areas can be compromised that we listen to those who are concerned, hold public meetings to everyone can have their say and make an informed decision in the best interest of the public. The association followed this procedure after making the initial announcement of the plans, and we applaud them for listening to its residents and making the right decision.

JEERS: To the two U.S. Navy pilots who nearly crashed in Lake Tahoe. What in the world were these pilots and#8212; or for that matter, their supervisors and#8212; thinking? Itand#8217;s easy to see in the YouTube video that this could have been a disaster. People could have been killed or injured, gallons of fuel could have been dumped in the lake and damages to the aircraft could have been a lot more than $50,000 to $500,000. Itand#8217;s our hope the Navy finishes its investigation soon and makes the proper adjustments to ensure something like this never happens again. Whether or not it was in the flight plan is irrelevant and#8212; there is no reason for the helicopters to be that close to the lake.

CHEERS: To the record-setting turnout for the Great Sierra River Cleanup last weekend. An estimated 4,500 volunteers collected about 151 tons of trash, appliances, car parts and other debris during the second annual event that took place at more than 125 sites throughout the Sierra. This type of community collaboration should be used as a model to market the region and to coordinate future events that involve the entire Truckee/Tahoe area.

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