Editorial: Cheers and Jeers
March 11, 2010
CHEERS: To the Placer County Board of Supervisors for allowing the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association to spend a little more than $200,000 on five new north Tahoe bus shelters, 24 informational map signs along 19 miles of bike trail and 13 bear-proof trash cans at transit shelters, en route to the new Tahoe City Transit Center being erected. Bus riders and cyclists compose a large portion of Tahoe’s population, as well as those who visit to enjoy what our area offers. Anything we can do to make our stay here more aesthetically pleasing, while presenting more options to walk, hike or bike, rather than drive, is a winning combination.
JEERS: To the worsening condition of Highway 267 between Kings Beach and Truckee. Caltrans ought to be ashamed it still refers to this eroding path as a and#8220;highway.and#8221; It wreaks havoc on the hundreds of vehicles that commute daily between the two communities, and it’s a major eyesore to the large tourist crowds who call Northstar-at-Tahoe their vacation ski and shopping destination. Merely taking a Band-Aid approach by patching up trouble areas on this highway is unacceptable, considering the danger it already presents due to steep downgrades and often icy conditions. This road needs a major re-paving overhaul, before too many people get used to avoiding it and#8212; and the businesses that line it and#8212; altogether.
CHEERS: To the Truckee community for offering valuable and emotional opinions regarding the proposed senior living development project at Hilltop. This is an important undertaking, one in its current stage that would construct perhaps the largest building in Truckee. Town residents put years of effort into the Hilltop Master Plan, defining the area, and a plethora of online commentary and a large turnout at this week’s town planning commission meeting proves this community still cares about the historic site. The onus now lies on developer FNC Communities to take the concerns of both the community and commission to heart and be transparent in the planning process.
CHEERS: To Matt Gelso, who captured the NCAA championship in the 10-kilometer Classic discipline at Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Thursday. The Truckee High School graduate, 21, is a product of the Far West Nordic racing program, and is yet another shining example of the countless number of local athletes who are making the nation and#8212; and world and#8212; fully aware that Lake Tahoe and Truckee are where winter champions are born.