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Keep Squaw True group hosting town hall on controversial development

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A person donning a Keep Squaw True T-shirt holds up an anti-project sign during the Aug. 11 meeting, while Squaw Valley Ski Holdings CEO Andy Wirth addresses the commission.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Sierra Watch, the Nevada City-based conservation group behind the Keep Squaw True movement, is hosting a town hall meeting this week on the proposed Village at Squaw Valley development project.

The meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Fairway Community Center, 330 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City.

According to a news release from Sierra Watch, the meeting will provide opportunity for people to learn more about the project and how to get involved in what has "become the biggest development issue facing the Sierra Nevada."

"Sierra Watch Executive Director Tom Mooers will host a panel featuring Shannon Eckmeyer of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Squaw legend Dr. Robb Gaffney, and Sierra Watch staff," according to the news release.

The Placer County Planning Commission voted 4-2 on Aug. 11 to recommend approval of the project.

The vote came after a 10-hour-long hearing of the Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. The project will likely go before the Placer County Board of Supervisors for a final vote in November.

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Visit keepsquawtrue.org, created by Sierra Watch, to find out more about opposition to the proposal.

Visit thevillageatsquaw.com for information from the developers about their vision.