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Letter to the Editor: Scaled-down option sought for Squaw village

Roger Kahn’s My Turn, “Proposed Squaw Development Should be Scaled Down,” from Dec. 14, succinctly and excellently expressed the concerns that many Squaw Valley and North Tahoe residents and friends have about the proposed expansion of the village at Squaw Valley.

Roger has cited why we all are here, as well as calling attention to potential short- and long-term cultural, environmental and economic impacts on Squaw Valley and on its neighboring communities. Roger recognizes that property owners have the right to develop their properties, and he is calling for a balanced approach that would involve all stakeholders and government officials in a discussion directed at a scaled-down proposal for the village expansion.

The fledgling organization called the Friends of Squaw Valley, which will be working with Sierra Watch and the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, echoes Roger’s concerns. Moreover, we believe that such a discussion would result in a mutually acceptable scaled-down proposal for the village expansion, that is culturally, environmentally, and economically acceptable to all parties.

Learn more about the proposal through the Placer County website and also on the Friends of Squaw Valley Facebook page. Also included is information on the Timberline Twister, a mountain coaster-type ride which is proposed to be built on the steep slope between the Red Dog and Far East lifts at Squaw Valley.

David Brew, Los Altos, Calif.

On behalf of The Friends of Squaw Valley