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Diamond Peak opening Saturday; IVGID hires new legal counsel

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Diamond Peak will open for skiing and riding at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, according to a Monday announcement from the resort.

“Normal opening is 9 a.m., but we will get the lifts spinning as soon as we are ready,” officials said. “Check Facebook and Twitter for the official announcement.”

Diamond Peak’s low elevation suffered in the wet storm that came last Thursday and Friday, providing barely any additional coverage, forcing the resort to delay its original opening date of Thursday, Dec. 11.

A colder wave of storms came through the region Monday through Wednesday of this week, however, providing nearly a foot of snow at high elevations. According to Monday’s announcement, scheduled lifts and trails will be updated on DiamondPeak.com prior to Saturday.

Opening day will also serve as a season-pass holder appreciation day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., those customers will get a free barbecue lunch on the Base Lodge deck at the new Wild Bill’s BBQ.

In other news, the IVGID board last Wednesday voted 5-0 to hire the Incline Village law firm of Reese Kintz Brohawn Guinasso to become the district’s new legal counsel, effective Jan. 1.

The firm will work for the district on retainer at $10,000 a month, according to IVGID.

General Manager Steve Pinkerton said the district will reevaluate that number next spring once budget negotiations pick up for the fiscal year changeover on July 1, 2015.

It marks the first time in about 15 years IVGID will have new legal counsel. The board hired Minden, Nev.-based firm of Brooke Shaw Zumpft on May 31, 2000. The firm replaced legal counsel Noel Manoukian on July 1 of that year.

Brooke Shaw Zumpft will remain employed for the next three months, and will assist the new legal team to get it acclimated with district happenings.