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Lynn Richardson was presented the 2018 Realtor of the Year award by the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors
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North Tahoe Business Association preps for Snowfest Parade

On Saturday, March 9, the nonprofit North Tahoe Business Association (will produce the annual Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. between Secline Street and Coon Street along Highway 28 in downtown Kings Beach.

This fun-filled event brings around 2,000 spectators and features entertaining entries from over 30 community groups, organizations, and businesses including costumes, one-of-a-kind floats, art cars, live music, and more. This year, the parade will be filled with past participants as well as several new entries and surprises. Spectators are encouraged to spend the day in Kings Beach for SnowFest! activities and events, followed by Get S’more Saturdays beginning at 3 p.m.

“The small town, big time parade brings smiles and joy as it travels east on Highway 28 along the beautiful north shore of Lake Tahoe,” said Joy Doyle, executive director of the NTBA. “Our team is proud of its ability to produce this event year after year, but it truly couldn’t happen without the support of our parade sponsors and entries. Without them it would be difficult to ensure this popular event’s return each year.”

The association encourages organizations and businesses to take advantage of a unique marketing opportunity by becoming a parade entry or sponsor. Parade entries are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $25 per entry and sponsorship begins at $150. For maximum marketing benefits, online forms must be completed by Feb. 15.

For more information on sponsorship, entry, and volunteer details visit or call (530) 546-9000.

Truckee River Cohousing Hosts Winter Bonfire

A few dozen Truckee residents recently enjoyed a warming evening bonfire on the banks of the Truckee River under clear skies and sparkling stars. “People have been gathering around fire for tens of thousands of years,” said Morgan Goodwin, Truckee Vice Mayor and the instigator of the idea. “It’s just such a natural way to come together.” Another bonfire is planned – and you’re invited! – for the evening of February 23rd.

The recent event was hosted by Truckee River Cohousing, an all-volunteer group of North Tahoe locals collaboratively developing a community of ecologically-designed homes at 10925 West River Street. With the support of the Fire District, the group cleaned up brush and burnables from the riverbanks of their future home while sharing hot chocolate, tea, and coffee around a safe and crackling fire.

Participants included members of the cohousing group as well as the “cohousing curious” who just wanted to check it out and enjoy a bonfire by the river. Some folks enjoyed a snowshoe hike down the riverbank before the event. Others took it upon themselves to tend the fire or make hot drinks. Kids enjoyed snowball fights around the fire.

This was the first in what is fast becoming a new Truckee River Cohousing tradition. The group’s next burn is Saturday, Feb 23rd and this time they’ll have a pair of stargazing binoculars on hand. Head to 10925 West River Street from 4-7pm on Saturday, Feb 23rd to join in. If you can’t make it to the bonfire, check out the next site tour on March 10th from 2-3 pm.

Truckee River Cohousing features private homes built around a shared community space, where community members know and break bread with their neighbors. Inspired by a vision of a cleaner environment and a stronger community, the group is working to infuse new life into our beloved river. The group has committed to making at least 25% of their units meet the bar for achievable housing for locals. Visit for more information about the project and to learn how you can participate.

Duvall Joins Sierra Sotheby’s Realty

Camille Duvall, a real estate professional, former broadcast journalist, and five-time World Champion water skier, is now the vice president and managing broker of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty’s Truckee, Tahoe City and Squaw Valley offices.

The 30-year New York resident is a longtime fan of the Tahoe region. She has been visiting consistently for several years and even purchased a home in Truckee in 2016. She was already drawn to the natural beauty of the region, so when a position opened up with Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty, making the leap felt natural.

“I was ready for a life change,” said Duvall. “Sotheby’s International Realty is such a well-respected international brand with a powerful marketing platform and an impressive network of associates. I’m excited to work alongside this team of professionals and to play a role in launching a new suite of technology. All the pieces just fell into place.”

Duvall was most recently the director of sales at Warburg Realty, a firm that has been at the forefront of New York real estate for more than a century. There, she quickly proved her acumen in negotiating and closing major transactions. Within a year of starting in the business, she earned a “Deal of the Year” Award from the Real Estate Board of New York.

She shares her time between Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty’s Truckee, Northstar, Squaw Valley and Tahoe City locations. She can be reached at

Tahoe Fund Donor Match generates $80K for Tahoe Rim Trail restoration

Thanks to the contributions of private donors, the nonprofit Tahoe Fund has achieved its $40,000 fundraising match goal to allow further restoration of the Tahoe Rim Trail within the Desolation Wilderness, meaning $80,000 in total will be contributed.

One of the most scenic hiking, horseback riding, and backpacking sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail, the section of trail in Desolation Wilderness has been significantly degraded over time. This is due to increased use combined with extreme weather events impacting safety, recreational experience and water quality.

“We accomplished a lot in the last year, and over the next three years we plan to continue to improve the most heavily damaged portions of the trail in northern Desolation Wilderness,” said Chris Binder, director of trail operations for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. “The funds generated by the Tahoe Fund will be of significant help and will support youth and volunteer trail crews performing the trail work.”

In 2018, a youth trail crew from American Conservation Experience (ACE) and a Tahoe Rim Trail Association volunteer trail crew each worked on the trail over the summer. Over 500 hours were spent building stone steps, armoring drains, brushing back encroaching vegetation, and replacing a failed bridge with step stones.

Over the next three years, the plan is to have two TRTA volunteer trail crews and one ACE crew work on the trail each summer. Plans also include replacing all of the signposts along the co-located Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail in Desolation Wilderness, approximately 20 posts. The fundraising efforts of the Tahoe Fund and the private donors who contributed to the match will be specifically put to use for food, tools, crew gear and equipment, vehicle fuel and maintenance, and staff time to recruit, manage and lead the trail crews.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will begin recruitment for Desolation volunteer trail crew members on Feb. 15 via its website.

Youth crew members will be recruited through ACE, with most of their recruiting done online at Space is limited due to United States Forest Service group size requirements.

Liberty Utilities offers high school, college scholarships

Liberty Utilities once again will offer academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service territory. The eight schools participating in the seventh annual scholarship program are: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (only students residing in Alpine County are eligible), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School, Truckee High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.

The seven high school scholarships are $1,000 each. High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited 4-year or 2-year university or college or an accredited vocational school. They must have some community service experience and submit a brief essay on the importance of renewable energy, electric transportation, and/or environmental stewardship.

The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $1,500. Those students are eligible for the scholarship if they have a current 2.5 GPA or higher and have completed at least 18 quarter units at LTCC. They must be enrolled in LTCC’s upcoming fall quarter, have demonstrated leadership through school and/or community service experiences and also submit a brief essay on the importance of renewable energy, electric transportation, and/or environmental stewardship.

Interested students should contact their school’s financial aid office or counselor to find out more about the scholarship and to obtain an application. The individual schools have different deadlines, but all scholarships will be awarded starting mid-May through the end of June.

Source: Liberty Utilities

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation Supports

Red Cross Operations in Northern Nevada

Critical office space in Incline Village facilitates relief

services for neighboring communities

RENO, NV FEBRUARY 11, 2019—The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation in Incline Village has provided a generous grant to the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada.

The grant will fund workspace in the Donald W. Reynolds (DWR) Community Non-profit Center from which Red Cross volunteers offer humanitarian service to residents of Incline Village, Crystal Bay and Kings Beach. This space enables the Red Cross to promote community disaster education and to more quickly respond to emergencies in those local communities. It also reduces overhead costs.

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation CEO Claudia Andersen confirmed this commitment to improving the efficiencies of area nonprofits. “Our DWR Center grant programs for office space, storage space and meeting room use allow our local nonprofits to direct donations, otherwise used for overhead, to expanding programs and providing the groundwork for a sustainable future,” said Andersen.

Since 2002, the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation has provided $10.5 million in grant value to area non-profit organizations for resident office space, storage space and meeting room use at the DWR Center. This includes free storage space to 19 non-profit organizations and free meeting space to approximately 50 non-profit organizations each year.

The strategic location enables the Red Cross to deliver its services to those in need around the Lake Tahoe Basin, to partner with other organizations that increase service impact and influence, and to make accessible essential emergency mass care supplies and equipment that might otherwise be unavailable during weather events.

Last year, the Red Cross supported 26 disaster response and education events involving more than 2,000 Tahoe Basin residents.

Regional Disaster Officer Volunteer Partner Barb Kramer maintains mass care supplies in Incline Village. A shelter trailer is located less than two miles from the Incline Village office contains cots and other relief supplies and is one of nine in northern Nevada.

“The office provides a logistical and strategic vantage point to stage critical localized relief operations in case of emergencies,” Kramer said.

“This long-standing partnership has a bright future,” said Megan Weiss, Director of Programs & Services for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. “Since 2007, we have proudly supported the American Red Cross in our community by providing operational grant support through our DWR Center grant programs,” added Weiss.

The Red Cross office is in the DWR Center at 948 Incline Way in Incline Village, Nev.

About the American Red Cross:

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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