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News Briefs: Richardson named ‘Realtor of the year’

Tahoe resident Lynn Richardson, a real estate agent affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Truckee, was recently named 2018 Realtor of the Year by the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors.

According to a news release, the annual award recognizes a Realtor who has demonstrated ethical conduct, made significant contributions to the real estate community, earned respect from their peers and provided service to the local community. Richardson was awarded the honor at the board's annual holiday installation dinner.

As a member of the community, the release states, Richardson supports local community-wide events including board member of the Truckee Community Christmas, a member of the Queen of Hearts Women Fund and past PTO member. She is also a member of the American Association of University Women.

"This honor is a reflection of Lynn's skill, knowledge, professionalism and commitment to providing premier services to home buyers and sellers throughout the region." said Terri Briggs, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "She is a dedicated professional who has earned the trust of her customers, clients and her peers, alike."

— Submitted to the Sun

North Tahoe Business Association preps for Snowfest Parade

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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 http://www.NorthTahoeBusiness.org or call (530) 546-9000.

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 cduvall@sierrasothebysrealty.com.

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 usaconservation.org. 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