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Tahoe teen reaches goal for Marlette Flume Trail Eagle Scout Project

June Joseph
Special to the Bonanza

From left, Troop 37 Scout Master Alex Mourelatos; Committee Chair Kim Schmidt; Eagle Scout Conor Nix; and Elizabeth Tuoto, Manager of Ponderosa Ranch LLC.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Eagle Scout Conor Nix of Troop 37 in Incline Village has met his goal of raising $3,835 to purchase and place mile markers for 12 miles from North Canyon Road along the Marlette Flume Trail, and down Tunnel Creek Road.

Nix hosted a car wash on June 1 and a dinner fundraiser at the Hacienda de la Sierra restaurant in Incline Village that same evening.

Although he raised nearly $2,575 at these two events in a single day, as well as donations mailed to him, he was still short $1,260.

On June 9, Nix received a check for the remaining amount from Dave Duffield, owner of the Ponderosa Ranch.

"When Dave heard about this project — he wanted to make sure Conor met his goal for this important initiative," said Ponderosa Ranch Manager Elizabeth Tuoto, after handing Nix and Troop 37 Committee Chair Kim Schmidt a check for the remaining amount of his goal.

"The posts and signs have been ordered and we now can make our final payment," Nix said.

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Nix will lead his Troop and volunteers to place the posts and markers after they arrive this fall. The signs will be engraved with what mile you are on, and in which direction you are going.

Made of recycled plastic lumber, the 5-inch by 5-inch signs are numbered and have an added glow in the dark feature. They are guaranteed to last for 50 years.

"The point of the markers is so that search and rescue workers can find you when you are injured, and these mile markers will be of great help in identifying the location of trail users in need of help," Schmidt said.

Donors may continue to donate funds to this Scout project by making checks payable to BSA Troop 37 (Memo: Conor Nix). Mail your donations to P.O. Box 5604, Incline Village, NV 89450.

Nix said he wanted to express his gratitude for all the community support.

"I want to thank Scott and Shawn Comstock from the Hacienda for hosting my dinner fundraiser and car wash, 6PAC & Jim Baldwin for their musical contribution, Troop 37, and all those in the community who showed up for these events and contributed, with a special thanks to Mr. Duffield for making sure I met my goal," Nix said.

For information on scouting in Lake Tahoe, email Schmidt at kimtahoe@charter.net. Learn more about BSA Troop 37 at http://www.bsatroop37.org.

June Joseph is a PR Specialist and can be emailed at juneyb@charter.net.