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Tahoe teen’s Eagle Scout Project takes aim at Marlette Flume Trail

Ted Parkhill
Special to the Bonanza

Incline resident Conor Nix is embarking on an ambitious and important Eagle Scout Project.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Have you ever been on the Marlette Flume Trail and wondered, where am I? Have you ever been lost or hurt on the same trail and you had to call 911 for help?

Did it take them a long time to find you? Well, worry no more. For his Eagle Scout Project, Conor Nix of Boy Scout Troop 37 in Incline Village will place mile markers for 12 miles from North Canyon Road along the Marlette Flume Trail, and down Tunnel Creek Road.

"The public has expressed interest in having markers along this trail for years," said Bill Champion, a park supervisor with Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

These posts will be 4 feet tall and are made of recycled plastic lumber and are guaranteed to last for 50 years.

The signs will be engraved with what mile you are on, which direction you are going, and a help locator sign. The 5-inch by 5-inch "Help Locator" signs are numbered and have an added glow in the dark feature.

"In the summer, approximately 5,000 people either mountain bike or walk this trail each month," said Jay Howard, a park supervisor with Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. "We believe Conor's Eagle Scout Project is a great addition for public awareness and safety. We appreciate his tremendous contribution to the trail."

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"Being the emergency medical responder for visitors to the Flume Trail, Conor's project will provide outdoor enthusiasts with the ability to recognize where they are at, 'a true location,'" added Chief Mike Brown of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District. "When someone is injured or ill, callers will provide our Emergency Medical Dispatchers with the exact location to send our public safety personnel."

In order to fund the Eagle Scout Project, Nix will host a car wash on Sunday, June 1, from noon to 3 p.m., and a dinner fundraiser from 4-10 p.m. at the Hacienda de la Sierra restaurant in Incline Village.

Music will be played by Jim Baldwin's band "6pac." A portion of each dinner purchased will go toward Nix's project.

Additionally, residents may donate funds to the project by making checks payable to BSA Troop 37 (Memo: Conor Nix). If you are unable to attend, mail your donation to P.O. Box 5604, Incline Village, NV 89450.

— Ted Parkhill is Interim Publicity Chair for BSA Troop No. 37. Email him at taparkhill@earthlink.net.