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Tahoe-Truckee news briefs: NV, CA pot ballot items subject of Oct. 18 panel

Staff report

On Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Dr. Andrew Whyman, MD, an Incline Village resident, will host a community event on the recreational marijuana legalization initiatives that will be on the Nov. 8 Election Day ballot in both California and Nevada.

Visit http://bit.ly/2diU8jc to learn more about Nevada Question 2, including arguments for and against, which asks voters if they want to legalize the recreational use of one ounce or less of marijuana by individuals 21 years of age and over.

Visit http://bit.ly/1Ve2F4x to learn more about California’s Proposition 64, which asks voters if they would support legalizing recreational marijuana and hemp under state law, while establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes.

According to a news release, expert panelists will debate the topic, “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?”, followed by comments and questions from the audience. The event will take place at TCES rooms 139/141 on the SNC campus.

Public workshop on Tahoe-Truckee public transit set for Thursday in Tahoe City

The Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC), Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) are hosting a joint Unmet Transit Needs Public Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Tahoe City Transit Center, located on Highway 89, just south of Fanny Bridge and the Tahoe City “Wye.”

According to a news release, the agencies are seeking “comments on unmet transit needs in the Resort Triangle area, which includes the town of Truckee and connections between the town of Truckee, Tahoe City and Kings Beach.”

The workshop carries the following theme: “Is public transit serving your mobility needs?”

If you are unable to attend the Tahoe City workshop, you can submit your comments via mail to Mike Woodman, Nevada County Transportation Commission, 101 Providence Mine Rd., Suite 102, Nevada City, CA, 95949; by fax to 530-265-3260; by phone to 530-265-3202; or by email to mwoodman@nccn.net.

According to the news release, NCTC intends to hold another public workshop at a TBD location in Truckee in November 2016.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sunday

Martis Creek Lake, located near Truckee Tahoe Airport, north of Northstarm will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sunday, Oct. 16, by waiving fees for its day-use recreation areas and hosting volunteers for a number of park improvement projects in conjunction with the annual Truckee River Day.

Volunteers may also camp for free at Martis either the night before or on National Public Lands Day, and will also receive a coupon for a free day-use admission pass valid anytime in the next year at any park managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. For the last 20 years, outdoor enthusiasts have come together to improve their local recreation areas by helping with small construction projects, litter removal and trail maintenance.

For more information, contact Jacqui Zink with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at jacqueline.a.zink@usace.army.mil or 530-587-8113.

Roughly 4,500 gallons collected at Truckee paint drop-off event

Truckee Tahoe Airport was the local site for a third consecutive yearly paint drop-off event on Sept. 24.

At this year’s event, the public dropped off approximately 4,500 gallons (which equates to 39,785 pounds) of PaintCare program products, according to a news release from PaintCare.

Many of the weekend’s participants were painting contractors, said Nichole Dorr, PaintCare Central California Regional Coordinator.

She added that the majority of the paint recovered at the event and through the program’s retail partners is given new life as recycled latex paint and oil-based products are primarily utilized as fuel.

Drop-off events are an ongoing part of the PaintCare program. There are three drop-off sites in the region: Kelly-Moore, at 40153 Truckee Airport Road in Truckee, which will accept up to 20 gallons of program products per customer, per visit; while Mountain Hardware and Sports, at 11320 Donner Pass Road in Truckee, and Ace Hardware and Lumber at 715 River Road in Tahoe City, which collect five and 20 gallons of paint, respectively, per visit.

Accepted products include: house paint and primers (latex or oil-based); stains; deck and concrete sealers; and clear finishes (e.g., varnishes and shellac).

Each product must be in its original container with an original label. Visit http://www.paintcare.org/california to learn more.

Local residents sought for Resource Advisory Council

The Tahoe National Forest has extended the application period to Oct. 31 for nominees for a 15-member Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) to recommend projects and funding to improve National Forest watersheds and facilities in Nevada and Placer Counties.

According th TNF, the committee’s duties include proposing projects for funding which benefit National Forest System lands, especially those that improve collaborative relationships and assist with watershed restoration, road and facility maintenance, and forest health.

RAC committee members will be officially appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for a term of four years, shall not receive compensation, and must be able to commit to the time necessary, which includes several meetings each year to carry out the committee responsibilities.

Members must reside within the State of California, be knowledgeable about natural resource issues in Nevada and Placer Counties, and be willing to complete a form for a background check.

If you are interested, contact Joanne Roubique with the Truckee Ranger District at jroubique@fs.fed.us; or to Debra-Ann Brabazon, Acting Public Affairs Officer with the Tahoe National Forest at dbrabazon@fs.fed.us.