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Mountain TImes: Big meltdown and chuck hole trout fishing

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212;-Since our last writing there has certainly been quite a meltdown in the depth of snow especially in areas with southern exposures. It seems like the top 4 or 5 feet of snow disappeared nearly as quickly as it came down a week earlier. Daytime temperatures in the 60s and longer days have definitely created rapid melting, evaporation and settling. What is left, however, still has a lot of water content.

I enjoyed reading Mark McLaughlinand#8217;s article entitled and#8220;An exceptional Tahoe winterand#8221; in Fridayand#8217;s newspaper. He told it like it is and emphasized that it isnand#8217;t over until itand#8217;s over. There definitely is potential for additional snowfall and the final measurements of snowfall, maximum snowpack depth, and water content is yet to be determined. So a record? Not yet, might not, and only time will tell.

For people like myself and long-time residents like Charlie White of the west end of Donner Lake, this has been a particularly troublesome winter as to keeping driveways, decks, stairs, windows, etc., clear of snow. Weand#8217;re the old school (cheap) that still use snowblowers and shovels to remove our own snow. and#8220;I have run 15 gallons of gas through my snowblower this year which is the most I have ever used,and#8221; said Charlie. He also mentioned that he missed several storms in February when on vacation.

We also talked about chuck holes (pot holes if you prefer that term) that have been increasing with the amount of water from the run off. Run-off water and rain tend to undermine roads, and the weight of cars and trucks that drive over the resulting soft spots create a break down of the road surface, resulting in holes of various shapes and sizes.

Years ago Charlieand#8217;s father, Carson White, wrote about the and#8220;chuck hole troutand#8221; being caught on Donner Pass Road at Donner Lake. If Charlie can find a copy of his fatherand#8217;s article, we will get it printed for your enjoyment. In the meantime, get out your rod and try your luck!

We also reminisced about and#8220;Lake Louise,and#8221; the giant chuck hole on Jibboom Street in front of the driveway into the Post Office. This hole formed sometime in the 80s when Jibboom Street was a one-way road going west, and Commercial Road was one way going east. The and#8220;lakeand#8221; was fondly named after Louise McCallum (sp?) who was the post mistress at the time. It could easily gobble up multiple cars at a time.

Currently our public works employees, state workers and local asphalt contractors are working hard at temporarily filling these holes with and#8220;cold patch.and#8221; Permanent repairs will probably not occur until spring when temperatures are warmer and hot asphalt is available. So keep an eye out on where you are driving to prevent damage to your car and to stay off the and#8220;missing personsand#8221; list.

Upcoming events: Donand#8217;t forget the Truckee Sunrise Rotaryand#8217;s inaugural and#8220;Truckee Texas Hold and#8217;Em Tournamentand#8221; this Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church Street, in Truckee. This is a fundraiser for the Truckee-North Tahoe community and the grand prize is a $10,000 buy-in to the World Series of Poker Main Event in July at Las Vegas. Call 414-1242 or go to Good luck!

The Truckee Optimist Club has also announced the 6th Annual Truckee Brew Fest on Saturday, June 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Regional Park. Great beer tasting of many micro brews and music by and#8220;Dead Winter Carpenters.and#8221; Please circle your calendar. All proceeds go to programs, sponsorships and scholarships for local youth. Call 530-582-9062 or visit for more information.

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

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