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Mountain Times: Catching up with our inbox

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; What do you think of the newly created and#8220;SquAlpine? Alan and I think it is great. I must laugh, however, when some of the and#8220;faithfuland#8221; of each area are throwing barbs back and forth and#8220;over the top of KT-22,and#8221; saying that the skiers and boarders from the opposing ski area may ruin the experience on the other side. What a joke … there is plenty of terrain for all. Forget the insults and bragging and just enjoy the opportunity, and get along!

The snow last week started to make some die-hard winter enthusiasts twitch with excitement, and served as a reminder to others that it is time to start the winter check-off list in preparation of what lies ahead.

To the best of my knowledge, Boreal was packing some of the snow and making more, but did not open. One of my friends said Borealand#8217;s parking lot is still full of equipment, barricades, materials, etc., having to do with both the I-80 construction and the erection of the new and#8220;Woodward Tahoeand#8221; action sports training center.

Speaking of erection (ooops, construction) on the summit … some of you will remember that Disneyland was built in a year and a day back in the 50s. Others remember that the Empire State Building was completed in one year and 45 days back in 1931. But do any of you know when the buildings at the Donner Summit rest areas will be completed? (Bonus question).

Checking the and#8220;Inboxand#8221;: The past couple of weeks we have received several emails and phone messages from readers I would like to share with you:

Pete Perata emailed us a couple of times thanking us for our column (thanks Pete for reading). He also mentioned one of Pop Bechdoltand#8217;s methods of winter prediction: and#8220;When squirrels run sideways, watch out!!!!and#8221;

Sandy Watters wrote: and#8220;Norm, the squirrels this year are all at my house … lots of green pine (maybe fir?) cones all over my yard and driveway. What a mess they have made, but I guess they are very busy getting ready for the BIG WINTER.and#8221;

Thanks Larry Ford who wrote: and#8220;You were wondering about the lack of pine cones this year, so I dug out some of my forestry reference books and dusted off my memory. We (the forest service) were always watching the cone crops to see if we could gather some cones for seed for planting following our timber harvesting.

and#8220;Ponderosa and Jeffery pines have good cone crops about every 2-5 years with the intervening years only moderate to poor. Two years ago we had a very good pine cone year. This year it is one of the poor years. White firs have good crops every 3-5 years and red firs have good crops every 2-3 years. In general, this is a good crop for and#8216;firand#8217; this year.

and#8220;It takes the pines 2 years to form a mature cone, whereas the fir cones are formed all in one season. So next yearand#8217;s pine cones are already on the trees but about the size of an almond. They will grow to full size next summer.and#8221; Thanks Larry for this information!

In checking my and#8220;junk mail boxand#8221; I discovered two important emails from several weeks ago. My apologies to the authors for not finding them sooner.

Ed Miller wrote: and#8220;As the producer of Shakespeare at Sand Harbor for 15 years and Music at Sand Harbor for 10 (when the North Tahoe Fine Arts Council owned the event), I would like to make a correction. Between the time the festival was at Sugar Pine Park and Sand Harbor, it was at and#8216;Skylandia Parkand#8217; (for 2 years) in Lake Forest, Tahoe City. When the eventand#8217;s attendance outgrew parking facilities, negotiations began with Nevada State Parks to hold the event at Sand Harbor.and#8221;

Mystery solved … per David Brown, and#8220;Shirleyand#8221; of Shirley Lakes … and#8220;was the first name of a man whose last name was Houghton!!!and#8221; Thanks Dave, now our readers are in the know!!!

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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