Mountain Times: Good luck, and congrats to a great birthday |

Mountain Times: Good luck, and congrats to a great birthday

Norm and Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sun

Good luck goes to Ryan Slabaugh, executive editor of the Sierra Sun the past 2 years. Ryan is moving andamp;#8220;to seek a new opportunity in the Colorado Western Slope, managing a group of newspapers out there.andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;I feel sad to be leaving, but this move is a good one for my career and my family, who will be much closer to me,andamp;#8221; said Ryan in a recent e-mail.From day one, Ryan has been very supportive of our column and always had kind words to say. With little fanfare he helped the andamp;#8220;Sunandamp;#8221; in troubled times and through some major transitions in the way we all receive our local news. He has been involved with the change of number of newspapers printed per week, free newspapers in public places, a new emphasis on online news reporting, online andamp;#8220;liveandamp;#8221; coverage of public meetings and much more. He and his colleagues have accomplished these tasks as a smaller staff than years past.We wish Ryan the very best for a happy and prosperous future in whatever he chooses to do. Thanks, Ryan, for being a part of Truckee, and for doing a great job.Successful Soccer Tournament: Over the Labor Day weekend, the Sierra Mountain Soccer Club hosted its second annual andamp;#8220;Fire in the Skyandamp;#8221; soccer tournament at the River View Sports Complex here in Truckee.Fifty-five teams participated from Northern California and Nevada, with 825 players between the ages of 9 and 13 playing a total of 107 soccer matches over three days. Forty-eight youth and adult referees officiated at the games, and an estimated 2500 people were in town for the event.Congratulations to the players and to the tournament board and committee members including: Tad Harrington, Kristina Milner, Casey Tate, Phebe Bell, Robin Redmond, Mike Murphy, Rick Pendleton, Tamara Hatch, Ann Graham, Kelly Herrington and Heidi Reynaud. Well done.Kachink??? This type of tournament and tournaments for other sports should be encouraged and supported by our local communities. They provide playing time for our kids, revenues for the sponsors, and dollars into the local economy. Many of our athletic teams go out town, out of state, and travel great distances to weekend and summer tournaments. Why not keep it closer to home? Why not have other tournaments for other sports, and for both adults and kids alike?I would suggest that local sports organizations, the Town of Truckee, Truckee-Donner Park andamp; Recreation District, Chamber of Commerce, etc. think about ways of creating more tournaments here. I also suggest that North Tahoeandamp;#8217;s community leaders also give this serious thought.The Truckee/North Tahoe area has the potential of being a summer time andamp;#8220;Meccaandamp;#8221; for such events due to mild temperatures and the beauty of the Sierra. Our location is within a 200 mile radius of many major towns, cities, and thousands of sport teams. There is also a potential that some participants and their families might choose to lengthen their stay either before or after the tournaments as an extended vacation.What a grand party it was: Mary De Lisleandamp;#8217;s family and friends came out in numbers to surprise her and to celebrate her 90th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 5. As most of you readers know, Mary was born and has remained in Truckee all her life. She is also our most avid reader.The weather was gorgeous for her afternoon garden party at Michelle (Maryandamp;#8217;s daughter) and Alfonso Ramirezandamp;#8217;s Sierra Meadows home. The food prepared by Michelle (with a little help from family and friends) was absolutely incredible with many homemade favorite dishes being served. There was no need for dinner that night, believe me.Other family members who gathered to celebrate with Mary included: Maria Palafax (Maryandamp;#8217;s granddaughter), her husband Rogelio, and children Preston and Luna from Roseville; brother Eugene Gini and his wife Shirley, and grandson Armando Ramirez, from Truckee; sister Yolanda Olano and niece Susie Taylor from Wyoming; niece Celia Rehnberg and her husband John from Fremont; and nephew Gene Gini and his wife, Audra from Roseville. Four generations of family! Other friends (too numerous to mention) from Truckee, Floriston, Verdi, Reno and Loyalton also made the trip to be with Mary on her special day.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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