Mountain Times: Let it snow a and#8216;little more!and#8217;
Special to the Sun
What a great winter we have had. Skiing has been great, skier visits were up and there is still a good snowpack to provide water to our rivers, lakes and streams. I do hope we have even more snow to finish off an and#8220;awesomeand#8221; April with a few more powder days and more water retention. We definitely need a good run off to give Tahoe a chance of a partial catch-up.
It is hard to recall the last time the depth of the water at the lake allowed people to use the piers and all the boat ramps. It has also been quite a while since I can remember Truckee River raft riders having to lay flat in their rafts to make it under some of the bridges.
I do remember during the drought of the late 70and#8217;s when the M.S. Dixie got stuck on a sand bar at the entrance to the Tahoe Keys (in South Lake Tahoe) one night. It was pretty apparent that someone or a group of someoneand#8217;s decided to try to dredge the entrance to the Keys with the paddle wheeler without the TRPA and CTRPA knowing about it.
Conversely, I also remember in the 80s when lake water was actually lapping over Highway 89 in Homewood. We were traveling from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee. It was raining profusely and gale force winds created 3- to 5-foot swells. The road was closed and we had to turn around and go home via the east side of the lake.
With longer days and warm daytime temperatures, the snow will melt soon at the lower elevations, and we will be enjoying outdoor activities in shorts and T-shirts. It is and#8220;Little Leagueand#8221; time, and I will bet a nickel or two that Brockway Golf Course will be open prior to the end of the month.
As we enter another and#8220;tweenerand#8221; season, there will be a lot of activities to get us out of our houses to enjoy our surroundings. Many clubs, organizations, developments and businesses will be putting on entertainment for us all and#8230; some for fund raising, some to enhance tourism and business, some just for fun.
Just on the horizon are the and#8220;Truckee Follies,and#8221; and#8220;Truckee Clean Up Day,and#8221; the and#8220;Truckee Home Show,and#8221; Lionand#8217;s Annual Rummage Sale, the Truckee Optimist Cluband#8217;s Fifth Annual and#8220;Brew Fest,and#8221; Soroptimist Wine Tasting, and#8220;Truckee Thursdays,and#8221; our high school spring plays and more. I am also sure that there will be a lot of activities at the North Shore and#8230; all before summer officially begins!
Also donand#8217;t forget your Dining for the Schools cards are good once again from now to the end of the school year. Enjoy fine dining at discounted prices and support your schools at the same time. Golfing for the Schools cards are also available (or will be soon).
Census … Has your nose been counted yet? Sure hope so. If not, do so soon. The results of this census are going to be very interesting. Our population has definitely increased over the past decade, and much of the demographics of our community have changed.
Our permanent population probably peaked 3 or 4 years ago and is now declining somewhat as the faltering economy has hit our area pretty hard. The number of kids in our school system has declined, the average age of our citizens has increased, the number of white collar workers has gone up, while the number of blue collar workers has declined.
The backbone of our growth over the past decade, construction and development, has waned significantly other than at Martis Camp. However the building activity there cannot come close to replacing all the construction and service jobs that were lost with the virtual collapse of the spec building market. We definitely need new types of employment to help bolster our economy. We also need community leaders and politicians with the willingness and vision to be adaptable to change, and not just depend upon what may have worked in the past.
Although I am confident that our area will recover over the next decade, times have changed, and I donand#8217;t even dare to predict what I might be writing about 10 years from now.
Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.