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Mountain Times: more area fun in the sun

Norm and Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sun

Thanks once again to Donner Ski Ranch, and also Squaw Valley, for giving avid skiers and boarders one last chance to enjoy the slopes over the Memorial Day weekend.My apologies to Marshall and Janet Tuttle of Donner Ski Ranch. I made a mistake in identifying Norm Saylor as the current manager of Donner Ski Ranch and gave him the credit for keeping andamp;#8220;the Ranchandamp;#8221; open. The Tuttles andamp;#8220;purchased Donner Ski Ranch through bankruptcy court in 2004, and weandamp;#8217;ve been working very hard over the last six seasons to make Donner Ski Ranch a success again.andamp;#8221;I definitely regret the error, and would like to wish the Tuttles much success at the Ranch. I also encourage those of you who have not skied there, to definitely give it a try (next season of course). Many people think that the runs you see from Old Highway 40 are all there is. In fact, there are additional lifts and runs on the other side of hill which offer a diversity of terrain for everyoneandamp;#8217;s enjoyment. Try it, youandamp;#8217;ll like it!Are you set? Are you ready? Is this really it? Mark your calendar for future reference andamp;#8230; Saturday, June 5, just may have been the real deal start of our seasonal change to spring/summer (weandamp;#8217;ll combine them as one season this year).The beautiful weather came just in time for picking up trash on the 7th annual Truckee Day Clean-up Day, and for enjoying the BBQ and block party at Regional Park later in the afternoon.According to J.D. Hoss of andamp;#8220;Truckee Tahoe Radio 101.5 FM,andamp;#8221; Saturday was also the official cleanup day for Donner Summit and most locations around Lake Tahoe. It is great to see the idea has caught on and that people are taking more and more pride and ownership of their communities. I also liked his comment about the rain: andamp;#8220;At least all the trash will be clean!andamp;#8221;Saturday nightandamp;#8217;s Soroptimist Wine andamp; Restaurant Faire Fundraiser at Coyote Moon was well attended and appeared to be a huge success. I got my fill of food and spirits and ran into a good number of people I had not seen for awhile. The auctions also attracted a lot of interest, and donations! Well done.Next Saturday will be the 5th Annual Truckee Brew Fest put on by my club (the Truckee Optimist Club) from 1 to 5 p.m. at Regional Park. There will be specialty brews from Northern California and Nevada breweries. andamp;#8220;Solandamp;#8217;Jibeandamp;#8221; will be returning, by popular demand, featuring people pleasing songs, with a world beat sound, and a unique instrumental flair. Come out and enjoy an afternoon in the park! Must be 21, and please no dogs or children. Designated drivers admitted free, and rides will be available for those needing a ride home. Info 582-9062 or go to programs, grants and scholarships for area youth.On Fatherandamp;#8217;s Day (Sunday June 20), there will be the First Annual Truckee Ribfest held at the Citizenandamp;#8217;s Bank Plaza in Western Truckee from noon until 4 p.m. Event co-organizer, Charlie Riley of our andamp;#8220;Sears Hometown Storeandamp;#8221; explained: andamp;#8220;We will have 6 of the areaandamp;#8217;s high end restaurant and catering services vying for the distinction of best ribs in the area.andamp;#8221; Tickets are $20 and include 3 sample plates, each consisting of 2 andamp;#8220;teaserandamp;#8221; ribs and a side dish. This event is sponsored by West Truckee businesses including Citizenandamp;#8217;s Bank, Sears, Bass, Truckee Pizza (and Smokeyandamp;#8217;s), Innerrhythms and the Landamp;#8217;eggs, Hanes, Bali and Playtex Factory Outlet. Portions of proceeds will benefit Truckee Relay for Life. Info and tickets: .Rounding out June will be the Second Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff put on by the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club. This fun event will begin at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 27, at Truckee Regional Park. andamp;#8220;This community fundraiser will provide a day of inexpensive family fun with chili tasting, non-stop entertainment, food and beverages,andamp;#8221; said Paul Duggan. All proceeds benefit Truckee-North Tahoe programs addressing the needs of youth, economically disadvantaged, and the elderly. Call Paul at 387-8131 or e-mail .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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