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A tough weekend for Truckee

SIERRA SUN OPINION

The busiest weekend of the year for Truckee – perhaps the busiest since Sept. 11 – should have been a happy celebration for locals, but a series of tragedies put a damper on the fun.

On Friday, a Nevada City couple, flying their airplane home from Truckee, crashed on takeoff, an accident that killed Richard Marlow and injured his wife Beverly.

On Saturday, grassland near the Truckee river in the Glenshire area caught fire and burned two acres near homes, necessitating a rush of fire crews and equipment to put it out. Three years ago this summer, the Martis Fire raged south of Glenshire, burning nearly 1,500 acres. The evidence is still there today. Fire crews deserve recognition for avoiding a potentially catastrophic repeat.

On Monday, a small fire turned into a big one in a home in Glenshire. By the time it was doused, the home was damaged beyond repair. Thankfully, there were no injuries.

If there is a lesson that comes out of all this mayhem, let it be that we need to be careful with ourselves and take care of each other. Even in a sometimes-sleepy small town, life can throw you a curve ball.