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The 30th anniversary of the Truckee Championship Rodeo was celebrated at the McIver Arena on Aug. 13, 14 and 15. The Sponsor Team Penning and barbecue was held on Friday evening with more than 35 teams competing for trophies and jackpot money. The third place team, with a time of 21 seconds flat, was Capital Beverage; second place at 20.50 seconds was Sierra Feed; first place went to Larry McEneaney Dental Lab with a time of 19.5 seconds.The ability of the riders ranged from expert to novice and everyone had a great time. The Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen made up more than 10 of the teams that participated in our Friday event and they represented their organization and the sponsors they rode for very well. Horses for the novice riders were provided by Michelle and her group at Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center: We couldn’t have done it without them. Again Ames Deli Mart provided the barbecue chicken and ribs dinner and as always it was super. I need to thank Keith McCauley and family for their help in getting the arena in first-class shape for the team penning as well as the rodeo. Ralph Philips of Auqa Trucking has taken care of watering the arena for Grand Entry Practice and all the rodeo events for the last six weeks. Pete Nevin and his band provided the music and it really shook the rafters.The 2004 rodeo committee of the Truckee Donner Horsemen wish to thank all our sponsors who have made this rodeo a fixture in Truckee this year and for the last 30 years. The sponsors make all of it possible. Without them there would be no rodeo and I hope they all enjoyed the Team Penning as well as the rodeo.Rusty Pauli2004 Team Penning ChairmanCold Stream school accreditedThe staff and students of Cold Stream Alternative wish to thank everyone for their help during our accreditation visitation. We are very pleased to announce that we received a six-year term of accreditation. The following letter is from Christina L. Dyer, commission chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, regarding the accreditation. Dear Miss Loomis:The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is pleased to announce the action taken by the Accrediting Commission for Schools Cold Stream Alternative School a six-year term of accreditation with a midterm review, expiring on June 30, 2010.This action was taken after a careful study of the Visiting Committee Report, which noted many laudable aspects of the school. The Commission is confident that your continuing efforts to improve the school will be reinforced by prompt attention to the critical areas for follow-up within the action plan.The midterm review will consist of a written report from the school outlining progress made in implementing the school wide action plan and a one-day visit by a two-member team. This review must be completed by the end of the third year of the six-year term.Please accept our congratulations on the quality of instruction being offered in your school. A certificate of accreditation will be forwarded to you in the near future.Jane LoomisPrincipal Cold Stream Alternative School and Sierra High SchoolRemembering NanciA year ago on Aug. 25, 2003, an amazing, inspirational, loving person left the people and world that she cherished so much. That woman was Nanci Seaborg. She was a caring mother, not only for her children but for all of their friends and countless children in the community. Her home was always open for anyone to come in and hang out, talk, or just watch a few episodes of “Seinfeld” and laugh with her. She was so involved with the children in the community from the Not-so-Haunted House to reading to Glenshire Elementary students for Dr. Suess’ birthday. She was an inspiration to anyone who ever met her. No matter what was thrown her way she took it with her head held high and the most upbeat attitude you could ever imagine someone to have. Never once did she give up. Never once did she say how angry she was for having this happen to her. Up until the last days of her life she was kayaking, shopping and enjoying her life.The attendance at the memorial held for Nanci at the amphitheater following her death was amazing. If you looked around you, you could see so many people of the community, young and old, gathered to remember a wonderful person. Yet people were not there to morn the loss, but celebrate her life. Not one person had a story of her being angry or depressed. They were all stories of joy, her being goofy and happy. The community also showed its support to Nanci’s memory with donations that were made to make the new play structure at West End Beach. Nanci will always have a place in the hearts of the lives she touched and affected so much in such a positive way. Stephanie Kendrick Reno