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Sierra Sun editorial: Cheers and jeers

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — From time to time, our weekly Sierra Sun editorial will focus on small snippets of life to praise and criticize. This week, we would like to say…

Jeers: To what's become of SnowFest! Granted, we don't have any snow (for the fourth straight year), so perhaps that's a reason why interest in the event — in particularl, chipping in to help fund it — has died. Still, we'd heard rumblings for a weeks of SnowFest! having to resort to a crowdfunding campaign to get over the hump. News this week of that launching Tuesday is disappointing. Last month, we put a poll question (remember, our polls are random and nonscientific) on the North Shore page of our site that asked the following: "What's your take on the annual SnowFest! event?" We offered just two answers, and 86 percent of voters (227) said, "It's lost its luster and isn't the same as the 80s and 90s." Now, SnowFest! officials have been adamant this year's event will go on as planned, and it's everyone's hope that next year's — the 35th annual, mind you — will be the biggest and best yet. Still, considering recent developments of dwindling community support and funding, and mild winters, it makes us wonder how that will be possible.

Cheers: To all our residents and nonprofits for their incredible giving nature in helping the Inaugural Give Back Tahoe campaign — a joint venture between the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and us — such a smashing success. We've covered this before by way of a guest column on Jan. 12 from TTCF's Stacy Caldwell and the Sun's Michael Gelbman, but it's worth mentioning again: Residents went out of their way to donate what amounted to more than $124,000 to 60 nonprofit organizations throughout the region. It's a testament to the giving nature many of us have here, and it's worth recognizing. We hope you've enjoyed reading so far the past few weeks about the campaign and some of the nonprofits that have benefited from the donations, and we hope you keep reading as 2015 matures. Each Wednesday, we're featuring one or more of those nonprofits under a "Give Back Tahoe" page header. We hope you join us in celebrating what these great organizations do for our communities.

Jeers: To us, the Sierra Sun. We're a bit late on this, and our apologies for that. But, on the cover of the Friday, Jan. 16, Sierra Sun, we published a magnificent photo called "Spectacular Sierra Sunrise," showing a Jan. 4 sunrise over Donner Lake that lit the ski ablaze with beautiful orange colors, all juxtaposed against a snow-covered Sierra Nevada backdrop. The stunning image was shot by Chris Turner, and you can find many more of his images under the company Rimfire Photography at rimfirephotography.net. Problem is, we made a typo on the cover of that edition when identifying him. We called him "Christ Turner." We'd like to publicly apologize to Chris for our error because, indeed, he is not the Messiah.