Sun editorial: Cheers and Jeers
February 18, 2010
CHEERS: To Olympic Valleyand#8217;s Julia Mancuso for surprising the world, but maybe not us, by winning silver in Wednesdayand#8217;s Olympic downhill and Thursdayand#8217;s super combined ski races in Vancouver. Mancuso was the second medalist from Tahoe at this yearand#8217;s games, which officially put our little spot on the globe ahead of 12 counties, tied with another three and tied with one continent (Australia). And by the time you read this in print, we might be doing better than that.
How about putting America on the map too? With her silver medal Thursday, she become just the fifth American woman to win two Alpine medals in the same Olympics.
And while weand#8217;re on the subject, kudos go to Tahoe Cityand#8217;s Shannon Bahrke, who won the womenand#8217;s moguls bronze medal Saturday night as raucous locals packed bars and restaurants to watch one of our own throw down a terrific final run. If that wasnand#8217;t enough elation for the Bahrke family, on Wednesday, Shannonand#8217;s brother Scotty found out he was headed to the Games as well, replacing Dylan Ferguson on the U.S. menand#8217;s aerials team.
Not a bad week, indeed.
CHEERS: To a good signs for the local economy. A national research group that tracks mountain destinations trends reported this week that 49 percent of Americans plan to increase their travel in the next year, compared with 21 percent six months ago, and 10 percent early in 2009.
They credit reduced hotel rates for allowing families to stretch their dollar and#8212; which means stretching their fun.
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JEERS: To Placer County for trying to sneak a ban on marijuana dispensaries into the books without public comment. Last Thursday, the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council, the closest thing representing an elected government on the North Shore, unanimously denounced the county planning commission’s recommendation for the ban.
Now the county is stepping up education over the next month, in hopes of changing our minds, but by misleading the public with unsubstantiated crime statistics, and being unprepared for simple questions in last weekand#8217;s public hearing, we wonder if they have already lost.
JEERS: To apartment complex managers for continuing to ignore the issues at Henness Flats affordable housing complex. Six months after an apartment exploded, killed a mother and severely injured her husband, many residents who lived near the explosion have moved. And with officials still publicly questioning the cause of the fire and#8212; and with Apartment No. 101, where the explosion occurred, still being boarded and empty and#8212; it seems ambitious at best to expect residents to feel comfortable living there.