Town Talk; Truckee women in Nevada, flowers in spring |

Town Talk; Truckee women in Nevada, flowers in spring

Councilman Bob Drake, who dispatches part-time for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, received an unusual call recently from NCSO Capt. Ken Duncan’s wife Susan.

With the help of a radio, Susan called to the department, “Ah, Truckee … this is Ken Duncan’s wife. I just wanted to report a car over the side of Interstate 80, about 100 feet off the road … There is no sign of the driver.”

Later CHP reported that a vehicle was towing a new Ford Expedition when the towing apparatus broke and sent the Expedition hurling off the road, thus explaining the missing driver.

“It was really a shame,” said CHP Public Affairs Officer Ron Wulff. “The car only had about 10,000 miles on it.”

Apparently retrieving the vehicle took some time, but nothing that our area tow truck drivers aren’t used to.

A detour for Lakeside Towing

Jim Fernhoff, owner of Lakeside Towing, said tow truck drivers aren’t used to praise, but that is just what his crew received when they were awarded first place in the California Tow Truck Association/Western Regional Tow Show and Convention held in Las Vegas, Nev., recently.

Fernhoff said the painted brunette woman, clothed in only a purple bikini, on the side of his largest truck drew both gasps and smiles at the show, but in the end the company walked with the top prize.

“Some judges didn’t like it, but others thought it was great,” he said. “I guess we got away with it because the show was in Vegas.”

Fernhoff said he looked through books of World War II airplanes, found the design he liked, then had the woman painted on with her motto, “Ready for duty.”

“I am so proud of my guys,” he said. “They are the ones who deserve the recognition. Most of the trucks in the show never see the road, but we could say we were working on the summit last week.”

When asked what AAA thinks of the woman, Fernhoff said. “We are so AAA we bleed yellow. Our lady will probably be gone next week.”

Determined to succeed

One lady destined to stick around is Katy Simon, a former 16-year resident of Truckee, who was named interim Washoe County manager after the former manager retired with unanimous support from the county commissioners.

The first day the former manager stepped down, Simon had a 180-day plan focused on a long-range vision for the county. When she isn’t so serious, she dons spiked hair and leather for her part as lead singer in the Bystanders, a rock ‘n’ roll band that generally plays for weddings.

In the second paragraph of a front-page Reno Gazette-Journal article, Simon’s Bystander personality was profiled.

“I can’t believe they wrote that on the front page,” she said. “I’m sure the band doesn’t mind the free publicity.”

Simon said she has already received a call from a Reno senior citizen center asking to book a date for the band.

She and her 10-year-old daughter Brooke moved to Belli Ranch above Mogul, Nev., in 1996, just before the Belli Fire began.

“Truckee still has my heart,” she said. “I miss the people and the trees. I’m still lucky to live close enough to get there often.”

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