And the winner is " Leah Krone |

And the winner is " Leah Krone

Well, we’re back from our trip to South Carolina and glad to be home. We had a great time with our daughter, Christy, in Myrtle Beach and with Bill and Pat Johnson at Hilton Head.

The first day of our vacation it got up to 80 degrees. By the time we left the daytime temperatures were in the high 40s and low 50s. The two days we played golf at the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes, there were frost delays. It was fun to explain to the golf course staff that we have frost delays here in July and August. Bill and Pat stayed on at Hilton Head a couple of extra days and got in one more round on the Clipper Course at Shipyard. The most memorable moment of their vacation happened on the par 3, fourth hole. Bill was lining up his putt when Pat rang out, “Bill, there’s an alligator over there!”

Being the solid golfer that he is, Bill didn’t pay much attention and continued lining up the putt.

“Bill, I am not kidding, there is an alligator over there and it must be 12 to 14 feet long,” said Pat.

That got his attention, so Bill backed off from his ball and took a look over at the shore line of the adjacent lake. Indeed, there was an alligator on the shore, not far away. Bill sized him up at 7 or 8 feet long, but Pat is still sticking with here estimate. Anyway, the alligator made no advances, so Bill promptly went back to his ball and made his putt for par.

Our congratulations go out to the Truckee Donner PUD board for making a very difficult, but “probably sound,” decision last week in voting down the 50-year contract proposal with the Utah Associated Municipal Power system. It would appear on the surface that prior to the meeting, and the public input session, the proposal could very well have been passed 3 to 2.

I watched the proceedings from home on TV, and watched the entire input session before falling asleep. I had to read the result in the newspaper.

Anyway, the result of this meeting, to me, is not nearly as important as the fact that this meeting showed that community input ” your input ” is extremely important in shaping the future of our area. There have been some unpopular decisions, in the past, made with little or no opposition until “after the fact” (i.e. the parking meter issue).

There will continue to be decisions made that will definitely shape the future of this community and your every day life. Make a New Year’s resolution to start getting involved.

In our next column (Jan. 3) we’ll share some of our New Year’s resolutions with you. We would also like to print any resolutions you may want to share with our readership. So let’s have fun with this, and please submit your resolutions to us via e-mail or give us at call at 550-5035.

Steve Ascher was our early bird winner with his answer to our question, “Where was the first airplane landing strip in Truckee?”

“The old Truckee Airport was located north of the current location. It was on the south side of present day I-80, pretty much across from where the truck scales/new bug station are located. You can still see a relatively clear area in the sagebrush,” said Steve.

This area is known by many locals as “Airport Flats.”

Other players with the correct answer included: Jean Armstrong, Mary DeLisle, Larry McEneaney, Lori Tucker, Bill Mullins, Norm Justesen, Leah Krone, Laura Ryan, Gordy Kjer, Pat Seehuetter, Dean Holbrook and Keith Mickelson.

Last evening we held our annual drawing to determine our 2006 “Winner of the Year.” The pot contained nearly 300 names of winners who had participated in our “Question of the Week” contests during the year.

And the winner ” drum roll please ” Leah Krone! Leah participated in about half of our games this year and was the early bird winner a few weeks back.

Leah is an energetic young lady and has an incredibly positive attitude toward life. She would always get very excited when we would call her and tell her she was a winner. Leah is a Truckee home-grown girl and a close friend of ours. We were very pleased to see her name come out of the pot.

Leah has chosen Tahoe Women’s Services and the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe as her designated charities. The Nicholls Real Estate Group is donating $250 to each organization, in Leah’s name. Good choices, Leah; they are both very worthy organizations!

We would like to wish a very merry Christmas to all our readers and friends. Your support of this column and nice comments keep us going. Thanks a lot!

Norm and Alan Nicholls, of the Nicholls Real Estate Group, are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

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