As Years Go By
30 Years AgoMay 27, 1970FAA gives nod for local flightsOnce again residents of the Greater North Lake Tahoe community will keep their collective fingers crossed and hope for the best as Holiday Airlines receives FAA approval to begin scheduled service at Truckee-Tahoe Airport.This move by Holiday represents approximately the fifth effort to establish scheduled air service in the locality, the others having failed economically. The most recent was Skymark Airline, which for a period last year provided connections via Twin Otter aircraft to South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento. Air Nevada, another local carrier, has never provided scheduled service.Holiday operates four-engine Lockheed Electra equipment between South Lake Tahoe and the Bay area and Southern California. Tentatively, Holiday will bring one flight per day into presumably an extension of one of its flights into South Lake Tahoe. The fare schedule has not been announced, nor has the timetable.Donner Park open immediatelyThe State of California will open Donner Memorial State Park and Campground this weekend as scheduled, according to Dick Johnston, area manager for the California Department of Parks and Recreation.”We will operate on our existing septic tanks temporarily until we are able to hook up to the sewer system,” Johnston reported Tuesday. “Meanwhile, state engineers are at work this week laying out pipelines for sewer hookup as soon as possible.”Harold Berliner, district attorney for Nevada County, last week told the state to stop polluting Donner Lake with their public restroom facilities in the park or close up.The notice gave the state until June 3 to hook up to the existing Truckee Sanitary district sewer lines at the park boundary, to take other measures that would prevent sewage effluent from entering Donner Lake, or suffer legal consequences.Last week Johnston had indicated that the state would take some definite action concerning the abatement order.He said the state would either rush its hookup to the sewer system or the park would stay closed.Johnston said the state had funds allocated for sewering the park but that the work had been scheduled for next year.”Actually, our septic tanks are totally adequate,” Johnston said yesterday. “They recently passed inspection and we know they are operating properly.”The park maintains sanitary facilities for 154 campsites, a daytime picnic area, several homes for park personnel, and the Pioneer Museum.Planners concerned over Spooner messTahoe Regional Planning Agency members have voiced concern over the “mess” following the laying of a force main sewer line through Spooner Meadow near the junction of Highways 28 and 50 in Nevada.Planning consultant Ray Smith recommended that the area be cleaned and the stream bed re-established to its natural condition. Agency members agreed and will ask Incline Village General Improvement District to do the work.Placer County Supervisors and TRPA member William Briner asked for and received the agency’s help in efforts to have state bureaucrats in Sacramento release $475,000 in funds previously authorized for the acquisition of 450 feet of shoreline at the foot of Coon Street in Kings Beach.Part of the money would be used for a boat launching ramp and picnic facilities. Briner said the county would like to have some type of wave suppressor or breakwater near the site. Until one can be developed that will not endanger lake ecology or water quality the project will be deferred indefinitely.He said the county already owns 200 feet of beach frontage at the site and is negotiating with private landowners for donation of another 200 feet, hopefully bringing the total beach lands to nearly 900 feet of frontage.20 Years AgoMay 29, 1980Compromise ends TTSA disputeSafeguards to protect water quality in the Truckee River, after years of conflicting and often confusing expert testimony, were finally adopted last week by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Board.The decision marked a significant pause in a “war of experts” that has involved the Environmental Protection Agency, the state of Nevada, the Truckee Sanitary District, Alpine Springs and Squaw Valley Water Districts, the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, Nevada and Placer counties, Dart Industries (an international corporation with large land holdings in Truckee), numerous private individuals, and a formidable array of highly qualified scientists armed with conflicting evidence concerning water quality.Two questions of primary importance were resolved by the board Thursday, the first being the denial to reopen the Truckee Sanitary District secondary treatment ponds, and the Alpine Springs and Squaw Valley treatment facilities.The decision was praised by Wendall McCurry, a member of the Nevada Environmental Staff, saying that the ponds, when originally built “couldn’t have been located in a worse place,” for river pollution.For Dart Industries, owners of the 6,000-lot Tahoe Donner development, it was a bitter defeat. Due to a lack of sufficient present sewer capacity, lot sales at Tahoe Donner have been severely curtailed ever since the treatment ponds were first ordered closed by Lahontan.Dart’s battery of lawyers had consistently argued that with some relatively inexpensive upgrading of the treatment plants and ponds (in the neighborhood of a half-million dollars), the shortage of sewer connections that is currently limiting growth in the Truckee area could be relieved until the present treatment plant in Martis Valley is expanded.Volcanic ash spreads: Pilots beware!All aircraft pilots are warned that volcanic ash from the Mt. St. Helens volcano southwest Washington has now reached an altitude in excess of 60,000 feet and extends 250 miles wide through several states, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.Pilots planning flights into or near these known areas should contact the nearest FAA Air Traffic Control facility prior to takeoff for updated information on the movement of the dangerous volcanic ash.10 Years AgoMay 31, 1990Drought sinks Truckee River rafting seasonBecause of a fourth year of drought conditions in the Tahoe Basin, it looks like no one will be “Truckin’ on the Truckee” this year, Federal Watermaster Garry Stone said this week.According to Stone, the amount of water being released form Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River peaked for the season last week at 112 cubic feet per second, much less than local rafting companies require to open for the summer.”The flows out of the lake are as high as they’re going to get unless there’s some kind of major storm,” Stone said.He added that the lake level will probably fall below the rim some time in late August or early September.The poorest rafting season ever recorded was in 1977 when Mountain Air Rafting Company operated for only 43 days. This year will represent the first that some companies do not open their doors at all.County says moratorium fears are “premature”The head of a local contractor’s association says he fears a moratorium would put builders out of business if the Martis Valley and Nevada County general plans are determined inadequate.The adequacy of the two plans has been challenged by the Mountain Areas Conservation Foundation (MAPF) in its appeal of the Eastern Nevada County- Truckee Planning Commission’s approval of E & A Development’s plans for a shopping center in the Martis Valley.Stu Douglas, who founded and heads the Truckee Contractors’ Association, said in an interview that, if the plans are determined to be inadequate, a countywide moratorium could result.He charges that MAPF is pushing for a moratorium because it is against growth.Part of Sha -Neva mine found illegalWhile considering approval of a reclamation plan for Sha-Neva Inc.’s, cinder-mining operation near Glenshire, the local planning commission determined the company is mining illegally on its southern section.The vote by the Eastern Nevada County/Truckee Planning Commission was unanimous May 17 to approve a reclamation plan for the northern part of Sha-Neva’s land, but, finding the mining operation on the southern portion to be illegal, did not approve the plan for that part of the property.The plan is a method for returning the land now being mined back to its natural state, beginning years before mining in the area ceases.
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