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Enough ‘good’ weather, let’s get skiing

Fall is still in the air. Enough, already! Let’s get this ski season started.

The Nicholls family loves to ski, and we are ready to go. Alan pulled the following from a recent e-mail and thought we ought to share it with our readers (author unknown):

Top Ten Ways to Get Ready for Ski Season:



10 Visit the local super market and pay $50 (or more!) to sit in a walk-in freezer.

9. Go to the nearest hockey rink and walk across the ice 20 times carrying your ski boots, two pairs of skis, accessory bag and poles and pretend you’re looking for your car.



8. For ski boot simulation at home, put a pebble in your street shoes and tighten a c-clamp around your toes.

7. Buy a pair of gloves and immediately throw one away.

6. Go to a McDonald’s, insist on paying $7.50 for a hamburger, and be sure to wait in the longest line.

5. Clip a lift ticket to the zipper of your jacket and ride a motorcycle fast enough to make the ticket lacerate your face.

4. Drive slowly anywhere as long as it’s in a snowstorm following an 18 wheeler.

3. Fill a blender with ice, hit the pulse button and let the spray blast your face.

2. Dress up in as many clothes as you can and then proceed to take them off because you have to go to the bathroom.

1. Repeat all of the above every Saturday and Sunday.

Here are a few more things you can be doing around your house to get your home ready for winter:

Change out those batteries in your smoke alarms and your carbon monoxide alarms. If you do not own a carbon monoxide alarm, buy one. During the winter the possibility of the build up of carbon monoxide increases due to the use of your heating system, woodstoves (gas stoves too), and even your cook range and oven.

So be safe.

According to Sarah at the Villager Nursery, if the ground in your garden has not yet frozen solid, it is not too late to dig up your Iris (and other rhizomes), separate them, and replant them. She advises lots of bone meal to go in the new holes first.

And, if you are really bored to tears, you most certainly can rake up and dispose of your pine needles instead of waiting until spring. We think it is easier just to pray for snow and let Mother Nature hide them for a few months.

In our last column we talked about the establishment of Truckee River Bank in 1981 and mentioned names of the major local founders and bank directors. In a Sierra Sun article published on June 21, 1984, the local list of Bank Officers included: Jerrold T. Henley, President; Melinda Malone, V.P. and cashier; Mark Stebbins, V.P. and Manager; Dave Giacomini, V.P. and Manager; Kathleen Cole, Assistant Manager; Missy Ouchida, Assistant Cashier; and Stephanie Schultz, Assistant Cashier.

In 1984 the location of the main office was at 10066 Main St. (where Bank of the West is now located…next to Casa Baeza) and “future offices” included Tahoe City and West Truckee. Some years later, Truckee River Bank also established offices in South Lake Tahoe, Auburn and Colfax.

In 1996 the name of the bank was changed to Sierra West Bank (Bancorp) and in 1998 or 1999 the bank was purchased by Bank of the West, a subsidiary of Bank PNB Paribas of France.

During the years that this bank was locally owned and operated, it became one of the largest Small Business Administration lenders in the country. In 1984 (just three years after being established) Truckee River Bank was second only to Bank of America for SBA loans in Northern California.

Over the years many Truckee/Tahoe residents have worked for the bank at one time or another, many others have used the banking services, and others have received small business loans to establish their local businesses. All because a small group of local people said “enough is enough, let’s build our own bank.”

What a great success story!

Truckee River Bank originally opened its doors for business in a double wide trailer located on the north side of Main Street (now Jibboom St.), across the street from the downtown Post Office.

Pete Kolp was our early bird winner when he called in the right answer at 6:51 a.m. Other winners included Ron Rettig (former Manager of Tahoe National Bank, the “competition”), Gordy Kjer, Larry McEneaney, Margaret Perea, Betty Baker (a former employee), Bill Mullins, and long time resident, Max Bailey.


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