Kevin MacMillan: What questions would you ask our candidates? |

Kevin MacMillan: What questions would you ask our candidates?

As you’re reading in letters on our Opinion pages and within political ads in our publications, it’s safe to say election season is under way in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

On the Sierra Sun side of things, there are five main races of interest, and no doubt the most intriguing will be the seven candidates for the Tahoe Forest Hospital District board of directors.

Amid the district’s recent internal investigation into a potential conflict of interest with CEO Bob Schapper (something that may or may not be investigated by a third party in Nevada County or, for that matter, in Sacramento), and increased criticism and praise regarding the hospital’s pricing and level of care, the campaigns run by these candidates are sure to be interesting.

So, too, will be the public’s perception of Measures U and E, which in total ask Tahoe Truckee Unified School District residents to pay off $176 million in bonds over 33 years to finance capital upgrades at our local schools. And with races for Truckee Town Council, Truckee Fire and the Tahoe City and North Tahoe PUDs — coupled with those on the county and state levels — the 2014 midterm election is again loaded in California.

Meanwhile, for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, every election year is an important one for Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents when it comes to the IVGID board of trustees.

Frankly, it would be anti-Incline for our residents not to care about the IVGID board.

With last week’s vote to move forward with upgrading Diamond Peak’s master plan, along with recent discussions on the future of IVGID’s recreation pass and trash laws, this year will be as controversial as ever when it comes to hearing the four candidates’ views.

Another interesting race for Incline voters is who will replace outgoing Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley — Chuck Allen or Tim Kuzanek. Each has his opinions on how the county’s main law enforcement entity should handle patrols in Incline Village.

All these races, and more, will be featured in special election sections to be published in each newspaper this October.

This is where you, our readers, come into play: I’ll be asking candidates for our local races and those for and against the bond measures various questions, the answers of which will be published in those special election sections. And while I have plenty of questions to ask, I want to make sure I’m not forgetting anything.

So, do you have a question for the candidates? Simply email me by close of business Wednesday, Sept. 24, and as long as it makes sense and is in good taste, I’ll most likely add it to my list.


In completely different news, the last week has been an interesting one for us, to say the least, at the Sun and Bonanza.

On Sept. 10, we closed our Truckee office on Deerfield Drive behind Taco Bell and prepared our move to the Pioneer Center, at 10775 Pionner Trail, Ste. No. 101.

We expected the move to take no longer than a week. As it turns out, transferring an entire office of eight employees, phone systems, computer servers, printers, cubicles, furniture, an entire kitchen — not to mention the decades of bound print archives of the Sun that go back to the 1910s — well, it’s been quite the task.

I’d like to apologize to the readers and residents who’ve struggled to get a hold of us on the phone past few business days — and, even more deeply, for the handful of you who’ve shown up to closed doors at our old Deerfield location.

We are working to get things up and running as fast as possible at the Pioneer Center, where we expect to fully open on Monday, Sept. 22. In the meantime, please pardon our dust as we finalize the move.

Hey, at least it’s better than all this wildfire smoke, right?

— Kevin MacMillan is managing editor of the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. Reach him for comment at

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