How energy crisis affects us in TruckeeTo the editor:Many of you may be reading and hearing about the energy crisis in California with possible rolling blackouts and rate increases by PG&E and Southern California Edison. With the California Independent Operator System issuing almost daily stage one, stage two and stage three emergencies, you may ask, “How does this affect us in Truckee?”The Truckee Donner Public Utility District is part of the Nevada electric grid and, as such, is not affected by these orders. Rolling blackouts will not affect us. However, there may still be power outages due to an occasional car knocking down a power pole, or a squirrel or bird getting tangled in the wires, or just a good old-fashioned winter storm.Possible rate increases we are reading about in California may be substantial. The Truckee Donner PUD will not be immune to rate increases, too, as our wholesale power rates are going up in 2001. However, our staff has been managing our wholesale rates through long-term contracts and has locked in prices through early 2002.Within the next several days, TDPUD customers will receive in the mail a letter from General Manager Peter Holzmeister with a more detailed explanation of the California energy crisis and how it affects the PUD. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact the district at 587-3896.James A. MaassPresident of the boardTruckee DonnerPublic Utility DistrictBear lovers speak outTo the editor:I follow stories in your paper and here in San Francisco about the plight of the black bears in the Tahoe Basin.These beautiful animals seem to have the odds clearly stacked against them. Development in the expanding Truckee area drives them out of their natural habitats. But just as upsetting are the actions of the Fish and Game Department. It seems clear that their mission is not to protect the bear, but just the opposite. They seem very intent on destroying those bears left at Tahoe and harassing those courageous people trying to protect them. I’m not quite sure their motive, but I question whether they receive compensation for bears they destroy, or whether they represent the Chamber of Commerce and/or real estate interests who would like to attract tourists and home buyers in a “bear-free” environment.I think the Fish and Game Department needs to know that this issue has gone well beyond the boundaries of the Tahoe Basin. We are following their tragic and possibly illegal actions throughout Northern California. The whole state is watching.Colter NeustadtSan FranciscoHurt animals deserve aidTo the editor:Citing Ann Bryant for saving a bear cub’s life -what a miscarriage of authority and justice. Rather she should have been awarded a medal for having the courage to do what was right and to defy the instructions of the Fish and Game people, who would have sent the cub to almost certain death. Now we have a decision to make: what do we do with the Fish and Game people who failed to respond to her call for help?I had a similar experience back in the 1950s. We were hunting and found a deer doe that had been shot and left along the highway near Middletown, Calif. It had a broken front leg plus a shoulder wound. We picked it up and took it to the local vet in Middletown, who then notified the authorities as he had to do. The local sheriff came by and took us before the local judge who found us guilty, fined us then cancelled the fine and took our hunting licenses as the penalty. As we left his home court office, he said, you know, you can always get another hunting license. Good luck. I’d say smart justice too.Bill KerrSun City West, Ariz.
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