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Looking over the weathered Sun

Norm and Alan Nicholls

I thought you might enjoy the headlines of the (former) day on Thursday, Sept. 15, 1966. My friend, Jerry Blakeley, brought by a copy of that particular issue of the Sierra Sun and Truckee Republican to verify that his answer to last week’s question was correct (see later in article).

First of all, the Sierra Sun’s banner motto said “It Shines for All.” The newspaper was a weekly, printed on Thursdays; and the newsprint was quite large ” each page measuring 16 by 22 inches. This particular edition was eight pages long.

“Area Shocked as Violent Quake is Cause of Damage,” was the headline of the day. The story went on to explain, “Things in Truckee and the surrounding area were real shaky Monday when a rather violent earthquake struck at 9:45 a.m. It lasted nearly two minutes and was measured at 5.5 on the Richter scale. Fortunately no one was injured although there was considerable property damage reported from numerous locations.”

The article discussed some of the areas of extreme damage, including the destruction of the caretaker’s home at Boca when it shook off its foundation; a huge boulder rolling down the hill, across I-80 and crashing into the Sierra Pacific Power plant in Farad; the development of numerous cracks in buildings downtown; and a broken water main on West River Street.

“Vote is Assured on Incorporation as Petition is Filled: It was announced today that the incorporation committee has received enough signed petitions to bring incorporation to a vote. The elated committee chairman, F.H. Hodder, stated that the hard work of the committee had paid off and at long last the citizens of this community would be given the opportunity to cast a vote for the form of local government that would best serve our community.” (hmmmm!)

“Stage Set for Big Hill Climb During Coming Weekend: More widely acclaimed drivers have entered the first annual Donner Summit Hill Climb, sponsored by the Donner Area Junior Chamber of Commerce and scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.” The article continues: “Each car will get two practice runs up the steep, winding grade on old Highway 40, a distance of 3.2 miles with treacherous curves and deep drop-offs. On Sunday there will be another two runs for each car under official timing.”

Imagine trying to run such a race nowadays with today’s liability issues and huge insurance premiums.

“Dr. Tapia Named to Replace Bobby on Park Position: Dr. H.P. Tapia, a practicing chiropractor in Truckee since 1959, this week was chosen as superintendent of the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, replacing Randy Bobby, whose resignation became effective last week.”

“The one-year contract, calling for a salary of $700 a month, starts in October. Dr. Tapia said he was closing his chiropractic office next week to prepare to enter upon his new duties. The district office will be retained in the Tahoe-Truckee Agency in Gateway.”

Under the “Building Permits” section: Osburn Garage, Gateway, $6,912; Soda Springs Ski addition, $17,340; Kielhofer storage shed, Olympic Heights, $300; Preston Trailer Park, Highway 89, $29,000; Boreal Ridge Chair Lift, $90,000; and Cady dwelling, Ponderosa Palisades, $32,550.

And, some of the ads: Ponderosa Golf Course fall special … All day $3; Ponderosa Palisades, 13,000-square-foot lots and larger from $2,250; Z Markets (Gateway Shopping Center), 2-pound can of Hills Brothers Coffee, $1.45; Gateway Motors coin-operated car wash, complete job, 25 cents. And, “New for 1966, Frederic Apcar’s Vive Les Girls at the Nevada Lodge.”

The answer we were looking for was KTRT, 1400 AM. Dan van Enoo, a former KTRT disc jockey and current station manager at KTKE 101.5 FM, went to work for KTRT in 1970. At that time the station was owned and operated by Herb Crenshaw. The location of the 200-foot antenna and broadcast studio was at Crenshaw’s Olympic Heights residence.

“By the mid-’70s the antenna was moved to a location across Highway 267 from the entrance to Northstar. The broadcast studio was located by the old Northstar ticket office, next to the Ski Stalker,” said van Enoo.

Later, the studio was moved to the concrete block building on Highway 267, now the home of Martis Valley Associates.

Jerry Blakeley came up with the 1966 issue of the Sierra Sun mentioned above, which states in an article entitled, “Truckee Radio is Sold to New Firm: … Radio Station KHOE, Truckee has been purchased by Eastern California Broadcasting Corp., it was announced this week by Richard F. Van Wickle, president of Eastern California Broadcasting and new General Manager of KHOE.” KHOE also operated on 1400 kcs.

Early bird winner, Sharon Cook, was up again early (6:29 a.m.), with Bill Palmer close behind, calling in at 6:58 a.m. Other winners included Mary DeLisle, Charlie White, Carol Dedmon, Tom Meggett, Jeanette Harrigan, Gordy Kjer, Ron Rettig, Pat Northrop and Bill Mullins. We also got a call from “J.B.” at Wolfdales with the answer from the previous question. Apparently he was a waiter at Wild Thyme.

Several of the winners mentioned Art Franco, “The voice of the wilderness,” and Gary Labass (sp?) as former Truckee DJ’s.

This week’s question

Who were the husband and wife owners of the “Truckee River Book and Tea,” formerly located in downtown Truckee? Call us at 550-5035 or e-mail us at nnicholls@dicksonrealty.com with your answer.

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