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Many years ago when we were living in Portland, the battle cry was, “Don’t Californicate Oregon!”You couldn’t find it in the dictionary, but you knew exactly what it meant. In Truckee, we need to raise a similar cry. We face tremendous threats to our town. We need to avert the collapse of our infrastructure and the desecration of our environment. We need a town council with integrity and experience in facing such challenges. We need Barbara Green. Barbara has been representing Truckee and protecting our interests on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors for the past four years. In spite of often being in the minority, she didn’t waver in supporting the protection of our environment. She has the intelligence to realize that it is our environment that is the basis of Truckee’s economy. While there has to be a balance between development and the status quo, we can’t simply look at the short-term benefit and ignore the long-term damage caused by uncontrolled growth.Her experience on the board of supervisors will help her in dealing with the Placer County Board of Supervisors to try to prevent the overbuilding that is threatening Martis Valley.We need to have Barbara’s voice representing us on the town council. Please join us in voting for Barbara Green for Truckee Town Council in November.Bruce & Marijo DouglassTruckeeCandidates will balance airport needsAs a former pilot, I have a warm spot in my heart for the Truckee Airport. Back in 1978, it was the destination for my first solo cross-country flight. On another trip over Mt. Rose, the engine in my 1948 Aeronca Chief cut out, and I thanked God the airport was here.But like many of us, I later moved to Truckee to get away from the traffic, congestion, and noise of bigger cities. So I’ve been watching the debate over the airport with some ambivalence.The airport provides vital services to our community – support for fighting forest fires to name just one. So those who say we should simply close it down don’t have the best interest of our community at heart. But we must also recognize that the airport has costs. Noise is the most obvious one, but others are as important. For example, due to safety issues, growth of the airport will restrict what types of development can occur over large sections of the town. Already our new community center will have to be redesigned and strengthened in response to expected increases in air traffic. We taxpayers, of course, will pay the additional costs. Clearly, we must balance the needs of the airport with the needs of our larger community.Our current Airport Board tells us that they can’t do it; that they have no influence over airport growth. I disagree. Together we have the power to determine the future of our community. With the right leadership, we can manage airport operations while maintaining the quality of life that brought all of us here. For that reason, I urge you to vote for Kathleen Eagan, Mary Hetherington, and Paul Vatistas for the Truckee-Tahoe Airport Board on Nov. 2. All three have worked for years in community service in the area. All three understand the vital role the airport plays in our community. All three will work to maintain the quality of life that makes this area so special. Brian KearneyTruckeeHelping kids help themselvesTahoe Women’s Services thanks the following individuals and businesses who have supported our children’s programs: CB’s Pizza in Carnelian Bay; King’s Beach Miniature Golf; Project Mana, who taught a pizza making cooking class; Round Table Pizza in Truckee; Suzy Shoberg, who runs the Tahoe Vista Children’s Garden; The Ponderosa Ranch and The Tahoe Gal.Tahoe Women’s Services provides programs for child survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other traumas. Programs include the Children’s Counseling Group, Kid’s Time Group, and Pattern Changing Group. The counseling group is designed for children who have experienced any form of trauma. Children learn ways to cope with sadness, anxiety, physical symptoms and isolation, as well as engage in safety planning. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist. Kid’s Time group is offered in conjunction with our adult domestic violence support groups. This group is designed to empower children to heal from the trauma of domestic violence through exposure to positive role models, creative self-expression and educational activities. The Pattern Changing Group is designed for children who have participated in Kid’s Time and have completed the counseling group. This activity group focuses on changing patterns and increasing positive choices and behaviors. We couldn’t provide these services for children without the support of the community. Tahoe Women’s Services is grateful for the generous and caring individuals and businesses in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.Michele OstranderExecutive Director People supporting open spacesThe Truckee Donner Land Trust would like to thank three of our great friends and supporters for their contributions, which made our luncheon last weekend a success. Many thanks to Billy McCullough of Dragonfly Restaurant for plentiful and delicious food as always; and Tom Pillsbury of the Estates Group for excellent wines. Thank you also to Barbara Grasseschi and Tony Crabb for opening their beautiful home and for the many ways in which they support our work. The support of these three individuals helps us to protect more of our area’s stunning open spaces.Tanya AfricaTruckee Donner Land Trust