As a past editor for the Sierra Sun and founding Rotary Club committee member for the Truckee Legacy Trail, you can’t even imagine how pleased I was to read the story about the opening of the trail’s next phase. I’ll never forget meeting with home and business owners back in 1998 to help explain the significance of reconnecting with the Truckee River through a trail system, and I’ll also never forget the town meetings in which a master plan was developed to help connect the many communities within Truckee with well-planned trails. Kudos to all those involved in keeping this important link – the Truckee Legacy Trail – moving along. I’ve always loved the Truckee community, especially during the time with the Sierra Sun, not only for its aesthetic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunity, but mostly for its people. The trails system came about through oodles of volunteer time, and I’m profoundly proud of the importance put on this project. Up here on an island in Washington state, I live just feet from the largest trail system on the south end of Whidbey Island. I’ve worked hard to maintain and fight for the protection of these trails with inspiration from my time with the Truckee Legacy and Truckee Trails projects. Thank you, Truckee.Sherry MaysLangley, Wash.Green on the sceneI just wanted to let the community know about the contributions that Barbara Green has made to Martis Valley. Barbara has helped with every volunteer project I have had since I have been the ranger at Martis Creek Lake. I have also seen her at every Martis Valley community meeting that I have attended, which is many over the last two or three years.Barbara is a great supporter of the community spirit in Truckee and helps wherever she can, even if it means running from one project to another in the same day. We are lucky to have her working for our community.Many thanks to Barbara and all the other hard-working volunteers who contributed to the trail improvements in Martis Valley for National Public Lands day. Hope to see more of you out there for Truckee River Day – there’s much more work to be done. Jacqui ZinkTruckeeGreen fights for affordable housingAs many already know, affordable housing is a significant issue for Truckee. As land value and housing prices rise, we need to make sure there is still housing available for those valuable members of our work force who cannot afford to buy a house. Barbara Green, our county supervisor, has been working hard at the county level to find solutions to our housing situation. I am glad to say that Barbara has actively pursed grant funding for affordable housing.The county is currently working to approve the proposed housing element of the Nevada County General Plan. The general plan, a document that our county has worked hard to create, provides planning guidelines for specific proposals such as housing. Barbara Green believes it is important that the proposal for housing aligns with these general plan policies. Barbara continues to search for opportunities to provide affordable housing for our town and our county. Thanks to Barbara, Truckee has had a strong representation at the county level for efforts such as this.Marty WoodsTruckee
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