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This year it is estimated there will be 212,920 new cases of invasive breast cancer in the U.S. An estimated 40,970 women will die from this disease.

As a 8-year survivor I am asking for sponsorship in the event this Sunday. I have hand delivered over 200 flyers, posted e-mails on the Internet, and have verbally asked for help. Unfortunately I have had only a few respond. I know that every penny makes a difference as well as I know how tight our budgets can be. Please take a moment and reach deep down into your hearts and help make a better future for everyone by finding a cure. Think for a second how it could effect your life if this diagnosis was given to you or even harder, someone you love. You can participate by donating on line at http://www.northnvkomen2006.kintera.org or by attending this Sunday Oct. 1. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. For more info you can call 775-355-7311.

Norma App



Carnelian Bay

I attended a Truckee Town Council meeting the other night to give input on behalf of California State Parks on the proposed PC 1 development next to Donner Memorial State Park. The meeting was a marathon session. With two agenda items left to go, I left after the item I was there to hear and comment on was over. It was 11:30 p.m. I am guessing the council and staff did not conclude business until midnight or later.




I just wanted to recognize the council and staff for their hard work and dedication. In particular, the council members, who have work, family, and social commitments outside the town council business, but who take the time (sometimes late into the night) to help run this great town of ours. They deserve our thanks.

I am also always impressed with the knowledge and grasp of details the staff display on various agenda items at the meetings I have attended. All show a care for Donner Memorial State Park. My only hope is that one day I have cause to speak in front of the council when there is no controversy involved. When that day arrives, it will truly be a pleasurable experience to address the town, the town council and the dedicated town staff.

Ken Anderson

Truckee

Senior Environmental Scientist

California State Parks

I’m a resident of Grass Valley where downtown parking is free for up to four hours. Nearby, Nevada City is rife with parking meters where it costs 25 cents per hour to park in their downtown area. I had read some time ago where Truckee was thinking about putting in parking meters in their downtown area.

This week I had occasion to experience the parking meters first hand. Since my wife is recovering from broken ankles, we searched for a handicapped parking space but found none along the main street. We finally pulled into a space and I sought out a parking meter. I was quite surprised to find the meters didn’t accept bills, like other towns and cities with similar meters. The meters only accepted coins and credit cards. I fumbled around and was able to print a receipt for two hours of parking. Our visit to your wonderful town was to meet up with my brother-in-law from Oregon who was using his time share in Lake Tahoe. As we walked towards our meeting point, we passed his car and noticed a parking ticket tucked under windshield wiper. We mentioned this to him and he was livid. He saw no signs of any kind when he pulled into a parking space and calmly got out and went about his business.

When we looked at his car, it was parked between the “Pay Parking” signs, which were not readily visible. He talked to the parking officer who happened to be writing a slew of tickets along the main street. She said he could appeal the ticket and directed him to the Town Hall.

In our walk back to our car, we did see one handicapped parking space, obscured by tree foliage.

This parking experience has left a bad taste in our mouths. In an attempt to mollify the downtown merchants, Truckee has made itself a less desirable place to visit, to shop or to dine. I think we’ll continue to shop locally, where we are made to feel a little more welcome.

William Clark

Grass Valley


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