When Jen Van Bogaert left for work on Aug. 10, she anticipated that she might save a life that day. Little did she know it would be the life of one very lucky dog.The Truckee local was working as a paramedic in Reno when she witnessed Karma, a young border collie, get hit by a truck. Jen rushed Karma to the vet. Because Karma had no tag identification or microchip, Jen agreed to pay for all of the expenses to save her life. Karma had a head injury and a hemopneumothorax (a collection of blood and air in the space between the lungs and the chest wall). She was given a blood transfusion and monitored for four days. During this time Jen visited after work each day. When released, Karma still needed care, including antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. She improved each day and within two weeks was running and playing with other dogs. Jen ran ads in newspapers and contacted local shelters to find Karma’s home but nobody answered. With two dogs of her own and a paramedic’s salary, she couldn’t adopt another family member. Jen brought Karma to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and before long Karma was adopted into a wonderful home. Jen acted as a good Samaritan and didn’t blink an eye when she used her credit card to save a dog she didn’t even know. Karma’s vet care added up to over $1,000. The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is grateful to Jen for saving Karma and we are hoping our supporters will recognize Jen’s good deed and offer some financial help to defray her costs. If you would be willing to send good karma back in Jen’s direction, you may send any amount to HSTT with Karma in the memo line. Donations that come in over the amount of Jen’s expenses will be used to save other lives in our care.We all know what goes around comes around, so keep the good karma flowing!Stephanie HiemstraExecutive DirectorHumane Society of Truckee-TahoeTaken back in timeI am writing to send out my hearty thanks and congratulations to Sandy Horn and company for such a successful Renaissance fair.My husband and I had never been to a Renaissance faire, so we did not know what to expect. We were amazed and surprised how Truckee’s baseball field, playground and rodeo grounds transformed themselves into the magical village and times of the 1500s. The camaraderie among the “re-enactors” made this event so special. It was obvious the care each took with his or her costume and speaking in the tongue of the times made us feel like we stepped back in time a few hundred years. My 2 year old particularly enjoyed the jousting, especially when everyone cheered at the unhorsing of a knight that never had been unhorsed before. So thank you, Sandy and everyone who was involved with this amazing event. We do hope that this first faire will be here next year and many years to come.Kim LynnTruckeeNewsletter bluesThere was a fascinating debate at last week’s airport noise workshop. The airport has been trying to rejuvenate its newsletter to inform the public about airport progress on community concerns. For reasons that everyone claimed to understand but no one agreed on, the newsletter hasn’t been published. We’re now so close to the airport board election that Airport Manager Dave Gotschall suggested further delay because anything the airport says might be construed as favoring some candidates to the detriment of others – even if they adhere rigidly to apolitical facts. A debate ensued with some airport advocates, including candidate Joe Ferrerra saying “Yes, publish it,” and CARE and its candidates siding, possibly for the first time, with Gotschall. The board was split and President Ken Foster wisely cast the deciding vote against publication, perhaps compromising his own reelection in the name of decency. It was an amazing moment. One group (mainly pilots) wants the public to see the factual accomplishments of the airport, regardless of timing. Another group of pilots says this is politically incorrect because the truth might compromise their opponents, who are attempting to take over the board by claiming the airport has done nothing. CARE members jumped to their feet, demanding the newsletter be withheld. What was happening? Those who advocated immediate publication are undeniably airport supporters. The pilots who advised restraint are also pro-airport. So what about CARE? Well, CARE clearly feels threatened by airport facts. I would call CARE anti-airport. What kind of news might come out that disturbs CARE? Well, it includes a list of over 20 noise abatement measures taken by the airport in the past two years. Or it might include the excellent analysis of noise complaints presented at the meeting. That analysis showed, among other things, that most complaints are about transient aircraft, not pilots who participate in the successful noise abatement program. It also showed 45 percent of complaints, most of the alleged increase in our noise problem, come from five households.For truth about the airport, see http://www.fotta.org, the Friends of Truckee Tahoe Airport Web site.Rick TavanTruckeeYes on HI just recently heard about Measure H, which will create a permanent Sierra College Campus right here in Truckee. I fully support this measure and believe that the benefits for the Truckee Tahoe community will be tremendous. I recently took a beginner Spanish class through Sierra College and was impressed by the quality of instruction. Sierra College was the only option that fit my schedule and was extremely affordable. It wasn’t possible for me to go to Reno or Rocklin and I really couldn’t afford to pay more. Higher education is needed here in the Truckee-Tahoe area in order to advance in the job market. As the past assistant youth coordinator at Truckee Donner Recreation & Park, it was helpful to continue to update our skills. With tight schedules and modest incomes, it was really important for us to have a local and affordable option for higher education classes. Access to higher education makes us better teachers and leaders. A permanent Sierra College campus is a positive direction for the Tahoe Truckee area to take. I hope others will support Measure H on Nov. 2. Amy LyonsTruckee
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