Tuesday Feb. 27 brought a storm to the Sierra that really tested the strength of community. Donner Summit was put to the test once again and the people came together and prevailed.
I’m writing to express my thanks, love and respect to our little community and a good job to everyone who rescued and sheltered the displaced, cold and hungry. Here’s to Brian and Deanne Maas of Wilderness Adventures Dog Sled Tours, who rescued the stranded and then became snowbound themselves after numerous cars were engulfed by the snows and buried in the middle of Highway 40. Impossible to leave their home for six days, the family endured the ultimate test and are still here and still married. You guys are awesome.
To Cherl and Tony Paduano, the owners of Soda Springs General Store for their generosity and willingness to help the helpless.
To Gregory Ross and Chris of Soda Springs for their bravery and selflessness in the rescue efforts of so many people and enduring the Serene Lakes snow labyrinth ” and still smiling.
To Ice Lakes Lodge staff: It’s one thing to be stranded in a foreign place, it’s another to be stranded in your own neighborhood in a white-out with three kids ” that’s a bummer. You guys saved a cold, wet, worn-down mom and gave shelter to three kids who needed the hot cocoa and fire. Thank you.
Lastly a huge thank you to Mitzi Hodges of Donner Spitz Snow Removal for making the final stretch home bearable. For leaving the warmth and safety of your home to climb into a loader and rescue the Ford pickup and all its occupants.
Every season there’s a storm that tests our strength to survive and endure, and every year I laugh and say, “I love this place.” Yeah, I might be crazy, and anyone in Truckee who has been up here in a storm probably would agree ” Yeah, she’s crazy.
I’m glad that a community like this still exists and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m just thankful and blessed to be a part of it.
Kristy S. Champagne
I happily went to the finish line of the Great Race on Saturday to see friends and family cross at high speeds in little skis. It was a great time and a beautiful day and a good time seemed to be had by all as is generally the case with Truckee events.
However, when I returned to my vehicle, which was parked on the road in front of the Blue Coyote, I found a $50 parking ticket on my windshield. Along with about 20 other people, I was given a ticket for parking on the road between November and April. I am a fairly reasonable person and I understand why it is important to prevent parking on the road during snow storms or when snow management is being conducted. However, I believe that due to the sunny day and the large event size that the Town of Truckee could have been a little forgiving of people parking in what would, during other times of the year, be considered legal parking.
Instead it seems to me that the town sent someone out specifically to ticket those of us parked for the event in order to gain a substantial amount of money from the volume of people ticketed. I cannot help but be disappointed that the Truckee that I love so much because of its family and community-minded atmosphere is now a little tainted due to the lack of understanding of the Town of Truckee.
If we had been parked in illegal spots or if we had been creating a hazardous driving situation I would accept my ticket as just punishment. Right now, however, I have a bitter taste in my mouth when I think about this ticket because I believe the motivation behind the tickets was to make money on those of us trying to enjoy a community event.
To the many snowmobilers that stayed off the Great Ski Race course Saturday night, I would like to say “Thank you.” This-is a fundraiser for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. A lot of people put in a big effort to make this a fun race/ tour.
To the few snowmobilers that rode down-the Great Ski Race course, past a dozen signs that asked you-to not do so, I say “Hey, thanks a bunch.”-
I hope you have some decent friends-who will roll up a newspaper and whack you on the head. This happened after 1 a.m. This kind of unthinking behavior caused a lot of work for myself (I am one of the groomers) and the other people who had to get up and fix the course at oh-too-early, while most people are sleeping.-
Once again to the many that showed restraint, thank you. To the few: Grow up.
P.S. Take care of Search and Rescue. They are the ones who go the distance when things go bad in the woods.
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