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Wanted to spread an “FYI” towards SOS GLENSHIRE members. The other day while in Reno I grabbed a copy of , a Loyalton paper discussing mostly Sierra County. I came across an article regarding the citizens of Loyalton and Sierra Valley coming together to stop development, not just asking the developers to curb their plans but stopping their plans altogether. It seems this community came together to help farmers with litigation problems brought on by one aggressive developer. Through the community’s dedication and care for their people and land, they have been very successful at staving off greedy developers.

After I read this article, I couldn’t help again wonder how Truckee, which is far more populated than any town in Sierra County, could have allowed so much development to already occur. Where was the community when Elkhorn Ridge was in the planning stages? When it was decided that a Marriott Hotel would be built just yards away from an old cemetery? Where has the community been when most of the development was in the early planning stages? Has the community not been adequately informed? Sierra County is saying no to urban development. Why is the Town Of Truckee saying yes, rolling over and playing dead?

Do we not have more resources than Sierra County? More people to protest suburban sprawl? Yes, on both accounts.

Kudos to all SOS Glenshire members for caring and then doing something about their piece of the community. We would do well to take a page from Sierra County and not just ask the developers to curtail their plans but send them packing permanently. If Truckee had done this long ago instead of acquiescing to developers, we would not be living in a quasi-mountain town but a real one. Thanks SOS Glenshire members!

The other day I killed a yellow jacket. I’ll lump it in the generic group of bee for a bit of poetic beeswaxing. I admit this crime freely in order to help someone else avoid this tragedy in the future. It’s my fault in several ways.

First, I had food present and the bee was simply hungry. Second, I was quick to pull the metaphorical trigger and didn’t hesitate to kill the bee. I didn’t even check to see if a baby bee was nearby. In retrospect, I probably should have used a starter pistol to scare the bee and then followed it up with a paint pellet to really show the bee she should return to the wilderness and forage for her natural food rather than getting a quick meal from my trash.

This brings me to mistake number three. I don’t even have an approved bee box. I simply leave my garbage in an unsecured can. And finally, when I leave for the weekend, I don’t leave my dog at home (he loves snapping at bees), nor do I leave a dog bark machine to scare really stupid bees away (any bee fooled by the lame bark emitting from those barking machines is a bee who deserves an F).

It’s clear to me, as I write this confession; I don’t deserve to live where I can expect to be troubled by bees. I should simply leave the forest to the bees and move back to the big city where the spices can stay in the cupboard, the food in the fridge, the trash in the bin. Nope, I like it here ” no bee is going ruin my picnic. That’s why I own so many bee traps.

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