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Just a thought here about the retro-fitting to be done to the Tahoe Forest Hospital.

According to an article in the Sierra Sun, the last analysis as to what should be done for seismic safe buildings was 17 years ago. Now just as we are to spend millions to bring the buildings up to the old specs there seems to be doubt in those calculations as to what’s safe and what is not, according to the quote by Emerson.

Around 60 percent may not need anything done till 2030. That’s another 17 years, and what changes might they come up with by then? Doesn’t it seem that there will be even new better ways to to do it by then? Hopefully the committee will take this into consideration.



I know skiing is the sacred cow at Tahoe, but Alpine Meadows Ski Resort’s snowmaking “by the numbers” (“No snow, no problem” Sierra Sun Nov. 22) makes me wonder. Consuming 5 million gallons of water in 24 hours under ideal conditions to make artificial snow perhaps isn’t so ideal. The most recent study I am aware of, with the average residence in Alpine Meadows using considerably less than 100,000 gallons a year, says that under that scenario the aquifer is being used to capacity. Alpine once had the best water anywhere ” no kidding ” pure untreated spring water flowed from our taps. Now we drink a chlorinated brew for our protection.

In the drought years of the 1980s, Alpine Meadows Ski Corp. used to buy water from the Tahoe City PUD from sources along the Truckee River and haul it up to the ski area in diesel trucks. That seemed to make perfect sense at the time. Now the energy costs of pumping the water from the wells near the Truckee River and running the snowmaking equipment have shifted to another source, electricity, the generation of which contributes to the greenhouse gases that cause the lack of natural snow in the Sierra.



Maybe it is time to think about this differently.

I know many people living in the Tahoe Basin are strongly opposed to hunting, and I don’t understand. I do understand that hunting without proper permission is against the law, and I am extremely dissatisfied with the amoral criminals that practice this type of hunting. In proper season, hunting the proper animals and following all laws actually benefits the animal kingdom.

The California Department of Fish and Game has all species constantly under the microscope, carefully analyzing population and adaptations of the animals. One policy from the California DFG is to “maintain sufficient populations of all species of wildlife and habitat.” The biologist then issues licenses/tags accordingly.

Is a cow living in a 20-by-20-foot corral having a good life? Why do so many people mindlessly eat this animal and not a wild animal that is living a good life? If anything, the poor cows should be spared, and we should eat wild animals that haven’t been deprived of a life. These factory-farmed cows are enduring a horrible life baking in the hot sun, never exploring life beyond the barbed-wire fence, whereas when you go out hunting in the wilderness, you realize what a spectacular life wild animals live. When an animal is killed, you are carrying out God’s plan ” the food chain.

Coyotes are a perfect example of an overpopulated species menacing society. I have heard numerous stories of loved pets being eaten by coyotes. How perfect would it be if we could thin out the neighborhood-cruising coyotes? Coyotes have a year-round season, but there is no hunting allowed in the basin. Imagine how many nervous pet owners and even parents with small children could be set at ease if this ingenious idea was carried out.

The Laux family would like to thank (Nevada County deputy) Sheriff Walt Jones and all of the volunteer search and rescue workers for their diligent effort in finding Bonnie Laux and her friend Gabe ” who was visiting from Canada.

The two went for a hike Tuesday morning in the Grouse Ridge area and did not return home that evening.

The search and rescue team headed up to the area at 2 a.m. in search of them. By 8 a.m., California Highway Patrol helicopter workers rescued Bonnie and Gabe about two miles out from where they had parked. The two had trouble finding their way back to the car before dark due to poorly marked trailheads.

We are all thankful for the safe return of Bonnie and Gabe.


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