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During the last campaign there was discussion about more dialogue between the citizens and the town concerning growth and development, better communication, housing, town decision-making, open space, and other concerns about our future. I would like to take this opportunity to solicit more discussion to try to look for new ideas and new thinking from all of you.

Two current topics, and there are a number of others, are a community center and affordable housing.

Where is the best location for a community center and what activities do you envision it providing? East West Partners generously gave the Town of Truckee the “triangle,” the piece of land surrounded by Highways 80 and 89 north and the bypass. That location has been heavily discussed. But people are talking about other locations and those pros and cons. Which ones are pedestrian- and bike-friendly, close to transportation, have good parking, etc.?

What are ways in which we can provide more housing for our workforce? How do we look for locations that meet criteria such as close to transit, schools, recreation and shopping? How do we “sprinkle” this housing throughout our town?

Barbara Green

Truckee Town Council member

This is an open letter to Truckee Tahoe Airport District board members. A Citation V jet made a very low approach landing on runway 10 at 8:01 Saturday morning. I immediately went to the airport to make a noise complaint. I didn’t speak to the pilots but they knew that I was making the complaint.

I didn’t see any activity at the airport. The only people I saw were two Truckee Tahoe Airport District employees and two pilots. I checked the wind condition and had that logged into the complaint. There was no wind.

These pilots lined their aircraft way out over Tahoe Donner. This placed them very low over Martis Valley Estates. These inconsiderate pilots impacted 31 homes with noise on an early Saturday morning. I wonder how many other people in the Town of Truckee were affected. I know that they got my attention.

The airport district Unicom operators should have advised this aircraft to land on runway 28 since there was no wind. These pilots took the easy approach to save fuel. They were in control of that aircraft. They elected not to fly the noise abatement program. That was their right. Their right violated my right to peace and happiness.

Net Jet Group owns this plane. The Net Jet Group fly into Truckee Tahoe Airport frequently. They cannot claim ignorance that they didn’t know this airport has a noise abatement program. When are these hot dog pilots going to get it that they are a guest of the taxpayer of this airport district?

Something must be done before someone is killed. The resident of Martis Valley Estates don’t know if we should duck or run. It is no fun living here anymore.

Dennis A. Dickinson


I am a volunteer in the Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary and work in the Truckee hospital Gift Shop three to four hours a week to support my hospital and give back to my community.

My hope is to interest you in the Hospital Auxiliary. Our members help on the information desk, the Extended Care Center and Medical Surgical wards, the gift shop and anywhere else we are requested to help with non-patient-contact jobs.

Thank you to the Tahoe Forest Hospital District for the lovely volunteer appreciation luncheon given all members of Truckee’s TFHD Auxiliary and for the kind words expressed by CEO Bob Schapper, TFHD Board president Mary Lou Sullivan, Director of Inpatient Services Ann Delforge, and hosted by Chief Operating Officer and CNO Janet Van Gelder.

Auxiliary members enjoy expressions of gratitude, but mostly we thoroughly enjoy being a part of the crew that strives every day to be the best in all phases of health care. Our expanded hospital building will be ready for occupancy before year’s end and we will need more auxiliary members to fill the numerous non-patient-contact jobs in the hospital.

We promise not to take away your time for golf, exercising, bridge, or shopping. We love to do those things too. All we need is your helping hand for one, three or four hour shift per week and we will do our best to find a job for you that will make you feel as good as we do every week. Come join the team and you will be proud of your hospital too. You can begin by leaving your name and telephone number at 582-3571 so we can contact you.

Vivian Wakefield

Auxiliary Gift Shop

Tahoe Forest Hospital

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