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Many of you know that Ken Brown, who for years was the chef and owner of the Truckee Trattoria, was severely injured in a road bicycle accident. Ken suffered six broken ribs, a broken clavicle, facial fractures and traumatic head injury. Ken was in a coma for over a week and has been in the intensive care unit at Washoe Medical Center for almost three weeks. Ken is paralyzed on his right side due to the head injury, but the good news is that he is making progress and continues to improve daily. Ken and Lizs wonderful friends have established a fund to help with whatever needs arise during Ken’s recovery. Appropriately enough, it’s called the Ken Brown Recovery Fund. To contribute, please bring a check made out to the Ken Brown Recovery Fund into the Plumas Bank on Donner Pass Road or mail it care of Thomas Grossman at P.O. Box 2819, Truckee, CA 96160. A wonderful Web site has helped the friends of Ken and Liz Brown keep informed on his progress. Please visit http://www.supportcircle.com and enter Ken Brown’s name. Here you can access updates on Ken’s condition as will as send Ken and his family good wishes. Ken and Liz deeply appreciate all your prayers, concern and help. It means the world to them. If you have any questions you can email me at tom@wintercreekhomes.com. Thomas GrossmanTruckee

The Truckee Donner Land Trust has been a long time member of the Truckee Watershed Council. Over the course of several years of meetings, we have never implicitly or explicitly heard mention of a political agenda as the writer of a recent My Turn column (Protecting Truckee River from destruction is all hype Sierra Sun June 10) asserts. To the converse, The Watershed Council should be applauded for its efforts to include any and all stakeholders. Perry NorrisTruckee Donner Land Trust

In last Friday’s editorial page, a letter writer (Protecting Truckee River from destruction is all hype Sierra Sun June 10) made a variety of claims regarding the Truckee River that have no basis in fact. Perhaps the most egregious, from my perspective as a sport fisherman, was the title of the piece itself. I’ve never heard anyone claim the Truckee is threatened with destruction. However, as was obvious from the river’s milk-chocolate color as it ran through town several weeks ago, the Truckee certainly continues to be threatened by water-born sediment originating from natural and man-made sources. The severity of this impact is not well understood given inadequate water-quality monitoring data, but the observations of astute anglers like Ralph Cutter indicate trout spawning habitat has indeed declined over the years as a result of excess sedimentation.Richard AndersonCalifornia Fly Fisher MagazineTruckee


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