What made Truckee buzz during the last year?
It’s a wrap. Another year comes to a close. Another 365 days ripped from the wall calendar. Honestly, where does the time go? As is our practice we review the top stories of the year. The newsroom will certainly do this annual tradition more justice than I will. Instead what follows is a run down of my personal favorite headlines of the year.What made Truckee buzz during the past twelve months? What was our story? Who made the news? Town’s future priorities set with end of General Plan workshopsMarch 19, 2004The people of Truckee have been working together to create and adopt a General Plan that will serve as the road map to the future. Priorities within the plan include redevelopment of the river corridor, the connection of our neighborhoods, encouragement of new business segments, building of inclusionary housing and focus on mixed-use design. Above all, maintain open space and the character of this place. I admit, I am fascinated by this process and the discussions that surrounded some of the issues. Stay tuned, the final chapters of this story are being written this next year. Moody’s magical McCartney mysteryMarch 31, 2004″Paul McCartney seems to have a fondness for Truckee’s music scene. Known in the area for serving up some of the best jazz music in the Sierra, Moody’s Bistro and Lounge again played host to the ex-Beatle and international rock star.” Once again, the former Beatle made an appearance at the local restaurant and entertained the crowd. Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky patrons that night. New Year’s Resolution: Drop by Moody’s nightly during the month of March. The greatest show on earth – almostApril 22, 2004They say stars shine brighter in Truckee, and it was true for four nights in April when the Follies returned to the Community Center stage. Truckeewood, a nod to the silver screen, featured adapted skits from “A Bugs Life,” “The Sound of Music,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Godfather” (mother?) and “Star Truckee.” No one and nothing was off limits and all were treated to a rowdy, raucous, rib splitting performance – Truckee style.Street cleanup, barbecue kick off the summer in TruckeeJune 8, 2004 “Truckee neighborhoods literally sparkled after the more than 500 volunteers took to the streets this part year in the first-ever Clean Truckee Streets.” Orchestrated by Maia Schneider, the event was a total community effort. Entire neighborhoods, roadways and side streets were littered with T-shirt clad locals with trash bags in hand each pitching in to help clean up their town. It was a beautiful thing. Look for Clean Truckee Streets 2005 in a neighborhood near you. Just call Truckee a ‘Great American City’July 6, 2004″Great Race racers vote Truckee Best American Town.” If you missed this event you missed a classic close-off of the streets, show and shine, meet and greet, parade at the finish line, ya’ll come down and have some fun with your neighbors party. It was an impressive event conducted entirely by volunteers. Too boot, the library was awarded $10,000 for being named the racers’ “favorite” stop on the cross country race. Azad McIver: As local as it getsJuly 15, 2004″Azad McIver was a small, seemingly shy woman who lived in a tiny Gateway cottage. But her longtime friends say she had a huge giving spirit that had a large impact on the Truckee of today.”In fact, she was about as local as it gets. McIver died July 13, 2004 at the age of 95. She and her siblings – Roxie Archie and Richard Joseph, who preceded her in death – emigrated from Turkish Armenia in the early 1900s and left a strong legacy in the Truckee community. Foundation seeds region with $5 millionJuly 22, 2004The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation passed the $5 million mark for gifts stewarded to the North Tahoe/Truckee communities in 2004. An incredible accomplishment that deserves a standing ovation to include the donors, the staff and board at the foundation and the members of this community for making it happen. We all benefit from the work done through the foundation by service and nonprofit organizations. The environment, women’s services, Truckee River watershed, Project MANA, Boys and Girls Club, KidZone, Choices Transitional Services and LCU are just a few who touched lives this past year because of continued philanthropic giving. The stories I’ve mentioned here are just a few that helped make up the fabric of our lives this past year. It’s our charge at the newspaper to find, write and follow-up on the stories that will ultimately – and hopefully – cover the refrigerators and scrapbooks in your home. It’s a charge we don’t take lightly. The Sierra Sun, in my opinion, has the most talented, dedicated staff of its long and colorful history. We are at your service. Please feel free to come in and talk to us about how we continue to make our community newspaper the best it can be in 2005 and beyond. Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year. See you in the headlines. Jody Poe is the publisher of the Sierra Sun.