Upgrades at Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center

Equestrian enthusiasts have even more reasons to be excited about horseback riding and boarding at Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center this summer. The center, which is open to the public, is located at the Alder Creek Adventure Center that opened in November 2015. An investment of $6 million was made in building the new state-of-the-art-facility that also houses Tahoe Donner Bikeworks in the summer and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area in the winter. Over this past spring and into early summer, highly anticipated improvements will enhance equestrian operations further, including:

  • 60’ diameter round pen and footing in the round pen – great for easy unloading and loading of horses
  • Varying sized boarding paddocks in the shade that are more private
  • Seven tack sheds – tack sheds are in place next to the boarder paddocks
  • Seven water utility pedestals with power located throughout the new campus – water is now available every 30 yards
  • Horse trailer turnaround area, which goes around the round pen
  • New pad for the caretaker trailer to park. Bonus: the caretaker trailer now runs off of power instead of a generator
  • New holding pen area for trail ride horses
  • New loading area and staging area for trail rides
  • New area for hay
  • New pony station in the shade
  • New pony trail in the shade that is less dusty and longer than the old pony trail
  • New perimeter fencing
  • New signage throughout operation

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One of our new tack sheds for boarders.

The 60’ diameter round pen.

One of seven water utility pedestals.

The equestrian operation has never looked better. Guests are encouraged to visit and experience all of the upgrades firsthand. Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center offers trail rides and pony rides by reservation every Wednesday – Sunday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the last ride leaving at 3 p.m., in addition to offering private lessons and private family dinner rides in scenic Euer Valley. Throughout the season, equestrian events are also offered, including:

  • Cowgirls and Cocktails, which features an early evening trail ride followed by beer, wine and appetizers, scheduled for July 29, Aug. 19, Sept. 2 and Sept. 23
  • Saturday Night BBQs, which are a family favorite filled with an evening of games, crafts, contests, dress up, pony rides and delicious food, scheduled for July 16 and Aug. 6
  • Pancakes and Ponies, a family event that includes a pancake breakfast and a pony ride for children, scheduled for Aug. 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 3 and Sept. 17

The Alder Creek Café, housed inside the new Alder Creek Adventure Center, serves fresh salads, paninis, wraps, and more with organic and locally sourced ingredients when possible. It is open daily throughout summer. The adjacent Trailside bar offers happy hour, small plates and specials, plus live music on Saturdays.

July 1, 2016

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Mailbox Cluster Units in Tahoe Donner

Rural mail delivery within the older subdivisions was made available decades ago in the Truckee region. At that time, the United States Postal Service (USPS) purchased and installed remote mailbox cluster locations in Tahoe Donner at the approval of the association. During those years, the mailboxes were considered federal property and the USPS was responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the boxes. In Tahoe Donner’s situation, the USPS determined that they can no longer get replacement parts on the old cluster boxes and that future replacement of the units is the subdivision’s responsibility. This comes out of the growing homeowner association dynamic in the nation where new developments are now required to construct mailbox clusters for all units in the subdivision where rural carrier service is established. The USPS will not allow adding additional cluster boxes to address demand due to union agreements with the carriers which requires mail to be in sequential order. Thus we cannot simply add a couple boxes on the end of each location. Tahoe Donner may be required to build and purchase approximately 6,500 cluster box units to address the overall replacement issue to accommodate new service requests. As such, several years ago Tahoe Donner discussed regular replacement of select units every year in the Replacement Reserve Fund to address identified cluster box issues as well as the larger project as described above. The General Plan Committee (GPC) is currently discussing the large project for consideration and implementation in the very near future.

This long-term project is currently in the early planning stages for consideration by the GPC and board of directors. In the meantime, a short-term resolution is underway, including improved maintenance and communication with members who currently have mail service at the cluster box units. Members can now report cluster box maintenance issues to clusterbox@tahoedonner.com. Tahoe Donner will coordinate access to the respective cluster box unit with the USPS and then perform appropriate maintenance including repair and/or replacement of the entire unit. The USPS will facilitate access into the unit, removal of the mail, and then replacement of the mail.
Mailbox Cluster Unit FAQs

  • What is going on with the existing units which are currently out of order? The USPS has identified 15–20 possible units that match the existing cluster boxes which are being made available to Tahoe Donner to replace boxes in the short term in lieu of the above issue. Many have been replaced, with a few pending replacements to be performed at the discretion of the USPS. Tahoe Donner and USPS will identify any further units that need box replacement as opposed to pedestal replacement and prioritize accordingly. With the help of USPS, Tahoe Donner has identified a pedestal replacement provider and has ordered enough to address the issues at the Northwoods and Northwoods location where the boxes are still in working order, but the pedestals need to be replaced to bring them back into operation. In July, these pedestals were received and installed.
  • How do I get a mailbox in the cluster box units located in Tahoe Donner? To apply for mail delivery for a Tahoe Donner address, the member must request delivery at the United States Postal Service Truckee Downtown office located on Jibboom Street. The USPS will determine if there is an open location for the Tahoe Donner address. If the USPS determines there is space, the USPS will issue a key and begin delivery at the respective box location.
  • Why can’t I get a mailbox unit? The USPS may determine that there is not an open location for the Tahoe Donner address, thus they will deny the request for mail delivery. The member can then request a post office box for mail delivery, and/or revisit periodically to see if an appropriate space opens.
  • Who is responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the units? Tahoe Donner is now responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the cluster box units. For maintenance-related reports, email clusterbox@tahoedonner.com.  Please identify the name of the person reporting, daytime phone number, cluster location, unit number, issue, and if possible, attach a photo of the unit. This will help to address the reported issue.
  • Who do I contact to report a maintenance issue? For maintenance-related reports, email clusterbox@tahoedonner.com. Please identify the name of the person reporting, daytime phone number, cluster location, unit number, issue, and if possible, attach a photo of the unit. This will help to address the reported issue.
  • What is the long-term plan for the cluster box units in Tahoe Donner? For several years, Tahoe Donner has worked with the USPS to perform regular replacement of select units every year, using the Replacement Reserve Fund to address identified cluster box issues as well as the larger project as described on the previous page. The GPC is currently discussing the large project for consideration and implementation in the very near future.

June 17, 2016

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School Bus Safety: When Should You Stop?

Many drivers are confused about the exact school bus laws and proper right of way rules.  It is estimated that over 50,000 motorists illegally pass buses every single day.  School buses flash yellow lights when preparing to stop to let children off the bus. The yellow flashing lights warn you to slow down and prepare to stop.  When the bus flashes red lights (located at the top front and back of the bus), you must stop from either direction until the children are safely across the street and the lights stop flashing*. The law requires you remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing.  Keep in mind that older-model school buses do not have the red stop sign that folds out.  So as long as you see the flashing lights come on, a driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking the stopped bus from either direction must stop and wait until the bus moves again or the red lights are off.

What else can we do to keep our children safe on their way to and from school? Parents should talk to their children about a few school bus safety rules.  For example, when the bus approaches, make sure children know to stand away from the curb and line up away from the street.  Teach them to wait until the bus stops, the door opens and the driver says that it is OK before stepping onto the bus.  Remind them to use the handrails when entering and exiting the bus.

In addition, if they have to cross the road, make sure they wait on the sidewalk or side of street, and when it is time to cross the street, they should wait for the bus driver to guide them safely across the road.  Children should never walk behind the bus and, if they drop something near the bus, make sure they tell the bus driver.  Children should never try to pick up items near the bus because the driver’s view may be obstructed.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) school transportation is eight-times safer than riding in a car with parents or guardians.  However, most school bus-related deaths and injuries occur while children are crossing the street.  To help keep children safe, motorists should pay close attention to school buses and be aware and obey the flashing lights.

*According to Section 22454 of the California Vehicle Code, if a driver fails to stop for a school bus, one can receive a fine for $1000.00.

Content provided by permission of Glenshire/Devonshire Residents Association.

June 7, 2016

Paperless Communication Program

Let’s go green! Enroll in our electronic communication’s email opt-in program to receive official communications via email and drop the snail mail. Together, we’ll save money and trees and help the environment by producing less paper waste.

You may log on to tahoedonner.com/opt-in to enroll online, or complete and sign the attached document and submit to us via fax or email.

Questions? Send us an email or call us at 530-587-9400, ext. 0.

Note: Paperless communication does not include election materials and/or voting procedures, which must by California law be posted by U.S. Mail.

June 3, 2016

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