Candidates Announced for 2016 Election

Your Vote. Your Voice.

Voting is one of the most important privileges we have as American citizens, and also a privilege that comes with being a member of Tahoe Donner Association. Next month, the 2016 Tahoe Donner election will take place for two directors, and we want to remind you of the importance of your vote.

The following candidates have submitted their applications in a timely manner to run for the two available seats on the Tahoe Donner board of directors. All six have been verified as eligible to stand for election:

  • Kenneth Knutsen
  • Darius Brooks
  • Jeff Schwerdtfeger
  • Courtney Murrell
  • James Stang

These individuals have submitted candidate statements, which are posted online for member review. The statements will also be included in the voter packets, which will be mailed by May 23.

Mark your calendar now for the Candidates’ Night forum, scheduled for June 4. It will take place at the Northwoods Clubhouse from 7-9 p.m. This is the candidates’ opportunity to present their views and positions regarding the guidance of your homeowners association. You will be able to ask questions to help you make an informed vote. Candidates’ Night will also be recorded and posted online in the days following the event.

Voting helps to guide association policy and the future of your community. It is an important aspect of community living. According to our election rules, Tahoe Donner must receive a quorum of 25%. Typically, our voter turnout hovers very close to that number. Together, we can raise that percentage. Don’t forget to vote, and remind your neighbors to do so as well next month in this important election.

The deadline for ballots to be received by mail is June 24; ballots may also be delivered in person, with a photo I.D., from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on June 26 at the annual membership meeting at Northwoods Clubhouse. The winning candidates, as tabulated by the Inspector of Elections, will be announced at that meeting. When returning your ballot, be sure to sign the outer envelope or your vote cannot be counted. Watch your email inbox and Tahoe Donner News for more election information over the next several weeks.

Remember, your vote is your voice.

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May 5, 2016

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Construction Begins Soon

The Town of Truckee has several projects scheduled on the streets in Tahoe Donner, as well as downtown Truckee which may impact travel through detours and travel time.

Tahoe Donner Trail (Class 1) Project

Work will resume on the trail in late May/early June. Much of Phase 2 of the project was completed prior to snowfall this last fall and this summer the trail will be completed with the bridge over Trout Creek and other trail amenities such as trash receptacles and pet waste stations. Be on the lookout for the Town to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony at some point in the summer.

Paving and Drainage Project

A pavement overlay is scheduled for the Northwoods Boulevard loop, Fjord Road and Alder Creek Road from Fjord Road to Hwy 89. Drainage improvements are also proposed at various locations on these streets as a part of the project prior to the pavement overlay. The work will most likely occur in late summer/early fall.

Slurry Seal Project

The Tahoe Donner streets that are scheduled to receive a slurry seal in late summer/early fall are highlighted in the map below. A more detailed schedule and notifications of the work will be provided by the Town during the project.


For a construction map of the slurry projects for all of Truckee, click here.

The Town of Truckee also has a few larger construction projects that will not directly impact Tahoe Donner but will impact traffic in the downtown and SR 89 area:

Brickelltown Streetscape Project

Project will construct streetscape improvements from the McIver Roundabout to the limits of the recently completed Phase 1, including new sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, crosswalks, repaving Donner Pass Road, undergrounding of utilities, and parking improvements on the north and south side of Donner Pass Road. Construction has started and will include both day and night work. More information on the construction schedule may be found here:

West River Widening and Bike Lane Project

Project will reconstruct and widen West River Street from Riverside Drive to Placer County. Construction will likely start in June and will take 2-3 months to complete. Most work will be done at night.

State Route 89 Mousehole Pedestrian/Bicycle Tunnel Project

Work on this project to complete the paths leading to the tunnel, the transit shelter, and other miscellaneous items will start in May and will likely be complete in July. Work will mostly occur in the shoulder and traffic delays should be minimal. For more information on Town of Truckee projects visit:

Water Upgrades

In addition to Town of Truckee, TDPUD and Aspen Developers are currently planning to upgrade the following:

In the orange highlighted areas below on the map, and starting on May 9 and finishing around June 17th, open trenching and slip-lines will be underway at the Southwest corner of Trout Creek Recreation Center parking lot (consuming approximately 35 parking stalls with staging and trenching), with excavation extending down to the Ball Shack, with slip-line installation under the adjacent cart path, and excavation alongside portions of cart path below the pool and playground area, then slip-lining up into the Condos, located between Z’s Market and The Lodge.  These improvements will require above-ground temporary water supply, and a temporary water disconnect on specific dates, to be further scheduled and communicated with Pool Maintenance and Trout Creek Staff.

In the yellow highlighted areas below on the map, TDPUD and Aspen Developers will also open trenches along Northwoods Blvd, between Julian Avenue and the unpaved parking lot at far end of driving range (at Nature Loop parking). Click to download the map. This scope is anticipated to be completed around our July 2-3 concerts. Although construction equipment and materials will be present, TDPUD aims to maintain parking lot access and adjacent on-street parking needs for our events.


May 4, 2016

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New Boat Launching Policy

If the water level allows, we will resume trailered boat launching at the marina this summer. The information we gathered through the town hall meeting and survey process this past February was very valuable in helping us understand what is important to our membership. Over the past few months all the feedback was reviewed by staff and the board of directors resulting in board action at its meeting on Friday, April 22. The board approved procedures and protocols to begin with this season’s marina opening. Please review the boat ramp rules below and contact the Beach Club Marina staff at 530-587-9460 if you have any questions.

• Members who wish to launch a trailered vessel at the Beach Club Marina are required to register the vessel with Tahoe Donner. To register bring a:
 copy of the vessel registration and
 proof of insurance for the vessel with Tahoe Donner named as additionally insured and
 be prepared to sign a release of liability waiver.
Once your registration is complete, a sticker will be issued which you will present to the marina staff at time of launch.
• There are three ways to register your vessel:
 Register, with above stated documents in hand, at Member Services in the Northwoods Clubhouse.
 Register online via a soon to be provided link. Check back here for the link.
 Register at the Beach Club Marina. While you can register here, it is encouraged that you register at Member Services or online well in advance of boating season to avoid confusion, congestion, and delay at the Beach Club.
• The launch area will be staffed with personnel dedicated to direct traffic and monitor activity in the launch area. Please follow the directions of the ramp monitor at all times.
• Launching and loading your vessel requires two people. Solo launching/loading is not permitted. There must be two people: one to observe the ramp and launch zone for pedestrians and other hazards, and the other to manage the tow vehicle. Marina staff may not drive either the vessel or the tow vehicle, nor may they be the observation person.
• All members or guests on board are charged a daily access fee, even if they do not plan to use other Beach Club facilities.

Again, please feel free to contact the Beach Club manager, Ali Kovach, at 530-587-9460 with any questions concerning the changes to the launch policies.

April 25, 2016

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Summer Concert on the Green 2016

Summer Concert on the Green, July 2 – 3

This year Summer Concert on the Green is bigger and better than ever! Instead of one night of entertainment, it’s now two nights! Buy tickets for both nights or just the night you’d like to attend.

On July 2, day 1, of Summer Concert on the Green, we’re featuring Eagles tribute band, Desperado, and Elton John tribute band, Kenny Metcalf as Elton & The Early Years Band. On July 3, day 2, concert goers will enjoy Journey tribute band, Evolution, and U2 tribute band, Hollywood U2.

You may have seen some of these tribute acts in the past, but you’ll be awed by their enthusiasm, energy and the likeliness of the artists they are portraying. At every performance, audience members will be struck at first by the incredible rendition of those oh-so-familiar songs the world has come to love. Both days of Summer Concert on the Green take place at Tahoe Donner’s driving range, on a gentle slope surrounded by giant pines. Performers often say that it is one of the more beautiful and relaxed settings they have ever played. Guests can come along and enjoy the music, food and drinks in a wonderful outdoor location.

Buy tickets for Day 1, July 2 – Eagles and Elton John tribute bands
Buy tickets for Day 2, July 3 – Journey and U2 tribute bands

When purchasing online, consider a donation to the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund. Even a $1 donation can help fund a scholarship for a local graduate in need.

Summer Concert on the Green sells out almost every year. To ensure you have a ticket, buy in advance. In the event we do not sell out, tickets will be available the day of for $5 more per person.

Tahoe Donner’s Driving Range is located adjacent to Trout Creek Recreation Center at 12790 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, 530-587-9400.

April 11, 2016

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Tahoe Donner to Purchase 640-Acre Crabtree Canyon

Tahoe Donner to Purchase and Preserve 640-Acre Crabtree Canyon

With approval from its board of directors, Tahoe Donner Association is working with the Truckee Donner Land Trust and their partners, The Nature Conservancy and The Northern Sierra Partnership, to move forward with the acquisition of a 640-acre parcel of land located in Carpenter Valley and adjacent to Tahoe Donner’s existing 7,000-plus acres and Euer Valley.

The southern-most portion of the property, which includes Crabtree Canyon, is a gateway between Euer Valley and Carpenter Valley and will be owned and managed by Tahoe Donner. This is phase one of a much larger open space effort by Truckee Donner Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and The Northern Sierra Partnership. Further protection will be ensured by a permanent conservation easement held by the Truckee Donner Land Trust. The larger surrounding Carpenter Valley property, which has remained in private hands since the mid-19th century, is expected to be part of a Truckee Donner Land Trust purchase in 2017.

Our association’s vision as a desirable mountain community includes providing attractive and well-maintained facilities and amenities while maintaining accessible and healthy natural surroundings. The acquisition of the Crabtree parcel will also protect Tahoe Donner’s borders from future development.

In addition to preserving, protecting and maintaining Crabtree Canyon, this land parcel will also create new recreational opportunities for Tahoe Donner residents.

“This purchase also expands services to our membership,” Miller said. “It will allow Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area to reopen 16 percent of our Nordic ski terrain that had previously closed due to land use concerns,” Miller explained. Tahoe Donner will also be exploring future opportunities over this property for hiking, biking, and equestrian usage in accordance with its comprehensive trails master plan and land use master plan.

Working with the Truckee Donner Land Trust, Tahoe Donner’s General Plan Committee, management and staff were able to negotiate the Crabtree Canyon purchase for less than $800 per acre. The Land Trust originally purchased this parcel for $2.4 million; our purchase price was $500,000, which equates to under $80 per Tahoe Donner member. Also, the funding for this purchase will require no special assessment to existing Tahoe Donner homeowners. It is covered by the development fund portion of the association’s existing budget, which is comprised of a percentage of each homeowner’s annual assessment.

Non-motorized summer and winter activities will be encouraged on the new parcel of land and officials from the Truckee Donner Land Trust envision a loop trail around the valley, with plans to link Tahoe Donner Independence Lake Preserve via a new trail system. Additionally, with our own forestry department actively working to minimize the threat of wildfire, and with motorized recreational vehicles prohibited throughout the year, this purchase successfully protects additional resources and valuable open space, allowing us to further achieve our vision and guiding principles, which include environmental stewardship.

“This land acquisition helps us move forward in keeping with our guiding principles, which includes environmental stewardship,” said Robb Etnyre, Tahoe Donner’s general manager. “The majority of our members surveyed last summer identified protecting and investing in open space and trails as a top priority for the association.”

“Carpenter Valley is one of the most spectacular — and little known — valleys in the entire Northern Sierra. Preserving the pristine natural beauty of our surroundings and ensuring continued recreational access is of utmost importance to us,” said Perry Norris, executive director of the Truckee Donner Land Trust. “This is a critical open space that is of great value to our community, and we are pleased to work with Tahoe Donner Association to help us protect it.”

Norris added that this land deal will help the Truckee Donner Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and The Northern Sierra Partnership with a future land acquisition of the larger Carpenter Valley area in 2017. Once acquired, that property will be open to the public for the first time in over a century. An announcement will be made once this larger purchase is officially completed.

Future article on this open space acquisition will be published in the May issue of Tahoe Donner News.

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About the Truckee Donner Land Trust

The Truckee Donner Land Trust preserves and protects scenic, historic and recreational lands with high natural resource values in the greater Truckee Donner region and manage recreational activities on these lands in a sustainable manner. Learn more at:

Media Contact:
Perry Norris
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Ph: 530-386-7605

April 7, 2016

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