Are you an avid user of the Tahoe Donner Trail System? Please consider attending the Trails Master Plan Meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, at the meeting room in Northwoods Clubhouse. Tahoe Donner management along with Alta Design + Planning, Tahoe Donner’s trail consulting firm, will hold an initial meeting to discuss the Trails Master Plan validation project happening this fall. You can view the draft Trails Master Plan here.
According to the Bear League, 2007 was a record year for bear deaths in the Truckee Tahoe region. A recorded 120 bears were hit by cars or destroyed for their continued annoyance and potential threat to the public.
Wild animals naturally fear people; as long as you keep your distance, they will generally not bother you, unless the animal has become accustomed to human contact. When bears have easy access to human food sources, including trash, it has been observed that their behavior changes. In these cases, bears are no longer cautious and fearful around people, and this may result in property damage and even threaten human safety.
You may request bear-awareness stickers for your dumpsters by calling Nichole Dorr at (530)582 -2909. We recommend you secure dumpsters with a carabineer, so it will allow the garbage company to maintain easy access to the trash.
Facts about Local Bears
Black bears are the only species of bear in California. They range in color from blond to black; brown is the most common color. Black bears can run up to 35 miles per hour, climb trees and swim. Never run from a bear. As winter approaches, bears will forage for food up to 20 hours per day, storing as much fat as possible to hibernate during the winter months. Bears hibernate less if food, such as garbage, is available. Males are much larger than females and can weigh up to 500 pounds; the average male weighs 300 pounds. A typical diet for a wild bear consists of berries, plants, nuts, roots, honey, honeycomb, insects, insect larvae, carrion and small mammals.
There are simple steps that you can follow to protect bears and other wildlife from a potentially deadly encounter. Remember, we must all act responsible in bear country to keep the bears Alive and Wild.
Keep in mind that bears and other animals are attracted to anything edible or smelly. Take precautions by using the following guidelines:
- Utilize public trash receptacles and dumpsters while visiting local parks and recreational facilities. Pay special attention when securing receptacle or dumpster lids.
- Keep bear-proof trash receptacles and dumpsters closed, latched and locked at all times.
- Do not leave trash, groceries or pet food in your car. If you absolutely must leave edible or smelly items in your car, then make sure the items are in airtight containers and locked in your trunk.
- Stow all edible or smelly products, including food, suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap, toothpaste and candles properly. Keep these products inside your home or secured in bear lockers while camping.
- Remember, NEVER keep food in your tent.
- Keep a clean camp. Immediately clean up after meals, and store food and garbage, as outlined above. Keep barbecue grills away from tents.
- If you are backpacking, remember that if you pack it in, then you must pack it out. Remember to be prepared to use a bear-sling to hoist food high up on a tree limb. In alpine conditions, use a bear canister for all food and toiletries
At home or work:
- Do not run. Assert your dominance by standing tall and making loud noises to scare the bear away.
- Never place trash and recycling at your curb prior to your collection day.
- If the property uses a shared dumpster for trash and recycling, or if the property is commercial, make sure to close, latch and lock the dumpster lid. Never leave dumpster lids open and unsecured.
- Periodically disinfect trash containers to remove odors.
- Always remove the key from a bear canister after making sure the container is properly secured.
- Harvest fruit off trees as soon as soon it is ripe, and promptly collect the fruit that falls to the ground.
- Keep bird feeders off decks and inaccessible to bears.
- Keep barbecue grills clean.
- Securely block access to potential hibernation sites, such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings.
- Keep doors and windows closed and locked when you are away from the property.
- Be sure to allow the bear free clearance if it attempts to get away.
- Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.
- Slowly walk away from any bear and make loud noises.
- Although attacks are very rare, if you are attacked, FIGHT BACK AGGRESSIVELY! Do not roll up in a ball and play dead.
In the woods:
- Do not run.
- Make eye contact, but don’t stare.
- Pick up small children and make yourself appear large.
- Stay calm and quiet; back away slowly.
August 22, 2012
While the Tahoe Donner Association enjoys a relatively low crime rate, there are instances of criminal and/or inappropriate activity. The point of this article is to encourage members to be aware of their surroundings at all times and be willing to report suspicious or inappropriate activity to appropriate agencies.
The police cannot function effectively without the assistance of responsible citizens. They need your help in reporting suspicious activity. Some people fail to call because they are not aware of what is considered suspicious. Others notice suspicious activity and assume someone else will call. Still others fail to call because they feel they are bothering the police.
Tahoe Donner Association encourages members and guests to call the Truckee Police Department immediately if they feel a situation or circumstance is suspicious. DO NOT think you are bothering the police; this is why they are there. DO NOT be embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded.
If the incident does not appear to be a crime in progress, you may call the following Truckee Police Department non-emergency number: 530-550-2328.
IF IN DOUBT, CALL! It is better to err on the side of safety. The following is a list of the type of incidents that should be reported to the Truckee Police Department by dialing 9-1-1:
- Someone needing police, fire, or medical assistance
- Alarms sounding or glass being broken
- Someone loitering around cars or going car to car peering into them
- Slow moving vehicles (at night without lights) driving aimlessly
- Apparent business transactions being conducted from a vehicle
- Someone being forced into a vehicle
- Someone seen with a weapon
While some, if not, all of the above situations could have innocent explanations, the Truckee Police Department would rather prevent illegal activity than be called to investigate a crime after it is committed.
If you are calling to report a problem and the situation changes before the officer arrives, call back and provide the updated information to the dispatcher. This could change the priority level in regard to the response from the Police Department.
Since the Tahoe Donner Association is within Truckee town limits, it falls within the jurisdiction of the Truckee Police Department. If you suspect that the suspicious behavior that you detected is actually a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1.
The police dispatcher will need the following information:
- What is the person’s last known location and direction of travel?
- What made the person’s actions suspicious?
- Did the person say anything? If so, what?
- Did the person appear intoxicated?
- Were there any weapons displayed or was there the threat of a weapon?
Also, be prepared to give information about the person including:
- Eye and hair color
- Facial hair
If the suspicious person is in a vehicle, please provide the vehicle make, model, color, and license plate number if you can.
Suspicious activity observed outside the Truckee town limits should be reported to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. Their non-emergency number is: 530-582-7842. Dialing 9-1-1 will connect you with both the Truckee Police Department and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
If you observe suspicious activity at any Tahoe Donner Association facilities or amenities, you are encouraged to call the Tahoe Donner Security Department at: 530-587-9495 (office) or 530-448-9076 (cell). If you are unable to reach the Tahoe Donner Security Department, please call the Truckee Police Department immediately.
Tahoe Donner Association covenants violation complaints may be submitted verbally at the Architectural Standards Office in person, or via telephone to Compliance Inspector at 530-587-9406. Complaints may also be submitted by fax: 530-587-9419 or via e-mail.
Examples of covenants violations:
- Fires and/or fire pits
- Inoperable vehicles
- Camping on lots or living in recreational vehicles
- Parking on unsurfaced portion of improved lots
- Vegetation removal
- Garbage spills
Remember: If you do observe what you consider to be suspicious activity, your only job is to report, and law enforcement will take your call seriously and check out the situation. What you see and report may be invaluable and may save lives.
August 8, 2012
Starting Friday, August 3, the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle will offer service between a variety of different stops in North Lake Tahoe. The pilot program will run through the end of September. Try a vacation from your car by taking public transit or riding your bike to one of the four beautiful docks. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle carries 12 passengers and up to 8 bikes.
Participating docks are: West Shore Cafe, Tahoe City Marina, GarWoods Grill & Pier and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. Rates start at $10 for adults and $7 for children up to 12 years old. Seats are limited and reservations are required. Please call (530) 581-8707 or visit North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle for more information.
August 1, 2012
Does the term Stored Value mean anything to you while you’re at Tahoe Donner? Did you know you can put money on your Tahoe Donner Membership ID cards? It is called Stored Value. You no longer have to carry money or your credit card with you when you visit Tahoe Donner’s amenities. It’s very easy to put value (money) on your card. You can come into the Member Services office with your credit card and Tahoe Donner staff can put the money on your card for you. Or you can call them at 530-587-9400 ext. 0.
To redeem your stored value, simply tell the Tahoe Donner staff that you have Stored Value on your Tahoe Donner Member or Guest ID card. Your receipt will display the balance left on the ID card.
Remember to always take your Tahoe Donner Member or Guest ID card with you to use stored value at the amenities. This program was introduced a few years ago and has received rave reviews and participation. So, don’t worry about carrying your wallet, stored value and your membership ID or Guest card is all you need this summer at your personal resort.
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