Archive for December 2016

And So This Is Christmas!   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

Christmas and the holiday season is a mixed bag of joys and frustrations, priceless memories and travel headaches. One moment we are madly rushing around town picking up all those presents and food that we forgot, the next we are swooning with pride watching Tahoe kids dancing to the Nutcracker or playing in the high school holiday music performance.

The trick of course is to not let the crazy hustle and bustle get in the way of enjoying the good stuff: Getting together with family and friends and expressing gratitude, love and faith. And faith not just in the religious sense, but faith in each other, our community and the future.

For me, Christmas is an opportunity to see my daughters. They live in Boston and Los Angeles with full time jobs, so I don’t get to see them anywhere near as much as I would like. But they try very hard to make it back to Tahoe for Christmas. They come because, for them, Christmas isn’t really Christmas unless they are at Lake Tahoe.




A Tahoe Christmas usually means snow, but even if there is no snow, there is still tromping through the woods on a crisp day searching for the perfect Charlie Brown Christmas tree. There are cold evenings with the stars shining much brighter in the sky than you will find amongst the lights of the city. And for my girls, there are a bunch of their long since moved away high school friends who also return to town this time of year, because Christmas is Tahoe.

Tahoe and Truckee are places that allow you to focus on the simple traditions that make the holidays special: Singing Christmas carols and gazing at gingerbread houses. Freezing your butt off while tromping through snow, followed by a snuggle close to a warm fire to thaw away the chill. Or howling at the moon with a shot of Schnapps…oh, wait, the rest of you guys don’t do that? Then you must create your own crazy Tahoe Christmas traditions.

May you find your own special holiday here in the mountains, and may you find inner peace, love, friendship and a whole lotta laughter in the year ahead.

From All of us here at Your Friend in High Places, Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night.







At the mouth of the Truckee River   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

Just after the recent rains I took a walk through 64 Acres in Tahoe City and noticed two changes in progress in my favorite little city where the lake and river meet. First, the Truckee River is again running underneath the Lake Tahoe Dam, and second, the pathway of the new Fanny Bridge bypass can now be clearly seen, with construction scheduled to begin next summer.

The River

After falling below Lake Tahoe’s natural rim this past September, the Truckee River stopped running from it’s source. Now, after recent heavy rain and snow, the Truckee River again rose to the point where a small stream topped over the natural rim and again is running from it’s source towards Pyramid Lake. The outflow from the lake was very small, which is good news because during the rain event, the Truckee River came close to flood status in both Truckee and Reno. Once the rains stopped, Truckee River homeowners got to breathe a sigh of relief instead of mucking out there living rooms.



The Fanny Bridge Bypass

A swath of trees were just cut to delineate the pathway for the soon to be built Fanny Bridge bypass road. It runs through “64 Acres” just a bit to the south of the road which provides access for rafting and to the Tahoe City Transit Center. For those driving to Tahoe City from the West Shore, once the project is complete, you will encounter a roundabout with the choice to go north over a soon to be rebuilt Fanny Bridge, or to the west to go through 64 Acres and across the Truckee River on a new bridge. After crossing the river onto Highway 89, there will be another roundabout near the Cal-Trans lot. This one will go towards Truckee in one direction, and back to Tahoe City in the other. A third roundabout will replace the stop light at the entrance to Tahoe City and give drivers the same options they have now: Tahoe City, Truckee, or over Fanny Bridge to the West Shore.



Truckee Community Christmas 2016   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

Every Christmas season for over 25 years, the non-profit Truckee Community Christmas has brought a shining light of joy to hundreds of families in the Truckee area. Last year about 350 families were aided by the non-profit program which provides food, clothing and toys to those who have been identified as truly needy residents of the area. Each family receives a wrapped toy for each child, a large box of food stables, a grocery store gift card, books and warm coats.

“I have been the food coordinator for the past nine years and know this program makes a big difference in people’s lives,” said Lynn Richardson.  “Program families must apply and be accepted and so we know who these families are. I have met some wonderful people in Truckee who are part of my volunteer team and I couldn’t do all the organizing without them.  It’s a crazy time of year to juggle this commitment, but it’s so worthwhile and you know you are helping others less fortunate in Truckee,” said Richardson.

Would you like to be a part of this effort?

An army of volunteers is currently collecting food, toys and warm coats.

Food Drive – Barrels are in schools and local businesses in town and at Save Mart and Safeway.  Please consider buying extra food in the market and dropping it in the barrel, or contact Lynn Richardson, food coordinator, to volunteer.  Her email is

Toy Drive – New and unwrapped toys are collected and then wrapped. Barrels have been placed to collect the toys throughout town. If you would like to volunteer please contact Lynette Powell. Her email is

Coat Drive – Coats are being collected at various locations in town and at the Church of the Mountains in Downtown Truckee.

Monetary Contributions: You can log onto and make an electronic donation via PayPal. Or mail contributions to Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. All donations are tax-deductible.

The collection of food, toys and coats must end by December 14, so the goods can be delivered before Christmas, so now is the time to make your contribution.

Need information, want to volunteer, or just have a question? Go to








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