Monday, September 28, 2015

Squaw Valley skydiving accident takes the life of Erik Roner

Eric Roner skydiving over Lake Tahoe, 9/21/15. (Eric's Facebook page.)

Erik Roner, professional BASE jumper, skier and Nitro Circus stuntman died today in a skydiving performance in Squaw Valley. Erik and three other jumpers were the opening act for the Squaw Valley Institute’s annual Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Jumpers Aaron McGovern landed first, followed by JT Holmes. When Erik approached the landing zone at high speed, he struck a tree and hung 25-feet off the ground. Emergency crews took more than 30 minutes to reach him and get him down. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Truckee’s Pedestrian/Bike “Mousehole” is now a tunnel under the tracks

State Route 89 Pedestrian/Bike Mousehole project.
The State Route 89 Undercrossing Improvement Project (Mousehole) is now a complete tunnel structure under the Union Pacific railroad embankment.  The finished project will provide safe passage for pedestrians and bicycles along State Route 89 under the tracks.

The square shaped tunnel structure was built on the south side of the embankment. The structure was then jacked through a hole as a “road header” machine bore through the embankment. The embankment was frozen with cooling rods to prevent tunnel collapse during the process. 900 cubic yards of rock and soil were removed to get the tunnel structure in place.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Connecting Truckee with Nevada City by Trail

The Town of Truckee looking west toward Donner Summit.

The “Pines to Mines Trail” could someday connect two recreation areas on opposite sides of Donner Summit.  A committee of trail advocates have come together to determine the feasibility of a multi-use trail that extends from Nevada City to Truckee. Committee members come from the Forest Service, land trusts, non-profit groups, Nevada County, and Placer County.

The driving force behind the trail connection is Nevada County (District 5) Supervisor Richard Anderson. Anderson believes the trail would bring more visitors and trail users to the county. The committee identified the most difficult trail sections as between Cisco Grove and Eagle Lakes Road and the Pioneer Trail near Lake Spaulding and Bear Valley.

The Pines to Mines Trail would be built over several years with funding from a variety of sources.  The goal is to make the entire trail open to all non-motorized users.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Plans to demolish two bridges in Hirschdale have been shelved

Hirschdale on the Truckee River. Click to enlarge.

Nevada County had plans to demolish two road bridges over the Truckee River and the Union Pacific tracks in Hirschdale. The bridges were built in 1926 and in need of seismic retrofit. There were no plans to replace the bridges, but alternate access to the area served by the bridges was proposed.

Public comment for maintaining the bridges identified significant project issues. As a result, the County is no longer considering bridge removal. The two bridges will remain in place and be upgraded for seismic deficiencies.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Help police identify missing paddle boarder

Unidentified missing man of mystery.

The South Lake Tahoe Police need your help identifying a missing paddle boarder. The mystery paddle boarder rented a paddle board from Standup Paddle last Thursday and hasn’t been heard from since.

A paddle board was found adrift about a half mile from Timber Cove Marina in South Lake Tahoe. The board had been rented from a local rental store, but the store had no identification on the renter. The renter (who spoke with a heavy accent) paid with cash and left no personal information. He identified himself as “Morym”.