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New Neighborhood Resources

nextdoor graphicTwo websites have come on the scene recently that have promise to help build community here in Washoe Valley. Nextdoor is a San Francisco based startup that is identifying neighborhoods around the country and inviting the residents to join in a private site where neighbors can ask questions, give comments or information. The New Washoe City site, for the community on the east side of the valley, is called Eastlake and already has 119 members. Recent topics have been such topics as: the Mexican Food Truck, over-the-air TV reception, barking dogs and trash collection among others. I’m a member and am impressed with the helpful, respectful comments and topics so far. You can check it out at: https://nextdoor.com/invite/dvgxysvtvhrmuqpsfvtt

Another site is AlertID.com . This site has access to police reports and you can create a page with your address anywhere in the country and it will create a map with the police reports surrounding that address. You can zoom in and out to see more. You can also create multiple alert pages for multiple addresses. Some things don’t show up and others are outdated but it is still interesting.

So far both these sites are free. We are all used to free sites becoming pay sites when they get popular but so far these are free so check them out.

The goal of washoevalley.org is to build community but I think residents being able to directly communicate in a closed environment might be the best way. So I hope it is successful and that our neighborhood makes good use of it.

New Gazebo

A new steel gazebo has been constructed at the overlook on the Dead Man’s Creek trail complex at the State Park. This replaces the weathered wood one. This is a great replacement and a tip of the hat to those that made it possible. We saw some wild horses while were up there today too.

Where All That Dust In Your House Comes From

Shot from Slide Mountain during a recent storm. Click on the photo to see the whole thing._DSC6738

New Events

Our events page has been updated with upcoming State Park programs. Click the “Events List” tab at the top of the page.

fire Dept Wants To Find You

_DSC5437What if first responders can’t fined your house in an emergency? Many times, seconds count. Address numbers easily seen day or night are key to finding your home quickly. The South Valley Volunteer Fire Department has a program to solve that problem. for $20, the department will provide you with 6″x18″ double sided sign with 3″ numbers. The signs are reflective for nighttime. I have seen them cropping up around the valley and residents are attaching them to stakes at their driveway entrance so they can be seen from both directions. The SVVFD says that some residents have donated to help those who may need assistance with the cost so don’t let that stop you. To order or for more information, call Katie Patterson the SVVFD Secretary/Events Coordinator at (775)240-6977.

Celebrate Washoe Valley Event

Threatening weather didn’t dampen the spirits at this year’s annual Celebrate Washoe Valley event. We arrived early and things were already getting lively Celebrate WV collage one 2015with a great blue grass band providing entertainment. Trying to navigate all the booths was daunting. So much information in a short amount of time! I spoke to Nathan from the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, something I didn’t even know existed. The group promotes the parks and hosts fun events. Next I learned more about our local county parks and the progress on the Washoe Valley Scenic Byway Corridor from Cheryl of Washoe County Parks. The Byway has been approved and now work is being done to implement the plan. I was also encouraged by the amount of trails and other outdoor recreation work being done that will continue to help the local economy diversify.

Next up was Donna and Bill with the Washoe Valley Garden Group. They were giving away free onion plants and offering garden advice. The group is very successful and has many members in the valley. Not only do they bring in local experts and visit local gardens, but they have pot lucks! Sounds like a fun club. Call Donna at 775-772-4953 to sign up for their email notifications of future meetings. They are always looking for new members. Bill is also involved in the Community Horticulture & Cider Making project. More on all those topics in future posts.

Long time west valley residents had a display of old photographs of the Franktown School and teacher’s and students from the 1940s and ’50s. I saw a lot of names I recognized from the old ranches. Our valley has a lot of great history to be proud of and it was great to be able to meet and chat with some of the folks that are not only descended from the pioneers but have made history themselves. I hope to see more of them in the future and get their stories.

The local boy Scout Troop did a fine job providing grilled burgers and dogs and all the fixings. The state tree nursery on East Lake Blvd had a display and handouts on the plants and trees that will be available when they officially open next Saturday on the 23rd of May. The Lahontan Audobon Society had a great display of local stuffed birds, handouts, books and knowledgeable birders. I picked up a local wildflower guide and a Western Nevada area birding guide. The Nevada Land Trust was there also. They have done a fabulous job working with the federal agencies to buy and protect open space in our valley. Developer’s in Las Vegas want urban BLM land to develop and we want our rural vistas so it has been a symbiotic relationship.

Celebrate WV collage two 2015Tables and representatives I did not get a chance to talk to because they were so busy were the Washoe Tribe, BLM and Forest Service. The Washoe Tribe had what looked like freshly made baskets and other items made in the traditional manner with reeds. That was great to see that that amazing tradition still lives. I wanted to talk to the BLM about the management plan for the Winters Ranch acreage that they have acquired. Next year we will definitely dedicate more time for this event.

In the parking lot, the Forest Service had a monstrous brush truck, Truckee Meadows Fire had two trucks and our local volunteer Fire Dept had their quick response truck. I managed to talk to them briefly and learned more about the standardized house number signs they are providing. Many times homes are hard to find because house numbers are not displayed clearly, properly or not at all. The department wants to be able to find your house as fast as possible in an emergency. I will publish a post with all the information.

Most of the services described above deserve a separate post and I will be publishing them in the coming weeks. It was really fun to meet the people behind all the services we enjoy. It was another great event and the members of the Washoe Valley Alliance deserve a big “Thank You” for putting on this event!

 

 

Seen at Washoe Lake State Park…

Hiking Weather

The bitterbrush and other desert plants are blooming giving our outback areas a sweet fragrant air. Good areas to explore are the end of Cottontail, Dead Mans Creek, the State Park and around Little Washoe Lake.  

 

Dead Man’s Creek 

Seen hiking the Dead Man’s Creek trail complex at the south end of the valley in the Washoe Lake State Park. 

  

Washoe Valley Alliance News

The Board of County Commissioners denied the special use permit for a proposed 60 ft. cell tower in Old Washoe City.  Thank you all  very much for attending the meeting, 6489089995_a742811ac1_mcontacting the commissioners, and signing the Scenic Nevada petition  in support of denial.  Verizon may reapply in the future with different types of structures in different locations that, hopefully, will be consistent with the South Valleys Area Plan and Development Code.

Thanks again!