On Jan. 17, my neighbor Dave McNeil and I attended a public outreach session sponsored by the Minden-Tahoe Airport. It was one of four public meetings held to present airport master plan alternatives, a conceptual development plan, and also to gather public comments.
The new master plan will determine the direction and development of the airport and aircraft activity for the next 20 years.
There has been a noticeable increase in the amount of jet traffic over our Ranchos homes in recent years, and Dave and I wanted to be more informed about the future plans for the local airport.
In addition to airport management staff, consultants and representatives of the Airport Master Plan Working Group, there were numerous members of the Carson Valley Vanguard Coalition present at the Jan. 17 meeting. The CVVC is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the long-standing general aviation use and rural character of the airport, with an emphasis on maintaining the quality of life in Douglas County.
The next Airport Master Plan Working Group and public feedback meeting is scheduled for Jan. 31 at 1616 Eighth Street in Minden. The public outreach is 1:30-3 p.m. and the workshop begins at 3 p.m.
The first meeting will address public comments collected at previous sessions. During the master plan workshop, the revised conceptual development plan will be presented, along with a request for approval.
If you would like to submit a written comment regarding the airport's master plan, it must be received by the airport manager no later than today. The master plan Web site, along with contact information for the airport manager, can be found at mindentahoeairport.com.
For information about the CVVC, go to ourairport.org.
Local Elks Hoop Shoot results
The Minden/Douglas Elks' Hoop Shoot competition held on Jan. 11 was a great success. Nearly 40 kids participated in the gym at Meneley Elementary School and the six winners will compete at the district level Saturday in Carson City.
In the girls division, the winners are: Karina Levario, 8-9 years; Allyson Pope, 10-11 years and Jessie Jim, 12-13 years. Joshua Gurule won the 8-9-year-old category for the boys but is unable to attend tomorrow's competition, so second-place winner Cade Pankey will represent that age category. Rounding out the boys division are Hale Fillmore in the 10-11 year category and Jaden Wass for the 12-13-year-olds.
Sign-ups begin at 9 a.m. at Carson Middle School tomorrow. Competition gets underway at 10 a.m. The school is located at 1140 W. King Street in Carson City.
Congratulations and best of luck to our local winners.
Meneley students collect box tops
The parent group at Meneley Elementary School hopes to collect all those box tops you've been gathering for awhile.
They accept box tops all year long and use the funds in various ways for the benefit of the school. Last year, the $1,300 raised went toward assemblies, field trips and grants for teaching supplies.
This year their goal is $1,500, which will be used to purchase new playground equipment.
For information, contact coordinator Erin Eichhorst at boxtops4education.com or 265-7516.
-- Amy Roby can be reached at RanchosRoundup@hotmail.com.