Olympic Valley Incorporation Stopped

According to an article in the Reno Gazette Online, California’s Local Agency Formation Commission has stopped a plan for the Olympic Valley to incorporate. The agency says that the tax burden would make this plan unrealistic. Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley is thrilled by this decision, saying it paves the way for future development. He hopes that it will also help solve transportation issues.
While Andy Wirth has been instrumental in fighting incorporation, he has moved forward in making Squaw Valley into a first-class ski resort. From 2011 to 2016, the resort has spent over $70 million to remodel the resort in a plan called the Renaissance.
During the first year, the program increased dining options at The Village at Squaw Valley. The program also made the facility more child-friendly with the addition of a family lodge, along with new children’s activities including mini-snowmobiles. The facility also added a new snowtubing lift.
The program’s second year saw the purchase of new snowmaking equipment and the construction of a new six-passenger chairlift. Andy Wirth loves technology so he insisted that the resort build a new ski shop featuring demos of the latest technology. When a skier rents this technology and then decides to purchase it, the cost of the rental is deducted from the purchase price. Furthermore, in the program’s second year, the Olympic Plaza Bar was remodeled to pay tribute to the mountain’s rich history.
Under Andy Wirth’s capable leadership, the third year saw the construction of the resort’s award-winning yoga studio. The resort also changed many of its food selections and renovated the beer garden. Continuing the emphasis on children, the resort added a kid’s program, along with a program helping parents introduce skiing to toddlers.
The fourth year saw even more exciting changes to the children’s and toddler’s programming. Additionally, the resort took advantage of the off-season to improve the forest’s health by removing dead trees reducing the likelihood of wildfires. This step allowed the resort to offer guided tours of this pristine environment.
The fifth year promises even more exciting changes. Cameras have been added to the top of the mountain so skiers can see conditions there before embarking. Since the top of the mountain sits on the Pacific Crest, conditions can vary greatly. The resort is also replacing another chairlift.
Andy Wirth is thrilled by the progress. The decision to not incorporate the area paves the way for even more exciting changes.

James Leads Cavs to Promised Land

It is a rare sports star that is able to call the shot they are about to take and tell you with absolute certainty that it’s going to happen. Many fans are used to their favorite sports hero promising to win the championship, but then for one reason or another they fall short. Most of the time it is not the doing of the person who made the claim; really they are never remembered if they fall short because we have become over sensitized to the promises of greatness…probably the reason no one listens to politicians.

However, when LeBron James returned to Cleveland after “taking his talents to South Beech” he promised his home town fans that they were going to win championships and by all accounts he is making good on that promise. For the first time since 1964 when the Browns won the NFL Championship, the Cleveland Cavalier fans will be hosting and probably cheering their second sports champions. Granted there is still at least four more games in front of them, and “King” James although happy with how the Eastern Conference Finals ended was not satisfied with those results alone. His determination could be plainly seen on his face after the final buzzer. As for who they will face in this year’s finals is still undecided. Fans like Alexei Beltyukov know that the Houston Rockets have a 2 to 1 lead over the Golden State Warriors, which will give James a chance to rest his hurt knee and get ready to fulfill his promise.