A Community Divided: Olympic Valley Incorporation

Mother Nature has a mind of her own and “She” has been very quiet the past four years for the villages and towns that are on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. This is an area of winter resorts with businesses that depend on people coming in to ski, spend money on lodging, eating, entertainment, and other miscellaneous purchases.

Not only has the communities suffered from the drought, but they have also had a fight on their hands with a bid to try to incorporate the area, as well.

Looks like the Tahoe area has had some good news of late with the weather cooperating and giving them the cold temperatures and early storms that have enabled them to open earlier than is typical for this time of year.

They were also blessed in the withdrawal of the backers who wanted to incorporate the Olympic Valley, as stated by the Reno Gazette-Journal‘s post of December 4, 2015.

CEO, Andrew Wirth, of Squaw-Alpine Ski Resort, was adamant about fighting the incorporation bid. Wirth felt that the backers of the incorporation, if successful, would cause an economic downfall to the area. The backers of the incorporation bid felt that Squaw-Alpine had their own ulterior motives. They felt that Squaw-Alpine did not want the local residents to have any basis on making land decisions through a Town Council if the incorporation would have gone through.

Andrew Wirth, born in 1963, worked in many different capacities with the great outdoors from steamboating to mountain resorts. His many years of experience and knowledge has led him to his current position with Squaw-Alpine, as CEO. Almost losing his arm and his life back in 2013 in a skydiving accident, Wirth has dedicated his recovery to the help of several Navy Seal’s men. He co-founded Wounded Warrior Support to raise money for this foundation and help their families upon their return home from special operations.

Andrew Wirth has worked hard to make Olympic Valley one of the best tourist resorts in the world. He has been associated with this industry for over 25 years and is an active member of several organizations in the Tahoe area that fight for the environment and community issues. According to Wirth’s “About Me” page, he hopes to improve the area for all of the people, no matter their age. He also feels the community will come together as one!

Matt Landis to Lead Tough Notre Dame Lacrosse Defense in 2016

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With the 2016 season around the corner, expectations are high for the Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Team. The Irish went 4-0 for the regular season and finished 9-2 overall. Their success is due in no small part by a stingy defense led by senior Matt Landis.
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There are two games in particular that showed the emergence of Landis and the Notre Dame defense. First during March was an 11-9 victory over then seventh-ranked Virgina. The Fighting Irish held Virginia scoreless for the first 22 minutes and just nine goals, their lowest of the season. As a result, Landis was recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive player of the week.

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While Notre Dames defense has been consistent all season, their early May 14-10 victory against Albany was especially worth noting. This was the last collegiate game for Albany attackman, Lyle Thompson. The Fighting Irish defense led by Landis held the Great Danes player to shooting only 1-for-11, far below his average. For his effort, Matt Landis was recognized a second time as the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. He was also recognized as the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week, the first defensive player to earn the title this year.

So impressive was his play that Landis was voted by league coaches as the Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 Defensive Player of the Year. He also a nominee for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award.