Olympic Valley Incorporation Has Been Fought Off With Great Effort

The article by the Reno Gazette-Journal which can be found here article paints a vivid picture of events that took place. Here is a summary.

The Olympic Valley, which is also home to the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, has been through some tough times in recent years. Both unfavourable weather conditions and the looming incorporation battle have placed the community in a difficult spot. Both residents and small business’s have felt it. Andy Wirth who is the president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort has been leading the battle against incorporation as he says this could lead to further problems such as high taxes and the loss of necessary services that allow business’s to function. These services include road maintenance and snow plowing. However Mr Wirth’s efforts have held of the incorporation and weather has been favourable of late allowing business’s to open much earlier in the season. On the other side, those in favour of incorporation say that Squaw Valley Resort had its own reason to stop incorporation as they have plans for community and residential development and the construction of a gondola service. Mr Wirth came out ahead and incorporation is no longer a threat. He says efforts can be made now to focus on matters at hand that will benefit the community as a whole.

Andy Wirth has been very involved in both environmental and community services in order to make the Olympic Valley one of the top winter vacation spots in the world. His plans to build a gondola connecting the Squaw Valley with the Alpine Meadows area has been something visitors have dreamed of for decades. This will make the visitors experience one to remember as it will allow them ease of access to the entire two mountain ranges.

Andy Wirth is also involved in leading up the community known as Wounded Warrior Support. This Navy Seals foundation was formed during his recovery from a near fatal skydiving accident where he came into contact with local Navy Seals. He says that the friendships he created allowed him to get through the tough time. Therefore he would like to give back to the members and their families upon their return from deployment. Without them he says his recovery would not have been possible. The foundation thanks the Navy Seals for their efforts.

Awards Keep Pouring in For Irish’s Matt Landis

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The accolades continue to pileup for Matt Landis. The defensemen on the Norte Dame Lacrosse team has added a multitude of awards to his resume over the past year. In early May he was awarded with the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year award. He also won the William C. Schmeisser Award for Outstanding Defensive player in men’s collegiate lacrosse and was nominated for the Tewaarton Award, which recognizes the most astounding lacrosse player in the country.

Over the course of the season, numerous media outlets also presented Landis with player of the week awards and routinely highlighted his defensive ability. Along with three other teammates on the Fighting Irish, Landis was recognized as an All-American for the sport as well. His tight defense helped Notre Dame obtain the number one seed in the ACC championship and a trip to the NCAA Championship semi-finals. On the year the Fighting Irish were ranked 9th in the nation in ground balls (32.57 per game), 12th in turnovers (7.71 per game) and 18th overall in scoring defense (9.21 goals allowed).

A business major studying in the Medoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Landis still has another year of eligibility left to attain more awards. As a prominent member of the 2016 team, Landis figures to compete nationally for major awards—such as the Tewaarton. His defensive ability should position Notre Dame as a force to be reckoned with in the ACC and favorite for the 2016 NCAA Lacrosse Championship.