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2A Tuesday, July 18, 2000  ML NeWS Ski resort initiative qualifies for ballot,. Vote would pave way for a four-season resort on Dyer Mountain near Westwood nar Ear The initiative that would lve the way for a four-season resort on Dyer Mountain near Westwd has qualified for the November ballot. Lassen County Clerk There- sa Nagel said last week 896 sig- natures of registered voters were validated, 56 more than the 840 needed to qualify the vote. The Dyer Mountain Com- mittee submitted 3,099 signa- tures to Nagers offme that said the vote should go on the bal- lot. The matter now goes to the Board of Supervisors today, (Tuesday, July 18), to OK the initiative election or not. But Nagel said the board has until Friday, Aug. 11, to make the de- cision. The initiative would amend the Lassen County General Plan, the Westwood Area Plan and county zoning ordinances to help build the resort on Mt. Dyer which overlooks Clear Creek and Westwood. Last week, project developers Briar Tazuk and John Koeber- er held-an outreach luncheon in Susanville to discuss their project with a variety of local business and professional peo- ple. As they promised at their first outreach in June at Dyer Mountain, Tazuk and Koeberer had more specifics on their Plan, particularly on what would be built. The partners of Mt. Dyer Associates envision: A $10.5 million gondola to the top of the mountain for ski- Lodges, restaurants, retail stores and a golf course with clubhouse. "" Convention space and a ho- tel with at least 300 rooms. BetWeen 900 and 1,100 living Units, that would be in a lodge, d.plexes, burplexes and single family buildings. All of that would accommo- date an estimated 1,000 - 1,800 skier days on weekdays, climb- ingto 4,000 - 6,000 on weekends. Koeberer said the Dyer site was picked because it is, "a lagniflcent piece of property," as it sits between Hamilton Branch, the mountain and Walker Lake. "There isn't a property left like this in California," Koe- berer said, "and our ski people tell us, maybe the U.S." =There has been "no ski areas Photo by Dae Moiler Briar Tazuk makes, his presentation to a group of local business and professional people at an outreach lu chonm built like this since Kirkwood (at Tahoe) in the late '60s," Koe- berer said. "We think we have a winner here." Tazuk said the resort would be marketed as, "a Tahoe alter- native," because "highways 80 and 50 are glutted," on any giv- en weekend with 200,000 people on those roads going to the same place. Tazuk said he and Koeber- er's hired experts foresee a de- cent market as 200,000 skier days are already recorded an- nually from northern Califor- nians at Mt. Bachelor in Ore- gon, "and that's a long way," for those skiers to go. Mt. Dyer provides great ac- cess from highways 70, 32 and 44 ad "can be a destination re- sort," that people could fly into Reno to access, Tazuk added. hag. k lleth lub atd = s  Poe ....... Asked how the resort wou*id deal with the impact to local fire, medical and school ser- vices, Tazuk said the resort would seek its own fire protec- tion district. Koeberer said ski areas always have, "a sig- nificant first aid center," to deal with emergencies before they would reach area hospi: tals. And Tazuk said the West- wood School District could ac- tually see, "a windfallin im- pact fees," which are fees they have to pay to a school district for developing in its bound- aries and adding students. Watch for your name .... .Congratulations! Ted Brooks of Susanvflle You hae won 2 FREE passes to Sierra "lheatre or Uptown Cinema. You have 7 days from this publica- tion to stop by the Lasn County Tunes at 800 Main Street and pick them up. Winners are picked at random from the Times mailing list. III I The Largest Display of Woodstoves in Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra C ountms... H00arthStone I 'AYL, O J" GllnD's w Downtown Westwood 256-2412 I ]284-7849 M-Sat.] Since 1977 ~ Cont. IAc. 0'681552 The impact fees would roll in several years before the stu- dents Tazuk said, enabling Westwood to get ready for any influx. As for a timeline, Koeberer said the project could begin next spring if everything goes perfectly and the initiative passes. Skiing on the moun- tain could occur by November 2002, but that expectation is "very aggressive," he admitted. "Our desire is to make this the finest resort facility on the West Coast if not the U.S." Dyer Mr. Committee Chair- man Frank Cady said any oth- er qaestions, comments or con- cerns about the project could be cxpressed to his office at 257- 8888 or to the associates West- wood oWme at 256-3227. Is the initiative Gall Brown Staff Wnter Is the initiative legal? This is the question being asked by some residents of Westwood about the pro- posed Dyer Mountain four- season resort. And they are serious enough about getting an- swers that they have re. tained the services of an at- torney to examine the initia- tive to see if it is. "We are questioning the legality of it," explained Gary Pritchard and Bix Blaufuss, both residents of Westwood. It has taken a little bit of time but the members of the "splinter" group in Westwood, to decide on a name for their group: Citi- zens for Responsible Devel- opment (CRD). The now named group has been meeting every Monday evening in the Westwood Li- brary to form a plan to get the answers they want be- fore the upcoming Novem- ber election. A questionnaire to find out what the residents of the town want was compiled by John Kusel of Forest Com- munity Research (FCR) and members of CRD distributed the questionnaires. They are now in the process of be- ing collected, after which they will be submitted to Bobby Cochrane of FCR, who will then input the data and compute the results. Cochrane is hoping to have a preliminary report togeth- er in time for the Lassen County Fair, where CRD will have a-booth. Copies of the initiative will be avail- able for everyone. Other subjects brought up by CRD at its Monday, July 10, meeting included specu- lation on what would hap- pen to the schools, water system, sewer system, the dump, waste management, road clearing and the view of the mountain if the resort went in. "Don't worry about the noise that trains make, wait till you hear the sound of the snow-making equipment all night, which supposedly sounds like jet engines land- ing and taking off," said Blaufuss. The question was raised about what would happen to Westwood's water ff the de- velopers sank a well in the area that is known as the old Westwood Airport. The area sits on top of West- wood's water table and it's being asked for in the initia- tive. "We have a concern be- cause we want to be in- volved with the proces's and the initiative does not even stipulate that they have to do anything," says Pritchard. CRD sent a letter to Robert Pyle, District I Su- pervisor, asking that "the supervisors require the de- velopers and the Dyer Mountain Committee to sub- mit an entire and specific project description of the proposed four-season resort to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors." CRD also urged that Lassen County complete an environmental impact re- port (EIR) to address all cu- mulative local, county-wide and regional impacts of the proposed entire develop- ment in the referendum pe- tition being circulated by the Dyer Mountain Commit- tee before it comes to the vote. According to CRD, the de- velopment of this resort, as contemplated by the devel- opers in the Dyer Mountain Initiative, appears to be in conflict with the 1968 West- wood Area Plan, the 1999 Lassen County General Plan, the county zoning codes and maps and the Westwood Area Plan that is now being processed by Merle Anderson county. CRD member McGinnis, Board of Supervisors ter at meeting. McGinnis memorandum fro dated June 19 that "the Board of sors has no power the developers to project description, no application has mitted." And since no project before they cannot do Pyle also the memo that the nents of the project for the required submit a project to the! ty. McGinnis of a reply to CRD's from Frank Cady, for Dyer Mountain ates (DMA). In his informs the Board visors that the given to McGinnis rect but that he miss in not Board of Elections tion 9111 which the "... Board may refer the tiative measure to ty agency or report on any or following: 1. It's pact. 2. Its effect on ternal consistency county's general and ic plans inch ing element, between planning ing and the county actions. 3. matters the Board of visors request to report." The Board of Su then directed the Lassen Department munity Develo compile a report ates the initiative and potential impact See Initiative, | I* Tune, kiU: I ..... During the Fair:get0000. " !Up for $29.95 "We don't mean your horse, we mean your vacuum"/ SUSANVILLE VACUUM REPAIR &: SUPPLIES 916 Main St. Susanville 27-2321 Then we need to measure you for our custom sewing software. For hel ing with our research will make your clo thl is that will be made to your measurements. Living Soft, Inc. 40 S. Lassen St. * Susanville 257-1] See you at the fair! I invite you to stop by our booth in the industrial- building at the Lassen Count}, Fair to view photos of my customers' homes and land for sale. Don't forget to sign up for our daily prize drawings! VISIT MY WEBSITE: sallyf.com E-Mail: sallyfinizio@thegdd.eora BREATHTAKING VIEWS! Spacious 3 txlrm., 2 bath home on 8.6+ view acres. Double garage with breezeway. Huge deck w vles ........ $1,ro tOADEI} n114 Ul 3 GAR#.GE iIIS SllOIq 3"harm, 2 It  t .t  ram, rMttous veml spom 3 t tom. t'w  morn. tmW bmm. t m cram tl  R0HTAGE buus cus- tom 3 bdrm. h0me. Huge ling r00rn wlth fireplace and woodetove. 0vet 500 feet of g cn-se frontage.Shop .... $259,500 FABULOUS LOCATION! SpackS 2 &'rn.,2bathhometneoury O rk. Covered ck. g  mm. Vts .................. trt, 4.7+ blewlkru I Jammtlle..--.--. cumm tm smom 3 m. 2 t mm. t  mm  t . , IIIIEKIr llU! Smc 3  Io room, oek mzmn OmO 3   D."---- ----- 2A Tuesday, July 18, 2000  ML NeWS Ski resort initiative qualifies for ballot,. Vote would pave way for a four-season resort on Dyer Mountain near Westwood nar Ear The initiative that would lve the way for a four-season resort on Dyer Mountain near Westwd has qualified for the November ballot. Lassen County Clerk There- sa Nagel said last week 896 sig- natures of registered voters were validated, 56 more than the 840 needed to qualify the vote. The Dyer Mountain Com- mittee submitted 3,099 signa- tures to Nagers offme that said the vote should go on the bal- lot. The matter now goes to the Board of Supervisors today, (Tuesday, July 18), to OK the initiative election or not. But Nagel said the board has until Friday, Aug. 11, to make the de- cision. The initiative would amend the Lassen County General Plan, the Westwood Area Plan and county zoning ordinances to help build the resort on Mt. Dyer which overlooks Clear Creek and Westwood. Last week, project developers Briar Tazuk and John Koeber- er held-an outreach luncheon in Susanville to discuss their project with a variety of local business and professional peo- ple. As they promised at their first outreach in June at Dyer Mountain, Tazuk and Koeberer had more specifics on their Plan, particularly on what would be built. The partners of Mt. Dyer Associates envision: A $10.5 million gondola to the top of the mountain for ski- Lodges, restaurants, retail stores and a golf course with clubhouse. "" Convention space and a ho- tel with at least 300 rooms. BetWeen 900 and 1,100 living Units, that would be in a lodge, d.plexes, burplexes and single family buildings. All of that would accommo- date an estimated 1,000 - 1,800 skier days on weekdays, climb- ingto 4,000 - 6,000 on weekends. Koeberer said the Dyer site was picked because it is, "a lagniflcent piece of property," as it sits between Hamilton Branch, the mountain and Walker Lake. "There isn't a property left like this in California," Koe- berer said, "and our ski people tell us, maybe the U.S." =There has been "no ski areas Photo by Dae Moiler Briar Tazuk makes, his presentation to a group of local business and professional people at an outreach lu chonm built like this since Kirkwood (at Tahoe) in the late '60s," Koe- berer said. "We think we have a winner here." Tazuk said the resort would be marketed as, "a Tahoe alter- native," because "highways 80 and 50 are glutted," on any giv- en weekend with 200,000 people on those roads going to the same place. Tazuk said he and Koeber- er's hired experts foresee a de- cent market as 200,000 skier days are already recorded an- nually from northern Califor- nians at Mt. Bachelor in Ore- gon, "and that's a long way," for those skiers to go. Mt. Dyer provides great ac- cess from highways 70, 32 and 44 ad "can be a destination re- sort," that people could fly into Reno to access, Tazuk added. hag. k lleth lub atd = s  Poe ....... Asked how the resort wou*id deal with the impact to local fire, medical and school ser- vices, Tazuk said the resort would seek its own fire protec- tion district. Koeberer said ski areas always have, "a sig- nificant first aid center," to deal with emergencies before they would reach area hospi: tals. And Tazuk said the West- wood School District could ac- tually see, "a windfallin im- pact fees," which are fees they have to pay to a school district for developing in its bound- aries and adding students. Watch for your name .... .Congratulations! Ted Brooks of Susanvflle You hae won 2 FREE passes to Sierra "lheatre or Uptown Cinema. You have 7 days from this publica- tion to stop by the Lasn County Tunes at 800 Main Street and pick them up. Winners are picked at random from the Times mailing list. III I The Largest Display of Woodstoves in Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra C ountms... H00arthStone I 'AYL, O J" GllnD's w Downtown Westwood 256-2412 I ]284-7849 M-Sat.] Since 1977 ~ Cont. IAc. 0'681552 The impact fees would roll in several years before the stu- dents Tazuk said, enabling Westwood to get ready for any influx. As for a timeline, Koeberer said the project could begin next spring if everything goes perfectly and the initiative passes. Skiing on the moun- tain could occur by November 2002, but that expectation is "very aggressive," he admitted. "Our desire is to make this the finest resort facility on the West Coast if not the U.S." Dyer Mr. Committee Chair- man Frank Cady said any oth- er qaestions, comments or con- cerns about the project could be cxpressed to his office at 257- 8888 or to the associates West- wood oWme at 256-3227. Is the initiative Gall Brown Staff Wnter Is the initiative legal? This is the question being asked by some residents of Westwood about the pro- posed Dyer Mountain four- season resort. And they are serious enough about getting an- swers that they have re. tained the services of an at- torney to examine the initia- tive to see if it is. "We are questioning the legality of it," explained Gary Pritchard and Bix Blaufuss, both residents of Westwood. It has taken a little bit of time but the members of the "splinter" group in Westwood, to decide on a name for their group: Citi- zens for Responsible Devel- opment (CRD). The now named group has been meeting every Monday evening in the Westwood Li- brary to form a plan to get the answers they want be- fore the upcoming Novem- ber election. A questionnaire to find out what the residents of the town want was compiled by John Kusel of Forest Com- munity Research (FCR) and members of CRD distributed the questionnaires. They are now in the process of be- ing collected, after which they will be submitted to Bobby Cochrane of FCR, who will then input the data and compute the results. Cochrane is hoping to have a preliminary report togeth- er in time for the Lassen County Fair, where CRD will have a-booth. Copies of the initiative will be avail- able for everyone. Other subjects brought up by CRD at its Monday, July 10, meeting included specu- lation on what would hap- pen to the schools, water system, sewer system, the dump, waste management, road clearing and the view of the mountain if the resort went in. "Don't worry about the noise that trains make, wait till you hear the sound of the snow-making equipment all night, which supposedly sounds like jet engines land- ing and taking off," said Blaufuss. The question was raised about what would happen to Westwood's water ff the de- velopers sank a well in the area that is known as the old Westwood Airport. The area sits on top of West- wood's water table and it's being asked for in the initia- tive. "We have a concern be- cause we want to be in- volved with the proces's and the initiative does not even stipulate that they have to do anything," says Pritchard. CRD sent a letter to Robert Pyle, District I Su- pervisor, asking that "the supervisors require the de- velopers and the Dyer Mountain Committee to sub- mit an entire and specific project description of the proposed four-season resort to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors." CRD also urged that Lassen County complete an environmental impact re- port (EIR) to address all cu- mulative local, county-wide and regional impacts of the proposed entire develop- ment in the referendum pe- tition being circulated by the Dyer Mountain Commit- tee before it comes to the vote. According to CRD, the de- velopment of this resort, as contemplated by the devel- opers in the Dyer Mountain Initiative, appears to be in conflict with the 1968 West- wood Area Plan, the 1999 Lassen County General Plan, the county zoning codes and maps and the Westwood Area Plan that is now being processed by Merle Anderson county. CRD member McGinnis, Board of Supervisors ter at meeting. McGinnis memorandum fro dated June 19 that "the Board of sors has no power the developers to project description, no application has mitted." And since no project before they cannot do Pyle also the memo that the nents of the project for the required submit a project to the! ty. McGinnis of a reply to CRD's from Frank Cady, for Dyer Mountain ates (DMA). In his informs the Board visors that the given to McGinnis rect but that he miss in not Board of Elections tion 9111 which the "... Board may refer the tiative measure to ty agency or report on any or following: 1. It's pact. 2. Its effect on ternal consistency county's general and ic plans inch ing element, between planning ing and the county actions. 3. matters the Board of visors request to report." The Board of Su then directed the Lassen Department munity Develo compile a report ates the initiative and potential impact See Initiative, | I* Tune, kiU: I ..... During the Fair:get0000. " !Up for $29.95 "We don't mean your horse, we mean your vacuum"/ SUSANVILLE VACUUM REPAIR &: SUPPLIES 916 Main St. Susanville 27-2321 Then we need to measure you for our custom sewing software. For hel ing with our research will make your clo thl is that will be made to your measurements. Living Soft, Inc. 40 S. Lassen St. * Susanville 257-1] See you at the fair! I invite you to stop by our booth in the industrial- building at the Lassen Count}, Fair to view photos of my customers' homes and land for sale. Don't forget to sign up for our daily prize drawings! VISIT MY WEBSITE: sallyf.com E-Mail: sallyfinizio@thegdd.eora BREATHTAKING VIEWS! Spacious 3 txlrm., 2 bath home on 8.6+ view acres. Double garage with breezeway. Huge deck w vles ........ $1,ro tOADEI} n114 Ul 3 GAR#.GE iIIS SllOIq 3"harm, 2 It  t .t  ram, rMttous veml spom 3 t tom. t'w  morn. tmW bmm. t m cram tl  R0HTAGE buus cus- tom 3 bdrm. h0me. Huge ling r00rn wlth fireplace and woodetove. 0vet 500 feet of g cn-se frontage.Shop .... $259,500 FABULOUS LOCATION! SpackS 2 &'rn.,2bathhometneoury O rk. Covered ck. g  mm. Vts .................. trt, 4.7+ blewlkru I Jammtlle..--.--. cumm tm smom 3 m. 2 t mm. t  mm  t . , IIIIEKIr llU! Smc 3  Io room, oek mzmn OmO 3   D."---- -----