Squaw Valley, Snow King and Mountain Town Activism

The battle to protect wild places persists throughout the American West. Development plans that would forever change Western landscapes have united and mobilized people of diverse backgrounds, from conservationists to hunters. In California’s North Lake Tahoe,…

by | Jan 30, 2019 | Uncategorized

The battle to protect wild places persists throughout the American West. Development plans that would forever change Western landscapes have united and mobilized people of diverse backgrounds, from conservationists to hunters. In California’s North Lake Tahoe, the owners of Squaw Valley—KSL Capital Partners—proposed a plan for sweeping development that has stirred a local movement.

KSL’s plan includes blocks of hotel high rises and mansions, and a massive indoor water park positioned within miles of the shores of Lake Tahoe. In response to the plan, seven years ago community members launched Keep Squaw True to challenge its legality. It is a story of dogged community activism that unfolds in “The Movie to Keep Squaw True.”

The film screens Wednesday, January 30 at Pink Garter Theatre.

Ahead of the screening, KHOL sat down with Tisa Djahangiri of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and Chase Schweitzer from California’s Sierra Watch. Their respective organizations are sponsoring the local screening which, they explain, offers plenty of relevance for Jackson residents and Snow King advocates.

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is KHOL's first news director. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Wyoming for the last decade and her work has aired on NPR stations throughout the West. When she's not sweating deadlines, Robyn sustains her nomadic heart by traveling the world with her notebook and camera in hand.

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