the Silver Knolls Community Organization's website
Located 8 miles north of
Reno, Nevada, Silver Lake is near the intersection of
Highway 395 and Red Rock Road at the base of Peavine
mountain. The nearby residential area of Silver Knolls
overlooks the lake and Stead Airport, where the exciting Reno
Air Races take place every September.
If you would like more
information about Silver Knolls send us an e-mail with
your questions... OrangeElmo@gmail.com
Community Room Use
To use the Community Room at
the Fire House, contact Maureen O'Brien at 775-328-3605 or
The Fire House Community Room address is 11525 Red Rock
Road, Reno, NV 89508. Download and print out the Station
Regional Plan Update 2017 would like to hear input from
residents. Please go to Truckee
Meadows Regional Plan Update survey to take their
survey and speak out about what kind of growth you would
like to see in our region for the next 20 years.
Here's your chance to be heard.
The Silver Knolls
community would like to thank the fire fighters, air
tanker pilots, and Sheriff's Deputies who saved our area
from the July 14th, 2017 wildfire that burned up and
over the granite hills from Cold Springs. No
structures were lost or damaged.
Open burning ended May 14th, 2017. Open Burning is closed
until the end of the wildland fire season, and will not
reopen until approval has been granted by the Air Quality
Management Division in the fall.
From the Stead airport
Regarding the tanker base activity since late June, as of
July 5th 2017, there were 280 tanker sorties that
delivered 447,000 gallons of retardant on area fires. This
does not count the sorties flown by the Sheriff helicopter
nor the odd helicopter sortie.
Because of the potential for flooding, starting Monday,
March 20, 2017 the County Road Department began installing
the same barrier system (Hesco) being used in Lemmon
Valley to keep Silver Lake from coming up onto Red Rock
Road at the road's lowest point.
Peavine Mountain & nearly flooded Silver Lake.
Photo credit: Gail Mattingly
Community Yard Sale:
The 22nd Annual Silver Knolls Community Yard sale was
Sunday, June 4th, 2017. 55 homes participated. SKCO
and volunteer firemen hosted a BBQ lunch at the fire house
(2017) Waste Management garbage and recycling pickup
Fire proof your property... Volunteer Fire fighter Dale
Hildebrandt gave a presentation and handouts, Saturday,
August 13th on Living with Fire! To schedule a fire danger
assessment of your property call Dale, 775-772-3750.
Photo: Chuck Ross
miles north of Silver Knolls, the night of August 6,
2016, burned 1700 acres, mostly on Goldstone Road,
stretching down from the top of Cold Springs. There were
only a few evacuations and no structures were lost.
2016 Desert Cleanup was Saturday, June 18th hosted by Keep
Truckee Meadows Beautiful KTMB.
A small group picked up illegally dumped trash on the desert
to the west and northwest of Silver Knolls.
the latest update 1/9/2016 regarding Changing
our Silver Knolls Fire Protection Services,
also, Recent 911 Call
Raises Concern... on our fire
Reflective address signs are still available. Call Nancy
at 775-225-3784 and leave a message. In an emergency, if
the fire department or ambulance needs to find your house
these signs are a huge help, day or night.
Sale 2016: The 21st Annual Community Yard sale
was Sunday, June 5th. 40 families participated and nearly
300 maps were handed out. The weather could not have been
nicer. Everyone enjoyed BBQ at the firehouse for lunch.
The 2015 SLPOA Arts & Crafts Fair was
Saturday, November 21st.
breakfast fund raiser at the Fire House
was held November 14, 2015.
the Junipers: Sponsored by Living with Fire, BLM,
UNR Co-operative Extension and our SLVFD, a wood chipper was
on scene at the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire station. Each
individual load of resident's yard waste was chipped up and
the 'mulch' was given back to each person, if wanted.
The SLPOA Board has been gathering information for our
residents about septic systems. We hosted a speaker from
the Washoe County Community Services Department who
addressed this topic at our Board Meeting, June 2014.
to Do About Septic Systems.pdf
memo May 2010.pdf
Valley Newsletter September 2010.pdf
Desert Cleanup: Working with the non-profit group
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, local volunteers met May 2,
2015 to clean up trash on our local desert. More details here.
The 2014 SLPOA
Arts & Crafts Fair was Saturday,
November 22nd at the Fire House here in Silver Knolls. More
than 27 artists participated. There were activities for
kids. Cookies and cocoa or cappuccino were served to all.
Propane Co-op: In an
effort to secure great service and lower propane prices in
our community, after 3 meetings with the residents over 3
months, bids were requested from 7 propane companies. Five
propane companies submitted bids June 14th. On June 28th
the Propane Board met with the final 3 candidates and
selected the winning bid. We now have an agreement
with High Sierra Propane!
Questions? Call Casey at 775-233-6918 or
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's not too late to join our Co-op.
project in Silver Knolls, next to the fire house, was open
April 1 through June 30, 2012. It is now closed.
Our 18th annual Silver Knolls Yard
Sale was Sunday, June 2nd, 2013. The Fire
House provided coffee and pastry in the morning. There was
Regarding the unpaved streets Wagon Ho and part of Osage
in Silver Knolls, there was a meeting in the Washoe County
complex, September 1st. Commissioner Weber and County road
representatives were present to address the problems of
our Silver Knolls unpaved roads. This meeting was open to
the public. Read the report in the winter issue of the
The water export project from the Rancho Haven area north
of Silver Knolls, has been stopped.The appeal to the
Nevada Supreme Court by the Redrock Valley Ranch, LLC
(RVR) has been denied as of July 7, 2011. Read about the
decision here Caselaw
In 2011, our huge annual multi-family Silver Knolls area
yard sale was on Sunday, June 5th. 54 families
participated. There was a bit of rain later in the day,
but it didn't seem to slow anyone down.
Star Ranch development: adjacent to the planned
Evans Ranch development, came before the Reno Planning
Commission at the February 3rd meeting and was approved.
In pdf format, here is the prospectus from the developer,
complete with maps, LDC09-00058
(Silver Star Ranch PUD). Warning, large file - 30 MB.
Festival was held October 31st 2009 at the Fire
Station; sponsored by the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire
Department and the SLPOA. Kids and parents enjoyed the
costumes and trick or treat fun and games, activities,
prizes and, of course, the treats to eat.
- The newly formed Northern Nevada Citizens for Water
Conservation, Inc (NNCWC) is a grassroots movement that
was started in Rancho Haven/Sierra Ranchos to organize
against the Red Rock Valley Ranch LLC water export
pipeline. As a result of their recent victory at the
County Commission they decided to make their group
'official' and incorporate. They meet every 1st and 3rd
Monday night at 6:30 pm at the Red Rock Hounds Clubhouse.
The Red Rock Valley Ranch LLC then asked for a Judicial
review of the Commissioners' decision, resulting in the
judge ruling against them in March 2010. The Red Rock
Valley Ranch LLC has since appealed the case to the Nevada
Supreme Court, which may take several years to produce a
NNCWC will continue to raise
funds for environmental studies and possible future legal
fees to fight this water export via pipeline.
The Red Rock wildfire was burning to our northwest
in mid July 2009. Air tankers, helicopters and ground
crews battled the fire on 4 fronts. Thank you to all those
who fought the fire and kept us safe.
News - The big golf ball you may have seen
parked out on the Stead Airport property near the National
Guard buildings last year was actually a 90 ft. diameter,
helium filled experimental airship with 4 engines and a
pilot gondola. It needs to be tethered when it's windy.
- We've received several complaints this spring
and summer about residents feeding coyotes in our area.
This is a bad practice on several levels and may lead to
the coyotes being destroyed.
The Nevada Dept of Wildlife
has a great page about living with Coyotes.
- Annual Membership Meeting & Election of
Officers. The new Bylaws were approved, new Board members
were voted in, and several current Board members were
re-elected for new terms.
5/12/09 - Appeal of the Board of Adjustment?s
Action Denying Without Prejudice Special Use Permit Case
No. SB08-023 (aka Red Rock water pipeline) -- Community
Development. (Commission District 5.) - Commissioners
denied the appeal without prejudice.
3/5/09 - The
Washoe County Board of Adjustment met March 4th, 2009.
After 5 hours of deliberations, the Board decided
unanimously to 'deny without prejudice' the permit for the
Red Rock Road water pipeline. (Special use permit
SB08-023). Approximately 200 residents of the Sierra
Ranchos and Rancho Haven attended the meeting.
'08 News - FEMA has declared that flood plains
be redefined in many of the areas in the U.S. Our area is
no exception. Many residents in the south Osage and Wagon
Ho areas have received maps and letters from the county
regarding the revised flood plain in our area. Being
included in the flood plain can affect your insurance.
Download the first
map and letter. Second
map and letter. These are large, multi-page pdf
files. View in Adobe Acrobat.
Development Links - the
Evans Ranch development has an informational website
with related documents available for download.
The Silver Hills development has an
with related documents available for download.
The residents of Silver Knolls have formed a very active
Neighborhood Watch group. Join us!
Contact Neighborhood Watch
by email at OrangeElmo@silverknolls.org
Meetings are at 6:30 PM, at the Fire House Community Room,
11525 Red Rock Road, in Silver Knolls. Meetings are led by
Deputy Sheriff Teresa Aquila. Residents are encouraged to
attend. No meetings are currently planned.
Silver Knolls Newsletter
is now emailed
Some previous Silver Knolls
newsletters in pdf format:
Quarter (Fall) 2009 newsletter
Quarter (Summer) 2009 newsletter
Quarter (Spring) 2009 newsletter
Quarter (Winter) 2008 newsletter
Quarter (Fall) 2008 newsletter
Quarter (Summer) 2008 newsletter
Quarter (Spring) 2008 newsletter
Quarter (Winter) 2007 newsletter
Silver Knolls Community Organization Bylaws,
approved by membership May 2017; in pdf format.
Previous Bylaws, approved by SLPOA Membership at the
Annual Membership Meeting May 20, 2009. SLPOA
Bylaws in pdf format.