Silver Knolls Community Organization, Inc.

formerly SLPOA

serving Silver Knolls since 1972


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Welcome to 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...

Community Room Use

To use the Community Room at the Fire House, call 775-328-3605 or contact  The Fire House Community Room address is 11525 Red Rock Road, Reno, NV 89508. Download and print out the Station Use Permit.

The next SKCO Board meeting, is January 19th, 2022 at 6:30 pm. Details here.

Latest news 

Spruce & Sparkle Decorating Contest results
Our first annual Christmas Light Fight was a great success. We had a total of 75 houses judged this year. By all accounts this was the most homes many of us have ever seen lit up. We hope you drive around and check out the winners. Click on the images below to see a bigger version.

High Score Most Attractive: The Contest Trophy goes to the house at 10170 Crockett Drive. Every year is a little different. They put a lot of thought into decorating for every holiday.

Most Attractive

High Score Best Use of Color: This award went to the house at 10125 Crockett. This is another house that does an outstanding job every single year. This couple was particularly touched for the recognition and felt bad that they were only able to decorate 10 of the 20 trees this year. Maybe next year we can help them get all 20 done again.

Best Use of color

High Score Animated: This one goes to the house at 11400 Osage. The homeowner was sad that the wind had "blown out" some of their blow up characters. Hoping that Santa understands.

High Score Humor: This one goes to the house at 10300 Crockett. These are new residents within the past year and have done a great job sprucing up this house. There are always lots of kids playing out front. The owner was very surprised and happy to be recognized. He had a pretty big smile on his face when we left.

High Score Kids' Choice: This award goes to the house at 10145 Bodie. This one you really needed to see in both daylight and dark. All of these decorations are homemade by the homeowners. The lady was so excited to show off all of the decorations and lights.

High Score Most Lights: This award goes to the house at 10505 Big Horn. You can see this house from all over the neighborhood. Talk about a happy and proud owner when we rang their bell. The wife said that her husband works very hard every year and the display just gets bigger and bigger. We may have made his afternoon, his smile was so big! We warned him that he may have more competition next year. His response was, "No problem, I have a plan."

Open Burning: 
Starting December 1st, 2021, pile burning was open for one month. It is now closed. There's more info at the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District website.

Cub Scouts do fun things with other kids! They get to wear a cool uniform, learn fun things, and go places. They play all kinds of games and build things, like race cars and bird houses. Want to learn about nature? Want to learn about wild animals? Go Cub Scouting!


We are Pack 127 of the North Valleys, meeting at 6 pm Wednesdays at the Community Room at Fire Station #430 Silver Lake (11525 Red Rock Road). Cub Scouts is a year-round family oriented program designed for boys and girls, kindergarten through 5th grade. Parents, Leaders and organizations work together.  Scouting develops character, leadership, communication skills and good citizenship. 


We invite you to come visit our Pack. For more information please contact April Mendoza at 530-927-8393 or Maureen O’Brien at 775-851-3907. Thank you!

Green Waste Days Report
The TMFPD 2021 Autumn Green Waste Days was well attended. By 4 pm Saturday 177 loads of green waste were dropped off at the Silver Knolls firehouse site. By Sunday at 1:30 pm, 111 loads had been dropped off, and there were still 2 1/2 hours to go!

Examples of accepted items included junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation. About a dozen TMFPD firefighters unloaded and chipped up the branches and brush.

The 25th Almost Annual yard sale!

The community yard sale was Saturday September 11th & Sunday the 12th. 45 homes were on the map. It was fun and a great way to meet your neighbors.

Legal Action Update 7/23/21: In 2019, the Silver Knolls Community Organization took legal action to challenge a zoning amendment proposed by Lifestyle Homes. The court dismissed the case and ordered the Community Organization to pay Lifestyle Homes' attorneys' fees.

The Community Organization has reached an agreement with Lifestyle Homes to reduce the fees being paid, and in exchange the Organization will not oppose or otherwise challenge Lifestyle Homes' application for a tentative map for Silver Hills Village I. No officer or member of the Silver Knolls Community Organization is authorized to represent the Organization in speaking in opposition to the tentative map. This opposition restriction is limited to the Organization, individual members are not restricted from opposing the development 
as long as, (1) the opposition is not made on the Organization website, letterhead, or with the permission of the Organization; and (2) the member does not represent, or state they are authorized by the Organization, or speaking on behalf of the Organization.

The Community Organization is still working to raise the funds necessary to pay the reduced fees. If you received a refund of your contribution to the legal action fund, we ask that you return that amount (to the Organization) to allow us to satisfy our obligations.

Our lawyer plan attended our August Board meeting online via Zoom and was available to answer questions.

The Silver Lake Fire Station WILL NOT be used for the spring 2021 Green Waste Collection Days.  

Green waste dumps outside of the designated hours or at other TMFR locations will be considered illegal dumping and will be followed up with law enforcement.

green waste

May 5, 2019: Green Waste Day at our fire house was very well attended.

BLM chipper

The BLM chipper was turning the green waste into mulch which is available to homeowners.

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Our contacts in public office and how to reach them, including sample letter.

The North Valleys Master Plan in pdf format, from the Washoe County Department of Community Development, adopted 2010.

Older News:

Community Yard Sale: Our 23rd Annual Silver Knolls Community Yard sale took place Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd, 2018. 48 homes participated. Delicious BBQ was provided by the Silver Knolls Silver Spurs 4-H club.

The 'wild' Christmas tree that was burned in the wildfire July 14th, 2017 got some company on November 4th. While some community members had shovels in hand, and lots of supervisors watched, three trees were planted – arranged in front of the original burned ‘wild’ Christmas tree which will remain as a memorial and remembrance. It was very windy but sunny. Thank you Dale for spearheading this event. We are ready for Christmas!

Before the planting (below) – the original burned tree and the barren charred hillside, with community members starting to gather.

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.

Here are some guidelines for erosion control, post wildfire.

From the Stead airport manager:

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, or other helicopter sorties.

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.

Near flooding
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 community room.


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.

Jackpot Fire pix
Photo: Chuck Ross
Wildfire, 7 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.

Our 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.

Read the latest update 1/9/2016 regarding Changing our Silver Knolls Fire Protection Services, also, Recent 911 Call Raises Concern...  on SLVFD's fire page.

Blue Address Sign

Older News

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.

Septic Systems

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.
What to Do About Septic Systems.pdf
Septic systems letter.txt
Nitrate memo May 2010.pdf
Golden Valley Newsletter September 2010.pdf

Local 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.

Unpaved roads: 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 SLPOA newsletter

Water export: 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

News - 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.

airship picture

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.

coyoteNews - We've received several complaints about residents feeding coyotes in our area. This is a bad practice on several levels and may lead to the coyotes being destroyed.

The Humane Society has a great page about living with Coyotes.


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.

December '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.

Neighborhood Watch:
The residents of Silver Knolls have formed a very active Neighborhood Watch group. Join us!

Contact Neighborhood Watch by email at

Bylaws: Current 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.

Page updated January 4, 2021