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, call 775-328-3605 or contact email@example.com
The Fire House Community Room address is 11525 Red Rock
Road, Reno, NV 89508. Download and print out the Station
next SKCO Board meeting, is January 19th, 2022 at 6:30
pm. Details here.
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
High Score Most
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
High Score Best Use of
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.
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.
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.
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."
1st, 2021, pile burning was open for one month.
is now closed. There's more info at the Truckee Meadows
Fire Protection District website.
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
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
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
Waste Days Report
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.
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.
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'
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
(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.
Silver Lake Fire Station WILL NOT be used for the spring
2021 Green Waste Collection Days.
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.
May 5, 2019: Green Waste Day at our fire house was very well
The BLM chipper was turning the green waste into mulch which
is available to homeowners.
contacts in public office and how to reach them,
including sample letter.
North Valleys Master Plan in pdf format, from the
Washoe County Department of Community Development, adopted
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!
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
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, 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.
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
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 SLVFD's 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.
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.
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
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 about
residents feeding coyotes in our area. This is a bad
practice on several levels and may lead to the coyotes
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.
'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.
The residents of Silver Knolls have formed a very active
Neighborhood Watch group. Join us!
Contact Neighborhood Watch
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.