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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In the small country of Nepal, 27.8 million people reside in a space slightly larger than the state of Arkansas. Sandwiched between China and India, the southeast Asian country is home to eight of the 10 highest mountains in the world, including the tallest, Mt. Everest, and has a rich culture rooted in Hindu and Tibetan
Published: April 30, 2016
My family has a rich history in the alcohol and tobacco industries. My moonshiner grandparents opened one of the first legal bars in Appalachia, Ky., after Prohibition.Prohibition caused a thriving black market that my family benefited from. And I grew up hearing stories of explosions in the woods, gunfights and people getting poisoned from toxic materials used to build stills.
Published: April 30, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Looking for stunning images of Lake Tahoe, Truckee and the Sierra Nevada?Why look when you can take them yourself, and then have them published for thousands of others to see?Each week, the Sierra Sun, in partnership with the Tahoe Daily Tribune, publishes a weekly photo slideshow of select images from our @TahoeSnaps account on Instagram.All you have
Published: April 30, 2016
STATELINE, Nev. — A blockbuster gathering of 90 major sports and entertainment stars — including Charles Barkley, Justin Timberlake, Jim Harbaugh and five NFL starting quarterbacks — have signed on for the 27th annual American Century Championship, July 19-24, at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.America’s No. 1 celebrity golf tournament will feature a host of active football, basketball and hockey players
Published: April 29, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A fourth man has been arrested on a murder charge in the Jan. 30 fatal shooting in South Lake Tahoe.Georgetown, Calif., resident Tevarez Lopez, 33, was charged with murder Wednesday afternoon, April 27, for his role in the death of Dennis Wright Jr., according to a press release from the city of South Lake Tahoe.Lopez
Published: April 29, 2016
Tahoe athletes were far from intimidated by the elite competition and technical terrain at the IFSA North American Junior Freeride Championships.On the contrary, more than 50 young skiers and snowboarders from the Tahoe Junior Freeride Series (TJFS) threw down with confidence and expertise in the season-ending event at Whistler Blackcomb, Canada, from April 6-9.When the final results were tallied, Team
Published: April 29, 2016
Where does your wine come from? Well, when you buy an American wine, the answer is almost always on the label.Say you buy a wine from California. Right there on the label it will say where the grapes in that wine were sourced. If they came from a number of vineyards in different parts of the state, the label will
Published: April 29, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Each week, the Sierra Sun publishes a handful of Sierra Snapshots images based on reader submissions of their photography of beautiful Tahoe-Truckee scenes.Have a photo to share? Email a high resolution version (200 DPI or higher and at least 5 inches wide on the longest side) to snapshots@sierrasun.com with information about what’s going on in the photo, the
Published: April 29, 2016
While the folks back home were enjoying a surprise late-season snowstorm last Friday, the Truckee track and field squads were facing weather challenges of their own in Oroville at the West Valley Invitational. “Our athletes are tough,” said coach Diana Yale. “Despite the adverse conditions, they let nothing get in their way in the cold and rainy conditions and sometimes torrential
Published: April 29, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — When the Tahoe Keys was created in the 1960s, it became Lake Tahoe’s largest commercial marina.Opposition at the time argued that the project was a significant detriment to surrounding marshland. For boaters, however, the idea presented a network of crystal-clear water channels to accommodate their vessels and access the lake.It’s possible that no one could
Published: April 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s online press log for April 98-26.April 19At 11:06 a.m. on High Street, a citizen requested a radar trailer for perceived speeding vehicles on the road due to construction on Donner Pass Road.At 2:06 p.m. at an undisclosed location, a vehicle was stopped, resulting in a juvenile passenger being
Published: April 29, 2016
A significant milestone will occur next week on Cinco de Mayo. I attain a certain status, and while it is better than the other option, it is quite sobering and has put me in a state of serious reflection.I am turning 70. The “big 7-0.” A bona fide first-wave Boomer. Where did the time go?Friends tell me that today’s 70
Published: April 29, 2016
Seems the House thinks it’s time for more oversight of IRS goings on. This according to legislation passed in that chamber just last week.Republicans think it’s time — in consideration of a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) report that found the IRS, from 2010 to 2013, actually rehired hundreds of former employees who had experienced significant performance or
Published: April 28, 2016
Sitting on the floor of our daughter and son-in-law’s home on Cape Cod, I’m waiting for Johanna Ruth (THE granddaughter) to risk letting go of her mother’s hand and toddle over to mine.She’s managed the three-foot trek several times already, but each has been an adventure in trust and daring. Plus, she gets so excited that it’s hard maintain balance.
Published: April 28, 2016
OK I guess winter wants to continue for awhile. I hope our spring flowers like snow and will bounce back in all of the village gardens as we welcome the merry, merry month of May. Are your May baskets ready? Sunday is May Day.Meet Lisa Krasner, candidate for Assembly District 26, and enjoy good food, great conversation and camaraderie. Please
Published: April 28, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — It is only two miles from my house to the local pool where I pretend to swim laps and, in that short distance, I drive by 10 Mexican restaurants.This ample offeing of south-of-the-border fare begs the question: Why would I ever cook Mexican food at home in a town that has more Mexican restaurants than women in
Published: April 28, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is leading free morning bird walks at the Village Green in Incline Village for the fourth year in a row this spring.These walks are a great way to get an introduction to birding (or bird watching), learn from local experts and meet other like-minded nature enthusiasts.Birds will be identified by
Published: April 28, 2016
A couple of up-and-coming freeskiers on the Squaw Valley Big Mountain team showcased their abilities earlier this month at the IFSA Junior National Freeskiing U12 Championship.Matt Seline and Hayden McJunkin qualified to compete in the national competition at Grand Targhee Resort, Wyo., by earning enough points throughout the season in the local Tahoe Junior Freeride Series.Competing on a steep venue
Published: April 28, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Peter Joseph Burtt has been singing songs his entire life.His earliest memories, in fact, are harmonizing with his grandmother and sisters as a 4-year-old, singing along to the Irish folk records — The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, Paddy Tunney — as they spun and crackled on a turntable in his childhood home in Seacoast, N.H.“From as
Published: April 28, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Below is a selection of incidents from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office press log for Feb. 20-29, as provided to the Sierra Sun by PCSO officials.February 20At 2 p.m. on the 1900 Block of Squaw Valley Road in Olympic Valley, a report was taken from ski patrol regarding eight subjects who were witnessed skiing in a
Published: April 28, 2016
BROCKWAY, Calif. — Last week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to tighten parking restrictions on roads near Speedboat Beach, and to increase the fine for illegal parking from $25 to $100.During its meeting in Olympic Valley, the board also approved creating a designated loading and unloading area at the main public access point to the beach located on
Published: April 28, 2016
Three of the four roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft into Lake Tahoe will open for the 2016 season this weekend.The following stations open Sunday, May 1, and will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week:Meyers: at the junction of US 50 and Highway 89.Spooner Summit: at the junction of US
Published: April 28, 2016
Aside from that last (perhaps) little blast of winter, nature’s activities are springing forth with zest. It is well worth a stroll in the woods, paying attention to the new shoots that are pushing their way from the ground and popping out of the branches on the trees.Even pine trees have an awakening in the spring. Pine trees don’t lose
Published: April 28, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend at Truckee and Lake Tahoe.Have an event you want considered for a future Tahoe Ten calendar? Email reporter Kaleb M. Roedel at kroedel@sierrasun.com.1. Cushing Crossing at Squaw ValleyThe 26th annual Cushing Crossing — the original pond skimming event that started a
Published: April 28, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Back in 2005, Andy and Alicia Barr, living in Roseville and working as engineers for Hewlett-Packard at the time, decided they needed a change of scenery in more ways than one.“We kind of woke up one day and said we want to do something that inspires us more,” said Andy Barr. While brainstorming ideas for what direction
Published: April 27, 2016
IVGID was very honored to co-host a Community Reception for outgoing North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) Fire Chief Mike Brown on March 18.Over 400 community stakeholders attended to thank Mike for his tireless focus on keeping our homes fire-safe.Here at IVGID, we are especially appreciative of the partnership we’ve had with the NLTFPD for the past quarter century.
Published: April 28, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Nevada College are partnering to host an IVGID Candidate Forum from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the Tahoe Environmental Science Center on the college’s campus.The primary election is set for June 14 in Nevada. Regarding the Incline Village General Improvement District board of trustees, residents will
Published: April 28, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay, as provided to the Bonanza, for April 20-26.April 22DUI: In the 900 block of Tahoe Boulevard, deputies made an arrest for driving under the influence after a routine traffic stop.FRAUD: In the 700 block of Mays Boulevard, deputies responded to
Published: April 28, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Twenty-eight million.That’s the estimated number of trees in California that were dead or dying in 2015 as a result of the ongoing drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The 28 million figure is not only a record-high for the state, it’s roughly 10 times more dead trees than were recorded in 2014 — just one year
Published: April 27, 2016
Incline Village was developed as a planned community in the 1960s with the beaches designated and designed to accommodate the residents owning parcels within the community.Although several condo developments were included in the master plan, it is doubtful the planners had visions of just how many condos would eventually be built, and certainly not the approximately 200 timeshares that we
Published: April 27, 2016
Part prequel, part sequel, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” succeeds on a visual level, but largely fails to recreate what made “Snow White and the Huntsman” compelling.Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprise their roles as The Huntsman and Queen Ravenna respectively, but the loss of Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, and the relatable emotions she evinced, are definitely missed.Mistaking tragic events for
Published: April 27, 2016
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — U.S. Forest Service officials announced last week that they will begin opening some of their South Shore and West Shore recreational facilities for summer operations starting Saturday, April 30.California State Parks staff plans to open West Shore facilities starting in mid-May. Most day-use areas and campgrounds are expected to be fully open in time for Memorial
Published: April 27, 2016
The Incline and Whittell baseball teams played in style Tuesday — taking their hacks in the professional confines of Greater Nevada Field in downtown Reno.“The kids loved it. It was a great atmosphere and a great experience,” said first-year Incline coach Billy Knight, whose youthful squad ran away with a 14-4 win in the nonleague affair. “We’re going to try
Published: April 27, 2016
Congratulations Harriet Tubman — abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy. Now we need to rededicate the backside of that 20-dollar bill.Let us remove the White House that Jackson almost burned down with his inaugural ball, and engrave a coded quilt, designating the Underground Railroad and safe houses that Ms. Tubman helped to establish.Washington, Lincoln & Grant are safe, but Hamilton has
Published: April 27, 2016
Students from all three Incline Village public schools will be selling $10 raffle tickets around town through the end of May as part of the annual BIG CYMBAL RAFFLE.“The raffle is an important way to raise the awareness of students, parents and community members, as well as directly involve them in making this fundraising endeavor a success,” said CYMBAL President
Published: April 27, 2016
The growth of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has been nothing short of phenomenal. Over the past 10 years, ETF assets have grown by 600 percent and the number of funds has soared 700 percent.The same can’t be said of their cousin, exchange-traded notes (ETNs). Although investors might not notice the difference, ETNs are not the same as ETFs. Know the difference.ETNs
Published: April 27, 2016
The Incline softball team dropped a pair of league games against visiting Yerington last Wednesday, 18-0 and 18-3.While the Highlanders were held hitless in the first game of the doubleheader, they showed improvement in the second contest with four hits. Junior catcher and pitcher Karyss Thompson went 2-for-2 with a triple and RBI, while senior Briana Barraza and junior Alyssa
Published: April 27, 2016
April 13, 1980 - March 27, 2016Michael Gurowitz passed away on Easter Sunday, a few weeks short of his 36th birthday. He was the son of Emy and Ed Gurowitz of Incline Village.Mike was born in Walnut Creek, CA and moved to Incline Village in 1995. He attended Incline High School for one year before going to Mt. Bachelor Academy
Published: April 27, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The nonprofit Tahoe Fund last week announced the appointment of Art Chapman as chair of the board of directors.The organization, now entering its sixth year of existence, also announced the appointment of environmental attorney E. Clement (Clem) Shute Jr. to its board of directors.The bistate nonprofit is focused on restoring Lake Tahoe’s famed clarity, improving outdoor
Published: April 27, 2016
The North Tahoe track and field team competed most recently in the Glenn Poole Invitational in Roseville this past Saturday. Although the Lakers were not at full strength, with several of their top athletes absent or unable to compete, the contingent on hand performed well with numerous personal records (PRs). Senior thrower Jordan Briggs, who earned the Lakers’ only top-10
Published: April 27, 2016
RENO, Nev. — On Saturday, I participated in my first-ever Passover Seder, the annual ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover.It was a very enjoyable event, and incredibly educational. My friend in Reno, she’s a Jew, as is her mother, and it’s been a tradition for their family to host a Passover Seder each year
Published: April 27, 2016
One of Washoe County Library System’s hot new resources is Lynda.com. People pay big bucks for a subscription, but with your library card you get access for free!Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Lynda.com’s video library of engaging, top-quality courses are taught by
Published: April 27, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2016/2017 Linda Brown Fellows Awards and the Star Awards.Linda Brown Fellows Award recipients each receive $2,000 to be used to enhance educational work in the classroom. In addition, both Linda Brown Fellows awards recipients and Star Award recipients receive $1,000 for their personal use. The
Published: April 27, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. Many of us grew up grossed out by these weird, little, cabbage-looking vegetables, namely because of how they were prepared (boiled and overcooked within an inch of their lives). This, understandably, ruined the idea of the dish for many. If you were scarred by badly prepared Brussels sprouts, trust
Published: April 26, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In an ever-evolving marketplace, Chase International continues to be a trend-setter when it comes to real estate company culture.In a move that comes from the top, filtering down through all aspects of the firm’s endeavors, Chase International has embraced the practice of “mindful leadership” to best serve their agents, clients and community.All Chase Realtors are encouraged
Published: April 26, 2016
As the bears come out of hibernation, listing season has arrived once again on the Nevada side of North Lake Tahoe. Based on statistics gathered from the Incline Village MLS, there are a total of 27 new listings in just the past two weeks. This is the time of year when the inventory generally rises on a steady basis as
Published: April 26, 2016
Great things are underway at Truckee High School as we prepare out students to be college and career ready.Truckee High is a community high school with high-level curriculum delivered in a small school setting. We strive to provide the best and well-rounded educational experience possible offering diverse and rigorous programming for our scholars along with 16 different sports and 14
Published: April 26, 2016
TRUCKEe, Calif. — Two Truckee Tahoe Swim Team athletes have qualified to compete at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals in December. Under the direction of TTST’s new head coach, Cyrus Crews, more swimmers have qualified for national-level meets than ever before.One of those qualifiers is Brittney Straw, a Truckee High senior. Brittney has achieved progressively faster times this year, especially
Published: April 26, 2016
Dining for Schools cards availableTahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools cards, which give diners a discount at select Tahoe Truckee area restaurants, can be used Sunday-Thursday through June 16. The cards provide 50% off entrees at all participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants.Cards cost $50 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified program
Published: April 26, 2016
Lawrence Edward Caughey (Larry) passed away on March 3rd, 2016 in Lake Tahoe. He was born in California July 3rd, 1961. He graduated from Fallon High School in 1979. Although he moved frequently as a child, he lived in Kings Beach area for over 30 years and that was home to him. He loved everything about Nevada and the Tahoe
Published: April 26, 2016
On Saturday night, March 19, 2016, Kempie went home to be with her Heavenly Father. Born in 1966, the short time we had you with us was truly a gift. Words cannot describe what her absence means to those closest to her. She had a loving, kind, and carefree spirit that would make anyone around her feel better and bring
Published: April 26, 2016
Funds sought for missing sliding matA fundraising webpage has been set up to help replace the Truckee High softball team’s $375 sliding mat, which went missing from the scorekeepers shack at Truckee River Regional Park. Funds may be donated at https://www.gofundme.com/2zyvk28s.E.J. Tegner “Let’s Bet on Youth” Golf TournamentThursday, May 5, will be the second annual E.J. Tegner “Let’s Bet on
Published: April 26, 2016
After a monthlong break in competition, Truckee golfers got back in the swing of the season with a two-day trip to Elko and Spring Creek last week.The Wolverines placed fifth in both matches, posting team scores of 477 and 470, respectively. Truckee also sits in fifth place in the Northern Division I-A standings with an average score of 484.4. Although
Published: April 26, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — This week, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) and the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) joyously welcome a visit from the S.H. Cowell Foundation.The 15-year investment that this top institution and the people behind it have put into strengthening our region’s families and communities cannot be overstated.Cowell has infused $7 million into our regional nonprofits to touch
Published: April 26, 2016
Most people believe their anxiety is triggered by the CONTENT of their worrisome thoughts. Examples might include: relationships, career issues, finances, etc.In addition, they are often confused when asked, “What factors do you believe are responsible for maintaining your chronic worry; i.e., what fuels your worry engine?” Answers to this question typically include the following: “Worrying prevents bad things from
Published: April 26, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Jane Bridges and Devon Gauthier were the first-place winners at this year’s amateur art show pARTicipate, sponsored by The Office BOSS.Awards were presented at the opening reception on April 21 at The Office BOSS Mail Center location in Truckee. Gauthier, an 8-year-old second-grader at Glenshire Elementary School, won the 14-and-under category with her piece “ŒOwl” — a striking
Published: April 26, 2016
The Truckee baseball team hung with first-place Elko through four innings Friday, but the host Indians heated up late and pulled away for a 9-2 win.After allowing a run in the second inning, the Wolverines took over the lead when Will Beldon drove in JJ Bellon and Miles Guiragossian with a base hit in the top of the third.The lead
Published: April 26, 2016
The Elko softball team swept a rainy three-game league series against visiting Truckee this past Friday and Saturday, 12-0, 15-5 and 11-1.Junior hurler Brandy Kufeld pitched the Indians to victory in Friday’s opener and Saturday’s finale. She threw a complete game Friday, holding Truckee scoreless on six hits while striking out five in the five-inning game. On Saturday she started
Published: April 26, 2016
I am writing this letter in absolute support of the Village at Squaw Valley development. I have spent more time in Squaw Valley than any other place and I consider this place my home. I have skied, worked, and lived here for most of my life and I really want to see the best for this valley.As a young person
Published: April 26, 2016
A basic purpose of county government is to serve the public’s interest, to meet our common needs (roads, safety, nuisance control, planning). But is Placer County serving in the public’s interest at Tahoe?KSL Capital/Squaw Valey Ski Holdings and Placer County just released the Œfinal EIR of the Village at Squaw Valley plan, signaling to me that KSL and the County
Published: April 26, 2016
CARNELIAN BAY, Calif. — This week’s question: What advice do you have for enduring roadwork season at Lake Tahoe?Here are answers, as asked Monday in Carnelian Bay:Matthew Best, chef, Truckee: “Take it slow, bob and weave, and look out for those potholes.”Rand Carter, consultant, Brockway: “Relax, take your time. It doesn’t do any good to get upset.”Ashley Anderson, waitress, Carnelian Bay:
Published: April 26, 2016
North Tahoe’s boys golf team continued its successful season with a first-place finish in a Division III match at Dayton Valley Golf Course last Wednesday.All five scoring players for the Lakers carded scores under 100, with Isaac Mozen leading the way with an 88. Connor Hipsley shot a 91, Jake Inclan 92, Quinn Earley 93, Murphy Scott 98 and Colton
Published: April 26, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee has lots of dogs and dog lovers. What Truckee doesn’t have is a dog park.While some dog owners feel the open space of the Sierra is plenty of room for dogs to roam, other residents are doing their best to get a dog park built in Truckee.A dog park is a fenced area with grass, water
Published: April 26, 2016
I’m writing in response to the Sierra Sun’s April 18th article, “Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival promotes environment.”While it was commendable that the Sierra Sun covered the Earth Day event on April 16 at Squaw Valley, including helpful suggestions such as conserving water by repairing leaks, recycling and walking instead of driving, glaringly unmentioned are the meat industry’s adverse effects
Published: April 26, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — For more than 10 years, the town of Truckee and developers have been blueprinting plans to expand and invigorate the community by developing the Railyard site east of downtown.With the property’s master plan originally approved in 2009, the much-delayed Railyard has been stalled for years due to a lawsuit that lasted two years, and the subsequent financial
Published: April 25, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A decision regarding Tahoe Expedition Academy’s proposal to construct a multi-building private school campus on land in Martis Valley could come as early as next month.The Placer County Planning Commission is scheduled to hear the project and vote whether to approve, deny or continue the item at its May 12 meeting at Tahoe, a county official confirmed.As
Published: April 25, 2016
If you’re a small business owner and want to establish a retirement plan that allows you to contribute more than an IRA, Individual Retirement Account, there are several options available.One is an individual or owner only 401k plan. To be eligible, you have to own your own business with no employees other than your spouse. Currently the elective deferral limit
Published: April 25, 2016
Shopping for real estate is no different than any other shopping. You figure out what you need, spice it up with what you want, and then you go looking for it.Just like looking for a new hat or shoes, you look here and there until you find something that attracts you. Then you price it, flinch at the unexpected high
Published: April 25, 2016
Buyers are very thorough these days when it comes to evaluating homes, especially when it comes to valuing a home they are considering buying.They start with online comparisons of square footage, lot size, bedroom count, garage size and other amenities such as a shop or horse set up. They usually preconceive what they think a home is worth before seeing
Published: April 25, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — After months of review from its board of directors, Tahoe Donner Association recently finalized an agreement with the Truckee Donner Land Trust to acquire a 640-acre parcel of land in Carpenter Valley, next to Tahoe Donner’s existing 7,000-plus acres.The southern-most portion of the property, which includes Crabtree Canyon, is a gateway between Euer Valley and Carpenter Valley
Published: April 21, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Transportation officials will host a public hearing next week to discuss upcoming construction work on the shared-use bike and walking path on Highway 28 between Incline Village and Sand Harbor.The “East Shore Bike Trail” — to be constructed over the next two to three years — will consist of a 10-foot-wide, three-mile paved path separate from
Published: April 20, 2016
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — If commentary this week before the Placer County Board of Supervisors is any indication, opponents to the development proposal to transform Olympic Valley into a larger, more-appealing tourist destination aren’t backing down.While using phrases like “stop this madness” and suggesting Squaw leaders aren’t acting in the best interest of the Lake Tahoe region and its locals,
Published: April 21, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Dr. Kim Bateman is seeing red.Not in a figurative sense — she’s not angry. Literally, Bateman is gazing at an unexplainable red glow. It’s May of 2015, last spring, and Bateman is at the bedside of her best friend, Elisabeth, who’s hours away from succumbing to a 10-month battle with cancer.“I was there alone with her for
Published: April 21, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — With the winter season drawing to a close, all indications point to it having been a strong one across the West.From snow totals to lodging numbers, it was especially positive at far western destinations from California to British Columbia. Even average snowfall was a welcome change following four drought-impacted seasons, and it was reflected in
Published: April 23, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Looking for stunning images of Lake Tahoe, Truckee and the Sierra Nevada?Why look when you can take them yourself, and then have them published for thousands of others to see?Each week, the Sierra Sun, in partnership with the Tahoe Daily Tribune, publishes a weekly photo slideshow of select images from our @TahoeSnaps account on Instagram.All you have
Published: April 23, 2016
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — The Reno man charged in the homicide of a woman whose body was found dumped off Interstate 80 near Truckee on April 4 was in court Thursday, but did not enter a plea.Maurice Di Aundra Rogers was arrested less than a week after Felicia Romaine Spruell-Jones, 46, of Reno, was found in the road under the
Published: April 22, 2016
Early spring is the time of year when, though winter has not quite let go, you can sense the first signs of summer just around the next corner.There’s no better way to celebrate that “summer-is–a-comin’ spirit” than by twisting a cap, pouring a glass of softly pink rosé, tilting your face toward the spring sky, and taking a long, slow,
Published: April 22, 2016
The Truckee track and field squads traveled to Del Oro High School in Loomis last weekend to compete against 22 teams from California and Nevada. As it was the end of spring break, the number of competitors was fewer than usual, but standout performances were plentiful.Most impressively, the Wolverines recorded a total of 10 top-10 varsity finishes in a competitive
Published: April 22, 2016
Competing with limited numbers due to Spring Break, a small group of North Tahoe track and field athletes posted impressive results at the Del Oro Invitational in Loomis last Friday. Senior distance specialist Cam Goldstone led the varsity contingent, as he placed second in the 1-mile run while setting a personal record with a time of 4:49.84. He also placed
Published: April 22, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Each week, the Sierra Sun publishes a handful of Sierra Snapshots images based on reader submissions of their photography of beautiful Tahoe-Truckee scenes.Have a photo to share? Email a high resolution version (200 DPI or higher and at least 5 inches wide on the longest side) to snapshots@sierrasun.com with information about what’s going on in the photo, the
Published: April 22, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The final environmental document for the Martis Valley West Parcel is expected to be released by the end of this month, county officials said.The project proposes 760 residential units in Martis Valley, west of Highway 267 and outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin.Its final Environmental Impact Report will include responses to the roughly 150 comments — many
Published: April 22, 2016
Section 459 of the Penal Code provides that, “[e]very person who enters any house, room, … shop, warehouse, store, … or other building…with intent to commit … any felony is guilty of burglary.” Seems clear, right?Burglary of MarketOn May 18, 2011, victim “M” was working alone behind the counter at an Escondido store that provided food and other services for
Published: April 22, 2016
This is shaping up to be a crazy year in the world of politics. With many important elections, ballot initiatives and referendums on the docket this year, we will all be feeling a bit burned out by the time November comes around.From the presidential race to our local issues this will be an important election season.No matter what you think,
Published: April 22, 2016
Mara White capped her highlight-filled ski cross season precisely how she intended — on the top step of the podium. White, a junior at North Tahoe High School, took the hole shot out of the gate at the Nor-Am Cup Finals at Copper Mountain last week and never let off the throttle en route to the victory. The win clinched
Published: April 22, 2016
In addition to the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza’s standard policy for editorial-page submissions, we have the following guidelines for election-related letters.The opinion pages are a forum for comments on candidates and political issues. However, we will not publish personal attacks and reserve the right to limit the number of rebuttals. We also strive our best to fact
Published: April 22, 2016
Erik Swalander and Taylor Ludwig were never listed among any stat leaders. Yet the duo — and their 475 pounds of muscle and grit — will be as missed as any skill players who suited up for the Wolverines in recent years. The offensive linemen, who quietly went to work in the trenches for a rebuilding Truckee football team, signed
Published: April 21, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s online press log for April 12-17. April 12At 7:03 a.m. on Palisades Drive, officers responded to a report of vandalism to a vehicle. During the investigation, a suspect was identified and arrested on numerous felony charges.At 2:46 p.m. at an undisclosed location, an informational report was taken for
Published: April 21, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — For years and years, broccoli has been my fiend and go-to vegetable. I could stir fry it, stick it in my quiche, top it with hollandaise sauce, get Asian with it — the possibilities were endless.Then, this year, it got a little pricey and I had to pass it by in the produce section and re-think my
Published: April 21, 2016
The Truckee baseball and softball teams battled till their final outs Tuesday but fell short of victory in league games at Sparks. In softball action, Truckee trailed 8-4 after three innings before fighting back with a run in the fourth and two in the seventh to cut the final margin to 9-7.The baseball game was closer yet, as the Wolverines
Published: April 21, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to award the final contract for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project.The $5,714,716 contract to Burlingame, Calif.-based Disney Construction is for completion of the second and final phase of the project.“I am delighted to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this project,”
Published: April 21, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Last week I had a hankering for some good ol’ Louisiana cuisine, and a muffuletta was just what I needed. A muffuletta is an Italian-influenced sandwich that originated in the New Orleans French Quarter. The best thing about this sandwich is that the longer it sits, the better it tastes. In this specific recipe I
Published: April 21, 2016
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Keller Williams doesn’t have time for naps.Cranking out 23 albums over a 21-year span, performing in nine different offshoot bands — not to mention as a solo act — and playing hundreds of shows dotted across the country each year, Williams appears to be on an endless quest to create new music.Add that to the fact
Published: April 20, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend at Truckee and Lake Tahoe.Have an event you want considered for a future Tahoe Ten calendar? Email reporter Kaleb M. Roedel at kroedel@sierrasun.com.1. Jelly Bread at Moe’s Original BBQTahoe area favorites Jelly Bread, a Reno-based outfit identified as roots-rook meeting funk
Published: April 21, 2016
With the winter season beyond us, travel plans for many western ski-town residents are just getting started. And while many people will be leaving the chill of offseason behind, worries about mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Zika, can cast a shadow over warmer and tropical destinations.Brazil, which has been the particular focus of the current Zika epidemic, will be playing host
Published: April 21, 2016
Get ready. Be informed. Exercise your constitutional rights. Vote this fall on initiatives in California and Nevada addressing the legalization of marijuana.This vote is a big deal in both states. There are enormous economic, cultural and medical implications. At stake are billions of dollars in the presently illegal recreational cannabis industry and the wisdom and efficacy of continuing to criminalize
Published: April 21, 2016
Incline Elementary School invites all students, parents and community members to participate in its “Passport to Reading” literacy night on Tuesday, April 26, from 5:30-7 p.m.To start off the event, families will participate in a reading knowledge trivia game set up like the popular game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”Parents and students will then gather to hear the
Published: April 21, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — As the number of craft breweries continues to rise throughout the country, so does the number of breweries that are choosing to host live music.No band knows this better than the one-time Nashville-based indie folk-rock duo You Knew Me When. After uprooting from their Nashville home and full-time jobs in June of 2012, the husband and
Published: April 21, 2016
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — The next round of Tahoe Comedy North takes place next week with Kevin Farley performing an adult-rated stand-up show at the Crystal Bay Casino.Farley can currently be seen on Netflix in the new show F is For Family, and Still the King on the Country Music Channel. He previously played a starring role as “Doug Linus”
Published: April 21, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s unemployment rate remained below the 6 percent mark in March for the second month in eight years.The raw rate was at 5.9 percent. The seasonally adjusted rate that takes into consideration regular, annual swings in employment was at 5.8 percent.The unemployment rate in Las Vegas increased four tenths to 6 percent but is still down
Published: April 21, 2016
Electing our president ... Should we elect someone who will not tell us what promises were made at a private fund raising? Should we elect someone who will not tell us what a $250,000 speech was about? Should we elect someone who is pro fracking? Should we elect someone who is pro Exxon Pipeline? Should we elect someone who has
Published: April 21, 2016

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