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Judy Miller, wife of Aaron Katz, has too many conflicts of interest to be allowed to serve as an IVGID trustee.Aaron Katz, as reported in the July 21 edition of the Bonanza, has just been ordered by the court to pay approximately $226,000 to IVGID as a result of frivolous and unlawful litigation conducted over the last 5 years against
Published: July 28, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for July 20-26.July 20GRAND LARCENY: In the 900 block of Lakeshore Blvd., Deputies took a report for grand larceny.FRAUD: In the 900 block of Tahoe Blvd., Deputies took a report for a commercial burglary. PETIT LARCENY: In the 900 block
Published: July 28, 2016
Some call it a “melt up,” others a “buying panic.” Call it what you will, the Dow rose nine straight days to a new high. If thoughtful investors had real doubts about the outlook for global and U.S. growth post-Brexit, they quickly put them to rest. The killings in Nice and attempted coup in Turkey had no effect on stock
Published: July 28, 2016
Grab the crowd and head to the beach or out on the trail early this weekend. Everyone will be in Tahoe searching for a place to stay cool. Don’t forget about all of the great summer activities happening, too, especially Classical Tahoe and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Both provide special ways to spend an evening. Or go to McAvoy Layne’s
Published: July 28, 2016
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — Nestled in the Sierra Nevada at Northstar California Resort, the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers direct access to an array of mountain activities — from skiing and snowboarding to mountain biking and hiking — along with some of the best high-end amenities the entire region can offer (seriously, if you’ve never dined at the Manzanita restaurant inside
Published: July 28, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Playing pickleball is fun at all skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or a competitive player, there is always room for improvement.We live in Nevada where playing the odds is a way of life. Going for the high percentage pickleball shots will improve your score.I call these tips “Pickleball Mantras.” The more you repeat them
Published: July 28, 2016
DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. — This weekend, the Cisco Grove Campground will see thousands of people migrate into the 300-acre sprawl of land located high up in the Sierra Nevada. They’ll dance, they’ll sing, they’ll celebrate — basking in soul-filling scenery and sounds.Moreover, the people will be rallying together for an important cause: raising awareness for protecting and preserving the waterways
Published: July 26, 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 Your Tahoe Weekend calendar? Email reporter Kaleb M. Roedel at kroedel@sierrasun.com.1. Lake of the Sky Garden TourThe Lake of the Sky Garden Club’s 28th annual Garden Tour will
Published: July 28, 2016
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to adopt new medical marijuana regulations, tweaking the proposed rules after a contentious back-and-forth discussion with grow advocates.Supervisor Ed Scofield opposed the vote. The grow regulations required four-fifths of supervisors to approve. They become effective immediately.The vote establishes interim grow rules and repeals the outdoor grow ban
Published: July 28, 2016
With both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump now the official candidates, we are quickly moving along toward the November elections.The political rhetoric and focus will reach its peak in the coming months. In what I can only call a crazy election cycle so far, I am certainly entertained, although I am still not quite seeing the clarity I would like
Published: July 28, 2016
CARNELIAN BAY, Calif. — No one was hurt in an early morning house fire Wednesday on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, officials said.At about 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, North Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine 51 and Calfire Engine 2380 responded to a structure fire in the Cedar Flat area near Carnelian Bay, between Kings Beach and Tahoe City.According to a statement from
Published: July 28, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Below is a selection of incidents from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office press log for May 6-16.May 61:30am, 3100 Block, Lake Forest, Tahoe City: Pursuant to a taxi driver reporting a female fare who was unable to verbalize her destination, the female was taken into protective custody for public intoxication. No charges will be filed.4:45pm, 400
Published: July 28, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — SnowGlobe Music Festival has attracted thousands of people to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore for the past five years, and it will continue to do so for at least three more.The electric dance music festival recently received a two-year extension to its contract with the city of South Lake Tahoe, contingent on Lake Tahoe Community College’s
Published: July 28, 2016
LAKE TAHOE — For those new to the sport — or even for experienced riders — the mountain bike world can be a complicated one.Chain rings, tire sizes, hardtails, full-suspension, 29’ers, derailleurs, forks, travel and the terminology alone could make your head spin. Not to mention the few-thousand-dollar price range.Here are some things to consider if you are looking at
Published: July 28, 2016
The “Star Trek” reboot threequel honors the primary relationships among Kirk, Spock and Bones (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban), careful to spend appropriate time with secondary characters, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov (Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and the late Anton Yelchin).Communications specialist and perennial “lady” Uhura, wonders whether she and beau Spock, have reached a romantic
Published: July 29, 2016
Wanna know what makes the world go ‘round? It’s the birds and the bees, not money, but the birds and the bees. Our libido is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. But wait, there’s more…We debate gun control on a daily basis. We debate mosquito control
Published: July 29, 2016
Dr. Elizabeth Austin is a world-renowned atmospheric physicist and the founder of WeatherExtreme Ltd., which is headquartered in Incline Village.She is also one of the foremost experts on the worldwide impact of weather and climate on our daily lives. Her new book, “Treading On Thin Air,” is a lively exploration of weather, climate and many other fascinating topics. In addition
Published: July 29, 2016
As I begin this column, Munich, Germany, is in mourning — at least nine dead, killed by one shooter who then killed himself. Another instance of unpredictable, murderous rage.This comes following the killing of three policemen in Baton Rouge, and five in Dallas, and the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis, and another in Baton Rouge.Previously, 47 people were
Published: July 29, 2016
The Reno Jazz Orchestra this weekend will present “Such Sweet Thunder” — an evening that features the music of Duke Ellington on Saturday, July 30, at Wingfield Park in Reno, and at Sand Harbor State Park on the edge of Lake Tahoe’s north shore on Monday, Aug. 1.During these two-hour family friendly shows, the Reno Jazz Orchestra will perform some
Published: July 29, 2016
According to public records, the place now recognized as Tahoe City was surveyed and recorded by W. Taft on August 8, 1863.Thus, this year, 2016, marks the 153rd anniversary of Tahoe City.For the past two years, Tahoe City’s anniversary has been celebrated with a Procession and a Town Party at the Tahoe City Golf Course. This year, the anniversary will
Published: July 29, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Federal grants totaling more than $1.5 million were recently awarded to North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Truckee Fire Protection District.The Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) retention grant will allow North Tahoe FPD to maintain four full-time firefighter positions that were added following the
Published: July 29, 2016
Due to the great largesse of friends and people in the wine business, I have been afforded the opportunity to taste some wines that have a little age on them.Not ancient wines, or even wines from, say, before I took my first steps, but rather some wines that had their genesis in the summers of my youth in the 1970s
Published: July 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,
Published: July 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s online press log for July 12-16.July 12At 5:20 a.m., officers received an after-the-fact report of a collision involving two cyclists, one sustaining life-threatening injuries that eventually resulted in death.July 13At 10:28 a.m. on Glenshire Drive, a victim reported damage to his vehicle; a vandalism report was filed.At 10:30
Published: July 29, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition recently launched a multimedia education campaign to promote safe bicycling for Tahoe visitors and residents.“We hope these safety tips help ensure people enjoy riding their bicycles at Lake Tahoe,” said Curtis Fong, vice president of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition. “This is the greatest and most beautiful place in the world to
Published: July 30, 2016
If you’re like me, you’re not enamored with mobile billboards, like trailers and cars parked on city streets emblazoned with advertising. “Eat at Simon’s.”With the First Amendment Freedom of Speech, it must be legal, right?California LawsBetween 2010 and 2012, the California Legislature modified the Vehicle Code empowering local municipalities to regulate mobile billboards, which the Legislature found “blight city streets,
Published: July 30, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE — 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 to
Published: July 31, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada casinos finished Fiscal Year 2016 with a solid 6.8 percent increase in June, to $830.9 million in total win.Statewide gaming win finished the year at $11.12 billion, a marginal increase of seven-tenths over Fiscal 2015.Slot win was actually up 3.2 percent to just more than $7 billion. But Game and Table win, still suffering from
Published: July 31, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — After three years of planning, Tahoe City is on track to have its own ice rink this winter, located on the sixth hole of the community’s golf course.The Tahoe City Public Utility District Board of Directors held a special meeting Tuesday morning to open the bidding process for contractors and review the total cost of the
Published: August 1, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — After many months of fundraising and public meetings, a project designed to increase walkability and ease traffic issues along the congested stretch of Highway 28 between Incline Village and Sand Harbor will break ground this summer.On Tuesday, July 26, at The Chateau, the Nevada Department of Transportation hosted a public information meeting to share updates regarding
Published: July 27, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Scientists on Thursday reported that Lake Tahoe experienced a year like no other in 2015, as evidenced by information in the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s annual “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report.”The report summarizes how natural forces, long-term change and human actions have affected Lake Tahoe’s clarity, physics, chemistry and biology over time.It presents
Published: July 28, 2016
Luxury home sales in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas were red hot in the first half of 2016 with sales more than doubling from the same six months in 2015, according to a new report by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Northern California’s leading luxury real estate services company.The figures were derived from Multiple Listing Service data of all
Published: August 1, 2016
I want to voice my support for the Village at Squaw Valley Redevelopment plan. We have some of the best ski terrain on the planet, but the base of our mountain needs to be updated and completed in order for the resort to stay relevant and compete with other sought after mountain destinations.I’ve been lucky to experience many resorts around
Published: August 2, 2016
Recently, people have been speaking out in support of the proposed Squaw development. Notably, these individuals have been stakeholders — developers and athletes who have a sizable financial upside if the project moves forward.We have also heard Squaw Valley Ski Holdings speak about the silent majority — those who support the project but do not, or cannot, have a voice
Published: August 2, 2016
I was born and raised in Truckee, grew up skiing at Squaw and am now a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon, pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Education.I actively support Sierra Watch and call on residents to Keep Squaw True.The list of people in favor of the new Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan is quite small,
Published: August 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tuesday, Aug. 9, Good Morning Truckee will cover the new “Base Camp for a Big Life” Truckee Brand Identity, in addition to highlighting a pair of local businesses.Colleen Dalton, Brand Communications Director for the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to talk about the collaboration and public process that led to the new Brand and share
Published: August 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — When construction crews finished building the Stampede Dam in 1970, gas cost $0.36 a gallon and Richard Nixon was president. Much has changed, including what scientists now know about floods.Beginning in August, crews will return to the dam to begin a project to increasing its height — a process that is expected to take two construction seasons,
Published: August 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The second event of the 2016 Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf season was held at Coyote Moon on July 12. With 47 competitors ranging from 8 to 17 years old, the juniors play nine holes of competition, except the boys 16-17 golfers, who play 18 holes.The three De Wit girls from Schaffer’s Mill Golf Club are maintaining healthy
Published: August 2, 2016
The Dog Days of Summer are certainly here. Most of us think this phrase has to do with the hottest days of summer when people and dogs are sluggish or just plain crazy.That venerable publication,the Old Farmer’s Almanac, tells us that despite this common assumption, the expression “actually refers to the fact that, during this time, the Sun occupies the
Published: August 2, 2016
JP Donovan is no stranger to scaling Squaw Mountain faster than most. The Incline Village triathlete and trail runner has not only won the annual Squaw Mountain Run three times, his winning-time of 28 minutes, 50.2 seconds in 2012 remains one-tenth of a second off the modern course record.“I just go out and do races and I’ll try to win,”
Published: August 2, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The project to overhaul Highway 28 in Kings Beach and upgrade the community’s downtown core recently received a national award from the American Public Works Association.The first phase of Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project is nearing completion after three years of construction and after more than a decade of planning.In July, the American PWA announced
Published: August 2, 2016
Parents’ Night OutParents’ Night Out will be held this Friday, Aug. 5, from 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 390 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City. Children ages birth-12 years of age are welcome. A donation of $10 per child per evening is requested.Activities include Bible story, craft, music and a movie. Please feed your children dinner before bringing them. This is
Published: August 2, 2016
Considered a cultural asset in our region, North Tahoe Arts (NTA) connects artists with community members while keeping the visual arts accessible for those living in and visiting North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.Our mission is to support the arts in our region through exposure, education, and participation. We operate the North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City, CA, and strive to: support regional artists seeking professional development, mentoring, networking, and teaching opportunities; offer community members a comprehensive array of visual art programs; and engage visitors who want to explore local artists and cultural events.In 2015, NTA served 13,646 people by offering eight visual art programs, which included the ARTisan Shop, Exhibits galleries, Kids Art Saturday, Kids Art Camp, ARTour & Plein Air events, workshops, and a monthly Gathering of Artists.One of our biggest successes
Published: August 2, 2016
For 30 years, the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation has supported the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) and the local educational community. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance public education within TTUSD in order to strengthen the learning experience for students. The Excellence in Education Foundation helps bridge the financial gaps in public school funding and provides many
Published: August 2, 2016
A heartfelt thank you to the great couple in the van and the lovely retired UC Davis veterinarian, Pam and her husband, John, who kindly stopped to assist me on Thursday, July 28th. A fawn had managed to hit the side of my car mid-leap on Glenshire Drive near the Hirschdale split. He was alive, but I feared mortally wounded.
Published: August 2, 2016
Truckee’s own friendly mountain motorcycle club, Crew MC, held its annual Poker Run at El Toro Bravo on June 4, including raffle prizes and a silent auction all for the benefit of Paul Covarelli.Paul is a longtime Truckee local who has donated hundreds of hours of his time providing musical entertainment to private benefits, school organizations and local charities.Unfortunately, Paul
Published: August 2, 2016
SPOONER SUMMIT, Nev. — At the midway point of the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run 100 Miler, Jesse Haynes didn’t look like he had much left in the tank. The second half of the race was a different story.“I didn’t even think he was going to go on,” said race director George Ruiz. “His wife talked him into going in
Published: August 3, 2016
RENO, Nev. — If legislation for recreational use in Nevada moves forward, the cannabis industry in Nevada could see a huge boom.“I actually think Nevada has the potential to be the third largest market in the country,” Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech Corp, said in a phone interview. “California, obviously, is going to be the largest with the history,
Published: August 3, 2016
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — You may not be traveling to Rio for the Olympics this summer, but you can still have an Olympic experience.Consider attending the Gold Medal Home Tour in Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 11.This is the 43rd annual Home Tour sponsored by the North Lake Tahoe Historical
Published: August 3, 2016
It’s that time of year when real estate agents, brokers and various media types write articles, spew statistics and provide commentary on the Lake Tahoe real estate market.Unfortunately, most of this material is irrelevant and misleading because Lake Tahoe is not one real estate market but many submarkets each divided into a number of sectors.You can’t even legitimately lump together
Published: August 3, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Strength and stability best define the performance of the Tahoe-Truckee real estate market through the first half of 2016.Every discernible metric demonstrates growth ranging from 6% (median price) to 13% (average price; total transactions) to 29% (total sales volume) when measured against the same period a year prior. The combination of economic prosperity within the Northern California
Published: August 3, 2016
In my October 1, 2015 column, “Are Preferreds Too Often Overlooked?”, I wrote about the Renaissance Re Preferred ‘C’ saying that downside risk was very small.It traded at par value ($25) and would one day be called at par. It’s not at its par anymore. Because of price appreciation most preferreds, like this one, are well above par. Trading above
Published: August 3, 2016
This opinion piece is in response to Bob Allen’s letter, “Judy Miller may have too many conflicts to serve as IVGID trustee,” from the July 28 Bonanza.Mr. Allen, let me put your mind at ease as to potential conflicts of interest you fear regarding Board involvement in forming IVGID’s legal “strategic strategy.”I have worked in government for over 15 years,
Published: August 3, 2016
The recent bankruptcy filing of the Cal Neva Lodge & Casino brings up interesting questions about the future of the resort. Furthermore, taking a closer look at the situation can teach us something about the US bankruptcy process in general.As noticed in Kaleb Roedel’s article on July 11, Cal Neva’s bankruptcy filing was met with frustration and disappointment about the
Published: August 3, 2016
While it is certainly appropriate to write about trash collection, there is no place in this newspaper to publish “trash talk.”Bob Allen’s prosecution of IVGID Trustee Candidate Judy Miller — in his letter, “Judy Miller may have too many conflicts to serve as IVGID trustee,” in the July 28 Bonanza — was both mean-spirited and devoid of facts.I don’t know
Published: August 3, 2016
Sorry folks, it looks like the weekend will again be a crowded event here. Hang in there as our favorite places will be there after they all leave, but remember to take trash bags as cleanup will be necessary. Tahoe Time is about to begin again!From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, Simmaron
Published: August 3, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — This week’s question: What’s your favorite thing about Tahoe-Truckee in the summer?Check out the video above for answers, as asked Tuesday in Tahoe City.If you have a question you’d like us to ask for Word on the Street, or an idea for a location to shoot a future feature, email Amanda Rhoades at arhoades@sierrasun.com.
Published: August 3, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Thinning of trees for fuels reduction and forest health started in late July week on approximately 355 acres of National Forest System lands above Incline Village on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.Mechanical cut-to-length (CTL) tree removal will take place on National Forest urban lots and in areas adjacent to communities over the next several months
Published: August 3, 2016
On Saturday July 23rd we lost a beloved person. Nancy Jeanette VanDelinder passed peacefully from spinal cord complications at Life Care Center of Reno. She was preceded in death just over 2 months ago by her husband of more than 65 years Harry Ray VanDelinder.Nancy was born February 6th 1926 to Earl and Margarite Pehl in Detroit Michigan and at
Published: August 3, 2016
The Toccata Tahoe Symphony Orchestra kicks off its first installment of Mozart in the Mountains this Sunday, Aug. 7, at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village.“The program opens with Mozart’s ‘Violin Concerto #5 in A Major’ performed by soloist Alex Eisenberg. Selections from Mozart’s ‘happiest’ mass, ‘Coronation Mass KV 317,’ will be performed with soloists Becky
Published: August 3, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Last week, University of California Davis Professor Geoff Schladow broke the news gently before a crowd of residents and scientists that Lake Tahoe is still getting warmer, regional winters are still getting shorter, and overall snowfall is still on the decline.“Hopefully you’re not like me where you’ve been investing in skis each year,” said Schladow.The news
Published: August 3, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In my February 4, 2016, column (bit.ly/2avnjBe) I asked the following question: What local government issue generates the most emotionally charged discussion?Here was my answer:If you had asked me that at the start of my career, I would have assumed it was a contentious land use issue such as an infill condo project or a fast
Published: August 3, 2016
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — “Elect To Laugh: 2016” with Will Durst is a brand- new, hysterical show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice.Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious 80-minute production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Bernie Sanders’ lead staffer’s latest tweet.Co -authored by the
Published: August 4, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents were treated to a somewhat mellow and positive 3-hour IVGID Board of Trustees meeting on July 27, even with nine items on the agenda.Below is a recap of some highlights from the district’s July regular meeting:Update on Aaron Katz vs. IVGID litigationItem I promptly got moved to the top agenda, in which
Published: August 4, 2016
It’s hot outside! To best prepare yourself to beat the heat, one thing you can do is check the weather before heading outdoors.The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued several heat warnings and advisories in northern California and Nevada this summer. These excessive heat indexes are most likely to continue throughout the remainder of the summer. Please take the necessary
Published: August 4, 2016
Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for July 27 to August 2.July 27DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: In the 1200 block of Ski Way, an online report was filed for destruction of property.July 28HIT AND RUN: In the 800 block of Alder Ave., Deputies took a report for a hit and run
Published: August 4, 2016
Shabby Chic, an annual summer event hosted by Tahoe Family Solutions, will be held at Aspen Grove on Wednesdau, Aug. 10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.The evening will feature dancing under the stars to live music from the Buddy Emmer Band, a delicious barbecue meal from Gus’ Open Pit BBQ, twinkling lights and fanciful decorations.An exclusive silent auction is sure to have
Published: August 4, 2016
Emperor Norton II, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, aka The Intrepid David Toll, turned 80 last week, though you would take him for 60 if you saw him and heard him speak.To those who know him, David is a Nevada icon, Nevada personified. His portrait will someday hang in the Nevada Archives, framed in sagebrush.Author of
Published: August 4, 2016
Sometime this summer, you may find yourself searching: for an answer, a path forward, a place of rest and gratitude.Come look for the white Peace Pole at the end of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church parking lot (341 Village Blvd., Incline Village). It marks the entrance to our stone labyrinth — there for your discovery.Walking the labyrinthThe labyrinth is a divine
Published: August 4, 2016
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — You’re hanging 50 feet above the ground — arms raised, feet splayed — ripping across a zip line at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. As you fly from one towering pine to another, your feet find the tree’s platform, where you pull yourself up to a steady stance.You take a few breaths and
Published: July 29, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Dirty Revival, a soul and funk band, rocked hundred of locals and visitors at Commons Beach in Tahoe City this past Sunday, July 24. The act was part of the summer-long Concerts at Commons Beach series that offers outdoor, family-friendly — and free — music performances right off the shores of Lake Tahoe every Sunday. Acts
Published: July 31, 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 Your Tahoe Weekend calendar? Email reporter Kaleb M. Roedel at kroedel@sierrasun.com.1. Miner at Crystal Bay CasinoLos Angeles-based folk rock band Miner, playing in support of its sophomore album
Published: August 4, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Officials earlier this week announced plans to close the boat launch at Sand Harbor State Park east of Incline Village, off Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.The Sand Harbor boat ramp will be closed to the public starting this Friday due to low water conditions aided by the Western drought.Park Superintendent Jay Howard says this is the fourth
Published: August 4, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE — The only thing more fun than spotting wildflowers on a hike is knowing what they are — no easy task as there are over 2,000 species of wildflower in and around the Sierra Nevada. Where to even begin?Hopefully you have taken a few hikes by now, keenly observing your surroundings and faithfully documenting your finds by capturing digital
Published: August 4, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Project MANA has successfully moved its food distribution system from Incline Village to Truckee without a disruption in services.It’s now been a month since Project MANA moved into its new Truckee warehouse at 10990 Industrial Way, Unit No. B5, and staff reports that its relocation efforts were successful.“Our warehouse in Truckee has increased our operational capacity by
Published: August 4, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s online press log for July 16-25.July 16At 8:19 p.m., police contacted several subjects who appeared to be camping inside a public transit shelter. Two of the three people were arrested for warrants.At 8:28 p.m. on Old highway Drive, officers responded to a home for a report of an
Published: August 4, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra Business Council and the town of Truckee are scheduled to make a joint presentation next week to Town Council about a Climate Action Plan for the region.The council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. at Town Council Chambers at 10183 Truckee Airport Road.While the agenda had yet to be finalized Thursday, the
Published: August 4, 2016
In last week’s column, I warned: “the (Clinton/Trump) contest will be brutal … no referees … so there will be fouls aplenty.”The Democratic Convention pretty much affirmed that. Each candidate (and his/her henchpersons) will be aiming straight at the other’s negatives, so for the next 100 days or so we can look forward to lots of unpleasant mudslinging.Here’s what makes
Published: August 5, 2016
Last week I left my handbag in IV Coffee Lab. Busy chatting with a friend, I simply walked off and left it sitting on the floor by my nice, cushy chair.About an hour later, I realized it was missing and drove back to discover it, undisturbed, where I had left it. The couple sitting where my friend and I had
Published: August 5, 2016
Films such as “Jason Bourne” cause me to wonder whether the public feels more concerned or reassured by the existence of our “intelligence community.”It’s no secret that ex-spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has been a thorn in the CIA’s side nigh on 15 years, and that the organization would rather kill Bourne than deal with the potential fallout of letting
Published: August 5, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE — Despite my love for bright, airy spaces, I routinely find myself living in homes that leave light to be desired. Moving into my house on Tahoe City’s West Shore, I found the living room didn’t have a single wall or ceiling light. The same was true for the master bedroom, where the room’s lone window was conveniently blocked
Published: August 5, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — On August 8, 1863, Tahoe City was surveyed and recorded. That date was proclaimed Tahoe City Day for evermore. This weekend, all Tahoe City will be celebrating. Join in on the fun!On Friday night, Aug. 5, a unique Poker Run/Bar Crawl will be happening at participating Tahoe City bars. The Tahoe City Poker Prowl, sponsored by
Published: August 5, 2016
STATELINE, Nev. — “Home is here in Tahoe” — that’s what you’ll hear Bass Camp Festival president Paul Reder say when he talks fondly about his passion project.The upcoming Bass Camp Festival will hit the South Shore Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Outdoor Arena. “We love the culture, and we love the area,” Reder
Published: August 6, 2016
In the 48 hours I spent with Giorgio Colutta at his winery in the Friulian town of Manzano, he entertained a journalist (quite well, I might add), was honored by the town of Udine for his work as the Chairman of “The Conservatory of Music Jacopo Tomadini,” dealt with shipping issues of his wines to Russia, surveyed the acres of
Published: August 6, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Below is a selection of incidents from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office press log for May 17-22.May 174:30pm, 300 Block, Forest Glen, Squaw Valley: Report taken that an unknown suspect vandalized the front door of a vehicle back on Valentine’s Day.May 181:20am, 8500 Block, North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach: A female was witnessed by deputies driving
Published: August 6, 2016
I love radishes — tasty in salads or on a veggie platter with hummus. While not everyone loves radishes, I have a feeling this dip will change your mind.Red radishes can be spicy, but when mixed with sour cream, their spice really calms down. Serve this dip with chips or a variety of veggies like cucumbers, carrots and sweet peppers.
Published: August 6, 2016
Here’s a first. We’re writing about Arizona law of which I know nothing. That has never bothered me before, so let’s carry on.Massive WildfireIn the summer of 2011, a devastating wildfire, the “Wallow Fire,” swept through a large swath of northern Arizona, burning acres of vegetation. The fire began on May 29th and was not contained until July 8th. The
Published: August 7, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE — Ahhh, Lake Tahoe. So many lovely picnic spots, so little time — but be prepared.The last thing you want to do is score the killer parking space, hunker down with your family and a good book and, an hour into your bliss, realize you do not have enough provisions to go the distance.I’m going to help you pick
Published: August 7, 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,
Published: August 7, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE — Some people have a way with plants. I am not one of these people. I’ve killed a succulent. To make matters worse, I was living in San Diego at the time, where plants thrive. You can grow pretty much anything on the Southern California coast, but the same cannot be said for our rugged and unforgiving mountain climate.
Published: August 8, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Ten women from a bachelorette party in South Lake Tahoe found themselves in the emergency room after eating pot brownies they reportedly obtained through a ride-share company during the weekend of July 29-31.In an Aug. 4 release, South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler revealed that eight of the 10 women were admitted to the
Published: August 8, 2016
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Vail Resorts shook up the ski-resort world Monday with an early-morning announcement of its intent to acquire the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in Canada. The deal is expected to close in the next two-to-four months.Disclosed terms of the deal — which a Vail Resorts release called a “strategic combination” — add up to about $1.06 billion in
Published: August 8, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s Jan. 8, 2014, and Truckee native Jason Paladino — a member of the University of California, Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program — is in South Korea, assisting a fellow student with a film project.Later that day, the project was the last thing on Paladino’s mind.It starts with a troubling Facebook message. Then another, echoing the first. The
Published: August 3, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District is ready to make a splash — literally.In one month, over Labor Day Weekend, the district is scheduled to open the brand-new Truckee Aquatic Center, which is in final stages of construction next to the Recreation Center at 8924 Donner Pass Road.“We’re real excited,” said Steve Randall, TDRPD general manager. “And
Published: August 4, 2016
UPDATE 12 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10:The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who died in last weekend’s house fire: Alan W. Rafalski, 19, of Santa Cruz, Calif.Further, as of about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Tia Rancourt, public information officer for North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, said the investigation into the start of the fire “may
Published: August 7, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Most homeowners are willing to put up with a little noise from their neighbors, especially on a holiday or weekend.But neighbors of the Truckee Tahoe Airport have become less forgiving over recent years, particularly as airport traffic continues to increase.Truckee Tahoe Airport District officials heard comments and suggestions from residents of the Olympic Heights, Old Greenwood, Martis
Published: August 4, 2016
STATELINE, Nev. — The White House on Monday announced that President Barack Obama will travel to Lake Tahoe on Aug. 31 to speak about his commitment to protecting the environment and addressing climate change.Obama will headline the 20th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, which this year is hosted by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid.On Monday, White House Spokesman Eric Schultz said Obama
Published: August 8, 2016
We’re more than halfway through second quarter earnings season, and so far the results have been a little better than the expectations.According to data from Factset, 63% of S&P companies have already reported, and 71% have reported earnings above the forecast, while 57% have had sales better than the estimate. The current PE or price to earnings ratio for the
Published: August 8, 2016
NEVADA CITY, Calif. — There’s no reason someone would know the vehicle across the street is delivering medical marijuana. Such deliveries, which happen in Nevada County and the Tahoe-Truckee region, produce no strong odor like marijuana grows. They draw no increased traffic and lead to no formal complaints. And then, once the transaction occurs, the vehicle is gone. What remains
Published: August 8, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — If you came to Tahoe to escape big city traffic, you might be surprised, especially during busy summer weekends.Among the bustle of commuters, visitors, cyclists, pedestrians and construction, it can be difficult getting from point A to point B in a timely and safe manner.Considering that, the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association is weighing the
Published: August 8, 2016

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