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Is owning your own business really for you? Many of us think it is but we may have not considered some critical questions that need asked and answered before answering that question.With that in mind, here are five reasons to start your own business:1. People need or want it: Are you filling a void? Do people really want what you’re
Published: January 7, 2016
I would like to comment on the Dec. 23 opinion piece titled “Are all Muslims terror threats in America?” by Jim Clark (an official of the Nevada GOP according to the byline at the end of the article).To his credit, Mr. Clark apparently answers that all Muslims are NOT terror threats and apparently agrees with Hillary Clinton that Donald Trump’s
Published: January 7, 2016
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Truckee-North Tahoe-Incline Village and its surrounding areas. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15 and recipients will be announced on May 2. The fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500.00 and a maximum of $3,000.00. The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to
Published: January 7, 2016
Back by popular demand, Incline Village General Improvement District’s Waste Not Program and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District have joined efforts again to offer their annual FREE Christmas Tree Recycling program. Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents may drop off their Christmas tree anytime between December 23, 2015 to January 29, 2016 at Preston Field, 700 Tahoe Blvd. located off
Published: January 7, 2016
CRSYTAL BAY, Nev. — Bands can often be easily categorized.Whether it’s because of their song structures, lyrical themes or simply their sound, many bands, upon the first listen, can be filed into a proverbial genre folder: Rock, Punk, Funk, Metal, Rap, or — the unfortunate melding of the latter two — Rap Metal (see: Bizkit, Limp), to name a few.BoomBox
Published: January 7, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Feedback from North Tahoe/Truckee businesses this week on how they fared during the Christmas-New Year’s two-week period was mixed, despite the region having an abundance of snow for the holidays.“It’s been absolutely crazy. It’s probably the best we’ve seen in recent memory,” said Brian Mastri, general manager for Tahoe Dave’s Skis & Boards, referring to holiday business.
Published: January 7, 2016
FALLON, Nev. — Lahontan Valley water users approved a ballot measure at Monday’s special election to allow the Truckee-Carson Irrigation board of directors to sell Donner Lake assets.More than 90 percent of the registered electors in Fernley and Fallon voted for the measure, 1,766 to 101. The district has 2,045 people eligible to vote.“We didn’t see as many in Fernley
Published: January 7, 2016
HOMEWOOD, Calif. — South Lake Tahoe resident Darren Senn will bring his musical talents to Homewood’s West Shore Cafe Monday night.His songwriting focuses on paying tribute to his musical heroes — while staying true to himself.“I’ve learned how to honor my heroes, by taking my favorite bits and pieces from each to season my own songs,” Senn said on his
Published: January 7, 2016
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — An 8-year-old Northern California girl was injured after she fell from a chairlift on Saturday at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.The incident occurred at roughly 3:30 p.m., when Squaw Valley ski patrol responded to a report of a skier who had fallen from the Big Blue Express chairlift, resort officials said in a statement provided Monday morning
Published: January 4, 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. Bald Eagle Count at Lake TahoeThe Tahoe Institute for Natural Science’s annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count will be
Published: January 7, 2016
From Nordic racing to snowboard jibbing, the North Shore’s winter competition season is set to heat up with numerous events at area resorts this weekend.Junior showcaseThe Tahoe Junior Freeride Series will kick off with the first of its four events at Sugar Bowl Resort from Friday through Sunday. What began in 2007 as a friendly big-mountain competition between the Sugar
Published: January 7, 2016
Let me put it simply, you are to me “Bedford Falls,” thru and thru — with no Mr. Potter in sight. Where and how to thank you for making this “Christmas Wish Box” the best ever, is so hard to put into words. You are all magic elves, and you have humbled and brought me to tears by your generosity.
Published: January 7, 2016
The Truckee Optimist Club would like to thank everyone for purchasing their Christmas tree from the Truckee Optimist Tree Lot again this year. The lot has been in existence for well over 30 years and it has attracted many loyal friends and customers who have made it a tradition to purchase their tree at the lot and to support the
Published: January 7, 2016
I’m back and a little shaky following shoulder surgery, but here we go. The California Legislature once again did what it does best: Pass new laws, hoping Governor Jerry doesn’t veto.$10.00 an HourMinimum wage workers in California must be paid at least $10.00 an hour as of January 1st through legislation signed by the Good Governor in 2013. There have
Published: January 7, 2016
After four years of drought, it was truly a magical sight to see the Tahoe area covered in snow to ring in the New Year.As expected and hoped for, the snow also brought in droves of people excited to play in all this great snow. It was wonderful to see so many families making new memories on the ski hills
Published: January 7, 2016
Everybody’s favorite fisherman, friend and devoted father and husband, Brian Keith Dalbol, unexpectedly passed away Dec. 29, 2015, at his home in Truckee, CA.He is survived by his wife Tammy, his children, Andrew and Kyle, his granddaughter, Karlee, his brother Paul and his parents Ed and Sharon. Brian’s celebration of life, open to family and friends, will be held on
Published: January 7, 2016
Coming off a 1-3 showing in the Elite Varsity Tournament over the holidays, Truckee girls basketball coach Dave Shalvis harped on his team about picking up its defensive intensity before returning to league play.The Wolverines responded by holding two Northern Division I-A opponents to a combined 42 points in consecutive wins. Truckee defeated visiting Sparks 45-12 on Saturday and scored
Published: January 7, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents compiled from the Truckee Police Department’s press log for Dec. 29 to Jan. 5, along with previously unreported incidents.Dec. 29At 1:53 a.m. on Estates Drive, a person called police to report an intoxicated subject was inside her residence and refused to leave. Upon arrival, the subject was outside the apartment. The subject then
Published: January 7, 2016
The Truckee boys basketball team dropped to 0-4 in the Northern Division I-A after losing to visiting South Tahoe, 87-59, on Tuesday.The Wolverines matched the Vikings’ 39 points in the second half, but they needed more after falling behind 21-13 at the end of the first quarter and 48-20 by the half. Senior forward Justin Wadsworth was named Truckee’s Player
Published: January 7, 2016
We all know that our dear friend Pat Carr lived life to the fullest—on his own terms, despite the numerous health challenges he faced. Pat enjoyed a party, and Pat ALWAYS showed up, no matter what the occasion. December 16th, Pat left his earthly life to join his Lord and Savior in eternal life. He died the same way that
Published: January 7, 2016
“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” — Sir Walter Scott.Sir Walter died in 1832, but had he lived contemporaneously with the 2015 Nevada Legislature, he would have written: “Oh what a tangled web we got when first we legalized medical pot.”Medical marijuana has been legal in Nevada since 2000. Prosecutors routinely dismissed persons
Published: January 7, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay, as provided by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, for Dec. 30 to Jan. 1.January 1Battery: At 9:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Lichen Ct., deputies responded to a report of a battery. A report was filed.January 3Obstructing and Narcotics: At 10:20 p.m. in
Published: January 7, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The first baby of the new year at Tahoe Forest Hospital arrived nearly a full day into 2016. Wyatt Randall Johns was born at 11:03 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, weighing 8 pounds, 13.8 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches, according to the hospital.Wyatt’s mother, Julie Boren, said having the first baby of the new year didn’t really come
Published: January 8, 2016
“The funny thing is, I’m terrified of flying,” chuckled Washington winemaker Charles Smith as we stood watching a 787 glide in for a landing from the window of his wondrous new winemaking facility at the edge of Seattle’s Boeing Field. As we enter a new year, Smith would have to be the leading candidate for the “most interesting man in
Published: January 8, 2016
The United States Biathlon Association International Competition Committee (ICC) named Peter Carroll of Truckee to the Youth/Junior World Championship Biathlon Team. Carrol — of the Auburn Ski Club (ASC) Training Center and Sugar Bowl Academy — will be a member of the four-person youth (under 19) team competing in Cheile Gradiste, Romania, in the Youth World Championships from Jan. 27
Published: January 8, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The early years of Tahoe’s winter sports history are riddled with the names of ski luminaries from the European Alps who called California home.From international downhill champions and decorated war heroes to the world’s top ski instructors of the time, our region’s winter landscape was transformed by skiers from Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland who brought a
Published: January 8, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — With the new year came a slew of new laws in both California and Nevada. Everything from vaccines to electric bikes to hemp got a look from legislators. Here are just a few of the new laws that came onto the books Jan. 1:CALIFORNIAMinimum wage — California’s minimum wage rose from to $9 per hour to $10
Published: January 9, 2016
STATELINE, Nev. — The Tahoe Transportation District board of directors in December approved an eight-year vision to complete a public transportation system connecting Lake Tahoe communities and Truckee along U.S. Highway 50 and Interstate 80.According to district officials, the inter-regional connections with public transit will benefit travel, economy, safety and convenience in each community.Bringing the goal to reality will involve
Published: January 9, 2016
LAKE TAHOE — While Heidi Hill Drum’s mission is simple — improve Tahoe’s lake-wide resort economy — the path toward regional financial health is anything but.It includes redevelopment efforts, including affordable housing, improved phone and web services, an increased focus on creation of full-time, year-round work, and more.“To the outside world, we’re one Tahoe,” said Drum, Tahoe Prosperity Center’s executive
Published: January 9, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s major casinos reported total revenues of $24.6 billion in fiscal 2015.That is the fifth consecutive increase and $695.4 million more than the year before — although it’s still less than the $25.3 billion total revenue reported in 2007, the peak before the recession.Fiscal 2015 is the third highest total revenues ever reported by Nevada gaming
Published: January 9, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — We recently hosted a dinner party at the house for some of our good friends; there are a couple vegetarians in the group, so I decided to prepare a tasty mushroom soup.Initially, I planned for a simple soup, but while my soup was cooking I decided other ingredients like wild rice and truffle oil would
Published: January 9, 2016
FALLON, Nev. — Although recent snowpack levels show precipitation measurements above normal in the Sierra Nevada, the Nevada State climatologist says western and central Nevada still remain in a critical drought stage.Dr. Douglas P. Boyle offered his analysis at the last week’s 2016 Cattlemen’s Update at the Fallon Convention Center. Boyle, who is also a geologist at the University of
Published: January 9, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — For the first time, people without shelter in the North Tahoe/Truckee region have a designated safe and warm place to stay during frigid or snowy evenings this winter.The Church of the Mountains at 10079 Church St. in downtown Truckee is operating a Cold Weather Emergency Warming Center when temperatures drop to dangerous levels, or if there’s a
Published: January 5, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — With an ever-expanding downtown and more than a dozen ski resorts plotted nearby, it’s no secret that Truckee is considered a sanctuary for skiers and snowboarders.In fact, according to a social media-driven poll conducted by Curbed Ski, as a ski town, Truckee stands above the rest.In capturing the title of the 2015 Curbed Cup Ski Town of
Published: January 7, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — In a study spanning a decade, the National Ski Areas Association recently found that more than 90 percent of all falls from a chairlift were attributed to human error or medical conditions, while 2 percent were the result of mechanical or operator error. Simply put, practicing ski and snowboard safety is not only important when one is
Published: January 8, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — According to Realtor.com, the nation’s official real estate-related consumer website sponsored by the National Association of Realtor, 2016 is shaping up to be the best year for the housing marketing since 2007!Here is a brief list of trends expected to impact the housing market this year:Great year to sellIn 2015, Millennials emerged as the dominant force
Published: January 11, 2016
RENO, Nev. — The industrial real estate market in the Reno-Sparks area appears to have settled into a sound stable market to end 2015, according to a fourth quarter report from Miller Industrial Properties.“Coming out of the recession, it was marked by wild highs and lows,” Tom Miller, president of the company, said in a phone interview. Charts of quarterly
Published: January 11, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Did you know that over half the furniture sold worldwide today is covered in leather?Leather furnishings are considered by many to be romantic, extravagant, sophisticated, long lasting and very comfortable. All these wonderful reasons make leather-upholstered items a perfect choice for many of today’s consumers. Leather for home furnishings products comes from around the world. A
Published: January 11, 2016
The year 2020 has long been a benchmark for when the “smart home” will finally be mainstream, but according to the results of a survey released by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up founded in 1906, that time may come sooner than we thought.Coldwell Banker is one of the major sponsors of the 2016 Consumer
Published: January 11, 2016
Bill Dietz, president of Tahoe Luxury Properties, closed 2015 as the area’s top real estate agent, with $75,609,700 in sales in both California and Nevada, according to dollar volume reported by Tahoe Sierra MLS and Incline Village MLS data.Contributing to the year’s success was the sale of The Champagne Estate in Incline Village for $12 million, which was the Lake
Published: January 11, 2016
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — The Lake Tahoe real estate market ended the year with minor but relatively healthy increases — seeing a 3 percent increase in both units sold and median home price. The median price of a home around the lake is $490,000.The numbers are part of a report released by Chase International Real Estate, comparing all MLS sales
Published: January 11, 2016
ALTENMARKT, Austria — Lindsey Vonn made history again, tying Annemarie Moser-Proell’s World Cup downhill victory record with win number 36 in a two-run Audi FIS World Cup sprint downhill Saturday.“I’m really happy to tie Annemarie’s record with 36 wins,” Vonn said after the event — the first two-run downhill since 2002 in Åre, Sweden, which Vonn also skied when she
Published: January 11, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A 65-year-old Northern California man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Sunday after authorities say he shot a woman during a domestic dispute on Interstate 80 near Truckee.According to the California Highway Patrol, officers spotted a disabled vehicle with a man — later identified as Harris Maynard Riddle, 65, of Stockton, Calif. — and a woman
Published: January 11, 2016
Coming off a big win at Incline, North Tahoe’s boys basketball team split its next two league games, defeating Silver Stage 45-31 on the road Friday and losing 50-33 to visiting Pershing County on Saturday.The Lakers are now in fifth place at 2-3 in the competitive Northern Division III with one game remaining in the first half. They’ll be tested
Published: January 11, 2016
The Incline girls kept their undefeated league record intact with a 41-32 win at Pershing County on Friday and a 49-26 win against visiting Silver Stage on Saturday.The Highlanders are the only unbeaten team in the Northern Division III, at 5-0, entering their final game of the first half against Yerington on Saturday.Yerington and West Wendover trail Incline at 3-1
Published: January 11, 2016
In the 2014 State of College Admission Survey conducted by NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counseling), it was reported that demonstrated interest was the 6th factor of “considerable importance” in college admissions decisions.Of the colleges and universities who participated in this survey, demonstrated interest had a higher value than the class rank and even counselor or teacher recommendation. But
Published: January 11, 2016
Thirteen members of Truckee High School’s Symphonic Band represented Truckee at Sierra College Music Department’s Sierra College District High School Honor Band performance on Dec. 4.Truckee High’s scholar-musicians worked under the direction of Greg McLaughlin, Director of Instrumental Music at Sierra College.Students participated with musicians from five other high schools to collaborate as one large symphonic band for two days
Published: January 11, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Jan. 4-10 at www.sierrasun.com.1. Truckee man hurt after truck plunges 175 feet off freeway into riverEdward Morrison, 67, who lives in Truckee’s Glenshire subdivision, was hospitalized Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, with major injuries after his truck slid off the freeway near the Nevada-California state line and plunged 175
Published: January 11, 2016
The recent advertisement insert in the Jan. 7 North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Jan. 8 Sierra Sun misleads the public by understating the issues below and quaintly suggests this is an eco-friendly, seasonal campground that offers a beautiful experience in a natural setting in North lake Tahoe.Mountainside Partners (formerly East West Partners — developer for the also recently proposed 760-unit
Published: January 12, 2016
We tried to go skiing at Squaw this past Sunday, but after 2 hours into a 30-minute commute, we had to turn around. It was Jan. 9, and it should have been reasonably busy, but not gridlock.So are traffic jams on off-peak weekends the new normal for our area? Traffic was backed up from Squaw to Truckee. OK, so gas
Published: January 12, 2016
Daryl K. DeWalt, 78, of Bowling Green, Ohio, a longtime resident of Lake Tahoe, California, passed away, Wednesday, January 6, 2016, in Bowling Green. Daryl was born in Bowling Green, to the late Keith C. and Vivian (Aldrich) DeWalt. He married Linda Frodenberg on October 21, 1955 and she survives.Daryl was the Gatekeeper for Lake Tahoe’s City Dam, a job
Published: January 12, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Teachers and school administrators from throughout the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District submitted a record 115 grant applications to the Excellence in Education Foundation this fall. Out of those applications submitted, 69 were either fully or partially funded for a total of $130,241.The grant application process is open to teachers or administrator from any school in the
Published: January 12, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — For girls ages 10 to 18, creating one’s own world takes confidence, perseverance, humility and a role model.Kindred Art and Folk Institute’s Creative Empowerment Group, a group of young girls ages 10 to 18, will unleash their world of creativity during the artists’ first professional art reception on Friday, Jan. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Coffeebar, 10120
Published: January 12, 2016
Four years ago, I was appointed the Chief Learning Officer by the TTUSD Board of Education. I continue to be grateful to be part of this amazing school district and community, and I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together over the past four years. Our extremely dedicated group of educators and support staff give their all
Published: January 12, 2016
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our daughter Nichole.Nichole went to be with the Lord December 10th, 2015. She passed away after a four month struggle with complications from bacterial meningitis. We take much comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and is with our Lord in Heaven.Nichole was born in Mountain View, California on May
Published: January 12, 2016
Fourth quarter earnings reporting is just getting going. Alcoa Aluminum kicked off the earnings reporting season on Monday; traditionally they are the first company to report.Even though Alcoa’s report is considered to start the season, actually, 21 companies have already reported. Nineteen more companies will report this week. Other S&P companies will be reporting over the next few weeks. Earnings
Published: January 12, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Recent reports associating norovirus with illnesses at the Chipotle Restaurant in California and surrounding states have led regional environmental and public health departments to increase awareness through education of the public and food service industry.Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines), which leads to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Norovirus
Published: January 12, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — This week’s question: How well are Tahoe-Truckee roads being cleared of snow this winter?Here are answers, as asked Monday in Kings Beach:Ken Viel, Realtor, Incline Village: “They seem to be doing pretty good. I’ve had no problem getting around.”Jean Gregg, daycare center employee, Kings Beach: “Not very well. You get a lot of slush, and to
Published: January 12, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — In 2015, a total of 6,355 wildfires burned across more than 300,000 acres in the state of California, according to Calfire. A year prior, roughly 4,300 wildfires spread through some 191,300 acres.This means that, in a one-year span, the state saw more than 2,000 additional wildfires and, subsequently, 100,000 more acres burn.With the number of wildfires in
Published: January 12, 2016
Northstar California hosted the third of seven stops on the new Burton Qualifiers traveling snowboard tour on Saturday. The event, dubbed the Bash at The Stash, took place in Northstar’s wooded terrain park on the 10th anniversary of the park’s opening. The event featured a 15 & Under and Open Division in a jam-style format, with riders given an hour
Published: January 12, 2016
FLACHAU, Austria — Veteran Resi Stiegler led the U.S. team in a night of firsts at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom Tuesday, taking 15th. But under the lights, it was a pair of young U.S. Ski Team members who shined, with Lila Lapanja of Incline Village and Paula Moltzan scoring their first career World Cup points.Lapanja, who came
Published: January 12, 2016
Tahoe-Truckee Girl Scouts begin selling cookiesIt’s Girl Scout cookie time of year again, and to kick off the season of selling, Tahoe-Truckee girls recently attended the annual “Cookie Kickoff,” in which several Senior Girl Scouts gathered with more than 100 younger scouts to teach them skills such as customer service, selling, goal setting and handling cash transaction.Pre-sales for cookies began on
Published: January 12, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Family Resource Center of Truckee (FRCoT) promotes social and economic success in your community by providing education, mobilizing resources and advocating for change. Since its inception in 2001, the FRCoT has been a primary point-of-contact for Truckee families seeking to improve their lives.Annually, we serve more than 1,000 local families through the following programs:Tahoe-Truckee Mediation &
Published: January 12, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Sierra Avalanche Center, a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has hired a new forecaster and a new avalanche observer thanks to the support of donors, sponsors and members.The avalanche center now employs three full-time avalanche forecasters and two part-time avalanche observers, which allows the center to provide more frequent observations from
Published: January 12, 2016
This January, our country will celebrate the 15th annual National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe is participating in this campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring programs to connect our community’s young people with caring adults.In real life, who do you turn to? Nine million kids in America are growing up without
Published: January 13, 2016
Anxiety is a good thing — in the right dosage. If anxiety came in a pill format, we would recommend that everyone make it part of a daily vitamin routine.We need anxiety in our lives; it serves an important purpose. Within our private practice, we’re accustomed to teaching our patients a set of skills directed at “thinking about how they
Published: January 13, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — State transportation officials will be working at key Highway 28 intersections through the end of this week, and some traffic impacts are expected.The highway will be periodically reduced to a single lane in areas of County Club Drive and Northwood Boulevard in Incline Village between roughly 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through Friday, with flaggers alternating
Published: January 13, 2016
The recent market swoon is giving robo-advisers their first test. One headline said that robo-advisers were “unphased” by the stock selling. I wonder if their clients were unphased as well. A robo-adviser is an online wealth management service that provides automated algorithm-based portfolio management. They are designed to work in conjunction with, or even replace, investment advisers like me.The four
Published: January 13, 2016
Full disclosure: If, hypothetically, the choice of the 2016 GOP presidential and vice presidential candidates were left solely to me, my choices would be Marco Rubio and John Kasich.Why? Because that’s the duo Democrats fear the most; both are popular in their critical swing states of Florida and Ohio, and winning the White House is what it’s all about.However, it’s
Published: January 13, 2016
Seems the Revenooers plan to go silent – they just don’t want to talk to you anymore.The National Taxpayer Advocate, in her recent report to Congress, notes that for the past year and a half, IRS has devoted significant resources to creating a “future state” plan which details how the agency will operate in five years.The plan is explained and
Published: January 13, 2016
Three Incline High School alumni will be inducted into the school’s basketball Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony at the varsity boys game against Yerington on Friday. A fundraising Hall of Fame dinner will follow at the Chateau at Incline Village on Saturday, with a cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6. Denise Jezycki, class of
Published: January 13, 2016
Cases of heroin use, abuse, addiction and deaths are increasing. Public awareness is growing as this tragedy has oozed out of the inner city and into middle-class, white, suburbia and the countryside.Northern New England discovered a “mind boggling” and “alarming” rise in heroin related deaths. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin found a Œ”full-blown heroin crisis.”Heroin and opiate use increased in Southern
Published: January 13, 2016
I have been a full time Incline resident since 2006. I retired from a 43-year career in high tech (most recently with HP, Visa International and others) in 2012.I have been active in the community, in particular as relates to the Diamond Peak Master Plan and Ordinance 7. On another issue, IVGID sought me out for my technical expertise regarding
Published: January 13, 2016
In my profession, it’s critical that I not engage with folks who are simply trying to start an argument.Usually, I’m reasonably successful in such endeavors, having learned a long time ago that (1) such situations never lead to any true dialogue or resolution, and (2) students frequently are watching. I shouldn’t tell them to ignore quarrelsome people if I don’t
Published: January 13, 2016
I am hoping that the snow machine will work again this week as promised. It is one thing we can never have too much of at Tahoe. And yes, the football madness continues as we get ready for the Super Bowl. People wandering around the village with frozen expressions are just Vikings fans. Tell them about Ullr Fest and they
Published: January 13, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Having outgrown its existing location due to popularity among locals and visitors, Truckee’s KidZone Museum is looking at constructing a larger building to accommodate increased visitation.Since 2002, KidZone has occupied a 3,000-square-foot structure at 11711 Donner Pass Road, between Truckee High School and the Family Resource Center of Truckee, providing children a place to learn through creative
Published: January 13, 2016
The other day my nephew came home from kindergarten raving about his school snack of the day, potato latkes. Man oh man, whatever happened to graham crackers and a little box of milk?Now he wants these latkes all the time and they are kind of a lot of work. I tried to fake him out with a regular pancake which
Published: January 13, 2016
The Revenant, a two-and-a-half hour film, boasts astounding visuals and a story well worth your $10. The realistic winter setting in the wild forests of the Dakotas caused me to long for my blankey.Leonardo DiCaprio portrays legendary explorer, Hugh Glass. Taking poetic license for dramatic effect, the film provides Glass with a son he didn’t actually have at that time.
Published: January 13, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The 34th annual Crab and Pasta Feed is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.The Incline High School Boosters host this “all-you-can-eat” dinner and auction as the main fundraiser benefiting Incline High School. Close to 400 people will be lucky enough to dine on one of the few places able to get
Published: January 13, 2016
The Incline Village Recreation Center, in collaboration with Easel and Wine, will be hosting a winter series cultural art workshops.The series, which kicks off Thursday, Jan. 21, will feature a monthly wine tasting, a signature appetizer from a local vendor and inspiration from local artists in creating your own masterpiece. The schedule is as follows:Thursday, Jan. 21: Watercolor Artist Barb
Published: January 13, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — If you are thinking of selling a property, there are all sorts of things that need to be accomplished, including researching the comparable sales, finding a good agent, creating a marketing plan, cleaning up clutter, and doing some staging.However, the vast majority of properties in Incline Village and Crystal Bay are vacation homes that are not
Published: January 14, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With all of the snow that we’ve accumulated this season, now is the perfect time to come up and learn how to ski or snowboard — after all, January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.For those of you who may not have your snow feet under you yet, but are curious to see what all
Published: January 14, 2016
Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for Jan. 6-12.January 7Graffiti: In the 800 block of Southwood. Graffiti was reported. On Jan 11, work crews removed the graffiti.January 8Fraud: An online report was filed for phone fraud.January 9Suspicious Circumstances: An online report was filed for suspicious circumstances involving unknown footprints around
Published: January 14, 2016
Saturday night I had the honor of speaking to the Sierra Club following dinner at the “Tahoe – A Visual History” exhibit at our Reno Museum of Art. Being an admirer of the founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir, and an admirer of the work the Sierra Club has done over the years to protect Lake Tahoe, this was
Published: January 14, 2016
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Like any longtime touring band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters have experienced their share of transportation troubles throughout their 30-year run.But nothing like the precarious position they found themselves in years ago on the way to North Lake Tahoe.“Coming over from California, there’s a big mountain pass, Donner Pass,” said frontman Todd Park Mohr, referring
Published: January 14, 2016
Eight years ago, when our daughters were all classmates at Truckee Elementary, I joined six other moms to create a Mother/Daughter community, based upon the book titled the “Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence.”A Mommy and Me 2.0, if you will.Our goal was to help our daughters (and ourselves, as
Published: January 14, 2016
Here’s a look at a slew of more new laws for 2016 in the state of California.Mandatory VaccinationsYou’ve read plenty about this new law but as of January 1st vaccinations for K-12 students are mandatory, no longer is there an exemption based on personal belief. Exemptions for children with serious health issues remain. Equal Pay for WomenUnder Senate Bill 358,
Published: January 14, 2016
Cris Hamilton was born on February 5, 1956 in San Rafael, California, and was raised in Santa Barbara, CA. He passed away of natural causes on January 7, 2016.Cris was a kind hearted, loving family man, with an infectious smile. He had a passion for sailing, and was part of the 1987 America’s Cup Team Stars & Stripes, winning back
Published: January 14, 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. Darcy & Lucas at River RanchDarcy & Lucas, a Lake Tahoe favorite, will perform back-to-back shows in Tahoe
Published: January 14, 2016
Truckee’s boys and girls basketball teams dropped league games at Fernley on Tuesday — the girls by a score of 38-21 and the boys 66-46.Sophomore guard Gabe Cruz led the Truckee boys with 16 points and Justin Wadsworth added 11. The Vaqueros improved to 5-2 in Northern Division I-A play while the Wolverines dropped to 0-6.The Truckee girls got off
Published: January 14, 2016
Far West Nordic sent a few of its top racers to the U.S. Nationals Competition in Houghton, Mich., earlier this month.While all the competitors recorded excellent results, the highlight of the week was the performance of Sugar Bowl Academy senior Hannah Halvorsen, who dominated the U-18 Junior division, winning the 5K Junior Freestyle race outright.Halvorsen also placed extremely well in
Published: January 14, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Auto & Tire Doctor, along with Auto Glass Express and High Sierra Cruisers, announced a partnership in the fall of last year to give away a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee to a needy family in the Truckee area.After more than 50 nominations, the businesses last week announced Tahoe Vista resident Kara Fox was chosen as the
Published: January 14, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents compiled from the Truckee Police Department’s press log for Jan. 5-12, along with previously unreported incidents.January 5At 2:10 a.m. on Dulzura Street, an ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend got into an argument. The man left the scene before police arrive. Report taken.At 7:08 a.m. at a business on Palisades Drive, an employee discovered a counterfeit
Published: January 14, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The following are births for the month of December 2015, as submitted to the Sun by Tahoe Forest Hospital.Nash Alboff: a boy, was born 12/2/15 to Stacey Meredith & Stefanie Alboff of Truckee.Valery Amairany: a girl, was born 12/4/15 to Carlos Alcibar & Brenda Faustinos of Truckee.Mia Allin: a girl, was born 12/7/15 to Alejandro & Erin
Published: January 14, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Trees are beneficial to life on earth in many ways. In fact, it’s not too crazy to think that life as we know it on Earth would not be if not for trees.Here are just a few benefits our tall and leafy neighbors provide us. Trees:Clean the air by removing carbon dioxide and other particulates.Produce oxygen: One
Published: January 14, 2016
Starting Wednesday, Jan 27, and running through tax day, April 15, Tahoe Family Solutions will sponsor a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-profit Center in Incline Village.VITA is an IRS-sponsored service that offers free preparation of federal and California tax returns for households with income under $54,000. Tax returns are prepared by volunteers
Published: January 14, 2016
A small but competitive field raced the Village Nordic Cup — formerly known as the Sugar Rush — at Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge Cross Country on Sunday.Alex Taylor placed first among 34 skiers in the adult 10K, posting a time of 27:51, and was followed by Jeff Schloss (28:27) and Peter Mayfield (29:47). Janelle Webb was the top woman
Published: January 14, 2016
On Thursday, Jan. 14, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe presented the nonprofit Tahoe Fund with a donation of $29,310.The donation reportedly came from $1 donations from hotel stays during the resort’s first season of operation through a program called Green Bucks, which the Fund promotes to help restore and improve the Tahoe environment.“Hard Rock Lake Tahoe is
Published: January 14, 2016
The CNISSF Nordic race season began with the Auburn Ski Club Classic on Donner Summit this past Friday. The event featured a mass-start format, with the high school varsity and open divisions racing a 5K and the middle schoolers skiing a 3K.Members of North Tahoe’s high school and middle school teams fared particularly well, as Quinn Lehmkuhl and JC Schoonmaker
Published: January 14, 2016

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