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Next week, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will host Ellen Zagory, director of public horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.“Enlightened gardeners realize that it is not enough for a garden to be beautiful. Gardens must also attract crucial pollinators and conserve water,” according to TERC. “Gone are the days of lush, green, thirsty lawns. We can
Published: March 31, 2016
On Saturday, March 12, Jen and Dave Hodder joined a volunteer corps of friends, neighbors, church members and other supporters at St. Francis of Assisi, Incline Village, for the first Aviana’s Peeps Baskets.Many of those who came to help had never met Jen and Dave, or this little girl whose life was about the betterment of others.Aviana was a perfect
Published: March 31, 2016
The Sierra Nevada College Choir, under the direction of Donna Axton, will perform its spring concert, “Puccini,” at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church next week.Presale tickets are available at Potlatch and Handmade at the Lake in Incline Village, at The Store in Tahoe City or from chorus members for $15. Tickets are also available at the door for $20 general admission,
Published: March 31, 2016
One of the best things about the real estate industry at Lake Tahoe is the wide variety of properties from which buyers have to choose.Unlike many communities scattered across the country that are characterized by cookie-cutter homes on similar tract lots, Incline Village and Crystal Bay offer an enormous number of different architectural styles, floor plans, types of locations and
Published: March 31, 2016
Cobalt Artist Studio in Incline Village will open its galleries for a reception honoring the new exhibition of works by sculptor Carolyn Guerra on Saturday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m.Guerra moved to Incline Village in 2012 and has found her creative home in the growing fine arts and creative community here.Students in the Holman Arts & Media Center at Sierra
Published: March 31, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — If there ever was a case with an obvious “white hat” plaintiff and ill-tempered “black hat” defendant, it is Salazar v. Ross Matejcek. Black Hat paid the price — as it should be.Mendocino (Pot Country)The Salazar family owned 10 acres of rustic, rural land near Covelo in Mendocino County. It included a small cabin that the family
Published: March 31, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this snowy 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. Dummy Downhill at Diamond PeakThe 16th annual Dummy Downhill returns to Diamond Peak Ski Resort on Saturday.
Published: March 31, 2016
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — A few years back, organizers of WinterWondergrass, a bluegrass and beer festival held in Vail, Colo., sought to stake its flag in another pocket of the West that, like Vail, richly celebrates the mountain lifestyle, environmental consciousness and community focus.Not to mention, one that appreciates good tunes and good brew.Quickly, the festival organizers landed on the
Published: March 30, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Lake Tahoe’s water levels are currently about 2 inches below the lake’s natural rim, but levels are expected to rise with spring snowmelt.“Current forecasts predict we’re going to get about a foot to a foot and a quarter above the natural rim — which would give us some output for a while, but evaporation will take
Published: March 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Ranger District plans to conduct prescribed fires across more than 1,000 acres this spring in efforts to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels and increase ecological restoration.The main list of projects planned this spring is as follows:Stampede Reservoir: 150 acres of understory burning, roughly 1 mile east of Stampede Reservoir.Highway 89 North: 500 acres of understory
Published: March 31, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — I am out of my element.That’s what dawned on me Monday evening as I took my first self-defense class at North Lake Tahoe Martial Arts in Incline Village.No amount of action movies I’ve seen growing up starring Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Harrison Ford beating — literally — the bad guy(s) at the end would
Published: March 31, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Participants in this weekend’s Dummy Downhill will build a dummy on skis (or a snowboard) that gets launched off a big jump on the Show-Off run at Diamond Peak — all while spectators view the action from the Base Lodge Deck. This wacky event is fun for the whole family, skiers and non-skiers alike. Watch as
Published: March 31, 2016
We take our jobs seriously. I know that sounds a bit funny with this column appearing in our April Fools’ Day edition. As a newspaper, and as a team of journalists, we strive to make sure that we cover the news and highlight the facts for our readers. We do our best to balance opinions and to include more than
Published: March 31, 2016
The Truckee baseball team fell victim to solid pitching performances on the road against the defending state champs this past weekend. Junior ace Alex Mendez stifled Truckee on Friday with a one-hit, complete-game shutout and Calvin Greenwell followed with five strong innings of three-hit ball on Saturday as Fallon improved to 6-0 in the Northern I-A. Truckee dropped to 0-6
Published: March 31, 2016
Truckee softball players can take solace in the fact that they do not have to face the league’s top two powers again this regular season. After opening their league campaign on the road against the 2015 state runner-up, Fernley, the Wolverines (0-6 league) traveled for a three-game league series at defending state champion Fallon this past weekend. The Greenwave swept
Published: March 31, 2016
The young North Tahoe baseball team began league play with a three-game series against Pershing County last Wednesday and Saturday. The Mustangs swept the series, 7-3, 5-1 and 11-4.In the opening game, which was played in Carson City, freshman Joseph Lanza led the Lakers offensively with a 3-for-3 performance with an RBI. Sam Sheridan and Drew Austin each had a
Published: March 31, 2016
TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — El Niño wasn’t enough to break a string of Sierra Nevada winters seeing subpar snowfall.Although the northern Sierra received more snow than the southern half this winter, California water watchers have found the entirety of the mountain range’s snowpack contains only 87 percent of its average water content for March 30.“While for many parts of the
Published: March 31, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents compiled from the Truckee Police Department’s online press log for March 15-29.March 15At 8:45 a.m. on Donner Trail Road, a suspect was arrested after he allegedly brandished a knife at family members.At 8:39 p.m. at an undisclosed location, a parent called to report a juvenile child had used marijuana.At 9:02 p.m. at an
Published: March 31, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The bedraggled kitten stumbled along the road — eyes glued shut from infection, dehydrated and weak and would have surely perished if not for the family who happened to be driving by.“Turn around,” blurted Jeremy Page of Incline Village. “I saw a small white animal by the side of the road.”Jeremy’s friend, Rusty Hall, a guide
Published: March 31, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — I recently asked my Facebook followers about recipe types they hoped to see in 2016. I received so many great responses and ideas, one of which was cast iron skillet recipes.Most families own a cast iron skillet — some use it more than others. There are many benefits to using your cast iron; it fortifies
Published: March 31, 2016
The Truckee Chapter 1073 of the Experimental Aircraft Association is proud to announce the awarding of three scholarships to local Young Eagles to attend EAA’s Air Academy this summer at Oshkosh, Wis.Keely Hoyt, of Truckee, will attend the Advanced Air Academy for 16- to 18-year-olds. Kestrel Sura, of Kings Beach, and Hayden Ruttenberg, of Truckee, will attend the Basic Air
Published: April 1, 2016
“The Davis kids are very analytical with a good understanding of science. The Fresno kids seem to be a little more hands on and have a feel for the work and the vineyards. And the San Luis Obispo kids are always the nicest kids in the world.”That was the breakdown from the senior winemaker at a California-based wine company who
Published: April 1, 2016
The North Tahoe track and field teams warmed up for the season in the John “O” Invite at Yuba College in Marysville this past weekend.Seniors Jordan Briggs and Cam Goldstone led the Lakers with top-five finishes in their respective events. Briggs finished second in both the shot put (34-10) and the discus (103-0), while Goldstone placed second in 3,200-meter run
Published: April 1, 2016
The Truckee track and field squads participated in the 44th Annual Fallon Elks Invitational last weekend. The girls finished sixth overall in a field of 20 teams, third among Division I-A teams. The boys finished 15th in a field of 23 teams, seventh among DI-A teams. “This is a spirited, enthusiastic team willing to work hard and do their best,” said
Published: April 1, 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 1, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration with a region-wide investigation after counterfeit hydrocodone was linked to the death of an El Dorado Hills man.The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office advised the sheriff’s office that the recent death of George Berry, 18, is suspected of being related to a rash
Published: April 1, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — While there may not be concrete numbers tracking usage, there’s little question backcountry travel is on the rise in mountain ranges across they U.S. and Canada.Anecdotally, the evidence is clear. Rangers and backcountry users report trailhead parking lots that are more consistently full, plus ski and snowboard tracks are increasingly visible on slopes following storms.From
Published: April 2, 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 and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Tahoe Daily Tribune, publish a weekly photo slideshow of select images from our @TahoeSnaps
Published: April 2, 2016
RENO, Nev. — As part of its mission to effectively promote statewide tourism and enhance the economic vitality of Nevada, TravelNevada recently became one of the privileged destination marketing organizations to borrow the Google Street View Trekker.The Google Trekker allows images of less traveled areas of Nevada to be seen via Google Maps and the TravelNevada website.Presenting the outdoor adventure
Published: April 4, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A recent sizable land donation is expected to help fulfill a long-desired connection that will extend public access of a popular North Lake Tahoe hiking and biking trail.In late December 2015, billionaire businessman David Duffield and his wife, Cheryl — owners of the former Ponderosa Ranch property in town — donated 18.6 acres of private land
Published: March 31, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Why waste time on platforms and tactics that don’t work? Here are five quick social media pro tips for five social networks — so you can direct your efforts toward the things that work now.FacebookFacebook is a pay-to-play platform, no question about it. Incorporate custom audiences and video ads in your paid advertising strategy to achieve
Published: March 30, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Bids are being accepted for a vacant piece of commercial property located at the eastern gateway to Kings Beach.The property at 8793 North Lake Blvd. (Highway 28) — the northwest corner where 28 and Chipmunk Street intersect — is generally referred to as the former “Swiss Mart property.”It consists of two parcels, one of which has
Published: April 1, 2016
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Recent Sierra storms have given Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts reason to celebrate a Miracle March, and some are extending the spring skiing season for locals and visitors.And that means another two full months of skiing — into Memorial Day weekend — is on tap for visitors to Olympic Valley.On Thursday, Liesl Kenney, public relations manager for Squaw
Published: March 31, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s June 6, 1944, and U.S. Army soldier Joseph Petrucci is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with 30-some fellow comrades in a landing craft hurtling through the English Channel toward Omaha Beach.Bullets rattle the exterior of the boat. Farther ahead, men from accompanying crafts, their ramps down, spill out into the surf. Some are instantly shot and killed; others are
Published: March 30, 2016
RENO, Nev. — New companies that are expanding and opening in Northern Nevada, along with the upswing in the economy, are having a positive effect on the tourism industry. “With the increase of the economy we are seeing more business travel and we are well positioned for that (increase),” Jennifer Cunningham, interim managing director for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors
Published: April 4, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Seventy-five participants attempted to ski and ride their way across a pond Saturday morning at Northstar California — many of whom took a spill into the frigid water. During the ski resort’s annual Spring It On celebration, adults and children used different techniques to try and cross the 38-degree pond water, which had ice floating in it
Published: April 4, 2016
Providing care for elderly loved ones or friends with anxiety is an act of love, loyalty and kindness. Older adults with anxiety and depression require more support, have more severe physical symptoms and disability, and experience poorer quality of life and a higher rate of suicidal thoughts.There’s no getting around it — caregiving is stressful. The constant, sometimes overwhelming nature
Published: April 4, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The land around one of the northern Sierra Nevada’s most popular trailheads has been taken off the market and sold to the Tahoe National Forest.The Trust for Public Land and Truckee Donner Land Trust, working as part of the Northern Sierra Partnership, announced the deal last week.For more than 15 years, the thousands of hikers who used
Published: April 4, 2016
If you applied to college or university in the fall, you should have all of your admission decisions by now.Perhaps you had decisions relayed by mail, email or your application portal. No matter what, if you have ONE acceptance, you did it! Congratulations on your hard work. You have a place to be in the fall.But, it’s not over yet.
Published: April 4, 2016
Dear fellow North Lake Tahoe voters: As reported in the local newspaper, Michael Babich will oppose Jennifer Montgomery in the June election for the District 5 Placer County Board of Supervisor seat. I do not intend to disparage the very impressive credentials of Mr. Babich. He has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology), served in the military, is a current
Published: April 4, 2016
The Community of Writers, which holds several weeklong summer gatherings for serious poets and writers in Squaw Valley, has several scholarships available for local residents.The Alexander Cushing Scholarship for locals will be awarded to one writer and one poet who are accepted into the program that live within a 100-mile radius of Squaw Valley. The scholarship will cover 90% of
Published: April 4, 2016
When dedicated science students begin to develop and answer their own questions, something special happens. They transcend learning about science history, and actively begin writing it, and their successes and failures begin to push the boundaries of human knowledge. In 2014 the founders of Headwaters Science Institute, a non-profit organization providing innovative and accessible science education to students of all
Published: April 4, 2016
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — Nevada County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Monday morning off Interstate 80 near Truckee.Fire and medical personnel responded to a call at about 6:20 a.m. of a body in the road under the interstate overpass at Farad, said Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt.They found a black adult female dead
Published: April 4, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Teachers today are so much more than educators. They are amazing people who make a positive impact in the lives of our students. Despite complicated dynamics that may exist in a classroom, they have the ability to bring calm, learning success, fun and order to our students so they can be successful. Is there an educator or
Published: April 5, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — This week’s question: If you could have one new business open in Tahoe-Truckee, what would it be? Here are answers, as asked Monday in Truckee:Susan Turner, retired, Truckee: “Nothing. It has everything that I need.”Nick Urguhart, cameraman, Truckee: “Probably daycare, so that I can go do some more stuff. I think that would be it, a daycare
Published: April 5, 2016
The links between your mind and body are abundant. One significant connection is how the mind can affect your physical state of health.There are many healthful benefits of positive thinking, imagery and meditation. More than 1,000 clinical trials indicate meditation can help treat anxiety, chronic pain, high blood pressure, and insomnia. Studies also show meditation can improve attention and help
Published: April 5, 2016
Auburn Ski Club Training Center’s biathlon team rounded out a productive season with impressive results at the recent North American & United States Biathlon Championships in Maine. The competition, which draws the top biathletes from North America, consisted of three events — a sprint, pursuit and mass start race — over the course of three days at the Fort Kent
Published: April 5, 2016
Hockey great Wayne Gretzky once said, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” What he meant was that if you don’t take the risk, there can be no reward. Investing can be risky, but so can failing to invest.Many investors make emotional decisions based on fear and greed. They have tendency to panic sell when prices are at
Published: April 5, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tuesday, April 12, Good Morning Truckee meeting will focus on the business of both medical and recreational marijuanaAccording to the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Allen Best, Editor/Publisher of Mountain Town News based in Colorado, and David Abarta, owner of the Green Trees Wellness medical marijuana distributor in Truckee, will speak at the meeting.Best, a Colorado-based
Published: April 5, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — In 2015, a new coalition — dubbed the Adolescent Health Initiative — came together in Truckee to look at the health needs of adolescents in the region.Partners include: Nevada and Placer counties, Tahoe Forest Hospital, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, and The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee.With federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the
Published: April 5, 2016
The annual prescription drug take-back day this year is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.Locally, there will be two locations to drop off unneeded or expired prescriptions:1. Truckee: Gateway Shopping Center, in parking lot in front of Safeway, 11290 Donner Pass Road.2. Tahoe City: Old Vacant Fire Station, above Common’s Beach, 300 North Lake Blvd.Attendees
Published: April 5, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Time is running out for people to provide initial input on environmental concerns regarding the replacement and relocation of the public pier at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.Comments to help prepare a joint Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement that will study the project are due 5 p.m. April 15.Originally, input was due Feb. 12.
Published: April 5, 2016
I was pleased to find an interview with the new CEO of Tahoe Forest Health District, Harry Weis, in the March 30, 2016, edition of the Sierra Sun.I was hoping to learn how he was going to approach the many challenges facing the hospital. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much information from the interview. Aside from the usual platitudes, the main
Published: April 5, 2016
According to the American Academy of Poets, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and
Published: April 5, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif — On Thursday, March 31, the Tahoe Prosperity Center received an award from the Placer County Economic Development Board for “Best Collaboration to Encourage a Prosperous, Sustainable and Healthy Lake Tahoe Basin.”Certificates of recognition were also presented to the Tahoe Prosperity Center from Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and Sen. Ted Gaines, 1st District, California State Senate; Sen. Jim
Published: April 5, 2016
With his Swatch Freeride World Tour title already secured, Squaw Valley snowboarder Sammy Luebke went ahead and threw down a monstrous winning run anyway on the final stop in Verbier, Switzerland.Luebke’s victory — his third in five events — cemented his title by nearly 2,500 points over runner-up Flo Orley of Austria. He was joined by a handful of other
Published: April 5, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The following is a message from Superintendent Chief Learning Officer Rob Leri, to be included in TTUSD’s April 6 Education Connection Newsletter.I am excited to share with you that Tahoe Truckee was recognized again by the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as a Pacesetter community for our early literacy work.A large part of this recognition is based
Published: April 5, 2016
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — More than 100 skiers at Squaw Valley used ski and snowboard equipment developed in the 1980s for a powder day on March 28 — all in the name of philanthropy.The 2nd Annual Mothership Classic was hosted by Arcade Belt Co. on Squaw’s famed chairlift, KT22. Participants skied in old gear and fundraised for the High Fives
Published: April 5, 2016
Oneness Meditation event todayCome and experience the bliss, grace and wonder of Oneness Meditation with Catherine Scherwenka from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Tahoe Yoga & Wellness Center, located at 10770 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.Oneness Meditation is a beautiful transfer of high conscious energies that often put people to a state of feeling very connected to
Published: April 5, 2016
More than 115 skiers and snowboarders between the ages of 11 and 18 took to the steeps of the Chutes at Mount Rose Ski Tahoe for the final stop of the Tahoe Junior Freeride Series this past weekend.The event, postponed from its original date due to weather, was held in sunny, springlike conditions.Ross Tester of the Squaw Valley Big Mountain
Published: April 5, 2016
It’s never too late to add new practices to our homes and lives that will help save energy, money and the environment!To help you get started, here are a few simple tips that can have a significant impact on reducing your monthly expenses and at the save time preserve the environment:1. Make Your Own Cleaning Products: Many cleaning products contain
Published: April 5, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — It has been a very good first quarter for real estate sales on the Nevada side of North Lake Tahoe. There have been a total of 73 closed escrows during the first 3 months of 2016, compared with 59 sales during the same time frame one year ago. This amounts to approximately a 24% increase in
Published: April 5, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the addition of real estate broker Scott Tieche to its leadership team as new Managing Broker of the Incline Village office.“Scott brings a high level of senior brokerage management experience to the Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty family,” says Anne Wulff, Director of Operations. “Having worked with him over
Published: April 5, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee Fire Chief Bob Bena cracks a wide smile and laughs.“It’s bittersweet, to say the least,” said Bena, nestled inside the red brick Truckee Fire Protection District station on Donner Pass Road.Bena is talking about entering a new phase of his life a handful of weeks from now: retirement.Bena, who started with the district as a volunteer
Published: April 6, 2016
I read with interest the GM’s column in last week’s Bonanza by Steve Pinkerton, “To bid or not to bid?”I have been a frequent and constant critic of IVGID’s no bid contracts. From my perspective as a former business owner, it is pure laziness that drives IVGID’s no-bid policy, as well as poor management.Bidding assures the public and taxpayers that
Published: April 6, 2016
I am an avid reader, particularly at night. As I was finishing the most delightful book in a long time and while reading the author’s acknowledgements, the familiar name of Mimi Komito popped up as the proofreader of the book.The author’s wife, Marianne, also received accolades for her support. Only then did I look at the book’s cover and discovered
Published: April 6, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza’s weekly community meeting will not take place Friday, May 8.The newspaper’s staff will be in meetings throughout the morning and will be unable to meet with residents.The meetings take place every Friday from 9-10 a.m. in the Bonanza Community Room next to its office in Ste. 206 at 925 Tahoe Blvd.
Published: April 6, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Hundreds of residents and skiers were on hand for the 16th annual Dummy Downhill this past Saturday at Diamond Peak in Incline Village.The ski resort’s marquee spring event featured dummies of all shapes and sizes. Below are this year’s winners, as provided to the Bonanza by the Incline Village General Improvement District:Creativity: Boston Ski PartyBest Crash:
Published: April 6, 2016
There are a lot of good commercials for financial planners and advisers. One of my favorites has a disk jockey posing as an adviser in front of prospective clients.He uses catch phrases like “asset allocation” in order to win their trust. That sales pitch works as long as his knowledge is one level above the prospective clients’.In a commercial from
Published: April 6, 2016
Bernie Sanders is giving the Clinton machine fits attracting millennial voters by promising a democratic socialist state modeled after Denmark.He promises a government-run utopia with income equality, free college, free health care, free child care, generous pensions, free medical care and paid parental leave from work. But is he selling snake oil?Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen, addressing Harvard’s Kennedy School
Published: April 6, 2016
Mr. Moderate Caliph Jihadi,My name is McAvoy and I live just around the corner from you on Planet Earth. We are fated to die a natural death together when the sun burns out, but until then, we have an opportunity to live and let live.Today, 2016, we are each entitled to our personal beliefs as to what constitutes righteousness and
Published: April 6, 2016
Flowers are beginning to appear all around the village, and the beach is ready. It does look like the traditional April showers will also make an appearance this weekend, so be prepared for weather changes if you are out and about the village. Let the picnic season begin.Tickets for the Incline Star Follies are now on sale at the Potlatch.
Published: April 6, 2016
Incline’s baseball and softball teams are already a league series deep following a challenging preseason in which snow kept them off their home fields. Making matters more challenging, both Incline squads opened their Northern Division III campaigns against quality Pershing County clubs. Pershing County’s baseball and softball teams are off to 6-0 starts in league.In a three-game series against the
Published: April 6, 2016
Sadly, the most disappointing films are often the very comedies intended to lighten our mood. Perhaps mood-lightening didn’t motivate “Meet The Blacks,” a spoof of the thriller/horror series, “The Purge.” (Arguably itself a spoof, “The Purge’ succeeds as both frightening and funny).Historically, comedy is an excellent place to address preconceived notions and stereotypes, but writers Nicole DeMasi and Deon Taylor
Published: April 6, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — When Incline Village’s medical marijuana dispensary opens this spring, it will be a secure, law-abiding business that will be responsive to any resulting community issues or concerns.That was the message emphasized by panelists at an Incline Business Network-hosted forum last Thursday, March 31, to discuss the impacts NuLeaf may have on the local business community.“We have
Published: April 6, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Another public meeting will be held next week to discuss the topic of medical marijuana in light of Incline Village’s forthcoming dispensary. Incline Village Library is hosting the free meeting as part of its new Tahoe Talks series, which aims to stimulate community discussion on hot-button topics.Guest experts scheduled to speak at the medical marijuana forum
Published: April 6, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe recently announced that Wine on the Water ­— a sold-out event for the last five years —­ will be returning to Lake Tahoe on June 12.The food and wine tasting event on the resort’s beautiful cottage green features various wines from more
Published: April 6, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Who doesn’t love banana bread? It is dense, tasty and packed with all kinds of goodness that will help you power through the day.You can use this batter to make muffins or slice as bread — and it’s my favorite served with freshly ground peanut butter.WHEAT BRAN BANANA BREADMakes two 9-inch loafsIngredients:2 cups wheat flour1
Published: April 7, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for March 30 to April 5.March 30DUI: In the 900 block of Tahoe Blvd., deputies made an arrest for driving under the influence after a routine traffic stop.April 2Assault: In the 800 block of Tanager St., deputies responded to a
Published: April 7, 2016
The answer is ... maybe. Indeed, you will find lots of commentary that such payments do qualify. But as usual, the devil is in the details — as Mr. and Mrs. Fisher recently found out as a result of Tax Court scrutiny of IRS’s view of the matter.The Court found two issues for decision: whether the taxpayers should be entitled
Published: April 7, 2016
It was not a Donald Trump event — no yelling, no outbursts, no cheering, no “Trump salutes,” no finger-pointing, no near violent eruptions.Instead, it was, as advertised by the Incline Business Network, an educational program on Medical Marijuana Establishments (MMEs), taking place March 31 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. The audience, estimated at 50 or so,
Published: April 7, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — What better way to relax on a lazy spring or summer afternoon on the docks at Donner Lake, the beach at Lake Tahoe — or really, anywhere outdoors in the sunshine-drenched splendor that is the Sierra Nevada — than to read a good book?Lake Tahoe authors have produced fiction, facts and fantasy for your reading pleasure —
Published: April 7, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this snowy 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. The Wild Feathers at Crystal Bay CasinoThe Wild Feathers, an on-the-rise American rock band, will bring their
Published: April 7, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Below is a selection of incidents from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office press log for Feb. 1-19, as provided to the Sierra Sun by PCSO officials.Feb. 1At 10:30 a.m. on the 1700 Block of Navajo in Olympic Valley, sometime overnight an unknown suspect stole a victim’s skis and snowboard from an unlocked vehicle.At 9 p.m. on
Published: April 7, 2016
The Wolverines are in the win column.After starting league with two tough series against the Fernley and Fallon, the Truckee baseball team struck early at Sparks on Tuesday and held on for a 6-5 win in 12 innings. “It was a good win. It’s nice to get in the win column,” said Truckee coach J.R. Murphy, whose club improved to
Published: April 7, 2016
A handful of Highlanders competed among a competitive field of large schools at the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational this past weekend.Ryan Eppolito, Edward Parchill and Esten Flores made up Incline’s boys contingent, while Raquel Oliver, Kandace Dirga, Madelyn Pecorino and Ann Schrage represented the Incline girls. Eppolito placed 28th in both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, posting times of 2:16.56
Published: April 7, 2016
Kara LaPoint entered her first triathlon of the season with concern. The XTERRA pro from Truckee hadn’t put in the training she would have liked, the victim of a recurring hip injury that kept her shelved for much of the winter. As it turned out, she had nothing to worry about. The 29-year-old raced to a career-best finish as a
Published: April 7, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Officials are still waiting on a formal proposal from a San Francisco-based real estate developer that expressed interest this winter in renovating and managing the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.The North Tahoe Public Utility District, which owns and operates the building, anticipated receiving a written plan from Laulima Development LLC by the end of
Published: April 7, 2016
Out of nowhere spring decided to hit us. With temperatures rising and the huge piles of snow in my yard melting, I can almost see, and feel, the summer. It seemed to happen quickly, as it usually does in the mountains.One day you are shoveling 3 feet of show, the next you are searching for your sunscreen and T-shirts.As our
Published: April 7, 2016
The May 2016 issue of Consumer Reports (CR) features a cover article focused on the lack of transparency of doctors’ disciplinary actions and misconduct.My issue, based on my California address, includes an insert with specific references and ratings for California medical groups and hospitals, with links to further data.While the CR ratings score the Medical Board of California highest in
Published: April 7, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. ­— Tahoe Silicon Mountain next week will host Joe Chavez to present: “Not Just for Programmers: How Hackathons Change Communities (or Even the World).”Chavez will speak about why hackathons are good for growing a sense of community and how you can participate — no matter your skillset. “If you’ve heard of a hackathon, you might imagine teams of
Published: April 7, 2016
Those of you who read the Law Review, if any, know I am passionate about how badly big banks like Chase, Wells, Citi, Ocwen and B of A have treated their borrowers who are upside down in their loans.Foreclosure sales have lessened dramatically, and lenders have gotten better, but over the years I’ve counseled hundreds of homeowners who were unable
Published: April 7, 2016
The Truckee track and field squads traveled down to the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational last weekend, competing against mostly large Division I schools, along with a nearly full slate of regional Division I-A competitors. In a field of 21 teams, the girls finished eighth overall and second among DI-A competition, while the boys squad finished 13th overall and sixth among DI-A
Published: April 8, 2016
A large contingent of North Tahoe track and field athletes represented their school well at the Colfax Invitational this past Friday.No one fared better than senior thrower Jordan Briggs, who won both the shot put and the discus. She heaved the shot put 34 feet, 3.75 inches, which topped a field of 45 throwers. She launched the discus 104 feet,
Published: April 8, 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 8, 2016
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — A crowd mostly hostile to Nevada County Supervisor Dan Miller applauded his statement, which he gave with no reticence, about why the Board of Supervisors opted to send Measure W to the voters.The reason, Miller explained during a Measure W educational forum Tuesday in Grass Valley, is that future boards would change over time.The inference is
Published: April 8, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — I know, you must be thinking I am on an artichoke tear, given the lamb stew recipe of a few weeks ago. Well, I kind of am. Just wait until you get my recipe for my artichoke heart Popsicles next week.This salad is a great blend of flavors, the key being to roast the red peppers first
Published: April 8, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Although winter is still knocking on the doorstep, we are preparing for spring and summer events at The Chateau and Aspen Grove.Here are a few trends we are seeing in the food, wedding and event arena for the future seasons that may inspire you for your upcoming events and celebration.The colors that will be seen most
Published: April 8, 2016
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — In a battle of youth, the host Lakers played seven innings of fundamentally sound baseball to earn a 4-1 win over rival Incline in the teams’ first meeting Wednesday.North Tahoe freshman Koby Mattson started on the mound and was sharp through six innings. He limited the Highlanders to the one run on four hits and no
Published: April 7, 2016
The quest was to find the western-most winery in the continental United States. I ended up finding the most beautiful wine tasting “room” in perhaps all the world.When one goes to “California Wine Country” there are the expected places — Napa, Sonoma, maybe Santa Barbara or Paso Robles. Then there are places that are a little further afield, the Anderson
Published: April 8, 2016

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