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LAKE TAHOE — Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is accepting nominations for Lake Spirit Awards to honor real people making real progress protecting Lake Tahoe.Members of the public are encouraged to nominate exemplary members of the community who are going above and beyond the call of duty to protect the beauty and clarity of the lake.Because everyone has a role to
Published: February 24, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Regional officials and local residents are expressing initial concerns over potential traffic impacts and property use regarding Tahoe Expedition Academy’s proposal to build a school campus in Martis Valley.“We all use that artery (Highway 267), and if we’re not using that artery, then we are clogging the Tahoe City artery,” said Ellie Waller, of Tahoe Vista, at
Published: February 24, 2016
To say the least, there seems to be numerous problems with the way IVGID board trustees conduct their business and their responsibility to our community and compliance with the State of Nevada’s Laws and Statutes.After reading the Feb. 10 Bonanza article, “Re-vote of IVGID’s officers likely after Open Meeting Law violation,” I was dumfounded at the arrogance of IVGID’s Legal
Published: February 24, 2016
The full moon at the beginning of the week was beautiful, but it sure brought about some unusual challenges all around the village. I really think my computer is being controlled by the moon.That said, hooray, it is Oscars weekend. Get ready to see, hear and feel all of the excitement on Sunday, Feb. 28, as they roll out the
Published: February 24, 2016
My husband and I moved last week. About six months ago we decided to sell our condominium in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and purchase a permanent home in Incline Village.The commitment to this community has felt good. We’ve lived here for five years now, in three different rental properties. It was time to come “home.”At the same time, having witnessed the
Published: February 24, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Beginning next month, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Ryan Sommers will take over for outgoing Chief Mike Brown.On Feb. 17, the NLTFPD Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Sommers as interim chief, effective March 19 and until such time as they deem appropriate.“I’m extremely honored and look forward to the opportunity,” Sommers
Published: February 24, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village and Crystal Bay voters came out in droves Saturday and Tuesday for the Nevada caucuses to help determine 2016 presidential nominees for the Republican and Democrat parties.The Republican party held its caucus Tuesday evening at Incline Middle School, with slightly more than 700 voters casting ballots.Donald Trump garnered the most votes with 273, followed
Published: February 24, 2016
Michael Guymon and Keenan Collier did their part to help revive Incline’s formerly thriving wrestling program. One of them now has a spiffy, gold-colored medal to show for it. Guymon, a senior who’s built like a tank at 182 pounds, won all three of his matches in the Division III state championship tournament in Primm on Saturday to earn the
Published: February 24, 2016
It is frustrating to watch Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen testify on Capitol Hill. Congressmen grill her on policy and why the Fed isn’t helping the economy.At least the Fed is doing something. Our dysfunctional congress has done little or nothing to help the economy! That said, when it comes to Fed criticism I, too, will do some piling on.In her
Published: February 24, 2016
The song “Big Rock Candy Mountains” was written in 1895 by a vagrant named Harry McClintock to describe a hobo’s Utopia.It talks of “a land that’s fair and bright, where handouts grow on bushes and you sleep warm every night.” The song gained national attention in 1939 when it reached No. 1 on Billboard Magazine’s country music charts. It has
Published: February 24, 2016
The Incline boys basketball team’s season came to an end with a 62-47 loss to top-seeded Yerington in the semifinal round of the Northern Division III regional tournament in West Wendover on Friday.The Highlanders, who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, posted a final record of 9-13 overall.“Everything was going the way we thought it would go. I
Published: February 24, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Always vigilant to the endless raft of tax shenanigans going on out there, IRS has released its latest list of favorites — warning taxpayers to be alert to the most egregious potential problems lurking.Identity theft: This is the biggie. IRS continues to hunt down and prosecute the crooks filing false tax returns using other folks’ social
Published: February 24, 2016
Incline Village will again have the opportunity to enjoy the exciting traditions of Chinese New Year on the Sierra Nevada College campus on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 3-7 p.m., in Patterson Hall.The event is co-sponsored by the Asian Cultural Forum at SNC Tahoe, and Candy Perine and Cathi Colvin of Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate.It includes the participation of many
Published: February 24, 2016
Depression is ubiquitous. It befalls all demographic groups — black and white, rich and poor alike. It’s also a treatable mental illness. Should any of that matter?The Center For  Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in any given year, 18.8 million American adults, or 9.5% of the adult population, will suffer a depressive illness.Moreover, some 80% of those with
Published: February 24, 2016
The title “Race,” is a clever double entendre for a film that doesn’t live up to its potential.The film stars Stephan James as Olympic track and field medalist Jesse Owens. It’s 1934 when we meet Owens and stay to watch him earn four gold medals in 1936. Gleaning what we can from a screenplay that fails to examine the man,
Published: February 24, 2016
8/11/1953 ­— 1/31/2016Mark, a long time resident of North Lake Tahoe, passed away peacefully at home, losing his battle with cancer. Mark was a graduate of Drake High in San Anselmo, CA, where he loved soccer and dirt bike riding. He went onto graduate CSU Chico with Bachelor¹s of Science Business degree.Soon after, he moved to North Lake Tahoe to
Published: February 24, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for Feb. 16-23.February 16Destruction of Property: In the 700 block of Tahoe Blvd., a report was taken for destruction of property to a vehicle.February 17Embezzlement: In the 500 block of Silvertip, deputies took a report for embezzlement. This investigation is
Published: February 24, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — As a parent of three children who have skied since they could walk, and the director of one of the best child ski schools in the Tahoe Basin, I would like to share some tips for parents who love to ski and want their children to share the same passion. Let them play! Snow play is
Published: February 24, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — I really wanted to theme the recipe this week to reflect one of the year’s Oscar-nominated films and tie into the Academy Awards showing on Sunday, but none of the contenders offered anything really palatable.Would readers enjoy a bloody, raw bison liver as much as Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant?” I think not. Though I almost had
Published: February 24, 2016
An active stakeholder in the protection of our Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District will be taking part in the 3-day International Association of Fire Chief WUI Conference at the Peppermill Resort in Reno from March 8-10.There will be representatives from state and local governments, community planners and the like attending the conference. Attendees will
Published: February 25, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Lahontan Community Foundation’s 2016 grant cycle is now open to nonprofit organizations directly serving the Truckee-North Tahoe region.Over the years, LCF has provided essential funding to the arts, education, environment, animal welfare and human services. This year, LCF will award up to $112,000 to nonprofits.“Our mission is to bring the Lahontan Community together to have
Published: February 25, 2016
Concern for gun control in this country should be small potatoes in relation to concern for bomb control. Do you know how little it takes to boost the power of an atom bomb? Neither do I. But some people know all you need to do is to apply a small amount of radioactive hydrogen called “tritium” to its base, and
Published: February 25, 2016
On Saturday, Feb. 27, IVGID WasteNot and Diamond Peak Ski Resort are collaborating to host a Go Green Ski Day & Environmental Expo.WasteNot and other local sustainability clubs will be joining forces and putting on Green Ski Day which includes fun games, educational activities, art displays and more.Pick up a Go Green punch card at the ticket windows or at
Published: February 25, 2016
There was a wonderful turnout for the Community Snowshoe event held on February 12 at Diamond Peak.Ninety-one participants trekked up to Snowflake Lodge at Diamond Peak for great food from Wild Bill’s, drinks, and of course hot chocolate and s‘mores.This award-winning event, lead by the Incline Village Parks & Recreation Department, encourages exercising in an inter-generational social setting for ages
Published: February 25, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The body of a local man who was reported missing for a week washed ashore from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz County on Saturday, officials said.Peter Koci, 54, of Truckee, reportedly went searching for sea glass near Davenport Beach in Davenport, Calif., on Feb. 13 with a friend, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.The
Published: February 25, 2016
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — You’re twisting. You’re turning. You’re landing new tricks for the first time.You’re not just skiing; you’re ripping powder like never before. Sure, you had a GoPro rolling to get point-of-view action, but imagine if you could capture a birds-eye view of your epic run?At Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, now you can.For the past few weeks,
Published: February 21, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — For the past three-plus years, Coburn Station has been your prototypical bar band.Cutting their teeth in Truckee, the rock group has lived on a steady diet of weekend gigs — pumping out cover songs and a solid handful of originals — at the local pubs and eateries dotted in town and around the North Shore.This past year,
Published: February 25, 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. Dead Winter Carpenters CD Release PartyNorth Shore alternative-country band Dead Winter Carpenters will perform a CD Release
Published: February 25, 2016
Cynthia Ann Walterscheid, born April 12th, 1947, in Michigan, passed away February 18th, 2016 at her home in Truckee, California, after a lifetime of dedication to her family and her love of life in the Truckee Tahoe area.Cindy graduated from Azusa High School in 1965 and shortly thereafter married her sweetheart Stan Walterscheid on June 25th, 1966 at Holy Name
Published: February 25, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The worse kept secret in California, maybe in all the states, is that Truckee is one of the best places to live, work and play.I have been reading accolade after accolade in prestigious publications like National Geographic, Outside Magazine and Sunset Magazine. Even that Pulitzer Prize winning column in the Sierra Sun.I count at least 20 “Best
Published: February 25, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — If there’s any reason to doubt Mike Brown’s commitment to the community of Incline Village/Crystal Bay, you can look no further than the sidewalk on Highway 28 across the street from Rookies.It’s Monday, Feb. 15, and Incline’s fire chief is sitting down at the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza office, its windows overlooking that sidewalk, for an
Published: February 25, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents compiled from the Truckee Police Department’s online press log for Feb. 16-23, along with previously unreported incidents.Vehicle crashes investigated: 7February 16At 11 a.m. on Snowpeak Way, a reporting party located a set of keys on the ground at the sled hill.At 4:30 p.m. on Northwoods Boulevard, police were dispatched to a domestic argument.
Published: February 25, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — David Christopher broke into a wide grin as he gazed down at Lake Tahoe — a sparkling blue slab encircled by the snow-clad Sierra Nevada — on a sun-splashed Wednesday.Christopher, a wounded war veteran who served in the Army for 26 years, was cherishing the opportunity to not only explore the wilderness, but also witness some of
Published: February 25, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Placer County will host town hall meetings in March — neither at Lake Tahoe — to seek input on medical marijuana sales and cultivation in unincorporated areas of the county.The meetings are set for March 9 in North Auburn and March 16 in Rocklin, the county announced this week.The county board of supervisors voted in December
Published: February 25, 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: February 26, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The “ultimate test of ski and riding skills” is back at Lake Tahoe.Rahlves’ Banzai Tour returns to Kirkwood Mountain Resort Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27, and Sugar Bowl Resort on March 5-6.The race, which began in 2009 in its current incarnation, takes cues from the Silver Belt Race, which was first held at Sugar Bowl in the
Published: February 26, 2016
LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency last week began conducting travel surveys with visitors and residents at several recreational and commercial locations throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.The interviewing will be carried out by a professional survey research company and is scheduled to take place for roughly two weeks.Surveyors will wear badges while patrolling survey sites. Results from the
Published: February 26, 2016
“OK, next up is lot No. 41 from Realm Cellars with an opening bid of $50,000,” auctioneer Fritz Hatton announced with enthusiasm to the amped-up room of bidders at the 2016 Premier Napa Valley Wine Auction at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. With a drop of the gavel, the bidding commenced. “Do I hear 50? Fifty over here
Published: February 26, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — While Tahoe’s lake level has been on the rise, experts say it remains a concern — especially given a relatively dry February.But even with temperatures hovering between 5 and 14 degrees above normal for the region, snowpack water content has remained close to average thanks to a strong start to winter.“(Lake level has) climbed up
Published: February 26, 2016
Life is short. Recently, the world lost some very special people including some wonderful local residents who will be greatly missed. The world also lost musicians David Bowie and Glenn Frye. In my own family, we lost my fabulous brother-in-law Steve in January.Losing loved ones is incredibly difficult for those of us left behind. We all have different ways of
Published: February 27, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has issued felony arrest warrants for two men suspected in a Jan. 30 shooting in South Lake Tahoe.Domenic Seanleee Randolph and Dion Jermaine Randolph Vaccaro should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the DA’s office.The mens’ whereabouts are unknown. Both are “known to live/frequent the areas of
Published: February 25, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — You can’t go wrong with a baked tortilla pie. This dish will make just about anyone happy, plus it’s simple; and you most likely have a cupboard stocked with these ingredients already.An added bonus, this dish will please those people who, like my boyfriend, make it a goal to prepare dinner using as few dishes
Published: February 27, 2016
Don Kanare and Sabrina Belleci are pleased to announce the expansion of their RE/MAX North Lake office at 923 Tahoe Blvd., Suite 101, in Incline Village. Joining Don and Sabrina is Chelsie Flint as office administrator.When the neighboring art gallery closed a while back, RE/MAX North Lake leased the additional space in anticipation of its future planned expansion.A dedicated conference
Published: February 27, 2016
With spring only a month away, now is the perfect time to start preparing your house to sell.According to the National Association of Realtors, the most popular months for new listings are April, May and June. Therefore, start preparing your house now, and you will be ready to place your home on the market early spring, which can help you
Published: February 27, 2016
Real estate is often simply a series of problems. They can be property related, people related, or having to do with regulatory entities.Regardless, problems have an effect on buying and selling. A real estate Agent’s job and value is in their ability to mitigate the problems. Problem-solving Agents make deals, save deals, and make things come out the way Buyers
Published: February 27, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Statewide gaming win in Nevada dipped 2.9 percent in January because of fewer special events.But the two Lake Tahoe markets saw a significant increase, according to Gaming Control Board analyst Mike Lawton.Total win for the state was $925.3 million, a decrease of $27.3 million as Game and Table win decreased 11.6 percent.The biggest issue was the
Published: February 27, 2016
RENO — After six lead changes in the fourth quarter — and momentum see-sawing by the possession — the question in the final seconds of Saturday’s Division III girls state championship was this: Who would deliver in the clutch last?White Pine’s Ashlyn Huntington was that player.The senior guard scored the final five points for her team — on a go-ahead
Published: February 27, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — When it was created, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s commodities system was designed to limit growth and overdevelopment in the Tahoe Basin.The main goal was to cap hotel, residential and commercial unit projects to protect the region.Now it’s a policy that many tourism and business stakeholders say is outdated, limiting redevelopment, revitalization and environmental improvement.“We
Published: February 28, 2016
I guess you could call us ex pats. We lived in Tahoe for over 20 years, raising our kids and learned to enjoy the ways of living in the mountains. A few years ago my husband decided to explore another big lake. We now call Clear Lake home and are learning the ways of a lower elevation. But one of
Published: February 28, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Library Coalition is gearing up to host our third annual Edible Books Festival on April 1 from 5-6:30p.m.An Edible Book Festival is a culinary celebration of a book. Participants base their food creations on the book using a literal OR tongue-in-cheek theme.Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative and Best Tasting based on public
Published: February 29, 2016
Although once thought to be primarily a disorder seen only in adults, it is increasingly recognized that anxiety disorders are commonly evidenced in children, often as early as 5 years of age.When treating anxious children within our clinical practice, our treatment protocols always include teaching the child’s PARENTS various tools for helping their child acquire strategies for better managing anxiety.Remember,
Published: February 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — We live in a culture that is crazy about numbers. The dominant belief of Western culture is that numbers are all that matter. If you can number it, you make it real. Once made real, it’s yours to manage and control.We increasingly depend on numbers to know how we are doing for virtually everything. We ascertain our
Published: February 29, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — On Jan. 5, 2016, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that asserts Placer County’s authority to regulate medical marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county.This action establishes that Placer County maintains local authority to regulate marijuana consistent with the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015.It also designates the county’s Agricultural Commissioner’s
Published: February 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The person who owned Lake Tahoe Brewing Co. locations in Carson City and Fernley, Michael Candelario — who for a year planned to open a brewpub in downtown Truckee — was arrested on suspicion of felony theft Monday morning in Carson City.A warrant had been issued nearly two weeks ago for Candelario’s arrest for theft of property more
Published: February 22, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Two North Lake Tahoe bartenders were arrested this month on suspicion of selling cocaine following a series of undercover sting operations, officials said.Juan Pablo Lepe, an employee of Rookies Sports Bar and Grill at 930 Tahoe Blvd. was arrested Feb. 10 at the bar and was booked into Washoe County Jail on “multiple drug-related charges as a
Published: February 26, 2016
4 p.m. SUNDAY UPDATE: Rescue crews on Sunday recovered the body of the second victim in Friday’s canoe incident on Donner Lake, officials said.The body of Lucas Johnson, 34, from the Auburn, Calif., area, was found in roughly 60 feet of water in Donner Lake near where the canoe capsized Friday afternoon, in the northeast corner of the lake, according
Published: February 27, 2016
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — A 62-year-old local woman died in a skiing accident Saturday at Squaw Valley resort.On Monday, the Placer County Deputy Coroner Dennis H. Watt identified the woman as Elizabeth S. Danel, of Olympic Valley.According to a statement provided Monday by Squaw Valley, Danel was skiing in the Headwall area at about 1:35 p.m. when she fell and
Published: February 29, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — SnowFest!, the ever-popular North Lake Tahoe winter carnival that pays homage to the region’s deep ties to winter activities and our love of snow, is just about ready for its 35th annual run of fun.Similar to previous years, the festival will run for 10 days and feature multiple events and activities throughout North Shore/Truckee region.It kicks
Published: February 29, 2016
Nevada Wing will join other units of Civil Air Patrol across the nation in observing the organization’s anniversary. The year-long celebration began Feb. 25 at a 75th Anniversary kickoff reception in Washington, D.C.Activities are planned throughout the year for the occasion to bring awareness of Civil Air Patrol and our contributions to communities across Nevada, Northeastern California and the nation.Civil
Published: February 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The nonprofit organization Girls on the Run International — a physical-activity based, positive youth development program that empowers girls in the third through eighth grades — is celebrating its 20th year.What started with one council and 13 participants in Charlotte, N.C., and has grown to 225 councils from coast to coast that have served more than 1
Published: February 29, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — I know, it’s tough to think of summer plans when you are planning where to ski this weekend, where to get hot chocolate, and how to stay warm.How is it possible to be looking toward summer and creating plans? If you are college bound, then it’s easy. You know that summers are a great time to take
Published: February 29, 2016
SOCHI, Russia — The next generation of ski racers kicked off the FIS Junior World Ski Championships on Saturday, with Squaw Valley Ski Team product Erik Arvidsson snagging a huge win in the downhill.A regular on the NorAm Cup podium in speed events, Arvidsson smoked the 2014 Olympic downhill track, skiing the course tactfully to win by two-tenths of a
Published: February 29, 2016
BOKWANG, South Korea — The American snowboardcross men dominated at the official Olympic test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, where Nate Holland of Squaw Valley took the win and Nick Baumgartner was third. Lindsey Jacobellis made the women’s final, finishing just off the podium in fourth.Holland has had great success in his snowboardcross career, including seven X Games
Published: February 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — One thing you may have noticed about the stock market this year is that it has been following the price of crude oil. If crude oil is down, there’s a good chance the market will decline, too.According to a recent article in Market Watch, the price of stocks and crude oil has closed in the same direction
Published: February 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — With 2016 being an election year, the Sierra Sun is devoting time each week to conduct interviews with officials and board members who work for the many public districts and government agencies representing Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.This week, we feature a Q-and-A with Truckee Tahoe Airport District General Manager Kevin Smith:Sierra Sun: How would you describe
Published: February 29, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — This week’s question: What’s your favorite part of SnowFest!?Here are answers, as asked Monday in Tahoe City:Joyce Lanza, full-time mom, Tahoe City: “The (Tahoe City) parade is my favorite part. I truly enjoy seeing the community out in downtown Tahoe City, with all of the activities that go on that day, the floats and all the kids.”Aaron
Published: March 1, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Feb. 22-28 at www.sierrasun.com.1. Lake Tahoe Brewing Co. founder arrested for felony theftThe person who owned Lake Tahoe Brewing Co. locations in Carson City and Fernley, Michael Candelario — who for a more than a year planned to open a brewpub in downtown Truckee — was arrested on suspicion
Published: March 1, 2016
On Feb. 8, the Tahoe League for Charity held its monthly luncheon meeting at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City. The three featured speakers, Brenda Martinez, Anne Rarick and Bojana Vujeva, were from Community House, a shared nonprofit space in Kings Beach.Community House is home to several nonprofits and government agencies, including Project MANA, the local hunger relief agency;
Published: March 1, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tuesday, March 8, Good Morning Truckee meeting provide insights into the growing Truckee startup business scene, with a focus on the tech community.Jameson Stafford, CEO/Founder of Elevate Blue; Andy Scott, CEO at 1bios; and Johannes Zigler, CEO and founder of Miaplaza Inc. and founder of Tahoe Silicon Mountain will present, according to the Truckee Donner Chamber
Published: March 1, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — This month’s “Knowledge Bites” workshop in Truckee will focus on QuickBooks, one of the most important tools a small business owner can use.According to the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, topics will include the basic understanding of financials and why it is critical to effectively run a business; how to set up and manage different accounts (including
Published: March 1, 2016
Parents’ Night Out this FridayAnother Parents’ Night Out will be held Friday, March 4, 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City. Children ages birth-12 years of age are welcome. A donation of $10 per child per evening is requested. Please feed your children dinner before bringing them.Activities include: Bible story, craft, music, and a movie. This is
Published: March 1, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — This year, there are eight local young women vying for the title of 2016 SnowFest! Queen — Emma Appleton, Kassidy Commendatore, Viviana Corona, Michelle Gomez, Xochitl Perez, Kyla Pierce, Estrella Sanchez and Lindsey Twomey.Below is brief biography information (slightly edited for clarity and grammar) from the candidates, as provided to the Sun by the team at
Published: March 1, 2016
The Tahoe Basin Ski League concluded with a two-day state championship last week, with the giant slalom taking place at Alpine Meadows on Tuesday and the slalom at Diamond Peak on Wednesday.Incline’s girls swept all three team titles, winning the GS, slalom and combined, while the Truckee girls placed second ahead of South Tahoe in all three categories. For the
Published: March 1, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Monday afternoon, Feb. 29, the Sierra Sun hosted 13 sixth-graders from Mark Keim’s class at Forest Charter School in Truckee.The students received a tour of the Sun’s office in the Pioneer Center, where they asked plenty of questions of Editor Kevin MacMillan about all facets of the Sun’s editorial and business operations.“This was a great supplement
Published: March 1, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — How the Tahoe Keys can help limit the amount of clarity-reducing pollutants entering Lake Tahoe is the subject of a plan being reviewed by regional water quality regulators.An associated plan outlining steps to manage aquatic invasive species problems at the South Shore development is expected to be submitted to regulators in May.The Tahoe Keys Property
Published: March 1, 2016
The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour brought its high-speed, skiercross-style racing to the steeps of Kirkwood this past weekend.The first of only two stops this year, the opener began with an exciting, near-vertical gate drop into The Wall as skiers and snowboarders raced through elimination heats of four down the natural terrain of the mountain.In the men’s ski final, Josh Anderson, who
Published: March 1, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In recent months, shoppers at the Incline Village Raley’s store may have notice something missing at checkout counters — single-use plastic bags.Around last Memorial Day the store voluntarily decided to do away with disposable plastic bags at checkout after getting the OK from corporate officials, said Mike Finn, Raley’s Incline store team leader.“Our decision was that
Published: March 1, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — At the Truckee River Watershed Council, we work for the watershed. It’s our nature.The Truckee River region is threatened. Fish: declining. Invertebrates: dwindling. Meadows: drying up. Human impact from mining, grazing, logging, population growth — and now climate change — contributes to the River’s “polluted” EPA rating. The watershed needs our help. We exist to transform its
Published: March 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — SWEP promotes environmental stewardship by connecting students with their community and local environment through watershed education and service-learning.Our greatest strengths are exciting students, supporting teachers, creating partnerships, and developing the next generation of stewards.SWEP connects students to their local community through sustainability club outreach: The SWEP advised Envirolution Club performs 15 nationally recognized Trashion shows to local
Published: March 2, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — More than a year after being placed on the curb, the topic of future trash collection and service options has been picked up by the IVGID board and is being carried farther down the road to be sorted.In unanimous votes last week, the five-member Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees approved recommended service options
Published: March 2, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane) burn incompletely.In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. During 2006-2010, municipal fire departments responded to an annual average of 72,000
Published: March 2, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Edward Parkhill is a Life Scout. He is a sophomore at Incline High School and a dual-enrollment student at Sierra Nevada College.He has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since second grade and earned his Arrow of Light in Cub Scouts Pack 37 in Incline Village. He has attended scout camps in Texas
Published: March 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — First of all, before you get all sour grapes on me with, “Sure, I don’t have a wood stove anymore,” let me assure you this fantastic stew can be made on your standard kitchen stove top.No need to get worked up about the Truckee-Tahoe wood stove police who banned your lovely Franklin despite the fact you had
Published: March 2, 2016
Yes, pothole season is back! Please be extra careful if snow covers our village again, as the potholes will still be waiting to attack your vehicles and you will not see the monsters until you are in one! Let’s hope the snow does return as we do need more quickly.Incline High School hosts the annual Vintage vs. Varsity Basketball game
Published: March 2, 2016
Predictions for the economy vary wildly. The Fed believes the economy will pick up steam and interest rate hikes will be necessary. Others predict a recession before the end of the year. What’s the market saying? Continued slow growth and low interest rates.The fourth quarter GDP was revised higher to a growth rate of one percent. That rules out any
Published: March 2, 2016
Last column, I talked about putting together a report card for IVGID. This report card will:“provide(s) an overall picture of where we’ve been, where we are going, and how we doing in comparison to our peers and industry standards. To meet that goal, we’ll be providing dashboards in each section of the budget which will serve as our report card
Published: March 2, 2016
Sierra Nevada College’s ski and snowboard teams will compete in the 38th Annual United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., from March 6-12. SNC Tahoe will send 36 athletes to join more than 500 collegiate athletes in alpine, Nordic and snowboard/freeski events.The Eagles will look to defend their USCSA national titles from last
Published: March 2, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for Feb. 24 to March 1.February 24Grand Larceny: In the state line area in Crystal Bay, deputies took a report for Larceny after jewelry was left in a room.Domestic Battery: In the 800 block of Alder, deputies responded to a
Published: March 2, 2016
Whether your budget allows for a full house interior design or you have just enough to squeak out a powder room remodel, you want to know that your hard-earned money is being well spent and that you are getting the best value for your dollar.We’re going to share a few tips with you so you can get exactly what you
Published: March 2, 2016
Most residential real estate transactions today utilize the services of Physical and Pest inspectors. Once in awhile, their reports lead to additional inspections or tests.Sometimes the nature of the property leads to additional testing or services being required. However you get there, when you need to get extra information about the property you are buying, do it. A common additional
Published: March 2, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The IVGID Board of Trustees at its Feb. 24 meeting elected the following members into office for the 2016 term:Kendra Wong: ChairPhil Horan: Vice ChairJim Hammerel: TreasurerTim Callicrate: SecretaryMatthew Dent: TrusteeWong was voted in unanimously to continue as chair, while Horan earned a 3-2 vote to continue as vice-chair.The action was done last week after Nevada
Published: March 2, 2016
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — If you’re a fan of music, no matter the genre, you’ve likely heard songs from Paul Simon’s Grammy-award wining album “Graceland.” Ranked No. 71 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list, “Graceland” — an eclectic mix of pop, rock and folk deeply steeped in South African music — features standout singles like “You
Published: March 2, 2016
Shady and evil behaviors permeate “Triple 9,” an engrossing thriller-drama-heist movie that delivers many twists and turns.Essentially, a gang of thieves that includes a crooked cop, is tasked with an impossible heist. In hopes of pulling if off, they concoct a clever, unimaginably nefarious plan.Casey Affleck appears as the film’s hero, Chris Allen, a police officer newly transferred to the
Published: March 2, 2016
Time is mercurial. Last weekend I met the incomparable Kathy Collins of Maui for the first time in 35 years and we presented “Mark Twain’s Hawaii” together live and unrehearsed in Genoa and Incline Village. If time can be warped as Einstein suggested, I’m here to testify that Einstein was right.Kathy was news anchor at KMVI while I was messing
Published: March 3, 2016
I call your attention to an extremely valuable community asset that needs our help and support. I’m speaking of the We The People Team at Incline High School.This group of students, guided by their mentor, Milt Hyams Jr., has just won the Nevada state championship and will represent us at the national We The People contest in Washington, D.C., next
Published: March 3, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Light Shine Learning is offering a Baby Sign Language class at Tahoe’s Connection for Families.The 6-week session begins Monday, March 7. Each class is from 4-4:45 p.m. in TCF’s Infant Room at 761 Northwood Blvd., Incline Village. Parents and babies attend each class together.Kim Warren Holscher, an educator for over 15 years, used sign language in
Published: March 3, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Last week, we published the first in a two-part Q-and-A with Chief Mike Brown, whose last day with the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is March 18.Below is the rest of the interview between Brown and the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza:Bonanza: In 2007, the Angora Fire made national headlines. Nearly a decade later, what have we
Published: March 3, 2016
It’s over. Nevada Republicans and Democrats have completed their quadrennial presidential preference caucuses (statewide voting processes run solely by volunteers of the political parties), and we’re none the worse for wear. According to media reports, the Democratic Party kind of got the worst of it (see 2-21-16 Reno Gazette-Journal article “A Raucous Caucus”), but to be fair, that party’s processes
Published: March 3, 2016

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