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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Local Incline Village Boy Scouts Troop No. 37 recently attend the High Adventure Camp: Florida Sea Base. The Scouts get to sail around for a week in the Florida Keys on an 80-foot schooner.The crew spent 7 days and nights on the schooner called the Grand Nelle. The crew learned all aspects of sailing this grand
Published: November 11, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Welcome winter! With the recent snowfall, it’s not too early to begin preparing for the winter months. As we turn up the heat and stoke our fireplaces, here are some seasonal home fire safety tips to remember:1: We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes (the ash container should be kept
Published: November 11, 2015
During the spring of 2015, Lake Tahoe School art teacher Alison Lee was selected by the National Art Education Association to join a prestigious delegation of 35 art educators across the country to visit Havana, Cuba, for the purpose of researching art education.While there, Lee participated in direct observations at schools and in various learning environments, studio visits with local
Published: November 11, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — “Protect Nevada Children” next week will present a 35-minute PowerPoint presentation on “how to protect your child from the new state and federal data mining schemes, including why you should not allow you child to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test,” according to a news release from the grassroots group.“The SBAC test is only
Published: November 11, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the Incline Village General Improvement District recently hired Paul Raymore as their new marketing manager.Raymore most recently served as Director of Marketing for Journeys Within Tour Company in Truckee. Before that, he worked as Director of Marketing and Sales for Homewood Mountain Resort .Prior to joining Homewood, Raymore worked in marketing
Published: November 11, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Brandon Fankhauser is a Life Scout and Incline High School senior. He has been a member of Scouts since first grade and earned his Arrow of Light in Cub Scouts Pack 37 in Incline Village.He attended the 2013 Summit Bechtel Jamboree with Troop 59 of Greenbrae, Calif., and is a graduate of BSA’s National Youth Leadership
Published: November 11, 2015
Oh my, oh my, I am really excited now with snow events happening two weeks in a row and hoping this is just the beginning of a long winter. Keep up the pray for snow parties and bring it on. Tahoe is open for winter play.Celebrate Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, in the Mark
Published: November 11, 2015
For the first time since 2010, IVGID has an updated Strategic Plan. Why is that important?A Strategic Plan, if properly executed, provides the District with the ability to channel resources in a direction that yields the greatest benefit to residents, constituents and guests.The basic intent of the plan is to identify long-range principles that align activities of the District to
Published: November 11, 2015
Cancer is a battle that a lot of people are experiencing these days. This particular case was a very profound one that I’d like to share with the community since the victim was a well-known man.Scott Forest Hoote received his diagnosis of stage 4 Esophageal Cancer on December 25th, 2014. We were all in shock to say the least. How
Published: November 11, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for Nov. 5-10.Nov. 5At 10:57 a.m., on Golfer’s Pass Road, a report was taken for a motor vehicle accident.At 6:50 a.m., in the 700 block of College Drive, deputies responded to a report of a domestic battery. One person was
Published: November 11, 2015
The following is an edited-for-grammar/spelling copy of a letter Ms. Inman sent to the Washoe County Commission:As a retired high school English teacher, I urge you to reject the temptation to approve a marijuana retail outlet in Incline Village, Nevada. Those in pain with a need for the drug have ample means to acquire it. Our teens also seem to
Published: November 11, 2015
What’s the greater risk, holding stocks or sitting with cash? Most would say it’s riskier to own equities, but the answer isn’t that simple because it depends on your time horizon.Yes, stocks are volatile so if you need the money within the next few years then it is more risky to be invested. If you are saving for retirement, or
Published: November 11, 2015
Lake Tahoe was formed two million and fifty-four years ago. I know this because while lifeguarding at South Shore in the summer of ‘61 I was told by a Washoe elder that the lake was formed two million years heretofore, and that was 54 years ago.Following quick stops in the rain at the University of Oregon, the rainforests of Vietnam,
Published: November 11, 2015
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — We all tend to experience some sort of tension or stress in certain areas of the body, and often times it can be a chronic problem. There are various events like sports accidents or trauma that may leave injury, but these issues can also stem from emotional baggage.Moving on from the head and neck to the
Published: November 11, 2015
So you go through all the hassle of getting your records together and getting that return assembled, but at the eleventh hour, you send that joint return to the Revenooers without having your spouse sign the darned thing.Bad Karma — as learned the hard way by taxpayers Mr. and Mrs. Reifler, who the Tax Court recently slammed down hard as
Published: November 11, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE — In a rematch of last year’s state final, Incline senior Vanessa Andrade scored two goals against defending state champion Whittell on Friday, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors came out on top, 3-2.“We had some really good moments and some really sketchy moments, which is when we gave up goals,” said Incline coach Tom Canino, whose
Published: November 11, 2015
I think the people who call about bears in their garbage need to be slapped repeatedly until they wake up.Why the heck do they call? Do they really think someone is going to pick the garbage up for them? It’s not going to happen.Do they think they will have a talk with the bear to stay out of it? It’s
Published: November 11, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The U.S. Forest Service will begin the sale of Christmas tree permits on Monday, Nov. 16, at Lake Tahoe.Permits cost $10 each (cash or check are preferred on the South Shore; cash or check only, no credit cards on the North Shore), with a limit of two permits per family.Permits are available for purchase until noon
Published: November 11, 2015
The Incline volleyball team is peaking at just the right time.After a 1-5 start to the season, including consecutive losses to begin league play, the Highlanders won their final 10 matches of the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed in the Northern Division III regional championships at Yerington on Saturday. Incline opened with a win in four sets
Published: November 11, 2015
The Incline cross-country team had a solid showing at the Division III/IV state championship at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park on Saturday.Individually, sophomore Katie Rye and junior Urs Volz led the way with sixth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively, in a field of 26 runners in the girls race. Rye covered the 5K course in 22:13 and Volz in 22:24.Junior Elaina
Published: November 11, 2015
Imagine being out for a walk in the early evening and you happen to look up and see an enormous bat with a wingspan of about five feet, flapping overhead, peering down at you. It could happen, if you happen to be in the Philippines. You would be observing the giant golden-crowned flying fox, also known as the golden-capped fruit
Published: November 11, 2015
Political history buffs may be interested in viewing an upcoming PBS documentary titled: “1968: Ball of Confusion – A year of chaos that makes today’s political battles seem tame by comparison.”It is produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “Ball of Confusion” was a popular song about 1968 made famous by the Temptations.Millennials may scoff at the idea
Published: November 11, 2015
More than 160 people participated in the 39th annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot and Mashed Potato Mile this past Saturday.Hosted by the Auburn Ski Club Training Center, the 7.2-mile race around Donner Lake took place on a sunny fall morning, with fog lifting just in time for the start.A couple of runners from Philadelphia claimed victories — with 29-year-old Sean
Published: November 12, 2015
A strange thing has happened in recent years. Many of my friends are having “situations” with their parents. It must be an age thing. I wouldn’t know.As we get older our parents do too. Interesting how that works. It’s very frightening to see parents “lose it.” They are protective of their role as parents. Naturally, they do not want their
Published: November 12, 2015
Congratulations to Truckee Donner Land Trust and the many environmental organizations involved in the Van Norden Meadow rehabilitation project. The current water release, while not directly associated with the future of the meadow, is a good start in what will be a process that will benefit all downstream users of the waters of the South Fork Yuba River. I’d like
Published: November 12, 2015
Mary Ann Summers (born Mary Ann Pahl on January 31, 1931 in Alameda, CA) passed away peacefully in her winter home Monday evening (Nov. 9th) in Quail Creek community south of Tucson.At her side were her husband of 61 years Bruce G. Summers and her daughter Sandy. Mary’s passing marked the end of her long battle with cancer, a battle
Published: November 12, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Member Sara Kokkelengberg was recently named the 2015 Catherine Milton California AmeriCorps Member of the Year for her service at the Eastern Sierra Land Trust.Kokkelenberg, based in Bishop, Calif., was one of 30 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Members placed throughout the Sierra Nevada, from Redding to Visalia, during the 2014-15 program.Those members
Published: November 12, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee-based Tahoe Mountain Sports is hosting an Avalanche Education Series to help ensure the safety of Truckee-Tahe skiers and riders.The 2015-16 series presented by Ortovox is a free, three-part opportunity to learn best practices for backcountry snow sports.“While the series is not intended to be an end-all education on avalanche safety, it is an exceptional opportunity to
Published: November 12, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Oct. 24, Justin Hoekman received his Mitchell Award at the yearly Nevada Wing conference in Las Vegas by the outgoing commander of the Nevada Wing section of the Civil Air Patrol, Col. Tim Hahn.The Mitchell Award is a significant award for cadets; it is a stepping stone for moving the cadet into an officer role. The
Published: November 12, 2015
Truckee and Tahoe City were well represented at the 20th XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon in Kapalua, Maui, on Nov. 1. Robert and Wendy Kronkhyte of Tahoe City and Truckee’s Kara LaPoint, Sian Turner Crespo and Kimberly Larson held their own in a field of 800 triathletes from 43 countries.LaPoint recorded a 13th-place finish in the pro women’s field and
Published: November 12, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A public presentation on plans for the new Fanny Bridge upgrade project is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the TCPUD Board Room at 221 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City.According to the Tahoe Transportation District, the meeting will provide a complete overview of the SR89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project, including upcoming work schedules and
Published: November 12, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Here are the Sierra Sun-Bonanza’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this Halloween weekend:1. Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday CelebrationLocal impressionist McAvoy Layne will perform “Secrets of Longevity & Etiquette on Getting Into Heaven” to celebrate Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday Celebration. For reservations, which are encouraged, as seating is limited to 50 people, call 775-833-1835
Published: November 12, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The following are births for the month of September 2015, as submitted to the Sun by Tahoe Forest Hospital.Gunther Jace, a boy, born 9/5/15 to Ben & Arienne Lyhne of Truckee.Brock Nicholas, a boy, born 9/7/15 to Nic & Larissa Beddoe of Graeagle.Quinn Wyiming, a girl, born 9/9/15 to Brett Wardle & Amanda Neadeau of Truckee.Sloane Violet,
Published: November 12, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The following are births for the month of October 2015, as submitted to the Sun by Tahoe Forest Hospital.Silas Gray Danger, a boy, was born 10/1/15 to William Neelands & Amanda Campbell of Homewood.Elizabeth Gene, a girl, was born 10/5/15 to Robert & Wrenn Cavallo of Truckee.Iris Kay, a girl, was born 10/6/15 to Kurt & Jenny
Published: November 12, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s press log for Oct. 20 to Oct. 29, along with previously unreported incidents.Oct. 20At 8:26 a.m. at a school on Donner Pass Road, the TPD school resource officer was contacted by TTUSD administration regarding a vandalism.At 9:53 p.m. at an undisclosed location, vehicle stop for code violations resulted
Published: November 12, 2015
Incline cross-country runners had a solid showing at the Division III/IV state championships at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park on Nov. 7. Junior Kate Rye led the Highlander contingent with a seventh-place finish in a field of 42 runners, posting a time of 22:16 on the 5K course. Elaina Marchegger, a junior from Sierra Lutheran, claimed the individual state title
Published: November 12, 2015
Warren Mills, once again, will start from scratch on another bushy, gray horseshoe mustache.As tradition goes, the longtime North Tahoe cross-country coach allows his runners to shave his mustache after every state championship they win. It never gets old. “My quote when someone asks me how many (state championships) we’ve won is, ‘It’s not enough.’ That’s the only answer I’m
Published: November 12, 2015
The Truckee girls cross-country team came within six points of a state championship three-peat last Saturday at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park. The reigning Northern Division I-A champs lost to regional runner-up Spring Creak in their rematch a week later on the same 5K course, 32 points to 38. Elko finished a distant third with a score of 74 points,
Published: November 12, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Back in 2010, Dead Winter Carpenters, a newly formed alternative-country band based in North Lake Tahoe, were looking to get their name out.As luck would have it, in March of that year they were given a platform — in more ways than one.“We knew the booker over at the Crystal Bay Club,” said Jesse Dunn, a
Published: November 13, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Visual impacts are among several issues raised regarding a proposed project to relocate and upgrade the California Highway Patrol’s Truckee office.The draft environmental impact report for the CHP Truckee Area Office Replacement Project studied the new facilities on a 5.3-acre parcel bound by Pioneer Trail Road to the north and west, Donner Pass Road to the east
Published: November 13, 2015
Keeping the James Bond films fresh through 24 installments and 50 years has been challenging. Although the films have been updated to reflect changing times, one unchanging aspect is each film’s introduction — a song set to an abstract that reflects the film.Some of these have been stunners: “Goldfinger,” 1964, “Live and Let Die,” 1973, “For Your Eyes Only,” 1981,
Published: November 13, 2015
A couple years ago, I ran a column on a revolutionary method of roasting a chicken, a new technique that has rocked the culinary industry. It was introduced by the late Judy Rogers, owner of Zuni Cafe in San Francisco and author of “The Zuni Cafe cookbook,” and involves very high heat and a short cook time.So I ran the
Published: November 13, 2015
TAHOMA, Calif. — A Lake Tahoe bear cub escaped unharmed after igniting a fire in a vacant West Shore house Thursday evening in attempt to reach food, an official said.Entering through a partially open window, the cub climbed onto the stove, inadvertently turning on a burner and igniting material around it, said Ed Miller, president of the Meeks Bay Fire
Published: November 13, 2015
Kenneth ( Kenny ) Oelrich passed away at the age of 82 Sunday, October 25th surroundedby loved ones in his Palm Desert home. Kenny is survived by his wife of 58 years Joan Oelrich. His 2 Son’s Wayne, and Ray Oelrich, 3 Grand children, and 4 Great Grandchildren. Kenny owned, and operated “ Kenny’s Shell Service “ in Kings Beach
Published: November 13, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — While risk is low, Sierra Avalanche Center forecasters are recommending backcountry users exercise caution following the first reported skier-caused avalanche of the season in the Lake Tahoe region.The incident occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 11, near Elephants Back — a peak near Kirkwood Mountain Resort and State Route 88.A report submitted to the avalanche center, by
Published: November 14, 2015
STATELINE, Nev. — Scroll down the Tahoe BEAR League’s Facebook thread and it probably won’t take long before you find criticisms and even accusations directed toward the Nevada Department of Wildlife and their bear management strategy. Ask BEAR League advocacy group executive director Ann Bryant, and she’ll tell it to you bluntly.“We don’t appreciate NDOW’s policy at all. It sets
Published: November 14, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Despite the community rallying nearly two years ago to save the last remaining bookstore in the Truckee/North Shore region, it might end up closing.After 23 years as owner of the Bookshelf, Debbie Lane has decided to list the business for sale, so she may retire.“I’m ready for a change,” the 68-year-old proprietor said. “I feel like I
Published: November 12, 2015
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Ben and Sophie Yiakis are supposed to be in school right now.Instead, the two middle-schoolers and their dad are outside, sporting winter jackets, pants and skis, 100 miles from their home city of Sacramento.The Yiakis family was not going to miss opening day Thursday morning at Alpine Meadows ski resort. “The kids are playing hooky,” said
Published: November 12, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Anyone who has spent much time at Lake Tahoe has seen, and even more likely heard, the Thunderbird.It’s the iconic 55-foot-long wooden yacht that has been plying Tahoe’s waters for 75 years.George Whittell, the eccentric recluse who once owned much of the east shore of Lake Tahoe, had it built by John L. Hacker in 1940.
Published: November 11, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The latest in a string of small Sierra storms brought several inches of snow to the greater Truckee-Tahoe region by Sunday night, ski resorts reported Monday.Kirkwood Mountain Resort was the big winner from Sunday’s storm, recording 14 inches at its summit, according to Vail Resorts.Closer to North Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley ski resort reported 11 inches up
Published: November 16, 2015
KIRKWOOD, Calif. — Sunny skies and short lines greeted skiers and snowboarders at Kirkwood Mountain Resort on opening day, Saturday, Nov. 14.With an earlier-than-expected start to the ski season, people were all smiles at the Lake Tahoe-area resort owned by Vail Resorts. Kirkwood operated chairs 1, 5 and 6 Saturday.Check out these images from a sunny opening day.
Published: November 16, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A rebuilding season never was part of the plan for the Truckee girls soccer team. Despite losing 10 seniors from last year’s regional champion squad, the youthful Wolverines won the league title and played into the Division I-A state tournament before falling to Faith Lutheran, 2-1, in the semifinal round Friday in South Lake Tahoe.“From the
Published: November 16, 2015
Approximately 3 to 4 percent of the population is diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. These individuals have great difficulty dismissing intrusive thoughts and images as being unimportant, resulting in the tendency to ruminate on these intrusions, worry excessively about their meaning, and spend a great deal of time attempting to control or resist them.As a result, they find themselves engaging in
Published: November 16, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The concept of a high school science lab is being redefined at Truckee High School with the help of some innovative teachers and grant funding from the Excellence in Education Foundation. Through games, experiments and other hands-on activities, students aren’t just studying science they are experiencing it firsthand. The objective is to help students gain a deeper
Published: November 16, 2015
The very concept of negative interest rates appears, at least at first blush, to be an oxymoron. What rational entity would “loan” money and expect, under the contract, to get less back than loaned?If you think “no one would,” think again! In this two part narrative, I explain how this is possible, how it is actually occurring in Europe, and
Published: November 16, 2015
It is unfortunate the Truckee Donner Land Trust has chosen to make the future of the Donner Summit Valley a contest between a lake and a meadow.The tragedy here is that these two natural resources have coexisted synergistically for over a century. Our group, SaveVanNordenLake.org, has been trying to negotiate a compromise for the last three years that would preserve
Published: November 16, 2015
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics and is a major buzzword in current educational and economic discourse.Government and educational leaders from President Obama on down have committed to advancing STEAM educational and vocational programs. These 5 subjects are considered key drivers of innovation and economic prosperity.The White House states “A world-class STEAM workforce is essential to virtually
Published: November 16, 2015
There are some distinct styles of stock investing. While some people consider them to be opposites, legendary investor Warren Buffett once said, “Growth and Value investing are joined at the hip.”The value style is well known and was pioneered by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd who wrote “Security Analysis” in 1934, during the throes of the Great Depression. Ben Graham
Published: November 16, 2015
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Because “every child deserves a little Christmas,” Tahoe Neighborhood Table (organizer of the Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration and the Winter Warmth and Wellness Give Away) is teaming up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to expand outreach to our area.This year’s Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration, organized annually by Meera Beser — who is Toys for
Published: November 16, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Dave Nettle and Brendan Madigan didn’t know what to expect when they launched the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series 10 years ago.They knew they wanted to showcase athletes giving slideshow presentations aimed to educate, entertain and inspire the North Lake Tahoe skiing, climbing and adventure community.At the heart of it all, though, their primary objective was
Published: November 17, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — This week’s Word on the Street question: Which do you prefer: downhill or cross-country skiing?Here are answers, as asked Monday in Tahoe City:Dee Dee Terzian, ballet teacher, Tahoe City: “I’m a downhill skier, (or) well, I was. (I liked) the speed.”Richard Caravelli, retired, Tahoe City: “Downhill (for) the exhilaration.”Yvette Shipman, Realtor, Homewood: “Cross-country for regular exercise,
Published: November 17, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Nov. 9-15 at www.sierrasun.com.1. Lake Tahoe weather: Foot of snow possible; advisory until Tuesday morningThis web-only story relayed the National Weather Service’s forecast for the early part of last week, when up to a foot of snow fell at some higher elevation areas around the region by Nov.
Published: November 17, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Jeremy Meyers, superintendent for the El Dorado County Office of Education, resigned on Monday, Nov. 16, following a special board meeting in Placerville.According to the office, the board unanimously accepted Meyers’ resignation after it called the meeting to discuss its legal exposure for his recent alleged drunken-driving charges.Meyers, 45, was arrested for allegedly driving under
Published: November 17, 2015
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — There is an old adage that goes something like, “if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.” I am a firm believer in following the gut — both physically as well as emotionally.If I experience an upset stomach after eating certain foods, well, I just don’t eat those foods again. If I happen upon a situation
Published: November 17, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a pair of Veterans Day events took place starting at 11 a.m. in Truckee and Tahoe City.The annual Truckee Veterans Day celebration took place downtown at Victory Plaza. It featured gust speakers, song performances by the Mountain Belles and a reading from Truckee High School student Kaitlynn Lake, whose essay, “Thank You, Veterans,”
Published: November 17, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Did you know: Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not; yet, only a quarter of teens report having these conversations?During the week of Oct. 26-30, Alder Creek Middle School’s commitment to a drug-free lifestyle and healthy lifestyle was on full
Published: November 17, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Say what you want about the organic food movement, but when it boils down to it — it feels good to eat good. It’s that organic way of thinking, mixed in with a sustainable, nutritious and locally sourced menu that is heating up the kitchen at Incline Village’s Mountain High Sandwich Company. “I’ve always thought about
Published: November 17, 2015
NORDEN, Calif. — Sugar Bowl Resort will be the latest Lake Tahoe ski area to open earlier than scheduled, the resort announced today.The Donner Summit ski area will open for the 2015-16 season on Saturday, Nov. 21, with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 1,500 vertical feet of terrain.The resort will remain open Sunday, Nov. 22, closing Monday through Wednesday next
Published: November 17, 2015
In 18 matches leading up to the state final, two-time defending champion Faith Lutheran steamrolled its Division I-A volleyball competition without dropping a set. Truckee needed all of one set to end that trend.The Wolverines, riding their own impressive streak into the state tournament in Henderson, jumped out to an early lead and gave the Southern power all it could
Published: November 17, 2015
Big Brothers Big Sisters giving tree goes up FridayBig Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County’s “Big Tree of Giving” — displaying gift tags with a “wish list” item for each one of the agency’s “Littles”— will be up at Mountain Hardware in Truckee from Friday, Nov. 20, through Dec. 17.Donations need to be returned to the Big Brothers Big Sisters
Published: November 17, 2015
WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday received “dozens of calls from the public” reporting telephone scams involving aggressive and threatening criminals impersonating IRS agents, officials said.“Because public awareness is one of the most important keys to preventing this type of scam, the Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to stay alert,” WCSO spokesman Bob Harmon said in
Published: November 17, 2015
I am disappointed the Tahoe Bonanza has not followed the equal-time rule on Incline Village cannabis dispensaries. I hope the Bonanza will at least print something to contrast the four recent tax and spend letters.Two weeks ago, Jim Clark asked the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist. A better question is the difference between a democracy and a republic.In
Published: November 17, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Thanksgiving is a time for family, gathering together in the kitchen preparing food and reflecting on all of our blessings.With the kitchen being the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving, it is important to remember kitchen safety when there is a lot of activity and people at home. According to the National Fire Protection Association,
Published: November 17, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — New scholarships are now available for new students pursuing a career in teaching through Sierra Nevada College’s master’s degree in teaching programs, thanks to a grant awarded this week by the Nevada Department of Education’s Teach Nevada Scholarship program.The $360,000 grant to SNC Tahoe is designed to increase the number of students pursuing a career in
Published: November 17, 2015
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have people asking: “If you’re not safe in the City of Light, where can you go? What can I do to protect my family and loved ones?”American liberals, led by President Obama and wannabe President Hillary Clinton immediately intone: “Gun control ... pass laws to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of criminals.”The
Published: November 17, 2015
September 7, 1954 ­— October 24, 2015David Masters lived a consistent life. He walked, drank coffee, and savored great food every day. He enjoyed international travel and a quiet, simple life at home. David was patient and courteous. He tended his garden with care and treated people from all walks of life with respect. David loved his family, especially his
Published: November 17, 2015
CARSON CITY, Nev. — El Niño weather this autumn and winter could make a dent in Nevada’s drought, but ample precipitation recently is just a good start on ending a huge problem.That’s the gist of what weather and water experts said in a Sierra Nevada Forum presentation at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall Tuesday evening.The free forum, billed as
Published: November 18, 2015
In 2010, my husband and I were among those riveted by the plight of 33 Chilean copper miners. We anxiously waited for news of whether they were dead or alive deep inside the collapsed 121-year-old San Jose copper mine.On the 17th day, a several-inch-wide drill bit bore a hole into their refuge, revealing that all 33 trapped miners were alive
Published: November 18, 2015
We are only one week away from a white Thanksgiving. Please continue the snow dances and all other activities to bring more snow to Tahoe.Remember that the Incline High School Blood Drive is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the school. Stop at the small gym or call Kari Michael at 775-337-7574 if still interested in
Published: November 18, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Tax time is often stressful. It can be especially hard for households in the North Tahoe area that need to maximize their refund but have difficulty paying fees for a third party tax preparer.The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) is here to help. VITA is an IRS-sponsored service that offers free preparation of federal and
Published: November 18, 2015
I remember vividly where I was when President Kennedy was shot and exactly which teachers said what to us.If you were in school then, you can do the same. If the assassination of JFK wasn’t your political awakening, perhaps it was the Challenger explosion, or more recently, 9-11. We all have those defining moments that we will never forget.Two decades
Published: November 18, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Somehow the holidays always sneak upon us, and before you know it, it’s Thanksgiving feast with the family and Christmas holiday shopping.In all this craziness, how do you make sure that your business is ready to put their best foot forward?Here are some tactics to make sure your social media strategy is in top shape before
Published: November 18, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for Nov. 10-17, a provided to the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza by WCSO.Nov. 10Fraud: At 8 a.m., in the 800 block of Southwood, a person filed a report for fraud on Craigslist.Vehicle Accident: At 2:30 p.m., in the area of
Published: November 18, 2015
The Incline volleyball team fought its way to the Division III state championship in Henderson on Saturday — making the Highlanders’ 2015 season the most successful in 31 years.The run ended there, however, as top-seeded Yerington pulled off the win in four sets, 25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 25-10, to secure its third consecutive state title, and eighth in 10 years.“We did a
Published: November 18, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — That’s right. This recipe for this recipe column starts with a store-bought boxed mix. Before you get all judgy and start with the eye rolls, let’s consider our holiday culinary obligations over the next couple months.There are the office parties (yours and your husband’s), holiday parties for three children, guests visiting for Thanksgiving, then turkey day itself,
Published: November 18, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Every holiday season, I eat all the wonderful treats my family and friends create. In fact, I eat as if there will never be another day to consume these lovely delights!Then January hits and I look a little like Frosty the Snowman before he melted. The fleeting moments of pleasure eating are forgotten and the extra
Published: November 18, 2015
Depending on your age and time horizon, investing during these last few years has either been very difficult or very easy.The Fed’s zero interest rate policy has been difficult on seniors and those who rely on investments for consistent income. Most fixed-income instruments don’t pay enough. We’ve offered our solution using preferred stocks. For those who are under 60 and
Published: November 18, 2015
Some folks we’ve run into have a hard time with the questions on the individual tax return regarding the existence of foreign bank accounts. “None of their business!” claim some, even though the law says that it sure is.So here comes taxpayer Youssefzadeh who asserted his 5th amendment protection against self-incrimination in objecting to provide certain info called for on
Published: November 18, 2015
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Jackie Greene is no stranger to North Lake Tahoe. Not only has the Americana-centric singer-songwriter made frequent stops at the Crystal Bay Casino for nearly a decade, the past five years Greene has helped the Tahoe-Truckee region ring in the New Year with a three-night residency at the North Shore club.Greene may be ending that streak
Published: November 18, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In honor of his upcoming 180th birthday, Mark Twain appeared on Friday, Nov. 13 in, of all places, the Mark Twain Room at the Starbuck’s building in Incline Village.In a special celebration presented by the Incline Village-Crystal Bay Historical Society Lake Tahoe’s own Mark Twain — better known as Incline resident McAvoy Layne —presented a humorous
Published: November 18, 2015
Upon being asked to run for congress from Nevada’s 2nd District, I thought I’d test the waters by writing a white paper, floating it in this fine family journal, then standing back and watching it sink.To begin, when you are in politics, you are in a wasp’s nest with a short shirt tail, as the saying is, and too, as
Published: November 18, 2015
NDOW spokesperson Chris Healy, in defending Nevada’s bear management policies in the Nov. 14 story, “Nevada wildlife official defends bear policies amid Tahoe criticism,” made some glaring omissions.Mr. Healy forgot to mention that four bears were killed accidentally by NDOW this year. Three died in snare traps, one eaten alive by another animal, waiting for the “researchers” to check the
Published: November 18, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The popular “Plates for Powder” program is back, once again offering individuals who purchase a Lake Tahoe license plate in either California or Nevada two free lift tickets to one of 12 participating ski resorts.“Snow is back in the forecast in Tahoe,” Amy Berry, CEO of the Tahoe Fund, said in a statement. “Thanks to the
Published: November 18, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Resort officials at Sierra-at-Tahoe announced Wednesday the ski area will begin winter operations on Friday, Nov. 20, with early season conditions and limited terrain.The resort located south of South Lake Tahoe will run three chairlifts and two surface lifts. Season passes and additional products from 2014-15 will be valid for use through Dec. 20.“The last
Published: November 19, 2015
Young Survivor’s Coalition is a national organization of young women facing breast cancer together. We share our experiences, knowledge, resources and the latest breast cancer news.Within its Face-2-Face Network, Tahoe-area breast cancer patients and survivors meet monthly to share, support each other and network, ensuring that no one has to endure this devastating disease alone.Meetings are now being started, and
Published: November 19, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Lake Tahoe School, in collaboration with Tahoe Family Solutions, is hosting the annual “Giving Tree,” which is full of families’ wishes for the holidays.TFS has chosen 10 families who are most at need during the holidays and asked for three wishes from each family member.These wishes are written on ornaments and hung on the Giving Tree
Published: November 19, 2015
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — A decade ago, Mark Sexton was a fixture in Reno coffee shops.Wielding a guitar and a smooth-singing voice, Sexton, like many aspiring musicians, first unspooled his soulful songs to the public in tiny rooms that wafted of espresso and were crammed with caffeinated undergrads.“I was performing as a singer-songwriter as often as I could in Reno
Published: November 19, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s time to fill Santa’s Wish Box. The annual event spreads cheer for Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, who often have little in the way of gifts or holiday family visits.The Wish Box started almost 25 years ago with the community giving small gifts to Truckee Donner Senior Apartment residents.It has grown to a luncheon event complete with Santa
Published: November 19, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Police officers arrested a Bay Area resident on Friday, Nov. 13, on suspicion of several felonies related to armed robberies at Lake Tahoe.Adam Sanford, 32, of Hayward, Calif., allegedly committed multiple armed robberies near CVS Pharmacy and Tahoe Beach Retreat Hotel on Lake Tahoe Boulevard after 7 p.m. on Friday the 13th.South Lake Tahoe Police
Published: November 19, 2015
This past summer was Lake Tahoe’s busiest tourist season in recent memory. With the economy rebounding and major population growth projected for nearby metropolitan areas, this summer is also a harbinger of change. We must be prepared to meet the challenges of increased visitation in the future.Lake Tahoe has growth caps. But Reno, Sacramento, the Bay Area and other nearby
Published: November 19, 2015

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