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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
More often than not our parents’ estates and financial affairs are not in order. Last week we explored how the kids’ involvement in the family’s estate planning can be beneficial.Of course, on the illness or death of a parent, the lack of a current will or trust and inadequate life and medical insurance comes as a surprise – after it’s
Published: November 19, 2015
Thank you to all our partners and friends who supported the inaugural Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP) Film Festival and 20th Anniversary Gala.Our theme this year was “Water. The Essential!” The film program was spectacular, developed by Darren Campbell from Coldstream Creative. Sunnyside Resort provided a fabulous venue for the Gala. Steve and Melissa Siig from the Tahoe Art Haus
Published: November 19, 2015
The Truckee Optimist Club board and members wish to thank the members of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce and the Truckee Community for nominating and recognizing the Truckee Optimist Club as the “2015 Non-Profit of the Year.”Established in 1974, the Truckee Optimist Club was established to “Serve Youth” in the community. The original membership was made up mostly of blue
Published: November 19, 2015
The cadets of Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol would like to thank everyone who donated outside of Safeway in Truckee and at the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 toward the sponsorship of wreaths that will be placed on veterans’ graves in national cemeteries throughout the United States. The cadets collected over $1,300 (130+ wreaths). If
Published: November 19, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Here are the Sierra Sun-Bonanza’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend:Jackie Greene at Crystal Bay ClubHard-working singer-songwriter Jackie Greene — along with his seven studio albums, he’s played lead guitar for the Black Crowes and several Grateful Dead offshoots — will bring his Americana-centric sound to the North Shore this weekend. Greene
Published: November 19, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Rotary Club of Tahoe City recently teamed up with Sugar Pine Foundation to plant over 200 trees.Sugar pines, which are best known for their gigantic pine cones, have been plagued by blister rust, a fungal disease that kills over 90 percent of the trees it infects. The Sugar Pine Foundation has developed a restoration strategy
Published: November 19, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — More than 350 pounds of candy were recently donated by students in a “bring back the candy” campaign led by a fifth-grade class at Glenshire Elementary School.During the week following Halloween, Glenshire Elementary students were encouraged to round up their prized collection of uneaten Halloween treats to donate to the United States Troops who are deployed overseas.
Published: November 19, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — While the Truckee Planning Commission tries to come to decision regarding a proposed residential development at the eastern edge of town, community members continue to urge the group to reject the project.In a 5-0 vote Tuesday evening, after roughly five hours of clarifying questions, the commission decided to adjourn the hearing on Canyon Springs and continue it
Published: November 19, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s press log for Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, along with previously unreported incidents.Oct. 30At 7:33 a.m. at an undisclosed location, an injured deer was dispatched.At 11:30 a.m. at an undisclosed location, officers responded to a single-vehicle rollover collision. The driver was transported to the hospital for evaluation.Oct. 31At
Published: November 19, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — This winter, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District will again swap out old, incandescent holiday lights for free energy-efficient LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights.The program for swapping out lights begins Nov. 25 at 8 a.m. and will continue during regular business hours at the TDPUD office at 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.Customers are asked to bring
Published: November 19, 2015
With apologies to Independence Day, Thanksgiving is the most authentic of our national holidays. It is the one day when, in the middle of a workweek, we pause our digital devices to gather and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for.Oh, and there is football. And, of course, there is wine — usually lots of wine.While there
Published: November 20, 2015
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Governor’s Drought Forum on Friday finalized a laundry list of recommendations on how to deal with drought conditions in the Silver State.The recommendations, to be presented to Gov. Brian Sandoval in December, range from specifics such as universal installation of water meters to broad-brush ideas such as continued refinement of state water law to
Published: November 23, 2015
CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Nevada climatologist told the Nevada Governor’s Drought Forum fall precipitation is ahead of normal in the valleys of Western Nevada and “right around normal” in the mountains.“We’ve really had a kind of wet summer up here in Northern Nevada,” State Climatologist Doug Boyle said Friday. “The main message is that, in the lower valley areas,
Published: November 23, 2015
RENO, Nev. — In an effort to update fees levied by Washoe County’s Environmental Health Services, many business owners are reeling from the proposal to increase fees by 100 to 200-plus percent.The fees cover a range of services requiring health department inspections including food service, swimming pools, special event food service, sewage disposal, new construction, sewer hookups, hotels, and mobile
Published: November 23, 2015
RENO, Nev. — Online marketplace giant eBay will build its fourth major data center at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center east of Reno.The deal was finalized Wednesday when the Governor’s Office of Economic Development board approved a series of sales, business and personal property tax breaks for the company.Dean Nelson, who heads eBay’s global data center strategy, said the company also
Published: November 23, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Dreams of an integrated, seamless transit system in the Lake Tahoe Basin are still on the drawing board, but the green vision lacks cash to completely fuel it.That was one takeaway from a Wednesday, Nov. 18, panel discussion on the future of transit on Lake Tahoe’s North and South Shore.Panelists included George Fink from Tahoe
Published: November 23, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — After years in the public review process, the proposed development for the eastern end of Truckee that’s garnered criticism from residents — and praise from the developer — is heading to a vote.A two-night public hearing will be held Monday and Tuesday at Truckee Town Hall, where the Truckee Planning Commission will listen to presentations and comment
Published: November 12, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — In an effort to enhance airborne emergency service access to the North and West shores of Lake Tahoe, a landing pad for helicopters is on its approach to Tahoe City.Slated to touch down on the Tahoe City Golf Course, pending approvals, the 60-foot-wide concrete heliport would be available only to emergency service providers.Last week, the Golf
Published: November 18, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — When it boils down to it, there are two simple ways to classify a book: published or unpublished, and Celeste León’s debut novel — “Luck is Just the Beginning” — is about to shift from the latter to the former. “It was a painstaking process and it took a lot of self-discipline,” León said at her Tyrolian-style
Published: November 20, 2015
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Like every aspiring young skier in the mid 1980s, Jeff Engerbretson dreamed of one day slashing turns like Scot Schmidt, Tom Day and Robbie Huntoon in a Warren Miller movie.More than 30 years later, he’ll settle for watching his daughter play out that dream. “I’m definitely proud, but I’m definitely jealous,” Jeff said of his daughter
Published: November 20, 2015
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Fifty-eight athletes, including a dozen from the Lake Tahoe area, were officially named to the 2015-2016 U.S. Alpine Ski Team during a public celebration to kick off the Audi FIS World Cup tour on Saturday.Former Olympic downhill specialist Daron Rahlves of Truckee served as emcee for the day of festivities, which took place at the U.S.
Published: November 23, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — For more than two years, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District has planned to expand the amount of plug-in electric vehicle charging stations in town.That expansion officially began Thursday when the TDPUD unveiled two new PEV public access charging stations in town with a pair of ribbon-cutting ceremonies.One station is at the Truckee Depot site in Historic
Published: November 23, 2015
There may be as many as 34,000 different forms of obsessions (distorted thoughts) and their corresponding compulsions (rituals), all informed by the content of the themes personal to the individual.Despite the staggering diversity of this disorder, researchers have identified the three most common types of OCD prevalent in the 3-4% of the population diagnosed. Following is information about each of
Published: November 24, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — After decades of confusing pyramids, the government decided to keep it simple. The MyPlate model is so basic, that it is even used in the offseasons by many athletes. It can sometimes be called periodized eating. Simple is sustainable.MyPlate is separated into different portions, each being a different nutrient category. The three simple messages are a great
Published: November 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Is happiness at the other end of your fork? Many people self-medicate with food, such as chocolate and coffee, but is there any real merit to the link between food and its effects on mood?Emerging research from the fields of nutrition as well as the field of neuroscience show links between diet and mood.By changing what we
Published: November 24, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Recently, the California Association of School Counselors hosted a conference and announced the winner of their Outstanding Counselor of the Year award.One of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s counselors, Jeff Ream, at North Tahoe High School, was a finalist in this prestigious award.School counselors are an integral part of the educational team at TTUSD. They
Published: November 24, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — North Tahoe High School is a California Gold Ribbon Award winner, has been included in the Washington Post’s list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools for 2015” based on excellence and equity and was ranked in the top 30 high schools in Northern California and top 10 percent of high schools in the nation by US
Published: November 24, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The High Fives Foundation recently awarded Truckee’s Jeff Andrews an Empowerment Grant to help aid in his recovery from a life-altering injury. Andrews, 25, was snowboarding at Sugar Bowl Resort on March 15, 2014, when he overshot a jump and crashed, causing a C6 burst fracture with associated spinal cord injury and transverse process fractures at L1,
Published: November 24, 2015
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — The area surrounding the hips and thighs is quite powerful and very in tune with the root chakra. When we feel grounded in our life and supported, we tend to have good flexibility in this area with healthy joint mobility.However, in times of financial distress or emotional turmoil, we will typically feel tension and a sense
Published: November 24, 2015
We, the concerned citizens of our nation and our planet, have a chance to make our voices heard during the critical UN Climate Summit in Paris (COP21) which begins the end of this month.There are many powerful ways to love and protect Earth and all her beings, and now is a critical time.We invite all concerned citizens to come together
Published: November 24, 2015
In part one of this two-part series, published in the Wednesday, Nov. 18, Sierra Sun, I explained how negative interest rates are not an irrational concept and how they have appeared on the European economic scene.In this concluding part two, I will examine the likely consequences for savers/investors in Europe and the possibility that we will see similar behavior in
Published: November 24, 2015
In the equity markets, short selling means selling a stock that you don’t own. With a brokerage account, you can borrow shares and then sell a stock without ever owning it. The shares are purchased later to close out the position.Short sellers hope to profit from a drop in the stock price. Many hedge funds and mutual funds practice short
Published: November 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — A new ski season is here, and with it comes a host of new developments at Lake Tahoe-Truckee’s ski areas, many of which have already opened for the 2015-16 season. Here’s a look at some of what’s new on the slopes.Boreal Mountain ResortBoreal upgraded its snowmaking system over the summer and will offer a new dining option
Published: November 24, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A few days before Thanksgiving, Boy Scout Troop 267 in Truckee heads to the forests north of town to harvest Christmas trees to be sold locally.These trees are freshly cut and locally grown, all part of an overall forest health and sustainability program managed by the US Forest Service.Harvesting the trees is an extraordinary team effort involving
Published: November 24, 2015
Your Tahoe and Truckee libraries wish you a warm and bountiful Thanksgiving — make sure to visit us for your holiday needs and our regular services.We give a heartfelt thanks to all of our loyal patrons for your abundant support. Please note closures in the different library branches below.Incline Village LibraryIn observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, Incline Village Library will
Published: November 24, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — “Donner Trail … tracks on the path to lifelong learning.”This is the year-long theme we have chosen at Donner Trail Elementary for 2015-16. We are a small multi-age magnet school, nestled on Donner Summit. Our path is to support all children to grow academically, socially, and emotionally as a “whole child” through rigorous, engaging, and active learning.
Published: November 24, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — This week’s question: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?Here are the answers, as asked Friday in Truckee:Vicki Fregosi: teacher, Pla-Vada Woodlands, in Soda Springs: “Mashed potatoes — a regular old basic — with butter and gravy.”Lucero Mausolff, nonprofit work, Truckee: “The turkey, definitely, with gravy, especially because my husband makes the gravy sauce from scratch.”Hal Fandl, retired, Tahoe
Published: November 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Nov. 16-22 at www.sierrasun.com.1. Commissioners delay vote on Truckee’s Canyon Springs developmentAfter 9 hours of public meetings across Nov. 16-17 of last week, the Truckee Planning Commission voted 5-0 to adjourn its hearing on Canyon Springs and continue it at a 6 p.m. Dec. 1 special meeting.At the
Published: November 24, 2015
Tahoe Donner’s new adventure center opening this weekThe Alder Creek Adventure Center at Tahoe Donner will open its doors to the public for the first time on Thanksgiving, with a grand opening party set for Friday, Nov 27.This free event includes live music, appetizers, family entertainment and activities, and a no-host bar from 5-7 p.m.The center includes a new retail
Published: November 24, 2015
Published: November 25, 2015
Many multi-book and film series start strongly, only to end as weak echoes of their genesis. Such is not the case for the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.”Adapted from the second half of the third novel in Suzanne Collins Young Adult trilogy, “Mockingjay, Part 2,” the series follows its heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) from her awkward teens, into
Published: November 25, 2015
The Incline boys and girls received a combined 13 selections to the Northern Division III All-League soccer teams. Leading the way was sophomore Emily White, who was voted Co-Defensive MVP along with Whittell’s Daria Sharon.The awards were determined by the league’s coaches. In addition to White, Incline senior Vanessa Andrade, sophomore Madio Wallner and freshman Raquel Oliver were voted to
Published: November 25, 2015
The North Tahoe soccer teams were rewarded well for their efforts this past season.The girls, who won their first state championship since 2005, received nine All-League selections, led by senior Bryn Anderson’s Co-Offensive MVP and coach Stephanie Bales’ Coach of the Year. The boys also received nine selections, led by senior Omar Cerda’s MVP.The awards were determined by the Northern
Published: November 25, 2015
Truckee soccer received 22 selections to the Northern Division I-A All-League teams, led by junior Manuel Sarabia’s Most Valuable Player award for the boys and Kyle Kelly’s Coach of the Year for the girls.The awards were determined by the league’s coaches. In girls voting, the league’s top two teams, Truckee and South Tahoe, cleaned up on first team selections with
Published: November 25, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving! We are all thankful for the snow and hope this will be a long winter. Keep Tahoe white. As you and your family gather to celebrate, please take time to look at the 2015 Wish List in this newspaper. You can make a difference.Yes, Friday is that day of the year. You can do as suggested by REI
Published: November 25, 2015
The North Lake Tahoe Rams Pee Wee Pop Warner team returned to the Snow Bowl this fall to cap its most successful season in years. The Pee Wee Rams posted a final record of 6-4 overall and went 2-1 in the playoffs to earn a third-place finish in the Sagebrush Empire league. Despite having a small team in both size
Published: November 25, 2015

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