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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — As the snowfall slowly begins to mount, so does the temptation to rush out the door — skis and snowboards in tow — hop in the car, and head for the slopes.Not unlike a restless middle schooler counting down the seconds until recess, everyone in the Tahoe-Truckee region is amped to get outside on the snow-covered mountains.Sure,
Published: November 6, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On Wednesday, the 2015-16 Lake Tahoe-Truckee ski season officially kicked off, with Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe being the first resort to open terrain, thanks to a small storm that provided about a foot of snow up top earlier this week.The resort between Incline Village and Reno opened one trail and three terrain park features, accessed by
Published: November 5, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Concerts at Commons Beach, Tahoe City’s free outdoor summer concert series, is in the running to amplify its musical offerings with a $25,000 grant for the 2016 summer season.Sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit behind the largest free concert series in America, Concerts at Commons Beach hopes to qualify as one of the 15 winning
Published: November 6, 2015
NORDEN, Calif. — A small group of body-armor-clad mountain bikers stood under a gray sky at Donner Ski Ranch on a cool October morning, bikes being loaded into a trailer, when Jim “Hacksaw” Severt raised his hands to get the group’s attention.“Donner Ski Ranch was the first lift-access mountain bike park in 1992, and we want to bring it back
Published: November 5, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Those interested in commenting on the environmental document for the proposed residential development in Martis Valley will have additional time.Per public requests to extend the comment period for the draft environmental impact report for the Martis Valley West Parcel Project, Placer County has decided to lengthen it by 15 days, making the new deadline 5 p.m. Dec.
Published: November 9, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California will kick off the ski season six days earlier than initially planned, with both ski areas opening Saturday, Nov. 14, according to a Monday announcement from Vail Resorts.Saturday’s openings will be the earliest for the resorts since 2012, according to Vail Resorts.“We’ve already received about three feet of snow overall this
Published: November 9, 2015
CARSON CITY, Nev. — With the onset of winter, the combination of bears and garbage is proving to be a serious problem in western Nevada.And the key issue is the lack of bear-resistant garbage containers in the Reno-Tahoe-Carson City area, according to wildlife officials.“Waste Management has been one of the biggest obstacles to getting bear proof containers used in the
Published: November 9, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — It was only a matter of time before the state soccer crown returned to Dollar Hill.North Tahoe — one of the most historically successful soccer programs in the state — regained its championship form on Saturday, as the top-seeded Laker girls powered out of the season with a 3-1 comeback win over Whittell in the Division
Published: November 9, 2015
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on Canyon Springs was released on October 28. The public hearing before the Truckee Planning Commission will be November 16-17.It is imperative that the public attend these hearings to let their voices be heard. The Canyon Springs proposal is for 184 high density residential lots spread over 284 acres east of Glenshire.One very important
Published: November 9, 2015
The Final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Canyon Springs development has been released and is available for the public’s review.The town of Truckee Planning Commission public comment session and final hearing regarding the decision for this development is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 16-17, from 6-10 p.m. both days at Truckee Town Hall at 10183 Truckee Airport Road,
Published: November 9, 2015
After waiting 30 years, when this proposed project was known as Tahoe Boca Estates, and recently since 2008, now known as Canyon Springs, the deciding fate of this development will be in hands of the Truckee Planning Commission on November 16-17.If you are unable to be at this meeting to give your 3-minute speech, your other option is to write
Published: November 9, 2015
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have become the latest Tahoe-area ski resorts to declare plans to open earlier than expected for the 2015-16 season.“With almost two feet of snow over the last week, including six inches of snow today on the summits of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and even more in the forecast, both resorts plan
Published: November 9, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Nov. 2-8 at www.sierrasun.com.1. Lake Tahoe weather: Snow advisory extended to 10 p.m., 2 feet possibleThis web-only story offered a preview of the National Weather Service’s forecast of the first storm of the 2015-16 winter season at Lake Tahoe.It was a fitting start to November, as roughly a
Published: November 10, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — This week’s Word on the Street question: How are you preparing for the winter season at Tahoe-Truckee?Check out the below answers, as asked Monday in downtown Truckee:Gustavo Pena Espinoza, party rental company owner, Truckee: “Most important is to put on good tires on cars and keep water at home and in cars.”Phoebe Landre, Realtor, Truckee: “Bracing myself by
Published: November 10, 2015
Whether you are looking for recipes, a small book to tuck in your jacket for the lift-ride, an audio book for your commute, or the latest best-seller, your library has it all!North Lake Tahoe/Truckee has four public libraries, two colleges, and multiple school libraries. Take advantage of the great resources each of them provides!Plus, library cards are free and require
Published: November 10, 2015
Public or private. Small or large. Urban or rural. You have searched the Internet, perhaps visited some schools and narrowed down your list of colleges to a really great handful.Now the fun begins — completing and submitting your application before the deadline (please, let’s not wait until 11:59 p.m. before the deadline to hit “submit”).So who does what? In general,
Published: November 10, 2015
Most Americans have a substantial part of their net worth in their retirement account. For many people, their retirement account is their second largest asset behind the equity in their home. If you’re changing jobs one decision you must make is whether or not to rollover your retirement plan. Typically when you leave your job, you have a few choices
Published: November 10, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A deal between Tahoe Maritime Museum and Tahoe Tree Company recently went through, marking the museum’s first step toward its goal of establishing a long-term campus.The Homewood-based nonprofit museum closed escrow on Tahoe Tree Company’s former 10-acre property and 6,400-square-foot lodge building at 401 West Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City on Oct. 15.“We’re excited for this
Published: November 10, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Donner is hosting a two-day winter job fair on Friday, Nov. 13, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon and 3-6 p.m. The fairs will take place at the association’s Northwoods Clubhouse at 11509 Northwoods Blvd. in Truckee. Positions available include those at Tahoe Donner’s downhill and cross-country ski areas, and
Published: November 10, 2015
North Tahoe-Truckee Shop Local contest registration deadline is Nov. 16
Published: November 10, 2015
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Get the latest treatment modalities and strategies to manage illnesses and injuries at the Winter Illness and Injury Symposium, scheduled for 3-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at the Resort at Squaw Creek.According to Tahoe Forest Health District, all EMTs, ski patrollers, paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement, RNs, PAs, NPs, physicians, SAR members and pre-hospital personnel are invited
Published: November 10, 2015
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The North Shore’s premier foodie fundraiser will take place for an 11th year this Thursday evening.Passport to Dining will feature tastings from 35 restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and distilleries, as well as a raffle and silent auction chock full of valuable items.The North Tahoe Business Association’s main fundraiser is set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12,
Published: November 10, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Deciding which path to follow after high school graduation is undoubtedly difficult for most teens. Factor in cerebral palsy and bilateral hearing loss, and the path becomes that much more uncertain.That is, unless you’re Michaela Welch, whose passion, work ethic and determination have led her down the path of becoming a successful business owner by pursuing exactly
Published: November 10, 2015
Local cadets raising funds for Wreaths Across America Cadets of the Tahoe-Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol are collecting money for sponsorship of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America program. The program’s goal is to make sure all veterans’ graves at national cemeteries have a wreath placed on it at the holidays.The cadets will be at Truckee Safeway
Published: November 10, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — About 10 minutes into the Division III state soccer championship, the Incline boys looked to be making a case as the best team in the land, regardless of classification.The Highlanders rushed out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 11 minutes Saturday and went on to earn a 7-0 win over Yerington to secure a fourth
Published: November 10, 2015
The defending state champs never quite hit their stride this season.After and up and down league campaign, the third-seeded Truckee boys soccer team was eliminated from the postseason with a 2-1 loss to second-seeded Elko in the semifinal round of the Northern Division I-A regional tournament in Elko on Friday.The Wolverines, who opened the tournament Thursday with a 3-0 quarterfinal
Published: November 10, 2015
The Truckee girls soccer team will contend for a state title this weekend — but as a No. 2 seed.In a rematch of last year’s regional final, second-seeded South Tahoe edged the top-seeded Wolverines 1-0 in the Northern Division I-A championship in Elko on Friday. The loss means Truckee will face Faith Lutheran, the top Southern seed, in the semifinal
Published: November 10, 2015
The North Tahoe volleyball team enjoyed a good run that came to an end against a familiar rival.A No. 3 seed in the Northern Division III regional championships at Yerington on Saturday, the Lakers fell in four sets to second-seeded Incline, 13-25, 14-25, 25-20, 18-25, in the semifinal round. The loss eliminated the Lakers from the postseason. The Highlanders, who
Published: November 10, 2015
TRUCKEE — The Wolverines treated their fans to a dominant display in their final home matches. After sweeping through league play, the top-seeded Truckee volleyball team took care of third-seeded Dayton in straight sets, 25-11, 25-10, 25-14, in the Northern Division I-A regional championship on Saturday. In similar fashion, the Wolverines advanced to the regional final with a win in
Published: November 10, 2015
Published: November 10, 2015
Nearly 90 percent of the population experience occasional unpleasant intrusive thoughts or images (obsessions) that typically revolve around themes of aggression and harm.Examples would include thoughts or images of jumping in front of an oncoming train; killing another individual; physically or sexually abusing a child; intentionally driving one’s car into another person, etc.When mental intrusions such as these occur “out
Published: November 10, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — One goal is all that separated the Lakers from the Division III state final.The North Tahoe and Incline boys soccer teams battled to a scoreless stalemate through 73 minutes of Friday’s state semifinal at Incline. With seven minutes remaining in regulation, however, Incline senior Rey Estrada headed a perfectly placed cross by freshman Michael Callejas into
Published: November 10, 2015
My name is Bill Nadeau, I am the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Incline Village. Commission Chair, Marsha Berkbigler, and members of the Washoe County Commissioners Board, thank you for hearing our individual and community pleas concerning the possibility of opening Medical Marijuana Establishments in our small Village at Incline. Personally, and on behalf of many of our
Published: November 10, 2015
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

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