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This fall, voters will be asked to approve Washoe County School District (WCSD) Ballot Proposition WC-1. If passed, it will increase our county sales tax to 8.265%, the highest in the State of Nevada.The purpose of the increase would be to fund school bonds in the amount of $781 million to pay for deferred maintenance in county schools and build
Published: August 24, 2016
I thought I was the only Democrat in North Tahoe. After graduating from UC Berkeley and living in cities like San Francisco and Seattle, I must say that I took for granted how, in those places, things lean pretty blue.But once I fell in love with Incline Village and moved here full time a few years back, I have to
Published: August 24, 2016
July 1969 – August 2016Scott (Scotty) passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 21stScott will be remembered for his kindness of heart, wonderful sense of humor, love of outdoors, family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.Scott is survived by his wife Jacqui, daughter Sage, brother-in-law Matt Parkhurst and family, pet Tula, his parents
Published: August 24, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — First-year Incline football coach Michael Sacci has one goal, above all, heading into his inaugural season at the helm.“My goal is to get these kids playing football the right way,” said Sacci, who previously served as an assistant coach all four years of Scott Conn’s tenure. “Winning and losing is not my No. 1 focus. If
Published: August 24, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — It all started in 1936 when George Whittell bought 40,000 acres in Northern Nevada and 20 acres of Lake Tahoe shoreline, for which he planned to build a ski resort and casino.As he got older though, he lost interest in further developing the property, concentrating more on enjoying animals, nature and his privacy than accumulating more
Published: August 24, 2016
Summer break is over, and children in the Washoe County School District and Incline Village are back to school.The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is asking drivers to slow down and be on the alert for children walking to school.Here are some precautions for driversSlow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Come to a full stop
Published: August 24, 2016
The market has made new highs, but not all sectors participated. Utilities and telecoms have given a little ground — another bout of profit-taking — as investors and speculators moved into riskier stocks.We’ve seen that before. What we have not seen in a long time are key trends that bode well for future economic and profit growth ... and inevitably
Published: August 24, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association is accepting applications through its special event funding program for events taking place in Eastern Placer County.In total, $50,000 is available for special event grants this funding cycle.The grant funds are dedicated to supporting the promotion of events outside of the Lake Tahoe market in order to generate increased local
Published: August 24, 2016
The best way to eradicate violence is to stop it before it can ever happen. That is the goal of Tahoe SAFE Alliance’s Prevention and Education programs, held at almost every school in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee region.Each year, Tahoe SAFE Alliance staff and volunteers engage with students of all ages about different types of violent and abusive
Published: August 24, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Brace yourself. Winter is coming. Whether it will be a snowy one, however, remains to be seen. With the school year beginning and summer drawing to a close, traditional weather forecasters have started to release preliminary information on what kind of winter conditions may be expected for the 2016-17 season. Last week, the Old Farmer’s Almanac released
Published: August 24, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — For years, it was practically a foregone conclusion the Truckee football team would not only make the playoffs, but also be in contention for a state title.For a program with 12 collective state championships and — at one time — a nation-leading 41-game winning streak amid its four-peat, rolling over opponents as the weeks flipped toward Thanksgiving
Published: August 24, 2016
As I write this, another 175 homes were lost to wildland fire yesterday in Northern California and many are still threatened today.These homes are similar to all of our homes in that they are all located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and are threatened by wildfire each year during fire season.We are in the middle of peak fire season
Published: August 23, 2016
The Tahoe Fund recently announced it is providing funds for a project that will evaluate UV light as a new method to remove aquatic invasive weeds.This pilot program at Lakeside Marina and Beach in South Lake Tahoe could change the way aquatic invasive weeds are controlled in Tahoe’s watershed.The $5,000 grant to the Tahoe Resource Conservation District will help secure more
Published: August 23, 2016
Buyers and Sellers in residential real estate usually have strong emotions about their transactional endeavors when buying or selling.Whether those emotions are about price, their history in the home, or specific amenities of the property, it is difficult to set aside emotions. Difficult as it may be, it is very important that it be done during the transacting of the
Published: August 23, 2016
Chase International recently named its top agents of the second quarter. The gathering took place at the prestigious Thunderbird Lodge on Tahoe’s East Shore, where agents were recognized for their sales and listings from April 1 through June 30.Mike Dunn earned the accolade of top agent in Lake Tahoe for the second quarter. Dunn also led all other agents in
Published: August 23, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With sales in the North Lake Tahoe real estate market continuing at a steady pace, buyers are flocking to the Lake Tahoe Basin while prices are still very reasonable and interest rates remain historically low.This has not only attracted more buyers to Incline Village and Crystal Bay, but also out of area agents who are lured
Published: August 23, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — After 26 years as director of the popular A+ child care program at the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City, Nell Jackson is retiring and moving to Las Vegas.The parents and children who have been lucky enough to encounter Nell over all those years are very sad to see her go.“Nell is the human embodiment of
Published: August 23, 2016
Coming Friday: 2016 Best Of resultsDuring the month of July, the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza conducted the 2016 Best Of North Lake Tahoe & Truckee online contest.After the contest wrapped on July 31, more than 54,000 votes were tallied from this year’s entries, 100 percent of which were write-ins from residents and visitors.Results from 112 categories will
Published: August 23, 2016
Whether your goal is packing on muscle, going the distance or losing that gut — you have to think long-term.Effective sports nutrition is about many factors adding up over time. One meal is not as important as what you do over 365 days! So, think marathon, not sprint.Even though there’s nothing that will make you an instant athlete (or take
Published: August 23, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — All offseason long, North Tahoe football coach Scott Everist has been challenging his players to change their mindset heading into 2016.“We’ve been talking to the kids about, it’s not about trying to survive games like it’s been in the past,” said Everist, whose team is coming off an 0-9 campaign last season. “Now, we want to
Published: August 23, 2016
Pop quiz for all you back to schoolers. What is the most important item to have in your backpack on the first day of school?If you guessed a Library Card, you get your first A+ of the year! You see, a library card not only gives you the privilege of checking out books that your teachers will probably require you
Published: August 23, 2016
I grew up in the ski industry, so when it came time to decide what I wanted to do as an “adult,” my choice was clear. I wanted to work at a ski resort.In 2008, with a dream and a half packed Subaru, I made the trek to Lake Tahoe from New York to wrap up my bachelor’s degree at
Published: August 23, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Last week, Tahoe Forest Health System announced a new health care information series hosted by Chief Executive Officer Harry Weis called “Fact & Fiction, Health Care 101.”The first session in the series will be held Tuesday, Aug. 30.Each of the “Fact & Fiction, Health Care 101” presentations will include a different health care topic that is timely,
Published: August 23, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Vroom is an exciting new school readiness project being launched by Tahoe Truckee Reads and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District that will provide parents and caregivers of children birth to 5 years old access to tools and resources that utilize the science behind early brain development to turn everyday activities like bath time, mealtime or grocery shopping
Published: August 23, 2016
The North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach has generated a lot of interest with local residents over the past few months.I want to provide an update so that everyone understands what decisions have been made and, equally important, what decisions remain and how the public can provide input. Since my words are limited in this article, I’ll leave out
Published: August 23, 2016
The majority of the articles we have written over the years concerning anxiety and worry have been focused on issues such as the factors that act to trigger and/or maintain anxiety, methods for better managing chronic worry, as well as various treatment approaches for specific anxiety disorders. In this article, we decided to take an entirely different approach concerning the
Published: August 23, 2016
Louis Pasteur once said, “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” That quote applies to investors. It’s very important to have a plan in place and don’t let emotions take over. Know what tools are at your disposal to help you achieve your goals.Options are not suitable for all investors, but when applied properly can be useful to control risk and enhance
Published: August 22, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Each week, the Sierra Sun publishes a handful of Sierra Snapshots images based on reader submissions of their photography of beautiful Tahoe-Truckee scenes.Have a photo to share? Email a high resolution version (200 DPI or higher and at least 5 inches wide on the longest side) to snapshots@sierrasun.com with information about what’s going on in the photo,
Published: August 22, 2016
Within the past half-decade, stand-up paddleboarding has grown in popularity immensely. Lake Tahoe is a prime destination for the latest form of water recreation because of its size and stunning views, but paddling out on the lake doesn’t come without safety concerns.“Most of the incidents we have up here on the lake are from people who don’t have knowledge of
Published: August 22, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — It’s been a long time coming, but Tahoe City finally may get a new luxury hotel.Just a few months after the extensively remodeled Basecamp hotel graced the east end of Tahoe City, the 118-room Tahoe City Lodge is making its way through planning stages on the western end at the site of the Henrikson Building.The Lodge
Published: August 16, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The town of Truckee and Caltrans last week gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of the $14 million Highway 89 Undercrossing Improvement Project, nicknamed the “Mini-Mousehole.”The tunnel structure provides a pedestrian/bicycle path through the Union Pacific railroad embankment just southeast of downtown Truckee.Because the railroad is in continuous use, the project used a unique “road
Published: August 16, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — One hundred days out from early election voting this spring, Reese Kintz Guinasso LLC Legal Partner Jason Guinasso launched a Facebook campaign posting 100 reasons why Measure 2 (the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative) should not be adopted in November’s election. As of Aug. 11, Guinasso has posted 32 reasons of why he believes Measure 2 should
Published: August 17, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sixty-five percent of homes in Tahoe-Truckee were vacant between 2010 and 2014, according to a study commissioned by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. It’s one of many statistics included in the final version of the foundation’s 424-page 2016 Regional Housing Study, released online Aug. 5 after months of preparation, community meetings and surveys.Since that release, community leaders
Published: August 19, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Supporters and opponents of Proposition 64, called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, battled Tuesday night at a town hall forum in Sacramento.Hosted by Capital Public Radio, the town hall featured representatives from law enforcement, journalism and the medical marijuana industry.Richard Miadich, the author of Prop 64, touted the local control cities and counties would wield under
Published: August 20, 2016
LAKE TAHOE — The surge in popularity of stand-up paddleboarding in recent years has led to an influx of paddlers on the waters of Lake Tahoe during the summer.The Lake Tahoe Water Trail aims to lend clarity to navigating North America’s largest alpine lake with a paddleboard or kayak via instruction and education.“People are coming to Tahoe in droves to
Published: August 21, 2016
RENO, Nev. — Reno officials on Aug. 15 welcomed Jet Blue’s inaugural flight linking Reno to Long Beach with non-stop daily service.In a celebration on the tarmac at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the Damonte Ranch High School marching band and cheer team performed for dignitaries waiting for the flight as the Jet Blue Airbus 320 landed and unloaded.“Thanks to Jet
Published: August 21, 2016
I’ve really been enjoying corn dishes made with the abundant summer harvest. You may recall another recent recipe, balsamic grilled steak, also called for corn. While there is nothing quite like sweet yellow corn grilled and topped with butter, salt and pepper, if you step outside the box this recipe will treat you to a new way to enjoy this
Published: August 20, 2016
In a program that began Aug. 1, the town of Truckee is offering rebates for the removal of non-compliant, solid fuel burning devices, including woodstoves and fireplace inserts.The Truckee Town Council reinstated the Non-Certified Woodstove Rebate Program on July 12. The Council had previously allocated $64,000 as part of the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget cycle from the town’s air quality
Published: August 20, 2016
One problem with wine writers, yours truly included, is that, too often, they write for themselves instead of readers. That is to say the vast majority of wine stories are about wines, or winemakers, who appeal to the tastes and sensibilities of the writer. Now, on the surface there is nothing wrong with that.We write about what we like to
Published: August 19, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — “It’s basically advanced standing,” Stephen Krueger, co-manager of Adrift Tahoe, says.I want to believe him — but I’m wary.You see, I’ve never been stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) before, so going into my first crack at “advanced standing” atop Lake Tahoe Wednesday morning, I envisioned myself spilling off the paddleboard and plunging into the cool Tahoe waters over
Published: August 19, 2016
STATELINE, Nev. — This weekend’s Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival will be better than ever for its fourth year at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. We’ve got everything you need to know about one of the most popular music events of the summer. EVENT DETAILSThe one-day event kicks off at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Hard Rock amphitheater and
Published: August 19, 2016
Donations sought to fix sign board at Incline 7-Eleven
Published: August 19, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE — A North Lake Tahoe transplant of seven years, I originally hail from the land of bugs. Mosquitoes swarmed the summer dinners on my family’s New England patio, and no-see-ums attacked any exposed skin the mosquitoes left untouched. Here in the Northern California mountains, however, our evenings are gloriously bug-free, and gardens, decks and patios offer outdoor space with
Published: August 19, 2016
Last week’s column was headlined, “Could Libertarian ticket shock Trump, Hillary?” I posed a scenario in which the Libertarian Party took the White House in November.Farfetched? Maybe, but consider. Hillary and Trump have the highest negatives of any presidential candidates since polling began. Almost every news cycle, new incriminating emails of Hillary’s are leaked to the press.Julian Assange of Wikileaks
Published: August 19, 2016
Shabby Chic raises $54,000 for TFS psychiatric program
Published: August 19, 2016
There has never been a shred of evidence presented to prove that life is serious.Having little patience for solemnity, I am predisposed to call upon amusement to keep me reasonably sane in the face of current events.I was married at a young age to mirth, and she has been the saving of me, her laughter is my music, her smile
Published: August 19, 2016
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Below is a selection of incidents from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office press log for June 1-12.June 19am, 8600 Block, River, Truckee: Unknown suspect entered an unlocked residence and let all the animals out.June 32:20pm, 8500 Block, North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach: Male subject arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.7:45pm, 8300 Block, Rainbow, Kings Beach:
Published: August 18, 2016
The summit of Mount Tallac sits high above Lake Tahoe at an elevation of 9,735 feet, and offers stunning views of the lake beneath a seemingly endless horizon.If there is a quintessential hike in Tahoe, this is it — a great, unique challenge with an absolutely breathtaking reward.The 12-mile round-trip hike from Mount Tallac Trailhead near Camp Richardson on Tahoe’s
Published: August 18, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s online press log for Aug. 2-11.August 3At 2:34 p.m., officers investigated an incident of found property on the shoreline of Donner Lake. The owner subsequently was located, and the property was returned.August 4At 5:15 p.m. on Donner Pass Road, officers investigated a hit and run collision between a
Published: August 18, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The following are births for the month of July 2016, as submitted to the Sun by Tahoe Forest Hospital.Hadassah Kay: a girl, was born 07/03/16 to Scholten, Christian & Abigail, of Alta.Evolet Cloe: a girl, was born 07/04/16 to Gutierrez Colmenares, Cesar Rafael & Uribe Moreno, Consuelo Annali, of Truckee.Alexander: a boy, was born 07/01/16 to Plascencia,
Published: August 18, 2016
STATELINE, Nev. — No fuel or oil leaked into Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear waters from the burning Tahoe Queen thanks to the quick work of local firefighters, the U.S. Coast Guard reported Wednesday, Aug. 17. The iconic paddle wheeler had 800 gallons of diesel fuel and 100 gallons of hydraulic oil on board when the fire broke out around 7:50
Published: August 18, 2016
The Martis Valley West Project (MVWP) represents the last project to be proposed under the Martis Valley Community Plan. The MVWP transfers development from land to the east of State Route 267 (SR 267) in Martis Valley to an area to the west of SR 267 and adjacent to Northstar Resort.The transfer of development will shift 760 of the 1,360
Published: August 18, 2016
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Born and raised in Central Valley farm town of Winters, Wyatt Hesemeyer is a country boy at heart. He comes across as honest and insightful. And he doesn’t play an expensive guitar.“It’s a total beater $300 Seagull that sounds better than my Martin guitar,” he admits. “It broke my heart. I don’t appreciate, but I definitely
Published: August 18, 2016
Lake Tahoe was at a crossroads in 1997. The lake’s famous water clarity, once measuring 100 feet, was declining year after year because of stormwater pollution from roads and developed areas and erosion from streams damaged by logging and cattle grazing.Tahoe’s forests, clear cut during the Comstock era, had grown back unnaturally thick with hazardous fuels and stands of similarly
Published: August 18, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Back in 2008, Incline Village-based entertainer Darin Talbot recorded and released a CD called “Around Tahoe,” a two-disc, two-hour audio tour guide for driving around Lake Tahoe. Filled with legendary stories, original songs and a slew of statistics, “Around Tahoe” quickly became a hit for locals and visitors — and reaffirmed why Talbot is known region-wide
Published: August 12, 2016
Every time, as I struggle to get ready for a camping trip: digging out the tent, the lantern, the sleeping bag — I ask myself, “Why do I love this so much?”Then, much later, preparing food, trying to ignore the dirty fingernails, unsanitary prep surfaces and flies buzzing around my head, I ask it again, “What is it about camping?”Yet,
Published: August 18, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend at Truckee and Lake Tahoe.Have an event you want considered for a future Your Tahoe Weekend calendar? Email reporter Kaleb M. Roedel at kroedel@sierrasun.com.1. Lake Tahoe Music FestivalBring your picnic, low-back lawn chair and wine for the 2016 Lake Tahoe Music
Published: August 18, 2016
Are you a beach-goer? Our studies show that nearly all of you come to the beach at least a couple of times every year.Tonight (Thursday, Aug. 18) is your chance to be heard regarding potential improvements at Incline Beach.We hope to see all of you at the Chateau at 5:30 p.m. for a Community Workshop to provide your input on
Published: August 18, 2016
Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for Aug. 2-16.August 3GRAND THEFT AUTO: In the 700 block of Southwood Blvd., a front desk report was filed for grand theft auto.FRAUD: In the 900 block of Tyner Way., a report was taken for fraud.August 4NARCOTICS: In the 700 block of Tahoe Blvd.,
Published: August 18, 2016
Incline Law Group LLP has been providing legal clarity for our clients for over 40 years in the areas of Real Estate/Real Property, Business law, Transactional law, Civil Litigation, Family law, and Estate Planning, including trust administration and probate. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in Nevada and California.Incline Law Group welcomes the opportunity to present national and regionally relevant
Published: August 18, 2016
We call them The Elders in our family, though some of them slightly resent the moniker: those over 80.At our recent family reunion (my father’s mother’s side; let’s be clear), there were six Elders in attendance. Some of us in the next generation draw very careful lines when it comes to the age differences. My older brother, especially, wanted it
Published: August 18, 2016
The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center invites residents to the 17th annual Children’s Environmental Science Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.The event will take place from 1-4 p.m. The carnival-style science festival will include 20-plus hands-on science activities and games.These activities will cover lake clarity and physics, lake level, water quality, water conservation, fish,
Published: August 18, 2016

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