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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Sept. 12 Tahoe Sierra Century is a fundraiser for the North Tahoe Middle and High school bands, run by the local FAN club.This year, a community volunteer and music advocate launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise another few thousand dollars specifically for the North Tahoe High School Jazz Band.If the campaign is funded, Ken Gracey
Published: August 30, 2015
Welcome to your senior year, class of 2016. It is a really great time of year with so many things to look forward to before graduation.It is also a bittersweet year. Many of you will be heading off to college and leaving behind parents, pets, siblings (although this might not be so bittersweet) and even close friends, to embark on
Published: August 30, 2015
Volunteers have stepped up to adopt and maintain the decorative gateway signs installed recently along the three Nevada highways leading into the Lake Tahoe Basin.The gateway signs read, “Entering the Lake Tahoe Watershed ­— Help Protect It!”They are meant to remind the millions of people who visit Tahoe each year they are entering a special place and share a duty
Published: August 30, 2015
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — While out walking in the countryside, avid outdoorsman and District 5 Nevada County Supervisor Richard Anderson wondered about the feasibility of hiking to Nevada City from his home town of Truckee, tent camping all along the way.A few email exchanges and a glance at a trails map told him it was possible to hike or ride
Published: August 30, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A proposed treatment plant to address water supply and quality concerns for portions of the West Shore would have no significant environmental impacts, so long as appropriate countermeasures are taken.This conclusion comes from an initial environmental study released in August that studied 18 areas of interest, ranging from agricultural and forestry resources to hydrology.Of those areas
Published: August 30, 2015
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Citing numerous environmental concerns for Olympic Valley and the greater Tahoe-Truckee region, members of public are requesting the proposed Village at Squaw Valley development either be rejected or further scaled down.That was a common opinion among the 315 individual comment letters from locals and visitors received by Placer County on the project’s draft Environmental Impact Report.“It
Published: August 24, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Authorities on Wednesday arrested a Reno man after he allegedly fired a handgun in the air and started a small brushfire near a gated Truckee community.According to the Truckee Police Department, officers responded late Wednesday morning to The Meadows neighboorhood in eastern Truckee, just outside the Glenshire subdivision, to reports of a man with a gun walking
Published: August 26, 2015
STATELINE, Nev. — For the second time this week, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has killed a black bear deemed a threat to public safety at Lake Tahoe, officials said.A yearling female bear, about 18 months old, was trapped during the evening hours between Thursday night and Friday morning in the Kingsbury area of Douglas County, near the lake’s South
Published: August 29, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s still not entirely clear how it got there in the first place, but area scientists and residents have just about had it with the ever-increasing spread of an invasive plant that’s taken root along the Truckee River.Eurasian watermilfoil, a plant native to areas of Europe, Asia and North Africa, has had widespread impact in North America
Published: August 28, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, when more than 2,500 athletes will attempt to conquer the demanding feat.It begins with a 2.4-mile swim at Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe, followed by a 112-mile bike trip with a two-loop circuit traveling from Kings Beach, Truckee and over Brockway Summit, before finishing at
Published: August 28, 2015
RENO, Nev. — The first major historical art survey of Lake Tahoe and Donner Pass takes an ambitious trip through two centuries, highlighting the roles of Native Americans and railroad barons and the tourists and scientists trying to halt the loss of clarity in the azure waters.“Tahoe: A Visual History” opened last weekend at the Nevada Museum of Art, marking
Published: August 28, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Beginners and intermediate mountain bikers will have an extra incentive to get out on Lake Tahoe’s Flume Trail this weekend.Lake Tahoe’s Most Beautiful Trail Ride, an inaugural supported trail ride on the scenic East Shore trail, takes place Saturday and concludes with a party at Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village. The ride includes 14 miles
Published: August 28, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Below is a selection of incidents from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office press log for July 16-31, as provided to the Sierra Sun by PCSO officials.July 23Following an attempt to pull over a driver for allegedly speeding, deputies report a long pursuit starting around 1:45 a.m. near the 8700 block of Brook Avenue in Kings Beach,
Published: August 28, 2015
What a difference a year can make.Last year at this time, North Tahoe football coach Scott Everist was digesting the unfortunate news that the Lakers did not have enough players to field a team.Now, after a one-year hiatus, Everist and staff could not be more excited about the future of the program, which returns to the gridiron with robust numbers
Published: August 27, 2015
The second annual Steve “Rocker” Anderson Memorial Skatepark Gromtest on Aug. 16 was a huge success, raising more than $2,500 toward the new “Rocker Memorial” skatepark in Truckee.The contest featured 51 competitors from the greater Truckee/Tahoe area and from as far away as Sacramento and Reno, which was up from the 35 skaters and $1,500 raised in the inaugural event.Local
Published: August 27, 2015
The Truckee football team is set to kick off its 2015 campaign with its first-ever home game under Friday night lights.The contest, against two-time defending Division III state champion Yerington, begins at 7 p.m. and will be made possible with the help of 30-foot-tall portable lights hauled into Surprise Stadium. Truckee typically hosts games on Saturday afternoons. “The kids are
Published: August 27, 2015
1. Lake Tahoe Full Moon HikeEnjoy an evening at Van Sickle Bi-State Park watching the sunset and the moon rise. The hike begins by traveling uphill through the historic park to watch as the moon rises from the East over Daggett Summit and passes over onto the Carson Range.Where: Van Sickle Bi-State ParkWhen: 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29Cost: Free; register
Published: August 27, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s press log for Aug. 11-18, along with previously unreported incidents.Aug. 11Officers from TPD and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene of an off-highway vehicle collision around 5:15 p.m., in which moderate to major injuries were reported, according to police.Aug. 12Following a complaint placed around 2:51 p.m.,
Published: August 27, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — No one was hurt in a Wednesday afternoon fire that broke out in a Tahoe City campground and was quickly extinguished.The North Tahoe Fire Protection District was dispatched at about 5 p.m. to the Lake Forest Campground off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road, said spokesman Dave Zaski.When crews arrived, a parked boat was on fire,
Published: August 27, 2015
Shark finning is the practice of removing the fins from a living shark. The primary market for shark fins is to make shark fin soup, a traditional Chinese dish.Shark Fin LawsIn 2000, Congress prohibited shark finning, making it unlawful to remove the fins from a shark at sea, possess detached fins aboard fishing vessels or bring detached fins to shore.In
Published: August 27, 2015
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — The memory of a fallen sheriff’s detective who held deep ties to Lake Tahoe and a fond love for baseball will forever have a place at home plate on the North Shore.More than 100 agency officials, family members and residents gathered Saturday at the North Tahoe Regional Park for the renaming of Ball Field No. 2
Published: August 27, 2015
Tahoe rests on the northern boundary of California’s Fourth Congressional District. At this moment, a catastrophic wildfire is raging in the King’s Canyon region on the southern boundary of this very same district. That fire has already consumed 78 square miles of national forests and as of this morning is only 17 percent contained.In this same district two years ago,
Published: August 27, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sierra Sun was informed Friday, Aug. 27, that event promoters had made the decision in early August to cancel the race.The Sun apologizes for any scheduling conflicts or inconveniences this may have caused.----------HOMEWOOD, Calif. — A first-of-its-kind, wedding-themed adventure race is coming to Lake Tahoe this weekend.The race at the West Shore Café and Inn and Homewood
Published: August 27, 2015
Competing with the perennial powers of the Division III North — Yerington, Pershing County and Battle Mountain — is no simple task. But the Incline football program is one step closer in 2015.For the first time in head coach Scott Conn’s four-year tenure, the Highlanders will start the season with both a varsity and junior varsity team.“Barring injuries, we’re hoping
Published: August 27, 2015
For the past four years Ben Snyder has donned Highlander green while thumping on his opposition. He’s adjusting well to a new color — Cardinal red.Incline’s 6-foot-4-inch, 240-pound All-State tight end has taken his game to the next level — or, more accurately, a whole handful of levels. For the past two and a half weeks Snyder has been banging shoulder
Published: August 27, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Do you often wake up at 3 a.m. with something heavy on your mind? Is someone or something in your life “driving you crazy”? Do you often feel disappointed, fearful or anxious? Do you worry what others think or fear what could happen? Do you get frustrated easily or loose your patience?Well, if you answered yes to
Published: August 27, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee Community Theater is hosting a special family-themed concert at the outdoor Truckee Regional Park amphitheater this Friday, Aug. 28.Enjoy songs from many of your favorite Broadway shows sung by talented performers from Truckee, Tahoe, and Reno, including “My Fair Lady,” “South Pacific,” “Big River,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Bye, Bye
Published: August 27, 2015
Last month, the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors voted unanimously to decrease the Measure C general obligation bond rate by 10 percent.Based on increases in assessed values provided by Placer and Nevada counties, the new rate per $100,000 of assessed values is $26.79 to cover the 2015-16 debt service requirement, according to a news release from the district.It
Published: August 27, 2015
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — The Crystal Bay Casino will play host to Oakland’s California Honeydrops this weekend, and the Bay Area band is likely to have some new music in tow when in treks to North Lake Tahoe.The group is set to release its latest album, “A River’s Invitation,” on Sept. 11, after which it will launch a full-scale U.S.
Published: August 27, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With their proximity to Lake Tahoe and access to scenery and fun, it would appear Incline Village residents are relatively happy with their beaches.That is not to say there isn’t room for improvement, however, according to survey results recently released by Incline Village General Improvement District officials.From July to August, district staff conducted weekday surveys in
Published: August 26, 2015
As we continue to enjoy the summer months and recreating outdoors, it’s always a good idea to review outdoor safety tips.Whether you’re camping, enjoying a campfire (in designated areas only), or hiking in the backcountry, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe.Consider the following safety tips when you are camping in the forest:1. Pack
Published: August 26, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — There’s still time to get on the course this summer, improve your game, and set yourself up for success for next season.You may think it’s not worth it at this point, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you want to be a better golfer, you should end the season strong and continue working
Published: August 26, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Below are select incidents from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office press log for Incline Village/Crystal Bay for Aug. 18-24.Aug. 20At 5:23 p.m., near the 100 block of Country Club Drive, deputies responded to an online report of past-tense grand larceny. A report was taken for the alleged loss of approximately $10,000 in jewelry, according to deputies.Aug.
Published: August 26, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Social media marketers love Instagram for its high engagement element and creative flair.Yet, the mobile only app makes it difficult for social media managers to engage and schedule posts ahead of time.There are a few apps on the market that allow you to schedule ahead of time, such as Latergram.me.Yet, the recent announcement from Hootsuite integrating
Published: August 26, 2015
The Senior Law Project of Nevada Legal Services will conduct a three-part legal education series in Incline Village this fall at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, located at 948 Incline Way.Attorneys from the Senior Law Project will present in both English and Spanish on Landlord/Tenant Law, Powers of Attorney/Advance Directives, and Simple Estate Planning.Each of the clinics is
Published: August 26, 2015
My January 22 article, “A murky outlook for stocks,” concluded that higher yielding preferred stocks were especially attractive.They still are, especially for those who don’t want to subject their portfolio to the volatility of the stock market. Today, that is most everybody.A preferred stock is a “hybrid” security with characteristics of both stocks and bonds. For example, preferreds represent ownership
Published: August 26, 2015
Washoe County Commissioner Chair Marsha Berkbigler recently appointed Andrew N. Wolf, a managing partner at Incline Law Group, to the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Citizen Advisory Board.Wolf is a real estate lawyer with extensive experience in land use, business and construction law who has practiced for more than 25 years in Incline Village.“I am excited to continue providing service to our
Published: August 26, 2015
Sandra Bland is dead, an alleged suicide during a third day of incarceration in a Texas jail after being pulled over for failure to signal a lane change.Over the last 50 years, as public mental health programs have been shuttered, the criminal justice system has incarcerated an increasing number of people with emotional and/or substance abuse issues either as a
Published: August 26, 2015
I was in a bad mood earlier this month when I went to the County Treasurer’s office to pay my property taxes. While waiting I scanned my tax bill to see which agencies got how much. I took some satisfaction seeing that the IVGID recreation fee remained unchanged from prior years and … wait a minute … here’s a line
Published: August 26, 2015
A recent decision of a district court in the District of Columbia agreed with the Revenooers, who actually revoked the tax-exempt status of a foundation because some of its activities resulted in extraordinary benefits (“private inurement,” to use the vernacular of the bureaucrats) to the entity’s founder’s family.Seems a decedent’s estate gave about $2.5 million to a foundation that had
Published: August 26, 2015
This week marks the commencement of classes in Incline Village schools. Lucky us — the rest of Washoe County has been in session for two weeks. Our streets and parking lots have emptied of that last onslaught of summer visitors (save the Labor Day crew just around the corner), and we feel like a village again.For me, the start of
Published: August 26, 2015
The Women’s Club of North Tahoe will host its annual Fashion Show fundraiser — “Do You Remember?” — on Saturday, Aug. 29, starting at 11 a.m. at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno.This event is the Women’s Club’s single fundraiser for the year, with proceeds benefiting North Tahoe public schools and educational scholarships for Incline Village graduating seniors.“We’ve
Published: August 26, 2015
Nearly 1,000 students who attend public school in Incline Village returned to their classes Monday.Following are a few quotes submitted to the Bonanza from Washoe County School District administrators regarding the new school year:John Mayer, president of the Board of Trustees: “We always look forward to welcoming our students back to school after the summer break. We join our Incline
Published: August 26, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On Saturday, Aug. 8, at the IVGID Water Carnival, a fundraiser was held to help the families of two young Incline Village residents who have been struck by cancer, Bianca Bernal and Dayann Cuadros.There was pizza donated by Azarra’s for sale, and a portion of Susie Scoops ice cream sales at the event were also donated
Published: August 26, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village Community Hospital is partnering with a trio of local agencies and groups to host a prescription drug roundup in September.According to a news release, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, IVGID Waste Not, Join Together Northern Nevada and IVCH want to provide Incline Village/Crystal Bay with a safe, secure method to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.The
Published: August 26, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Can you believe it? Our summer is coming to a close – can you believe it? Yes my neighbors have been splitting wood for the past month, yes the evening temperatures have definitely cooled down this past week, yes the kids are back in school and, yet, still, can you believe it?Summer just got here! I go
Published: August 26, 2015
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Jackie Flynn has emerged as one of the funniest and most talked about comedians to come out of Boston, joining the ranks of Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke and Jay Leno.He has quickly parlayed his success as a stand-up to firmly establish himself in the film and television arena.So it should be a pretty funny
Published: August 26, 2015
Have you ever seen a sick housefly? Neither have I. They always take off with gusto, land on a slice of tenderloin, and take off again with a better on-time record than Southwest. We study the human immune system with great enthusiasm, when we ought rightly be studying the immune system of the common housefly.Well look at it, they subsist
Published: August 26, 2015
Unwind from the hectic pace of summer and enjoy the best season at Tahoe. Our beaches, trails and village businesses are all quiet now. Take time to get out and about before El Niño arrives. Beach picnics are fantastic!A community yard sale and barbecue from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Aspen Grove is for the Butterfly
Published: August 26, 2015
It’s disappointing to foresee a film’s major plot twists by merely viewing its trailer. Granted, critics see more than their share of movies, and in this case, my own exposure led to several showings of “American Ultra’s” trailer. Because the film promised to be hilarious, I hoped it wasn’t giving the entire plot away. Well it isn’t, and it did.A
Published: August 26, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Nevada Department of Wildlife killed a black bear on Tuesday after it was deemed a public safety threat for displaying overly bold behavior at North Lake Tahoe.NDOW spokesman Chris Healy confirmed the 9-year-old, 450-pound male bear was captured some time overnight Monday off of Village Boulevard in Incline Village.It was tranquilized and put down on
Published: August 26, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Public agencies are teaming with private residents and business owners to combat nonnative species threatening some of Lake Tahoe’s famed nearshore ecosystems.The partnership follows a strategy outlined in conjunction with University of Nevada, Reno, scientists and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District.The collaboration between the scientists and lakefront and marina business and homeowners focuses on Tahoe’s nearshore
Published: August 25, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — It is no secret that public education in California has been underfunded for many years.At Tahoe Lake Elementary School in Tahoe City, they are filling part of that void with the support of the Excellence in Education Foundation. Over the past five years alone, the Foundation has funded over $55,389 in grants specifically at Tahoe Lake
Published: August 25, 2015
Old Buddies softball tourney set for SaturdayThe Truckee Optimist Club’s Old Buddies Softball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Truckee Regional Park.This annual slow pitch softball tournament is open to both local and out of town teams. Emphasis is on fun and camaraderie. Call Jon Traeger at 530 587-7572 for information.Work continues on Truckee Bike ParkCATT Community
Published: August 25, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Aug. 17-23 at www.sierrasun.com.1. Motion to raze still-undeveloped Truckee home latest in seven-year battleThis story covered a long timeline of events surrounding a homeowner’s 7-year battle with the Town of Truckee regarding unpermitted work on a still-unfinished home on Filly Lane in Glenshire. The story discusses the complexities
Published: August 25, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Students these days have more educational tools at their fingertips than just pencils, paper and textbooks — electronic devices are everywhere, and with that comes responsibility.Within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, students have access to computers, iPads, cameras and online resources such as Google Apps for Education, which includes email, spreadsheets and collaboration tools, district officials
Published: August 25, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — In July, more than 20 Truckee dancers ages 10 to 16, along with instructor Ryan Curren, traveled five hours to take part in the GEE Fam Dance Convention at the Pacific Arts Complex in Santa Cruz.They joined more than 50 Northern California dancers for two full days of popping, locking, breaking (b-boy), hip hop classes and choreography.Curren,
Published: August 25, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — On August 10, the Tahoe League for Charity held its monthly speaker luncheon meeting at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City.The featured speaker was local resident and author Prudy Grimes, who introduced her first novel, “The End of Snow.”Prudy has received an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a
Published: August 25, 2015
People who are high achievers impose pressure on themselves to succeed. They set challenging goals and work hard to achieve their high standards.This manner of thinking and behaving is necessary for students, athletes and others in order to be successful across a variety of endeavors.Without setting high standards, we achieve less. However, there are significant differences between high achievers and
Published: August 25, 2015
Thank you to the Southwest Gas crew members who have been working in the Highlands subdivision in Tahoe City, installing new gas lines. An efficient, professional state-of-the-art operation.What made their presence so awesome was the crew’s overall attitude of friendliness, cooperation and sincere interest in the needs of the homeowners. So friendly, neat and thoughtful. At my property, the crew
Published: August 25, 2015
As a Scorpio rising, I tend to gravitate toward the intense and mysterious in life. This water sign is known for powerful, sensual and intuitive actions.Here we have the phoenix rising out of the ashes for this sign is above all else regenerative.This is also why Scorpio governs the reproductive organs as well as the excretory systems of the body.Pluto,
Published: August 25, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Gone are the days of processed pre-packaged meals served at Tahoe Truckee Unified schools, replaced by healthier options made from scratch.Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest guidelines, breakfasts and lunches served at all Tahoe Truckee Unified School District schools must include fruit and/or vegetables and hit reduced targets of fats, calories and sodium.(Students) cannot go in
Published: August 25, 2015
More than 600 people participated in the Lake Tahoe Triathlon at Sugar Pine Point State Park this past Saturday and Sunday.The event featured multiple race distances, including a Half-Ironman distance, an Olympic triathlon and Sprint triathlon, as well as a duathlon and aquabike. Truckee’s Donatas Ereminas, 33, who will compete in the full-distance Ironman Lake Tahoe triathlon next month, raced
Published: August 25, 2015
Alta resident Kristin Walstad added to her summer wins list by outdistancing a field of 71 runners in the Squaw 2 Alpine 10K Challenge on Saturday.The event — a benefit for the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation and the Humane Society — began at Squaw Valley’s KT22 lift and finished at the base of Alpine Meadows. The route sent participants
Published: August 25, 2015
Entrepreneur? Small business owner? Self employed? Work from home? Looking to collaborate? How about a quiet workspace to focus on your project?The Incline Village Library may be just what you are looking for. Each week we set aside our meeting room to be used as a co-working space to give you a place to work, or meet up with a
Published: August 25, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — When a woeful Plumas County Gold Rush village called One Shoe wants to hype its Claimjumpers 2 Wild West Festival weekend, it must do what any enterprising Gold Country town might do — nail down a killer local celebrity for the poster. Not having any resident movie stars, NASCAR drivers, golf pros, Republican presidential candidates or country
Published: August 25, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — TTUSD is often asked why schools have minimum days and teacher contract days, when no school is in session. The short answer is to ensure your child has the best education possible.The needs of students are constantly changing, as is the technology they use. In order for educators to meet their needs, they need time to collaborate
Published: August 25, 2015
I want to continue a discussion on climate change that started in the Sierra Sun last April — see the oped “Don’t Cloud the Climate Change Debate” for the context.I waited a few months to respond because I don’t want the debate to turn personal. It’s about ideas, and the respondent to my piece brought up some very important ones
Published: August 25, 2015
Decisions made in Congress over the next few months may well determine the extent to which Lake Tahoe remains blue and clear, with healthy forests, resilient watersheds, and its ecology protected from the threat of new aquatic invasive species.For two decades, the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) has provided guidance for the shared investments made by our federal, state
Published: August 25, 2015
Given the unceremonious departure of the last two CEOs of Tahoe Forest Hospital, the August 21 guest column from Dr. Karen Sessler about Tahoe Forest Hospital “making wonderful strides” could do more to restore community trust in the hospital’s administration.The President of the hospital’s board describes the hospital as earning money “like any other business.” This misleading picture of how
Published: August 25, 2015
The Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour concluded with its Tour Championship at the Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing last Tuesday. The final event included trophies for first, second and third place along with double points for the TTJGT season-long Cup Contest, in which players were awarded points for their first- through fifth-place finishes throughout the four previous tournaments.To compete in
Published: August 25, 2015
Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be certain, except death and taxes.”Proper planning can make your loved ones’ life a lot simpler and in many cases have an impact on your net worth.Estate planning is one area that you shouldn’t overlook, even if you don’t think you may have much of a problem.For 2015, the estate tax
Published: August 25, 2015
Andy English, a long time Homewood resident passed away on July 24, 2015, he was 55 years old. Born September 19, 1959 San Francisco, a 5th generation San Franciscan, raised in Marin County. Andy was the son of the late Sara Jean and Dr. James Theodore English. Andy came to Tahoe as a child with his family in the 1960’s
Published: August 25, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — This week’s question: What are you looking forward to going back to school?Here are this week’s responses, as asked Monday in Tahoe City:Koson Verkler, seventh grade, Kings Beach: “Being upstairs in North Tahoe School, seeing a lot of my friends again, and all the school sports.”Ella Console, second grade, Granite Bay, Calif.: “I was looking forward
Published: August 25, 2015
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei recalled cleaning toilets at Sand Harbor. Chris Bently, CEO of Bently Enterprises, said his first sunburn happened on the beaches around Round Hill Pines Beach as a kid.Those were some of the stories business, state and federal leaders referred to during the 2015 Lake Tahoe Summit on Monday at Round Hill Pines
Published: August 25, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — B-Fit is an intervention program targeted at elementary students in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. The program was created to increase physical activity at school, to prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and to improve academic performance.B-Fit incorporates physical activity into the classroom with daily “activity bursts” and provides monthly wellness challenges.Teachers implement activity bursts from a
Published: August 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s that time again — back to school at Truckee and the North Shore. Here are some tips to get things off on the right foot:1: Create a regular bed time and morning routine. To ease back into the school routine, start this a few days before school starts to get back in the swing of things
Published: August 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Your support is needed to ensure your child’s safety. Tips for success in student transportation include:1: Pack all items in your backpack so both hands are free to hold the arm rail.2: Stand 12 feet away from the bus and wait for the doors to open before approaching.3: Students who need to cross the roadway to and
Published: August 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Thanks to the community’s support of Measure E and Measure U, a great deal of work has been under way at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District for facility upgrades.The year kicked off with “quick start” projects — projects that TTUSD identified that could be completed this year, with the majority of the work completed this summer.
Published: August 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — School-age children in California need vaccines and must have them to enter public or private schools.Making sure that children receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their long-term health — as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.Here’s what you need
Published: August 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — With the new school year starting on Monday, Aug. 31, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is excited for the best school year ever! With support from excellent staff, parents, community partners, and Measure A, we are committed to student success and building even more pathways to possibilities in each of our schools.Here are some highlights and changes
Published: August 24, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Excellence in Education Foundation would like to welcome you back to a new school year! Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed many days in the sun over your summer break and your kids are ready head back to a new classroom, a new teacher and maybe even a new school.As we kick off the new school year, the Foundation
Published: August 24, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Attendance at school is essential to every student’s success, and absences can easily add up to academic trouble.TTUSD is encouraging all families to start off the year right and minimize absences unless a child is ill. Families should get their children to school as often as possible and align vacations and appointments with the school calendar to
Published: August 24, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The South Shore’s Bayview Trailhead lives up to its name — and offers some surprises. A pair of two-hour hikes off the trailhead provides aerial views of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake and Fallen Leaf Lake along with a brief taste of Desolation Wilderness.CASCADE LAKEA left at the start of the trail sets a path toward
Published: August 24, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A back-and-forth battle between a Truckee man’s property, his neighbors and town officials will go before council members in September, when the fate of his long-developing home could end in demolition.Town council on Aug. 11 unanimously approved a resolution to abate the unfinished residence at 12295 Filly Lane in the Glenshire subdivision.The saga began in 2008, when
Published: August 18, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Regional crews collaborated to quickly contain a house fire Tuesday morning west of downtown Truckee, an official said.The Truckee Fire Protection District was dispatched to the single-family, two-story residence at 11298 West River St. at 8:44 a.m., said spokesman Paul Spencer.No one was inside at the time of the fire, which was contained in about 20 minutes,
Published: August 18, 2015
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Moments before being sentenced Tuesday for a crime that contributed to the death of his friend, the victim’s mother, Kathie Fenley, approached Kelley Robert Smith, wrapped her arm around him and embraced him.“I want you to come out of this whole,” Fenley said through tears in her eyes.“Thank you, I will,” Smith responded. “I promise I
Published: August 19, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — No one was hurt in an early Sunday morning fire that shut down the 7-Eleven store on Palisades Drive for more than two days. Damage was contained to the 7-Eleven portion of the strip-mall-like building at 10015 Palisades Drive, according to the Truckee Fire Protection District.Truckee Fire spokesman Paul Spencer said the fire started outside of the
Published: August 23, 2015
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — As the historic drought plaguing California continues, many communities have found it necessary to drastically cut back on water consumption. Though well-meaning, reduced water usage could have a negative impact on trees in the area.In California alone, 12 million trees died in the past year due to lack of water, according to the U.S. Forest Service.Though
Published: August 23, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Police officers arrested a city resident Wednesday, Aug. 19, on charges of sexually abusing a child under 16 years old.According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Allan Delisle, 69, allegedly committed the sexual abuse against a child with disabilities, including lewd and lascivious acts with a child, oral copulation of a child under 16
Published: August 21, 2015
RENO, Nev. —“The warrior would emerge.” That’s how Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong described the sacrifice of his fallen Deputy Carl Howell during Thursday’s service in his honor.More than a 1,000 people gathered at a service inside the Reno Events Center Thursday to honor the late Carson City deputy.Howell was killed Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance call.Officers from
Published: August 21, 2015
TRUCKEE, Calif. — While Lake Tahoe might get all the kudos, the Truckee-Donner Summit region is packed with a variety of terrific trails for hikers and bikers.The Truckee Trails Foundation and the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District is providing a little motivation to get out there and explore those trails by introducing the Truckee Trails Challenge.The challenge is simple: Hike
Published: August 21, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Trash and bear encounters go hand-in-hand in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Local officials note most residents are great about properly storing their trash — but it’s still a problem, especially with enforcement.A new law, crafted by the South Lake Tahoe Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority, would require a mandatory box installation on the third offense,
Published: August 21, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Carlos Francies drowned in a tragic accident in Lake Tahoe on Aug. 13, and less than a week later the local community returned to the waters to honor his memory. Approximately 100 people attended a memorial paddle-out event for the Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy hosted by South Tahoe Standup Paddle on Wednesday night, Aug.
Published: August 21, 2015
(1955-2015)Bradley V Harris, 60, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2015, at Tahoe Forest Hospital after an extended illness. He was surrounded by his family and close friends. His father, Bud H. Harris of Gardnerville, Nevada, preceded him in death in 1994. Bradley grew up in Southern California enjoying fishing trips with his Dad and raising hybrid pigeons. He spent
Published: August 21, 2015
1. Sugar Pine Foundation HikeThe Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Sugar Pine Foundation are teaming for a morning of education and fun with an easy 2-mile hike at Echo Summit and traveling south along the Tahoe Rim and Pacific Crest trails to Benwood Meadow.Where: Start at Echo Summit, South ShoreWhen: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 22Cost: Free; register onlineOnline:
Published: August 20, 2015
South Lake Tahoe runner Patrick Parsel has enjoyed a successful summer of racing on the other side of the lake. The 29-year-old added another win to his resume in dominant fashion this past Sunday. Parsel — who won the Northstar Mountain Run and the Run to Squaw, and finished second in the Squaw Mountain Run — claimed victory by almost
Published: August 20, 2015
Two years without a playoff appearance is a rare and epic drought in Wolverine country, where Truckee football fans were spoiled to the tune of four consecutive state championships between 2009 and 2012.All signs point to a team on the rise, however, and 2015 could be the year that the former Division I-A powerhouse returns to prominence. “We had intrasquad
Published: August 20, 2015
SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. — Where once it was thought to be just one, there now appear to be seven gray wolves roaming around in Northern California’s Siskiyou County.California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials released a photo Thursday showing five gray wolf pups joined by a pair of adult wolves.It’s the third set of photos to emerge since May in
Published: August 20, 2015
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — In his 1843-44 circumnavigation of the Great Basin, explorer John C. Frémont failed to establish the California Trail because he never connected the westward flowing Humboldt River to the eastbound Truckee River.Only 40 miles of desert separated the two waterways. In fact, Frémont was completely unaware of how close the Humboldt River was from his camp at
Published: August 20, 2015

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