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Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership celebrates with work across the Sierra

March 22, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) program celebrated national service with events across the Sierra for AmeriCorps Week, March 4-11. AmeriCorps Members from the SNAP Program joined with other members nationwide to raise awareness about AmeriCorps and national service. SNAP members traveled […]

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What’s the story behind Truckee’s West River Street cottages?

March 21, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — There's currently one, single studio apartment located in Truckee listed for rent on Trulia.com. It's the same Truckee studio that was listed on the site back in July. It happens to be the only studio in Truckee listed on Zillow at the […]

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Lake Tahoe weather: 10-20 inches of snow forecast by Wednesday up top

March 20, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — After several days of mild and spring-like weather, snow and rain is expected to return this week to the Tahoe-Truckee region. According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the first storm is expected Tuesday with a second — and potentially stronger storm […]

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New lodge planned for Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area thanks to donations

March 17, 2017 — TAHOE CITY, Calif. — For more than 40 years, cross-country skiers have been skiing away from a lodge that was once a golf clubhouse at the edge of The Highlands near Tahoe City. While the golf course only survived for several years, cross-country skiing, mountain […]

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Work on westbound I-80 planned near Truckee Friday, Saturday (and beyond)

March 17, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — Caltrans is advising motorists that pavement repair work is scheduled for a 10-mile section of westbound Interstate 80, east of Truckee, on Friday and Saturday of this week. “A Caltrans contractor will be grinding off rough patches of asphalt in the westbound […]

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Sierra snowpack: As world’s climate warms, California’s most important water source becomes less reliable

March 15, 2017 — SODA SPRINGS, Calif. — Mitch Brown jammed the blade of his loader into a two-story pile of snow outside Donner Ski Shop, the sports rental store he runs in Soda Springs. From there, Old Highway 40 toward bustling ski resorts was lined with walls of […]

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Tahoe bonding bills win committee approval in Nevada Legislature

March 15, 2017 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Two bills designed to enable issuance of Tahoe environmental and statewide natural resource project bonds won approval from the Senate Government Affairs Committee on Friday, March 10. Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, presented SB197 and SB198 before the committee earlier in the week, […]

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Lake Tahoe transit: How cellphone data is being used to understand needs

March 14, 2017 — LAKE TAHOE — Despite a regional population of only 55,000 full-time residents, about 10 million vehicles make the trip to the Lake Tahoe Basin per year, according to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's draft regional transportation plan. It also says that the average number of […]

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Will commercial service return to Lake Tahoe Airport? Not likely

March 13, 2017 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's recently updated regional transportation plan is filled with hundreds of multi-modal transit projects involving buses, bikes, trails and more. But one South Shore asset was not included: the Lake Tahoe Airport. Since the airport first […]

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Nevada Legislature hears support for Tahoe, natural resource bonds

March 9, 2017 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate Government Affairs Committee was urged on Wednesday to extend the deadlines for issuing natural resource and environmental project bonds. SB198 is the so-called "Q-1 bonds," which were authorized by voters in November 2002 to provide bonds to protect, […]

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Tahoe developer: Brockway Campground sale still about a year out

March 9, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — It's been a little over a year and a half since Mountainside Partners, the developer behind the Martis Valley West proposal, approached Placer County with an idea to bring a campground to the ridgeline property overlooking Lake Tahoe. It was called the […]

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Pacific Crest Trail Association presentation set for March 14 at Tahoe

March 8, 2017 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Pacific Daylight Time begins on Sunday, March 12. That means you spring forward one hour with your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night. Yep, you lose an hour of sleep, but you gain an hour of daylight, which […]

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Squaw Valley World Cup: Parking, transit figure to be a challenge

March 7, 2017 — OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — As Squaw Valley is preparing to host the Audi FIS World Cup this weekend, one of the main concerns among locals — which has been an increasing issue this winter overall — is where guests can park. The Tahoe region has […]

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Northstar expansion (6 new lifts, a gondola and more) OK’d by Placer supes

March 6, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Feb. 21 to approve the Northstar Mountain Master Plan. The plan will guide the resort's development over the next 20 years, and allow it to remain competitive as market conditions change, according to a […]

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Work resumes on $39 million Lake Tahoe commuter ferry project

March 4, 2017 — STATELINE, Nev. — Thanks to a recent grant, work on a North to South Shore commuter ferry has resumed. The Tahoe Transportation District was awarded a $486,000 grant by the Federal Highway Administration through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program last year. The funds […]

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Lake Tahoe weather: After 650 inches of snow, more is coming

March 3, 2017 — TAHOE-TRUCKEE — Though Lake Tahoe residents have been enjoying a stretch of bluebird skies, a storm is scheduled to hit this weekend to kick off what could be another wet winter month ahead. “We are looking for a storm to come in around Saturday afternoon […]

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Four electric vehicle charging stations open at Northstar California

March 2, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — In partnership with the Northstar Community Service District, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation recently announced that it has committed to a two-year grant to fund the electricity required to power four new electric vehicle charging stations. The two Tesla stations and two Clipper Creek stations can reportedly charge any […]

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Changes afoot in management of Lake Tahoe’s federal, state lands

March 1, 2017 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Amid a national conversation on what to do with the nation's public lands, agencies in the Tahoe Basin are making changes to better manage state and federally owned land. The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, which was signed by former President […]

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Federal, CA lawmakers make case for more dams at water symposium

February 26, 2017 — AUBURN, Calif. — Federal and state lawmakers on Friday urged the need for infrastructure improvements, citing the Oroville Dam spillway and calling for increased water storage in California. Speaking at an symposium hosted by the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association, Republican legislators alternatively called for […]

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care: Saving one creature at a time

February 25, 2017 — LAKE TAHOE — A day spent working with wild animals is never going to be dull — just ask Tom and Cheryl Millham, operators of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care for the past 38 years and, as Cheryl would say, it all started with a photo. […]

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