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Sierra Watch files second lawsuit against Squaw Valley redevelopment

January 19, 2017 — OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — The environmental group behind the campaign to “Keep Squaw True,” Sierra Watch, has filed a second legal claim in an effort to stop the Village at Squaw Valley redevelopment. “State law requires that big decisions about development in special places like […]

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care takes in cub found wandering without its mother

January 16, 2017 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — On Saturday, Jan. 7, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care received its sixth bear cub since July 2016. The cub — approximately 1 year old — was found wandering in circles without his mother in a Greenville, Calif., meadow. “The people who […]

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Explore Tahoe: Christmas Bird Count results, bald eagle survey

January 12, 2017 — With all the snow that is piling up around Lake Tahoe, it might be hard to imagine heading out to nature to look for birds, but not if you’re an avid naturalist like Will Richardson, co-founder of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, located in Incline […]

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Strides made in Tahoe-Truckee affordable housing conversation

January 12, 2017 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — This past year saw an elevation in the conversation on the issue of affordable housing at Lake Tahoe. With public forums raising awareness, organizations releasing data on an issue that previously was only understood anecdotally and a new multi-agency taskforce […]

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Flooding at Tahoe-Truckee could be like 2005, not as bad as 1997

January 7, 2017 — LAKE TAHOE — As the region braces for a weekend storm that is forecasted to bring up to 12 inches of rain on top of snow, local weather officials are reminded of the disastrous winter floods of 1997 and 2005. The National Weather Service (NWS) […]

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Kingsbury Grade opens after sinkhole repair between Tahoe, Carson Valley

January 7, 2017 — MINDEN, Nev. — Kingsbury Grade reopened Friday evening following repairs to an eroding drainage pipe underneath the roadway, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. The Carson Valley side of the road will temporarily close again in spring or summer for finishing roadway drainage repairs, […]

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Lake Tahoe weather: Officials warn – ‘this storm is serious business’

January 5, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — While Tahoe-area ski resorts are heralding this week’s massive snowfall totals, area officials are on high alert as the next storm series is expected to bring several inches of rain to the region. A flood watch will be in effect Saturday night […]

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Placer County to Sierra Watch: No Brown Act violation occurred

January 5, 2017 — OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Placer County has responded to allegations it violated the California Brown Act while participating in negotiations in late 2016 between the state attorney general’s office and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. According to a Dec. 30 letter signed by Placer County Attorney […]

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California AG’s office makes deal for Martis Valley West development

January 4, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra Pacific Industries and Mountainside Partners, the applicants behind the controversial Martis Valley West Specific Plan, announced Tuesday they had reached an agreement with the California Attorney General’s office over concerns about impacts the plan’s additional traffic will have on Lake Tahoe. […]

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CA Clean Energy Committee sues over Tahoe Basin Area Plan

January 3, 2017 — TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Another California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit has been filed against Placer County — this time over the Tahoe Basin Area Plan. The California Clean Energy Committee, a Davis, Calif.-based nonprofit, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 21 alleging that the county board […]

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Sinkhole between Tahoe, Carson Valley forces closure of Kingsbury Grade

January 3, 2017 — UPDATE: 7 a.m. WEDNESDAY:  For traffic safety, the Nevada Department of Transportation temporarily closed a portion of Kingsbury Grade Tuesday following a sinkhole created by an eroding pipe beneath the road. The road will remain closed from the State Route 206/Foothill Road junction in the […]

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Lake Tahoe prescribed burns planned all week on North Shore

January 3, 2017 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service expect to continue prescribed fire operations on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore Tuesday, Jan. 3, if conditions are favorable. Operations may take place on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe […]

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Lake Tahoe weather: Schools closed Wednesday as storm continues

January 2, 2017 — UPDATE: 7 a.m. WEDNESDAY: Both a winter storm warning and an avalanche warning remain in effect across the Tahoe-Truckee region Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. All schools are closed Wednesday for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, as well as Incline […]

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NV earthquakes damage house where Twain frittered away fortune

December 29, 2016 — MINERAL COUNTY, Nev. — A Mineral County ranch house where famous Comstock writer Mark Twain spent nine days caring for a sick man instead of proving up a mining claim was damaged in Wednesday’s earthquake swarm. Nine-Mile Ranch House is located a few miles from […]

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5.7, 5.5 earthquakes in Nevada rattle Tahoe-Truckee region

December 28, 2016 — Aftershocks from three 5-plus magnitude earthquakes near Hawthorne, Nev., rattled the Western Nevada and Tahoe-Truckee area early Wednesday morning. The first two earthquakes, both 5.7 in size, occurred within four minutes of one another — at 12:18 a.m. and 12:22 a.m. PST — north of Aurora Crater, southwest of […]

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Nevada Irrigation District reservoir capacity at 92 percent

December 26, 2016 — GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — Nevada Irrigation District reports its reservoirs at 92 percent capacity, which has prompted it to release water to manage levels and increase the amount of hydroelectric energy produced. “It’s been a while that we have had a good winter where we […]

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Lake Tahoe weather: Foot-plus of snow blankets resorts on Christmas Eve

December 24, 2016 — Christmas came early for those in the Tahoe-Truckee region who had fresh snow at the top of their wish list. Tahoe-area ski resorts reported between 8 to 17 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours as of Saturday morning. Boreal Mountain Resort led the way as of […]

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Water at Squaw Valley’s Upper Mountain now safe to drink, officials say

December 22, 2016 — As of late Thursday morning, Squaw Valley’s Elevation 8200’ Water Company system is back in business. Placer County Director of Environmental Health Wesley Nicks said a letter was issued to the resort on Dec. 22 stating that all “Non-Potable Water” signs may now be removed. […]

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Lake Tahoe weather: 2 feet of snow in forecast by Christmas Eve

December 22, 2016 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — After a lackluster start to the 2016-17 winter season, it appears a heavy dose of snow is in store just in time for Christmas. A winter storm warning will be effect for the greater Tahoe-Truckee region fro 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, […]

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Truckee planners OK hotel-housing development, with adjustments

December 20, 2016 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Planning Commission last week approved Triumph Development’s plans to build a 71,090 square-foot, three-story hotel and five three-story apartment buildings on the site of the Barsell property. The development, known as Coburn Crossing, would add a 114-room Marriott Hotel and […]

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