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Officials may have to ‘spill’ excess water from Lake Tahoe

February 22, 2017 — LAKE TAHOE — Given the amount of precipitation that has dumped into Lake Tahoe in the past handful of months, water officials may have to send “quite a bit” of water over the emergency spillway located in Tahoe City. That statement from U.S. District Court […]

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Lake Tahoe has seen 138.65 billion gallons of water since October

February 15, 2017 — In less than five months, the water level at Lake Tahoe has gone from just below its natural rim to less than three feet of the legal limit. Put another way, approximately 138.65 billion gallons of water have been added to the lake since Oct. […]

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Tahoe scientist: ‘We’re living in a climate change affected world now’

February 13, 2017 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Back in August the Sierra Sun reported that researchers found that Lake Tahoe's temperature is rising at its fastest rate yet. Last week, we learned it isn't the only one. Researchers have found that temperatures are rising at a higher rate […]

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Explore Tahoe: Oh where, oh where have all the robins gone?

February 10, 2017 — For the last several years, at least one pair of robins stayed the winter here at Lake Tahoe. I know, because I could hear them "talking" up the hill from where I walk daily. But not this year. I was pondering that fact last week, […]

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City of South Lake Tahoe updates marijuana grow laws

February 9, 2017 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Move over ficus, there's a new houseplant in town. The South Lake Tahoe City Council took the necessary steps Tuesday to bring city codes on residential cultivation of marijuana up to compliance with state law. In short, anyone 21 years […]

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Nearly 10 years later, Tahoe Biltmore redevelopment project is advancing — slowly

February 9, 2017 — CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — It's been a while since the community has heard news from the developer behind the once-controversial plan to redevelop the site of the Tahoe Biltmore. The plan, known as Boulder Bay, to update the site of a once-booming casino property into […]

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Nevada railroad museum suffers $500,000 in flood damage

February 8, 2017 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — All eyes may have been on the Carson and Truckee rivers during January's flooding, but some of the worst damage was far from the rivers as a torrent of water roared through the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Museum Director Dan Thielen […]

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Donner Lake homeowners sue California State Lands Commission

February 7, 2017 — Is this land really your land, or is it my land? Is it both of ours? What are the limitations and what does that mean for real estate? A local group of homeowners may learn the answer to that question soon. Save Our Shores Donner […]

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Large boulder removed after blocking lane of Tahoe highway (update)

February 6, 2017 — UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.  NDOT reported around 1:30 p.m. that the large boulder blocking the right eastbound lane of Hwy 50 has been removed by Sierra Nevada Construction, Inc. using specialty equipment. "Now that the boulder has been removed, the roadway surface will be evaluated to […]

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After epic January, Lake Tahoe’s snowpack at 191 percent of normal

February 1, 2017 — MT. ROSE SUMMIT — The series of freak snowstorms that occurred in January is described as unforgettable, as it was the most historic weather month in 36 years. It guided Northern Nevada out of drought conditions, and Lake Tahoe may have a chance for full […]

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2016 was the warmest-ever year; what does it mean for Lake Tahoe?

January 31, 2017 — Top scientists announced in January that last year was the hottest year on record — an announcement they've made three years in a row, with 2014, 2015 and now 2016 each being declared warmer than the previous year. That news isn't particularly shocking to those […]

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Tahoe City Lodge, area plan earn approval from TRPA governing board

January 31, 2017 — Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's Governing Board on Jan. 25 unanimously approved the Tahoe Basin Area Plan, which includes the 118-room Tahoe City Lodge redevelopment proposal. The decision follows the Placer County Board of Supervisors' Dec. 6 approval of the plan and associated lodge project. THE […]

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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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