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League to Save Lake Tahoe crowdsourcing science to ‘Keep Tahoe Blue’

May 23, 2017 — With 72 miles of shoreline and flows from more than 150 storm water pipes, keeping an eye on what ends up in Lake Tahoe is easier said than done. For the last five years the League to Save Lake Tahoe, known for its slogan "Keep […]

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Guest column: Temporary environmental art installation at Tahoe is about coming together for common purpose

May 23, 2017 — Keep Tahoe Blue is an iconic slogan that has been broadly recognized and embraced by the public worldwide for the past 50 years. Now in 2017, we are faced with taking the public dialogue around this long-standing call to action one step further, and that […]

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Nevada boat regulations aim to stop spread of aquatic invasive species

May 16, 2017 — The battle to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species has prompted the Nevada Department of Wildlife to require boaters to open their drains while traveling across the state. Anyone transporting a watercraft on any public highway in Nevada, is required to have the drain […]

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Tahoe Science Logbook: Big winter may mean more algae growth in Lake Tahoe

May 16, 2017 — Kayakers and paddle boarders enjoying Lake Tahoe’s shoreline may see more algae this spring and early summer than in the past several years. Algae are small microscopic plants that use the sun’s energy and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) in the lake to grow. Algae are […]

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Federal funding sought by Truckee, Placer County for multi-use paved trails

May 12, 2017 — Placer County and Truckee will submit a joint application to the California Federal Lands Access Program in an effort to receive funding assistance for two, multiple-use paved trails that will eventually link the town with North Lake Tahoe. The announcement came after the Placer County […]

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Volunteers struggle to keep Tahoe graffiti-free

May 11, 2017 — With its crystal clear waters and pristine mountain views, there's little to no question that one of Lake Tahoe's most obvious allures is the scenery. People visit from all over the world just to view the fantastic landscape themselves, so when local residents started noticing […]

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Sheriff’s office launches investigation into bear shooting

May 11, 2017 — The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating a routine wildlife report that turned fatal for the animal on Saturday, May 6, in Incline Village when a deputy shot and ultimately killed a black bear. According to an incident report from the sheriff's office, the deputy […]

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Monitor Pass southeast of Lake Tahoe opens; latest opening in 13 years

May 10, 2017 — After barely closing at all during some of the worst drought years, Monitor Pass opened on the latest date in the last 13 years on Monday, according to the California Department of Transportation. California Route 89 between Highway 395 in Mono County and Highway 4 […]

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Salvage company works to remove sunken sailboat from Lake Tahoe

May 10, 2017 — After months of sitting at the bottom of Lake Tahoe just off the shoreline of El Dorado Beach, a sunken sailboat appears to be on its way out. A private salvage company was out on the lake Tuesday afternoon attempting to remove the submerged vessel. […]

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Land Trust acquires another square on its ‘conservation checkerboard’

May 8, 2017 — Northstar California donated a 56-acre conservation easement located in the western portion of their land holdings to the Truckee Donner Land Trust to satisfy requirements set by the county. The conditions were part of the terms of Northstar's Promised Land Express mountain improvements. "We look […]

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Volunteers remove 500 pounds of trash from Spooner Summit near Lake Tahoe

May 8, 2017 — A popular sledding destination in Lake Tahoe has become a persistent problem area for littering. On Wednesday, May 3, volunteers and staff from The League to Save Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Tahoe Fund came to clean up pieces of broken plastic sleds, […]

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Truckee River floods bike path between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley (video)

May 3, 2017 — Bicyclists traveling between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley this spring may need to find an alternative route. That's because water traveling out of Lake Tahoe and down the Truckee River has flooded parts of the bike and pedestrian trail along State Route 89. Residents and […]

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Sierra Watch’s complaint against Placer gets a complicated response

April 29, 2017 — A judge has partially sustained Sierra Watch's allegation that the Placer County Board of Supervisors violated the Brown Act when it approved an amended development agreement for the redevelopment of the Village at Squaw Valley. The decision was made on Monday, April 17, at the […]

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Lake Tahoe filled to the brim

April 20, 2017 — Lake Tahoe is full. As of April 17, the lake's surface elevation was 6,227.64 feet — almost 5 feet above its natural rim. U.S. Water Master Chad Blanchard said his office has been spilling water from Lake Tahoe since Feb. 22 in an effort to […]

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Coyote population isn’t on the rise, officials say

April 6, 2017 — Conversations of Lake Tahoe wildlife sightings tend to spring up more often as the seasons change and the snow begins to melt. Social media has been buzzing with reports of coyote sightings in Incline Village, Nev., lately, leaving some residents wondering if the population is […]

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What Lake Tahoe lovers should know about Stream Environment Zones

April 3, 2017 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Balancing environmental preservation and infrastructure development in Lake Tahoe is no simple task — and it's one that is often misunderstood by those outside of the agencies responsible for maintaining that balance. With large projects in […]

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First wolf sighting in Nevada since 1922; believed to be from Shasta Pack

April 1, 2017 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — A wolf from the Shasta Pack in Northern California was spotted near Fox Mountain in northwestern Nevada in early November, officials confirmed in late March. Nevada Department of Wildlife personnel investigated the sighting after being alerted to a video recording. During […]

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Hope persists for endangered yellow-legged mountain frog in Sierra Nevada

March 29, 2017 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The mountain yellow-legged frog was once the most abundant amphibian in the Sierra Nevada, but today its population has diminished by 93 percent. Despite these staggering statistics, one scientist, who's devoted 20 years of his career to the species, believes recovery […]

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Bear activity picking up around Lake Tahoe; people urged to be ‘bear aware’

March 28, 2017 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — With bear activity already occurring around the Lake Tahoe Basin as spring begins, more wildlife will be emerging as warmer weather becomes more frequent. Knowing how to act around bears and understanding their behavior is essential for life in the […]

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After strong winter, Washoe Lake’s water ‘went from nothing to everything’

March 27, 2017 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Washoe Lake, which was dry just a few months ago, is now full to the brim. That brings a big smile to Jennifer Dawson's face. She's the Washoe Lake State Park supervisor who's now looking forward to a full summer of […]

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