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Bark beetle infestation continues to threaten Tahoe-Truckee forests

June 24, 2017 — Visitors to North Lake Tahoe this summer will notice the steady flow of the Truckee River, the high water level of Lake Tahoe, and dense green growth that has sprung up across the region thanks to record snow and rainfall this winter. But they'll also […]

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Wildfire risk a concern in Tahoe Truckee

June 20, 2017 — As this year's record-breaking winter gradually winds down, damage from the intense storms is still being discovered. The mix of snow and rain that cycled through the region left the ground soft and the trees heavy with sopping wet slush. Homes and businesses were left […]

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Placer, Nevada counties receive F for ozone health

June 14, 2017 — The views, the lake and the crisp mountain breeze are among the top reasons people come to Lake Tahoe, but the air quality may not be as fresh as once thought. Placer, Nevada, and El Dorado counties each received a grade of F for ozone […]

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Lake Tahoe’s waters run deep

June 10, 2017 — Whether you call it Big Blue, the Lake of the Sky — or, as Mark Twain so famously wrote in his masterpiece Roughing It, "the fairest picture the whole earth affords" — one thing is for certain: We all are here because of Lake Tahoe. […]

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Lake Tahoe’s waters run deep

June 10, 2017 — Whether you call it Big Blue, the Lake of the Sky — or, as Mark Twain so famously wrote in his masterpiece Roughing It, "the fairest picture the whole earth affords" — one thing is for certain: We all are here because of Lake Tahoe. […]

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Incline Village continues to struggle with black bears, trash

June 8, 2017 — Since April, the Placer County Sheriff's Department has received about seven calls about bears on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. To the north, the Truckee Police Department has had 15 so far this year. But the Washoe County Sheriff's Office received eight bear calls […]

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Despite drought’s end, wildfire danger persists

June 7, 2017 — The Truckee River is raging, Lake Tahoe's water level is high, and the drought emergency is over — but that doesn't mean wildfires aren't still a major concern in the Sierra this summer. The Reno National Weather Service and the National Interagency Fire Center are […]

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Chief’s Corner: Mutual aid works in California

June 5, 2017 — As we approach fire season — and make no mistake, there will be fire season this summer in California, maybe not here, but somewhere — it would be worthwhile to describe how mutual aid works in the fire service. Mutual aid between fire departments works […]

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Teichert Aggregates to meet with concerned residents again

June 5, 2017 — Martis Valley Quarry operator Teichert Aggregates might've got off to a rocky start listening to neighbors' complaints last month, but they're expected to come back with some solutions. Teichert Aggregates is set to hold a follow-up community meeting with neighboring residents of the Martis Valley […]

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Could US 50 on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore be reduced to two lanes?

June 4, 2017 — In the name of safety, Nevada Department of Transportation is exploring a slew of changes to U.S. 50 on Tahoe's East Shore, including reduction of the highway to two lanes. "This is why we are here tonight — the crash data," said Kent Steele, senior […]

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Bear totals vehicle in South Lake Tahoe after becoming trapped inside

June 3, 2017 — Those living in bear country know it’s never a good idea to leave food in a vehicle. However, it’s fairly common that people forget how even a slight scent — when combined with unlocked doors — can lead a curious bear to rummage through a […]

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Confusion persists on usage of drones in Lake Tahoe

June 3, 2017 — Scrolling through the hashtag #TahoeSnaps created by the Tahoe Daily Tribune on Instagram, there are hundreds of aerial shots of Emerald Bay, Sand Harbor and other scenic parts of the lake. To be sure, drone usage is on the rise in the Tahoe Basin, but […]

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Climbers rescued off 14,265 foot Quandary Peak in Summit County, Colo., recall feeling near brink of death

June 1, 2017 — Running on fumes from a demanding climb and dealing with the physical effects of altitude mixed with having exhausted their stock of water, two California men believed death could be imminent when they called for an emergency rescue off Quandary Peak Sunday night. Longtime friends […]

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Much of the poison hemlock along the Truckee River at Dorostkar Park in Northwest Reno has been cleared

May 31, 2017 — While it's usually good advice to eat your greens, experts warn that eating a particular parsley-resembling plant can be life ending. Concerns about poison hemlock have sprung up recently in California and Nevada, after Washoe County issued a warning amount a large amount of the […]

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Native trout, salmon in troubled waters

May 31, 2017 — Seventy-four percent of California's native trout and salmon are headed for extinction in the next century, and 45 percent could disappear in the next 50 years if no action is taken to alter the trend. A report released May 16 by the University of California, […]

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Nevada Department of Wildlife: Upcoming boating season poses concerns

May 28, 2017 — Memorial Day is the traditional kickoff to boating season in Northern Nevada, and game wardens at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) are urging boaters to take extra precautions before going on the water. Although it is shaping up as one of the best boating […]

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Will big winter impact water temperature for swimmers in Lake Tahoe?

May 28, 2017 — The more snow melting into Lake Tahoe the colder the water will be this summer, right? Wrong. Though it might seem logical that the large amount of snow melting into the lake would impact its temperature, according to Geoff Schladow, director at UC Davis Tahoe […]

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Quagga mussels found on boat near Lake Tahoe

May 28, 2017 — The recent discovery of quagga mussels on a watercraft at a Lake Tahoe boat inspection station highlights the continued need for vigilance against aquatic invasive species. As part of increased prevention methods approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board this week, motorists […]

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Rapid snowmelt will continue around Lake Tahoe; flood advisory in effect in central Sierra Nevada

May 25, 2017 — A small stream flood advisory is in effect for much of the central Sierra Nevada through nearly the end of the month. The National Weather Service in Reno warns that warmer temperatures in the forecast through Memorial Day will likely lead to continued rapid snowmelt. […]

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Bear tries to break into doughnut delivery vehicle in Colorado ski town

May 24, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Doughnut delivery drivers in Steamboat Springs might want to start looking over their shoulders. Todd and Kim Robertson awoke early Monday to discover a black bear was so determined to break into their doughnut delivery vehicle, it ripped off the car's […]

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