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Public input sought on draft Truckee River Corridor Access Plan

October 16, 2017 — The public is invited to weigh in on a proposed plan that outlines recreation and public lands access improvements along the Truckee River between North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. A community meeting is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at which Placer County

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Forest Service campgrounds begin closing at Tahoe this weekend

October 15, 2017 — Lake Tahoe’s campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas and roads will begin closing for the winter this weekend, according to the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Campgrounds on National Forest lands in the Tahoe Basin managed by Tahoe Recreation, a division of California Land

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Smoke in Truckee from Northern California fires

October 11, 2017 — Smoke is expected to continue to blow into the Truckee area during the next few weeks because of a number of fires in Northern California. “Currently there is no threat to Truckee or the area,” the Truckee Fire Protection District said in a statement on

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Lobo Fire chews up acreage: Blaze located about 67 miles west of Truckee

October 11, 2017 — A wind-fueled wildfire continued to chew up acreage on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and had damaged or destroyed dozens of structures in its path, authorities said. The Lobo Fire stood at 880 acres as of Tuesday afternoon, and was 23 percent contained. The fire, which started

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Colorado ski industry adds teeth to climate change talk

October 9, 2017 — Last week in Keystone, Colo., a modern-day prophet on climate change addressed a room of several hundred High Country residents as they chomped away at their breakfasts, daring each of them to accept a simple challenge. “I’m asking you to save civilization,” he said unabashedly.

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Nevada Gov. Sandoval backs BLM decision to end sage grouse lands withdrawal

October 7, 2017 — Gov. Brian Sandoval says he supports the decision by the Bureau of Land Management to cancel the withdrawal of western lands in six states from mining and exploration activities. The withdrawal of 10 million acres of land including three million in Nevada was originally proposed

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Forest thinning underway near Mount Rose Highway above Incline Village

October 7, 2017 — Tree trimming on U.S. National Forest Service lands above Incline Village resumed last week, as workers aimed to remove excess vegetation that can feed wildfires and improve forest health. The forest service said the thinning operations are expected to continue throughout fall until winter weather

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Lake Tahoe’s kokanee salmon are spawning in Taylor Creek — and you shouldn’t miss it

October 7, 2017 — As the trees begin to change colors in Lake Tahoe, so do the salmon. Taylor Creek, one of the alpine lake’s 63 tributaries, is flush with bright-red kokanee salmon swimming upstream for spawning. “They are turning from blue-silver, which they are in the lake, to

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Fire restrictions lifted in National Forest, fire danger still high in Nevada County

October 6, 2017 — Fire restrictions will be lifted in the Tahoe National Forest Friday, allowing visitors to obtain campfire permits, smoke outside of designated sites and operate internal combustion engines off forest roads and trails — but according to Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council

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Fish turn color at Lake Tahoe, too

October 1, 2017 — Not all the fall color at Lake Tahoe will be in the trees. At least some will be in the water at Taylor Creek as the Kokanee salmon turn red to spawn. The Fall Fish Festival will take place at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center

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Recycling program comes up short in Douglas County

September 25, 2017 — A six-month pilot program for curbside recycling in select Douglas County neighborhoods netted more than 78,000 pounds of recyclable goods — but fell far short of paying for itself. Douglas County has long led the state in recycling, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection reports.

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort fined nearly $755K over wetlands contamination

September 24, 2017 — Kirkwood Mountain Resort was fined $754,732 in July for contamination to a nearby creek discovered last spring. Over the course of routine snow removal on an unpaved parking lot during the 2015-16 winter season, asphalt grindings were picked up in the snow and ultimately made

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Aspen micro-forecaster predicts normal to slightly above snowfall for 2017-18 winter

September 23, 2017 — Micro-forecasting firm Aspen Weather.net is predicting normal to slightly above normal snow at the Roaring Fork Valley’s ski areas this winter. Meteorologist Cory Gates said models are showing conditions shaping up as a “weak La Nina” winter, where cold Pacific Ocean temperatures at the equator

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Lake Tahoe and Truckee Road Conditions

September 22, 2017 —

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First snow of 2017-18 season falls in Squaw Valley, Truckee on Thursday, Sept. 21 (Video)

September 21, 2017 — The first snowfall of the 2017-18 season dropped in Truckee on Thursday morning, Sept. 21, amid a backdrop of overcast skies and a west wind of 5 mph. The National Weather Service forecast calls for little or no snow accumulation on the last day of

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South Yuba River Citizens League volunteers take to waterways for 20th annual cleanup

September 18, 2017 — Hundreds of volunteers teamed up with the South Yuba River Citizens League to help haul in tons of trash during their annual river cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 16. The cleanup wasn’t kept to just the South Yuba River though, as folks also descended upon Deer

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Is social media ruining Lake Tahoe’s wilderness?

September 17, 2017 — Scroll through the hashtags #laketahoe or #tahoesnaps on Instagram, and you’ll find over a million photos of people hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or just lounging on a beach in the Tahoe Basin. More than ever people are getting out into nature, and in most cases,

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Scientists blame climate change for loss of pikas in Lake Tahoe

September 15, 2017 — A furry mountain rodent, known as the American pika, has disappeared from a large stretch of habitat in North Lake Tahoe, the largest pika die-off in the modern age, according to UC Santa Cruz scientists. A study published in PLOS One in August outlines the

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Lake Tahoe 2017-18 winter forecast: ‘Be ready for everything’

September 13, 2017 — Could the snowfall on Friday, Sept. 8, on mountain passes off Highway 88 be a sign that we’re in store for another heavy winter? Skiers, snowboarders, and other winter sports enthusiasts surely hope so. On the other hand, those still traumatized from the constant shoveling

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Journeys Within Tour Company specializes in customizing a dream Southeast Asia vacation

September 11, 2017 — One local tour company is actively working to keep plastic bottles from washing up along the shorelines in Cambodia. Journeys Within Tour Company has a brick-and-mortar location at Donner Lake Village Resort, as well as teams on the ground in the Southeast Asian countries for

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