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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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Tahoe Top 5: Animal species you might not know inhabit the Tahoe region

March 25, 2017 — LAKE TAHOE — Lake Tahoe is full of various sport fish species, including lake trout — also known as the mackinaw — rainbow trout, brown trout and kokanee salmon, to name a few. Surprisingly to some, none of these species is native to this region, […]

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Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership celebrates with work across the Sierra

March 22, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) program celebrated national service with events across the Sierra for AmeriCorps Week, March 4-11. AmeriCorps Members from the SNAP Program joined with other members nationwide to raise awareness about AmeriCorps and national service. SNAP members traveled […]

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What’s the story behind Truckee’s West River Street cottages?

March 21, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — There's currently one, single studio apartment located in Truckee listed for rent on Trulia.com. It's the same Truckee studio that was listed on the site back in July. It happens to be the only studio in Truckee listed on Zillow at the […]

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Lake Tahoe weather: 10-20 inches of snow forecast by Wednesday up top

March 20, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — After several days of mild and spring-like weather, snow and rain is expected to return this week to the Tahoe-Truckee region. According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the first storm is expected Tuesday with a second — and potentially stronger storm […]

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New lodge planned for Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area thanks to donations

March 17, 2017 — TAHOE CITY, Calif. — For more than 40 years, cross-country skiers have been skiing away from a lodge that was once a golf clubhouse at the edge of The Highlands near Tahoe City. While the golf course only survived for several years, cross-country skiing, mountain […]

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Work on westbound I-80 planned near Truckee Friday, Saturday (and beyond)

March 17, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — Caltrans is advising motorists that pavement repair work is scheduled for a 10-mile section of westbound Interstate 80, east of Truckee, on Friday and Saturday of this week. “A Caltrans contractor will be grinding off rough patches of asphalt in the westbound […]

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Sierra snowpack: As world’s climate warms, California’s most important water source becomes less reliable

March 15, 2017 — SODA SPRINGS, Calif. — Mitch Brown jammed the blade of his loader into a two-story pile of snow outside Donner Ski Shop, the sports rental store he runs in Soda Springs. From there, Old Highway 40 toward bustling ski resorts was lined with walls of […]

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Tahoe bonding bills win committee approval in Nevada Legislature

March 15, 2017 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Two bills designed to enable issuance of Tahoe environmental and statewide natural resource project bonds won approval from the Senate Government Affairs Committee on Friday, March 10. Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, presented SB197 and SB198 before the committee earlier in the week, […]

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Lake Tahoe transit: How cellphone data is being used to understand needs

March 14, 2017 — LAKE TAHOE — Despite a regional population of only 55,000 full-time residents, about 10 million vehicles make the trip to the Lake Tahoe Basin per year, according to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's draft regional transportation plan. It also says that the average number of […]

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Will commercial service return to Lake Tahoe Airport? Not likely

March 13, 2017 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's recently updated regional transportation plan is filled with hundreds of multi-modal transit projects involving buses, bikes, trails and more. But one South Shore asset was not included: the Lake Tahoe Airport. Since the airport first […]

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Nevada Legislature hears support for Tahoe, natural resource bonds

March 9, 2017 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate Government Affairs Committee was urged on Wednesday to extend the deadlines for issuing natural resource and environmental project bonds. SB198 is the so-called "Q-1 bonds," which were authorized by voters in November 2002 to provide bonds to protect, […]

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Tahoe developer: Brockway Campground sale still about a year out

March 9, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — It's been a little over a year and a half since Mountainside Partners, the developer behind the Martis Valley West proposal, approached Placer County with an idea to bring a campground to the ridgeline property overlooking Lake Tahoe. It was called the […]

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Pacific Crest Trail Association presentation set for March 14 at Tahoe

March 8, 2017 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Pacific Daylight Time begins on Sunday, March 12. That means you spring forward one hour with your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night. Yep, you lose an hour of sleep, but you gain an hour of daylight, which […]

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