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Shooters allegedly responsible for starting Detwiler Fire, which burned 81,826 acres

August 14, 2017 — A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the shooters who were allegedly responsible for setting a fire west of Yosemite that claimed 131 structures and 81,826 acres. Smoke from the Detwiler fire filled the Truckee area not long after it started on […]

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Graffiti problems continue near Donner Summit

August 12, 2017 — Despite the news coverage of graffiti problems in the region, and the high-profile cases of vandalism in Joshua Tree National Park, the problem continues to spread in outdoor recreation areas. Graffiti once limited to inside the unused train tunnels near Donner Summit is now spilling […]

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Scientists launch underwater robot in Lake Tahoe

August 11, 2017 — There are many myths about what lies beneath the surface of Lake Tahoe, but if you happen to spot an underwater robot anytime soon, chances are it's the real deal. Researchers at the University of California, Davis released an underwater autonomous vehicle, sometimes called an […]

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Tahoe Rim Trail a product of love, dedication and a ton of volunteer work

August 7, 2017 — If Lake Tahoe were a queen, the Tahoe Rim Trail would be the crown circling her royal head. Consisting of 165 miles of 24-inch, single-track trail, the Rim Trail offers some of the most breathtaking views of Big Blue and an experience that few other […]

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Washoe Lake water level finally dropping a bit

August 7, 2017 — Washoe Lake, which this spring came close to overflowing its banks, is finally dropping, albeit by just a foot since June. But that foot is important to the Nevada Department of Transportation because, with a record winter followed by warm spring weather, the lake came […]

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Forest thinning to impact Pope-Baldwin bike path near South Lake Tahoe

August 7, 2017 — Efforts to reduce vegetation are slated to continue on National Forest lands near South Lake Tahoe, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The mechanical cut-to-length (CTL) tree removal started this week and will continue on approximately 100 acres near the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path bike path. […]

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Leaf-eating moths causing problems at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

August 7, 2017 — The non-native white satin moth has eaten its way through 200 acres of aspen and cottonwood leaves in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park this summer, forcing the Nevada Division of Forestry to issue a “Forest Pest Alert” on Thursday, Aug. 3. The moth is responsible […]

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Leaf-eating moths causing problems at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

August 4, 2017 — The non-native white satin moth has eaten its way through 200 acres of aspen and cottonwood leaves in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park this summer, forcing the Nevada Division of Forestry to issue a "Forest Pest Alert" on Thursday. The moth is responsible for 40 […]

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Pest in white satin

August 4, 2017 — The non-native white satin moth has eaten its way through 200 acres of aspen and cottonwood leaves in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park this summer, forcing the Nevada Division of Forestry to issue a "Forest Pest Alert" on Thursday, Aug. 3. The moth is responsible […]

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Warm weather, sunny skies to start the week in Truckee

July 30, 2017 — The National Weather Service is calling for daytime temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s to start the week in Truckee. The high should be around 88 degrees in Truckee on Monday, July 31, with sunny skies and a north wind of about 5 […]

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Fire restrictions in effect at Tahoe National Forest

July 29, 2017 — Anyone who was near Lake Tahoe last week probably recalls the few days of smoke that drifted into the region from the Detwiler fire in Mariposa County. Fires are, unfortunately, business as usual for most California residents so fire prevention is a big part of […]

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Webber Lake campground opens to the public Aug. 1

July 28, 2017 — Few visitors to Lake Tahoe realize that 25 miles north of Truckee sits a pristine lake surrounded by gorgeous meadows and one of California's oldest hotels, but that could be about to change. Beginning in August, the Webber Lake campground will be open to the […]

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Are avalanche deaths and atmospheric rivers linked? Researchers think so

July 26, 2017 — Backcountry skiers in Lake Tahoe will tell you that the sport is exploding in popularity. Trails that were empty five years ago are now filled with people in pursuit of first turns on fresh powder, but they also face increased avalanche risk. Avalanche fatalities in […]

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U.S. Forest Service to continue treating invasive plants in Lake Tahoe Basin

July 25, 2017 — Chemical treatment of invasive plants will continue on U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit land in the Tahoe Basin. Work will take place at approximately 90 infestations sites (totaling 18.25 acres) through September, the Forest Service announced in a statement earlier this month. […]

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Vail Resorts announces new plans to attain ‘zero net footprint’ by 2030

July 25, 2017 — Vail Resorts, which owns and operates Northstar California in Truckee, announced on Tuesday, July 25, that the company will pursue a comprehensive sustainability commitment, called “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint.” The project, announced to employees at a company-wide event, commits to zero net emissions […]

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Preacher Fire prompts evacuation notice

July 24, 2017 — Residents in the vicinity of Sierra Spirit Ranch on the northern front of the 3,130-acre Preacher Fire were notified their homes were threatened. At about 4 p.m. on Monday, July 24, the fire grew 10 times its previous size, burning toward upper portion of Pinenut […]

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Researchers discover three new toad species in Nevada’s Great Basin

July 23, 2017 — Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada’s Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom. Discoveries of new amphibians are extremely rare in the United States with only three new frog species discovered since 1985 […]

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Clearly Tahoe offers new perspective of Lake Tahoe with clear kayaks

July 23, 2017 — Lake Tahoe's clarity is one of its hallmark features and something locals strive to preserve. Geoff Miller and Kelsey Weist, proprietors of local kayak rental service, Clearly Tahoe, developed a way to combine fun, appreciating the lake's clarity and aiding in preservation. Since last year, […]

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State takes possession of Walker River State Recreation Area in Nevada

July 23, 2017 — The creation of a new Nevada state park, known as the Walker River State Recreation Area, is official. On Wednesday, July 19, the Nevada Division of State Lands accepted the gift deeds facilitated by the Walker Basin Conservancy, and will assign the donated property to […]

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Truckee Donner Land Trust and Nature Conservancy secure another piece of the Sierra

July 22, 2017 — While the Sierra grows in popularity among those looking to escape the pressures of city life, concerns about protecting the land and ensuring public access are also increasing. More than 1,300 acres of land north of Truckee are now protected thanks to the Northern Sierra […]

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