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Opinion: Time to make a decision on North Tahoe Event Center

September 15, 2017 — I would like to ask our citizens their opinion: Should the residents of the North Tahoe Public Utility District (NTPUD) keep the North Tahoe Event Center as a recreation asset managed by the district? Or should they allow it be leased for the next 70 […]

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Law Review: Another compelling reason to wear a seat belt

September 14, 2017 — Seatbelts are required in California. However, surprisingly quite a few drivers and passengers don't always use them. SEAT BELT STATS Since 1975, seat belts have saved over 300,000 lives in the United States alone. When used properly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury […]

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Pine Nuts: World wife carrying championship around the corner

September 14, 2017 — First prize is the wife's weight in beer. So how does one win such a sumptuous award? Well, first off, you need to be strong as an ox, secondly you need to have a wife, or a neighbor's wife, or a wife found somewhere in […]

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Opinion: Clearing up misconceptions about electric vehicles

September 12, 2017 — As Chair of the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN), allow me to try to address some misconceptions about electric vehicles, as expressed by Mr. Jim Clark (Sept. 10). Mr. Clark tosses out $450 million in EV purchase subsidies by California without an appropriate […]

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Guest column: Citizens can fight climate change

September 12, 2017 — Today I am reaching out to those of you who believe climate change is real. I am addressing citizens, like myself, who want to help work toward a solution. Several months ago, while feeling pretty hopeless about what I could do to make any positive […]

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Letter to the editor: Thank you to Rotary Club for generous grant

September 11, 2017 — The Truckee-Donner Historical Society (TDHS) would like to express our gratitude to the Rotary Club of Truckee for the generous grant awarded to commence a digitization project. TDHS has recently received hundreds of physical donations of artifacts, photographs, and older technology items. At the present […]

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Letter to the editor: A key to Truckee’s housing shortage

September 11, 2017 — If there were five 350-unit apartment buildings in Truckee, would we be talking about a housing shortage? The town of Truckee regulations for building a multi-family project is rated R-12 on commercial land. This code allows only 12 units per acre and the average cost […]

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Letter to the editor: City needs to look at big picture regarding vacation home rentals

September 10, 2017 — I moved to Tahoe in 1999 and fell in love. I lost my home and everything in it during the Angora fire. That same year I found a charming cabin built in the 1950s. The lot is beautiful and the cabin is small and cozy. […]

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On Politics: Why the buzz about electric vehicles?

September 10, 2017 — In 2011, President Barack Obama announced a goal of having one million electric vehicles (EVs) on America's roads by the year 2015. He allocated $2.4 billion in "stimulus" money to subsidize EV production and manufacture of their components in addition to a $7,500 per vehicle […]

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Pine Nuts: Our history in three minutes

September 8, 2017 — Native Americans first arrived here twenty five thousand and six years ago. I'm confident of that figure because a Sierra Nevada College history teacher told me, "25,000 years ago," and that was six years ago. They crossed from Siberia to Alaska on a bridge; don't […]

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A path to ‘recreation solvency’ for North Tahoe Event Center

September 7, 2017 — The North Tahoe Public Utility District (NTPUD) has owned and operated the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach since the early 1980s. In the late 1980s the facility was renovated with Placer County Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds emphasizing conference groups coming to the […]

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GM’s Corner: A great summer of successes in Incline Village

September 2, 2017 — Thanks to all of you who attended our 3rd annual Snowflake Lodge Community BBQ on Sunday, Aug. 27. More than over 300 of you enjoyed lunch, good company, and the best view in Tahoe! The event wrapped up a great summer of successes at Incline […]

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Pine Nuts: Consider the sponge

September 2, 2017 — My kitchen sponge began to move — on its own. I took my glasses off, wiped them, and replaced them. I had microwaved that sponge to nuke the germs, but apparently failed to irradiate them all, as I watched the survivors walking off with my […]

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Orwellian type of atmosphere

September 1, 2017 — George Orwell's book "1984" was written following World War II, as a parody on socialism after British voters ousted Winston Churchill. The work predicted what Britain would look like 35 years hence under a socialist regime with the inevitable totalitarian big government essential to survival […]

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Opinion: ‘Read with Me’ program making strides in Incline

August 31, 2017 — Incline Elementary School expanded upon our partnership with the Read with Me program in the 2016-2017 school year with a goal of improving our reading outcomes school-wide, as well as improving literacy outcomes among our struggling readers. In 2016-2017, the Read with Me program provided […]

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Mental Health Matters: A troubling wave of behavior

August 30, 2017 — We like to think of ourselves as individuals, as smart enough folks who think and behave the way we see fit. We see ourselves as rational, thoughtful, principled, and decent folk. If it makes sense, we're all in. If not, well, forget it. If someone […]

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‘Early start’ for pot embarrassed Nevada

August 25, 2017 — Nevada stands alone among the states in an unprecedented rush to "early start" recreational marijuana sales that began on July 1. This wild ride to early start resulted in national embarrassment with a self-created "pot emergency" being declared on July 6 — just five days […]

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Letter to the editor: Measure C not the answer to fix South Lake Tahoe’s roads

August 24, 2017 — It's time to wake up! Often legislation is passed because of malaise. Measure C is a proposed one-half percent sales tax increase, endorsed by the chamber of commerce and the lodging association, that intends to fund repairs to our roadways and improve drainage. The huge […]

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Opinion: Addressing the challenges of climate change at 2017 Tahoe Summit

August 24, 2017 — Twenty-one years ago, President Clinton came to Lake Tahoe to announce a major environmental restoration effort. That first Lake Tahoe Summit launched an unprecedented public-private partnership that has since invested more than $2 billion to save the lake. Over two decades, through the Environmental Improvement […]

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Pine Nuts: Little League could help defuse Korean peninsula

August 24, 2017 — Need a rescue line like I do? Try a Little League game. It will restore your faith in humanity. Witness those families up on the hillside looking after kids who are not their own. Witness the coaches encouraging their young charges, and most of all, […]

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