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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Tahoe Airport has been notified Santa will fly in to the airport on Saturday, Dec. 14, in a special plane scheduled to land around 10 a.m. “I am always excited every year to see Santa’s special airplane,” said Kevin Smith, general manager of the Truckee Tahoe Airport. “We’re so glad he is going to make
Published: December 6, 2013
Stateline was recently designated as one of the first HeartSafe communities. The designation came from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval during Heartsafe Communities Week. According to Tahoe Douglas spokesman Eric Guevin, the designation means that the public has access to AEDs, there are people trained to use the AEDs and can perform CPR, which translates to a higher survival rate compared
Published: December 6, 2013
TahoeChamber will host its Winter Wine Walk business after-hours mixer Dec. 12. The mixer will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Shops at Heavenly Village. Guests are invited to visit participating shops in the Heavenly Village to taste wine, sample foods and shop for holiday gifts. Tickets cost $10 for members and $20 for prospective members. Buy tickets online
Published: December 6, 2013
The developers who wanted to build 8 Washington in San Francisco spent seven years lobbying City Hall — winning approval from the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors — only to watch opponents kill the project by putting a successful measure on the November ballot. Suckers. Google simply started building a four-story barge made of stacked shipping containers flanked by
Published: December 6, 2013
Caltrans has announced its roadwork schedule for the Lake Tahoe basin for Dec. 8-14. LONG-TERM PROJECTS U.S. Highway 50 Work has ceased for this season on a $12.1 million water-quality and roadway improvement project from the “Y” intersection of Highways 50 and 89 to the South Lake Tahoe Airport adding curbs, gutters, sidewalks and new drainage systems and repaving the
Published: December 6, 2013
The second annual Light up South Lake Tahoe event and tree lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 7. The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department will have its fire truck, along with the Police Armored Vehicle and Public Works Snow Plow, decorated with white lights and will begin the procession at Stateline at 6 p.m. Once the fire truck approaches businesses
Published: December 6, 2013
So you spent all your money on a pass and new gear, which means that the gym membership isn’t going to happen. Don’t let that be a reason to not stay healthy. With no money, you can still get in shape either for the mountain or for the beach this summer with stuff you already have around the house. Here
Published: December 6, 2013
As a public relations professional, credibility and accuracy in all communication that we write and promote for our clients is absolutely key. The moment you aren’t transparent, you lose the trust of a peer, media resource or client. I’m fortunate to be part of Weidinger Public Relations team in South Lake Tahoe, where I’ve worked for the past seven years,
Published: December 6, 2013
Ask a snowboarder or skier about opening day at Kirkwood on Monday, and you might hear the words “awesome,” “beautiful,” “warm” or “sick.” As far as first days go, many riders seemed to enjoy the snow conditions and weather — sunny, 50-degree temperatures with 15 mph winds that seemed almost nonexistent at chairlift 5. A mix of man-made and natural
Published: December 6, 2013
South Shore shoppers were out in force Friday, as they searched for deals locally on the biggest shopping day of the year. For the most part, Black Friday appeared to be running smoothly at 9 a.m. in South Lake Tahoe. There were no signs of long lines or pushing — things often associated with the event in larger metropolitan areas.
Published: December 6, 2013
In an opinion piece on Wednesday I commented that the explosion of assault weapons destroyed thousands more than we lost on 9/11. That was a misstatement. I am correcting it here. The statement should have referred to guns in general — including assault weapons. The error is mine, period. The larger issue is that the carnage resulting from America’s self-inflicted
Published: December 6, 2013
FERNLEY — Eventually, somebody had to score. In an evenly matched, back-and-forth state championship clash between Division III powers Whittell and Incline on Saturday, neither team could muster a goal through 80 minutes of physical, high-caliber action. The game would have to be settled in overtime. The defending state champion Highlanders, who battled through two overtime periods before edging North
Published: December 6, 2013
Are you obsessed with riding powder and the feeling of floating over fresh snow? Do you dream of taking your surfing skills to the mountains? Does the possibility of pulling off the first ever kickflip shuvit in the backcountry excite you? If so, powdersurfing could open up a world of possibilities. The pioneers of this new industry are learning what
Published: December 6, 2013
A variety of athletes from Whittell and South Tahoe were named to All-League teams this year. The Northern Division I-A All-League teams were chosen by the coaches. Sparks’ Ruben Pacheco was named Most Valuable Player and his coach Frank Avilla was named Coach of the Year for the Northern Division I-A All-League boys soccer team. South Tahoe’s Derek Caro was
Published: December 6, 2013
South Tahoe saw its first victory of the basketball season snatched away by North Valley on Monday as the visiting Panthers clawed back from a double-digit deficit for a hard-fought 62-56 win. Coming off a season-opening loss to Incline, South Tahoe jumped ahead early and took a comfortable 35-21 lead into halftime. North Valley coach Richard Peraldo said he had
Published: December 6, 2013
The South Tahoe Pop Warner Pee Wee football team coached by Sean Griffis, Wade Pexa and Glen Gerrard beat the Vancouver Washington bulldogs 20-12 in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 23 to become the Division III Pee Wee Warner champions.
Published: December 6, 2013
Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow Saturday morning, as the latest storm aligns with South Lake Tahoe. Gusty winds and snow are expected to arrive this afternoon and continue into Saturday morning, with about a foot of snow expected at elevations of 7,000 feet in the Sierra, said Jessica Kielhorn, meteorologist technician at the National Weather Service in Reno.
Published: December 5, 2013
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Erik Guay of Canada turned in the fastest time in downhill training on Thursday in frigid conditions. Guay found the quickest line through the modified Beaver Creek course, finishing in 1 minute, 43.48 seconds. Florian Scheiber of Austria was second and Peter Fill of Italy third on a clear but cold afternoon. Travis Ganong had
Published: December 5, 2013
Olympic medalists Seth Wescott and Lindsey Jacobellis, along with seven-time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland of Squaw Valley, headline U.S. Snowboarding’s 2013-14 snowboardcross team named before the opening FIS World Cup this weekend. The team just capped off a month of training, including an on-snow camp at the Gorgoza Park tubing hill in Park City, followed by training in Soelden, Austria.
Published: December 5, 2013
After taking their lumps against some of the best high school basketball teams in the country this weekend, Frank Wright is confident his North Tahoe boys will be primed and ready to contend in their competition Division III. “We’re going to get blasted down here,” Wright said Thursday morning from Las Vegas, where his Lakers were set to play in
Published: December 5, 2013
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany was fastest in a World Cup downhill training run Thursday, a session Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn skipped ahead of Friday’s race. Hoefl-Riesch, the 2011 overall World Cup champion and a two-time gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games, covered the course in 1 minute, 56.52 seconds. Lotte Smiseth Sejersted of Norway
Published: December 5, 2013
A six-webisode series that follows two-time U.S. Olympic snowboarder Elena Hight on her journey to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics debuted Tuesday on YouTube. With just two months until the world’s attention turns to Sochi, Hight now faces her final challenge to be one of the four American women to qualify for the snowboard halfpipe competition. Throughout the winter, viewers
Published: December 5, 2013
Lake Tahoe Blue will take on Ontario in three games this weekend at Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. The team will play Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. at the arena, located at 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd. The next home games will take place Jan 10-12. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students with
Published: December 5, 2013
Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... Do not blame Brian Polian for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team’s 4-8 season. Blame the Wolf Pack athletic department which labored for about five or six minutes in its coaching search before selecting him as Chris Ault’s successor. Polian wasn’t ready to be a head coach. Out of the 31 head coaches
Published: December 5, 2013
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — With her eyes wide and a big smile, Lindsey Vonn declared herself ready to race for the first time in 10 months. In an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today Sports, Vonn said she will return to competition in a World Cup downhill Friday, the latest major step in her push to get ready
Published: December 5, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Donner Summit Shuttle will no longer be free to all riders this winter. The service will allow employees of shuttle funding partners Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Soda Springs to ride for free with a valid resort ID card, but non-employee passengers will be charged a fare. For a one-way trip, adults will be charged $2.50; seniors,
Published: December 5, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Nineteen years ago Christin Hanna, founding artistic director for Tahoe Youth Ballet, auditioned for Nevada Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She spent the next five years studying under the company’s Artistic Director Margaret “Maggie” Banks before pursuing a professional career of her own. The company’s executive director at that time was Penelope “Penny” Siig, who
Published: December 5, 2013
TAHOE CITY, CALIF. — The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society is pleased to announce the hiring of new Executive Director Rebecca Phipps. Her qualifications include a bachelor’s degree cum laude in history from Truman State University and a master’s degree in museum studies at the University of Kansas, where she also designed and taught a graduate course in museum management.
Published: December 5, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Although 2,700 miles from Philadelphia, the Turner family is serving up the city’s famous cheese steaks seven days a week at Lake Tahoe. Grilled onion, bell peppers and mushrooms combine with melted cheese and ribeye steak on a Philly sandwich roll to create the Chuck Wagon’s most popular item. Owner Michael Turner grew up eating authentic
Published: December 5, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The SnowFest! Queen Contest is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for local nonprofit organization and to extend the pageantry that has been an important part of past winter carnivals. Queen candidates are sponsored by nonprofit organizations who give back to the community through various programs. The queen candidate and sponsoring entity raise money for the organization
Published: December 5, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The River Ranch Restaurant and Lodge will host the fifth annual Family Winter Welcome Toys for Tots party on Monday, Dec. 9. This community event is an evening of casual fun, food and music for all. The North Tahoe High School Jazz Ensemble, led by Dean Norby, will perform a free concert with traditional holiday music
Published: December 5, 2013
I was amazed at Michael Zucker’s editorial on Wednesday. He used two full columns in a furious tirade against Republicans because of their contentious actions. His diplomatic example certainly taught the GOP a thing or two about civil and considerate behavior! Typically, Mr. Zucker’s creative comments were not stifled by the annoying restraints of accuracy. It would take far more
Published: December 5, 2013
Tahoe Douglas Fire will host a fundraiser for one of its firefighters Friday, Nov. 6 at Himmel Haus. Firefighter Kyle Van Mouwerik is battling Guillain Barre Syndrome. “This is good guy that developed a sudden acute illness that left him paralyzed while working a wildland fire for us this summer,” Tahoe Douglas spokesman Eric Guevin said. Tickets cost $25 in
Published: December 5, 2013
Toward the end of the third century, a boy was born to wealthy Christian merchants in a port town in southern Turkey. When a plague killed the parents, he was moved into the Church’s care. Living on an ample inheritance, he was moved by those who came to the church with various needs. He began to help, especially the mariners
Published: December 5, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Boy Scout Troop 267’s annual Christmas Tree is open, with freshly cut silver and red fir trees. The scouts cut down, hauled, stored and set up the trees and will man the booth next to Mountain Hardware in Truckee, just west of the Gateway Shopping Center (Safeway). According to three-year Star Scout Jack Walterscheid, Boy Scout Troop
Published: December 5, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Boy Scouts of America- Nevada Area Council has opened the doors to its new headquarters at 500 Double Eagle Court, a fitting location, in Reno, Nev. The Nevada Area Council is geographically the second largest Scouting council in the United States, serving 23 counties throughout northeastern California and northern Nevada. The renovated building will be home
Published: December 5, 2013
Below are select incidents from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office press log for Nov. 1-15. November 1 • At 8 a.m. on the 8800 Block of Salmon Avenue in Kings Beach, a male subject kicked his girlfriend, but she didn’t sustain any injuries. November 3 • At 1 p.m. on Eagle Rock in Homewood, unknown suspect removed victim’s wallet from
Published: December 5, 2013
Right around now, many Americans are picking at the last few chunks of leftover turkey. This annual ritual is a reminder that stripped of its pilgrim mythology, Thanksgiving is an extended paroxysm of meat consumption. Oh, sure, we go out of our way to pretend it isn’t really about that to the point where the president of the United States
Published: December 5, 2013
Barbara Deniece Sorensen, loving wife of W. Reed Sorensen, passed away November 19th, 2013, from complications associated with her recent heart surgery. Barbara was dearly loved by all who knew her because of her magnetic personality, and helpfulness ... the personification of volunteerism. She was a longtime resident of Soda Springs, CA, where she and Reed enjoyed the peaceful surroundings
Published: December 5, 2013
Louise (Lou) Brigham, formerly of Tahoe City from 1955 – 1977, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013, in Naples, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Brigham in 1978, her daughter, Diane in 1978 and a grandson, Henry Barwin in 2003. Lou is survived by her grandson Bob Barwin and his wife Cynthia who live in Yakima, Washington,
Published: December 5, 2013
While most of us are familiar with the expression, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water,” there are probably not that many people out there who know how that expression originated. That saying goes back to the Middle Ages, back to a time when people only bathed once a year, in the springtime. When it was time to
Published: December 5, 2013
I applaud Mary Thompson and others who are standing up to conservative bashing of the ACA (Affordable Care Act or Obamacare), most recently by Representative McClintock and now state senator Ted Gaines. I fail to see why they are so proud of a health care system that by most measures falls about 40th in the world, 30th in life expectancy
Published: December 5, 2013
What is the ugliest, most annoying highway feature driving west at night from Reno to Truckee? Answer: The giant, blinding Boomtown electronic billboard that lights up the sky, visible to our astronauts and alien creatures on other planets. How could anyone have approved that monstrous blight on such a scenic highway? ELECTRONIC BILLBOARD The Lamar billboard company applied to the
Published: December 5, 2013
CASA has stationed a holiday giving tree at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. The trees have paper ornaments containing wish lists from children of various ages. Those who wish to make a donation can select a name from the tree and purchase a gift from the list. Unwrapped gifts must be dropped off at the CASA office in the courthouse at
Published: December 4, 2013
“Heavenly Mountain Resort sponsors Adopt A Days so often that it has become a fun challenge between departments to be the first to sign up for volunteering at the AAD dinner. The Heavenly IT department is always the first,” said Tyler Morris, IT manager. So for the fifth time in the past two years, the Heavenly IT Department staffed the
Published: December 4, 2013
Santa will make an appearance Saturday at the South Lake Tahoe library. The event, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., will also include holiday stories, a sing-along to carols sung by the Blue Ribbon Choir, holiday crafts and refreshments. Children can take a photo with Santa to take home. The library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.
Published: December 4, 2013
Thank you Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe! Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe made a big contribution to the new Bijou Community School Playground to finish off the $102,000 that was raised by the Bijou PTA. The playground equipment has now been purchased and the playground will be installed as soon as possible — weather will determine this. We can’t thank the community businesses, community
Published: December 4, 2013
Illusion Fusion, a theatrical comedy and magic show starring Alex Ramon, will offer discounted tickets to Lake Tahoe residents through the middle of this month. Tickets to the show are usually $24.95, but are being offered to Lake Tahoe residents for $10 until Dec. 14, according to a press release from promoters. “This is Lake Tahoe’s only full-time production show
Published: December 4, 2013
The Tahoe Daily Tribune, in partnership with the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, presents the 2013 Nonprofit Wish List. This Wish List has been provided to give readers an opportunity to make a difference for others during the holidays. We hope that as you gather with friends and family during the Thanksgiving weekend you will take time to talk about philanthropy
Published: December 4, 2013
For the past two years, I’ve done a cookie countdown to Christmas on my blog. Cocoa Cookies and Pecan Fingers are the first two cookies in this year’s countdown. My favorite new decorated cookie from last year was Food Network Magazine’s hot cocoa cookie recipe. I saw the recipe in the December 2012 edition as I was perusing for ideas.
Published: December 4, 2013
A New York-based financial firm has downgraded the ratings of Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s general obligation bonds, but the change will have almost no impact on the district, officials said Tuesday. Moody’s Investors Service announced in mid-November that it had lowered the ratings of the bonds one notch because of the district’s weak cash reserves and previous declines in
Published: December 4, 2013
Lake Tahoe Community College is considering a number of budget reductions for the current fiscal year, as projected enrollment has dropped from 1,750 full-time equivalent students to 1,640. The college, which operates under a total budget of about $21 million, needs to cut about $500,000 to remain fiscally prudent, President Kindred Murillo said. Therefore, officials are projecting about 13 percent
Published: December 4, 2013
U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will begin prescribed fire operations on Kingsbury Grade and at Emerald Bay Wednesday. Weather and conditions permitting, crews will burn about 10 acres per day on lower Kingsbury Grade near Meadow Lane. Operations are expected to continue through the weekend. Crews will burn about three acres over one or two days in the Emerald
Published: December 4, 2013
An El Dorado County jury soon will decide if convicted triple murderer Joseph Michael Nissensohn faces execution or life in prison for his crimes. Nissensohn, 62, was convicted in November of murdering three California teens, Kathy Graves of South Lake Tahoe in 1989 and Tammy Jarschke and Tanya Jones, both of Seaside, in 1981. The “penalty phase” of Nissensohn’s murder
Published: December 4, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will hold two webinars to explain the final plan that will guide the management of National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin over the next 15 years. The first webinar will be held Monday from 5-6 p.m. and the second webinar will take place Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m.
Published: December 4, 2013
Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty announced Wednesday its acquisition of the Zephyr Cove and South Lake Tahoe offices of McCall Realty. McCall Realty has been a South Lake Tahoe industry leader since 1981. Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty has other Lake Tahoe offices in Elks Point of South Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Nev., and Squaw Valley, Calif., according to a press release.
Published: December 4, 2013
Don’t expect to see any secrets or surprises on the court Friday when the Douglas and Incline boys basketball teams clash at the Wild West Shootout in Reno. After all, Douglas coach Corey Thacker and Incline’s Tim Kelly of Incline are familiar rivals who have played and coached against each other dating back to the mid-1990s. Even though their respective
Published: December 4, 2013
Orin Porter is eligible. Matt Hanna is healthy. And their supporting cast is anything but shabby. Safely put: The Highlanders have all the makings of a championship-caliber basketball team. “We’re pretty good right now,” said second-year Incline coach Tim Kelly, whose boys are off to a 2-0 start after quality wins over Division I-A South Tahoe and Division I Hug.
Published: December 4, 2013
The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, once again is presenting a holiday Nonprofit Wish List. This is the fifth year a wish list has been provided to give readers an opportunity to make a difference for others during the holidays. We hope that as you gather with friends and family during the Thanksgiving
Published: December 4, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE — When Mother Nature is stingy with the snow, Tahoe ski resorts can turn to their backup plan. Using water and compressed air, local resorts create their own snow-covered runs to ensure winter success. “Snowmaking is a form of an insurance policy,” explains Amelia Richmond, senior public relations manager for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. It ensures that resorts
Published: December 4, 2013
Ahhhh … it’s that time of year again — winter in Tahoe. I spent my lunch hour on Tuesday driving from our Incline Village office of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza to our Truckee office of the Sierra Sun. Normally a half-hour drive, the commute took a shade more than 45 minutes due to the blustery conditions as Tuesday’s mini snowstorm
Published: December 4, 2013
Published: December 4, 2013
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal,
Published: December 4, 2013
Statewide gaming win decreased nearly 2.6 percent in October as casinos raked in $954.3 million. But several of the state’s small markets, including North Lake Tahoe, benefited significantly from the highest football betting volume ever, a total of $342.7 million, and total statewide casino winnings of $30.3 million for that sport. The Carson Valley reporting area, which includes both the
Published: December 4, 2013
Disney’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Snow Queen” rests the movie on sisterly love and female empowerment. Its themes are admirable, and its wintery visual schemes are lovely to behold, but does it dazzle? Billing itself as a musical, the film features several nicely conceived numbers. The front half of the story brims with emotion and yearning
Published: December 4, 2013
An event at Sugar Bowl Resort next Friday will bring the backcountry to the ball. This year’s Backcountry Ball will feature a presentation by legendary backcountry snowboarder Jeremy Jones. The event is a fundraiser for the Sierra Avalanche Center, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting safe backcountry travel. “Over the years it’s been everything from gala-style evening to simple apres party,
Published: December 4, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The all-volunteer Truckee Community Christmas nonprofit is at the helm coordinating holiday drives that provide a helping hand to Truckee area families in need. The TCC board works with local agencies, schools and churches to identify needy families, who apply to the program. This year, more than 200 applications have been received and are currently under review.
Published: December 4, 2013
Dozens of girls in ponytails will wear brand-new pink and purple running shoes as they chase their goal of crossing the finish line at the Reno Red-Nosed Run this Sunday. Five Incline Village girls will wear their new shoes for the first time at the non-competitive fun run which marks the end of the fall program. Girls on the Run-Sierras
Published: December 4, 2013
Do you have a child’s birthday upcoming? A holiday party? A group play date? Whatever the occasion for your children aged newborn through 5, parents now have a new party rental option at Tahoe’s Connection for Families in Incline Village. TCF’s facility on Northwood Boulevard is ideal for both open play as well as coming together as a group. It
Published: December 4, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information. Winter Wildlife Survival Strategies Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. No-host bar. Presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline
Published: December 4, 2013
Perhaps many of us remember the Chips Fire near Lake Almanor, Calif., in August 2012. I remember hearing about the bobcat kitten rescued by firefighters working in the area. In researching for this column on bobcats, I came across many stories about this lucky kitten, dubbed “Chips” by the firefighters who rescued her, so I decided to pursue the rest
Published: December 4, 2013
Oh joy the season of winter driving has arrived, and it is true — winter driving is a skill. Some have it and many do not. Please stay safe out on the roads. Lots of fun is happening this weekend and everyone can participate. Friday evening is the kick-off event for the Incline Community Business Association Toy Drive. Stop at
Published: December 4, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information. Worldwide Candle Lighting for those who left too soon The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the
Published: December 4, 2013
Today we giving our digestive tracks a much-needed rest after the Thanksgiving food frenzy. For me, the holiday free-for-all lasted a full (very full) week. First there was the Thanksgiving warm-up (had to line my stomach and prep it for what was to come) followed by the actual day (what’s it called again?) culminating in the wind-down (someone had to
Published: December 4, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A prime piece of real estate in downtown Tahoe City is in the process of being sold to a buyer who intends to build high-quality lodging. The Henrikson building at 255 North Lake Blvd. is in escrow, while the interested buyer, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Kila Properties, evaluates the property for challenges associated with its redevelopment. “The
Published: December 4, 2013
Jose Hernandez stuck a piece of broccoli on his fork and tried feeding it to his son, Lionel, at Zephyr Cove Elementary School on Wednesday. He appeared to be trying to get his son to eat some vegetables, but Lionel, 7, did not bite. A variety of foods were offered at the Fourth Annual Sharing Feast, where students and families
Published: December 4, 2013
BEAVER CREEK Colo. — Veteran racer Stacey Cook of Truckee earned the top spot for the U.S. Ski Team in Friday’s World Cup downhill at Beaver Creek, Colo., as she finished 19th on a course that has been heralded by the entire field. Cook finished 2.23 seconds behind Lara Gut of Switzerland, who put down a smooth and aggressive line
Published: December 3, 2013
Truckee senior outside hitter Mackenzie Redner was voted to the Northern Division I-A All-League first team, while senior teammate Lauren Peak, also an outside hitter, was voted to the second team. Madi Foley of Dayton was Most Valuable Player and Tarina Martinez of Sparks was Coach of the Year. The awards were voted on by the league’s coaches.
Published: December 3, 2013
Incline basketball is off to a hot start. The Incline girls rolled to a pair of lopsided wins, 49-34 at South Tahoe on Friday and 62-35 against visiting Hug on Saturday, while the boys earned a couple of more closely contended victories over the larger schools. The boys held off late comeback attempts in both nonleague contests, winning 65-61 at
Published: December 3, 2013
Ryan Stassel, a member of the Auburn Ski Club Training Center snowboard program, has been named to the five-member men’s 2014 National Pro Slopestyle team by the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association. Slopestyle will make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February. “It’s such an exciting time for U.S. Snowboarding right now with next-level halfpipe runs
Published: December 3, 2013
The North Tahoe boys basketball team opened its season with a 63-55 nonleague win at Quincy on Monday. The Lakers outscored the Trojans in every quarter except the fourth. They led 25-20 at the half and 41-31 after three quarters. Senior point guard Alex Tyler, last year’s Division III Mount Rose League MVP, went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line en
Published: December 3, 2013
Four Tahoe athletes were awarded by the Far West Ski Association with grants of $500 to $1,000 to be used to cover training and competition fees during the 2013-2014 ski racing season. All four skiers — Garret Driller, Addison Dvoracek, Kye Moffat and Riley Plant — have excelled both on the racecourse and in the classroom, boasting an average GPA of
Published: December 3, 2013
The Sierra League and Council in partnership with the Far West Ski Association awarded Lila Lapanja the Frank Ap Memorial Scholarship, a grant of $1,250, to be used to cover training and competition fees for her 2013-14 season. Lapanja graduated in 2013 from Forest Charter School in Truckee as Salutatorian of her class with a 4.0-plus GPA. A native of
Published: December 3, 2013
‘Tis the season for carols filling the air and smile after smile and “on every street corner you’ll hear silver bells.” Aw, c’mon now! Where’s the goodwill toward men and women from the country’s extremists who’d rather peddle hatred of our president than foster a better holiday season and life for everyone — as in best wishes for a happy
Published: December 3, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-175 words. Nevada County flu shot Get a seasonal flu shot courtesy of the Nevada County Public Health Department at the Joseph Center, 10075 Levon Ave, Truckee, on Thursday, Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m. All
Published: December 3, 2013
Bean, Jaxon John, a son, was born Nov. 27, 2013, to Sara Bean of Gardnerville, Nev. Boring, Maverick Daniel, a son, was born Nov. 30, 2013, to Daniel and Denne Boring of South Lake Tahoe. Herrera-Perez, Javier Emanuel, a son, was born Nov. 28, 2013, to Javier Herrera and Francisca Perez of South Lake Tahoe. Jackson, John Ocean, a son,
Published: December 3, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Alpenglow Sports will present the second installment of the 2013/14 Winter Film Series with alpinist and Mountain Hardwear athlete Freddie Wilkinson, with 100 percent of raffle proceeds to benefit Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. Wilkinson is an adventure writer known for his original and substantive style. On Thursday, Dec. 5 he will share his tale “Mountain/Story,” which
Published: December 3, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — “I don’t see how sticking a few needles in me is going to do anything,” said a young Tyler Lapkin. When his mother suggested acupuncture to treat his back pain, the 16-year-old hesitated. But when painkillers and anti inflammatory medications didn’t alleviate the pain caused by a skiing accident, he decided to try acupuncture — a
Published: December 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In seeing her long blonde hair and heeled boots, one wouldn’t expect Cristalyn Rousseau to describe herself as a tomboy. Raised in the mountains, she said she was more about dirt bikes than dolls. “I don’t shy away from what would traditionally be considered a man’s job,” Rousseau said. “I like that tech-y, break-a-nail approach.” Rousseau
Published: December 3, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The formation of a maintenance district to support the Brickelltown revamp has taken another step forward. On Monday, Truckee Town Council approved rates and the allocation method for a special tax to property owners within the proposed streetscape improvement project. Based on land use, property owners would pay $0.435 per square foot of building area and/or $1.046
Published: December 3, 2013
Truckee violinists Laurel McAmis, Gabriella Horvath, Julianna Horvath, Mira Begg, Reaghan Moore, Kol Hanson, and Jenna Elliott played in the recent Reno Youth Orchestra concert at Pioneer Center in Reno, Nev. The Youth Strings Symphonia, conducted by Carol Laube, dedicated one of their songs, “A Beethoven Lullaby,” to Sparks Middle School.
Published: December 3, 2013
Published: December 3, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Friends of the Truckee Library and the town of Truckee invite the public to celebrate the publication of “A Year of Remembrances … A Love Story” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall with author Diane McCormack. Diane, wife of longtime resident, former Truckee Mayor, and community supporter Don McCormack will give a short
Published: December 2, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., “Stand Up for ‘Staches,” will feature three Reno comedians with Rick D’Elia headlining at Mellow Fellow of Truckee. The show will raise funds for Movember, a mustache-centric nonprofit that supports testicular and prostate cancer research as well as mental health campaigns. Movember supports the Movember Foundation, the Livestrong Foundation, and the
Published: December 2, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Dear Carla, We have a 5-year-old Vizsla named Porter, and we just found out he has to have surgery on his leg. We are supposed to keep him quiet and limit walks for six weeks! Anyone who has ever met a Vizsla knows this is going to be a nearly impossible task. He is going to go
Published: December 2, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — With holiday gatherings, New Year celebrations, and constant traveling, hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent getting sick and spreading germs. Many illnesses, including the common cold, are spread by not washing hands properly with soap and water. According to statistics from the National Library of Medicine, the common cold accounts for approximately
Published: December 2, 2013
What’s in store politically for Nevada in 2014? Incumbents and would-be candidates are fundraising, testing the waters and will continue to do so until the deadline for filing in March of next year. It’s pretty certain Gov. Sandoval will run for reelection. So far there has not even been a hint of whom the Democrats plan to run against him.
Published: December 2, 2013
Now that the Congress has latched on to how these blokes operate, when it comes to sub rosa taxation scrutiny of certain forms of non-profit organizations, along comes the IRS with new guidance regarding qualification requirements for “social welfare organizations,” otherwise known as those claiming exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)4. Apparently not liking what they’re finding with respect
Published: December 2, 2013
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor, is featured in this week’s Readers are Leaders series. To read past interviews with leaders who are readers, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com, search “Readers.” Find Dr. Leri’s interview here. Is reading important in your life/career? How so? Reading is not only a requirement for my job as Placer County Supervisor, but also an opportunity for
Published: December 2, 2013
The Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse in Phoenix is a glass behemoth designed by a Boston architect that is hellishly hot in the summer and cold as an untipped blackjack dealer’s stare in the winter. This particular November day was a perfect 72 degrees, though this idyllic temperature did nothing to stop me from sweating under my arms, as I
Published: December 2, 2013

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