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Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . It would be fitting, in the final year of the real Big East Conference, that two Big East schools (Syracuse and Louisville) meet for the NCAA Tournament championship. They are the two best teams left standing (sorry Wichita State and Michigan) and it would be the fourth meeting of the year
Published: April 4, 2013
Each week of the track season, Truckee’s field of competition has steadily grown from five to seven to 15 teams, culminating with last weekend’s Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational, which brought together 26 teams from throughout northern Nevada, and from all divisions. The Truckee team once again proved it was up for the challenge, with 11 podium finishes. Truckee’s girls walked
Published: April 4, 2013
Judging by its positive attitude, one would never guess the Truckee softball team endured such a rocky start. After losing from last year’s team eight seniors to graduation, leaving the Wolverines with few returners, Truckee’s second-year head coach was asked by the school to step down several games into the season, while five players from the original roster quit. That
Published: April 4, 2013
High Roller Hold ‘Em set for Saturday A collection of the world’s best snowboarders are set to go all in at the Heavenly High Roller Hold ’Em event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. In partnership with Snow Park Technologies, and hosted by two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, High Roller Hold ‘Em combines the thrill of big air snowboarding
Published: April 4, 2013
The North Tahoe Lakers lacrosse team continued its impressive start with a 12-7 win at Spanish Springs last Friday and an 11-6 win at Bishop Manogue on Saturday. The club squad has now won four consecutive games to start the season. Against Spanish Springs, Tanner Quenneville led the Lakers with an eight-goals performance. Chase Whitney dominated ground balls, scooping up
Published: April 4, 2013
All the big guns were there. High schools like McQueen, Damonte Ranch, Carson and Reed all brought their best runners to the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational this past weekend, but South Tahoe and Whittell held their own. South Tahoe’s Brandon Cramer, Connor Henderson, Jennifer Burks and Whittell’s Mark Waite all placed in the top five. “It was a big meet,”
Published: April 4, 2013
Coach of the Year isn’t a bad title, but King of the Shovel may be a bit more realistic, if you ask the US Ski Association’s current top coach, Jere Crawford. To be named No. 1 in a large and talented field is a great honor, but not terribly relaxing, with the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships fittingly staged on Coach
Published: April 4, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Proposed renovations to the Tahoe Donner-owned Beach Club Marina on the east end of Donner Lake will be considered by the town’s planning commission on April 16. Tahoe Donner, a 7,000-acre homeowner association that features both public and private amenities, aims to provide its members greater accessibility throughout the private marina, while enhancing the lawn area and
Published: April 4, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s press log for March 11-18, along with previously unreported incidents. March 6 Electronic check was charged to subject’s bank account, which was not authorized. Money was returned by the bank and the check was cancelled. March 8 A reporting party called to state his daughters were threatened by
Published: April 4, 2013
Long time Tahoe local Sid Willeford, 69, passed away peacefully Feb. 15, 2013, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Sydney Willeford is survived by his wife, Donita Jacobson Willeford; sons, Justin and Jamie Willeford; and sisters, Rhetta Hinton and Susan Shirk A memorial service will be held Sunday April 7, from 6-8 PM at the Plaza Bar in Squaw
Published: April 4, 2013
April Fools Day marked the beginning of National Scoop the Poop Week, but it’s no joke. As pet owners own up to their responsibility to protect the environment and respect shared use of neighborhoods, trails and beaches, pet waste awareness and removal is offering a niche market for entrepreneurs. Mutt Mitt stations are commonplace. A variety of simple and complex
Published: April 4, 2013
Lion is a Puggle — a Beagle-Pug mix. He’s about 7 years old and quiet. He did not inherit the Beagle howl. Lion likes to play with other dogs. He is good on leash. He came to Tahoe because of overcrowding in another shelter. Lion seems fine with cats. He’s a handy size to go everywhere with his people. For
Published: April 4, 2013
If December 7, 1941, was a date that will live in infamy, March 20, 2003, was a date enshrouded in ignominy. Ten years ago the United States was led shamefully into a futile scavenger hunt for imaginary booty called weapons of mass destruction. In the process we shed much of our moral stature and planted seeds of Middle East instability.
Published: April 4, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — It took a few months, but Joe Wolfe finally got his wish. The Incline Village General Improvement District will spend no more than $26,000 on a contract with Peckham and McKenney, a Sacramento-based executive search and consulting firm tasked with recommending candidates to become IVGID’s next general manager. Trustees voted 3-2 last Wednesday for the contract,
Published: April 3, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Artisans Market Place in the Brickelltown neighborhood of downtown Truckee is a delightful store with something for everyone. Artisans Market Place is a co-op consisting of more than a dozen local artists from Truckee and Tahoe. Everything is made locally and one-of-a-kind items make the store a unique shopping experience. The building is rented by the artists
Published: April 3, 2013
The Incline Middle School wrestling team wrapped up its season by taking seven wrestlers to the Tah-Neva State Championships in Fallon this past weekend. Incline Wrestlers Chris Miller, Keenan Collier, Esten Flores, Cameron Kent, Fidel Rodriguez and Chase Buergin all wrestled like true champs. Kent, Miller and Collier all earned the chance to step on the mats at state their
Published: April 3, 2013
Incline Village U16 skier Amanda Pretti traveled to Alyeska, Alaska, to compete in the Western Region Junior Championships along with 175 of the best skiers in the West from March 19-22.  Pretti did not come home empty-handed, as she finished seventh in the slalom and 38th in the giant slalom.  Racers at the Junior Championships represent the five divisions in
Published: April 3, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Brooke Bentley, Julie Huck, and Donna Wood, Truckee residents and the owners of La Galleria, Gratitudes Gifts and White Buffalo, announced they will partner with the town of Truckee for First Friday in celebration of Earth Day. On April 6, 5-8 p.m., each store will hand out complimentary blue recycle bags and green yard bags courtesy of
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With a plan set to begin as early as next school year, Incline public school students will be challenged with a personalized, college-oriented curriculum while also exploring their interests and talents that could lead to a career. On March 28, Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez, accompanied by Area Superintendent JoEtta Gonzales, presented a proposal
Published: April 3, 2013
The third race of the NorCal high school mountain bike season brought together more than 700 riders, great weather and a challenging course.   With just four riders on the team, the Incline High mountain bike team rode well, taking some top spots from bigger teams. Meghan Kelley, the sole female rider on the team, had her best ride of the
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Wait, wait; there’s more … about the Washoe County School District’s proposal that the legislature delegate taxing power to school trustees (Assembly Bill 46). Previously I wrote that this callous proposal will bypass any input from voters, run roughshod over three different taxpayer protection laws and in so doing set a really bad precedent that is
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Washoe County is asking residents for their opinions to help shape the next Tahoe Area Plan by providing comments online at “Open Washoe.” The comments are essential to shape how Incline Village and Crystal Bay should plan for the next 20 years. The county is asking citizens for their input on what the community’s priorities are
Published: April 3, 2013
In their mid 20s, young brothers Jim and Jeff Kelley took over their father’s casino in Crystal Bay. Because they had grown up watching their father in his work and were working at the time of his death, the boys knew how their father would have wanted things done. “We’d grown up in the business and followed his program,” Jim
Published: April 3, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have joined with the Tahoe Fund and the Truckee River Watershed Council to help launch the new Green Bucks program. Green Bucks is a dollar donation program designed to harness the passion of visitors and residents to help care for the region’s environment. Squaw and other local businesses have committed to collecting
Published: April 3, 2013
Corporate Visions Inc., an Incline Village company that provides sales- and marketing-messaging consultation and training, said last week it acquired BayGroup International of Larkspur, Calif. The acquisition nearly doubles the size of Corporate Visions. BayGroup International assists clients such as DuPont, UPS and Autodesk through training of their staffs with sales-negotiation and sales-execution skills. “It’s a perfect complement to what
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The growth in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) over the last decade has been nothing short of phenomenal. In 2002 there were 120 ETFs, now there are 1,240. Assets have grown from $140 billion to more than $1.4 trillion. When I wrote my best seller Exchange Traded Profits in 2006, I predicted that someday the term “ETF” would
Published: April 3, 2013
Hello fellow anglers. Spring has sprung and we are getting closer to opening day fishing season in California, which is April 27. But not all waters will open on this day. Always read the regulations for each body of water you plan to fish. There are regulations regarding seasons, limits and fishing equipment like artificial lures or flys only. Unfortunately,
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — It’s bad enough that folks with the highest income pay most of the freight, but now comes word from IRS that they’ve increased their surveillance of these folks’ affairs. Last week, the Revenooers released their “2012 IRS Data Book,” in which IRS notes, “Overall, in FY 2012, individual income tax returns in higher AGI classes were
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Warning: This is going to be one of those liberal, bleeding-heart columns where I take the distasteful (to Conservatives) position that human life is actually more important than business profits. If you’re one of those who find this position somewhere between objectionable and disgusting, you can stop reading now and start writing your response. If there
Published: April 3, 2013
A Celebration of Life for George Galante will take placve this Sunday, April 7, at the Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Winters Creek Lodge from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Everyone who has been touched by George’s incredible spirit and never-ending stories are welcome to share your own stories during this special up-lifting celebration. Questions?  Call 775 846 5444
Published: April 3, 2013
Byron Warren Gehring, beloved husband and father and Incline village resident since 1997, passed away on Monday, April 1. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, 701 Mt. Rose Hwy in Incline Village. Byron is survived by his wife Jasna and two children, Mitchell, 19, of Brown University and Misha
Published: April 3, 2013
Dina Schneider passed away on February 26 at the age of 94 at Lakeside Manor in Reno where she had been living since 2008. Prior to living in Reno, she was a resident for many years in Incline Village, where she was known and loved by many friends as well as customers, fellow-volunteers, and employees at the Presbyterian Women’s Thrift
Published: April 3, 2013
Memorial: Robert H. Wolff
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On Monday, our community lost a beacon of light — Byron Gehring. When I saw him in intensive care the day after his bicycle accident last Wednesday, Byron was a man in the prime of his life — in great physical shape, at the helm of a thriving international health management company, nurturing his amazing children,
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sierra Nevada College’s English Chair June Saraceno continually strives to bring exceptional literary speakers and programs to Incline Village for the campus and the community. Now, Nevada Humanities has deemed Saraceno as exceptional herself. Nevada’s nonprofit affiliate for the National Endowment of the Humanities honored Saraceno, along with former UNR President Joe Crowley and former UNLV
Published: April 3, 2013
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. Hormones and Happiness … And cool anti-stress tips for tax season! A free presentation Monday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. Join a free “Show and Smell”
Published: April 3, 2013
This April, Tahoe SAFE Alliance is observing Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. The agency is collaborating with several local social service agencies including Nevada County Child Protective Services, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Truckee Family Resource Center, and the Tahoe Truckee Child Abuse Prevention Council to provide a number of community activities and events to raise awareness around the
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Boating season is nearly here, so it’s time to start thinking about getting your boat prepared for the first outing. Nobody wants to spread aquatic invasive species into the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe. Therefore, boaters will have to stop at one of the five roadside inspection stations for an inspection and 2013 sticker. Boats that have
Published: April 3, 2013
Circumnavigating the world in less than three months might not impress the modern traveler, but for 19th-century adventurer Phileas Fogg from “Around the World in 80 Days,” it’s a lightning-fast trip. The play mimics the journey’s speed, and with just over a week until the first live performance of the Lake Tahoe Community College version, the small stuff counts. LTCC
Published: April 3, 2013
The city of South Lake Tahoe has announced that it is offering emergency preparation guides. The guides, a 12-part monthly series, are for community members and are part of the city’s initiative to increase communications about emergency preparedness. The first guide in the series focuses on action plans and provides suggestions for creating a family emergency disaster plan. It also
Published: April 3, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has extended the deadline to June 21 for proposals to reconstruct, operate and maintain Round Hill Pines Resort. The property includes a day-use area and beach, as well as the potential for redevelopment of current facilities. Bidders can also propose to expand services, including offering short-term public overnight accommodations and winter
Published: April 3, 2013
Live Violence Free is looking for participants for a free of charge, closed, Adults Molested as Children Support Group starting on April 10. The group will be hosted Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Live Violence Free, 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Anyone interested in joining is asked to call Marta at 530-544-2118, ext. 7632, to schedule a meeting.
Published: April 3, 2013
If you were in town for Easter Sunday you heard the unusual sound of thunder throughout Incline. It was strange to wake up to a real thunderstorm, and many locals actually thought it was an avalanche. Sure did make the dogs and cats in town climb back under the covers. A huge shout out to IVGID and the other sponsors
Published: April 3, 2013
Forget Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the greatest show on earth is the Big Dance. They run faster, jump higher and throw down alley-oops that make your eyes flutter in disbelief when you see it happen, not to mention knocking your beer over in the celebration. The Madness of March marks the only month of the year when we
Published: April 3, 2013
Surely you have all heard of chicken under glass, which is, essentially, chicken breast cooked with herbs, wine and sherry, served on toast with Canadian bacon and then presented (voila!) under individual glass “bells.” I don’t know about you, but I never have enough glass bells on hand to go around and countless trips to our local thrift stores have netted
Published: April 3, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — “An Evening with Beethoven” with the Sierra Nevada College Concert Choir, featuring the terrific “Missa Solemnis” — is coming to North Lake Tahoe. “Missa Solemnis” is an exceptionally passionate and beautiful piece of music that is powerful and delicate at the same time. Beethoven himself called it his greatest and most successful work. Tickets for the concerts
Published: April 3, 2013
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Peter Joseph Burtt plays 21 — and we’re not talking about cards. Burtt plays a 21-string kora, an instrument invented in West Africa. He is backed by members of Mama’s Cookin’ to form the North Shore band Peter Joseph Burtt and the King Tide, which performs for free Friday night in the Crystal Bay Club Red
Published: April 3, 2013
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Diego’s Umbrella covers music’s mirthful idiosyncrasies: the indefatigable spirit of Gorgol Bordello and Joe Stummer, the cleverness of Les Claypool and Roger Clyne and the theatrics, dare we say, of Tortelvis. This Camper Van Radiohead of a band brings all this to mind, but we might be too contemplative. “The idea is to be over the
Published: April 3, 2013
It was a tough weekend for South Tahoe, but the baseball team swallowed its early losses and ended on a winning note. South Tahoe dropped its Friday league game to Lowry 13-1. On Saturday, the boys lost the first game of a non-league doubleheader to Elko 12-5, and finished the day with a 7-6 win over Spring Creek. South Tahoe’s
Published: April 2, 2013
The best mogul skiers all showed up for the Freestyle Championships, but some of them didn’t have far to travel. Heavenly Foundation skiers Taryn Baker, Zach Shearer, Yamato Kashima, Joshua Sullivan and Shanti Payne were all contenders in the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships at Heavenly Mountain Resort this past weekend. The five South Tahoe skiers all competed in single moguls
Published: April 2, 2013
Tahoe-area cross-country skiers are in for a treat the next week. The USSA SuperTour finals, touted as the premier cross-country ski races in the country, will swing through three Donner Summit resorts — Royal Gorge, Auburn Ski Club and Sugar Bowl — from Thursday, April 4, through Thursday, April 11. Tahoe Donner Cross Country also will host a couple of
Published: April 2, 2013
Sho Kashima had just three weeks to get ready for the biggest competition of the season, but he sure looked comfortable on his home mountain and the podium all weekend. Kashima, of South Lake Tahoe and the Heavenly Freestyle Team, captured second in the dual moguls competition at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships on home turf Saturday. The win came
Published: April 2, 2013
Event organizers have temporarily canceled Sierra Recon due to permitting issues, according to a post on the event’s website. Sierra Recon, a multi-distance obstacle race that drew hundreds of participants, debuted last year at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The obstacles included a 12-foot-high park feature called “The Wall” and a giant slip-and-slide. The U.S. Forest Service Eldorado National Forest unit issued a special-use
Published: April 2, 2013
The Nevada Department of Wildlife has opposed a Nevada trapping bill on the grounds that it would be too difficult to enforce as written. While the bill, SB 213, won’t affect NDOW’s ability to trap big game animals like bears and mountain lions in the Lake Tahoe Basin, it would tighten trapping laws in Nevada, according to NDOW spokesman Chris Healy.
Published: April 2, 2013
The Forest Service will reopen Eldorado National Forest dirt roads and trails Monday after the wet weather seasonal closure. “We recently reviewed the road and trail conditions and found that they met our criteria for ending the seasonal closure,” Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy said in a Eldorado National Forest release. “This time of the year, however, some routes
Published: April 2, 2013
A regulatory issue has recently generated a chain of events which has made a hardship to property owners, a homeowners association and neighborhood relationships. When the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency was allowed bi-state jurisdiction in 1972 to provide a “planning function” in the Tahoe basin, its original regional plan allowed for a minimum land coverage of 2,600 square feet for
Published: April 2, 2013
The SnowGlobe Music Festival could become a staple of South Shore’s New Year’s celebrations. On Tuesday the South Lake Tahoe City Council directed city staff to negotiate a multi-year contract with promoters of the three-day music festival, despite concerns over impacts to the playfield next to Lake Tahoe Community College where the event is held. SnowGlobe representatives have said they
Published: April 2, 2013
In a world of aerial drones, stun guns and surveillance cameras, an electric eraser doesn’t seem like much of a crime-fighting tool. For Leona Allen, a spokeswoman for Lake Valley Fire Protection District and certified composite sketch artist, the handheld device is a cherished part of a crime-fighting kit that includes pencils, a blending stump and a sketch pad. Allen
Published: April 2, 2013
A monthly snow survey near Echo Summit got off to an inauspicious start Thursday morning, with surveyors still able to see a hole punched into the snowpack from February’s measurements. “Most of the snow on the ground is what fell back in December,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey program, during the survey at Phillips Station,
Published: April 2, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Two community art workshops recently hosted by visiting Australian Artist Jhana Bowen and local Artist Gail Holbrook took place at Kindred Art & Folk Institute in Truckee. Both workshops built bridges connecting children, adults, business organizations and people affected by isolation and depression in Tahoe Forest Hospital. Children enjoyed a Catalyzing Creativity Playshop which involved kid’s yoga,
Published: April 2, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE — A monthly snow survey near Echo Summit got off to an inauspicious start last Thursday morning, with surveyors still able to see a hole punched into the snowpack from February’s measurements. “Most of the snow on the ground is what fell back in December,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey program, during the survey
Published: April 2, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Volunteers needed for Rx Drug Take-back Event The Tahoe-Truckee Future without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD) Coalition is looking for community volunteers for the Rx Drug Take-back Event scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Truckee and Tahoe City. The Rx Drug Take-back Event
Published: April 2, 2013
TAHOE, Calif. — Performing is a family affair for the Garcias, which is fitting since that is how Laura and Ricardo first met. It was 18 years ago at a college Songfest where the longtime dancer met her future husband, who had been active in drama throughout high school and college. Fast forward a few years and the couple, along
Published: April 2, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Nevada County announced Glen Harelson, program manager for the Truckee branch of the Health and Human Services Agency, was named as the 2013 county Employee of the Year. “It feels great,” Harelson said. “I am very fortunate to work with great staff and the amazing community we have here.” Jeffrey Brown, director of the HHSA for the
Published: April 2, 2013
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Heavenly Mountain Resort has been fined more than $90,000 for several violations of California environmental laws, according to a Wednesday press release from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. The violations stem from a 2010 inspection of the resort and center around the upper maintenance shop above Heavenly’s California Lodge. Violations from the inspection
Published: April 2, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The first quarter of 2013 got off to a whopping start. The S&P 500, the index of the 500 leading companies in the United States, has recorded a total return of 10.61 percent for the first three months of the year. The total return number includes the dividends that have been paid. The price return for the
Published: April 2, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — An ice rink, lodging, helipad, additional parking and a community center are just some of the ideas being presented for the future of the Tahoe City Golf Course. Although more parking would be a great help, there’s just something about a parking lot that detracts from the overall beauty of our little paradise. So, in addition
Published: April 2, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Erin Robb, fourth grade teacher at Truckee Elementary School, was selected as a Truckee Hometown SEARS-Sierra Sun Teacher of the Year finalist. Nominators described Robb as patient, understanding and thoughtful. Students have recognized Robb’s hard work and ability to teach effectively. “I think Mrs. Robb should be teacher of the year because she teaches lots of things and everyone
Published: April 2, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE — What comes to mind when you think of a puppet? I like the actual word “puppet” myself. It is fun to say, it just kind of pops out of the mouth. Try it, say “puppet.” Now that you have puppets on your mind, what do you see? Marionettes? A sock puppet? The shadow puppet made of your Dad’s
Published: April 2, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Rock Stars from all eras will appear at the KidZone Museum’s Annual Fundraiser at Dragonfly Restaurant in Truckee April 27, 6-11 p.m. Be certain to look twice: that rocker might just be your neighbor, your child’s teacher or your church’s minister stepping in for Big Night Out – Rock Starz. The fundraiser’s mission is simple – have
Published: April 2, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — More than a year after a married couple died when they were hit by a vehicle in an unlit crosswalk, the Nevada Department of Transportation has no timeline to complete planned safety improvements. On the evening of Dec. 30, 2011, Incline residents Robert C. Mathis and Linda Mathis were struck and killed near the crosswalk next
Published: April 2, 2013
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost TRUCKEE, Calif. — An inspiring trio of traveling poets recently took up residence at Truckee Elementary School giving students a chance to experience one such less-traveled road. Thanks to the initiative of school staff
Published: April 1, 2013
The Incline baseball team split its two crossover games against the Ruby Mountain League this past weekend, losing 6-0 to Battle Mountain on Friday before beating White Pine 10-2 the following day. The Highlanders (6-6-1) scored all 10 runs in the first two innings against White Pine en route to the lopsided win. Jack Clouthier went 2-for-2 with a pair
Published: April 1, 2013
It was a good weekend to be a Warrior at Battle Mountain. The Whittell softball team went 2-1 at a Battle Mountain crossover tournament Friday and Saturday. The Warriors picked up a 4-0 win against Battle Mountain before dropping a 0-2 game to White Pine and ending with a 16-8 win over West Wendover. “The team overall is doing very
Published: April 1, 2013
The North Tahoe/Truckee girls lacrosse team broke into the win column with a 12-8 victory against North Valleys last Wednesday. The Tahoe club team scored the first goal of the game as ninth-grader Tilley Gibeaut barreled down the field and placed the ball in the back of the net. The teams battled neck-and-neck throughout the contest, but the Lakers pulled
Published: April 1, 2013
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The sun had long since baked the snow into mashed potatoes, but a group of elite freestyle skiers were still sending it without hesitation into the clumpy landings. “Coming into that bottom air I was just thinking, ‘OK, I’m not going to check any speed.’ I just hit it, grabbed and got both tips,” said
Published: April 1, 2013
TAHOE, Calif. — El Dorado County has been ranked as the 6th healthiest county in California, according to a national report recently published by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The County Health Rankings Report, a report published annually since 2010, ranks each county within each state on how healthy people are and
Published: April 1, 2013
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series about three cats, an animal communicator, and how peace was returned to a chaotic home. Read the first installment here Jackson (a cat) felt much like a child playing at school with friends, when the school-yard bully comes over and starts picking on them. In the case of the child,
Published: April 1, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Black Tie & Tails, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s signature fundraiser, raised more than $65,000. The event at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe sold out weeks in advance and was attended by more than 330 people and 100 dogs — all dressed to impress. Funds were raised through a Just Give auction, as well as a silent auction
Published: April 1, 2013
The Truckee baseball team went 1-2 in a crossover tournament against the Ruby Mountain League over the weekend, beating Spring Creek 5-4 on Friday before falling to Elko, 10-9, and Lowry, 10-5, on Saturday. Against Spring Creek, Truckee (6-8) scored a run in each of the first three innings to jump out to an early 3-1 lead. The Spartans tied
Published: April 1, 2013
The North Tahoe baseball team swept past White Pine and Battle Mountain in a Division III crossover tournament against the Ruby Mountain League this past weekend. The Lakers (6-4) defeated White Pine in convincing fashion, 13-0, on Friday before taking down a quality Battle Mountain team, 7-4, on Saturday. The other DIII Ruby Mountain League school, West Wendover, does not
Published: April 1, 2013
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. — There’s a clouded axiom understood by those who ski and ride the mountains day in and day out. It’s revealed in a sly giggle, a snicker or an outburst of hoots from the chairlift. Visitors don’t get it. Non-skiers don’t get it. But it’s simple: Snow blades, the stubby pint-sized skis, embody all that is funny
Published: April 1, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — On Tuesday, March 19, the Rotary Club of Tahoe City hosted its 10th annual high school Music Contest at the Granlibakken Resort. Six musicians from North Tahoe High School competed. Dean Nordby, the North Tahoe High music director, sent the talented group to the competition. The participants included Ryan Heisinger, playing trombone; Logan McDonald, playing trumpet;
Published: April 1, 2013
Southpaw Cody Gibson returned to form and Whittell’s bats broke loose for a 6-1 victory over White Pine on Friday afternoon. The win earned the Warriors a split in the Battle Mountain Crossover Tourney. Gibby was in control on the knoll, allowing a single earned run, striking out nine and walking none. The Warriors played errorless ball behind him. Hitting
Published: April 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — At age 26, Buster Posey can envision one day retiring with the San Francisco Giants. For now, he is their new franchise man. The Giants rewarded the NL MVP and batting champion catcher with a $167 million, nine-year contract Friday, a deal that includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million
Published: March 29, 2013
If you only had 20 minutes to work out what would you do? Run on the treadmill? Stretch for 10 minutes then hit the leg press? Wonder around aimlessly then try that weird looking YouTube exercise you saw at work? These exercises hit all the major muscle groups and provide a great bang for your buck. These exercises would make
Published: March 29, 2013
The Warrior baseball nine found the going tough against the Longhorns in a Friday morning game at the Crossover Tournament at Battle Mountain. The Red and Gold lost 22-1, the lone bright spot a long home run from Matt Elliott. Coach Thomas Hunter estimated the blast traveled 370 feet over the fence in left center. It was the Warriors’ only
Published: March 29, 2013
The Whittell boys golf team finished second in a Northern Division III tournament at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Carson City on Thursday, led by senior Derek Heldt-Werle. Incline took the team win out of the six competing schools. The Highlanders edged the Warriors by just four strokes, posting a low score of 418 to Whittell’s 422. North Tahoe was
Published: March 29, 2013
Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s terrain is about to get even gnarlier. The resort plans to offer guided tours down The Cirque possibly starting next season as part of the Expedition: Kirkwood program, according to Brand Manager Kevin Cooper. If you haven’t skied The Cirque, you’re not alone. The insanely steep, cliff-ridden face that plummets about 1,000 vertical feet to the valley
Published: March 29, 2013
To connect plates with the classroom, Sierra House Elementary School educators have proposed a plan to develop a growing dome on campus. The four-season garden dome, which looks like a futuristic greenhouse, would be the first of its kind at the South Shore. According to a project description on the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board’s online agenda, the facility
Published: March 29, 2013
The Jewish celebration of Passover commemorates the Biblical account of the Israelites Exodus from Egypt. It is a tale of triumph, of challenge and of transformation. It is about the triumph of freedom over slavery, the challenge to an oppressive force and the transformation of a people to take charge of their own destiny. During the holiday, Jews around the
Published: March 29, 2013
For South Tahoe High School Artistic Director Nannette “Niv” Niven, timing is everything. It’s especially crucial for the theater department’s upcoming production of “Noises Off,” a frenetic play that Niven calls “the funniest show you’ve never seen.” Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” is an English farce that breaks traditional boundaries between the audience and the actors. It’s a play within a
Published: March 29, 2013
Children clutched Easter baskets with white-knuckled grips Friday as they leaned impatiently against Kahle Community Center playground bars. About 1,000 carefully-placed plastic eggs lay just beyond reach. Just after 11 a.m., preschool teacher Kay Summers led the countdown, opened the floodgate and released the stampede. In less than 15 minutes, the swarm of toddlers picked the area clean. Event Coordinator
Published: March 29, 2013
I’d like to see the City Council finish its last project, “The Hole,” next to Harveys casino before they crusade on another multi-million dollar project ... moving Highway 50 to behind the casinos. Taking the Parkway route was the only way the locals could get around the traffic congestion at the casinos. If they move Highway 50, then everybody will
Published: March 29, 2013
In a historic decision Thursday, the Nevada Assembly expelled Democrat Steven Brooks from his North Las Vegas district seat Thursday. “Steven Brooks is hereby expelled from the Assembly, and I declare Assembly District 17 vacant,” said a tearful Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, also D-North Las Vegas, after the vote. Brooks is the first Nevada lawmaker to be expelled. The decision was
Published: March 29, 2013
Heavenly Mountain Resort has been fined more than $90,000 for several violations of California environmental laws, according to a Wednesday press release from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. The violations stem from a 2010 inspection of the resort and center around the upper maintenance shop above Heavenly’s California Lodge. Violations from the inspection included failing to have controls
Published: March 29, 2013
LAS VEGAS — Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks has been arrested in California on charges including resisting arrest and throwing objects, just hours after he became the first lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature. Jail records show Barstow police arrested Brooks, 41, at about 7 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 15 at Stoddard Wells. “We had started to discuss possible
Published: March 29, 2013
SPORTS Ted Ligety caps career season with national slalom title Triple World Champion Ted Ligety wrapped up his smoking 2013 season with a final dominating performance at Squaw Valley last Saturday. The technical specialist from Utah nailed both his slalom runs to earn his seventh career national title by a 1.48-second margin at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. “If
Published: March 29, 2013
Gary M. Coblens, of Incline Village, Lake Tahoe (formerly of Hartford C.T. and Panama City Beach, F.L.) entered his next life’s journey on March 26, 2013. Gary graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1976. He was a Lake Tahoe resident since 1982. Gary’s life accomplishments include working as CPA for Peat Marwick Mitchell in Los Angeles, CA, Licensed CA and
Published: March 29, 2013
The Incline and North Tahoe boys golf teams competed in a Northern Division III tournament at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Carson City on Thursday. Incline took the team win among the six schools, posting a low score of 418 to runner-up Whittell’s 422, while North Tahoe was third with a team score of 469. They were followed by Yerington,
Published: March 29, 2013

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