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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Studying math stretches a mind, builds discipline and creates out-of-the-box thinkers. For students worried about getting a job after graduation in a challenging market, math is a ticket to employment in some of the highest paying jobs available. University of New Haven Mathematics Department Chair Joseph Kolibal recommends students, even those studying liberal arts or fields seemingly
Published: September 1, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. – The Lakers could get used to eight-man football. On the first play from scrimmage against visiting Pyramid Lake on Saturday, junior quarterback Brandon Hayakawa tucked the ball on a read-option play and burst into the open field en route to a 74-yard touchdown run. The new era of North Tahoe football was off to a hot
Published: September 1, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sept. 13, 2013 will mark the start of the fourth annual 300-mile bicycle ride by the dedicated TahoeStaff Cycling Team in honor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe (BBBSNC). Hardy Bullock, the ride founder and BBBSNC board member, originally created the event as a way to highlight and promote the mission
Published: September 1, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE — The massive smoke plume from the Rim and American fires in California has put a halt on the start of the prep season in western Nevada. Much of the pollution is courtesy of the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park, which was roughly 30 percent contained on Thursday and had burned more than 192,000 acres, according
Published: September 1, 2013
As the Rim Fire south of South Lake Tahoe pours smoke into the area, doctors are seeing immediate health effects on people with respiratory problems such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The South Shore area was designated “unhealthy” air quality Wednesday and Thursday morning with an air quality index maximum of 182 but, before 5 p.m. Thursday, the
Published: September 1, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Back in the summer of 1998, the Yamauchi family from Chicago never imagined owning one of Truckee’s oldest ice cream eateries, which opened more than 20 years ago. Yet on April 1, 2013 the family took possession of this local franchise. Dairy Queen is poised to once again become a popular Truckee eatery. The family bought a
Published: September 1, 2013
After about two years of planning, Gold Star Peak will officially be named in honor of the memory of local soldiers who were killed in combat. A ceremony to commemorate the dedication will take place 11 a.m. Sept. 6 at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe. Gold Star Peak is located between Mount Watson west of Brockway Summit on California
Published: August 30, 2013
Each year, someone inevitably asks, “are the holidays early or late this year?” Or, someone simply remarks, “Wow! The Holidays are so early this year!” The reality is that they always come right on time, just perhaps on their own time. We have known since the fifth century when the holidays will come. The Jewish High Holy Days follow the
Published: August 30, 2013
Sign-ups are being held for Great Strides, a walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The walk, which will take place Sept. 7 in South Lake Tahoe, aims to provide an opportunity for people to support the fight to cure cystic fibrosis, according to a press release. Teams of families, friends, neighbors and co-workers are invited to participate. The Wild
Published: August 30, 2013
Rabbi Mordechai Richler has been in South Lake Tahoe for about a week, but he is already making headway on South Lake Tahoe’s newest Jewish cultural organization. Members of Chabad Jewish Center are working to connect with as many people as possible by hosting ceremonies, groups and classes out the rabbi’s home. The members of the center look to unify
Published: August 30, 2013
RENO, Nev. — A 16-year journey of hard work, blood, sweat and tears will likely overwhelm Brian Polian on Saturday night for a moment or two. “I promise, I will take a step back when I first go out on the field and take it all in,” said Polian, who will begin his Nevada Wolf Pack head coaching career Saturday
Published: August 30, 2013
If Tyler Nesbitt had showed up one day earlier, he might be an equipment manager right now. But on that particular day, fate had other plans for the former South Tahoe football player. Fortuitous timing and the right background landed Nesbitt a starting spot on Montana State University’s powerhouse football program as a long snapper this season. He joins a
Published: August 30, 2013
A little on the short side, but they’ve heard that one before. They certainly don’t look much like volleyball champions, but they’ve heard that one too. The South Tahoe volleyball team heard all kinds of naysaying en route to an improbable state championship title last season. There were few people outside the team who believed the Vikings would make the
Published: August 30, 2013
NEW YORK — The hundreds of millions of dollars the NFL is ready to pay former players sounds great, until you stretch it out over 20 years and divide it among thousands of people. Which is why some former players and others think the league is getting off cheap in its tentative settlement with victims of concussion-related brain injuries. The
Published: August 30, 2013
NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have met in three of the last four Grand Slam finals, though if they play in the U.S. Open this year, it will be in the semis. Each took a step forward Friday, shaky at moments and sensational in others, in second-round victories. The top-seeded Djokovic faced two early set points, while
Published: August 30, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Sierra State Parks Foundation (SSPF) is very honored to announce it is the recipient of a $1,000,000 grant from a Donor Advised Fund of the San Francisco Foundation. “We are incredibly excited to receive this much-needed grant and are overwhelmed by the generosity of this anonymous advisor,” said Heidi Doyle, Sierra State Parks Foundation executive
Published: August 30, 2013
Doggie Day festivities will be held Sept. 3 at Cove East Beach. “Doggie Day celebrates everyone who respectfully shares the marsh: families, dogs, and the sensitive species who inhabit the area,” Conservancy Land Steward Sarah Werick stated in a press release. “Our primary obligation is to protect the marsh’s wildlife habitat and water quality values, but we also encourage recreational
Published: August 30, 2013
Public comments on El Dorado County Community Development Agency’s draft sign ordinance are due Sept. 9. In July 2012, the board of supervisors directed staff to contract for the preparation of a comprehensive sign ordinance amendment, and the related Environmental Impact Report. A public review draft was completed and opened for a 60-day public review period. In August, representatives from
Published: August 30, 2013
Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California’s prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals. U.S. prosecutors have been known to throw the full weight of the federal government toward putting low-level, nonviolent offenders away for decades. In California, the focus has
Published: August 30, 2013
The wildfire smoke blanketing the region is welcome like an angry yellow jacket. Perhaps less. At least the wasp can be swatted from the sky. It’s as if time rewound to 2008, when thick smoke from multiple lightning-caused fires on the Sierra’s west slope put a damper on summer activity in the greater Lake Tahoe Basin. The smoke was so
Published: August 30, 2013
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers have been turning heads in and beyond the Northern California rock scene for years, so it may come as a surprise that the group is just now about to release its first “real” album. “This really is the first record that we’ve done as a band,” lead singer Nicki Bluhm said. “The other two albums,
Published: August 30, 2013
Tahoe South will round at the summer with a Labor Day fireworks show this weekend. “This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes and designs,” according to Tahoe South. “The show features a simultaneous music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.” The show takes place
Published: August 30, 2013
The main mass of a rare meteorite that exploded over California’s Sierra foothills in April 2012 will be preserved for current and future scientific discoveries, the result of the collaborative efforts of five U.S. academic institutions. It has found a permanent home divided among the University of California, Davis; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.;
Published: August 30, 2013
The annual Tahoe Sierra Century Ride, with its 100-, 60- and 30-mile options, is set to return to the North Shore on Saturday, Sept. 14. Launched in 2003, the event is the brainchild of the North Tahoe Music Fan Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the music programs at North Tahoe high school and middle school. The
Published: August 30, 2013
TahoeChamber has announced the participants for the Leadership Lake Tahoe Class of 2013-14. This year’s class consists of 25 applicants who will begin the program next month. Leadership Lake Tahoe is an intensive 10-month experience in which participants meet for one full class day per month. Each month brings up a new community topic such as government, education, social services
Published: August 30, 2013
June 6, 1920 – August 16, 2013 Vivian Butler passed away on Aug. 16, at home with family. She was born in Canada on June 6, 1920. Her dad was a traveling piano salesman, and she would sit on the piano as he played, even for silent movies. Her mom was an acclaimed businesswoman in the newspaper field. Vivian was
Published: August 30, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — With an arm raised high, a rider attempts to stay on a horse as it pitches forward before kicking out its rear legs. Despite his best effort to stay on, the man donning chaps and a cowboy hat eventually tumbles off and lands in the dirt. The scene was among many that unfolded at the 39th annual
Published: August 30, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calf. — “Go home,” a young male driver tells a small group holding a demonstration against animal cruelty, before heading in the direction of the Truckee Professional Rodeo on Saturday. “It’s not something that deters me,” said Kings Beach resident John Merryfield, one of those demonstrating, after the incident. “I think when you question the practices of exploiting animals,
Published: August 30, 2013
With “The Hangover” franchise and Judd Apatow’s prodigious output making middle-aged-buddy movies all the rage, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright jump in with a refreshing take on the genre. Pegg portrays a 40ish man-child named Gary King who has avoided making any meaningful changes since his early 20s. He still wears the same attire, has no identifiable job and drives
Published: August 30, 2013
In an interview with “Rolling Stone” magazine in August 2012, Dave Matthews created a major stir with fans by making statements some interpreted as indicating the band’s days together might be numbered. Matthews spoke about having to “dig a lot harder” to come up with songs he wants the band to record – a statement that made some wonder if
Published: August 30, 2013
Douglas County Emergency Management and The Bureau of Pollution Control reported air quality in the Tahoe and Carson Valley areas could be categorized as “unsafe” soon, as smoke from the Rim Fire in Sonora billowed into the area Wednesday and Thursday. The fire was estimated to be 54,000 acres as of Thursday, with most recent air samples classified as “moderate”
Published: August 30, 2013
During fire season, the air we breathe can become impacted by wildfire smoke. Fine particles in smoke can cause health problems, especially for children, older people and those with respiratory conditions. Residents who see or smell smoke should consider taking these precautionary measures: Healthy people should delay strenuous exercise. Children and elderly people should consider avoiding outdoor activities, particularly prolonged
Published: August 30, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Twenty days after it sparked, the American fire that first introduced thick smoke into the region is now 100 percent contained. The fire was up to 27,440 acres as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, and it continues to smolder in the Tahoe National Forest roughly a half hour west of Lake Tahoe, about 10 miles northwest of Foresthill,
Published: August 30, 2013
The championship potential is there — seven seniors, an all-star defense, healthy starters and a tradition of collecting state titles. The Vikings have a good shot at regaining their state spotlight this season. “Based on what I’ve seen the last couple years, all the pieces are there to make another deep run into the postseason,” said new girls soccer coach
Published: August 29, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some fearful tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer, but most appear intent to go through with vacations to destinations such as Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. Those who keep their hard-to-get Labor Day lodging reservations in
Published: August 29, 2013
Lake Tahoe Community College’s scholarship program had its most successful year in 2012-13. In June, LTCC awarded $81,000 — the most in the college’s history — to help 66 students continue their education by providing funds to cover the costs of tuition, textbooks and other resources necessary for academic success. The Camp Richardson scholarship was launched this year by LTCC
Published: August 29, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Crews started to gain a little ground Thursday on the metropolitan city-sized wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park hours south of Lake Tahoe. The 301-square-mile Rim Fire was 30 percent contained Thursday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. More than 20,000 acres of the fire are along the northern edge of the 750,000-acre national park. Tioga Pass
Published: August 29, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. E-mail for print submissions may be 150 words. Items are published in the print edition news space permitting. An Evening of Wine and Wisdom  Mark Twain on Aug. 30, at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Enjoy an extraordinary evening with a “behind the scenes”
Published: August 29, 2013
Whether or not President Obama’s recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi’s must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously. The credit bubble in college loans has ballooned into a systemic threat to the nation’s economy. Additionally, as Taibbi documents,
Published: August 29, 2013
LAKE TAHOE — Since the start of the year, Lakeshore Realty has closed 39 residential sales along the Nevada shores of Lake Tahoe to buyers who are moving from California. Fifteen of the buyers — 40 percent of the total — specifically say they’re moving to Nevada to escape the burdens of California’s Prop. 30 tax hikes, says Chris Plastiras,
Published: August 29, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Customers may come back for John’s thin crust pizza or his homemade pasta salad — but it’s just as likely the repeat customers come in to see John. And when the customers come to see him, they usually want to hear him play guitar. “There are so many people from all over the U.S. that come
Published: August 29, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Karen was laid off from her job in Silicon Valley. It wasn’t until a two-week road trip to Santa Fe that she really committed to the craft that now defines her. “I wrote a collection of poems from that trip, and then a book,” she said. Karen “Kat” Terrey is now a published poet, a teacher of
Published: August 29, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — As we prepare to celebrate 150 years of Tahoe City and 75 years of Tahoe City Public Utility District this Labor Day weekend, we have reflected on what brought our forefathers and mothers to settle here. We chose a theme about the true spirit of our community — “Tahoe City … Founded and Sustained by People
Published: August 29, 2013
Weekend sports impacted by air quality The smoky skies seem to be clearing up, but many of the Tahoe weekend sporting events were still canceled or moved due to the poor air quality. The Heavenly Mountain Run: The Sunday run was canceled, but the Heavenly Sports Labor Day Tent Sale and the Kiwanis carnival in the Cal parking lot are
Published: August 29, 2013
Chris and Jack Brackett/ Lance and Brody Erickson 33:07 Josiah Brackett 33:08 Evan Derdowski 33:12 Luca Genasci 33:26 Steve Funk 33:35 Joshua Brackett 34:34 Ben Day 34:50 Mike Day 35:06 Wayne Prouty 35:25 Nate Ludwig 35:26 Summit Moulton 35:27 Buck Quaglia 36:18 John Thomeselli 36:42 Jay Prigge 36:13 Paul Zarubin 36:24 Charlie Bowmnan 37:27 Mario Mangiaricina Jr. 38:09 Levi Largent 38:10 Andy Nelson 38:19 Alex Funk 38:23 Paul Genasci 38:31 Maria Bowman 38:43 Orion Shea, Spencer Bender/ Aaron and Adam Johnson 39:31
Published: August 29, 2013
LAKE TAHOE — Liberty Utilities is warning the public that individuals are claiming to represent the company and demanding payment over the phone. Liberty representatives do not place calls to customers for payment, according to a press release from the company. Customers who receive such calls should contact Liberty at 1-800-782-2506. “We appreciate our customers contacting us about these deceptive
Published: August 29, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A big thank you to the Friends of the Truckee Library for funding the purchase of Book 1, “Practice Makes Perfect Series: English Vocabulary for the Beginning ESL Learner,” as well as the Oxford Bilingual English-Spanish Picture Dictionary. Both of these books will be presented to our new ESL Read Up students here in Truckee. Read Up
Published: August 29, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Donner Historical Society hosted a picnic in celebration of Truckee’s sesquicentennial. A number of representatives from different area organizations attended with information to share with our participants. It was a great day full of historic information, photos, exhibits and history lessons. The Railroad Regulators donated $500 to the Truckee Donner Historical Society to help with
Published: August 29, 2013
Jackson Craig Ferree, 17 years old, passed away on August 21, 2013 at Renown Regional Medical Center following complications arising from a car accident in Truckee. Jackson was an organ donor and gave the gift of life to other families. Until he moved to Anchorage last summer, Jackson lived in Truckee and attended Alder Creek Middle School and Truckee High
Published: August 29, 2013
Eve Cartan passed away, peacefully, on August 22nd, 2013, in her home in Nevada City, CA. Eve was born on December 10th, 1929 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Eve immigrated to the United States in 1937, and lived nearly her entire life in Northern California. Eve was the beloved wife of Joseph E. Cartan. Together, for over twenty-five years, they successfully established
Published: August 29, 2013
Family, friends and the many who Paul reached and benefited remember his passion for practical acts of kindness and utility, his excitement for sports of land, sea and air, his dedication to his patients over decades of practice as a physician, his unwavering support for his children and fondness for his family, his vision as a man of business, community
Published: August 29, 2013
Norman Irving Ginsberg, 80, of Truckee, California, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at his home in Tahoe Donner. Born in Los Angeles, to Louis and Genevieve, he attended Los Angeles High School, UCLA, and UCSF School of Pharmacy. After college, he married Louise Painter in 1956. After service with the Army in Washington State, he brought his
Published: August 29, 2013
Below are select incidents from the Truckee Police Department’s press log for July 30 to Aug. 6, along with previously unreported incidents. July 30 • A subject called police concerned for his neighbor whom he hadn’t seen in several weeks. Upon an investigation it was determined the neighbor was deceased inside his residence. The death does not appear to be
Published: August 29, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The NLT Chamber/CVB/Resort Association Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club will be held Sept. 3, Granlibakken Resort, 7-8:30 a.m. Pick up buffet breakfast upstairs, meeting to be held in the Cedar House Room. The agenda includes the Tahoe Truckee Airport Master Plan with Kevin Smith, general manager Tahoe Truckee Airport District; the future of Northstar California with Bill Rock,
Published: August 29, 2013
Annuities are part of the retirement plans of many Americans. Most people really don’t understand how annuities work and some investors have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous annuity sales practices. An annuity is a contract between an investor and an insurance company. There are two types of annuities — fixed and variable. A fixed annuity gives the investor a
Published: August 29, 2013
Tina Baughman has a degenerative muscular disease that makes it difficult for her to walk or rise from a seated position. Although Baughman has never been to Disneyland in Southern California, she sued Mickey, Donald et al. because she wanted to use a Segway rather than her wheelchair. Disneyland prohibits Segways for safety reasons in its parks. SEGWAY A Segway
Published: August 29, 2013
This letter is in response to the Sierra Sun story, “TDRPD board: Our job not to handle day-to-day ops,” on Page 1 of last Wednesday’s paper. I find it interesting that the Nevada County Grand Jury chose to investigate the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District — a well-run, popular district — over relatively small matters. Last year I formally requested
Published: August 29, 2013
As a lifelong pet owner (with a veterinarian father in law) I have been astonished at the behavior of some local dog owners. Please understand that I write this letter as more of an appeal to pet owner civility, not as an unappointed pet owner judge. I have witnessed inconsiderate and perhaps illegal behavior over the past month on the
Published: August 29, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Tahoe City Grape Stomp will pour into The Cobblestone on Friday, Sept. 6, 5 p.m. This unpredictable event came alive again in Tahoe City in 2012 through a partnership between Uncorked and the Tahoe City Downtown Association. Stomping teams will work to squeeze as much grape juice as they can in timed heats. The event
Published: August 29, 2013
As we are coming to the end days of summer, pre-fall baking is on my brain. I have an ongoing love affair with muffins — a sweet and savory mini cake. These cuties don’t need frosting. Homemade muffins taste so much better than pre-packaged, store-bought types and are less pricey than the monster-size ones at Starbucks. The best part is,
Published: August 29, 2013
The massive smoke plume from the Rim and American fires in California have put a halt of the start of the prep season in western Nevada. Much of the pollution is courtesy of the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park, which was roughly 30 percent contained on Thursday and had burned more than 192,000 acres, according to reports.
Published: August 28, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline Village Recreation Center pool remains on schedule for an Oct. 1 reopening. In a 5-0 vote, the Incline Village General Improvement District board of directors Monday OK’d a $92,000 contract for Reno-based Adams Pool Specialties to upgrade the pool, which was damaged in a recent vandalism incident. During Monday’s board meeting, staff was asked
Published: August 28, 2013
Marketing professionals in Greater Reno-Lake Tahoe are using Facebook for more than just posting vacation photos or cute pictures of their children. A survey of more than 100 regional marketers about their use of social media to promote their businesses finds that more than 90 percent use Facebook pages as a tool to extend their reach and promote their company
Published: August 28, 2013
TAHOE, Calif. — Kathy Long, the North Tahoe Public Utility District’s park and facilities manager, retired from the NTPUD on Aug. 2, after serving the District for more than eight years. Kathy will be greatly missed by the NTPUD and the many agencies and residents with whom she worked. Her relationships with the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake
Published: August 28, 2013
Local Musings When was the last time you ever thought liberal democrats like Jerry Brown, Harry Reid and Diane Feinstein would ever bash an environmental group? But that’s exactly what has happened as each of them took their shots and Laurel Ames and the local Sierra Club for filing a lawsuit challenging the Regional Plan Update. The same update that
Published: August 28, 2013
Angel, a Siamese mix, and Sam, a snowshoe-type, have beautiful blue eyes. The easygoing pair lost their home to foreclosure. They’re age eligible for the Animals for Retired Friends program. The adoption fee is reduced if the adopter is 50 years of age or older. They can go to separate homes. Both are fine with other cats and ignore polite
Published: August 28, 2013
“This is a community that really cares” is a phrase often heard in South Lake Tahoe. After 40 years of working to get my local status, I have such a visceral reaction to such comments each time I hear them. It is personal for me. The community of South Lake Tahoe is a member of my family. There is another
Published: August 28, 2013
Michael Barden was sworn in Monday as a new Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy in a ceremony held at the Valley station, in Minden. Sheriff Ron Pierini said the appointment comes as a result of several months of testing and evaluation consisting of a written examination, physical agility test, oral interview, extensive background investigation, psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, and medical exam.
Published: August 28, 2013
Local law enforcement agencies will conduct sobriety checkpoints today on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Officers trained to detect alcohol and drug use will conduct the checkpoint on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, a news release from the California Highway Patrol stated the agency along with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the El Dorado County
Published: August 28, 2013
Business owners sometimes get themselves into a pickle, and have to scramble for the cash they need to keep the ship afloat. And on occasion, more than one business owner has been known to “borrow” from the stash of cash which can build up from all those payroll taxes they withhold from their worker bees, instead of immediately forwarding the
Published: August 28, 2013
I am convinced that the Democratic Party only registers and recruits people who refuse to take a basic course in economics. A prime example is former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who once told Fox News’ anchor Chris Wallace: ”We need growth with jobs. And if you have spending cuts … where you are hindering growth, you’re not going to
Published: August 28, 2013
In 2007 Edith Windsor married Thea Spyer in Canada. Both Edith and Thea were women. Thea died a resident of New York. Edith filed the Federal Estate Tax Return claiming the exemption from Federal Estate taxes as a surviving spouse. She was denied by the IRS. Edith appealed. President Obama’s administration refused to defend the “Defense of Marriage Act.” A
Published: August 28, 2013
Stocks have been falling for most of August. Not by a lot and with very little trading, but the relentlessness of the selling makes the decline seem worse than it is (down 3.9 percent from high to low). We’re told the reason is clear: interest rates are rising. Rising rates make for an easy headline. The media never mention that a little profit-taking after a
Published: August 28, 2013
Labor Day is about celebrating the end of a great summer with family and friends. It’s also about one more important thing: the barbecue. Here are some tips to help make your Labor Day barbecue a success. GRILLING Whether you are new to the grilling game or you are a seasoned grill master, following these five simple steps will help
Published: August 28, 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. Do you know how to recognize a heart attack or stroke (brain attack)? Do you know how to perform CPR? Do
Published: August 28, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Burners are flowing down Interstate 80 in decorated vans, cars and wild sculpture tethered to trailers out into the Black Rock Desert for the phenomenon that is Burning Man. Two avid “Burners” share their thoughts about the cultural mystique of the ever-growing event. TO BURN OR NOT TO BURN? This time of year, every where you go,
Published: August 28, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Officials have denied a proposal to renovate the Tahoe Donner-owned Beach Club Marina on the east end of Donner Lake. The Truckee Planning Commission voted 4-0 Tuesday against an updated version of the project. “I think it’s hard for a tiger to change its stripes, and I don’t really feel like the proposal that was given back
Published: August 28, 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. ‘Exercise for Energy’ Free supportive care program in Incline Village. The free six-week class, “Exercise for Energy,” is a supportive care
Published: August 28, 2013
It is early August 1998, and my husband and I are spending six days in Bermuda for the first time, celebrating my 50th birthday and our 30th anniversary. We’ve come with few expectations about the island, save for the comments of friends who have visited before and who somewhat enigmatically remark, “Oh, you’ll love it; it’s beautiful.” Now, on our
Published: August 28, 2013
The chemicals that create the vibrant color of fruits and vegetables boost your immune system and help our bodies fight cancer. Green fruits and vegetables get their color from chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has long been valued for its blood cleansing properties. I’ve seen many patients the past two weeks with headaches, irritated lungs, sore throats and inflamed sinuses from the smoky
Published: August 28, 2013
With school starting again, parents often ask me how to best raise, happy, well-adjusted and academically interested kids. Although it’s impossible to control everything, there are some strategies and life-style choices that can enhance your family’s environment. SLEEP: With parents working longer hours and kids having increasingly busy after-school schedules, early bed times often get sacrificed. School-aged children (ages 5-11)
Published: August 28, 2013
INCLINVE 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. Grace Giving on Wheels Provides free food and clothing to those in the community who are in need. The trailer will be located at Sierra Tires in Kings
Published: August 28, 2013
If you haven’t yet been to Incline’s farmers market at Tunnel Creek, you might want to schedule a visit. Choose from a fresh selection of fruits and vegetables on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. The market will continue through September 25, offering selections of peppers, squash, carrots, onions, peaches, berries, grapes and other fresh produce. Find also bread and cheesecake, kombucha
Published: August 28, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — From a speakeasy pub-crawl, pancakes on Commons Beach, to dinner with Mark Twain on the Tahoe Gal paddleboat, there’s something for everyone this weekend at Tahoe City’s Big 150 Anniversary Weekend. Tahoe City is celebrating its 150th sesquicentennial anniversary along with the 100th anniversary of Lake Tahoe Outlet Dam (where the iconic Fanny Bridge is located
Published: August 28, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Week four is a very busy week. Two of Bandit’s littermates will be staying with us for six days while my friend Diane goes away. Before she departs, Diane takes Bandit for two days. I wash my hair, do my nails, change the sheets, and pay the bills — all the things I have neglected since
Published: August 28, 2013
The love and support of Lake Tahoe was on full display at the Tahoe Fund’s annual Founders Circle dinner on Aug. 18, raising more than $300,000 for the organization and four signature projects around the lake. Tahoe Fund donors were joined by Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Harry Reid and Govs. Jerry Brown and Brian Sandoval, as well as special guest,
Published: August 28, 2013
Usually we are entering the best days at Tahoe with the kids back in school, the beaches and trails quiet and locals can enjoy everything the visitors have experienced all summer long. Unfortunately with the smoke, most locals are in lock down. Let’s all hope the fires will be out soon and we can still find time to get out
Published: August 28, 2013
The only thing laborious about Labor Day is getting up early enough to stake a claim on your favorite dock — which is why I stay home. And I don’t just stay home, I celebrate at home. This year is no different except I have traded in standing over the barbecue trying to please the chicken eaters, rib fans, vegetarians
Published: August 28, 2013
Let the games begin! The St. Louis Olympics started on Aug. 29, 1904, and, as nobody outside the U.S. really knew where St. Louis was back then, only 42 athletes from other countries bothered to compete. Mark Twain, still very much alive at the time, commented, “You send a damn fool to St. Louis and don’t tell them he’s a
Published: August 28, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Work to fill a critical missing link in the Tahoe City Public Utility District trail network is moving forward. The district is completing permitting and final designs for the Homewood Bike Trail, a one-mile stretch between Cherry and Fawn streets running mostly along Highway 89, said General Manager Cindy Gustafson, on Monday. “Currently, trail users are
Published: August 28, 2013
I love live music, but since I moved further from the Bay Area, I find bands I want to see are harder to come by. So, this year I splurged on tickets to San Francisco’s Outside Lands. I wanted to see some of the bigger bands: Matt & Kim, Vampire Weekend and Phoenix. I also always enjoy seeing the lesser-known
Published: August 28, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline Village Recreation Center pool will remain closed through September as crews prepare for a renovation originally scheduled to happen next year. Last week, Incline Village General Improvement District officials estimated the 25-yard-long, 8-lane pool would reopen as early as this Wednesday after it was vandalized sometime overnight on Aug. 12. An unknown suspect threw
Published: August 28, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Clear Capital is one step closer to leasing land from the Truckee Tahoe Airport District in an effort to stay local. The airport board agreed last Thursday to move forward with a non-binding letter of intent with the company to lease property fronted by Soaring and Aviation ways for office building construction. A final letter is hoped
Published: August 28, 2013
The Lakers’ 2013 football season will go down as the year of firsts — and with any luck, the one that turned around a reeling program. After years of struggling with numbers, often to the point of forfeiting games with a dearth of able bodies, North Tahoe football was granted independent status for the next three seasons by the Nevada
Published: August 27, 2013
Dear Carla, I have a 3-year-old Yorkie who barks … and barks … and then barks some more. I don’t mind if he barks when someone is at the door and some other times, but how can I get him to stop when I want him to stop? Both when I’m with him and when he’s at home alone? Aaron
Published: August 27, 2013
The fourth annual Sample the Sierra will be held Sept. 1. Sample the Sierra brings together local chefs, farmers and winemakers. Chefs will prepare food samples using fresh ingredients provided by local farmers and producers. A variety of foods, paired alongside local wines and brews, will be available. Back for the second year, the Sierra Chef Challenge will place two
Published: August 27, 2013
Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe will host its first community fair this weekend. The fair will take place Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 in the lower parking lot of Heavenly Resort. It will feature craft booths, a cooking contest, a jam contest, floral displays and carnival rides such as a Ferris Wheel. There is no entrance fee. The idea for the
Published: August 27, 2013
South Lake Tahoe Senior Center will host a Beach Party Dance on Friday. Music will be provided by the 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band. Everyone is welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. Beach attire is optional. The dance will take place from 7:30-10 p.m. at the center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Admission costs $10 and includes appetizers,
Published: August 27, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Support Truckee High School Band students in their fundraising efforts and get your car washed Sunday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The inaugural Car Wash fundraiser will take place in the Dairy Queen parking lot, located at the corner of Donner Pass Road and Highway 89 south in Truckee. A donation of $10 per car is requested.
Published: August 27, 2013
KIGS BEACH, Cliaf. — The Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op (KCPB) started eight years ago stemming from a need for alternative care and preschool education. The north shore of Lake Tahoe has always had a limited amount of care and education available for preschool age children, excepting the established few that have provided throughout the decades. When the first KBPC class
Published: August 27, 2013

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