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California is likely to vote to legalize online sports betting – what to expect

During the pandemic, US betting markets saw a massive rise in popularity. More people than ever before have picked up an interest in betting in various formats, and the industry exploded in terms of both players and different offerings. California has so far decided to go against the many states legalizing betting. Still, with the way that the debate is going, California will, likely, take the step to legalize betting in not too long.  

More and more states are legalizing betting, and it’s likely that the voices for California to follow the rest of the country (and the world). But what can one expect if California does decide to go down the route of allowing online sports betting? Even if gambling at tribal casinos has been possible for many years, the prospect of being able to place bets from one’s phone while sitting at home is something completely different. If you want to see what legalized gambling can look like online, there’s a lot to learn from online casino reviews

When can one expect the issue to be raised again? 

The most likely scenario is that the issue will be voted on in conjunction with the election in 2022. The proposition was overwhelmingly voted down in 2022, which led to many analysts projecting that the issue won’t be raised until 2024. 

Will online sports betting cut into the profits of the tribal casinos?  

Strong lobby groups, as well as loud voices from tribal casinos, were a major factor in the proposition to legalize. Many tribal voices running casinos argued heavily against the legalization of online betting while fully supporting in-person betting. It’s difficult to say whether online betting would cut into the margins of the casinos. It would make sense for their revenue to suffer slightly should online gambling become legal, but what the casinos offer is completely different from the experience online. Tribal casinos often also host various events

What would be the state’s upsides and negatives if sports betting was legalized? 

Sports betting is something that engages a large number of sports fans, of which there are many in California. The most significant upside to allowing online betting is the tax revenues that would fall into the hands of the state, a very appealing reality. But at the same time, gambling is gambling. Problem behaviors can arise in conjunction with online betting, and it’s easy to see why many groups are critical towards opening up the taps and making betting available through a couple of clicks on the phone. 

Truckee officials seek input on possible single-use plastic water bottle ban

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Town of Truckee is considering a ban on the sale of some types of single-use water bottles and is looking for community input. 

Keep Truckee Green, the town’s sustainability, solid waste, and resiliency program, will hold a Single-Use Water Bottle Community Workshop from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Community Recreation Center located at 10981 Truckee Way.

Single-use beverage bottles make up a large percentage of waste and litter, creating an environmental threat to our region, said Keep Truckee Green in a news release.

Provided/Keep Truckee Green

‘Drive that economic engine’: Snow is big business for Lake Tahoe

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Lift lines are long and businesses are reaping the benefits of abundant snowfall at Lake Tahoe.

With plenty of snow falling in the basin from a series of storms in December and January, resorts are seeing tons of skiers and riders while dealing head-on with difficulties.

Palisades Tahoe is reporting great business since the slow down of the recent storms, and are trying to push people to come up midweek in order to avoid longer lines and delayed wait times.

“Now that the storms have kind of calmed down, people are able to get up here,” said Palisades PR Manager Patrick Lacey. “We really want to push people to be skiing midweek. Take a sick day here and there, because obviously, parking can be an issue here… or, if they do come on the weekend, come early and stay late. Stay in the Village, come early, grab breakfast here, you know, you’re going to have a much more enjoyable day if you do that.”

The lift lines were long at Northstar over the holiday weekend, with many waiting long periods of time.
Provided/Kierra Keller

Heavenly Mountain Resort Director of Communications Sara Roston reported that Vail Resorts are working tirelessly to bring a great experience to every guest on the mountain, while they faced challenges throughout the heavy snowfall periods. 

“The Heavenly team has been working day and night to recover from the challenges caused by the weather,” said Roston. “In particular, we experienced a power outage on the Nevada side of the mountain, which created some unusual operational difficulties this holiday period.” 

The outage took out three lifts, leaving California Main Lodge as the only access point throughout the holiday weekend and led to massive traffic and parking issues, the Tribune previously reported. Fortunately, power was restored and services continued on the mountain. 

The large storms and huge number of people visiting the basin come in waves, and depend on the weather and advisories from agencies around the basin. 

Heavenly team members were busy digging out Tamarack lift and others following heavy snowfall.

“When a storm is coming most travelers have heeded the advice of Caltrans, NDOT, and Highway Patrol about road conditions to monitor and delay travel until safe,” said Lake Tahoe Visitor Authority President and CEO Carol Chaplin. “When the roads have been cleared and it’s safe and easier to get here, winter enthusiasts have been enjoying the powder-filled conditions.” 

Although the visitor authority does not have formal statistics compiled for South Lake Tahoe, they’ve communicated with the lodging, dining, and attractions here in the basin and understand that while peak periods were temporarily impacted, there has been a surge during the post-holidays due to snow creating ideal conditions on the mountains. 

“There was a temporary hit while the storm was here,” said President and Chief Strategist of SMG Consulting Carl Ribaudo. “Typically [tourism is] impacted while we’re getting pounded by snow and digging out and all that. But I think it helps over the long run of the winter. People know we have terrific outdoor recreation conditions, so it’s a short term hit. But you hope that you can make it up over the course of the winter season.” 

Upsides of heavier winter snowfall are longer winter seasons for outdoor recreation.

“It’s a balance,” said Ribaudo. “We don’t really have a choice.” 

There are many looking forward to a longer ski season this winter.

“We believe the outlook is so positive for a longer ski season, we’re placing our bets on it and announcing a Midweek Spring Skiing Lodging Offer on Friday, Jan. 27th,” said Director of Sustainable Tourism for Visit Truckee-Tahoe Siobhan Kenney. “Antidotally, we know from past big winters that when ski areas stay open longer, it has a positive revenue impact on Truckee’s local shops, retailers, and restaurants.”

Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar are all reporting that staffing isn’t a problem currently at their resorts, but Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau President and CEO Andy Chapman said that some places are still trying to find their footing with their teams. 

“There’s definitely still issues with labor and getting workforce,” said Chapman. “But I think businesses are very adaptable. They are looking at different ways of how they are scheduling and doing common days off where the business might have historically been open seven days a week, and now maybe they’re only open six or five days a week … The storms help drive that economic engine here in the wintertime for Tahoe.” 

Tourism in the basin is always a topic of conversation, and was especially after Lake Tahoe was added to Fodor’s No List for 2023 of places to visit, due to an overcrowding/people problem. 

While the name of the list gives the impression tourists shouldn’t visit the area, Chapman reinforced that rather than telling visitors to stay away, it’s important to teach people how to visit responsibly. 

“We are always making sure we’re pushing out real-time, accurate information about what’s going on up here,” said Chapman. “We post on our social channels and our websites about any kind of storm warnings that are coming and links to road reports, because it’s critical that our guests both coming from a drive … as well as our fly market guests are aware of what’s happening.” 

Along with providing accurate information for tourists, Chapman and the other travel agencies in the basin provided an opinion piece to the Tribune that outlined how to practice being a steward while visiting the basin. 

Some of the ways travelers can help is through using the free, public transportation options that are available all around the basin, including TART and TART Connect on the north shore, Lake Link the South Shore, and Mountaineer in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows. 

Being a steward also means leaving Lake Tahoe better than you found it, by properly disposing of trash, choosing re-usable products over single-use plastic, and being mindful and respectful of the environment. 

For more information about traveling to Lake Tahoe, visit visitlaketahoe.com/destination-update or www.gotahoenorth.com/sustainable-travel-pledge

Liberty Utilities announces Maruncic as director of operations

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Liberty Utilities is under new leadership after recently appointing Lindsay Maruncic as senior director of operations.

Maruncic will oversee the day-to-day business as well as the development and implementation of business and organizational strategy, said a news release from Liberty.  

In her previous role as director of renewable energy, Maruncic managed the development and implementation of Liberty’s 100% renewables, net zero initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science, a Master of Business Administration degree in international gas and oil management, a Master of Law in international energy policy and is currently working on a Master of Science degree in finance.

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead Liberty’s operations moving forward and to continue our commitment in providing safe, reliable and sustainable electric service to our customers and communities,” said Maruncic. “We have many important projects and priorities going into 2023, with our continued commitment to safety and reliability top of mind.” 

In 2023, Liberty will continue its focus on wildfire mitigation infrastructure improvements, such as the installation of more covered conductors (wire), fuse replacements, and fast trip sensors. Liberty’s vegetation management program will also continue its critical work of keeping lines and infrastructure clear of potential vegetation hazards to maintain safety and help reduce outages. In addition to safety and reliability projects, Liberty will continue its efforts to reduce dependence on purchased power while further increasing its renewable energy generation portfolio.

“Although the renewable energy projects are exciting and in high demand by a lot of our customers, we recognize the frustration some have had with recent outages, and we are working very hard to evaluate and implement projects that further improve reliability,” said Maruncic. “Living in the mountains comes with serious weather events such as 100 mph winds, snowstorms that result in multiple feet of snow at once, and wildfires, all of which may result in power outages. Liberty continues to prepare for these situations with the goal of reducing the frequency and duration of outages. However, we can’t prevent all outages and there may occasionally be extended outages, so we encourage all of our customers to be prepared for these situations.”

Best Indoor Hobbies You Can Try

Having a hobby is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only does it bring joy and satisfaction, but it also offers numerous other benefits that can help improve your overall well-being. For starters, having a hobby gives you an opportunity to take a break from the stresses of daily life and immerse yourself in something enjoyable. Doing something you love will help reduce stress levels and give you more energy to tackle everyday tasks. Here are some of the best indoor hobbies you can try:

Find the joy of watching sports

Watching sports is a great hobby for many reasons. It can be an enjoyable way to spend time with friends and family, as well as a great way to stay connected with the world of sports. Watching sports also provides an opportunity to learn about different teams, players, and strategies. Finally, watching sports is simply fun, it’s exciting to watch your favorite team compete against their rivals or see a player make a wonderful play that wins the game. If you love basketball, for example, you can also search for nba picks and try to guess scores.

Play new and funny board games

Board games are a great way to spend quality time with family and friends. Not only do they provide hours of entertainment, but they also help to develop important skills such as problem-solving, strategy, and critical thinking. Board games can also be used to teach children about different topics such as math, science, history, and geography. Playing board games is an excellent way for people of all ages to bond and have fun together. It’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just relax with loved ones. Board games can also help improve communication skills by encouraging players to talk about their strategies or discuss the rules of the game. 

Learn creative writing

Creative writing is a great hobby to have for many reasons. It can help you express yourself in ways that you may not be able to do in other forms of communication. Writing can also help you explore different topics and ideas, as well as develop your own unique style and voice. Creative writing can also be a great way to relax and take a break from the stresses of everyday life. It allows you to focus on something positive and creative, rather than worrying about all the things that are going wrong in your life. Additionally, creative writing can help improve your communication skills by teaching you how to effectively communicate with others through words. 

Snowy Sunday ahead for Truckee-Tahoe; Cold temps to follow

TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s going to be windy and snowy to cap the weekend at Truckee-Tahoe followed by cold temperatures that officials say may be the coldest some areas have seen in a decade.

A cold, winter storm will push into the region early Sunday morning and is expected to last into the evening leading to widespread travel difficulties and could impact the Monday morning commute.

The National Weather Service in Reno has in place a winter weather advisory that goes into effect at 4 a.m. and lasts through 7 p.m. for powdery snow accumulations from 4 to 8 inches in the basin and up to a foot above 7,000 feet.

Wind gusts are expected to reach 35 mph and up to 70 mph along ridgetops.

The service warns that even light snowfall can cause travel issues and advises to leave early, drive slowly and be wary of slick roads.

For road conditions, call 511 or visit https://www.nvroads.com  or https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

The storm system will be out of the area Monday leaving “bitterly” cold temps.

Frigid temperatures will settle into the region behind this storm with highs remaining below freezing Monday and possibly Tuesday,” said the service in a statement. “Overnight lows Monday night could be the coldest some locations have seen in 5-10 years. Preparations should be made to protect vulnerable populations and pets from these very cold temperatures. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your pipes are protected from the cold.”

Monday’s high in South Lake Tahoe is forecast to be 21 with an overnight low of zero.

Tuesday’s high will struggle to go above freezing while the low rises back to a more normal range of 17.

Local agencies talk stewardship, announce North Tahoe Community Alliance

STATELINE, Nev. — Many agencies came together on Wednesday, Jan. 24, to discuss Lake Tahoe-wide sustainability plans post pandemic as a part of the Operation Sierra Storm Meteorological Conference, where stewardship was a major theme for solutions moving forward. 

The panel discussion recapped the work being done by agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the Tahoe Fund, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association almost three years after the COVID-19 pandemic began. Initiatives currently happening in communities include “Take Care, Tahoe,” that sees fun images and taglines encourage sustainable recreation in the basin. 

Following the start of the pandemic, visitor agencies and the basin in general were overwhelmed with visitors, and much of the discussion revolved around work that has been done for local communities and tourism since. 

North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Marketing Director Kirstin Guinn announced during the discussion that the association would be transitioning to the North Tahoe Community Alliance in order to serve communities and promote stewardship. 

“We are evolving from an organization that has been charged with maintaining a tourism based economy for the last 65 years, and we’re still doing that for sure,” said Guinn. “Economic health is still a huge part of what we’re doing, but we’re adding some other things in now … Community vitality and environmental sustainability, environmental stewardship, so continuing the stewardship theme.” 

One of the biggest changes that the organization is going to be making is talking with residents, which is a huge transition from a destination marketing organization. In addition, there will be a change from working with businesses to drive visitors through their doors to helping support businesses thrive in throughout the entire year. 

“We’re changing from being a destination marketing organization to a destination management organization,” said Guinn. 

The change is being made possible through the transition of funding for the organization. Previously, the NLTRA was funded by the transient occupancy tax, which was an extra tax for lodging that visitors pay when staying in the area. But when COVID began impacting businesses, it became clear that the residents needed to be involved as well. 

This need led to the creation of the Tahoe Business Improvement District, and the TBID tax. 

“So we’re not just collecting TOT from overnight visitors,” said Guinn. “We’re collecting TBID money from anyone who uses any service … So this new funding source means we have new stakeholders. So now, every business in town is paying the TBID assessment as opposed to just the lodging properties that pay the TOT.” 

The funds from the TBID fund will go to improving the communities in the basin as a whole. 

“We are now all about stewardship education. We promote responsible travel, off-peak season travel,” said Guinn. “We’re looking for people to come up midweek. We’re looking for them to come in the spring and the fall to help support our economy during the slower times. We’re looking to bolster a sustainable year-round economy and we’re advocating for for visitors services for transportation, which is a huge issues around the lake.” 

Workforce housing will be another new purview of the organization, something they hadn’t been a part of before. 

“We were never worried about workforce housing before,” said Guinn. “It was just like, ‘Hey, we went 10,000 people through your door to spend money. You’re welcome.’ And now, they have to close every Tuesday because they don’t have enough staff. So how do we solve that problem instead of sending people through the door?” 

All organizations present agreed that there is a new kind of visitor coming to Lake Tahoe, and it’s the responsibly of local agencies to teach them how to recreate responsibly, while also meeting the needs of local residents and the environment. 

“These are not the traditional Tahoe guests,” said Guinn. “They’re not traditional skiers, they’re not traditional backpackers. They’ve never heard the term leave no trace… So we’re trying to create new behaviors and new awareness and educate people.” 

The NLTRA will officially transition to the North Tahoe Community Alliance on Wednesday, Feb. 1. 

To learn more visit www.northtahoecommunityalliance.com

Pine Nuts: Corporate trust (Opinion)

News reporters tend to mingle with a wider variety of people than those in most other professions. I happen to know this because for fifteen years before Mark Twain tapped me on the shoulder, I was a radio reporter, a malnourished profession at the time that I might have killed-off single-handedly.

Unlike investigative reporters, my motto was, “If It’s Catered It’s News!” And it is amazing how much news you can carry away from a catered corporate event. However, I must caution you, if you are considering getting into the profession of radio news yourself, it can be dangerous…

Not that long ago, maybe forty years, I was covering a swanky corporate soirée when they decided to hold a team-building event. They formed a couple parallel lines of colleagues and called for a volunteer to fall backwards and be caught by this trusting procession, but nobody stepped forward. Well, I was just young enough, and full of enough champagne, to volunteer my services.

While waving bravely to a smattering of applause, I stepped up to the podium of trust.

A big lady, who looked like she had the night off from Big Time Wrestling, helped me into my position, where I was to fall backwards from a slightly elevated perch.

There turned out to be one flaw to this arrangement that had not occurred to me; they did not know me from Adam, and could not have cared a farthing about me unless maybe Eve had been standing up there next to me in period costume.

Just as I was getting situated in my fallback position and everybody was positioned to catch me, there boomed an announcement over the loudspeaker, “LAST CALL!”

A chill ran through my body as the Big Time Wrestling Lady patted me on the chest, and pushed me backwards into my mosh pit, which was suddenly migrating to the hosted bar.

So there I was, falling confidently backwards in midair, alone with my thoughts, waiting for my trusted colleagues to catch me before hitting the hardwood floor, when I realized my trusted colleagues had left me to fend for myself. I actually heard a parting farewell, “Sorry Pal!”

As good fortune would have it, my brother had loaned me a Farmer’s Almanac before leaving home for my reporting assignment, and that Farmer’s Almanac, that I had stuck into my pants, broke my fall to the hardwood floor. The thud I made caught the attention of the Big Time Wrestling Lady. I laid there a moment, hoping somebody might bring me a drink, but nobody did. Then bless her soul, the Big Time Wrestling Lady brought me a pig in a blanket, and confided to me with an earnest whisper into my ear, “You’ll never make it in Big Time Wrestling, Honey.”

I got out of radio news the next morning, and as I was too skinny for Big Time Wrestling, what was next? To be continued…

Letter: Thanks to Truckee-area residents for generosity

To the Editor:

I am writing to thank Truckee​​​-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Generosity throughout contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected over 9.3 million shoebox gifts in 2022. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2022, the ministry is now sending nearly 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

Through shoe boxes — packed with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items — Truckee​​-area volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Through the continued generosity of donors since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 209 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories.

This year, Samaritan’s Purse delivered its milestone 200 millionth shoebox, which was packed on a country-wide tour and then hand-delivered to a young girl in Ukraine.

Across California​​​, shoebox packers often shop for deals on shoebox items throughout the year, and many serve at a deeper level by becoming a year-round volunteer. Information about ways area participants can get involved year-round can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 714-432-7030.

Although local drop‑off locations for gifts are closed until Nov. 13-20, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a shoebox gift online in just a few simple clicks at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline.

These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Lizette Miller, Samaritan’s Purse

Lake Tahoe Sports – Everything You Need to Know

If you’re a Lake Tahoe resident and want to know more about what kind of sports you can do in your local area, you have come to the right place. You might also be residing in other parts of the US, and thinking about making a move to a popular destination. In that case, this read might be relevant for you too. Lake Tahoe is famous for many reasons, one of them being an amazing skiing destination, with some of the best skiing resorts worldwide. 

If you like sports Lake Tahoe is a paradise for you, with options all year around. In the winter you can enjoy magnificent winter sports options, such as skiing and snowboarding. But in the summer seasons, this place is also a haven for outdoor sports as well. If you prefer indoor sports, such as basketball, baseball, and football, don’t worry you’ll find these here as well. For information about March Madness picks in terms of sport, have a look at the link. 

On the website, you can read sports news for NFL, NHL, soccer, and boxing, as well as many others. If you’re into sports betting you can also check current odds out. For more info, check the link above. 

Winter Sports in Lake Tahoe

When the winter season hits Lake Tahoe, it’s a paradise for winter-loving people. In Lake Tahoe, one of the best skiing resorts is Palisades Tahoe, which was once the host place for the Olympic Winter Games. Of other popular skiing destinations in Lake Tahoe, you’ll find Heavenly Ski Resort, Northstar California, and Kirkwood Ski Resort.

Enjoy the outdoors

Whether you like adventure sports or prefer to do them at a slower pace, you can be sure to find something suitable. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, which means a lot of water sports are available. Sports like water skis, wakeboarding, and wake surfing are all options there. You can also sail in kayaks or do SUP boarding. 

If you’re not so much of a fan of water, you can also go on numerous hikes in the beautiful area. You’ve got the beautiful lake to walk around, but also the dramatic mountain scenery from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. If you like tranquil scenery you have to check out Emerald Bay. 

Biking is also widely popular around Lake Tahoe. For more information about the many sports options, have a look online.