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Where we rise and set

February 16, 2018 — Soon, the Sun will shine brighter on Truckee. Cheesy, I know. But true. The community has grown enough and is distinct enough to merit more focus than a paper and breaking news website can reach also trying to be all things around the north shore

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Law Review: Buy a home in foreclosure at your peril

February 16, 2018 — It's fair to say that most of us like a good deal. There's nothing wrong with that. One potentially good deal you should be very careful about: buying a home in foreclosure. Whether trying to help a friend in foreclosure or looking to buy a

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Monica Senter: Understanding the new era of Cannabis Regulation

February 14, 2018 — With the passage of Prop 64, the cannabis industry is now considered a "highly regulated" industry, similar to alcohol and tobacco. This is important to understand because the State now applies controls on the cannabis industry from "seed to sale." The regulations are hefty, and

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Pine Nuts: World’s slowest driver revealed

February 14, 2018 — Yes, the world's slowest driver has been unmasked, and it is I. Truth be told, I'm holding out for the first self-driving car. You might be shouting right now to anyone in earshot, "Hey let's start a crowd fund for this guy, and get him

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Sandoval brings structure to state’s education system

February 9, 2018 — When Brian Sandoval first ran for governor of Nevada in 2010, he made a twofold promise to voters. He promised to diversify Nevada's economy, which had historically relied on gaming and mining, and he promised to fix Nevada's K-12 public education system, which has historically

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A girl and her dog

February 9, 2018 — Olivia is 16 years old and talks to her dog, a Border Collie she named "Guess" in case anybody asked. "We're going to save the world, you & me." Guess wags his tail and Olivia tosses him a bone. "I don't believe nuclear weapons generate

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Law Review: Prescriptive easement law clarified

February 3, 2018 — Most of you have heard of a prescriptive easement. This interesting legal theory often comes into play when one property owner inadvertently builds over the property line of a neighbor or when a driveway or path has been used over someone else's property. Can the

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Pine Nuts: Another colonscopy exam

February 2, 2018 — Dr. Samuel Johnson told us: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." I submit the same can be said today as it relates to a colonoscopy. I've only had one, 10

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Positive changes are in store for the Sierra Sun, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Tahoe Tribune

February 1, 2018 — Change is coming to the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. Beginning on Friday, Feb. 16, the Tahoe Tribune’s Friday edition, with new Incline Village news and content, will be delivered and distributed to the same locations as the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. The final standalone edition

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On Politics: The weight of Medicaid in Nevada

February 1, 2018 — My last column dealt with efforts to "repeal and replace" Obamacare (Affordable Care Act or "ACA"). To briefly review, the original Obamacare bill was introduced and passed in 2010 in a highly unusual manner with no debate and no amendments so the majority of its

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Changes in store for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Tahoe Tribune

January 31, 2018 — We have heard you. Over the last several months, we’ve been actively asking questions and listening to our community. As a result, change is coming to you, and to the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. On Friday, Feb. 16, the Tahoe Tribune, with new Incline Village

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Thomas Elias: Will California produce a possible president?

January 29, 2018 — From the time this year's California political campaigns began taking shape last fall, they've had the potential to produce the state's most viable presidential candidate in almost half a century. It may be about time. For California has not provided the nation with a president

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Opinion: Selfish take on Sierra backcountry — steer clear of Carson Pass

January 27, 2018 — Two thrilling pillow lines and a cruise-fest through trees —1,000 feet of descent and it took hardly anytime to make it happen. Carson Pass is heaven for skiing in winter. Or wait, no it’s not. Everybody should just drive right on by the parking area

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On Politics: Setting the stage to delegate health care

January 26, 2018 — As this is being written, the United States has no budget and no congressional continuing resolution to spend; "non-essential" government personnel and services will not be funded, even "essential" services (military, Social Security, etc.) are threatened if this drags on too long, Democrats are pointing

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Law Review: Joint bank account: Who gets the money?

January 26, 2018 — When an elderly person with a joint bank account dies, do the funds in the account belong to the deceased's estate or do they go to the additional signer/co owner of the account? That question, analyzed by the California Court of Appeal in "Estate of

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Guest column: 100 percent renewable energy resolutions

January 24, 2018 — In 2017, mountain communities across the Sierra committed to 100 percent renewable energy. On April 18 and Nov. 28, respectively, the South Lake Tahoe City Council and the Truckee Town Council unanimously passed resolutions to transition their communities to 100 percent renewable electricity and energy.

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Guest Column: California must follow Trump’s lead and cut taxes

January 19, 2018 — President Trump's federal tax reform held up a mirror to tax-loving California politicians and they are afraid of what they saw. At major issue to the panicked progressive political class is the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, which, until now, has allowed taxpayers who

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Opinion: A life-changing experience

January 19, 2018 — This story doesn't have a happy ending. But I believe it has a timely message. We frequently hear in the national media about issues with law enforcement. Whether it's a cop making a questionable shooting, general heavy-handedness, or the massive exposure Colin Kaepernick found protesting

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Guest Column: What’s not being reported about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

January 18, 2018 — The new year greets us with a tax reform bill, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." But in a blizzard of misinformation, Democratic politicians and media pundits have called it a disaster, a giveaway to corporations and the rich, a tax increase on the middle

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On Politics: DACA negotiations likely to continue

January 18, 2018 — Wow. President Donald Trump utters a relatively normal (for Trump), factually accurate characterization in a closed, private meeting with a few Senate leaders and everyone comes unglued. World leaders elbowed their ways to microphones to condemn Trump's "racist" remark about the lack of sanitary sewers

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