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Chase adventure in Tahoe this summer

June 28, 2018 — The Lake Tahoe region cannot be fully appreciated until you've explored it from the peaks of her majestic mountains, and by floating atop the lake's crystal-clear waters. So why not create the ultimate family vacation this summer and live life to the fullest with your

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Lake Tahoe’s waters run deep

June 10, 2017 — Whether you call it Big Blue, the Lake of the Sky — or, as Mark Twain so famously wrote in his masterpiece Roughing It, "the fairest picture the whole earth affords" — one thing is for certain: We all are here because of Lake Tahoe.

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Lake Tahoe’s waters run deep

June 10, 2017 — Whether you call it Big Blue, the Lake of the Sky — or, as Mark Twain so famously wrote in his masterpiece Roughing It, "the fairest picture the whole earth affords" — one thing is for certain: We all are here because of Lake Tahoe.

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Former Truckee football coach Bob Shaffer killed in head-on crash

April 2, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — Bob Shaffer, the legendary head coach of the Truckee High School football team from 1995 to 2013, died Saturday night in a head-on vehicle crash outside of Sierraville, officials confirmed Sunday. According to a news release from the California Highway Patrol's Quincy division,

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Across The Universe: Don’t feed the trolls — and other parting words (opinion)

March 29, 2017 — I've written this Across The Universe column off and on over the years, ranging from topics such as current events locally and nationally, advice on handling interesting situations and the evolution of news in a modern era driven by social media and constant change. As

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Across the Universe: Tahoe-Truckee ‘Town Talk’ launches next week (opinion)

March 16, 2017 — Earlier this month, I wrote about our plans at the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Sun to launch a new section in print and online called "Town Talk." Since March 1, I've received via email a variety of fun photos, about both interesting community

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VIDEO: Lake Tahoe ski resorts near 700 inches of snow for season

March 7, 2017 — TAHOE-TRUCKEE — The race is on to 700 inches of snow for Lake Tahoe, and it's almost a dead heat between two of the region's most iconic ski resorts — with a surprisingly (perhaps to some) much-smaller resort right on their tails. As of Tuesday morning,

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Across the Universe: Town Talk: a new way for you to engage (opinion)

March 1, 2017 — As we turn the calendar over to March (by the way, with all the snow we've gotten this year, I'm not sure a Miracle March is needed, but I digress…), I wanted to take time this week to introduce a new section in the North

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Former Lake Tahoe commissioner: Maybe new person ‘will have more luck’

February 27, 2017 — TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Placer County is looking to fill the vacant seat of the Tahoe-area planning commissioner who voted this summer against the controversial Squaw Valley and Martis Valley West redevelopment projects. Mickey Gray, a Donner Summit resident, had held the District 5 seat

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Male snowboarder, 43, dies after falling into tree well at Tahoe-area resort

February 24, 2017 — Update: 7 a.m. Monday: Late Friday, the victim was identified as Michael North, 43, of New Canaan, Connecticut. Northstar California has not released any additional details about the incident. Update: 9:10 a.m. Friday: The person who died Thursday at Northstar was snowboarding, and not skiing, as

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Across the Universe: March madness and sports – to a local flavor (opinion)

February 22, 2017 — Back in November, I made a couple announcements — one meant to be permanent, the other interim — about the future of the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. First, for my "fans" — a tongue-in-cheek way to politely label those who dislike (hate?) me

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Across the Universe: We won’t stop publishing your opinion pieces (opinion)

February 15, 2017 — Recently, we've published many opinion columns and letters to the editor online and in print regarding the state of national politics. As has been the case across the country leading up to Election Day last November — and certainly more so after the election and

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Officials: Rumors false of immigration raids at North Tahoe-Truckee schools

February 15, 2017 — TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Social media rumors are swelling Wednesday, alleging that federal immigration officials are performing sting operations in and around public school locations in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Those rumors are false, according to both the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and an

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Lake Tahoe weather: Heavy rain, mudslides, 150 mph winds, 1-3 feet of snow all possible today, Friday

February 9, 2017 — TRUCKEE, Calif. — February's wet and wild start will continue Thursday and into the weekend, with flood warnings and winter storm warnings both on tap. According to the National Weather Service in Reno, a flood warning is in effect from 6:45 a.m. Thursday through 9:15 a.m.

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Heavy Tahoe rains force closure of U.S. 50, Mt. Rose Highway (update)

February 8, 2017 — UPDATE: 4 p.m. Wednesday: U.S. Highway 50 is completely closed near the Cave Rock area east of Lake Tahoe following three days in which large boulders fell onto the road, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced Wednesday afternoon. Vehicles traveling in both directions were being

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Truckee officials urge caution with flooding, avalanche danger (update)

February 7, 2017 — UPDATE: 1:20 p.m. Tuesday The town of Truckee's Public Works crews are responding to flooded roadways "as personnel and equipment allows," according to a 1:20 p.m. Tuesday statement from the Truckee Police Department. Flooded roadways can be reported to the town at 530-582-7707, officials said,

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8 tips to navigate Tahoe’s casinos on Super Bowl Sunday and beyond

February 2, 2017 — Gambling. The concept that one can turn a single dollar into $100 with the pull of a handle on a slot machine or through the luck of a single number turning up when you spin the roulette wheel — there's just something about a game

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Across The Universe: Dog poop piles aplenty amid the Tahoe snow (opinion)

January 31, 2017 — On Feb. 17, 2016, we published this letter to the editor from Truckee resident Gene Maczek: "Irresponsible, lazy Truckee dog owners hurting our environment." Gene commented about how, on a walk along the Truckee River Legacy Trail with his pup, he was disgusted with the

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Body of Tahoe man, 49, found under 2-3 inches of snow

January 24, 2017 — HOMEWOOD, Calif. — Authorities on Tuesday found the body of a 49-year-old Lake Tahoe man after conducting a welfare check at his West Shore home, an official said. Authorities were called at about 11 a.m. Tuesday to the PDQ Market in Tahoma to investigate a vehicle

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Lake Tahoe weather: Highway 89 reopened after avalanche (updated)

January 23, 2017 — UPDATE: Noon MONDAY: At about noon Monday, Caltrans announced that Highway 89 is now reopened between Truckee and Tahoe City. Further, as the storm passes, the Sierra Avalanche Center has downgrades its avalanche danger to "Considerable" for Monday, Jan. 23. As such, the North Lake Tahoe

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