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February 1, 2015
Fire captain faces federal child porn charge

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- South Lake Tahoe Fire Department Capt. Mark Wygant was federally charged with receiving child pornography Friday morning. Only one charge was presented against Wygant in federal court, but an affidavit, filed by FBI special agent Glenn G. Norling, alleged there is probable cause to believe Wygant violated at least two more pornography sections of the federal law. Those allegations included possession of child pornography material and producing child pornography material. The …

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Tahoe woman hospitalized after slamming into tree, flipping car

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A Lake Tahoe woman was hospitalized Friday after she crashed her car into a tree in front of Rookies Sports Bar, officials said. The 2001 Subaru Forester she was driving was traveling eastbound on Highway 28 when it veered off the roadway at about 2:20 p.m. and hit a rock, causing it to go “slightly airborne” before hitting a tree and flipping over, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Longshore said at the scene. The Incline Village woman, whose name wasn’t immedia …

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Snow survey reflects dismal January

A virtually dry January was reflected bleakly in the results of the second manual snow survey at Phillips station Thursday morning. “The absence of precipitation in January, normally California’s wettest month, has combined with warmer-than-average temperatures to produce a dismally meager snowpack for a drought-stricken state,” a Department of Water Resources press release stated. “We had a pretty decent start in December and then it just fell apart,” Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Coop …

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Shallow water at Lake Tahoe leads to halted cruise operations

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Shallow waters at Lake Tahoe have forced Lake Tahoe Cruises to suspend operations on the Tahoe Queen and Tahoe Paradise, leaving the company’s cruise business high and dry for the time being. The decision was announced Friday after the company completed an evaluation of certain water channels and paths used by the ships during tours, said David Freireich, spokesman for Lake Tahoe Cruises’ parent company, Aramark. “We will continue to monitor the lake’s water level and will res …

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Tahoe development no longer part of Martis Valley West (updated)

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — In response to community feedback, the Martis Valley project will no longer include building residential homes within the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Martis Valley West Parcel Project, which aims to shift a development designation from a large parcel east of Highway 267 to the west for conservation purposes, will instead cluster all development in Martis Valley. “Certain parties have made it clear that conservation in Martis Valley is not their priority,” said Blake Riva, senior …

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe opens to large crowd

STATELINE, Nev. — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe celebrated its grand opening with a mass of people Wednesday night as crowds eagerly awaited a taste of Tahoe’s newest source for lodging and entertainment. Guests watched as Jon and David Park, members of the family that own the property, shattered an ice-sculpted guitar with sledgehammers and said a few words to kickoff the event. “This is going to be great for our community, great for our families, great for everybody here in the South Sho …

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Dogs doomed to death in Southeast Asian meat trade saved in Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe recently took in three dogs rescued in Thailand that likely would have been killed as part of the illegal dog-meat trade in Southeast Asia. Soi Dog, a Thai rescue organization, saved the animals, then worked with HSTT to shelter the trio and find them homes, according to a press release. The dogs arrived in Truckee Jan. 18.  This is the first time HSTT has taken in animals from an international shelter, according to the nonprofit, and is only …

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Six Tahoe skiers named to U.S. World Champs team

The Lake Tahoe area will be well represented at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., from Feb. 2-15. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named 26 racers to its World Championship team, including Squaw Valley skiers Julia Mancuso, Travis Ganong and Marco Sullivan, as well as Truckee natives Stacey Cook and Tim Jitloff, and Diamond Peak/Sugar Bowl skier Lila Lapanja. Joining the Tahoe contingent will be World Champions Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety, Bode Miller and Mik …

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