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July 23, 2014
Mark Rypien roars to ACC win

STATELINE — It was a finish for the ages. Mark Rypien finished eagle-birdie-birdie for 12 points to grab the weather-delayed 25th annual American Century Championship Sunday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The event was delayed approximately three hours because of rain, thunder and lightning in the area, which knocked out power in Carson City, Douglas County and areas of Lake Tahoe. Rypien, who won $125,000, finished with 76 points thanks to a record-tying 33 points in the final round. He tied Bi …

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Arson suspected in North Tahoe restaurant fire; 3 arrested (updated)

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — One adult male and two juveniles have been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a Wednesday evening Lake Tahoe restaurant fire. Ramon Mendoza Valdez, 20, of Incline Village was booked into Washoe County Jail Thursday evening, said Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Bob Harmon. Valdez faces six charges — 2 counts of first-degree arson; 1 count of third-degree arson; 2 counts of graffiti and/or defacing property; and 1 count of contributing to the delinq …

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Hard Rock hotel and casino coming to Lake Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. — Rumors of a Hard Rock hotel coming to Lake Tahoe proved to be true Thursday, after weeks of speculation as to what would become of the old Horizon Casino Resort. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, a fully integrated gaming resort planned for the South Shore, will replace what was once the Horizon when renovations wrap up in late 2014 or early 2015, according to an official announcement made at Heavenly Mountain Resort. “We’re excited,” said Don Marrandino, a gaming executive …

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Celtics legend Bill Russell collapses during Tahoe speech

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe. Team spokesman Brian Olive says the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe resort, but was planning on returning home to Seattle this evening. Witness Michael Rooney tells The Associated Press that Russell was telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain to a roomful of Konica Minolta employees wh …

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Squaw/Alpine CEO Andy Wirth: Resorts ‘will be connected in near future’

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Between a proposal to expand the Village at Squaw and a separate effort to incorporate Olympic Valley, the famed Sierra location of the 1960 Winter Olympics could see big changes in the future. The Sierra Sun recently sat down with Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, discussing everything from past decisions to potential ones. Below is an excerpt of the Q-and-A: ------ Sierra Sun: In 2010 you became president/CEO of Squaw Valley, and this S …

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Lake Tahoe food bank expanding to handle growing regional demand

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With empty bags and carts in hand, people eyed displays of bread, eggs, nectarines, potatoes and other food before making selections to take home. This scene didn’t unfold at a local grocery store, rather at Project MANA’s weekly food distribution Tuesday at the Community Arts Center in Truckee. “It’s real helpful,” said George Molt, a Truckee resident who uses the service. “… I usually run out of food stamp allocations before the end of the month.” The ability to pic …

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European hostels influence local business owners

From running with bulls in Spain to sleeping on beaches in France, to backpacking around Europe to working at hostels in Asia, it’s clear the owners of the new Mellow Mountain Hostel in South Lake Tahoe have had their share of nomadic experiences. At 23 years old, Elias Small and Wolfie Shapiro — two friends who grew up together and moved to Lake Tahoe when they were 18 — share several stories about the people they’ve met and the places they’ve been while traveling together. A few years ago, the …

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California State Parks takes over ops at more North Tahoe properties

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — California State Parks has taken over operations at several California Tahoe Conservancy-owned beaches and parcels along the North Shore. As of July 1, the state has been running North Tahoe Beach, Moon Dune Beach, Kings Beach Plaza, Coon Street Corner, Secline Beach, Sandy Beach, Sun and Sand Beach Easement and Steamers Beach. “We are confident that state parks will provide the high level of service that beach users expect, and we are working to make sure the transition is …

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