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October 25, 2014
Tahoe-Truckee hospitals taking extra Ebola precautions

TRUCKEE, Calif. — As Ebola deaths mount in West Africa, and with cases confirmed now in the United States and Spain, regional health officials are preparing for the unlikely scenario of the deadly virus making its way to California and Nevada. Within Tahoe Forest Health System and at the main hospital branches in Truckee and Incline Village, staff is taking extra steps to ensure infected patients, should any be admitted, are isolated and treated as quickly as possible. “I think it’s important fo …

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Are California agencies using flawed appraisal systems to grab open space?

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Close observers of conservation land purchases in California are calling for greater transparency and accountability from state agencies that distribute hundreds of millions of dollars in public money on an annual basis. On a local level, the Truckee Donner Land Trust has executed roughly 42 purchases — some funded with public money — overall varying in size from about 300 acres to more than 7,000 acres of open space since 1990, when a small group of hikers bought a 160-acre p …

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Contract changes approved

It was an emotional City Council meeting at Lake Tahoe Airport on Friday, as new contracts were approved for nearly all of the city’s employees in a moment described as “transformational” by officials. Helping the city reduce millions of dollars in future debt brought on by rising health care costs, employee bargaining units have agreed to eliminate retiree health coverage for those who have not yet retired, as well as other changes to benefits and wages. The overhaul will result in a positive n …

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Unwanted visitors: keeping bears away

It happens often. You return home to find that your front door has been ripped apart and that your belongings have been littered all over the place. The culprit, however, won’t be prosecuted. Often, the person found responsible for the break-in is the homeowner or renter. As winter approaches, bears are foraging for food and consuming between 25,000 and 35,000 calories per day as they prepare for hibernation. If they smell appetizing food in someone’s home, a shut and locked front door or wind …

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Incline Village trash complaints see big increase in past year

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — After a year of more aggressive trash enforcement, wildlife-related complaints have increased greatly in the community — and so, too, has public awareness, officials said. From Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2014, IVGID has fielded roughly 300 complaints specific to wildlife, said Public Works Manager Joe Pomroy, including those called in and from what the district’s trash inspector has found in the field. During the same timeframes in 2011-12 and 2012-13, IVGID had about 100 called …

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Officials assessing future of Incline Village beaches

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With record-setting attendance at the beaches this summer in the rear-view mirror, officials want resident feedback on the future of IVGID’s hottest venues. Incline Village General Improvement District General Manager Steve Pinkerton is hosting a “Beach Facility Open House” from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at The Chateau. There, residents can expect to hear about the past and present status of Incline, Ski and Burnt Cedar beaches; view displays; and speak with district …

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Ownership of Zephyr Cove fire lookout tower in dispute

The future location of a lookout tower in Zephyr Cove that is eligible to be placed in the National Register of Historic Places is on hold as the U.S. Forest Service and the landowner where the tower currently sits dispute ownership of the structure. The ownership dispute stems from a struggle over the right location for the iconic tower, as U.S. Forest Service personnel attempt to relocate the tower approximately 11 miles away from its current location at the top of Lookout Road in Zephyr Cov …

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29 countries at search and rescue conference

Hundreds of search and rescue professionals from 29 countries are getting ready to leave Lake Tahoe’s South Shore today, after spending most of the week brushing up on current mountain rescue procedures and alpine medicine techniques. They were attending the 2014 ICAR-CISA Congress, held at Harvey’s Resort and Casino from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10. The International Commission for Alpine Rescue holds its annual congress at a different location each year, but chose to come to the U.S. this year for the …

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