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March 4, 2015
Lake Tahoe storm brings 2 feet of snow, cross-country resorts reopen

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — More than two feet of snow blanketed the region after a storm swept through the Sierra this weekend, bringing winter back to Lake Tahoe and likely ensuring the 2014-15 ski season will last into spring.Squaw Valley appeared to come out the big winner, as the resort northwest of Lake Tahoe on Sunday reported 32 inches of snow at upper mountain, while neighboring Alpine Meadows got 28 inches.Meanwhile, Diamond Peak in Incline Village reported 24 inches had fallen by early Su …

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Aging Tahoe snow fleet spurs exploration of ballot measure

El Dorado County is investigating the feasibility of a 2016 ballot measure that could ask Lake Tahoe property owners to pay more for snow removal services in the Basin.The county is exploring the option to help fund the replacement of expensive and aging snow equipment in the area. Many of the snowplows and motor graders used to clear snow on the Tahoe side of the county are nearing their replacement date or are already past due.Out of 23 motor graders, rotary snow blowers and dump truck plow an …

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Leonard Nimoy – Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ former Tahoe homeowner — dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm count …

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Tahoe’s Kevin Murnane remembered for vast community support (updated)

TAHOE CITY, Calif. —Residents and business owners are rallying around the family of Kevin Murnane, whose efforts to promote cross-country skiing have led to tremendous gains in outdoor recreation recognition across the greater Tahoe-Truckee region.Murnane died Tuesday night near the trails at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, the business he operated the past 15 years.He was 44.“It’s just a tragic loss for the community at large. When something like this happens, all other issues kind of fall by the …

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Tahoe-Truckee students boozing less, still above Calif. average, survey says

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — While Tahoe Truckee Unified School District students are reporting less alcohol use than in years past, their rate of consumption remains higher than the state average.This is just one of the findings from the 2014 California Healthy Kids Survey, which asks students questions on substance use, physical and mental health, safety, school connectedness and learning supports.Fifty-three percent of 11th-graders reported no alcohol use in the past 30 days — up from 48 percent f …

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Placer County officials OK purchase of South Lake Tahoe motel

Placer County officials have authorized staff to purchase the A&A Lake Tahoe Inn in South Lake Tahoe for about $1.4 million.With a unanimous vote by county supervisors, a resolution was approved Tuesday to execute a purchase and sale agreement with WBW Property Holdings Corporation, the owners of the A&A motel.Following the authorization, county staff will now work on finalizing the deal.The county’s goal in buying the property is to demolish the building and restore the land so Placer can obtai …

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Developers submit design plans for next portion of the Chateau project

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Developers of the long-proposed Chateau project have turned in design plans for the next phase of work.According to a design document submitted to the city, the next step of the project will focus on building a 32-unit condo-hotel and about 19,000 square feet of retail. A pool, hot tub, fire pit and barbeque are also included.The lodging units themselves will be one, two or three bedrooms and are designed similar to those of Marriott’s in Heavenly Village, said Lew Feldman, th …

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California drought: More work needed as water conservation sees positive results at Lake Tahoe, Truckee

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — While residents’ efforts to conserve water are helping, officials say locals must continue such practices as a multi-year drought grips California and other western states with no immediate relief in sight.In 2014, the Tahoe City Public Utility District pumped 413.3 million gallons of water, slightly above the lowest production amount on record — 408.4 million gallons in 1980.“These results are really astounding, especially when you consider we had just over 2,900 water conn …

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