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July 31, 2014
NorCal wildfire destroys 10 homes; smoke filtering into Truckee area

PLYMOUTH, Calif. — Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight. East of Sacramento, the Sand Fire has burned about 3,800 acres, roughly 6 square miles, of steep, rugged terrain near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties since Friday, according to the California Department of …

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Truckee’s Squeeze In ready to franchise; opens Bay Area location

RENO, Nev. — For years, Squeeze In has assiduously collected contact information from customers through its EggHead Club loyalty program. The work is paying off in a big way this month as the Truckee-based restaurant chain takes a giant step out of its home market into Silicon Valley. And the expansion into a new market is preparing the company as it begins a franchise-sales program that’s planned to launch 10 locations within the next couple of years. The new location in Redwood City, the fifth …

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35 people displaced, rooms destroyed in Tahoe hotel fire

A fire that broke out at the Deerfield Lodge in South Lake Tahoe destroyed or severely damaged at least six rooms and five vehicles and displaced 35 people late Wednesday night. Nearly a third of the hotel was heavily damaged by the fire, and was charred black and still dripping water Thursday morning while investigators examined the scene for a cause. Two people were seriously injured when they jumped off a second-story balcony to escape. They were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatmen …

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Lake Tahoe resort investigated for dumping pool water

A South Lake Tahoe resort is being investigated for dumping an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of chlorinated pool water into a city stormwater infiltration basin near Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, located near Ski Run Marina, is not expected to face any fines or cleanup costs from the city of South Lake Tahoe or the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. The resort fired several workers for the illicit discharge and has agreed to create a pool drainage management plan to …

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Creek near Lake Tahoe has elevated E. coli levels (updated)

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Placer County has issued a health advisory for residents to avoid water contact with Griff Creek on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The Placer County Environmental Health Department issued the advisory Wednesday afternoon; it includes the bridge where the creek widens and ponds. The location is fenced off, and warning signs are up. “There is currently no health concern involving the waters of Lake Tahoe or any of the surrounding beaches …

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Low water levels taking toll on Lake Tahoe rec businesses

For Larry Boerner, the region’s recent rainfall comes as a relief amid California’s ongoing drought. “The water we can get is a blessing,” said Boerner, owner of the commercial vessel Tahoe Gal. “It could add another day to our existence this summer.” Normally, the side-wheeler that offers cruises on Lake Tahoe operates from mid-May to mid-October, but with low water levels due to the drought, its season may be cut short. “By the end of September, it’s going to be a wait and see where the lake …

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New Catholic academy replaces defunct Saint Theresa School

Parents and former teachers of Saint Theresa School, which closed its doors earlier this year as a result of low enrollment, have teamed up with community members to create a new private Catholic school in the same South Lake Tahoe location, according to a public announcement Monday. The Lake Tahoe Catholic Academy will open its doors to students this fall, offering preschool through eighth grade classes with an emphasis on enhanced academic standards. For the most part, LTCA will function simi …

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Lake Tahoe drone company surveys skies as feds work on regulation

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On a clear Saturday earlier this month, Lloyd Garden pilots a remote-controlled, camera-outfitted aircraft near the clear waters of Lake Tahoe. He’s flying a drone, and such devices are seeing increased use across the country — while the Federal Aviation Administration struggles to regulate commercial operation. “I really think it’s that unique perspective that nobody has ever seen before,” said Garden, who, along with Brad Flora, owns Incline Village-based Drone Promoti …

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