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July 3, 2015
Volunteers sought to clean trashed Tahoe beaches after Fourth of July

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — As thousands of visitors look to ring in the Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe, hundreds of volunteers will hit area beaches on Sunday, July 5, from 8:30 a.m. to noon to remove trash they will undoubtedly leave behind.In what the League to Save Lake Tahoe bills as “the largest beach cleanup of the year for Lake Tahoe,” volunteers will scour the sand at Commons Beach and the Kings Beach State Recreation Area beach on the North Shore, and Nevada, Regan and Kiva beaches to the south …

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Lake Tahoe fire-spotting camera saw Washington blaze in first hour

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The fire-spotting camera network at Lake Tahoe that was tracking the Washington Fire saw the first signs of smoke an hour before the blaze was reported.The Nevada Seismological Laboratory’s AlertTAHOE cameras spotted the first wisps of smoke coming from the site of the blaze at 3:50 p.m. June 19, an hour before it was reported, according to a news release from the University of Nevada, Reno.But because no one saw it at the time, the fire grew to several thousands of acres in …

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SUP Tahoe reflects on move, business

A year after pulling up stakes and navigating uncertain waters, SUP Tahoe-Stand up Paddle owners and husband/wife team Brandon Miller and Jessica Howitt have continued to strive.SUP Tahoe opened its doors in 2012 in the building now occupied by BevMO! in the “Y” at highways 50 and 89 with 12 paddle boards.“We originally began with the goal of doing rentals and saw the demand for retail sales,” Miller said.In 2014, both SUP Tahoe and its neighbor, South Shore Bikes, were given the notice to vacat …

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California drought: Tahoe officials urge curbing outdoor watering during high season

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — While statistics suggest residents are curbing water use, officials are urging more conservation as the region enters the high-summer period that historically sees greater consumption.The North Tahoe Public Utility District is reporting a 35 percent reduction in residential water use for May, with 96.9 gallons per capita, per day in 2015, compared to 149 gallons in 2013.The district attributes this to several factors, including public outreach, customers working to reduce …

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Cycle Celebration honors Tahoe bicycle champions

People pedaled to a good cause Saturday at the Cycle Celebration at Heavenly Village as the Tahoe Bike Challenge wrapped up.Vendors set up a bicycle valet, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) broke out its various displays of bicycle projects and priorities in the Basin, and a small bicycle parade ensued around 2 p.m. Adults and children engaged in a turtle race to determine who the slow and steady bicycle rider was, while others engaged in a tire tube changing contest.Hundreds of participants …

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Lake Tahoe's newest rescue boat, at a cool $275,000, hits the water

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — There’s that old saying, “if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.”Two operators of Washoe County Sheriff’s Office’s brand-new Marine 9 patrol boat are putting the phrase into practice.“I love it,” said Deputy Noah Boyer while aboard the Titan T280 Pilot aluminum boat on Lake Tahoe Monday morning, a day before the new and improved Marine 9 was scheduled to be christened.Boyer and fellow Marine 9 navigator and operator, WCSO deputy sheriff Michael J. Fox …

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Workshop highlights Regan Beach

Regan Beach, South Lake Tahoe’s oldest city park and recreation facility, has a lot of advantages, including being a neighborhood beach that’s dog-friendly.That’s how Daniel Vega saw it as he tossed a flying disc for Rizzo, his black lab-pointer mix dog, last Wednesday at Regan Beach water dog park area.“It’s really enjoyable,” Vega said. “It’s been a good thing for the dogs because the water’s so low this year.”While he hasn’t used much of other facilities, such as the concession stand or the v …

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Truckee mom uses son's memorial fund to support mental health awareness

TRUCKEE, Calif. — With her son’s memory on her mind and forever in her heart, one local mother is working hard to continue his legacy of helping others.“He was very compassionate, sensitive, loving,” said Truckee resident Diana Bell-Curtis, about her son, Robert Clayton McDonnell Jr. “He was always there to help a friend; he was always there to help an elder. He was just always there to help others.“I think what he’s doing is guiding me. He’s helping me to keep his legacy alive.”Launched in July …

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