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April 17, 2014
Truckee woman killed had headphones on, couldn’t hear train coming

TRUCKEE, Calif. — In what officials are calling a tragic accident, a local woman died Wednesday after a train struck her while she jogged on the tracks near the Truckee River. The Truckee Police Department received a report at 1:40 p.m. of a person hit by a train on the Union Pacific Railroad underneath and east of the Highway 267 overpass, according to a statement. First responders soon found the body of Janaki Rose Hayes, 27, of Truckee, on the side of the tracks. An investigation determined …

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South Lake Tahoe resident saved by 9-year-old son

South Lake Tahoe resident John Taylor laid next to his wrecked snowmobile Sunday while his 9-year-old son, Bode Beirdneau, dug him out of the deep snow in the Blue Lakes area of Alpine County. The lower half of Taylor’s body was trapped under the snowmobile after it struck a tree at speeds of at least 30 mph. Taylor said the gas had gotten stuck, and he tried jumping off seconds before the collision. However, momentum threw him back into the snowmobile, sucking him into the tracks and snapping h …

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Squaw CEO questions Olympic Valley finances, viability

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — The CEO of Squaw Valley and others are questioning the proposed town of Olympic Valley’s economic viability and whether incorporation may decrease service levels throughout the greater North Tahoe/Truckee region. In an April 7 letter to Placer County’s Local Agency Formation Commission, Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, urged the agency to carefully review the Incorporate Olympic Valley proposal, weighing evidence in support and against th …

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Clock is ticking for Tahoe’s Boulder Bay project

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Faced with an April 27 deadline to begin construction, the company planning redevelopment of the aging Tahoe Biltmore seeks permission to start work on facilities to protect water quality. The request from attorneys for Boulder Bay LLC comes as the sound of ticking clocks grows louder for the company. Most pressing is a deadline this month to begin construction — some construction, at least — on the project in Crystal Bay to meet the terms of a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency …

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South Tahoe faces aging snow fleet

After another winter with little snowfall, South Lake Tahoe officials are talking about their need to increase a parcel assessment to upgrade the city’s aging snow removal fleet. “We made it through this winter, but that wasn’t much of a test,” said Ray Jarvis, director of public works. “We’re almost to 30 years with the same assessment and that’s not a sustainable situation.” South Lake Tahoe established a $20 per improved parcel assessment in 1989 as a way to buy new snow removal equipment. T …

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Sports column: Reflecting on a fallen friend

Mike Ellis was equal parts coach, mentor and friend. He proudly served as head coach of the Truckee High varsity baseball team the past decade, building the program into a perennial contender with a tireless dedication that was second to none. He took players under his wing, taught them about baseball and life, and, as only Ellie could do, made them laugh from the gut when times seemed bleak. Above all, though, he was a warm-hearted friend, as genuine as they come, ready and willing to go to b …

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Scientists: Consistent monitoring of Tahoe’s nearshore critical

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Over the years, Bob Zimmerman has noticed more algae growth in the shallows of Lake Tahoe. “(There’s) certainly more density in the summer,” the part-time Tahoe City resident said. “... It’s hard to know how that really translates to lake quality.” He’s not alone in his observation. “There have been increases in complaints over the years from the public, even the scientists observe that things are changing anecdotally,” said Alan Heyvaert, a limnologist and acting senior …

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Two film production companies move to Lake Tahoe

Two film and media production companies from Los Angeles — one with a focus on the wine industry and one with a focus on filming extreme sports — relocated to Lake Tahoe this week. WINERAM Productions creates professional video content — including the documentary television series “WINERAM” — that spotlights winemakers, wineries, travel and more. The other company, West-Grant Productions, emphasizes extreme sports, but also does work in the wedding industry. The company decided to move after sh …

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