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September 23, 2014
Dense smoke warning in effect Tuesday; King Fire nears 90,000 acres

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Another dense smoke advisory will be in effect Tuesday for the greater Tahoe region as the King Fire continues to rage west of the lake. The fire is up to 89,574 acres as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, and it’s at 35 percent containment. Roughly 12,000 single residences and 9,000 other minor structures continued to be threatened. Evacuations were ordered for more than 2,800 people. The blaze started near the south fork of the American River, just northeast of Pollock Pines, Calif., roughly …

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Public review coming soon for Sierra rezoning development proposal

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated from an earlier version to reflect that when Sierra Watch signed on to the original Martis Valley Opportunity Agreement in 2013, the TRPA application for development in the Lake Tahoe Basin was not part of it. TRUCKEE, Calif. — Public review will begin soon on a rezoning proposal that would protect thousands of acres of land in Martis Valley — while also allowing several acres of development in the Tahoe Basin. The project — part of an agreement fina …

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Others join Squaw Valley in seeking exclusion from proposed town

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Several property owners have joined Squaw Valley ski resort, Squaw Valley Lodge and Resort at Squaw Creek in requesting exclusion from the proposed town of Olympic Valley. “PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn ... feels strongly that we have the appropriate representation from our local government, both county officials and elected official(s), all of whom we support,” wrote Hilary Newsom, president of PlumpJack Group, in a July 29 letter to Placer County Local Agency Formation Co …

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Man, 37, suspected of starting King Fire; bail set at $10 million

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A man has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately setting the King Fire. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, of Pollock Pines, Calif., has been charged with arson. He is being held in El Dorado County Jail on $10 million bail. Calfire and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers, in conjunction with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Huntsman Wednesday. “Federal, state and local law enforcement officers work diligently i …

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Lake Tahoe hopes high for big winter; predictions mixed

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated from an earlier version to reflect the correct spelling of, National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Tolby. TAHOE/TRUCKEE — After three consecutive mild winters and an ongoing drought across western states, hopes are high for heavy snowfall this season. “I think most people (here) have a pretty good obsession with snow, but I would say more people are aware of the consequences of the lack of snow beyond just not being able to ski powder days,” s …

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CCC to open up new Tahoe Center in Meyers to public

It has been almost a year since the California Conservation Corps took full control of the new Tahoe Center in Meyers — the final move in successfully replacing an old hotel in town with a fully functioning dorm and base for regional operations. Now, the center is home to more than 80 corpsmembers and the workplace for about 15 staff. It serves as the launching point for many projects both in and out of the Lake Tahoe Basin, including fuels reduction work, trail improvements and more. Passersby …

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After 39 years, North Tahoe Lions Club on verge of folding

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — After 39 years of service, the North Tahoe Lions Club could soon cease activities unless a rejuvenation in membership and interest among younger residents occurs. The Incline Village club — once a thriving branch with more than 50 regular volunteers — now only has six active members, said current President Joe Shackford. Those numbers are dropping, for the most part, due to the Incline community’s aging demographics and a national trend of membership decline among service …

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Community gives dog second chance

Jeremy Heller spent his last day out with his dog Trango, a black and tan, highly-active and perpetually happy 9-month-old shepherd labrador mix, hiking around in the woods and rock climbing on Sept. 8. During the trip, he sustained a wrist injury, that developed complications the following day, but he did not know that would be the least of his worries for the next week. After getting treatment for three days, Heller left the hospital on Sept. 12 thinking that at home Trango, his best friend, w …

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