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SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of a marijuana legalization initiative said Wednesday they have collected enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot in California.The coalition that includes former Facebook president Sean Parker and is backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and marijuana advocacy groups said it has collected 600,000 signatures from registered voters — far more than
Published: May 4, 2016
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with skateboarding and music at South Lake Tahoe’s Skatehouse Skate Park this weekend.The indoor skate bowl will host El Bowlrrito Tres this Saturday, May 7. The skate competition features both amateur and pro competitors and is set to start at 11 a.m. The entrance fee for spectators is $10.The competition is $20 to enter, will be
Published: May 4, 2016
World Champion Magician Joel Ward has returned to the Loft Theatre’s Magic Fusion show and performs through June 14.“Joel Ward’s high-energy, original magic has astonished people throughout the world,” according to a press release for the show. “As he makes things appear and disappear, he presents award-winning magic by combining classical magic with a contemporary touch. Joel’s mind-boggling magical talent
Published: May 4, 2016
Table tennis, dodgeball and badminton will be among the activities at Lake Tahoe Community College’s third annual Community Games this weekend.The games take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in and around the college’s physical education building. The event is hosted by student clubs from the college and is free to attend. Entrance fees benefiting student scholarships
Published: May 4, 2016
JACKIE FLYNNIt’s not very often we get comedian Jackie Flynn up here, so it was a pleasant surprise when we were able to book him this week as a last-minute replacement. He will perform at the Improv with Avi Liberman.Jackie grew up in the Boston area, and when he decided to become a comedian he couldn’t have picked a better
Published: May 4, 2016
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Harrah’s Lakeshow won the Douglas County Parks and Rec flag football Super Bowl on Sunday, April 24, at Ranchos Aspen Park. Harrah’s beat the Alcoballics 46-12 to claim its second straight football title.Harrah’s advanced to the championship game with a 28-14 victory over Davenport Construction. Last summer, the team won the Lake Tahoe league played at Zephyr
Published: May 4, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police and emergency first responders were called to the El Dorado County Superior Court building in South Lake Tahoe Wednesday, May 4, to respond to a suspicious device found in front of the courthouse.The device was described by police as a plastic pipe-like object on top of a newspaper and was found near the courthouse entrance.
Published: May 4, 2016
BIRTHSEmmalynn Rose Dale was born April 27 to Robert Dale and Lindsay Brown of Carson City.James Donnenwirth Lufkin was born April 28 to Joshua and Patricia Lufkin of Zephyr Cove.River Rose Hedrick was born April 29 to Billy Hedrick and Lily Kirkhouse of South Lake Tahoe.Aramis Joshua Sarmiento was born May 1 to Joshua Sarmiento and Luz Juarez-Botello of South
Published: May 4, 2016
Community revitalization is more than changing the course of a highway; it’s about realizing potential for how the community can be designed to effectively meet its current and future needs. Modern affordable housing is a major need and issue here at South Shore as well. By leveraging available opportunities within the U.S. Highway 50 Revitalization Plan, a solution can be
Published: May 4, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With this year’s Amgen Tour of California a little over two weeks away from rolling into the Lake Tahoe Basin, organizers are still seeking volunteers to serve as course marshals for race day, Thursday, May 19.“You get a ringside seat,” Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority events coordinator Mike Frye said. “You don’t have to have any experience.”Volunteers
Published: May 4, 2016
The Heavenly Area Ski Patrol was extremely fortunate to establish an amazing partnership with Ray Villaman and his superb staff at Base Camp Pizza. One of the core values of this establishment is an unwavering support of its community. This was obvious to us when we asked them for help in providing food for our events. They never hesitated, even
Published: May 4, 2016
The last word you want to hear from your veterinarian is cancer. As humans, we know that there are things that we can do to try to prevent some types of cancer. But there are also some things we can do to decrease the chances of our pets getting cancer.FIVE WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR PET’S CANCER RISKHave your pet spayed
Published: May 4, 2016
Have you ever wondered why people who move away stay connected to the comings and goings of Tahoe, even though they are long gone? Or why people lay claim to Tahoe being their home or that they “live” in Tahoe when in fact they live elsewhere or own a second home? The “local or not” debate will always continue. So,
Published: May 4, 2016
TUESDAY OPEN LEAGUEApril 26 resultsKD Builders 67, Hoch Family Creamery 49Dooley Riva (K) 23, Zach Talbot (H) 11BCBC 72, Steamers 63Denzel Perez (S) 25, Steamers: N/AGood D 68, Greater Sierra Insurance 67Juan Cortes (GD) 17, Greater Sierra Insurance: N/AFeldman Law 88, Mott Canyon 79Standings: Feldman Law 5-0, Mott Canyon 4-1, BCBC 4-1, KD Builders 3-2, Steamers 2-3, Good D 2-3,
Published: May 3, 2016
MINDEN, Nev. — After a weekend off, the Whittell track and field team returned to action at the Big George Invitational last Saturday, April 30. Ten athletes competed for the Warriors in the meet at Douglas High, and the team showed continued progress with the postseason nearing.“We are still rolling along and getting a little better,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant
Published: May 3, 2016
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — For the second straight year, the Whittell softball team is headed to the postseason. The Warriors blanked Virginia City 17-0 at Lampe Park last Friday, April 29, to secure a spot in the regional playoffs.“That was one of my goals coming in as a new head coach,” Warriors coach Kelly Megee said. “I’m really proud of the
Published: May 3, 2016
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — In a battle of Div. IV West League unbeatens, the Whittell baseball team came up short. The Warriors lost to Virginia City 11-4 on Friday, April 29, at Lampe Park — unable to keep the undefeated Muckers from a 14th straight victory.“I’m very happy with what happened today,” Warriors coach Tobias Donahue said. “It sucks to lose,
Published: May 3, 2016
STATELINE — Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently announced its 2016 Spirit Award winners. Ben Fish of the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Cyrus Miller, Beth Quandt from Lake Tahoe Unified School District and Lisa Wallace from Truckee River Watershed Council each received awards at TRPA’s monthly board meeting Wednesday, April 27.The agency began honoring
Published: May 3, 2016
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, awards grants to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs that focus on the arts, languages and sciences. Swift Communications is the parent company to Tahoe Daily Tribune.Since 2008, more than $375,000 has been awarded to 145 organizations in the communities
Published: May 3, 2016
I would like to thank Capisce, Mott Canyon Tavern and Grill, Safeway at Round Hill, Ray Sidney and the George Whittell High School Boosters Club for their generous contributions to the STEM GEMS Slumber Party. It wouldn’t have been possible without them.My Girl Scout Gold Award project aimed at addressing the unequal representation of women in STEM fields through a
Published: May 3, 2016
The biggest sale of public land in Southern Nevada in a decade could bode well for the preservation of agriculture in Carson Valley.The Bureau of Land Management sold more than 800 acres of land last Tuesday, April 26, raising $93 million. It marked the largest single-day sale since 2005.That money will go to fund projects under the Southern Nevada Public
Published: May 2, 2016
RENO, Nev. — Organizers of Burning Man are looking to offer flights directly to the festival.The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (http://on.rgj.com/1UlvD4k) that organizers have been reviewing proposals from air carrier services to contract out air shuttle service to get some of the 70,000 attendees to Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert faster. Flights would potentially depart from Reno, San Francisco and Los
Published: May 2, 2016
SEATTLE — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say.The justices refused to hear a challenge to Seattle’s law, which franchise owners said discriminates against them by treating them as large businesses. It comes
Published: May 2, 2016
Bernie ignited a movement with his candidacy. Bringing him onto the Democratic ticket in the fall gives you the best chance of defeating the Republican nominee, and furthermore gives him and his millions of supporters an ongoing voice in the new administration!Scott WelkerZephyr Cove, Nev.
Published: May 2, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In the small country of Nepal, 27.8 million people reside in a space slightly larger than the state of Arkansas. Sandwiched between China and India, the southeast Asian country is home to eight of the 10 highest mountains in the world, including the tallest, Mt. Everest, and has a rich culture rooted in Hindu and Tibetan
Published: May 2, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada casinos reported total win of $922.3 million in March, 3 percent less than the same month last year and the lowest monthly win since October.Gaming Control Board Analyst Mike Lawton said it was generally a soft month with one less weekend day and decreases both in slot and game and table volume.For the casinos in
Published: May 2, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Spring is in the air across the Tahoe Basin, with warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, greener meadows — and trash occasionally strewn around a neighborhood due to mismanaged garbage.As bears begin to emerge from hibernation, wildlife officials are once again urging residents and visitors to be “bear aware” leading up to Memorial Day weekend and the summer
Published: April 29, 2016
Change or get left behind. It’s a motto for business, for the tech sector and apparently also for tourism marketing.In a seemingly ever-growing global travel industry, the status quo just isn’t enough to keep pace. Simply put, people have more options than they used to with expanded world travel and affordable airfare.For a state like California, which annually relies on
Published: April 30, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Tahoe Resource Conservation District announced this week that summer roadside boat inspection operations will resume Sunday, May 1 with additional facilities opening Thursday, May 19. The Meyers, Spooner Summit and Alpine Meadows roadside sites will each open May 1 followed by the Truckee inspections station near the Truckee-Tahoe Airport and the Highway 267 exit of Interstate
Published: April 29, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A decision regarding Tahoe Expedition Academy’s proposal to construct a multi-building private school campus on land in Martis Valley could come as early as next month.The Placer County Planning Commission is scheduled to hear the project and vote whether to approve, deny or continue the item at its May 12 meeting at Tahoe, a county official confirmed.As
Published: May 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — For more than 10 years, the town of Truckee and developers have been blueprinting plans to expand and invigorate the community by developing the Railyard site east of downtown.With the property’s master plan originally approved in 2009, the much-delayed Railyard has been stalled for years due to a lawsuit that lasted two years, and the subsequent financial
Published: May 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee has lots of dogs and dog lovers. What Truckee doesn’t have is a dog park.While some dog owners feel the open space of the Sierra is plenty of room for dogs to roam, other residents are doing their best to get a dog park built in Truckee.A dog park is a fenced area with grass, water
Published: May 2, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Twenty-eight million.That’s the estimated number of trees in California that were dead or dying in 2015 as a result of the ongoing drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The 28 million figure is not only a record-high for the state, it’s roughly 10 times more dead trees than were recorded in 2014 — just one year
Published: May 2, 2016
I love making bagels. It’s my favorite guilty pleasure, especially when freshly baked, warmed and topped with cream cheese. You may not find bagels on the healthy list, but I make a point to treat myself to one before a long bike ride or after a really good workout. This is an advanced recipe, but any bread maker should find
Published: May 1, 2016
1. Truckee’s FiftyFifty Brewing Company eyes mass production with new brewing facility.“Eleven years after moving to Truckee, with a thriving brewpub and numerous beer awards and accolades to their name, FiftyFifty is on the cusp of opening the doors to a second facility, a project that was OK’d by the Truckee Planning Commission last month,” reported Sierra Sun’s Kaleb Roedel.2.
Published: May 1, 2016
Where does your wine come from? Well, when you buy an American wine, the answer is almost always on the label.Say you buy a wine from California. Right there on the label, it will say where the grapes in that wine were sourced. If they came from a number of vineyards in different parts of the state, the label will
Published: May 1, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s Legislature is approving $16 million to help county election officials deal with a surge of interest in the June primary and a crush of petition signatures for ballot measures.The Assembly and Senate approved the funding in unanimous votes Thursday, sending AB120 to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco says the money will
Published: April 30, 2016
Who should determine whether a police officer faces criminal charges after the use of deadly force — a district attorney or a grand jury — is at the heart of a legal argument surrounding the June death of Kris Jackson in South Lake Tahoe.The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has sought to convene a grand jury to determine whether
Published: April 30, 2016
Looking for stunning images of Lake Tahoe, Truckee and the Sierra Nevada?Why look when you can take them yourself, and then have them published for thousands of others to see?Each week, the Tahoe Daily Tribune, in partnership with Sierra Sun, publish a weekly photo slideshow of select images from our @TahoeSnaps account on Instagram.All you have to do is use
Published: April 30, 2016
Refugees from all over the world are entering our country illegally or without any due process.The process of who can enter the U.S. seems totally out of control.I’m a legal immigrant to the U.S. As an 18-year-old “refugee” I was allowed to enter as a legal immigrant in 1949. I, along with my parents, was a refugee from Hungary escaping
Published: April 30, 2016
If you’ve lived in Tahoe for more than a month, no doubt you’ve heard someone say, “I moved here 30 years ago to ski one winter and never left.” For some people it’s a badge of honor. They toughed it out and made it work. Others still seem bewildered they ended up here. Then there are people like me: mid-30s,
Published: April 30, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Twenty-eight million.That’s the estimated number of trees in California that were dead or dying in 2015 as a result of the ongoing drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The 28 million figure is not only a record-high for the state, it’s roughly 10 times more dead trees than were recorded in 2014 — just one year
Published: April 30, 2016
It’s really spring now, and that means it’s time to start turning the soil in those garden beds where you plan to plant vegetables. Don’t have a vegetable plan? Well, consider planting an edible landscape. It can be almost as decorative as a flower garden if properly planned. And for all your efforts, you get a lot more nutrition.New data
Published: April 30, 2016
Tahoe Daily Tribune transitioned to a new, easy-to-use, calendar system last month. We’re now partnered with Tahoe.com to list fun things to do around the lake. As a reminder, events previously entered into SpinGo (our old management system) were not automatically transferred over to our new calendar. To continue publishing regular events, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com and click on the “Events Calendar”
Published: April 30, 2016
Sunday explosion under investigationThe South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team is investigating a Sunday explosion at a residence at the corner of Bruce Drive and Plum Street in South Lake Tahoe. The explosion happened about 6 p.m. April 24 and is believed to have been caused by a hash oil manufacturing operation, said SLEDNET Task Force Commander Tasha Thompson.
Published: April 30, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Local kids will have the chance to learn the game of golf for free next month at Eagle Valley Golf Course. The 24th annual Fred Alexander Memorial Family Golf Clinic returns to the Carson City course Sunday, May 22, a free event for children ages 6-17 and their families.The free clinic provides an introduction to golf
Published: April 29, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The South Tahoe track and field team battled inclement weather last weekend, April 22-23, to turn in strong results. The Vikings competed at the Carson Invitational hosted by Carson High, and produced solid marks on both the varsity and junior varsity levels.“All in all, it was a really fun event,” Vikings coach Jake Hurwitz said.The action
Published: April 29, 2016
If you’ve been to the top of Mount Everest, then you know how difficult and death-defying it can be.It’s less death-defying than it used to be. Less death-defying, that is, unless you’re a Sherpa guide.Dozens have perished in the past few years, and because Pemba Sherpa and others grew weary of watching their friends die, they created a training program
Published: April 29, 2016
STATELINE — A blockbuster gathering of 90 major sports and entertainment stars — including Charles Barkley, Justin Timberlake and five NFL starting quarterbacks — have signed on for the 27th annual American Century Championship, July 19-24, at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. America’s No. 1 celebrity golf tournament will feature a host of active football, basketball and hockey players as well
Published: April 29, 2016
I am sick and tired of the people in this town who want it to be like every other mountain resort. This is the most varied resort in the state — you can fish, gamble, hike, bike and every winter sport you can think of all in one place. But there are people who want it just like Vail. I
Published: April 29, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — When the Tahoe Keys were created in the 1960s they became Lake Tahoe’s largest commercial marina. Opposition at the time argued that the project was a significant detriment to surrounding marshland. For boaters, however, the idea presented a network of crystal-clear water channels to accommodate their vessels and access the lake. It’s possible that no one
Published: April 29, 2016
THREE SEATS UP FOR ELECTION ON THE LTUSD SCHOOL BOARD IN 2016Lake Tahoe Unified School District is governed by five members of the Board of Education who serve staggered four-year terms. School board members are locally elected public officials entrusted with governing our community’s public schools.On Nov. 8, three seats on the Board of Education will be up for election.
Published: April 29, 2016
DENVER — The upcoming wildfire season across the U.S. isn’t expected to be as bad as last year’s infernos, when a record 15,800 square miles burned, the nation’s top wildland firefighting official said Wednesday, April 27.But parts of the nation should expect a rough season after a warm, dry winter or because of long-term drought, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom
Published: April 29, 2016
A Pink Floyd laser show returning to Lake Tahoe this weekend knows a thing or two about longevity.The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular celebrates 30 years in 2016, equaling the Floyd’s original run from 1965-1995.“In 1986 Paramount’s LaserSpectacular was presented for the first time at the Woodlawn theater in San Antonio, Texas,” according to show organizers. “At the time producer Steve
Published: April 28, 2016
Harveys Lake Tahoe’s Cabo Wabo Cantina will offer a mix of pop, country and rock ’n’ roll this weekend.Sacramento’s Hit Parade plays the Stateline bar and restaurant Saturday night.“We play the hits, and only the hits,” according to the group’s Facebook page,“all things with a beat, and anything that will make you dance, party and shout out loud.”The group’s song
Published: April 28, 2016
JOHN HENTON When he’s on stage, John Henton makes it look easy. He engages his audience in a way that makes members of the crowd feel like good friends. Henton is best known for his sitcoms “The Hughleys” on ABC and “Living Single” on FOX. He will perform with Don McEnery this week at the Improv at Harveys.John is truly
Published: April 28, 2016
The Whittell baseball team got off to fast start against cross-lake rival Incline on Tuesday, April 26. But at the home of the Triple-A Reno Aces, a win ultimately wasn’t in the cards for the Warriors.Whittell lost to the Highlanders 14-4 in five innings at Greater Nevada Field. For the Warriors, the loss snapped a six-game winning streak.“It was a
Published: April 28, 2016
COLEVILLE, Calif. — The Whittell softball team delivered a sweep on the road Monday, April 25, to move within a win of the postseason. The Warriors downed Coleville with a pair of double-digit wins, extending their league winning streak to three games.“It’s nice to have that weight off our shoulders, but I don’t want that to go to their heads
Published: April 28, 2016
Part prequel, part sequel, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” succeeds on a visual level, but largely fails to recreate what made “Snow White and the Huntsman” compelling. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprise their roles as The Huntsman and Queen Ravenna respectively, but the loss of Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, and the relatable emotions she evinced, are definitely missed.Mistaking tragic events
Published: April 28, 2016
A fourth man has been arrested in a fatal shooting in South Lake Tahoe Jan. 30.Georgetown, California, resident Tevarez Lopez, 33, was charged with murder Wednesday afternoon, April 27, for his role in the death of Dennis Wright Jr., according to a press release from the City of South Lake Tahoe. Lopez was already in custody at El Dorado County
Published: April 28, 2016
A Meyers bar and restaurant will present a unique brand of bluegrass this weekend when the Sweetwater String Band plays the Divided Sky this Saturday, April 30.“Sweetwater String Band is a cello-driven ‘soulgrass’ band founded in the Eastern Sierra of California in 2008,” according to the band’s online biography. “Their music blends Chatham County Line style lyricism with Yonder Mountain
Published: April 28, 2016
South Shore’s Lavish Green is set to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at South Lake Tahoe’s Rojo’s Tavern.The long-standing South Shore “rock with trumpet” group plays downstairs at the bar and restaurant Thursday, May 5.Lavish Green frontman Chris Sanchez recently paid tribute to Prince and his impact on independent music the world over.“Prince changed the entire globe with his genius abilities
Published: April 28, 2016
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will host funk and soul from an original source this weekend.The Trey Stone Band plays the casino’s Vinyl venue this Saturday, April 30.Stone, who now calls Lake Tahoe home, was a part of the ’70s funk and soul scene, helping create songs like Rose Royce’s “Car Wash,” “Smiling Faces,” “What’s Bootsy Doing?” and
Published: April 28, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Back in 2005, Andy and Alicia Barr, living in Roseville and working as engineers for Hewlett-Packard at the time, decided they needed a change of scenery in more ways than one.“We kind of woke up one day and said we want to do something that inspires us more,” said Andy Barr. While brainstorming ideas for what direction
Published: April 28, 2016
Aside from that last (perhaps) little blast of winter, nature’s activities are springing forth with zest. It is well worth a stroll in the woods, paying attention to the new shoots that are pushing their way from the ground and popping out of the branches on the trees.Even pine trees have an awakening in the spring. Pine trees don’t lose
Published: April 28, 2016
Portland’s Scott Pemberton is set to return to Lake Tahoe this week as part of a celebration for a South Shore musician and music promoter.The eclectic guitarist plays Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s Vinyl venue Friday night, April 29.“We’re like surf-y acid-rock funk with afro-beat concepts,” Pemberton told the Sierra Sun of his live act in January. “I
Published: April 28, 2016
Soul, rock and musical comedy have been added to Lake Tahoe’s summer concert calendar.The Temptations will play MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Saturday, June 11, while Boz Scaggs will take the stage at the casino Saturday, July 16. On the California side of the state line, comedy-musical troupe the Kinsey Sicks will play the Loft Theatre at Heavenly Village July
Published: April 28, 2016
Aside from that last (perhaps) little blast of winter, nature’s activities are springing forth with zest. It is well worth a stroll in the woods, paying attention to the new shoots that are pushing their way from the ground and popping out of the branches on the trees.Even pine trees have an awakening in the spring. Pine trees don’t lose
Published: April 28, 2016
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend at Truckee and Lake Tahoe.Have an event you want considered for a future Tahoe Ten calendar? Email reporter Kaleb M. Roedel at kroedel@sierrasun.com.1. Cushing Crossing at Squaw ValleyThe 26th annual Cushing Crossing — the original pond skimming event that started a
Published: April 28, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Back in 2005, Andy and Alicia Barr, living in Roseville and working as engineers for Hewlett-Packard at the time, decided they needed a change of scenery in more ways than one.“We kind of woke up one day and said we want to do something that inspires us more,” said Andy Barr. While brainstorming ideas for what direction
Published: April 28, 2016
South Tahoe Public Utility District is currently in the process of preparing its 2016-17 budget. We invite the community to participate in a public meeting and presentation on the proposed budget and capital improvement plan at the district offices on May 12 at 6 p.m. In 2014, the district sent a five-year Proposition 218 notice to all customers; this permitted
Published: April 27, 2016
Ramona was born on March 31, 1930 in Wildwood, New Jersey, and passed away on April 13, 2016 in South Lake Tahoe, California.Mona was a tough Sicilian with a soft heart who loved her family, Christmas, cooking and classic movies. She was an executive with GTE in Los Angeles, who retired to South Lake Tahoe and became a semi-pro Keno
Published: April 27, 2016
At the 2012 Summer Games in London, women’s pro cyclist Shelley Olds was a flat tire away from a shot at an Olympic road-cycling medal. Competing for one of the remaining spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, it’s motivation she hopes to carry to Rio de Janeiro this August. This time, however, she will likely compete in more of
Published: April 26, 2016
LOCAL MUSINGS Last Friday in a spring snowstorm I had the pleasure of attending a retirement party at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Lodge. If you are a skier, road cyclist or water skier you may know John Wagnon, though chances are most of you do not. John has been in the ski industry, both at Kirkwood and Heavenly, for 40
Published: April 27, 2016
BIRTHSCoby Michael Aguirre was born April 16 to Rafael Aguirre and Rachael Caginia of South Lake Tahoe.Jaxon David Meacham was born April 21 to Casey Meacham and Ashley Zwerdling of South Lake Tahoe.Abriel Penoliar Razon was born April 21 to Ralph-Aubrey and Sarabeth Razon of South Lake Tahoe.Lois Gladys Wallace-Powers was born April 21 to Greg Wallace and Grace Powers
Published: April 27, 2016
It is time once again for Bread & Broth 4 Kids’ Cram-A-Cruiser event. On Saturday, April 30, you may stop by Grocery Outlet and put food donations into the South Lake Tahoe Police car. Food goes to fill 120 bags of food Bread & Broth 4 Kids gives to local students every weekend. This event will be going from 9
Published: April 27, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — U.S. Forest Service officials announced this week that they will begin opening some of their South Shore and West Shore recreational facilities for summer operations starting Saturday, April 30. California State Parks staff plans to open West Shore facilities starting in mid-May. Most day-use areas and campgrounds are expected to be fully open in time for
Published: April 27, 2016
Last Wednesday, Tahoe Regional Young Professionals kicked off a new event series called Tahoe Town Hall. The first event focused on local ordinances with a panel of speakers from the City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Panelists spoke about their jurisdiction roles around Tahoe and the process for creating and enforcing ordinances. They
Published: April 27, 2016
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe softball team snuck in a game against Fernley before weather intervened last weekend, but couldn’t grab a win against the Div. I-A Northern League leaders. The Vikings fell to the Vaqueros 3-1 on Thursday, April 21, before snow postponed the last two games of the series.The series opener between South Tahoe (10-9, 10-8
Published: April 26, 2016
SEATTLE — States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed “living wage” laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly.Seattle and San Francisco, and the states of Oregon, California and New York are phasing in wage increases that will grow to $15 an hour or more.Evidence of compliance is plain to see in the hours-worked
Published: April 26, 2016
RENO, Nev. — South Tahoe Pop Warner football players received awards for scholastic achievement during the Pacific Northwest Region All-American Banquet on Saturday, April 9, at Peppermill Resort Hotel. Award recipients included Derek Robbins, Leif Ferrier, Mason Hage, Jake Whisnant, Devon Sukha, Jake Tarwater and Ryan Aguilar.
Published: April 26, 2016
The South Tahoe baseball team didn’t play any of its games against Fernley as scheduled last weekend, and a pair of defeats came out of two rescheduled contests. The Vikings lost to the Vaqueros at Todd Fields Park last Thursday, April 21, and fell on the road Saturday, April 23.“We had kind of anticipated it and we thought ahead of
Published: April 26, 2016
COLEVILLE, Calif. — The Whittell baseball team continued its undefeated start to league play Saturday, April 23 — and did so in decisive fashion. The Warriors swept Coleville on the road in a Div. IV West League doubleheader, delivering lopsided wins that secured a berth in the regional playoffs.“We’re competing with Virginia City for the top of the league, but
Published: April 26, 2016
Kahle Basketball ResultsTUESDAY OPEN LEAGUEApril 19 resultsSteamers 66, Hoch Family Creamery 57Tyler Hogbin (S) 25, Emmanuel Ruiz (H) 15KD Builders 57, Good D 46Arnel Sitchon (K) 18, Good D: N/AFeldman Law 75, BCBC 52Mott Canyon 83, Greater Sierra Insurance 55Standings: Mott Canyon 4-0, Feldman Law 4-0, BCBC 3-1, KD Builders 2-2, Good D 1-3, Steamers 2-2, Greater Sierra Insurance 0-4,
Published: April 26, 2016
Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless would like to thank the many community members and volunteers who helped in the cleanup and closing of the South Lake Tahoe Warm Room in early April. The Warm Room was open from Dec. 18 through April 1 and provided the first overnight homeless services in the Tahoe region.We received help from the South Lake
Published: April 26, 2016
Starting at midnight on May 3, our greater Tahoe community will come together once again for the BIG Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraising challenge to support regional nonprofits.In its third year, the BIG Day of Giving has raised nearly $9 million for nonprofits serving our region. This year, organizers hope to raise $6 million in online donations from 30,000
Published: April 26, 2016
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Armed with a rifle and a hand-held, laser range-finder, Jim Havens stalks his target for hours before he can try to get off a clean shot in the foothills of Northern Nevada’s Pine Nut Range.He isn’t hunting deer or elk; he’s shooting wild horses — with contraceptive darts.It’s part of the first public-private partnership of its kind
Published: April 26, 2016
Law enforcement agencies in Texas have made an arrest in a fatal Jan. 30 shooting in South Lake Tahoe.On Tuesday morning, April 19, members of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Houston and Humble police departments and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrested Domenic Seanlee Randolph, 22, in Harris County, Texas, in connection with the death of 40-year-old Dennis Wright Jr.,
Published: April 19, 2016
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s unemployment rate remained below the 6 percent mark in March for the second month in eight years.The raw rate was at 5.9 percent. The seasonally adjusted rate that takes into consideration regular, annual swings in employment was at 5.8 percent.The unemployment rate in Las Vegas increased four tenths to 6 percent but is still down
Published: April 25, 2016
Editor’s note: The current Zika epidemic is ongoing, and although there have been headlines and developments about the virus, information about it is constantly changing. Resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pan American Health Organization offer the most up-to-date information available about the situation.With the winter season winding down, travel plans for many western ski-town
Published: April 18, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb is adding recommendations to its online accommodations service, building on its knowledge of travelers’ preferences, coupled with tips from locals.The company, which lets out-of-town visitors find people renting out homes and rooms, says it wants to help travelers get off the beaten path by showing alternatives to well-known, often-crowded, attractions.CEO Brian Chesky says Airbnb’s mobile apps
Published: April 20, 2016
Marijuana is illegal for any reason under federal law, but states have boldly experimented with allowing its use anyway, starting with California 20 years ago. Some states have made the drug legal for medical purposes; others have removed jail sentences for carrying small amounts; and some let adults 21 and older use it for any reason. Here’s a look at
Published: April 20, 2016
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania utility regulators are fining ride-hailing company Uber a record $11.4 million for operating in the state for six months in 2014 without the required approval.The Public Utility Commission voted 3 to 2 on Thursday, April 21, for a penalty considerably lower than the $50 million fine recommended by a pair of judges last year.Uber drew criticism
Published: April 21, 2016
RENO, Nev. — A growing network of cameras trained on the forested mountains around Lake Tahoe is changing the way crews fight Western wildfires by allowing early detection that triggers quicker, cheaper, more tactical suppression than traditional war-like operations, experts said Wednesday, April 20.The high-definition cameras can be operated remotely to pan, tilt and zoom in the search for the
Published: April 22, 2016
We have met the angels in our community. They are on the mountains disguised as ordinary men and women wearing red jackets with the universal first-aid symbol. The Heavenly Area Ski Patrol are not only our heroes that provide emergency and rescue services on the mountain; they also serve on land and in our community. Heavenly Area Ski Patrol has
Published: April 25, 2016
RENO — A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of collapsing. It’s also getting attention in neighboring Nevada where a significant quake is overdue along the Sierra. Nevada officials
Published: April 25, 2016
CABAZON, Calif. — Vast wildfires have created lengthy gaps in Southern California sections of the famed Pacific Crest Trail, which hikers must bypass via shuttles or alternate routes to avoid dangerous conditions like unstable trees and loose rocks.Long-distance backpackers must be shuttled by van around the closures or risk incurring $2,500 fines, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Monday, April 25 (http://bit.ly/1SEUHRv).To
Published: April 25, 2016
LAS VEGAS — A proposed ballot measure called the Energy Choice Initiative aims to deregulate electrical service in Nevada, opening up the market to providers other than NV Energy — the sole provider in most parts of the state. Here’s how it came about and what it could mean for consumers. WHAT DOES IT DO? Nevada laws allow investor-owned utility
Published: April 25, 2016
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — The Reno man charged in the homicide of a woman whose body was found dumped off Interstate 80 near Truckee on April 4 was in court Thursday, but did not enter a plea.Maurice Di Aundra Rogers was arrested less than a week after Felicia Romaine Spruell-Jones, 46, of Reno, was found in the road under the
Published: April 25, 2016
Storey County’s community development director says the arrival of Tesla and Switch set off a boom at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) that the county is fighting to keep up with now.Dean Haymore told the recent monthly Nevada Business Connections meeting there are now 119 companies at the center with some 4,500 employees — and his office is issuing about
Published: April 25, 2016

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