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Parking at and around Regan Beach will remain free, but additional paid parking is expected near El Dorado Beach following a Tuesday decision by the South Lake Tahoe City Council. Amid continued concerns about the expansion of paid parking in the city, the council gave initial approval modifications to its parking program by a 4-1 vote Tuesday. The changes remove
Published: May 21, 2013
How long have I known Nick Griffin? Fifteen years? I’m not sure, but long enough where he feels comfortable talking when he would normally be hiding somewhere in a broom closet because he’s comfortable in dark places with no one around. Kind of like his mind actually. Nick’s been doing stand-up for quite awhile touring the country and making tons
Published: May 23, 2013
Rock-band Jefferson Starship is coming to Stateline this weekend, playing the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Sunday. A follow-up to iconic psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship has been rocking audiences worldwide since the early ‘70s. The name was first used on “Blows Against the Empire,” a 1970 concept album recorded by Jefferson Airplane member Paul Kantner
Published: May 23, 2013
Feeling nostalgic for nightclub hits of yesteryear? Harrah’s Lake Tahoe has the remedy this weekend, when Vanilla Ice, Sisqó and Naughty by Nature perform at Peek Nightclub. Mark Althavean Andrews, aka Sisqó, is an original member of R&B group Dru Hill, who had Top 40 hits in the ’90s. Group members decided to embark on individual singing careers in 1999
Published: May 23, 2013
Zephyr Cove resident Ryan Elson delivers “Don’t Step On The Dirt,” a travelogue that takes us through several national parks and 10 states on his way to Fishers, Ind., from the west coast of California. His destination? His sister’s wedding. It isn’t your typical travelogue though since Elson has punctuated his journey with facts, figures and details one normally wouldn’t
Published: May 23, 2013
On behalf of the families and staff of Sierra House Elementary School, the PTA would like to thank the following for their generosity and support. Their contributions toward our “Sierra House Rocks It, Vegas Style” fundraiser on May 18 are greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go toward our annual fifth-grade Naturebridge Field Science Program at the Marin Headlands. We’d also
Published: May 22, 2013
The staff of Bijou Community School would like the community to know how grateful we are to have such wonderful families who helped make our recent retirement party such a success. We want to thank Rosie and the staff at the Blue Angel Cafe for creating such a beautiful setting and preparing delicious appetizers at a very reasonable cost. We
Published: May 22, 2013
For their fifth Bread & Broth Adopt A Day sponsorship of the year, Heavenly Mountain Resort covered the financial cost of the May 13 evening’s meal. They also sent a first-time crew of four from the Heavenly Tahoe Vacation office along with frequent Bread & Broth volunteer Jolena Hearn, assistant manager, greeters/hosts. The first-timers were Darcy Nealis, reservations manager; Kari
Published: May 22, 2013
A Memorial Day service will be held Monday at Happy Homestead Cemetery. The service will begin at 11 a.m. at the cemetery, 1261 Johnson Blvd. Following the service, cake and coffee will be served at American Legion Post 795, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd. For more information, call 530-541-8788.
Published: May 23, 2013
Suspended over an 80-foot granite face with her hand touching the metal anchor, Andréia Christenson let out a victory shout and pumped her fist in the air Wednesday. She’d just completed her first climb as fellow members of the local Chicks Climbing group yelled encouragement from the forest floor below. For Christenson; who’d just returned to the South Shore from
Published: May 17, 2013
Around the South Shore hulls are being scrubbed, drain plugs are being screwed in tight, crew members are being interviewed and boats are being plunked in the water. Once again, it’s boating season at Lake Tahoe. “A lot of what we’re doing right now is making sure everything is as good as we left it,” said Ted Moorhead, general manager
Published: May 17, 2013
Despite wet and gray weather, hundreds turned out for the third annual Slow Rollers Bicycle Club’s Spirit Parade in South Lake Tahoe. Colorful costumes and bikes of all different shapes and sizes rolled slowly down U.S. Highway 50 Thursday afternoon. “We were going to be road warriors, but I threw on my yeti costume instead,” said South Lake Tahoe resident
Published: May 17, 2013
The South Lake Tahoe Children’s Choral Society sent two choirs to Vallejo, Calif., May 10 for the Music in the Parks Festival competition. The middle school group, Bella Voce, took second in its division and fifth out of 10 performing choirs while the high school group, Blue Ribbon Choir, won its division and took fourth out of 10 other high
Published: May 21, 2013
About 250 to 300 extra people showed up for a murder trail jury summons at the El Dorado Superior Court Tuesday due to a computer glitch, court administration said. The system, which is designed to shut down and reboot nightly, failed to restart, according to El Dorado Superior Court Executive Officer Tania G. Ugrin-Capobianco. When running properly, the system can
Published: May 21, 2013
Drew Norberg looked right at home decked out in the Kent State blue and gold this week. Sure the colors are the same, but the feeling runs deeper than that. The South Tahoe state champion has found a new volleyball family at Kent State. “Their athletic department is just really good. All their sports are used to winning, and I
Published: May 23, 2013
BOSTON — The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built. That makes South Florida, in the midst of a spat over expensive stadium renovations, a loser for the 2016 game. And Miami took a double defeat when Houston was awarded the 2017 championship game. In two separate votes,
Published: May 21, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Law enforcement officials this week identified the pilot who died after crashing in a remote area of the Tahoe National Forest last Thursday. Bob J. Richardson, 67, of Reno, was the only person aboard the twin-engine Cessna 421 at the time of the crash, which occurred east of Stampede and Boca reservoirs, roughly 15 miles northeast of
Published: May 23, 2013
A select group of softball girls can now call themselves South Shore’s best. All totaled, South Tahoe and Whittell high schools landed 24 players on the Mount Rose All-League roster. The Vikings snagged 13 spots, with six of those players earning first team honors. The Warriors claimed 11 spots, with seven on first team and one MVP. Whittell’s Brianna Brewer
Published: May 23, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE — With ridership lower than expected, the future of the free North Tahoe-Truckee Coordinated Ski Shuttle is in limbo. During the shuttle’s 44 days of operation this winter, 3,206 passengers were taken to and from various North Shore ski resorts by way of a five-bus fleet, averaging 73 riders a day between Dec. 24 and March 31. “I was
Published: May 23, 2013
Within hours of this week’s tornado disaster in Oklahoma, I (like many others) received emails from the President of the United States and my U.S. Senator. With impassioned language, they both claimed to care deeply about yet another community devastated by a cataclysm, and then said the best way for America to respond is to support private charities. The work
Published: May 23, 2013
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors has decided the district has no obligation to maintain sewer lines and pumps within the private property of the Chinquapin subdivision near Dollar Hill. In a 5-0 vote, directors agreed the PUD will not accept ownership of Chinquapin’s sewer system — some of which it had agreed to maintain on an
Published: May 23, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE — With the upcoming Memorial Day holiday heralding the unofficial beginning of the summer season at Lake Tahoe, regional health officials are asking residents and visitors to be aware of the potential risk of rodent-borne disease. According to the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District, rodent populations are routinely monitored for plague activity in California. Last September and October,
Published: May 23, 2013
We are all familiar with the phrase “one free dog bite,” which means that until your dog has shown dangerous propensities and has bitten someone, you as owner are not responsible for the dog’s bites. That’s no longer the law, but it’s a cool enough phrase that I thought I should throw it in this column. A Dog Named Blue
Published: May 23, 2013
Like any other business, the U.S. Postal Service has to serve the needs of its customers. And in Truckee, one of the biggest needs is to have parking available, around the clock, for customers to access their mail. Over the last few years, we have heard the voice of the public and maintained our downtown presence. One of the downsides
Published: May 23, 2013
Corporations enjoy best of both sides In her recent Letter to the Editor entitled, “Obama’s oil company plan a bad idea,” the writer criticized the Obama administration for its intention to close corporate loopholes currently enjoyed by the oil and gas industry. Her argument was that by doing so, pump prices were sure to rise thereby discouraging tourism. This is
Published: May 23, 2013
Aeson Walton decorates a drum at the Africa station during the Lake Tahoe Child Development Center’s Day of the Child celebration Tuesday.
Published: May 21, 2013
KGID board found a good solution I was somewhat shocked at the turnout for the last KGID meeting in which next year’s budget was discussed and voted on. My wife and I have owned a home for nearly three years on lower Kingsbury and, with the recent implementation of water meters, thought it would be a good idea to see
Published: May 22, 2013
Director J.J. Abrams delivers his second “Star Trek” installment, this one with a punishing plot and headache-inducing noise. Between explosions we explore favorite characters Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) — but something is missing. This franchise reboot, consisting of two prequels to Gene Roddenberry’s 50-year-old television series, is mindful that Kirk, and especially Spock, are
Published: May 22, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Nevada Commission on Ethics will hold a hearing to determine if a pair of former district trustees violated state law by allegedly failing to disclose conflicts of interest and accepting improper gifts regarding votes they made 20 months ago in favor of discounted meals for a group of residents. Findings from a two-commissioner investigation in
Published: May 22, 2013
The compromise legislation repealing Nevada’s threatened withdrawal from the TRPA will be passed out of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee Thursday, Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. The measure containing amended language developed between Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and California Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers from both states not only pulls back Nevada’s threat to withdraw from the bistate compact, but agrees
Published: May 15, 2013
Another invasive species is encroaching on Lake Tahoe Basin waters. Three New Zealand mudsnails were found in the Truckee River near Reno earlier this spring, increasing the chances the invasive species could migrate to the basin. “It’s certainly bad news,” said Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Senior Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Patrick Stone. “Any time the proximity of an infestation moves
Published: May 16, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A Northern California man could face up to 6 years in prison for his role in a fatal pedestrian crosswalk incident on New Year’s Eve weekend 2011 on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. On Monday, Christopher Torii Smith of Grass Valley, Calif., pleaded guilty to two felony counts of reckless driving causing death in connection
Published: May 17, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Wildlife wardens killed a 3-year-old male black bear overnight at Lake Tahoe after it entered the home of a 92-year-old woman who left her garage door open, an official confirmed Friday. Shortly before midnight Thursday, deputies with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a bear inside a residence on Miners Ridge Court
Published: May 17, 2013
Paddlers from all over the state will compete in the 5-mile Donner Lake race May 25. The event, now in its third year, marks the start of the competition season, during which dozens of races are held throughout the region. Lake Tahoe is home to numerous paddleboard events, including weekly and annual races that attract both locals and national competitors.
Published: May 22, 2013
Whittell High School English teacher Catherine Scully strives to take students’ learning beyond the classroom and into the community. And it’s her drive to go beyond the expected that earned Scully the Douglas County School District Teacher of the Year award last week. “She does a lot in the classroom, but she also does a lot in the community,” Whittell
Published: May 14, 2013
Lake Tahoe Community College’s improv program keeps evolving as more colleges across the state develop their own off-the-cuff theater groups. LTCC Theater Director Susan Boulanger started seriously developing the college’s improvisation group, Random Acts of Improv, last year. She saw how popular the form of theater was becoming and she wanted to capitalize on that interest. Since 2008, improv programs
Published: May 14, 2013
A local committee is working to replace the 19-year-old Children’s Memorial Tree by Aug. 9. The memorial, originally dedicated in 1994 to honor young people from the community who had died, is rotting and the committee has started raising money to save it. “This will be such a huge community effort. I’d like to see the entire community involved,” said
Published: May 10, 2013
Local Musings It appears the states of California and Nevada have made peace over who was going to pull out of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency first. As you may recall, Nevada had passed SB 271, which was enacted to force the completion of the TRPA Regional Plan update as well as change the voting structure and, if not completed,
Published: May 21, 2013
Survey makes us look bad Tahoe citizens, today you have really disappointed me. I love this town, its beauty, its activities and, most of all, the people. But today I was shocked and appalled. Floating Sheep, a group of geography academics, created the “Geography of Hate,” which maps negative, hateful tweets in the U.S. The study has us, South Lake
Published: May 21, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee’s Downtown Parking District is financially self-sustaining for the first time since its inception in 2005 following modifications made in late 2011. For the 2012-13 fiscal year that ends June 30, the district is projected to make $140,000 in revenue, according to a presentation from Kelly Beede, town parking services manager, to Truckee Town Council last week.
Published: May 21, 2013
The Vikings’ senior boys had worked hard for this moment. For Brandon Cramer, it was pushing through an annoying midseason injury. For Jason Rogers, it was competing at the state level in two events he had just learned. For Connor Henderson, it was four years of long-distance dedication, countless muscles cramps along the way and a state title to defend.
Published: May 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants put Ryan Vogelsong on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and prepared to be without their right-hander for two months in yet another challenge for their struggling starting rotation. Vogelsong had surgery Tuesday morning at Stanford, one day after breaking his pitching hand while at the plate. The expected recovery time is 4-6 weeks,
Published: May 21, 2013
Spring tennis is in full swing, and Tahoe Tennis Academy coach Justin Clark is offering clinics, classes and tournaments for all ages. For the youth, a two-week clinic for grades four through seven is held every Monday and Wednesday from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Grades eight through 12 play every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Tournaments for
Published: May 21, 2013
When Incline Village resident Dany Foster purchased office supplies early Tuesday afternoon at the Tahoe Family Solutions Thrift Store, she helped the store take another step toward reaching a revenue milestone. This fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, the thrift shop has surpassed its budget goal of $160,000 in gross earnings, and is projecting
Published: May 17, 2013
Simply qualifying for state would be impressive enough. Whittell track runners Sierra Forvilly and Mark Waite are coming from a school of about 150, but despite the odds, the two speedy Warriors took home medals in every event they competed in at the Division III track state championships in Las Vegas this past weekend. Forvilly, a senior, and Waite, a
Published: May 21, 2013
Published: May 21, 2013
A few months back I wrote about how natural gas could play an even more important role in energy consumption going forward. There are several reasons for this. One, in the United States, we have an abundant supply of natural gas. In the United States we have enough natural gas to last 110 years at 2009 consumption levels. Another is
Published: May 21, 2013
Good news! Wicked is back in town. Wicked is the name of a Farr 36 sailboat whose glory days of racing on San Francisco Bay and Tahoe are behind her because of bigger, faster, more modern boats, but she is still a force to be reckoned with on her home waters of Lake Tahoe. Wicked has won many trophies, including
Published: May 21, 2013
Legislative money committees on Saturday approved $3.06 million in appropriations as Nevada’s share of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency budget for the coming two years. That translates to 25 percent of the total agency budget — less than the one-third share that was traditionally Nevada’s over the past but in line with the past biennial budget cycle. The overall budget
Published: May 21, 2013
The Lake Tahoe Basin planting season has arrived, but whether it sticks around through May is all part of the spring “roller coaster” gardeners face when it comes to backyard farming at elevation. While the weather forecast looks ideal for producing herbs and vegetables, experienced basin gardeners know an unexpected spring cold snap could always dash their hopes of homegrown
Published: May 9, 2013
The National Ski Areas Association reported an 11 percent rise in skier and snowboarder visits from last season, the largest gain posted by the industry in 30 years. Vail Resorts doesn’t report visits by ski area, according to Heavenly Mountain Resort Director of Communications Russ Pecoraro, so it’s difficult to track how the South Shore fared in comparison. But occupancy
Published: May 10, 2013
For South Lake Tahoe physical therapist Chris Kozlowski, it’s not “just like riding a bike.” The phrase used to describe returning to an activity with ease diminishes the techniques necessary for the most effective pedaling, Kozlowski told about a two dozen attendees to a presentation on maximizing bicycle performance at Kahle Community Center Wednesday evening. “There are so many different
Published: May 10, 2013
The Lake Tahoe Historical Society will present a free special program in the Camp Richardson Lodge May 28 at 7 p.m. Dave Borges will lead a presentation, called Fly with Us, on the history of airports in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Attendees with learn about the sad stories, incredible adventures and deadly accidents from Tahoe’s aeronautic past, according to a
Published: May 17, 2013
One of the best parts of my job as a governing board member for Lake Tahoe Unified School District is hearing and learning from students about the significant projects they are instituting in their school. Last week I was introduced to a project at South Tahoe Middle School based on the children’s book, “How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids”
Published: May 20, 2013
Mild weather means Tahoe’s population starts to swell with second homeowners and visitors, plus locals. Unfortunately, the season change also means more irresponsible pet owners letting their dogs run loose and that means more bites, especially to children. Statistics do not show that any one breed of dog is more likely to bite — breed numbers change with popularity trends
Published: May 21, 2013
Rising numbers on the pump indicate that we’re heading into the annual summer run-up of gas prices. But this year, those numbers could stay higher longer if President Obama has anything to say about it. His annual budget proposal once again calls for ending incentives for oil and gas companies, effectively raising taxes on these businesses by billions of dollars.
Published: May 20, 2013
With John Sibley on my mind, I thought I’d stop by the Veterans Hospital to get registered in case I might someday need their care. John was a brave machine gun squad leader who didn’t make it home from Vietnam. An Illinois republican, John used to quote Everett Dirksen, “I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first
Published: May 20, 2013
The market keeps rolling along and there is no reason to believe the great bull run will end soon. In fact, it’s easier to make the opposite case. Still, there are a few naysayers. Some insist that stocks are overvalued, citing the speed with which the market has soared. Wrong. The market as a whole is not overvalued. The most traditional valuation measurement
Published: May 20, 2013
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval campaigned for office on a platform of attracting new businesses to Nevada and reforming public education. He’s earning high marks in both endeavors. Last year Henderson, Nev., had the second highest economic growth rate in the US at 7.54 percent and Reno was fourth at 7.15 percent. The governor has won numerous legislative victories implementing his
Published: May 20, 2013
Once again, cometh taxpayers before the Tax Court, trying to pass muster on what the government thinks are “fun and games,” and therefore losing the related deductions. Ed and Lydia Heinbockel are the latest to try their luck — dubbed by the Tax Court as “a happy couple possessed by entrepreneurial spirit.” Nice, but not quite enough to sustain some
Published: May 20, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Coming off another low crime year for the town of Truckee, its police department is looking to keep those numbers in check while improving community relations for the rest of 2013. In 2012, the Truckee Police Department made 502 arrests — 100 adult felonies, 340 adult misdemeanors, 10 juvenile felonies and 52 juvenile misdemeanors, according to recently
Published: May 16, 2013
A mandatory watercraft inspection program for vessels entering Truckee water bodies for the 2013 boating season has been put on hold. On Tuesday, town council unanimously adopted the suspension after questions were raised on whether aquatic invasive species, specifically quagga and zebra mussels, are a potential risk in Donner Lake. “The concern was whether or not there was enough calcium
Published: May 16, 2013
Recently the NASDAQ went over 3400. That is the highest level for the NASDAQ in 12 and a half years. The peak for the NASDAQ came on March 10, 2000, when it touched 5132 and closed at 5048. Shortly after that the dot com bubble burst and many once high flying tech stocks declined drastically. When the NASDAQ was peaking,
Published: May 16, 2013
Many of us have seen advertisements or news clips of Greenpeace activists in their Zodiac rafts interfering with fishing vessels in international waters, sometimes even boarding ships. Greenpeace also goes after oil and gas ships drilling in the Arctic. The issue in Shell v. Greenpeace was whether the organization has gone too far. GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS AT WORK Greenpeace, which is
Published: May 16, 2013
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in helping solve a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred last month on the North Shore. Three subjects — an older man, a younger man and a woman — are “persons of interest,” according to the sheriff’s office, in a series of auto burglaries that occurred on April 20 on
Published: May 16, 2013
After labor negotiations with El Dorado County Superior Court employees failed, the court will impose new terms and conditions on the employees, including having them contribute to their own retirement plan. After eight months of negotiations with a neutral mediator, no agreement was reached, a press release stated. As such, the new terms and conditions will be imposed as of
Published: May 17, 2013
Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 9.6 percent in April, down 2 percentage points year-over-year. The jobless rate also dropped in the state’s metro areas. Las Vegas’ unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in April, down 0.2 percentage points. The rate in the Reno-Sparks area fell by 0.3 percentage points to 9.7 percent, while Carson City fell 0.5 percentage points to 10.1
Published: May 17, 2013
As a journalist, I am not supposed to admit this, but: I sympathize with the Obama administration’s frustration over national security leaks. After a spate of leaks last year — notably, The Associated Press’ reporting that national security officials foiled an underwear bomb 2.0 attempt last May ­— Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein joined Republicans to denounce the Beltway’s
Published: May 17, 2013
Declining snow cover puts animals and plants across the Northern Hemisphere at risk, according to a “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment” report published earlier this month. For the Lake Tahoe Basin, that warming trend could mean increased conflicts between bears and humans, more migrations away from the region and even some local extinctions, regional wildlife experts said. Since 1970,
Published: May 17, 2013
With snowmelt trickling down the mountainsides, white-water enthusiasts are bubbling in anticipation of big rapids. But this year, with low snowfall, rivers without dam-controlled releases are in for a short season. “A little bit lower water does not mean there’s not good rapids,” said Janeen Stewart, operator of Earthtrek Expeditions, a rafting company based in Lotus, Calif. “Actually, some of
Published: May 17, 2013
College graduates will soon celebrate a grand achievement. Graduation is a farewell to the college campus and hello to the next phase of life. Is a job on the horizon? There’s been optimism in recent job outlook reports. That’s good news for sure. But hold off before you make that beeline to the beach. There’s more work to be done
Published: May 17, 2013
Residents angry over paid parking As the saga continues regarding the city’s need to impose a parking meter program on the residents and visitors of this community, it is beyond anyone’s imagination why the City Council insists on exposing itself to the torture with the resistance that has been leveled at the city by our residents. Why is it necessary
Published: May 17, 2013
The waterfalls are exploding, but the window will be brief this year. Without much snowpack, the chance to catch these alpine streams ripping down Tahoe’s granite face is about to snap shut. It’s been two years since Lake Tahoe has seen enough snow to carry its waterfalls into late summer. “Two years ago, we were leading teenage backpacking trips and
Published: May 17, 2013
Girls with attitude in altitude — you don’t have to be crazy, but it helps. At least that’s what the Tahoe Derby Dames’ moto says. Mix one part crazy, two parts fun, add some costumes, roller skates and hard hitters and this Saturday’s home opener is a must see. The Tahoe Derby Dames will take on Merced’s Grim Reap-Hers in
Published: May 17, 2013
You just had a great workout and now it’s time to help your body build muscle and recover. One problem, you’re out of protein powder and you are driving home at 10:30 p.m. What can you pick up quickly that can aid in recovery at this hour? According to the researchers at Kean University in New Jersey, the “ideal recovery
Published: May 17, 2013
A little rain brewed up some perfect track conditions this week, and BMX biking is about to officially take off. The South Lake Tahoe BMX track will hold its first practice of the season Tuesday from 5 p.m. to dusk. The practice will give riders a chance to warm up for Friday, which is when the first race of the
Published: May 17, 2013
With all the bouncing, whirling and smiling, it’s not hard to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are having a good time on stage. Floored by the band’s wall of sound, audience members often aren’t far behind. After all, having fun is infectious. The 10 members of the Los Angeles-based group will march into MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Published: May 15, 2013
While Lake Tahoe isn’t exactly known for its bountiful produce, farmers markets are springing back to the area to fill the demand for regionally sourced food. The summer farmers market season at the South Shore is underway, with some markets already operating and others slated to open in coming weeks. The Friday Evening Farmers Market at Kahle Community Park, the
Published: May 15, 2013
Three people were uninjured following a plane crash east of Spooner Summit Wednesday. The Civil Air Patrol reported the crash at 2:15 p.m. and the Douglas Search and Rescue team was called at 2:20 p.m. Carson City dispatch was notified at 2:40 and the first responders streamed up the rocky Kings Canyon Road, three miles east of Spooner Summit. Twenty-four
Published: May 17, 2013
Away from the highway, hidden behind the tall trees, nestled by a beautiful hillside leading up to Heavenly Valley, you might be surprised to find a synagogue. Just turn onto Saddle Road from Pioneer Trail and that is where you will find Temple Bat Yam, which serves the South Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley Jewish community. You would also find
Published: May 17, 2013
If I told you that government officials possessed ironclad proof that an imminent threat to this nation had the capacity to create a 9/11’s worth of injuries and deaths every year at an annual economic cost of a quarter trillion dollars, ask yourself: Would you say we should do something about it? I’m guessing you would. Out of a basic
Published: May 17, 2013
Tre Charrette and Connor Shaw didn’t have the luxury of rolling six deep to the state championships. The two South Tahoe golfers had individually qualified for the NIAA Division I-A State Championships at Sage Ridge Golf Course in Reno, Nev., so Tuesday and Wednesday would have to be solo missions. Charrette and Shaw earned their spots in state by finishing
Published: May 17, 2013
Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . On the surface, Chris Ault joining the Kansas City Chiefs as a consultant makes absolutely no sense. Why would Ault go to a team that has an offensive-minded head coach (Andy Reid) and with a quarterback (Alex Smith) that will never line up in more than a dozen or so pistol
Published: May 17, 2013
After two days of golf against the best in state and a season of commitment, taking home top three honors all came down to Whittell, The Meadows and seven strokes. The Whittell golf team took an eight-stroke lead over The Meadows on Tuesday, the first day of the NIAA Division III State Championships at Genoa Golf Course. It was a
Published: May 17, 2013
Adult Softball Standings Team W L “I’d hit that that…twice” 2 0 E – Fit Allstars 1 0 Lucky Beaver 0 1 South Tahoe Cross Fit 0 1 Blue Ballers 0 1 Game results from May 14 “I’d hit that that… twice” (26) – Blue Ballers (4) E-Fit Allstars (20) – Lucky Beaver (5) “I’d hit that that… twice” (22) – South Tahoe Cross Fit (20)
Published: May 17, 2013
Late spring days are here, complete with sunshine, colorful wild flowers, less tourists and getting more physical. As the change of season is in the air in the Sierra, eating lighter, healthier, fresh food feels right: Enter a garden salad complete with vegetables. Also called a tossed salad, it is paired with a dressing — my favorite is Thousand Island.
Published: May 17, 2013
As Lake Tahoe Community College prepares to open its biggest art show of the year, Art Department Chair and Gallery Director Phyllis Shafer puts the final touches on a months-long project. “This is our big ta-da. It’s the exhibition that highlights what our students have been doing all year long,” Shafer said. The 2013 LTCC Annual Student Art Exhibition is
Published: May 16, 2013
People of all ages who can sing, dance, play an instrument, do magic, perform skits or have another talent are invited to audition for Temple Bat Yam’s Talent Show. The event is part of a weekend celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Temple Bat Yam and will take place Saturday, Aug. 17. Auditions will be held on a weekday evening
Published: May 17, 2013
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s semi-autobiographical tome is adapted into a fairy tale of tragic proportions. The film can be rightly accused of delivering Fitzgerald’s characters as one-dimensional flirtations or of bad judgment in adding contemporary rap to a soundtrack set in the Roaring ‘20s. We may also balk at director Baz Luhrmann’s wildly-imagined visuals – but he is never dull. Luhrmann,
Published: May 15, 2013
Charles Fleischer You think you have voices in your head? Try being Charles Fleischer. Not only does he have hundreds of voices in his head, but he gets paid when they get to speak. On top of that, he’s also very cosmic. He once told me, “I’m thinking the universe is either a dodecahedron or a cheeseburger and for me,
Published: May 16, 2013
Members of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Association are inviting the public to take a day trip around Lake Tahoe’s shore. Paddlers will gather near Homewood Mountain Resort on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore before setting off for a trip to Sugar Pine Point for a picnic lunch. The event is free and open to anyone. Necessities include a paddle-powered vessel,
Published: May 15, 2013
Driven by a $74.8 million increase in baccarat take, statewide gaming win increased by 7 percent in March to $914.78 million. Gaming Control Board Analyst Mike Lawton said that without baccarat, almost entirely on the Las Vegas Strip, total win would have increased just one-third of 1 percent compared with March 2012. The “win” is what was left in casino
Published: May 15, 2013
With spring and a new building season having arrived, many are imagining their Tahoe dream home again, so questions about the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s method of annual development allocation deserve some attention. As you will see, with Lake Tahoe nearing what is called “full buildout,” this year’s residential allocation distribution is the beginning of a new way forward for
Published: May 14, 2013
Gov. Brian Sandoval and California Gov. Jerry Brown have worked out a deal they say will renew the bi-state partnership to preserve Lake Tahoe. Sandoval said the plan was developed with legislative leadership from both states and will begin with bids to repeal both Nevada’s threatened withdrawal from the Tahoe Regional Compact and California’s plan to re-establish the California Tahoe
Published: May 15, 2013
Jury selection in the case against a man accused of killing three teenage girls in the 1980s began in South Lake Tahoe Tuesday. Prosecutors have charged Joseph Michael Nissensohn, 62, with murder counts in the 1989 death of South Lake Tahoe 15-year-old Kathy Graves and the 1981 killings of Tanya Jones, 14, and Tammy Jarshke, 13, in Monterey County. Nissensohn
Published: May 15, 2013
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball appears set for a vast expansion of video review by umpires in 2014 and is examining whether all calls other than balls and strikes should be subject to instant replay. Replay has been in place for home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add trap plays and fair/foul calls
Published: May 16, 2013
Hopeful strides toward a culture which honors humane values — and criminalizes all forms of abuse — have been made in recent years. Palo Alto will host the annual Animal Law Conference at Stanford Law School this fall. An international event, it is sponsored by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, Stanford University Environmental
Published: May 13, 2013
The who’s who of motocross racing are revving up the season this weekend at the 45th Annual Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic. It’s not just any motocross race, but the oldest and one of the most coveted trophies on the 12-race Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. Motocross riders are streaming into Rancho Cordova, Calif., for a chance at
Published: May 16, 2013
TAHOMA, Calif. — Have they caught him yet? That’s a question Robyn Genest of Tahoma said she is asked a lot. Her son, Matthew “Laddie” Hodge, 65, was the victim of a hit-and-run accident last April while using the pedestrian crosswalk at Grove Street in Tahoe City, suffering major injuries. While the driver hasn’t been caught, Genest isn’t giving up
Published: May 9, 2013
White knuckles and straining biceps are all a part of this show. The West Coast’s best arm-wrestlers will take over the Tahoe Biltmore Saturday and Sunday in the 2013 Western States Armwrestling Championship. “The Biltmore is bringing arm-wrestling back to Tahoe,” said Bill Collins, the event’s promoter and owner of National Armwrestling Promotions. “You’re going to have guys with national
Published: May 15, 2013

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