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STATELINE — Charles Barkley is never on the top of any golf leaderboards, but he’s been on the top of Preston Garrison’s favorite-person list for 20 years. He’s been there ever since Barkley unknowingly turned Preston’s Make-A-Wish day into the memory of a lifetime. Preston, who grew up in South Lake Tahoe, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer when he was
Published: July 17, 2013
Lake Tahoe’s shallows will now receive similar scientific attention to the lake’s clear blue depths. On Thursday, scientists from the Desert Research Institute launched the agency’s research boat that will help them collect data about the near shore environments. “This will give us an idea of what areas of the lake are threatened, what are the hot spots,” DRI staff
Published: July 11, 2013
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — North Tahoe Regional Park could soon be going to the dogs — literally. Next month, North Tahoe Public Utility District staff will recommend the board of directors approve a location near the first tee box at the park’s disc golf course — an open area known as “upper bench” — as the site for an off-leash
Published: July 16, 2013
On calm summer mornings, a massive colorful hot air balloon rises from the middle of Lake Tahoe. It hangs silently in the blue sky, drifting in the breeze, before dropping back down and disappearing on the water’s surface. Operated by Lake Tahoe Balloons, the hot air balloon is launched from and lands on a 120-foot barge that slips onto the
Published: July 12, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The decision to not allow candy-throwing and water-spraying during Truckee’s Fourth of July parade was made for safety reasons, officials said this week. The last couple years have been “pretty scary” with children playing freely and running to and from floats and fire engines to get candy, said Lynn Saunders, CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber of
Published: July 11, 2013
A 20-year-old Pollock Pines woman who is missing and considered at risk could be in the South Lake Tahoe area according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Elise Hays left her Pollock Pines home about 7 a.m. on July 6, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. “She is possibly in the South Lake Tahoe area,” according to
Published: July 12, 2013
NEVADA CITY, Calif. — Paperwork has been filed to force Nevada County to hold a special election that will ask voters to decide the substance of its medical marijuana ordinance enacted last year. Patricia Smith, president of the Nevada County chapter of Americans for Safe Access, has repeatedly asserted that last May’s county-approved cultivation ordinance is a de facto ban
Published: July 15, 2013
It isn’t enough that the Pacific Rim is a volcanic zone famously reshaping the earth, and spawning Tsunamis. In this new monster film, we learn that the Pacific Rim is also the stomping ground of very nasty beasties. They are born deep inside the mantle. Once grown, they swim through a breach in the earth’s crust to wreak havoc upon
Published: July 17, 2013
RENO, Nev. — Nevada’s reputation as a pro-gun state — and California’s hardline stance against assault weapons — is attracting new weapons and ammunition manufacturers to the state. Perhaps the largest weapons maker in northern Nevada, U.S. Ordnance, left the Sacramento Valley foothills two decades ago due to difficult state regulations for weapons manufacturing, its president says. Recent legislation passed
Published: July 17, 2013
The Bread & Broth program would like to congratulate and thank Barton Healthcare’s Physician Billing and Customer Service department employees. As a result of meeting quarterly service goals established by Barton Healthcare, the Billing and Customer Service department employees received a monetary award and they decided to donate a portion of their award to sponsor a Bread & Broth Adopt
Published: July 16, 2013
Barton Foundation would like to thank the many volunteers and sponsors who helped to make the seventh annual Camp Sunrise, held in June, once-again a huge success. Camp Sunrise is a free bereavement camp offered to children ages 7 through 14 who have experienced the death of a family member. The three-day camp provides grief education and support in a
Published: July 16, 2013
With planes lining the concrete, Lake Tahoe Airport is flying into its busiest time of year. “There’s a lot of airplanes out there,” airport manager Sherry Miller said. “Our ramp is getting very full.” July is typically the busiest time of year for the airport. Many private jets fly in for the American Century Championship as well as for other
Published: July 16, 2013
Renegade Fire Department would like to say thanks and good-bye to all the kids and parents who shared in all the fun we had over the last 20 years. My family and friends, and the hundreds of kids who rode on the truck, really enjoyed the parade — it was part of our life. We loved to hand out water
Published: July 16, 2013
I’d rather live in a dangerous world where I can jump off Fanny Bridge any time I want, as long as the water is deep enough to complete the jump safely, than live in a strictly regulated world where we have to surrender the responsibility of our safety to someone else, and obey every little rule and regulation ad nauseam,
Published: July 16, 2013
Domenic “Doc” Griffis of South Lake Tahoe, California passed away with his family by his side on July 13, 2013. He was preceded by his wife, Aline, as well as his son, long time Tahoe resident, Mike Griffis. He leaves behind his 3 children Domenic Griffis Jr., Colleen Monrean, and Star Poell Brooks, 9 Grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and many
Published: July 17, 2013
Things might have gotten just a little out of hand this Fourth of July. The U.S. Forest Service is planning on banning alcohol completely on the beaches the agency manages on future Independence Day holidays. “The reality is that when the open drinking creates this environment where it’s 100 percent party time, it really interferes with the public enjoyment of
Published: July 9, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village resident Nancy Manter is uncertain about the potential for increased summer use at Diamond Peak. “I am not sure,” said Manter, who lives in the Tyrolian Village subdivision that neighbors the ski resort. “I live right up there and it’s going to affect the traffic coming in and out, and I’m concerned for these
Published: July 10, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — In recognition of a community that rallied together to save a precious and iconic resource, officials and supporters gathered last week to celebrate the formal dedication of Royal Gorge, the world-renowned cross-country ski area and mountain paradise on Donner Summit. Hundreds of supporters, including prominent community members, conservation leaders, elected officials and public agency representatives were present
Published: July 11, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Victory Highway Eagle Monument has landed. After about two years in storage, the 85-year-old monument honoring America’s World War I veterans has been restored for public viewing, this time in the Truckee Town Hall lobby. “The response has been nothing but positive,” said John McLaughlin, community development director for the town. “People are excited to see
Published: July 15, 2013
Well, I’m back in Tahoe taking a leave of absence from my multi-year sailboat voyage around South America. I’ve come back to attend to family matters, and it’s great to be home. I was looking forward to a lot of backpacking through the Sierra and hoping to see some of our beautiful black bears. Turns out, I only need to
Published: July 15, 2013
South Lake Tahoe Senior Center will host bingo Saturday. Everyone 18 years old and older is invited to play. Doors open at 4 p.m.; game packs are sold at 4:30 p.m., Early bird games begin at 5 p.m.; regular games start at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Published: July 16, 2013
Lake Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club will host its 13th annual Women’s Sailing Clinic on Saturday. Classes are offered for beginners, intermediate sailors and advanced intermediate sailors. Beginning instruction will include sailing fundamentals, basic techniques and knots; the intermediate class will cover sail trim, helming, tacking, radio and man overboard rescue, and an introduction to spinnaker; the advanced intermediate class will
Published: July 16, 2013
When Brad Wunderlich was growing up in St. Louis, he spent his summers working at local golf courses, now it has become his livelihood. “It was a summer job when I was in high school,” said Wunderlich, the golf course superintendent at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. “My grandfather used to work at golf courses. I fell in love with it
Published: July 16, 2013
Prominent stars and sports legends are flooding the celebrity golf tournament this week, but behind the autographed footballs, glitzy girlfriends and designer labels, there are two relatively unknown men who have more influence and power than any of the big names. Dave Cudney and Steve Schorr set the odds for the 24th annual American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf
Published: July 16, 2013
Unlike many athletes in the field for the 24th annual American Century Championship, ex-49ers great Jerry Rice took up golf later in life. “It was in 1986 when I started hitting golf balls,” Rice said after a brief practice session at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. “I became obsessed with it. “It’s always something different (with golf). You get on the
Published: July 16, 2013
The Douglas County Historical Society will bring back “The Curse of the Hanging Tree” this weekend. The play is based on an actual event that took place in Carson Valley more than 100 years ago. The play is a living history spoof on the most infamous lynching in Nevada history. The event serves as fundraiser for the society and was
Published: July 16, 2013
Tahoe Youth & Family Services would like to highlight one of the most impactful projects supported by Heavenly Mountain Resort and the Vail Resorts Echo program. The Girls Project was implemented by TYFS in South Lake Tahoe five years ago. The need for the Girls Project was originally identified by the SLT Youth Task Force, which noticed an increase in
Published: July 16, 2013
Arreola, Fatima Guadalupe, a daughter, was born July 10, 2013, to Oscar Arreola and Maricela Olivas of South Lake Tahoe. Esposito, Lola Betty, a daughter, was born July 14, 2013, to Shay and Tatiana Esposito of South Lake Tahoe. Farrell, Kylee Ann, a daughter, was born July 13, 2013, to Shirley Barackman of South Lake Tahoe. Galindo, Nina Isabella, a
Published: July 16, 2013
Debris associated with pyrotechnics is washing up on several East Shore beaches. Wads of cardboard and brown paper, wiry red fuses and plastic cup-like backings are just a few of the items that have been found in the area. “It has filled up a large garbage bag,” said PineWild resident Joan Truxler, who’s been picking up the garbage. “We have
Published: July 9, 2013
On the Hill Summer, brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, brings you a video report about a different Lake Tahoe adventure every day.  Today's activity: Hiking to Winnemucca Lake. Conditions:On a beautiful June day, Michelle takes a hike to Winnemucca Lake. The hike is an easy one, but is about 5 miles roundtrip.
Published: June 20, 2013
On the Hill Summer, brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, brings you a video report about a different Lake Tahoe adventure every day.  Today's activity: SUP at Kiva Beach. Conditions: South Lake Tahoe has some gorgeous beaches for SUP, and Kiva Beach is no exception. Located just 2.5 miles north of the intersection
Published: June 21, 2013
Can I help save Lake Tahoe and also improve my home? Now, the answer is yes and here is how: Before the first nail is pounded, before the first coat of paint goes on, many simple home improvement projects have already started helping protect Lake Tahoe. That’s because water quality Best Management Practices to minimize stormwater pollution and erosion are
Published: July 16, 2013
The popularity of video gaming continues to surge. When “Modern Warfare 3” was released, it had more than $400 million in sales in the first week. That was a record for any entertainment product ever. The global video game industry is projected to have more than $70 billion in sales by 2015. In the United States alone, the computer and
Published: July 15, 2013
When Fed Chairman Bernanke hinted in May of a tapering in the quantitative easing program, interest rates spiked with the 10-year Treasury yield rising a full percentage point to 2.6 percent. The move sent most fixed income funds lower. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury (TLT) has plunged 13 percent since May. There are some fixed income ETFs that are better
Published: July 15, 2013
As a 17-year-old lifeguard, I found Tahoe to be astonishingly beautiful. As a 50-year-old impressionist of Mark Twain I found Tahoe to be heartbreakingly beautiful. And now at 60 something, as Mark Twain aboard the M.S. Dixie II, I find Tahoe to be inexpressively beautiful. I’m beginning to understand that to fully appreciate Tahoe, you must view her through the
Published: July 15, 2013
It occurred to me the other evening that if every home in our community replaced their outside white lights with yellow bug bulbs, our village could look very much like a Thomas Kinkade painting — warm and welcoming, with many more stars in our night sky. Light pollution is the over-illumination of the night sky. Stars become invisible beyond the
Published: July 15, 2013
With the legislature adjourned, the political winds are shifting to the upcoming battle over the “teacher tax,” an initiative proposition by the Nevada State Education Association (teacher union) to impose a type of gross receipts tax on every kind of business entity and trust in the Silver State as well as out of state businesses based on their gross revenues
Published: July 15, 2013
IRS has typically not been a fan of gamblers. They like it when winnings are reported, and therefore tax can be collected. But sometimes there are issues regarding the deductibility of gamers’ expenses — take the recent Tax Court decision in the matter of John C. Hom. This bloke is a poker player — having competed regularly since 1995 in
Published: July 15, 2013
Celebrities are trickling in, fans are stockpiling autograph pens and the golf course is undergoing the manicure of a lifetime. The South Shore is ready for the 24th Annual American Century Championship. A total of 85 sports and entertainment stars will tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course this week in the much-anticipated celebrity golf tournament, which runs Tuesday through
Published: July 12, 2013
Elena Hight has pulled off plenty of bold tricks throughout her impressive snowboarding career, and now she can add riding naked to that long list. The Olympic snowboarding medalist, who hails from Zephyr Cove, Nev., recently shucked her usual body-hiding winter wear for a nude photo session with ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. This year’s Body Issue celebrates the bodies
Published: July 12, 2013
Violet is about to complete one full year living in a cage. She spent six months in an adoption center at a large pet supply store. In January she was transferred to the Tahoe shelter. It’s time to free Violet. Just 5 years old, she is a love bug, but does need to be the only pet in her new
Published: July 15, 2013
Now that everyone is outfitted, ID is updated if necessary, the vehicle is packed and the tank is full, where do we go for a pets included vacation? There are websites devoted to the best, the most hidden, the least and most expensive, and even quirky destinations and events. The travel industry has promoted “pet welcome” signs in recognition of
Published: July 15, 2013
Snow down the pants, buckles that bite into the gut — these are just a couple of annoyances that are no longer tolerated by North Shore skiers Cody Townsend, Tristan Queen and David Bronkie. “We kind of had this minor revelation while skiing that our belts sucked,” said Townsend, a professional big-mountain skier based out of Squaw Valley. “Our leather and
Published: July 12, 2013
Down on the beach at Lakeview Commons Monday morning, a few families bobbed in the water, a couple children ran haphazardly along the rocky shelves, and a small group of volunteers picked their way through the sand. “I would say the most common thing we’re picking up is cigarette butts,” said Leslie Schultz, who volunteered her time to pick up
Published: July 9, 2013
South Lake Tahoe is moving up the urban ladder. No, the city is not getting rail cars. But one business is bringing a new kind of delivery to town. Justin Gresh of Vinny’s Pizzeria is putting the pedal to the pizza. The new business owner is delivering his fresh baked pies via bicycle. “It’s a true replacement for your car
Published: July 11, 2013
The Lake Valley Professional Firefighter’s Association would like to thank the community and Tahoe visitors for the tremendous support during the July 7 “Fill the Boot” drive in Meyers. The entire $12,004.13 that was collected by firefighters from the agencies and organizations listed below will be given to the families of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots from Prescott Fire Department
Published: July 11, 2013
Casinos at Stateline posted a 9.7 percent increase in the gaming win for the month of May, according to information released today by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Stateline casinos raked in $14.6 million during the month, up from $13.3 million in May 2012. With only one month left in the fiscal year the chief source of gaming revenue for
Published: July 11, 2013
A second firefighter was injured in the Bison fire Thursday morning. No information was available on the nature of the injuries, but East Fork medics responded to a site in the Pine Nuts to pick the person up. Fire officials reported making progress in fighting the Bison fire last night and plan to continue to work on hot spots and
Published: July 11, 2013
Celebrations on the Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe capture just how incredible the Jewel of the Sierras truly is. Tourists flock to the area and contribute to the local economy, families are brought together, music from local artists fills the air, and everyone is outside enjoying the awe-inspiring natural landscape that is Lake Tahoe. Some of my earliest Fourth
Published: July 12, 2013
Ever get the feeling that Washington sees every issue as a hockey puck in a rink with no nets? There’s just a constant back-and-forth between two teams with big elbows and pointed fingers — but no real resolution. That’s how a battle over federal student loans played out in Congress last week — lots of news conferences but no legislation.
Published: July 12, 2013
Sierra Nevada Cancer Center opened a new cancer treatment center at 1154 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe on July 1. Sierra Nevada Cancer Center is a state-of-the-art oncology and hematology facility, according to a press release. The facility contains private rooms, comfortable treatment chairs and is specifically designed to make treatment relaxing and comfortable, the release stated. “This
Published: July 12, 2013
Derek Lowe might be ready to hang up his baseball glove, but he’s just getting started with the golf clubs. The MLB All-Star pitcher will make his American Century Championship debut when the 24th annual event starts Friday at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Club. And lately, with his baseball career winding down, the 25-1 choice has had more time to
Published: July 12, 2013
The final Business After Hours Mixer of the summer will be held Wednesday at the Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe. BAHM attendees will enjoy sampling food and drinks from the Boathouse on the Pier and the new Kitchen 34 Eleven restaurant. The mixer will also feature a raffle and an opportunity to mingle with other business professionals. The mixer
Published: July 12, 2013
Do you really need a personal trainer or someone to help push your limits in the gym? While many gym-goers train by themselves, new research says it may be wise to get some help. A study published in the July edition of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research examined whether the self-selected intensity (or weight) by older women during
Published: July 12, 2013
Snow down the pants, buckles that bite into the gut — these are just a couple of annoyances that are no longer tolerated by North Shore skiers Cody Townsend, Tristan Queen and David Bronkie. “We kind of had this minor revelation while skiing that our belts sucked,” said Townsend, a professional big-mountain skier based out of Squaw Valley. “Our leather
Published: July 12, 2013
Touring the California Alps sounds pleasant enough, calling to mind visions of biking through tree-shrouded hills or pedaling past meadows brimming with wildflowers. This may all be well and true, but don’t expect cyclists to soak up every detail Saturday en route to climbing five mountain passes for a total of 15,000 vertical feet and 129 miles in the blistering
Published: July 11, 2013
Firefighters hope to have the Kyburz Fire fully contained this evening after maintaining 95 percent containment since Wednesday evening. While an estimated size of the fire was put at 634 acres Tuesday evening, officials mapped the fire again during the night and reduced the size estimate to 615 acres. The number of resources assigned to the fire was reduced to
Published: July 10, 2013
Published: July 10, 2013
Getting recruited out of South Lake Tahoe is no easy task. There aren’t exactly a bunch of college coaches keeping tabs on high school talent in the basin area. Cale Backinger knows this, which is exactly why he put countless hours into getting his name out there. Backinger would get home from school or practice and start compiling info. He
Published: July 11, 2013
LeftAlign.1461. JP DONOVAN 1:09.07 2. ROSS McMAHAN 1:22.08 3. KEVIN PETERSON 1:26.18 4. JOHN TRENT 1:37.36 5. SEAN LEHMANN 1:38.25 6. JASON RIDDLE 1:42.14 7. ROBBE LEHMAN 1:42.24 8. KATIE TRENT 1:45.12 9. CASSIDY CHOCHOZ 1:45.18 10. CRAIG DENNEY 1:47.06 11. JOHN APPERT 1:50.50 12. JUSHA COCHRAN 1:51.58 13. RUTH GENTRY 1:58.09 14. BRIAN BISHOP 2:00.18 15. CHRIS KLEINTTES 2:01.06 16. LARA WATERS 2:05.15 17. JIM WILKSON 2:08.00 18. DAVE SCHWEER 2:09.37 19. GOERGE RUIZ 2:15.37 20. MICHAEL EDNONSON 2:19.47
Published: July 11, 2013
The Tahoe Area Sierra Club’s annual summer party will be held July 17 at Regan Beach West. The sunset party will include an exhibit by local photographer Jon Paul, music and a silent auction. Gourmet food will be served along with select wine from Naked Wines. The annual summer event is the main fundraiser of the year for the Sierra
Published: July 11, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Amid continuing challenges with California’s budget, the Placer County Grand Jury is again recommending replacing the aging Burton Creek sheriff’s substation and court facility in Tahoe City. “I wholeheartedly agree with the grand jury ... that the facility is inadequate and outdated,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ausnow, Tahoe station commander for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. “It
Published: July 11, 2013
LeftAlign.1461. LUCA GENASCI 30.14 2. NINA OAKLEY 32.21 3. TOM GANDT 33.38 4. CHRIS BRACKETT 33.55 5. EVAN DERDOWSKI 34.03 6. SUMMIT MOULTON 35.18 7. JOSIAH BRACKETT 35.29 8. MARIO MNGIARCIA 35.39 9. JAY PRIGGE 35.49 10. MIKE DAY 35.58 11. TOM KALANGE 36.06 12. SHEAN ALDAO 36.27 13. BEN DAY 36.33 14. PAUL GENASCI 37.02 15. SCOTT BOYLES 37.11 16. SCOTT MCCONAUGHEY 37.35 17. PAUL ZARUBIN 37.02 18. LEVI LARGENT 37.56 19. JOHN ALLAN 38.04 20. KYLE SCHRAUBEN 38.19
Published: July 11, 2013
After four top-10 finishes, John Smoltz is tired a being a contender at the American Century Championship. The former Atlanta Braves pitcher, who compiled 213 wins and 154 saves in his stellar 21-year career, has his eye on the big prize when the 24th annual event starts July 19 at the Edgewood Golf Club in Stateline. Smoltz, who was second
Published: July 11, 2013
Unity at the Lake’s spiritual leaders, Revs. Stew and Hillary Bittman, were ordained as interfaith Ministers in Riverside Church in New York City on June 9. The ordination was came after two years of attending the International Seminary for Interfaith Studies. “Unity honors all paths to Spirit and the Reverends Bittman have always weaved the richness of many traditions into
Published: July 11, 2013
The stock market is a forward looking mechanism. That means that the current market price is always looking forward several months and basically predicting how the economy will be. There are many economic reports that are released on a regular basis that market participants follow very closely. The No. 1 drive of stock market performance is corporate earnings. Earnings reports
Published: July 11, 2013
Sixty local children are immersed in a world of pirates and treasure this week as they rehearse for their Friday production of “Blackbeard the Pirate.” Unlike most theater productions, this play, from casting to performing, is done in a week. The program is put on by Tahoe Arts Project, which pays to bring Missoula Children’s Theatre to the area to
Published: July 9, 2013
Firefighters continued to fight a 634-acre fire in the Eldorado National Forest Tuesday evening. The fire broke out Monday about 12:40 p.m. when a vehicle blew a tire in a rural section of the highway between White Hall and Kyburz, according to the California Highway Patrol. The fire started on the north side of the highway and quickly spread. As
Published: July 9, 2013
When one thinks of Shakespeare, “funny” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind. Likely, neither is “short.” But that’s the treatment the Bard’s work is getting in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” that debuted at Valhalla’s Boathouse Theatre Friday. “If you don’t know anything about Shakespeare, it’s fine. It’s still really funny,” said Steve Hamilton, the
Published: July 5, 2013
The cost to fight the 25,733-acre Bison fire was at $2.9 million on Tuesday, as Douglas County commissioners declared a state of emergency. The fire burned actively on the northeast and southeast sides until about 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch. Despite the fire’s growing another 4,000 acres overnight, crews managed to keep containment at 25
Published: July 9, 2013
Last quarter started strong, but ended weak. What started out as normal and in fact healthy profit-taking after a long bull run then kicked into second gear. First came Ben Bernanke’s comments that the Fed will someday slow and ultimately end QE. That news hit both stocks and bonds. When the selling subsided increasing worries about China’s economy and banks took over. Assets of all kinds, here
Published: July 10, 2013
Just as Independence Day 1776 foretold a freedom struggle against Great Britain that would not be fully resolved until 1783, Independence Day 2013 is fraught with peril for the independent Incline/Crystal Bay resident who just wants government to leave him or her alone. The latest development in the Incline Tax Revolt was a setback for locals. Originally, after years of
Published: July 10, 2013
O h really? What a surprise — considering all of the recent hoo-rah over IRS shenanigans and Congressional investigations. But that’s not the least of it, says the National Taxpayer Advocate in her recent mid-year report to Congress. The main problem, says Advocate Nina Olson, is that the poor, starving Revenooers just don’t have enough shekels laying around to cover
Published: July 10, 2013
A many-feathered Johnny Depp appears as Tonto in the recently released Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Gore Verbinski-directed reboot of The Lone Ranger. Screenwriters Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio hoped to reinvigorate the franchise by exposing the ugliness of the bad Old West, but no matter what or how they try, their story is a tired cliche. We meet Tonto in
Published: July 10, 2013
Over the course of a career that dates back to 1995, Slightly Stoopid has become something of a rainbow coalition of music. While its sound started out being rooted in reggae-rock, it has grown into one of rock’s most eclectic groups. Some might suggest that the varied nature of Slightly Stoopid’s music makes the band’s music unfocused and turns off
Published: July 10, 2013
I would like to thank everyone who put on the Red, White and Tahoe Blue event last weekend. It was wonderful to spend the day in the hot sun, walking around and being educated about the environment, issues concerning health care and seniors, animal issues and other interesting endeavors. I did notice a lot of hot dogs that day and not many
Published: July 10, 2013
As a former chairman of Red, White and Tahoe Blue, I am biased when commenting on the importance and the execution of RWTB. However, the bias is overshadowed greatly by my experience of being “the buck stops here” person for the first two years of RWTB. Using an old cliché, “Been there, done that,” I know the tremendous effort the
Published: July 10, 2013
When a motorcycle causes a woman to drop $100 worth of groceries to cover her ears, well, I’m not a cop, but that’s noise pollution. To paraphrase a Supreme Court justice, “I know it when I hear it.” But who is going to enforce the law and ticket that motorcyclist? Nobody, because noise pollution laws as they are written are
Published: July 10, 2013
Classic and custom cars and motorcycles rolled into Heavenly Village Friday evening for the 18th annual Rolling Chrome Tahoe Thunder Car & Bike Show. Though it might seem like an average show, it also serves as a benefit for the Good Samaritans Safe Ride Program, which provides rides to people who may have had too much to drink, according to
Published: July 5, 2013
A group of extreme athletes will battle the blob in search of a world record at Lake Tahoe later this month. Not the 1950s-era science-fiction blob, but an inflatable airbag sitting on the surface of the lake with the ability to launch a person uncomfortably high into the air before sending them plunging into the water. The stunt will entail
Published: July 4, 2013
The Nevada Division of Forestry is asking the public to report sightings of White Satin Moths in northern Nevada. The effort will help the department determine how widespread and severe the White Satin Moth, Leucoma salicis, infestation is in the area, according to a press release from the Nevada Division of Forestry. The non-native insect is capable of defoliating aspen,
Published: July 9, 2013
Vikings offer youth flag football camp at STHS The Vikings will host a four-day flag football camp at South Tahoe High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Monday, July 15, through Thursday, July 18. The camp is for ages 8-14, or grades 3-8, and costs $100. Players will run drills, scrimmage and play in the Viking Bowl. Camp
Published: July 9, 2013
Cody Fajardo is heading to Louisiana once again to help teach America’s youth how to become a better quarterback. “It’s for the kids,” the Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback said on Tuesday before departing this week for the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., this Thursday through Sunday. Fajardo will be among the three dozen or so college quarterbacks serving as
Published: July 9, 2013
Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation will host its annual Taste of Gold fundraiser on Saturday. Guests will be able to sample wines from a number of El Dorado County wineries, including Colibri Ridge, Lava Cap and Nello Olivo. Selections from several regional breweries and tastings from Sushi Pier, Cork & More, Exquisite Grill, Nikki’s Chaat Café, Flight Deck, and other
Published: July 9, 2013
Myth: Achy wrists mean you’ve got it. In fact, many conditions, such as arthritis or tendinitis, could cause wrist and hand pain. Your doctor will take a history and do a physical exam to determine a diagnosis; he also may test nerves with electrical impulses. Myth: It’s common in men. Actually, women are three times more apt to develop it.
Published: July 9, 2013
Men and women’s intercollegiate soccer is coming to the Lake Tahoe Community College in 2014. The LTCC Board of Trustees voted in favor of launching the soccer program at its last meeting on June 25. The Physical Education Department is now developing the curriculum surrounding the program. A decision on a new team name and mascot will soon follow. Job
Published: July 9, 2013
A ribbon of red, white and blue ran down Highway 50 on July 4 as South Lake Tahoe kicked off the holiday with a colorful Fourth of July parade. The train of decorated cars, trailers and trucks started near the “Y” and slowly rolled to the American Legion. Children decked out in their most patriotic digs waved and tossed candy
Published: July 4, 2013
Tim Naylor of Los Gatos took the win in the Run to the Beach 10K in Kings Beach this past Thursday, while Brendan Foti of San Francisco won the 5K run. Both runs, put on by Big Blue Adventure, began at North Tahoe Regional Park and finished on the Kings Beach shoreline. In the 10-kilometer run, Naylor, 39, finished ahead
Published: July 9, 2013
I’m a firm believer that change is a good thing. It’s what keeps things from going stale. It’s what can introduce us to something refreshing and different. And, in terms of overseeing a community newspaper, it’s a way for us to better celebrate our businesses and residents. With these thoughts in mind, I wanted to let our loyal readers know
Published: July 9, 2013
Multiple lane closures on Highway 50 will take place overnight in South Lake Tahoe through Friday, Caltrans announced. Grinding and paving will occur on eastbound lanes from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday from the “Y” intersection of Highway 50 and State Route 89 to Trout Creek. The repaving work is in addition to several Caltrans water-quality improvement
Published: July 9, 2013
Derning, Scarlet Isabella, a daughter, was born July 8, 2013, to Sean and Jessica Derning of South Lake Tahoe. Kenderes, Damian Alexander, a son, was born July 3, 2013, to Robert Kenderes and Diana Garcia of South Lake Tahoe. Meyer, Cygnus Julius, a son, was born July 5, 2013, to Christopher Meyer and Ruby Mansfield of South Lake Tahoe. Pena-Mendoza,
Published: July 9, 2013
Andy Wirth’s observation that hardly anyone uses public transportation is an ancient, tragic lament. It is as old as the Trolley and the Night Rider. And that’s old. Mr. Wirth is absolutely right. The buses are empty most of the time, especially in the summer. Demanding a creative approach and focusing on innovation, as Andy so eloquently encourages us to
Published: July 9, 2013
Megan Chillemi misstates some crucial points in her letter in the Friday, July 5, Sierra Sun, “Alpine coasters don’t belong here.” First, the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council (NTRAC), of which I am a councilor, did not “deny” a permit for the Forest Flyer at our May 9 meeting. We have no authority to allow or deny permits. By a
Published: July 9, 2013
Getting from one end of town to the other on Fourth of July can seem a little like creeping along in a San Francisco rush hour. But now drivers have another option and it doesn’t cost a dime. South Lake Tahoe’s public transit service, BlueGo, is offering free rides on select routes daily through July 7 and on weekends throughout
Published: July 3, 2013
When he was a boy, Matt Gilfillan watched the fireworks explode over Lake Tahoe. Now, he creates those very shows. “I grew up admiring these guys that did this,” Gilfillan said, as he took a break from preparing the pyrotechnics for Thursday’s fireworks. “When I got the opportunity to design this show, it was a dream come true.” Gilfillan is
Published: July 3, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Despite not having been able to see her goal of a Truckee Tahoe Airport playground realized, Katie Morrison will always be associated with it. The alpine-themed playground structure adjacent to one of the airport’s runways was dedicated last week in Morrison’s name during a ceremony before family, friends, community members — and the occasional airplane taking off
Published: July 2, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Rain or shine, Thursday evening’s Red, White and Tahoe Blue fireworks display figures to be the most dynamic ever for Incline Village. The show’s value this year is in excess of $100,000, said Ken Lantis, owner of Lantis Fireworks & Lasers, and includes 2,200 water-shot effects among thousands of features that will rocket from four barges off
Published: July 3, 2013
South Lake Tahoe native Petula Dvorak recently receive a first-place medal in the 2013 Casey award competition. Dvorak attended school at the South Shore from kindergarten through high school. She graduated in 1988 and studied journalism at the University of Southern California. After graduating in 1992, she worked as a reporter at various newspapers, including the Prague Post in Prague
Published: July 8, 2013
Standings LeftAlign.76E – Fit Allstars 9-0 “I’d hit that… twice” 8-2 South Tahoe Cross Fit 4-5 Lucky Beaver 1-8 Blue Ballers 1-8 Game results from July 2 E-Fit Allstars (26) – Lucky Beaver (19) “I’d hit that… twice” (23) - South Tahoe Cross Fit (14)
Published: July 8, 2013
Nearly 400 swimmers flooded the community pool this past weekend for the annual Swimming at Altitude meet, hosted by the Tahoe Swim Club. South Tahoe swimmers Kirsten Tang, 16, and Lauren Tang, 15, both dominated their age brackets with a collective 18 gold medals. Kirsten swam to 10 out of 10 gold medals. She finished first in five freestyle events,
Published: July 8, 2013

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