In this weekly round-up, we scour our website for the week’s best articles. This issue focuses on the monster goldfish patrolling Tahoe’s waters, Kirkwood’s terrifying Cirque and emerging health concerns in the South Shore.
Freeride Tour athletes brave rocky terrain
Athletes from around the world plummeted off The Cirque’s icy face Wednesday for the Freeride World Tour at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
Two Squaw Valley riders claimed first at the tour’s only U.S. stop. Ryland Bell took top honors in the men’s snowboard category while fellow Squaw Valley skier Jackie Paaso nabbed first in the women’s ski heat.
Rahlves’ Banzai Tour athletes ride Squaw this weekend
The four-stop tour will swing through Squaw Valley today and tomorrow before concluding at Sugar Bowl next weekend. All competing athletes, sponsors, media and fans are invited to celebrate all things Banzai from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Sierra Vista Bar for the “Rahlves’ Banzai Après Party” thrown by High Fives Foundation.
Former World Cup ski racer Rahlves is the reigning champion of the superfinal — a one-run, winner-takes-all race with $10,000 on the line.
Giant goldfish spark international interest
That’s right. News agencies from England to Saudi Arabia ran stories on the monster aquarium pets — some weigh up to four pounds — that ply Tahoe’s waters.
Researchers have known for years that the goldfish are part of a warm-water fish invasion possibly impacting the lake’s near-shore environment. But something about an oversized household pet impacting one of the world’s most famous lakes captured people’s attention.
Lake Tahoe clarity improves for third consecutive year
Despite a goldfish invasion, Lake Tahoe’s clarity improved for the third year in a row in 2012, but more studies are needed to determine if the gains are part of a long-term trend. While winter clarity has continued to show a long-term trend of improvement, summer clarity keeps declining.
For clarity results through 2000, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com.
Forest Service assesses Camp Rich parking, camping
Parking along the Highway 89 corridor by the Camp Richardson Resort could disappear under the Forest Service’s proposal for the popular recreation area.
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking input on the environmental assessment for the area. The public comment period on the project closes March 15. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/camprichretrofit.
Former South Lake Tahoe resident returns from Afghanistan
Greg Northrup just returned from a six-month tour of duty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan where he survived one of the largest terrorist attacks on a U.S. base of 2012. Next stop on his career path? A UAV — or unmanned aerial vehicle — operator. The army reclassified Northrup as a drone pilot after he returned from Afghanistan.
To read the full profile on the U.S. soldier, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com.
- Compiled by Axie Navas.