Top 5 web-only stories this week |

Top 5 web-only stories this week

Cars drive by a sign encouraging residents to save water in Rancho Santa Margarita, Caliornia. Purchases totaling about 14,000 acres by Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company have rekindled debate over whether a patchwork of laws and court rulings in the West favors farmers too heavily, especially those who grow thirsty, low-profit crops such as alfalfa at a time when cities are urging people to take shorter showers, skip car washes and tear out grass lawns.
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1. Saudi Arabia land purchases in California are fueling the debate over U.S. water rights.

According to the Associated Press, “ Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. So it’s turning to an unlikely place to grow the water-chugging crop — the drought-stricken American Southwest.”

2. A Tahoe author publishes a new book — “CAUTION: Reading This Book Can Make You Think.”

“Today, Huff says, the Internet is used for commercial, political and personal purposes; and many have become so dependent upon electronic devices they foolishly trust tweets, believe blogs, send regrettable emails and Google their way through life,” a Tribune staff report said.

3. Watch On the Hill (video).

View On the Hill host and Tahoe Daily Tribune reporter Sebastian Foltz checking out Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort’s Buckle Up Big Air competition. On the Hill is brought to you by the Tahoe Center for Orthopedics.

4. A Tahoe-basin land donation paves the way for a critical trail link on the North Shore.

Sierra Sun reporter Margaret Moran reported, “In late December 2015, billionaire businessman David Duffield and his wife, Cheryl — owners of the former Ponderosa Ranch property in town — donated 18.6 acres of private land near Incline Village to the Nevada Land Trust. … This donation will provide the missing public access link needed to connect the 7-mile-long Incline Flume Trail off of Mount Rose Highway all the way to Tunnel Creek.”

5. Movie night, again? Consider “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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