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Weekend Reading: Your guide to the week’s best Tribune stories

Squaw Valley hosts America’s best at U.S. Alpine Championships

More than 500 top racers from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association competed alongside America’s best at Squaw Valley’s Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.

Despite a weather delay Wednesday, the competition was slated to continue through Sunday. Athletes battled for super G, giant slalom, slalom and combined titles.

Julia Mancuso took her 16th national title in giant slalom Thursday.

“It’s very fun to be at my home mountain and, of course, I want to win here,” Mancuso said after posting a two-run combined time of 1:39.50, compared to Mikaela Shiffrin’s 1:40.38. “I think that’s the cool thing about records, even if it’s something like U.S. Championships; when you are kind of pushing for something or extending a record, it makes it that much more fun.”

On the men’s side, Truckee High grad Tim Jitloff also took advantage of home snow to snag his fourth national GS title. For full results, visit http://www.tahoedailytribune.com.

Pros join High Roller Hold’em lineup for $50,000

There are no guarantees of the lip of an 80-foot jump, but five pro snowboarders are about to gamble on more than just a safe landing.

Chas Guldemond, Ulrik Badertscher, Gjermund Braaten, Sage Kotsenburg and Torstein Horgmo have all signed on for Heavenly’s new twist on big air. The High Roller Hold’em competition mixes massive air with poker-inspired strategy and adds a $50,000 pot.

The competition will be held Saturday night, April 6, at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White will host the event.

Each rider will be dealt two cards, three in the super final, with each card featuring a different trick. The riders will then bet on the trick of their choice and must execute the trick to win that round. The rider who lands the trick with the highest level of difficulty will win that round and qualify for the big purse in the super final.

This will all go down on one massive big-air jump, built on World Cup by the best in the snow pushing business, Snow Park Technologies.

Tahoe SnowGlobe Music Festival could get multi-year deal

The SnowGlobe Music Festival could become a staple of South Shore’s New Year’s celebrations.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council directed city staff to negotiate a multi-year contract with promoters of the three-day music festival at a Tuesday meeting.

Although council members expressed concerns with the impacts to the playfields near Lake Tahoe Community College where the event is held, each council member said they felt the series is a good fit for the city.

LTUSD board approves Performing Arts Center

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District school board approved the job description for Tahoe Valley Elementary School’s new principal after voting last month to more forward with the creation of a performing arts center at the school.

The new principal will develop the performing arts program next year for implementation in the 2014-15 school year, according to Superintendent James Tarwater.

The principal will also replace Mark Romagnolo, the current head of the school who plans to retire at the end of the year.

Romagnolo said he doesn’t anticipate the school making any staffing additions next year. Instead, he anticipates bringing in community members who could teach drama, dance, vocals and more.

Bringing performing arts to Tahoe Valley is part of a district-wide vision to develop schools of choice at the South Shore, according to Tarwater. Those schools accommodate different student needs by specializing in a particular structure, learning philosophy or academic theme.COMMUNITY

Police sketches past time of South Shore firefighter

In a world of aerial drones, stun guns and surveillance cameras, an electric eraser doesn’t seem like much of a crime-fighting tool.

For Leona Allen, a spokeswoman for Lake Valley Fire Protection District and certified composite sketch artist, the handheld device is a cherished part of a crime-fighting kit that includes pencils, a blending stump and a sketch pad.

Allen has provided law enforcement agencies with more than a dozen drawings generated from witness recollections of criminal suspects since becoming a sketch artist in 2004. Her most recent drawing came from a witness’ description of a suspect who allegedly robbed El Dorado Savings Bank earlier this month.

Producing an accurate sketch from someone’s memory is as much about getting a witness comfortable recounting an often traumatic experience as it is about having pencil skills, Allen said during a Thursday interview. The experience is typically an emotional one.

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South Tahoe family takes advantage of immigration reform

Todd Aguilar didn’t want to risk a 10-year separation from his Mexican wife, Marisela Salazar. But it’s what the couple would have faced if they had pursued Salazar’s green card before an immigration law designed to keep families together went into effect March 4.

The new Family Unity Waiver is part of a processing tweak that allows undocumented citizens to apply for their hardship waiver without leaving the U.S. It’s a small change with big implications, according to South Lake Tahoe lawyer Kathleen Aberegg.

A person unlawfully in the U.S. can be barred from re-entering the country for up to 10 years. But to apply for a green card, that noncitizen would have to return to his or her home country — with no guarantee that he or she would be allowed back into the U.S. because of the unlawful presence bars.

Compiled by Axie Navas.

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