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

Ted Ligety caps career season with national slalom title

Triple World Champion Ted Ligety wrapped up his smoking 2013 season with a final dominating performance at Squaw Valley last Saturday.

The technical specialist from Utah nailed both his slalom runs to earn his seventh career national title by a 1.48-second margin at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.

“If you’re going to race, you might as well try to win. I’m definitely happy to put together two slalom runs. I haven’t won a slalom race in a long time,” said Ligety, who one week earlier clinched his fourth World Cup giant slalom title.

South Shore runners tear up Elks Invitational

The South Tahoe and Whittell track teams added to an already strong season start this past weekend.

The South Tahoe boys track team took fifth overall and the girls team took 13th overall at the 41st Annual Fallon Elks Invitational in Fallon on Saturday. The Whittell varsity girls took ninth overall.

“We have a good group of seniors this year, with a lot of football guys, and I’m excited because a lot of them have never really done it and they’re showing pretty good marks all around,” coach Jake Hurwitz said.

Hurwitz has been recruiting, and the South Tahoe track team is about double the size it was last year.

Hearing in cop case pushed back

A status hearing in the federal case against South Lake Tahoe police officer Johnny Poland has been pushed back until May because of another trial involving Poland’s lawyers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez and defense attorneys Judith Odbert and Jeffrey Schaff have agreed to move the hearing from March 27 to May 1, according to a Monday filing in federal court in Sacramento. Plea negotiations are underway in Poland’s case, but have been delayed by a separate matter in state court, according to the filing by the defense attorneys.

Poland was arrested in January after a FBI investigation found he provided sensitive information to people with gang connections and encouraged girlfriends to destroy evidence of the activity.

He has been charged with five counts of witness tampering and obstructing an official proceeding. Poland faces up to 20 years in prison for each count. He has been released on bail pending further proceedings, according to court documents.

Sierra Nevada snow about half of normal

The water content in the statewide snowpack was at 52 percent of its April 1 average Thursday. The Phillips Station survey site had just 37 percent of its long-term average water content for the date, according to data from the California Cooperative Snow Survey program.

January through March 2013 has been the driest three-month start to the year on record for much of the Sierra Nevada range, Chief of the snow survey program Frank Gehrke said. Records go back to at least the 1920s, he said.

‘Finding Bigfoot’ to shoot Tahoe episode

Move over Tahoe Tessie. There’s another monster in the basin, or at least that’s what the makers of Animal Planet’s television show “Finding Bigfoot” will explore.

In an attempt to prove the hunch, the “Finding Bigfoot” crew will roll out the cameras on the South Shore this spring to film an episode for the popular series that investigates evidence of the Sasquatch.

Producer Sean Mantooth couldn’t divulge specifics about the Tahoe episode, but he said that people have reported sightings or other evidence of bigfoot throughout the region.

To attend the “Finding Bigfoot” town hall meeting April 4, email findingbigfoot.tahoe@gmail.com.

South Tahoe race named No. 1 SUP event of 2012

South Tahoe Standup Paddle’s Race the Lake of the Sky was chosen as the No. 1 stand-up paddle event in the world by Anthony Vela on the Supconnect Live Show earlier this year.

In 2012, South Tahoe Standup Paddle CEO Chris Brackett knew he wanted to launch a fun, stand-up paddle event that would bring the community together. What he didn’t know was just how successful that race would be.

“They went through the top 10 and we didn’t think we’d made it. And then it came on — we were No. 1,” Brackett said. “I started to get choked up, I started crying.”

Compiled by Axie Navas

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