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Weekend Reading

In this weekly round-up, we scour our website for the week’s best articles. This issue focuses on the Banzai madness, a Tahoe killing that took place more than 30 years ago and what the alpine lake might look like to aliens. To read the full articles and catch up on other local news, check out the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s website at tahoedailytribune.com.

Racers compete in Rahlves’ Banzai Tour charged down Kirkwood’s Wall last weekend during the . More than 80 skiers and snowboarders raced the challenging course Sunday in an attempt to snag some prize money and make it down the course alive.John Bochenek won the men’s ski category, while Tara Hines nabbed the top step in the women’s ski field. Snowboarder Adam DeVargas won gold in his race and Casey Lucas took the women’s snowboarding crown.South Tahoe steamrolls TruckeeThe South Tahoe basketball teams at home Tuesday. The win ensures home game playoff rights for the girls. led the lady Vikings to a 41-40 win in the final seconds by sinking two pressure free throws. The boys outscored Truckee in all four quarters for a 73-42 win.

Preliminary hearing in Swanson killing beginsThe in the 1980 killing of a South Tahoe gas station attendant began Tuesday in Placerville.Andrew Sanford is accused of killing 16-year-old Richard Swanson during a robbery of the former South “Y” Shell station on .El Dorado County prosecutors charged Sanford with murder in connection to Swanson’s death in March. Sanford pleaded not guilty. Tahoe Arts Project cuts first program in 26 yearsThe Tahoe Arts Project, which brings performing arts to county schools, 0 to bring back a program the nonprofit cut this school year. The fiscal road started to get bumpy as revenue from the nonprofit’s large annual fundraisers, including the Evening with the Academy Awards and the Festival of Fine Arts, dwindled.

Astronaut tweets Tahoe blueAstronaut Thomas Marshburn a photograph he took of Lake Tahoe from the International Space Station that captures the full length of the Jewel of the Sierra and the peaks of Desolation Wilderness. The query that accompanied the photo — “Hey Tahoe — how’s the skiing?” Tahoe’s glamorous historyManny Munoz started styling hair when Frank Sinatra roamed the floor of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Elvis Presley electrified the town. In this , Munoz talks about cutting Barbara Sinatra’s hair, receiving tips in cocaine and life in the casino corridor in the from the 1970s through the 1990s. — Compiled by Axie Navas

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