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

In this weekly round-up, we scour our website for the week’s best articles. In this edition we focus on the Clear Creek Tahoe golf course, a ruling regarding environmental groups’ challenged to the Regional Plan Update and LGBT month celebrations.


Calling Drew Norberg the Athlete of the Year is almost an understatement.

After winning a state championship, earning a full-ride Division I athletic scholarship and posting numbers that blew the Nevada competition out of the water, it’s safe to say that athletes like Norberg don’t come along every day.

“She was the most dominant single-sport athlete this school has seen since Jared Haase,” volleyball coach Dan McLaughlin said. “She was supported by some extraordinary players, but it was her extraordinary abilities that elevated the team to another level.”

Norberg’s utter dominance on the volleyball court makes her the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s Female Athlete of the Year from South Tahoe High School. She led the volleyball team through playoffs and eventually to a state title, breaking a 22-year state volleyball drought.


The Clear Creek Tahoe golf course below Spooner Summit is back from a 2011 bankruptcy and open for business under the ownership of Clear Creek Partners, a new company made up of Arendale Holdings and a group of principals with experience in real estate and golf development.

Members can join under a $6,000 dues-only membership until real estate plans are finalized.

The 7,001-yard course has undergone several changes since its opening in 2009. In that time, 11 holes have been modified.

For a hole-by-hole look at the changes, visit http://www.tahoedailytribune.com.


A federal court judge has issued the first of likely many rulings regarding environmental groups’ challenge to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Regional Plan Update.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge John Mendez dismissed one of five causes of action in a February suit filed by the Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore. The suit challenges the TRPA’s update to its long-term land use plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin, which the agency’s Governing Board approved in December.

Mendez found it is premature for the environmental groups to argue that delegation of some TRPA authority to local jurisdictions under the RPU violates the TRPA Compact.

Where local jurisdictions would see increased control under the RPU is through the Area Plan process. The process allows local jurisdictions develop their own land use plans and submit them to TRPA, which would then determine whether they conform with the new regional plan.

The TRPA has billed Area Plans as a way to give more control to local jurisdictions and streamline permitting processes. Environmental groups have expressed concerns that Area Plans will decrease protection of the lake.


Roadwork on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe’s South Shore is largely complete for the summer, while the California side of the lake is expected to continue to see delays as major construction continues.

Landscaping, striping and electrical work continues on a $43 million Caltrans project from Trout Creek Bridge to Ski Run Boulevard, according to the latest update on the work posted on http://www.tahoeroads.com. Completion is expected in late summer or early fall. Lane closures are expected during the week and from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, according to Caltrans.

Lane closures on Highway 50 between Fairway Avenue and Wildwood Avenue are also expected to continue from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday for drainage work, according to the Caltrans page.

Work also continues on a $7.3 million project from just west of Ski Run Boulevard to Wildwood Avenue that includes curbs, gutters, new drainage systems and highway resurfacing the highway. Completion of that project is expected by 2014.


For Tahoe Pride, it’s all about developing a tolerant and diverse community.

Gregory Cremeans founded Tahoe Pride in 2010 as a way to bring people out of the closet and together through social gatherings and other events. The group’s mission: to create a safe, welcoming haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and to promote education and communication throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Tahoe Pride’s Facebook page now boasts more than 150 likes and members are working to turn the group into a nonprofit with a formal board of directors this summer. They’re also working to establish a PFLAG chapter, a branch of a national group that serves to educate friends and family of gays and lesbians.

“We do want to ramp it up. We want to have a physical center where people can meet, get counseling. It would be a regular LGBT center,” Tahoe Pride member Dawn Harkins said. “We want to be more visible in the community.”


In the beginning there was Elvis, and Elvis was rock ‘n’ roll.

The foundation for Lake Tahoe Community College’s newest class, “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll,” is built on the legacy of the rock ‘n’ roll king. He set in motion a decades-long, music-fueled journey that shook society to its core and greased the wheels of the civil rights movement according to Professor Dona Nichols.

“Elvis legitimized this music. He brought black music to a white culture,” Nichols said. “I believe rock ‘n’ roll played as big a role in the civil rights era as Martin Luther King, Jr. … Once you break that barrier and get people listening to the same music, dancing on the same dance floor, it makes the civil rights movement a little easier.”

Nichols designed the class three years ago for San Jose State University, where she’s taught in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department for the past 14 years. She’s bringing the popular course, which spans from the days of Motown to the British Invasion and the glam rock era, to LTCC this summer starting July 2.

— Compiled by Axie Navas

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