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

Kashima podiums twice at Freestyles

Sho Kashima, of South Lake Tahoe and the Heavenly Freestyle Team, captured second in the dual moguls competition at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships last Saturday. The win came on the heels of his third-place finish in single moguls the day before.

Joe Discoe, of Telluride, Colo., was the only skier to edge Kashima in the head-to-head mogul throw down. Dylan Walczyk, of Breckenridge, Colo., rounded out the podium in third place.

In the women’s duals, Sophia Schwartz, of Sun Valley, Idaho, won her first-ever U.S. Championship title. Mikaela Matthews, of Frisco, Colo., took second, and defending U.S. Champion K.C. Oakley settled for bronze.

For more information on last weekend’s Freestyle Championships, visit the South Shore’s online sports page.

Mann’s shutout lifts Vikings to home win

The Vikings’ losses will be few and far between if they plays all their ballgame like they did Wednesday.

“If we can just do that every time I don’t think anyone can stop us,” starting pitcher Jordan Mann said.

The Vikings were certainly unstoppable Wednesday. Mann tossed a complete game shutout, and the boys played small ball for a 5-0 win over Sparks High School at home.

Planning agency withdrawal back to legislators

Nevada legislators are mulling whether the state should keep the door open to withdrawing from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The Nevada Senate Committee on Natural Resources heard Senate Bill 229 for the first time in Carson City on Tuesday. The committee did not take a vote on the proposed legislation that would repeal 2011’s SB 271.

SB 271 allows the Nevada governor to withdraw from the TRPA’s Compact in October 2015 if certain conditions, including passage of a new regional plan and changes to the TRPA Governing Board’s voting structure, aren’t met.

Some argue that the specter of the state pulling out of the TRPA was critical to starting the dialog between Nevada and California that led to the passage of the updated regional plan in December.

Proponents of SB 229 argue that a collaborative effort between both states in necessary to protect Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe’s Nevada shoreline could go public

Public access to Lake Tahoe’s Nevada shoreline could look a lot more like California’s access under a law introduced into the Silver State’s legislature.

Unlike California, Nevada law does not provide for public access on private property between the high- and low-water marks at Lake Tahoe. Nevada Assembly Bill 396 would allow access up to the high-water mark of public waters in the state.

Jan Brisco, executive director of the Tahoe Lakefront Owners’ Association, said the bill represents a “significant shift” in how property rights operate on the Nevada side of the lake.

South Shore principal retires after 23 years with school district

Longtime Mount Tallac Continuation School Principal Susan Baker plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Baker helped found Mount Tallac at its present location near South Tahoe High School almost 10 years ago because she had noticed that not all students could succeed in a traditional high school setting. Teens who worked 40 hours per week to support themselves or their family didn’t have time for a full school day, while many young women who became pregnant dropped out of classes.

Mount Tallac started with five students. The school now employs three teachers, a counselor, a homeless liaison and a secretary. This June, more than 50 Mount Tallac seniors will don the cap and gown that might have seemed unattainable a year before.

Karen Gillis-Tinlin, the current principal at Bijou Community School, will lead Mount Tallac starting next year.

South Shore vodka company wins international competition

When Matt Levitt, director of operations for Tahoe Blue Vodka, entered his product in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge this spring, it was David versus multiple Goliaths.

The South Shore liquor company, just 1 year old, was competing against behemoths like American Harvest Organic Spirit Vodka — a product from the same company that developed Grey Goose — in the prestigious New York tasting competition.

Tahoe Blue Vodka not only won an award, it took home top honors in the unflavored vodka contest at what Levitt calls the “most widely recognized” spirits competition in the U.S.

The New York City-based Ultimate Beverage Challenge picks journalists and buyers for the judging panels, according to the organization’s website. The experts blind taste the products and then score each one on a 100-point scale. The category’s highest scorer takes home the Chairman’s Trophy.

Compiled by Axie Navas

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