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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 a memorial big air competition at Sierra-at-Tahoe, a mountain lion migration and the possibility of a third SnowGlobe in the South Shore.

Snowboarder Chelone Miller dies at age 29

Snowboarder Chelone Miller, the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, died Sunday in the area of Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his death Monday in a statement. The cause of death is being investigated, but authorities say foul play is not suspected.

According to the statement, the sheriff’s office dispatch received a call around 12:45 p.m. Sunday regarding an unresponsive male in his van. Paramedics, the fire department and deputies were dispatched to the scene, where upon arrival they determined Miller was dead.

Miller, of Easton, N.H., was hoping to make the U.S. squad in snowboardcross for the 2014 Sochi Games. Nicknamed Chilly, Miller recently finished fourth at the 2013 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix in Canyons, Utah.

Big air competition comes to Sierra-at-Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort’s Buckle Up Big Air competition hit the slopes today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The ski and snowboard slopestyle event is held in honor of Greg Smith, a former freeskier for the resort who was killed in a car collision in 2008.

Greg loved to teach so it’s fitting the proceeds from his memorial competition will go to teaching economically disadvantaged kids how to ski and snowboard. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sierra Education Foundation to help economically disadvantaged kids in our community learn to ski and ride.

“He would stop what he was doing in the park when he would see kids trying to do something, go up, introduce himself and say ‘hey, let me give you a hand.’ He’d give them some pointers and spend half his day doing that,” Steve Smith, Greg’s father, told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Mountain lions heading back to basin

An early spring is bringing one of Lake Tahoe Basin’s large predators up to altitude a little sooner than normal.

Mountain lions follow the mule deer that migrate to higher elevations once the snow melts. The Nevada Department of Wildlife received a report of a mountain lion near Kingsbury Grade Monday around dusk, according to NDOW spokesman Chris Healy.

“It’s not an unusual thing for this time of year, especially in a lighter winter,” Healy said. “In a winter like this, the mule deer are kind of transitioning from their winter range back into summer range, which means that they are probably entering the basin.”

While mountain lion attacks are exceedingly rare — the California Department of Fish and Game recorded only 13 verified cougar attacks on humans since 1986 — Healy recommended people make their presence known when hiking in mountain lion county.

LTUSD graduation, dropout rates mirror positive state trend

The number of Lake Tahoe Unified School District students who earned a diploma inched higher this year according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Education.

The high school graduation rate rose and the dropout rate decreased in LTUSD during the 2011-12 school year.

Those South Shore numbers mirror a statewide trend. Almost eight out of ten California students graduated last year from public schools, up 1.4 percent from 2010-11.

In LTUSD, almost 90 percent of the students who started high school in 2008-09 graduated with their class in 2012 —up from 86 percent the previous year.

Live Violence Free project looks to raise awareness

South Shore’s Live Violence Free is participating in the national Clothesline Project to help raise awareness of violence against women and children. It’s part of the organizations observance of April as both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Clothesline Project, which dates back to 1990, encourages people to design T-shirts for a display. The Live Violence Free clothesline is scheduled to go on display outside the organization’s office April 29.

Two additional workshops to design T-shirts are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at the center. The organization has T-shirts available.

LTCC agrees to continue negotiations for third SnowGlobe

The SnowGlobe Music Festival is one step closer to returning to the South Shore this December.

The Lake Tahoe Community College board of trustees agreed Tuesday night to continue working with event promoters of the three-day music series that takes place over New Year’s Eve weekend.

Potential costs to the college include long-term damage to the playing field at the college where the concerts take place. Options to cover the field during the series will cost about $250,000 while replacement would cost about $750,000, according to South Lake Tahoe City Manager Nancy Kerry.

Compiled by Axie Navas

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