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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 Tour de Manure, new Tahoe apps and a fatal car crash near Zephyr Cove.


The annual Tour de Manure Metric Century in Sierra Valley celebrates its fifth year today.

The Tour welcomes all people looking for a bit of weekend fun — not just cyclists, but also anyone who wants to enjoy some barbecue tri-tip and chicken, some foot-stomping tunes and a browse along Sierraville’s commercial row.

The Tour was launched five years ago by volunteers at the Sierraville Fire and Rescue Department to raise funds for training and equipment, and also to showcase the town and bring people into the valley.

“It’s a really fun event for the whole valley,” said Tour Boss Tami McCollum. “We’ve grown from 150 riders our first year to 401 last year. We have a big party that’s really popular at the finish line, serving food from local restaurants like Los Dos Hermanos, and from a local catering company, Pasquetti’s Silver Eagle Catering. Sierra County Supervisor Paul Roen barbecues the tri-tip for us.”


The strongest of the strong in Lake Tahoe will go head to head to in the annual CrossFit competition, Fittest of the Sierra, this weekend at South Tahoe CrossFit and the South Tahoe Community Sports Complex.

“It’s loud and it’s full of action,” event coordinator Renelle Pinero said. “The CrossFit community is really competitive.”

The competition pits competitors against each other in various exercises, known as workouts of the day or WODs. Each competitor must complete a designated amount of repetitions in a designated time before moving on to the next exercise.

This year’s event will be held over two days for the first time. They’ll also have access to the fields at South Tahoe Middle School for the first time, Pinero said.

One of those will be running a heavy weight across the football field multiple times.


Work could resume as soon as next month on the much-maligned “hole in the ground” at the state line following approvals by the South Lake City Council.

After hours of discussion Tuesday, the Council unanimously approved construction of a partial Chateau project Tuesday.

Several council members expressed concerns with the partial project, but ultimately concluded that something is better than nothing at the stalled development site.

Owens Financial, the majority property owner of the site following bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings, has proposed building the retail portion of what was once envisioned as a more than $400 million retail, lodging and convention center project. Development of the site has been stalled for years after the original developer was unable to secure financing.


A 24-year-old Lodi woman was killed and four people were injured following a Sunday crash near Zephyr Cove.

About 3 p.m. troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 50, according to a statement from the NHP.

Preliminary investigation has found a white 2011 Toyota Corolla 4-door-sedan driven by Eduardo Vizcarra-Sicairos, 29, was traveling west in the inside lane of the highway when it skidded out of control across the double yellow-line and was struck by an eastbound 4-door Hyundai Elantra.

Reyna Vizcarra, a passenger in the front seat of the Corolla and Vizcarra-Sicairos’ wife, was killed by injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.


What if you could hold Lake Tahoe in the palm of your hand?

Thanks to two new basin-specific apps, you — almost — can. Beach access and event information is only a click away with Big Blue Concierge or Tahoe Beaches in your pocket.

The mobile applications traveled vastly different development paths, but both aim to broaden access to regional information for the growing number of digital natives playing on Tahoe’s shores.

When Paula Peterson lost her job at the casino, she needed to reinvent herself. After 30 years in the customer service industry, she wanted to continue her career as a concierge even though the traditional track was changing.


Mike Herron wanted to start a community activism group that would prove its worth through deeds rather than words.

So on May 25, the South Lake Tahoe native and his friend, Katie Doner, used social media to unite friends and create the South Lake Tahoe Community Action Team. Their mission: to develop a stewardship ethos that would incite locals to tackle the city’s environmental issues.

“We wanted a way to assemble as a group … We want to use our right to assemble to assemble community clean-up days,” Herron said.

The group holds weekly meetings Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Bijou community center. It’s still small — Herron said five people attended the last meeting — but the organizers hope to grow those numbers through Facebook and community flyers.

One of the events that sparked the formation of the action team was the worldwide March Against Monsanto, a protest against the genetically modified food the company produces. That political-bent first inspired Herron to name the group Occupy South Lake Tahoe, but he veered away from the “stigma” the loaded title provoked.

— Compiled by Axie Navas

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