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Nevada Supreme Court dismisses marijuana distribution case

December 3, 2018 — The Nevada Supreme Court has finally put an end to the battle over who is legally allowed to distribute marijuana, saying the issue is now moot. The original ballot initiative legalizing recreational pot specified that the only businesses that could be licensed to distribute the

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Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

December 1, 2018 — HOUSTON — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died.

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Bear strolls into California Highway Patrol office (video)

November 26, 2018 — A bear had no trouble opening a door as it strolled into a California Highway Patrol office in a mountain town.

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Unpredictable weather can complicate life for Lake Tahoe’s seasonal workers

November 26, 2018 — Working in an industry reliant on colder weather can prove trying for seasonal ski industry employees, who deal with the combination of low wages and high cost of living in the Tahoe area. And while most major resorts like Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Northstar

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2018-19 Tahoe Magazine winter edition on stands now

November 24, 2018 — Look, we all know that from time to time, everyone needs a little R&R. There's nothing like a well-planned vacation — or, even better, a spontaneous day off — full of rest and relaxation to take your mind off the various things in life that cause us

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Harrowing stories, donations, firefighters represent strong ties between Paradise and Lake Tahoe

November 23, 2018 — Firefighters don HAZMAT suits over their fire gear. They're searching for teeth, bone fragments, any sign of the people who called the smoldering rubble home. A husband and wife, having driven down a highway engulfed by flames on both sides, head to bed in a

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California Highway Patrol entering ‘maximum enforcement period’ for Thanksgiving weekend

November 21, 2018 — Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest on the roadways. To help motorists avoid tragedies, the California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on patrol during this Maximum Enforcement Period. According to a

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Ignition interlock now required for all Nevada DUI arrests

November 18, 2018 — If you’ve been charged with drunk driving, there’s a new sheriff in town. And it’s electronic — a mandatory ignition interlock device on your vehicle that checks your sobriety every time you start the car. Under the law passed by the 2017 Legislature, a vehicle

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Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Shoreline Plan nears approval

October 23, 2018 — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is one step closer to approving the Shoreline Plan and development rights initiative, a process that began in 2015. Earlier this month the Advisory Planning Commission recommended to the Governing Board that the plan be adopted. The board is expected

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Power switched off in Northern California amid fire fears

October 15, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California’s biggest utility has taken the unprecedented step of cutting electricity for tens of thousands of customers in an attempt to prevent wildfires amid rising winds and official warnings on Monday of extreme fire danger. Pacific Gas & Electric began turning

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Governor candidates spar on vision for California

October 8, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Republican John Cox attempted to lay California's high cost of living at the feet of Democrat Gavin Newsom during a debate Monday, while Newsom warned that Cox would govern like President Donald Trump. The hour-long public radio debate remained civil, with the

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Placer County Court rules against Squaw Valley case seeking to sanction Sierra Watch

October 6, 2018 — A Placer County judge ruled against Squaw Valley Resort after the company attempted to sanction Sierra Watch to collect $226,893 in attorney fees from the environmental nonprofit organization. The sanction was sought against Sierra Watch after it had failed in a lawsuit against Placer County

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New underwater trail in Emerald Bay takes divers on tour of Lake Tahoe maritime history (video)

October 2, 2018 — Few places have been viewed more than Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay. The iconic inlet is one of the most visited areas of Big Blue — by boat, vehicle or bike — and one of the most photographed locations in the United States.

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California marks another dry water year

October 1, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — California began a new water year Monday with some rain falling or in the immediate forecast after 12 months of below-average precipitation. The Department of Water Resources said the Oct.1-Sept. 30 water year that ended Sunday was marked by hot and dry

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Nevada Secretary of State posts 2018 ballot question information

September 27, 2018 — The secretary of state’s office has posted an informational booklet that provides the wording and a brief summary of all six statewide ballot questions that will appear on the November ballot. The booklet also provides fiscal notes explaining the potential financial impact of each question

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California governor blocks later school start time mandate

September 21, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Thursday requiring that California middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., saying the decision of when to start classes should be up to schools not the state. Supporters of the bill cited research

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California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

September 20, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with your child’s meal at a California restaurant, you’ll need to ask for them starting next year. A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to

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California scraps helmet mandate for motorized scooters

September 20, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians soon won’t have to wear helmets while zipping around on motorized scooters. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday requiring helmets only for people under age 18. It’s a win for companies such as Bird and Lime that operate the popular scooters

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Reno sets record for hottest summer 2nd year in a row

September 18, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — For the second year in a row, Reno sizzled through its hottest summer on record. The National Weather Service says the average daytime high for June, July and August was 93.6 degrees (34.2 Celsius). That’s one-third of a degree hotter than the

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California governor vetoes bill to ban per-signature payment

September 18, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown has once again vetoed a bill that would have banned paying people based on the number of signatures they collect for ballot initiatives. In the veto message he released Tuesday, Brown quoted his previous veto message from 2011,

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