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Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

August 16, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — When it comes to the taxman, California’s legal pot market is off to a sluggish start. Marijuana cultivation and excise tax collections hit $48 million between April and June, state officials announced Wednesday. That’s a jump from the prior three months but

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California could reshape pot rules as legal market struggles

August 15, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — The nation’s largest legal marijuana market is struggling. Illicit sales continue to thrive. A shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana deliveries in cities that have

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Yosemite park reopens, but fire’s toll on tourism still felt

August 14, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — The reopening of Yosemite National Park can’t come soon enough for Douglas Shaw. The 20-day closure during peak tourist season at one of the busiest parks in the U.S. cost Shaw $200,000 in lost revenue at his hotel just outside Yosemite. Most

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California fires may make homeowners insurance harder to get

August 13, 2018 — California homeowners may find themselves facing insurance headaches even if their houses weren’t affected by this year’s blazes.The California Department of Insurance had already warned this year that the increasing number and severity of wildfires were making it harder for homeowners in the state to

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Cooler weather helps crews fight Southern California fire

August 13, 2018 — LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California’s Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire was 41 percent contained Sunday afternoon after burning across 35.5 square

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Tahoe Housing Trouble Part 2: Employers cite housing for inability to find employees

August 13, 2018 — Editor's note: This is part 2 in a three-part series examining the housing issues here in Tahoe and other areas. Part 3 will run in the Aug. 17 edition of the Tribune. To read part 1, visit http://www.tahoedailytribune.com. Even on the busiest weekend, drive through

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Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot

August 12, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures is waging an expensive battle with the real estate industry over rent control in California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has poured more than $12 million into a November initiative it’s

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Tahoe Donner implements ban on fires; gas grills only allowed

August 12, 2018 — Tahoe Donner Board of Directors voted Thursday to enforce a temporary fire ban for all Tahoe Donner owners and guests until local fire authorities declare an end to fire season. The new enforcement prohibits outdoor wood or charcoal fires due to reports of high fire

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Squaw claims victory in lawsuit; judge rules no Brown Act violation

August 11, 2018 — A Placer County judge has ruled in favor of Placer County and KLS Alterra Mountain Company against a lawsuit filed by Sierra Watch, a nonprofit environmental organization, that claimed the county had violated the Brown Act when approving a 25-year village redevelopment project at Squaw

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Yosemite to reopen Tuesday, 14 days after blaze choked air

August 10, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Yosemite National Park will reopen Tuesday, 14 days after a wildfire choked the park with smoke at the peak of tourist season, officials said Friday. “This is truly a historic and unprecedented event in park history, and we are thrilled to welcome

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California’s biggest blaze more than half contained

August 10, 2018 — LAKEPORT, Calif. — California fire officials say the largest blaze ever recorded in the state is now more than half contained. But the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says Thursday it will still take several weeks to fully surround the massive wildfire in

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Lake Tahoe Summit: Wildfire risks, management central themes

August 8, 2018 — With smoke pooling in the Tahoe Basin, members of Congress from Nevada, California, and Alaska took the stage at Sand Harbor on Tuesday for the 22nd annual Lake Tahoe Summit. While the representatives touched on a number of issues regarding Tahoe and the importance of

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Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire season

August 8, 2018 — LAKEPORT, Calif. — The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. Some

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Mountain Housing Council digs into affordable housing dilemma in Tahoe Truckee

August 8, 2018 — All across the state cities are struggling through a housing crisis. The Tahoe area is not immune to the problem as housing prices continue to rise and local businesses struggle to find employees capable of surviving on the wage provided to them. “We know that

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Former Nevada governor, US senator Paul Laxalt dies at 96

August 7, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — Paul Laxalt, the son of Basque immigrants who rose to political power as a Nevada governor, U.S. senator and close ally to Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 96. Laxalt died Monday at a health care facility in Virginia, according to the

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Still raging: Largest wildfire in California history grows

August 7, 2018 — LAKEPORT, Calif. — Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighborhoods: The places and names change, but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California. Twin fires in Northern California being treated as one are the largest

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California gas tax repeal effort could help GOP candidates

August 5, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Top national Republicans and grassroots donors alike have poured money into the campaign to repeal a recent gas tax increase in California with the hopes it will drive turnout in November and help the GOP hold onto U.S. House seats in the

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Weather to bring renewed fire danger to Northern California

August 4, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Crews battling deadly Northern California wildfires braced for a weekend of windy, hot weather that could drive the flames into new areas and threaten more homes. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings of critical fire weather conditions through Saturday night,

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Rising winds forecast for Northern California wildfire zones

August 3, 2018 — REDDING, Calif. — Firefighters battling deadly and destructive wildfires in Northern California faced worsening weather conditions on Friday. The National Weather Service issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions into Saturday, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region would bring afternoon

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Los Angeles may temporarily ban shared electric scooters

August 1, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — Shared electric scooters could be banned in the nation’s second-largest city until regulations are approved and permits are issued. A motion by Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz would tell city officials to take all available measures to ban scooters in LA and

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