• Calif. drought tests strength of water rights

    Calif. drought tests strength of water rights

    By David Siders and Jim Miller, Sacramento Bee High above a landscape parched by unremitting drought, Meadow Valley Creek courses through the northern Sierra Nevada and pools in a stand of alders behind a tiny, concrete dam. Robert Forbes draws water from the reservoir through an overturned smokestack and into a ditch that has run […]

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  • Tahoe City-based guide recounts Nepal quake

    Tahoe City-based guide recounts Nepal quake

    By James Joiner, Daily Beast High in the Himalayas, Everest climbers can only hope for the best after Saturday’s devastating earthquake. As the numbers of injured and killed — currently 5,900 and 3,218, respectively—rise in the wake of yesterday’s earthquake in Nepal and aftershocks continue to rock the countryside, the first groups of evacuees from […]

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  • Lack of snow redefines rock skiing

    Lack of snow redefines rock skiing

    By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times A group of filmmakers poked gentle fun at California skiers who were recently photographed skiing on an anemic patch of snow on the state’s drought-ridden mountains, by promoting a new sport: rock skiing. In the film from Happy United and Groove Guild, a skier and a snowboarder donning winter […]

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  • Nev. Legislature may fund cloud seeding

    Nev. Legislature may fund cloud seeding

    By Jeff DeLong, Reno Gazette-Journal As a late-season snowstorm swept toward the Sierra Friday, scientists prepared to do their thing. In this case, that meant activating mountaintop generators that spray chemicals into storm clouds, encouraging formation of ice crystals that fall as precious snow. “It looks pretty good. We are pretty confident we will get […]

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  • S. Tahoe’s aging snow removal fleet a concern

    S. Tahoe’s aging snow removal fleet a concern

    By Kathryn Reed Dismal snow years are good and bad for South Lake Tahoe’s Public Works Department. The good means the aging fleet doesn’t have to be used much. The bad is that the state reimburses the city in part for its snow removal expenses, which means fewer dollars will be in the coffer for […]

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  • Plenty of blame for California’s drought

    Plenty of blame for California’s drought

    By Richard Goode My grandfather used to tell the story of traveling from Bakersfield to San Francisco by boat as a boy in about 1910. First up the Tulare Lake, then up the San Joaquin River and through the Delta. In those days, water in California’s San Joaquin Valley must have seemed inexhaustible. Then, the […]

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  • Troubling interdependency of water and power

    Troubling interdependency of water and power

    By Felicity Barringer, New York Times In Modesto, utility records chart an 18 percent rise in farmers’ energy use in 2014 compared with 2013. No evidence shows exactly why this happened, but California’s drought, now in its fourth year, sent many farmers to their wells to pump from hidden aquifers water that normally would be […]

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  • Women cyclists to roll into Tahoe in a big way

    Women cyclists to roll into Tahoe in a big way

    By Susan Wood Move over boys. Title IX aside, pro cyclist Alison Tetrick knows in order for women’s sports to receive the recognition the big boys get in their respective events, the girls need all the help they can get – sometimes from a few angels on the shoulders. And so it goes with the […]

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  • Bill calls for inventory of Nev. water rights

    Bill calls for inventory of Nev. water rights

    By Sandra Chereb, Las Vegas Review-Journal CARSON CITY — With drought gripping Nevada and much of the West, the state’s top water official and a state senator said it’s time to inventory how much water there is and who owns what by tidying up the books on water rights that pre-date state law. “Clearly if […]

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  • Study: The Big One could trigger series of large quakes

    Study: The Big One could trigger series of large quakes

    By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times Research released Wednesday suggests the shaking from “the Big One,” the long-predicted major earthquake on the San Andreas fault, could trigger additional large temblors on nearby faults, intensifying the overall seismic impact. The study suggests that such a quake “could presage a flurry of ‘other Big Ones’ on […]

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