• Ways to keep Tahoe-Truckee backcountry wild

    Ways to keep Tahoe-Truckee backcountry wild

    By Jill Sanford, Moonshine Ink As the snow settles from our most recent storm, the Tahoe/Truckee backcountry community is buzzing with anticipation for those remote, untouched lines and the fresh tracks they dream of all summer long.   Each winter more people opt to earn their fresh turns by hiking the local mountains rather than […]

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  • Math scores fail to impress ZCES, WHS principals

    Math scores fail to impress ZCES, WHS principals

    By Susan Wood STATELINE – There’s a memorable scene in the movie “Big” where lead actor Tom Hanks leaves a dinner party table to explain algebra to a boy having trouble with it. Hanks tells the youngster to forget the X’s and Y’s. “Let’s imagine Larry Bird is going to score 10 points in the […]

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  • Invasive clams tracked by their DNA

    Invasive clams tracked by their DNA

    By Ben Coxworth, New Atlas The sooner that you know an invasive species is present in your local environment, the better the chances that you can control it before it becomes unmanageable. It was with this in mind that researchers from the University of Illinois recently detected the presence of a species of invasive freshwater […]

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  • Placing blame for NorCal’s deadly fires

    Placing blame for NorCal’s deadly fires

    By Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times More than two dozen investigators have spent weeks scouring wine country trying to solve the mystery at the heart of the most destructive wildfires in California history: What caused the infernos that killed 43 people and destroyed more than 8,000 buildings? The answers will have wide-ranging ramifications for the […]

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  • Opinion: SLT taxpayers fund sexist sculpture

    Opinion: SLT taxpayers fund sexist sculpture

    By Kathryn Reed Champions Plaza in South Lake Tahoe was developed to recognize athletes in the area who have reached statewide, national or international recognition in their sport. It was never intended to be just about Olympians or three in particular. Nonetheless, the idea was born out of the trio who became known as the […]

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  • Proposed federal budget, tax cuts could stunt affordable housing

    Proposed federal budget, tax cuts could stunt affordable housing

    By Michelle D. Layser, The Conversation Low-income Americans are already struggling to keep a roof over their heads due to a growing affordable housing shortage. But budgets drafted by the Trump administration and Congress, along with provisions in the tax cut package, are bound to make matters worse. As a researcher who studies the intersection […]

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  • Calif. pot rules open way for potentially larger fields

    Calif. pot rules open way for potentially larger fields

    By Associated Press California released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging legal marijuana industry, while potentially opening the way for larger-scale cultivation that some fear could strangle small-farm growers. The thicket of emergency regulations will allow the state to begin issuing temporary licenses for growers, distributors and sellers on Jan. 1, when […]

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  • AAA: Most Americans in 12 years to travel for Thanksgiving

    AAA: Most Americans in 12 years to travel for Thanksgiving

    By Barbara J. Powell, Bloomberg U.S. Thanksgiving travel will jump to the highest level since 2005 boosted by a stronger economy, even as gasoline prices will be higher than a year earlier.  About 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the Nov. 22-Nov. 26 holiday period, the ninth consecutive increase […]

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  • Plenty of snow on mountaintop as Heavenly opens

    Plenty of snow on mountaintop as Heavenly opens

    By Kathryn Reed Opening day at Heavenly Mountain Resort was delayed a few hours, but that didn’t seem to bother the hundreds of people who were making tracks Friday for the first time this season. It did make for a bit of a long day for those who arrived at 6:30am to ensure they’d be […]

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  • Calif. may reach 50% renewable power goal 10 years early

    Calif. may reach 50% renewable power goal 10 years early

    By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious law ordering California utility companies to get 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. It looks like they may hit that goal a decade ahead of schedule. An annual report issued Monday by California regulators found […]

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