• Foothill wineries working hard to keep frost from vines

    Foothill wineries working hard to keep frost from vines

    By Kathryn Reed PLACERVILLE — As winter lingers at Lake Tahoe, grape growers at lower elevations in El Dorado and Amador counties are hoping spring weather becomes the norm. Most of the vineyards are still dormant, with the Chardonnay grapes just beginning to bud. It’s that bud break combined with freezing temperatures that can destroy […]

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  • El Dorado County sheriff’s candidates politely spar

    El Dorado County sheriff’s candidates politely spar

    By Kathryn Reed STATELINE — Relaxing the renewal process for people carrying concealed weapons and knowing the budget will be a critical issue facing the next sheriff of El Dorado County are two things the six candidates for the job agree on. During a lunch meeting Wednesday at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe that was hosted by […]

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  • Dye study may lead to use of herbicides in Lake Tahoe

    Dye study may lead to use of herbicides in Lake Tahoe

    By Kathryn Reed One day the Lahontan Water Quality Control Board is probably going to have make the decision to either leave the invasive non-native Eurasian milfoil plant in Lake Tahoe or eradicate it with herbicides. The mantra for handling invasive aquatic species, be it plant or animal, is prevention, control, eradication. Prevention, in this […]

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  • South Tahoe to probe potential convention center investor

    South Tahoe to probe potential convention center investor

    By Kathryn Reed South Lake Tahoe is waiting for a $30,000 check so it can begin its due diligence – aka background and financial checks – of Woodridge Capital Partners LLC, the firm wanting to take over the would-be convention center. At the City Council meeting this month, attorney Lew Feldman, who has represented original […]

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  • Concessionaire has 6 weeks to get Fallen Leaf Lake ready

    Concessionaire has 6 weeks to get Fallen Leaf Lake ready

    By Susan Wood The community services district managing Fallen Leaf Lake operations put to bed months of ambiguity by awarding its concessionaire contract to Rob and Sandy Wirth, who run a South Shore electrical company with ties to the mountain haven. The Fallen Leaf CSD board voted 4-0 Saturday in a special meeting at Lake […]

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  • Stamp of approval for annual wine Passport Weekend

    Stamp of approval for annual wine Passport Weekend

    By Kathryn Reed PLACERVILLE — It’s not exactly like the bar Cheers where everyone knows your name, but it’s close because more people are apt to know you by the time you leave. Passport Weekend in El Dorado County is like one big party – except it’s at 26 locations. Some might say visiting 26 […]

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  • Officials: Muck on roadways not from change in de-icing

    Officials: Muck on roadways not from change in de-icing

    By Kathryn Reed Every spring the sides of the roads in the basin and on the highways leading to Lake Tahoe are black and not the pristine white of fresh snow. The difference this year is locals have noticed the black has been more prominent throughout the winter. However, snow removal officials on both sides […]

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  • Room tax expected to increase 3% in Douglas County

    Room tax expected to increase 3% in Douglas County

    By Kathryn Reed MINDEN — Starting June 1 the cost of a hotel room in Douglas County is likely going to be 3 percent higher. Notices were sent out Tuesday to the hundreds of properties that will be affected by increasing the hotel tax from 10 percent to 13 percent. The commissioners on April 15 […]

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  • Lower Kingsbury Grade aims to improve infrastructure

    Lower Kingsbury Grade aims to improve infrastructure

    By Kathryn Reed MINDEN — A wish list of more than $64 million worth of improvements to the Lower Kingsbury Grade area is circulating among Douglas County officials and property owners. “It’s a major public policy decision to create a district like this,” Douglas County Manager Michael Brown said. “We would use the tax increment […]

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  • No Saturday mail delivery inches closer to reality

    No Saturday mail delivery inches closer to reality

    By Kathryn Reed If officials keep moving in the direction they are headed, Saturday home delivery mail service may not exist this time next year. The U.S. Postal Service is projecting a $238 billion deficit for the next decade. Eliminating Saturday service would also mean 49,000 full- and part-time jobs would be axed. More than […]

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