• Dead Sierra trees a combustible quaqmire

    Dead Sierra trees a combustible quaqmire

    By Scott Smith, AP California’s drought and a bark beetle epidemic have caused the largest die-off of Sierra Nevada forests in modern history, raising fears that trees could come crashing down on people or fuel deadly wildfires that could wipe out mountain communities. Officials who are cutting down and stacking the most dangerous trees in […]

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  • Nev. schools no longer worst in country

    Nev. schools no longer worst in country

    By Trevon Milliard, Reno Gazette-Journal Nevada’s public school system no longer ranks last in the nation, a position it held for the past four years. The Silver State is now second to last, edging out New Mexico for 49th place, according to the 2016 Kids Count report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The […]

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  • Heavenly makes epic changes for summer

    Heavenly makes epic changes for summer

    By Kathryn Reed Heavenly Mountain Resort is becoming a year-round economic driver. With the opening of Epic Discovery this month, the South Shore resort is redefining itself – at least when it comes to summer activities. For years the Broomfield-Colo.-based firm wanted to diversify, but U.S. Forest Service regulations prevented that from happening. The feds […]

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  • Search for missing paddleboarder called off

    Search for missing paddleboarder called off

    By Jessica Hice, Sacramento Bee The search for a college football player who presumably drowned June 10 during a Lake Tahoe paddleboard excursion has been suspended indefinitely, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday. Marc Ma, 20, ventured with several other football players from UNR on a paddleboarding trip about 2 miles offshore near the Obexer […]

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  • Nev. seeks ‘answers, not excuses’ for painkiller epidemic

    Nev. seeks ‘answers, not excuses’ for painkiller epidemic

    By Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette-Journal Calling it one of the deadliest epidemics affecting Nevada and the United States, Gov. Brian Sandoval said everything is on the table for addressing the state’s prescription painkiller problem. “At least one person in Nevada dies every day from an opioid overdose,” Sandoval said. “We can and we must do […]

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  • DCSID building sewage overflow system

    DCSID building sewage overflow system

    The sizable excavation project along Elks Point Road heading toward Nevada Beach is a sewage overflow gallery for Douglas County Sewer Improvement District. It will result in additional and redundant wet well storage for the district’s main sewer lift station at Elks Point Road and Dorla Court, according to Douglas County officials. It is being […]

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  • GOP puts more boots on the ground in Nev.

    GOP puts more boots on the ground in Nev.

    By Ben Botkin, Las Vegas Review-Journal Republicans are taking the lessons they learned from the past three presidential elections and putting them to use in Nevada and elsewhere in 2016. It’s led to an added emphasis on a boots-on-the-ground approach in the Silver State and much less reliance on phone banks to reach and recruit […]

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  • Officers to ratchet up boat patrols at Tahoe

    Officers to ratchet up boat patrols at Tahoe

    This weekend, many law enforcement agencies will be out in force on waterways looking for drunken boat operators. This heightened vigilance, known as Operation Dry Water, is part of a national effort to change the cultural acceptance of drinking and boating, and raise awareness that boaters can have safe and fun recreational boating experiences without […]

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  • Plague treatment forces Tahoe campground closure

    Plague treatment forces Tahoe campground closure

    State officials are closing Fallen Leaf Lake Campground from June 27-July 1 in order to apply a pesticide to “minimize potential future plague risk,” according the U.S. Forest Service. Campers must check out by noon Monday. The gate will likely reopen the morning of July 1. California Department of Public Health officials want all rodent burrows to […]

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  • Feds: Drought kills 66 million trees in Sierra

    Feds: Drought kills 66 million trees in Sierra

    By Scott Smith, AP The number of trees in California’s Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising fears they will fuel catastrophic wildfires and endanger people’s lives, officials said Wednesday. Since 2010, an estimated 66 million trees have died in a six-county […]

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