• Lichen study needs volunteers

    Lichen study needs volunteers

    Volunteers are needed for a lichen study in Great Basin National Park in Nevada. The July 17-19 event is called Lichen BioBlitz. There are more than 20,000 species of lichen in the world. The volunteers will learn about these  organisms as they catalog them throughout the park. For more info or to signup, go online.

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  • Poker backing a sophisticated economic market

    Poker backing a sophisticated economic market

    By David Schoen, Las Vegas Review-Journal Joe Cada won enough money playing online poker to pay for his first house in cash. But before his first World Series of Poker in 2009, the 21-year-old didn’t want to risk a significant portion of his bankroll in Las Vegas. “I gave my mom money, and I still […]

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  • Backcountry skiing in Nev. far from Tahoe

    Backcountry skiing in Nev. far from Tahoe

    By Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette-Journal Both physically and spiritually, Wheeler Peak is about as far as you can get from a Tahoe ski resort without leaving Nevada. The 13,065-foot peak near the border with Utah towers over a bro-free desert landscape of cattle ranches, windmills and wildlife. It’s what makes Wheeler a practically perfect destination […]

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  • Snow remains common obstacle in Desolation

    Snow remains common obstacle in Desolation

    By U.S. Forest Service The report and photos below are from Forest Service wilderness ranger scouting expeditions this last week in Desolation Wilderness. Many hikers are turning around because of difficulty finding the trail, a great deal of snow, limited dry ground, frozen lakes, and high stream crossings. Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots and proper clothing […]

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  • Water trail signs help Lake Tahoe paddlers

    Water trail signs help Lake Tahoe paddlers

    By Becky Bell Paddlers on Lake Tahoe will have an easier time safely finding their way on the Lake Tahoe Water Trail this summer. Sierra Business Council, with funding support from Placer County, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the city of South Lake Tahoe, will oversee the installation of educational wayfinding interpretive signs at 10 […]

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  • Nev. OKs pari-mutuel betting on nontraditional events

    Nev. OKs pari-mutuel betting on nontraditional events

    By Thomas Moore, Las Vegas Sun Bettors in Nevada can now place pari-mutuel bets on events like e-sports tournaments, the World Series of Poker and the NBA draft after the Nevada Gaming Commission today unanimously approved changes to rules for wagering on nontraditional events. Bettors previously could place nonpari-mutuel bets on “other events,” defined as […]

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  • South Lake Tahoe breaking temperature records

    South Lake Tahoe breaking temperature records

    By Kathryn Reed It might be time to buy sunscreen in bulk. South Lake Tahoe has set three records this week. On June 19 it was 90 degrees, breaking the record set in 1988 of 85 degrees; on June 20 it was 90, the old record set in 1981 was 85; and on June 21 […]

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  • Project analyzing if meadows reduce carbon dioxide

    Project analyzing if meadows reduce carbon dioxide

    By Jane Braxton, Scientific American The record piles of snow across California’s Sierra Nevada are melting away, exposing once again its breathtaking alpine meadows. As temperatures warm the moist soil, the meadows quicken, cycling carbon from the ground into the atmosphere and back again in a pattern essential to the planet’s health. Scientists and land […]

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  • Tahoe powerlifter sets 4 Nev. titles

    Tahoe powerlifter sets 4 Nev. titles

    Alex Zuong set four state weight lifting records in the 82.5kg class while he was a senior at Incline Village High School this year. He bench pressed 125 kilograms, dead-lifted 202.5kg and did a squat with 172.5kg. He set the total weight record at 485kg – that is more than a half a ton. Zuong […]

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  • LED bike lights target night riders, Burners

    LED bike lights target night riders, Burners

    By Carol Pogash, New York Times When Dan Goldwater first attached kaleidoscopic LED lights to the spokes of his bicycle wheels and rode through the Burning Man festival at night, the crowd was wowed. And the “burners” — people who flock to the giant late-summer counterculture festival in the Nevada desert — were not the […]

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