• Bette — From ‘Beaches’ to desert

    Bette — From ‘Beaches’ to desert

    By Susan Wood LAS VEGAS — She still has it. Most women can only hope to have their act together in their 60s like the graceful, energetic Divine Miss M. “Las Vegas, you look divine,” Bette Midler belts out to another near sold-out show on a hot Vegas night. She could have been looking in […]

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  • Novice Harley rider overcomes jitters in the mountains

    Novice Harley rider overcomes jitters in the mountains

    By Brenda Knox EASTERN SIERRA NEVADA — As we came to the sign that said five miles to go, I just kept thinking “keep it steady, we’re almost there.” I never felt so much relief as when we exited. The rain had let up a bit as we got off the highway. I took the […]

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  • Markleeville resort could transform tiny town

    Markleeville resort could transform tiny town

    By Susan Wood Sometimes professional development is all about the personal path one takes in life. A project that makes this philosophical theory evident is Markleeville Village. The proposed LEED-certified development features a 38,000-square-foot lodge and spa named Mahalee – which means acorn in Washoe. The 49 alpine-style cabins and town center will be built […]

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  • Female impersonators rival real stars

    Female impersonators rival real stars

      By Kathryn Reed The face of Carnival Cabaret lives on even though his voice has been silenced. Hunter — his legal and stage name — did such an incredible rendition of Cher that it was hard to know it wasn’t her, let alone it was a man in those outrageous costumes. Hunter’s image was […]

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  • SLT budget banks on more tourists, furlough days

    SLT budget banks on more tourists, furlough days

    By Kathryn Reed Interim City Attorney Patrick Enright is investigating whether South Lake Tahoe could force its employees to take furlough days even if the unions say no to the proposal that is being negotiated. To come up with a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, the city needs to close […]

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  • Mardi Gras of motorcycling

    Mardi Gras of motorcycling

    By Brenda Knox RENO — There is nothing like the rumble of loud pipes and the smell of leather to let you know you’re in motorcycle heaven. Ever since getting my Harley in May, I’ve been looking forward to Street Vibrations Reno 2009. Since it’s in my backyard, it was an event I did not […]

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  • Residents likely to feel financial burden of water meters

    Residents likely to feel financial burden of water meters

    By Kathryn Reed The 163 water meters to be installed this year is a drop in the bucket considering South Tahoe Public Utility District needs to put in 10,000 in the next 16 years. Federal stimulus money ($4.5 million) is paying for 1,500 meters. Based on the strings attached to the cash, the district had […]

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  • Luther Pass improvements a boon for cyclists

    Luther Pass improvements a boon for cyclists

    By Kathryn Reed Four-foot wide shoulders “at a minimum” is what will be installed along Highway 89 starting at the intersection of Highway 50 in El Dorado County and extending to the Alpine County line. “It will provide safety for cyclists. It will give them more room. Part of this project is to encourage cycling,” […]

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  • State forcing Kindertown to close

    State forcing Kindertown to close

    By Kathryn Reed Tears were flowing and words of anger uttered as more than a 100 parents stood in the play yard at Kindertown on Wednesday night to hear owner-director Maria Barrows-Crist explain that the state plans to close the facility Oct. 15. It means 130 children who attend the South Lake Tahoe day-care center […]

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  • Ordinance for pot clubs extinguished

    Ordinance for pot clubs extinguished

    By Kathryn Reed A meeting set for yesterday at 10am never occurred. Apparently South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Terry Daniels took it upon himself to schedule the meeting with the three pot dispensaries in town without the knowledge or consent of the City Council. Daniels said the meeting was like any other when an ordinance […]

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