• Trails day unites rookies with wonders of outdoors in winter

    Trails day unites rookies with wonders of outdoors in winter

    By Susan Wood When people allow nature to take its course, they often like the path it takes. That’s just the suggestive nudging winter sports enthusiasts from New England to Lake Tahoe are making on Jan. 8 — National Winter Trails Day. This event is designed to teach first-timers to snowshoes and cross country skis […]

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  • Increase in childhood diabetes puts strain on school nurses

    Increase in childhood diabetes puts strain on school nurses

    By Jessie Marchesseau In any given hour at Sierra House Elementary School in South Lake Tahoe, half a dozen kids are in and out of the nurse’s office. Illnesses, injuries, bloody noses and burns are among the ailments. A young girl wearing purple jeans and a bright orange bow in her hair wanders into the […]

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  • Northstar COO not planning major changes in initial season

    Northstar COO not planning major changes in initial season

    By Kathryn Reed TRUCKEE — Driving into Northstar-at-Tahoe and schussing down the slopes it doesn’t seem like anything is different. For now, the experience is the same. But with Vail Resorts buying the North Shore resort in October and Bill Rock coming on board in December as chief operating officer, change is inevitable. The first […]

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  • Making and keeping resolutions for ’11 that matter

    Making and keeping resolutions for ’11 that matter

    A new day, a new month, a new year, a new decade. Welcome to 2011. Resolutions so often fall flat. Either the conviction to make them happen wanes or their unrealistic nature renders them unachievable. What if we started small with our resolutions for the coming year? Whether you call it paying it forward or […]

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  • Pensions prove it pays to be a retired government employee

    Pensions prove it pays to be a retired government employee

    By Kathryn Reed There comes a time when it doesn’t pay to work. That time is when government workers are tapped out in the Public Employment Retirement System and it makes more sense to start withdrawing from that account. Former El Dorado County Sheriff Jeff Neves a year ago said he was leaving office a […]

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  • Building industry faces new fire regulations, green codes

    Building industry faces new fire regulations, green codes

    By Jessie Marchesseau California mandates new building codes every three years. 2011 is one of those years. Beginning Jan. 1, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and most of the rest of the state will be implementing some new standards. “There’s gonna be grumbling with the mandated issues,” said Dave Walker, building official for South Lake Tahoe. […]

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  • Storm downs trees, power lines; shelter open in S. Tahoe

    Storm downs trees, power lines; shelter open in S. Tahoe

    Updated 6:45pm: In anticipation of the low temperatures this evening and people still without power, South Lake Tahoe officials in conjunction with the American Red Cross has opened a warming shelter at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center located at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd. Power is still off in the Al Tahoe neighborhood of South […]

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  • Snowpack water content near Tahoe 158% of normal

    Snowpack water content near Tahoe 158% of normal

    By Kathryn Reed PHILLIPS STATION — With snow coming down in a flurry, the water content was likely changing Tuesday during the first snow survey of the year near Echo Summit. What a difference a year makes. In 2009 the water content was 9 inches at Phillips Station, whereas this December it came in at […]

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  • Christmas trees will be turned into compost in Carson Valley

    Christmas trees will be turned into compost in Carson Valley

    By Kathryn Reed Fertile Mulch. That’s what recycled Christmas trees are turned into at Full Circle Compost in Minden. Craig Witt, who runs the compost operation in the Carson Valley, hasn’t promoted this product much in the past because he hasn’t been able to make enough of it to keep up with demand. He’s hoping […]

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  • Skiers unwrap gifts at Sierra — short lines, plenty of snow

    Skiers unwrap gifts at Sierra — short lines, plenty of snow

    By Kathryn Reed TWIN BRIDGES — Sometimes the best celebrations are spent with thousands of other people. Such was the case for the skiers and boarders schussing down the slopes of Sierra-at-Tahoe on Christmas. One rider started taking her clothes off in the early afternoon at West Bowl saying how hot she was after starting […]

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