• SLT warm room proving to be a good neighbor

    SLT warm room proving to be a good neighbor

    By Kathryn Reed All the angst about the warm room in South Lake Tahoe opening on Rufus Allen Boulevard was for naught. The seasonal overnight shelter, now in its third year, is just another business in the neighborhood. Even though some residents last month balked at the idea of having “these people” be so close, […]

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  • California Realtors plot statewide database

    California Realtors plot statewide database

    By Jeff Collins, San Jose Mercury News Is the Realtor-run property listing service in California obsolete? Several brokers, agents and “multiple listing service” operators expressed concern during a panel discussion this month that commercial websites like Zillow, Redfin and Realtor.com have overtaken the patchwork of industry databases agents use to find homes for clients. “The world […]

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  • Tax overhaul a blow to affordable housing efforts

    Tax overhaul a blow to affordable housing efforts

    By Conor Dougherty, New York Times The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some three […]

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  • 5 measures will be on 2018 ballot in Nevada

    5 measures will be on 2018 ballot in Nevada

    By Las Vegas Review-Journal From bolstering protections for crime victims to eliminating taxes on tampons and medical supplies, Nevadans this year will vote on a slew of new measures. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on Thursday released five questions facing voters in the November election. Read the whole story

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  • Deal cemented to bring broadband to Truckee

    Deal cemented to bring broadband to Truckee

    An agreement between Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications is bringing broadband coverage to the Truckee area. PST will leverage existing TDPUD fiber optic infrastructure and facilities to expand high-speed internet services in Truckee. PST is currently serving key commercial districts where TDPUD infrastructure and fiber is present. Tahoe Forest Hospital has been […]

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  • The way snow is falling and melting is changing

    The way snow is falling and melting is changing

    By Daniel Rothberg, Bloomberg Between droughts and floods, the last decade has offered water managers in the southwest a preview of how climate change could impact a supply largely dependent on winter snow. This year’s disappointing snowpack has them worried again.  “Water and climate change are joined at the hip,” said Brad Udall, a researcher at Colorado State […]

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  • Suspect sought in stolen credit card caper

    Suspect sought in stolen credit card caper

    Credit cards stolen from a trailhead parking lot off Mt. Rose Highway have been used at multiple locations in Kings Beach, a gas station in San Ramon, and at several locations in Reno, including Walmarts.   Washoe County sheriff’s detectives want help identifying the suspect in the vehicle break-in. It occurred Jan. 1. The suspect broke […]

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  • Will the weather get worse in 2018?

    Will the weather get worse in 2018?

    By Lindsay Beevers, The Conversation Last year unleashed some catastrophic weather across the world. At the beginning of 2017, Australia experienced one of the hottest summers on record in Sydney and Brisbane, followed by a killer summer heatwave across southern Europe and wildfires triggered by heat in California. The Atlantic hurricane season was particularly active, […]

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  • Fire survival may depend on building’s construction

    Fire survival may depend on building’s construction

    By Kathryn Reed Houses have holes in them that owners don’t always think about, but which fire seems to know exist. That is one of the conundrums when it comes to fire prevention. Building codes continually change to help suppress fire. Vegetation through defensible space has been a help for years. Windows and vents are […]

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  • Majority of National Park Service board resigns

    Majority of National Park Service board resigns

    By Scott Neuman and Colin Dwyer, NPR Nearly all of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, with ex-members citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s unwillingness to meet with them. Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles said that he and eight other members of the panel […]

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