• 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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  • STHS student posts threat on social media

    STHS student posts threat on social media

    By Kathryn Reed A South Tahoe High School sophomore posted pictures of himself with guns and threatening song lyrics that prompted police officers to search his home in Meyers. The threats showed up on Snapchat on Jan. 15. And while they disappear quickly, it is possible to take screenshots of messages. Students when they received […]

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  • Caltrans now a huge fan of roundabouts

    Caltrans now a huge fan of roundabouts

    By Tony Bizjak, Sacramento Bee In the tiny town of Plymouth, gateway to Amador County’s growing wine tourism area, road crews recently ripped out the four-way stop on a busy section of Highway 49 to replace it with a traffic approach that literally will have drivers going in circles. Plopped in the middle of the […]

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  • Former EDC resident admits stealing dead aunt’s benefits

    Former EDC resident admits stealing dead aunt’s benefits

    Former El Dorado Hills resident Julia A. Wilbert, 53, pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to theft of government benefits. According to court documents, from June 2007 through March 2015, Wilbert stole approximately $112,275 in federal government benefit payments intended for her aunt, who died in June 2007. Wilbert’s aunt was an eligible recipient of Dependency and […]

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  • SLT adds confusion to shared use rental business

    SLT adds confusion to shared use rental business

    By Kathryn Reed Policy is now being made by the part-time city attorney instead of the South Lake Tahoe City Council. A letter was sent Jan. 11 to owners of shared rentals from the city’s revenue division at the direction of Nira Doherty. Doherty is an attorney with Burke, Williams & Sorensen out of Oakland. […]

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  • Brown proposes making it easier to track funding for needy kids

    Brown proposes making it easier to track funding for needy kids

    By Jessica Calefati, CalMatters Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark school funding formula would not only win more money under the state budget blueprint he released last week, but also be subjected to the sort of transparency and accountability lawmakers and advocates for needy kids have been seeking since its adoption almost five years ago. The formula […]

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