• Controversial West Slope animal shelter moves forward

    Controversial West Slope animal shelter moves forward

    By Kathryn Reed It’s possible the multi-million dollar animal shelter that has been in the works for a number of years on the West Slope will break ground this fall. The 17,700-square-foot facility would consolidate the multiple locations El Dorado County Animal Services Authority currently occupies. It would also mean no longer needing to pay […]

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  • Former supporters change stance on term limits

    Former supporters change stance on term limits

    By Mike Zapler, San Jose Mercury News The strictest term limits in the nation, enacted 20 years ago to end the “stench of greed and vote-selling” in Sacramento, have instead made California’s government so dysfunctional, many who once backed the reform say, that they now regret pushing for it. “Of all the mistakes I’ve made […]

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  • Reno attracting second-home buyers

    Reno attracting second-home buyers

    By Larry Olmsted, USA Today Reno calls itself “The Biggest Little City in the World.” That’s meant to say it’s a small town with big-city amenities. But the reality is that its casinos, shops, restaurants and nightlife play second fiddle to the main attraction surrounding the city: the great outdoors. “Outdoor recreation is huge here […]

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  • Help for El Dorado, Alpine, Placer small businesses

    Help for El Dorado, Alpine, Placer small businesses

    By Darrell Smith, Sacramento Bee An estimated 22,000 businesses call Placer, El Dorado and tiny Alpine counties home. For much of its existence, the Auburn-based Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board has focused on matching workers with those businesses, building a pipeline between potential employee and entrepreneur. The federally funded investment board works with local businesses […]

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  • V&T train detrailment closes Highway 342 near Gold Hill

    V&T train detrailment closes Highway 342 near Gold Hill

    By Reno Gazette-Journal Highway 342 near Gold Hill remains closed this morning after a V & T train derailment on Sunday night. The road will remain closed until at least 9 a.m. Monday while crews work to get the train back on the rails, Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Chuck Allen said. Read the whole story

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  • Lack of cigarette sales good for health, bad for state coffers

    Lack of cigarette sales good for health, bad for state coffers

    By Bobby Caina Calvan, Sacramento Bee Cigarette sales in California plunged to their lowest level in a decade last year as smokers were squeezed by new taxes and restrictions on where they could light up. While tobacco use has been steadily declining, the 8.1 percent sales drop was the largest year-over-year decline since 2000, according […]

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  • IRS urges casinos to report suspicious, big-money players

    IRS urges casinos to report suspicious, big-money players

    By Liz Benston, Las Vegas Sun Several months ago, the Internal Revenue Service agents who investigate financial crimes in Las Vegas began calling big casinos to set up meetings with their employees. The calls were friendly. In fact, the IRS — battling a bumper crop of white-collar crime — needed the casinos’ help. The feds […]

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  • Flash floods possible in Tahoe-Reno area on Sunday

    Flash floods possible in Tahoe-Reno area on Sunday

    With thunderstorms in the forecast for today, it’s possible Truckee could duplicate what it did on Aug. 8, 1989, when 1.21 inches of rain fell. The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a second day of weather warnings for the greater Lake Tahoe area, including Reno and the Eastern Sierra. Expect storm clouds to […]

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  • Hazardous weather warning issued for Sierra

    Hazardous weather warning issued for Sierra

    A hazardous weather warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Eastern Sierra, including the Lake Tahoe and Reno areas. Thunderstorms will develop Saturday afternoon and into the evening, mainly north of Highway 50 and through Mono County. Rainfall rates could meet or exceed 2 inches per hour and therefore localized flash […]

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  • ‘Good headway’ on Wolf Creek Fire

    ‘Good headway’ on Wolf Creek Fire

    The Wolf Creek Fire remains at 580 acres today. “Firefighters are making good headway as the fire continues to be managed for resource benefits,” fire spokesman Dave Zaski said. “Firefighters are starting to remove excess portable equipment and evidence of chainsaw use for fire line construction to restore the area to its natural characteristics.” Three […]

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