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Road closes, wildland fire growing on valley side of Kingsbury Grade

UPDATE 4PM: Helicopters, air tankers and fire agencies from around the region are responding this Wednesday afternoon to the growing wildland fire burning through dense brush and trees in a remote area on the valley side of Kingsbury Grade.

Kingsbury Grade closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday

State Route 207, Kingsbury Grade in Douglas County will be closed near Daggett Summit beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2 through sometime in October as the second scheduled construction closure takes place for the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Kingsbury Grade Pavement Reconstruction Project.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for Labor Day weekend

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of August 27 through Labor Day.

Comment period open for Heavenly Epic Discovery Project at Lake Tahoe

Public comments are being accepted on a draft environmental impact report for Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Epic Discovery Project until Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board directed the preparation of a joint environmental document for the project, located at the Heavenly Mountain Resort in El Dorado, Alpine and Douglas counties.

17th Annual Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day

Event Date: 
September 27, 2014 - 9:00am

17th Annual Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day
Sep 27, 2014, 9am - 2pm
Tahoe Paradise Park
Meyers, CA
Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day is the largest volunteer restoration event in the Tahoe basin. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are invited to restore trails, stabilize stream banks and plant native plants. Last year 82 volunteers from various organizations participated to help restore Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers, CA.

League seeks volunteers to mark storm drains

Event Date: 
August 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is inviting community members to help mark storm drains and prevent pollution from entering Lake Tahoe at two Stewards of Stormwater events in August at the Tahoe Keys.
The first event is on August 18 from 9 – 11 am and the second is on August 27 from 6 – 8 pm. The League will host the events in partnership with the City of South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association.

Early season deal on three 2014-15 passes at Lake Tahoe ski resorts ends Labor Day

Monday, Sept. 1 will be the last chance to receive the early-season rate on Lake Tahoe Local, Tahoe Value, and Epic season passes — all of which offer access to Heavenly Mountain, Kirkwood and Northstar California resorts.

Power ballad rocker, reality TV star Bret Michaels at Lake Tahoe Nov. 29

STATELINE — Rocker, reality star, philanthropist and front man for the enduring rock ’n’ roll band Poison, Bret Michaels, will bring all the roses and a generous supply of power ballads to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa stage in a one-night-only, solo show, Saturday, Nov. 29.

Lake Tahoe woman attacked by bear may face feeding charges

A Lake Tahoe woman who was attacked by a black bear in her backyard could become the first person in the area charged with illegally feeding the wild animals.

California authorities say the woman, whose name hasn't been released, has been feeding bears for years in her yard on the lake's north shore at Kings Beach.

First woman to swim the length of Lake Tahoe recalls 1962 adventure

Some people, when they first see Lake Tahoe, think how it'd be nice to boat on top of the glass like water. Others imagine fishing on the lake stocked with big fish, while yet others think about how nice it would be to sit at the quiet and scenic shore and enjoy the sun and the view.

To nine year old Erline Christopherson, all she thought when first saw the crystal blue waters was how she'd like to swim across it. The dream was born that day in 1955.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Aug. 31

Here is the Carson City area road report for the week of August 25-31. The Nevada Department of Transportation will be continuing road work on Highway 50 from Arrowhead Drive in Carson City to Baldwine Lane in Mound House. There will be single lane closures on weeknights from 1 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. in the westbound direction and from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. in the eastbound direction.

On Monday, August 25, Telegraph Street will be closed to through traffic between Division Street and Minnesota Street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Tahoe event celebrates 50th anniversary of 1964 National Wilderness Preservation Act

Attendees of the Valhalla Art, Music and Theater Festival at Lake Tahoe learn how to use a cross-cut saw, the primary tool used today to keep trails open and accessible in the Wilderness. The event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 National Wilderness Preservation Act.

U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit staff provided saws, logs and gloves and guided over 50 participants of all ages as they cut through a 10-inch log and received the souvenir slice branded with the 50th Wilderness Anniversary logo.

Douglas authorities say human remains found near top of Spooner tentatively identified

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made a tentative identification on the skeletal remains discovered June 23 near the top of Spooner Summit in a remote, wooded area between the Tahoe Rim Trail and Kings Canyon Road.

The cause of death is still pending the autopsy results. Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Brooks said Wednesday that DNA from the remains has been collected and DNA has been taken from the parents of the person who it is believed to be the deceased.

Being Flynn author to speak at Sierra Nevada College

Nick Flynn
Being Flynn by Nick Flynn
Event Date: 
September 5, 2014 - 7:00pm

Nick Flynn, whose first memoir sparked the major motion picture, “Being Flynn,” international reviews and much press attention, will visit Sierra Nevada College on Sept. 5-6 to kick off the 2014-15 Writers in the Woods literary speaker series and to introduce the college’s Common Read book for the year.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for August 20-27

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug 20-27. Varying conditions exist due to extreme drought conditions.

Four vehicles involved in Hot Springs Road accident

UPDATE: One person was taken by ground ambulance to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, according to Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi. Also, a Carson City sheriff's officer noted that four vehicles were involved, not five as was initially reported to dispatch.

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The Carson City Fire Department and sheriff's office responded to an vehicle accident with four vehicles involved, according to dispatch. The accident is in the 400 block of Hot Springs Road and was reported at around 3:38 p.m.
Arriving medical personnel were checking for injuries.

New gateway signs mark Nevada entrances to Lake Tahoe watershed

Visitors to the Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, August 19 will notice new gateway signs along three Nevada highways leading into the Lake Tahoe Watershed. Installed near Daggett Summit on Nevada State Route 207, Spooner Summit on U.S. Highway 50 and on Nevada State Route 431 the Mount Rose Highway, the decorative gateway signs read, “Entering the Lake Tahoe Watershed — Help Protect It!”

Tahoe Peace Concert brings celebration to Sand Harbor

Event Date: 
September 6, 2014 - 6:30pm

Award winning performers from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Reno and Tahoe will grace the stage for Trails and Vistas World Concert at Sand Harbor State Park at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The World Concert, an original blend of diverse musicians, aerialists and dancers, is produced by Trails and Vistas, a Truckee, CA-based nonprofit organization dedicated to producing inspiring art events in nature, in collaboration with the Truckee Tahoe Peace Project.

 

Carson City man jailed for allegedly giving 14-year-old cocaine to hold

An 18-year-old Carson City man was arrested Friday on three felony drug charges including suspicion of furnishing cocaine to a 14-year-old girl following a traffic stop, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Chase Morse was stopped by a sheriff’s sergeant at 5:47 p.m. in the 2600 block of Fairview Drive after he clocked the driver going 57 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer asked for a K9 unit to respond because of a smell of marijuana in the vehicle.

Signups underway for Sept. 27 Stroke to Help Golf Tournament

Event Date: 
September 27, 2014 - 8:30am

Soroptimist International of Carson City with co-corporate sponsors Carson Tahoe Health and Tahoe Carson Radiology in association with the Capital Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Carson City Library Foundation present the 13th annual Stroke to Help Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The tournament is at Eagle Valley Golf Course and the format will be handicapped 4 player teams on the west course and 4 player scramble on the east course. There will be a continental breakfast ahead of the tournament, which begins at 8:30 a.m.

Top Tongan military official visits Carson City, Nevada National Guard

With a cooperative pact signed earlier this year, the highest ranking military official in Kingdom of Tonga, Brig. Gen. Tau'aika Uta Atu, visited Carson City Monday, the first stop on his tour of Nevada.

The Nevada National Guard and the South Pacific island nation are one of the newest official relationships created in the National Guard's State Partnership Program, a Department of Defense function that links a state's National Guard with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial agreement.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Aug. 24

Here is the Carson City area road report for week of August 18-24: The Nevada Department of Transportation will be continuing road work on Highway 50 from Arrowhead Drive in Carson City to Baldwine Lane in Mound House.
There will be single lane closures on weeknights from 1 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. in the westbound direction and from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. in the eastbound direction.

Women to Women with Dee Dee Foremaster

This week’s guest on Women to Women is Dee Dee Foremaster, executive director of Rural Center for Independent Living and Do Drop In, a nonprofit organization that helps with services to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and our veterans.

Doug 'Mac the Naw' Busey's Lake Tahoe and Sierra fishing report for week of August 14

Hello fellow anglers. Two weeks ago we headed out to go fishing but I made a small mistake, when I got to Highway 395 I went north instead of south.  Seven hours later we ended up in Rogue River Oregon, which is a few miles south of Grants Pass.  

We stayed with family and did a lot of fishing on the Rogue River until the 107 degree heat drove us to the coast.
There, we fished out of Brookings, Oregon for salmon. The temperature was a nice 65 degrees. We fished  for a couple hours with no success so we drove the boat up the coast a few miles and fished for cod.

HopeFest free outdoor concert tonight to benefit local cancer patients

UPDATE: The Carson Tahoe Health Foundation is pleased to host HopeFest 2014, an outdoor concert tonight, Friday, offering free admission with all sales on food, drinks and raffle tickets directly benefitting local cancer patients.

Nationally famed folk-rock band, Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours known for their cowboy jazz, Tex-Mex groove and soulful R&B dance tunes will be the headlining performers. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center located at 1535 Medical Parkway, Carson City.

State of the lake: High tech equipment used to monitor water quality at Tahoe

Lowering a white disk off a boat and into Lake Tahoe’s blue waters was once the most widely used indicator of the lake’s clarity and health. Today, the Secchi disk is still an important tool, but 46 years after the University of California, Davis, first began continuous monitoring of Lake Tahoe, an array of new technologies and computer models are helping scientists better understand what has proven to be a complex ecosystem.

Nevada Medicaid Health Care announces new directors and Carson City office location

The Nevada Medicaid Health Care Guidance Program, a new integrated physical and behavioral care management program serving thousands of eligible Nevada Fee-for-Service Medicaid enrollees, is pleased to announce its leadership team: Cheri Glockner, Executive Director; Erin Snell, Behavioral Health Program Director; and Dr. Amy J. Khan and Dr. Ryan M. Ley, Medical Directors.

Nevada celebrates Sesquicentennial with August event lineup

Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of August. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Aug. 15 through Aug. 31.

UNR and Desert Research Institute activate fire cameras at Lake Tahoe

New high definition fire cameras are scanning the mountains and shoreline, while University of Nevada, Reno researchers are discovering new animal species at the bottom of Lake Tahoe and working with colleagues at the Desert Research Institute to document the dramatic decline of other bottom dwelling species and nearshore water quality.

$3.8 million project will help northern Nevada build resiliency to future droughts

Managing water in northern Nevada’s Truckee-Carson River System requires local communities to balance urban, agricultural and ecosystem needs. Changes in historical climate trends are increasingly expected to make this balancing act more challenging. A competitive grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute in partnership with the U.S.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for August 13-20

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug. 13-20, 2014.

Williams' Friend Howie Nave: 'Everyone's got demons. Comics just show them more'

Although he starred in movies and on television, Robin Williams' roots were in standup comedy. That's where Howie Nave met and from time to time worked with him. Nave works at Tahoe radio station KRLT and hosts the Improv comedy club at Harveys in Stateline.
The full uncut taped interview accompanies this story.

Camera network will help spot area wildfires

The University of Nevada's seismological lab has installed high definition cameras throughout the Sierra, which can help watch for fires in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Graham Kent with the Seismology Lab says the network of cameras will allow fire crews to scope out terrain to see how quickly a fire is spreading, before sending crews in.

Volunteers clear more than 40 Lake Tahoe storm drains

The League to Save Lake Tahoe hosted a Stewards of Stormwater event Thursday, Aug. 7 in Incline Village in partnership with Tahoe Family Solutions’ Camp Explore program, IVGID, the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, and Washoe County, Nevada.

More than 50 kids from Tahoe Family Solutions along with other volunteers helped place 41 metal markers on storm drains that lead to Lake Tahoe and picked up 40 pounds of litter on the streets.

Sierra Sotheby’s Lake Tahoe lifestyle tour Saturday showcases architecture, landscapes

Well-appointed and luxurious living at Lake Tahoe is the overarching theme of Sierra Sotheby’s International Lifestyle Tour set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014. Open to the public, this year’s tour showcases exquisite architecture and beautiful landscapes that will inspire and awe.

Man arrested after drug team finds 300 pounds of pot trim at South Lake Tahoe home

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested early Thursday by South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement Team officers after they served a search warrant and found around 300 pounds of marijuana plant trimmings.

Dwayne Allan Crenshaw, 36, was arrested at his Fresno Avenue home and is accused of using the trimmings to create concentrated cannabis oils through several methods, including butane fuel extraction, a dangerous process that can cause an explosion and is a felony in California.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Aug. 17

Here is the Carson City area road report for Aug. 11-17. The inside lanes of N. Carson Street between Musser Street and Spear Street will be closed in both directions Monday through Wednesday evenings from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for street work.

The Nevada Department of Transportation will be continuing road work on US 50 from Arrowhead Drive in Carson City to Baldwine Lane in Mound House. There will be single lane closures on weeknights from 1 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. in the westbound direction and from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. in the eastbound direction.

Women to Women with Kristin Kaminski

This week's Women to Women features Kristin Kaminski, an Associate Attorney for Anderson, Dorn, & Rader, Ltd. The Reno law firm specializes in estate, trust, incapacity, financial, and legacy planning among other services. Enjoy the show.

In its third season, Women to Women Nevada, hosted by Carol Paz of Carson City, is televised on Charter Media every Thursday at 7 p.m. on Channel 190 in Carson City, Gardnerville, Dayton, Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Fallon and Lake Tahoe. The program also airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 8-8:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Episodes also appear every Friday on Carson Now.

Toulumne County man indicted for starting 2013 Rim Fire

A 32-year-old Tuolumne County man, Keith Matthew Emerald, has been indicted on four counts of allegedly starting last year's 250,000-acre Rim Fire, the largest fire in the Sierra Nevada in recorded history. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore announced the indictment Thursday.

The Rim Fire, which burned for nine weeks and sent heavy smoke that choked Carson City, Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe air for weeks, included large areas in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park.

Lake Tahoe crawfish feast meets muscle fest at South Shore

Event Date: 
August 23, 2014 - 12:00pm

A outdoor feast with the main course arriving straight out of Lake Tahoe, plus an indoor muscle and fitness protein fest will be the ultimate flex and fry events of the summer on Aug. 23 at the South Shore.

The second annual Boil 'n Fry Day Festival at MontBleu Resort, Casino and Spa is Lake Tahoe's version of an old fashioned New Orleans crawdad feed, complete with live music at the resort's outdoor event center, carnival games, hot wings, barbecue, cold crafted beer and all the fried, boiled or barbecued fresh water crustaceans festival goers can eat.

Beatles Flashback tribute band on stage tonight at Carson City Community Center

Beatles Flashback, a Beatles tribute band formed in 2006, will be on stage tonight, Wednesday, at the Carson City Community Center as part of the Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music Festival.

While most people are familiar with Beatles tribute bands that dress up to look like the Fab Four, Beatles Flashback, a group that formed in Sonoma County, Calif., and is now based in Reno, focuses instead on recreating the music that is heard on the original recordings.

Kingsbury Grade road project progresses, September traffic construction closure nears

With recent completion of roadway reconstruction work on the bottom, commercial section of the road, a Nevada Department of Transportation project to reconstruct State Route 207, also known as Kingsbury Grade, is progressing on schedule in advance of a Sept. 2 to October closure to through traffic.

Since the project’s start in May, nearly one and half miles of roadway has been reconstructed, including excavation of nearly 7,000 cubic yards of old road and placement of 10,300 tons of new asphalt.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for week of Aug. 6

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada and Northern California. This report is for the week of Aug. 6-12, 2014.

Beer and barbecue festival Saturday at Lake Tahoe's MontBleu

Event Date: 
August 9, 2014 - 1:00pm

Beer lovers don’t have to wait until fall to celebrate the region’s finest microbrews. MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa will roll out barrels from dozens of area brewmasters Saturday, Aug. 9 for the first Tahoe Craft BeerFest.

With more than 45 brewers on tap and plenty of barbecue, live music, games, and competition, the festival will be a summer celebration of frosty, sudsy, hoppy handcrafted brews made around California and Nevada.

Statewide Sesquicentennial voting for medallion ends Thursday

Nevadans only have a few more days to cast their vote for the final Sesquicentennial medallion. On Wednesday, July 23 the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invited all Nevadans to participate in choosing the design for the fourth Sesquicentennial Commemorative Medallion. Voting ends this Thursday, Aug. 7.

Tahoe Queen gets stuck on sandbar: 258 passengers taken to safety

What started off as a leisurely 90 minute cruise on the Tahoe Queen turned into quite the adventure for passengers on board Monday afternoon.

The boat was about 30 minutes into its Emerald Bay cruise when it became stuck on a sandbar on Lake Tahoe. At about 3:30 p.m., South Lake Tahoe Fire Department received a call that the Tahoe Queen was stuck off the Regan Beach shore. It is not known at this time why emergency personnel weren't called to the scene until 90 minutes after the Tahoe Queen got stuck.

Jazz and Beyond presents Boogie Woogie pianist Carl Sonny Leyland at BAC Thursday

Event Date: 
August 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Jazz and Beyond: Carson City Music Festival presents Boogie Woogie Hall of Famer Carl Sonny Leyland in concert on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St., Carson City.

"Jazz & Beyond" is a yearly festival put on by the Mile High Jazz Band Association and its sponsors. Admission to this concert is free. Donations are requested and include a chance at a door prize.

Carson City and Lake Tahoe area road report through Aug. 10

Here is the Carson City area road report for Aug. 4-10. The Nevada Department of Transportation will be continuing road work on Highway 50 from Deer Run Road in Carson City to just east of Highway 341 in Mound House. There will be single lane closures on weeknights from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

The inside lanes of N. Carson Street between Musser Street and Spear Street will be closed in both directions weeknight evenings from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for street work.

NV150 Fair events in Carson City continue Saturday with live music, carnival and livestock shows

NV 150 Fair events continue all day long Saturday at Fuji Park in Carson City. Parking is available at Casino Fandango, with shuttle bus service to and from the fairgrounds.

Among today's activities, there will be livestock shows, sales and demonstrations, carnival rides and games, fly tying demonstrations, cloggers, a dog show at 4 p.m. Sons of Slide Mountain Band beginning at noon, Youth Theater Carson City performance at 12:30 p.m.

On stage The Mountain Girls (band) at 4:30, Ranch Rodeo at 5 p.m., live music with CW Bayer and Mr. Spoons at 5:30 p.m.

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