Summer snow in Sierra; high winds damage plane near Reno
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A strong Sierra cold front packing winds gusting up to 50 mph (80 kph) dropped the first snow of the season Monday in the mountains along the California-Nevada line and damaged a...
The Latest: Snow falling on I-80 on top of Sierra Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a storm blowing into the Sierra Nevada (all times local, PDT):
It's still technically summer but snow is falling in the Sierra along the...
Fish-friendly changes at Nevada dam to help threatened trout
WADSWORTH, Nev. (AP) — Federal officials are making fish-friendly modifications to a northern Nevada dam that for more than a century has blocked off native spawning grounds for a threatened trout...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Interstate 80 has reopened in the Sierra after a truck fire and hazmat spill about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Truckee, California closed the eastbound lanes for half...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 35-year-old California woman who died after she slipped while taking a photograph and was swept over a waterfall near Lake Tahoe.
Nevada kayaker, 49, dead in Truckee River near Reno
VERDI, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County medical examiner has identified a 49-year-old kayaker who was found dead over the weekend in the Truckee River west of Reno.
Missing snowboarder found dead at California ski resort
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a missing snowboarder has been found dead at a Northern California ski resort.
The family of Danieson Crowder reported him missing on Wednesday after...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — This winter is the eighth largest in the Truckee River Basin since 1981, largely due to a February that was full of snowfall, records show.
Amtrak service unlikely to resume soon due to Sierra storm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Amtrak passenger train service between Reno and Sacramento, California, is unlikely to resume until at least Friday because of a lingering winter storm that sent an avalanche...
The Latest: Amtrak may remain closed in Sierra into Friday
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on an avalanche that has shut down Amtrak's California Zephyr passenger train service between Reno and Sacramento, California (all times local):
Northern California beaches dusted with snow in latest storm
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — The latest in a series of storms dusted Northern California beaches with snow and caused whiteout conditions on mountain roads, closing a major highway.
A stretch of Interstate 80, a key route through the Sierra Nevada to Lake Tahoe, was closed Saturday because of heavy snow and strong winds. Officials hoped to reopen it later Sunday.
Freeway through Sierra Nevada closed amid snowstorm
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have shut a 95-mile stretch of highway in Northern California amid another snowstorm hitting the Sierra Nevada.
The California Highway Patrol shut Interstate 80 from Colfax to the Nevada state line because of multiple spinouts.
Forecasters issued a winter storm warning of whiteout conditions until Sunday evening because of heavy snow and strong winds throughout the mountain region.
Tahoe City man, 30, died in ski accident at Tahoe resort
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 30-year-old California man who died in skiing accident over the weekend at a resort near Lake Tahoe.
The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Reno said Andrew McDowell of Tahoe City, California died at a Reno hospital Sunday from injuries he suffered at Northstar California resort near Truckee, California.
The cause and manner of the death remain under investigation.
Heavy snow in Sierra Nevada causes road, school closures
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains has led to some road and school closures in California.
The California Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid traveling if possible because heavy snow is expected throughout Monday.
Heavy snow causes jet to pull stationary wheelie at airport
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An airport official says an overnight accumulation of heavy, wet snow caused a rear-engine jet parked at a Lake Tahoe-area airport to do a tail stand before mechanics returned it to its parked position.
Truckee Tahoe Airport official Marc Lamb took photos. He tells The Associated Press that most of the 20 inches (51 centimeters) of dense snow that caused the Wednesday morning spectacle melted by Thursday.
PETA honors Truckee police for compassion in bear cub rescue
RENO, Nev. (AP) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is recognizing a police force at Lake Tahoe for its compassionate treatment of a bear cub that was trapped in a garbage bin.
The national animal rights group presented Truckee, California police this week with the Compassionate Police Department Award after officers in the town just north of Lake Tahoe freed the cub on Nov. 16.
The young animal jumped out and ran up a hillside to its mother, who was waiting nearby.
Bear strolls into California Highway Patrol office
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A bear had no trouble opening a door as it strolled into a California Highway Patrol office in a mountain town.
Police officer frees bear cub from garbage bin
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A bear cub has been reunited with its mother thanks to a police officer in Northern California who colleagues are calling a "bear whisperer."
Police officer rescues bear cub stuck in dumpster
Nevada county mulls complaint over high school plan
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County's school superintendent is recommending filing a complaint over a potential open meetings violation during consideration of plans to move a utility corridor at a Reno golf course where the district wants to build a new high school.
$1M in Clean Water Act grants approved for Nevada waters
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has awarded nearly $1 million in federal Clean Water Act grants to protect the condition of Nevada surface waters, including more than $350,000 at Lake Tahoe.
The Carson Water Subconservancy District will receive the largest single grant — $237,000 for the Carson River Coalition watershed coordination program.
Conservancy gets $1.7M to restore Lake Tahoe marsh
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has awarded a $1.7 million grant to the California Tahoe Conservancy to help restore a marsh at Lake Tahoe that is the largest remaining wetland in the Sierra Nevada.
The conservancy intends to spend $9 million next year to restore 500 acres (202 hectares) of the south shore's Upper Truckee Marsh.
Human skull, remains found in a remote near Truckee
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Placer County authorities are trying to identify human remains discovered after a hiker came across a skull in a remote, wooded area near Truckee, California.
Sheriff's deputies and a search and rescue team found several additional bone fragments after a hiker discovered the skull near Highway 89 on Sunday.
In addition to the remains, they found a weathered, old campsite where they're searching for additional clues.
The Latest: Plane crash survivor says ‘days were dark’
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Northern California man who survived a small plane crash (all times local):
A Northern California man who survived a small plane crash that killed his husband and the pilot was upbeat on Wednesday as he talked about his painful but life-affirming recovery.
Historic boating mansion at Lake Tahoe sells for $10 million
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A lakefront mansion built by a family that played a key role in the history of boating at Lake Tahoe before World War II has sold for $10 million.
The Sierra Sun reported Wednesday the 6-bedroom, 6.5-bath home on Lake Tahoe's west shore sits on 1.7 acres (0.7 hectares) of landscaped grounds with 160 feet (48 meters) of lake frontage, two double-boathouses, a pier and private harbor.
Olympic skier Ganong, snowboarder open Tahoe coffee shop
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Olympic skier and a professional snowboarder have teamed up to open a coffee shop near Lake Tahoe.
Olympic skier Travis Ganong and snowboarder Ralph Backstrom recently opened Pacific Crest Coffee in Truckee.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The passenger who died in a small airplane crash that also killed the pilot near Lake Tahoe earlier this week has been identified as a 55-year-old Southern California man.
The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday an autopsy determined Peter Jackson of West Hollywood died from multiple blunt force injuries in the crash south of Truckee, California.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A small airplane crashed near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, killing the pilot and a passenger and critically injuring the only other person on board the single-engine aircraft.
The 60-year-old pilot from suburban Sacramento, who was declared dead at the scene, reported engine trouble shortly after takeoff and was trying to make it back to the airport in Truckee, California, when the plane went down about 7:40 a.m.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe (all times local, PDT):
Authorities have identified the 60-year-old pilot from suburban Sacramento who died in a small airplane crash near Lake Tahoe.
The Placer County sheriff says Kenneth Whittall-Scherfee of Carmichael was killed in Tuesday morning's crash south of Truckee that also claimed the life of one passenger and critically injured another.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe (all times local, PDT):
One person has been killed and two people injured in a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe.
The Placer County sheriff's office confirmed the fatality Tuesday morning south of Truckee, California along State Route 267 near the Northstar ski resort.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a body was found in the Truckee River near the Highway 267 bridge in Truckee, California.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports Truckee police located an abandoned car that was running and had its driver side door open near the bridge over the river early Wednesday morning.
Up to life in prison for Truckee child molester
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A 42-year-old California man convicted of multiple counts of child molestation in Truckee has been sentenced to 52 years to life in prison.
The Sierra Sun reported Thursday that Judge Robert Tamietti heard testimony from the victim before sentencing Jeremy William Dedeker this week in Nevada County Superior Court.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A large swath of privately owned land along the Upper Truckee River has been acquired by conservation agencies as part of an effort to restore an altered watershed harming Lake Tahoe's clarity.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The parents of a 22-year-old Amtrak passenger who was found critically injured near the train tracks in Truckee, California are disputing Amtrak's conclusion that he likely had tried to kill himself.
Amtrak Police Chief Neil Trugman told reporters earlier this week that Aaron Salazar's injuries appeared to be the result of an attempted suicide.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The family of a 22-year-old train passenger found severely injured next to railroad tracks in Truckee, California, suspects he may have been the victim of a hate crime, but Amtrak said Saturday that investigators have found no evidence of foul play.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The family of an Oregon college student is searching for answers after the 22-year-old was found injured and unconscious near railroad tracks in Truckee, California.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Aaron Salazar remains in the critical care unit at a hospital in Reno, Nevada, after he was injured last week while traveling by train from Denver to Portland, Oregon.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Voters in California could approve spending $127 million for projects in Lake Tahoe through a series of ballot measures this year.
A portion of the money from the two ballot measures totaling $13 billion could go toward helping make Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range more resilient to climate change and other environmental stressors, said Chris Mertens, government affairs director for the Sierra Business Council in Truckee.
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — A golf course at Lake Tahoe is celebrating its centennial with 50-cent green fees through the weekend.
The Tahoe City Golf Course originally was called Tahoe Tavern Links when it became the first to open in the area in 1918.
The nine-hole layout in Tahoe City on the northwest shore of the lake later became a favorite for Hollywood entertainers when they performed in the area, including Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A Nevada County prosecutor is praising the courage of a date rape victim at Lake Tahoe who helped send a California man to prison for six years.
Superior Court Judge Robert Tamietti formally sentenced 32-year-old James Ferrigno in Truckee on Tuesday after he pleaded no contest in March to rape by use of a drug or intoxicating substance.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A conservation group and a coalition of municipal drinking water providers at Lake Tahoe have pitched in to try to stunt the growth of invasive aquatic plants that can degrade water quality and rob the lake of its famed clarity.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A strong, warm atmospheric river headed for the Sierra has triggered a series of flood watches and warnings for the Lake Tahoe-area and parts of western Nevada into the weekend.
The National Weather service issued a flood warning effective Saturday morning to early Sunday for the Truckee River in Reno and Sparks, as well as further downstream in Storey County.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say the 62-year-old California woman who was found dead in the Truckee River last year accidentally drowned.
KRNV-TV reports the husband of Pamela Suwinsky reported her missing from a South Lake Tahoe motel on April 3, 2017.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Officials say Lake Tahoe is holding enough water to supply Reno for as many as three years.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Reno Chief Deputy Water Master Dave Wathen said Monday Lake Tahoe is within about a foot of its legal storage limit with more rain and snow on the way.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A 32-year-old Truckee man accused of drugging a woman and raping her last fall has pleaded no contest to one charge as part of a plea deal calling for him to spend six years in prison.
The Truckee Sun reports Jame Ferrigno entered the plea March 13 to a charge of rape by use of a drug or intoxicating substance. Sentencing is set for May 8 in Nevada County Superior Court.
Deer rescued from hydroelectric power plant in Nevada
VERDI, Nev. (AP) — Eight deer have been rescued alive from a hydroelectric power plant in northern Nevada.
Firefighters and others rescued the deer Thursday after they were swept down a canal and got trapped inside the power plant in Verdi, a community along the Nevada-California border.
The deer suffered from hypothermia. Two other deer died in the water.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A series of late winter storms rivaling the "Miracle March" of 1991 has bolstered an otherwise dismal season of snowpack in the northern Sierra.
The Reno Gazette Journal reported Monday that snowpack in the Lake Tahoe area grew from 25 percent to 73 percent between March 1 and March 25.
Storm brings needed snow to California’s Sierra Nevada
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A winter storm swept into Northern California on Friday and dumped nearly a foot of much-needed snow in higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada.
More snow was expected in the region before the system moved out.
Moderate to occasionally heavy snow was forecast through afternoon, when the storm was expected to shift course to the central portion of the state, said National Weather Service forecaster Craig Shoemaker.
Biggest storm of winter could bring 2 feet of snow to Sierra
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The biggest storm so far this winter is headed for the Sierra Nevada, with up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow possible in the mountains by early Friday and winds potentially gusting in excess of 100 mph (161 kph) over the ridgetops.
On Wednesday, the National Weather Service upgraded a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday for the greater Lake Tahoe area stretching north of Reno to Susanville, California.
Storm dumps 18 inches of snow, heavy rain in Sierra Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The winter storm that triggered deadly mudslides in California dumped more than a foot (0.3 meter) of snow and an inch (2.5 centimeters) of heavy rain on the Sierra Nevada.
The National Weather Service in Reno reported Tuesday that 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow fell on the top of Mammoth Mountain south of Yosemite National Park.