In this March 5, 2018 file photo sunlight shimmers off the snow and waters of Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)In this March 5, 2018 file photo snow covers the mountain tops as a boat crosses Lake Tahoe, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File) INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Scientists at Lake Tahoe say the clarity of the alpine lake that straddles the California-Nevada line sank to an all-time low last year. Experts say the 9.5-foot (2.8-meter) decline was most likely due to a convergence of drought, record precipitation and warm temperatures. The dinner-sized disc used to measure clarity was only visible as deep as 59.7 feet (18 meters). The worst level recorded previously was 64.1 feet (20 meters) in 1997. Officials at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center say the combination of extreme drought and heavy rainfall washed 12,000 tons of sediment into Tahoe’s waters in 2017. UC Davis engineering professor Geoffrey … [Read more...] about Clarity of Lake Tahoe sinks to all-time low in 2017
(Getty Images) SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — California voters have narrowly approved a ballot measure banning short-term vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods outside downtown South Lake Tahoe beginning in three years. The ballot measure came in response to growing concerns about parking congestion and noise at rental homes on the alpine lake along the Nevada state line. The ban effective in 2020 affects about 1,400 short-term rentals outside South Lake Tahoe’s commercial tourist corridor. They still can be rented for up to 30 days a year. The city estimates the new ban will cost the local economy about $4 million annually in tourist tax dollars. An estimated 400 short-term rentals inside the corridor are exempt. The ban also doesn’t affect neighboring Stateline, Nevada. The final results released by El Dorado County on Wednesday showed the measure passing with 50.42 percent of the vote, 3,517 to 3,459. … [Read more...] about Vacation rental homes banned in South Lake Tahoe residential neighborhoods
Erin Blakemore, The Washington Post Published 2:51 pm, Monday, May 7, 2018 'Natural History' symphony PBS documentary If you've ever been to Crater Lake in southern Oregon, you know all about its grandeur. The United States' deepest lake, its brilliant, pure waters are often obscured by clouds. But when it peeks out from beneath the fog, the lake's unforgettably blue waters are a reminder of nature's most potent wonders. Now those marvels have been captured in song by composer Michael Gordon, whose symphony "Natural History" was inspired by and performed next to Crater Lake. It took Gordon a year to compose the work, which evokes the lake's unique majesty and tumultuous story. Crater Lake was formed about 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama, a volcano, collapsed into a massive circular crater. Then, rain and snowfall filled the bowl with water, creating a kind of scientific curiosity. Because Crater Lake has no inlets or outlets, it's nearly pristine. That makes it an incredible … [Read more...] about Oregon’s spectacular Crater Lake
Manuel Roig-Franzia, The Washington Post Published 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Famed publisher Judith Regan testified Wednesday that former supermodel Janice Dickinson was furious about being blocked from including an allegation that she had been drugged and raped by Bill Cosby in her memoir. Regan, speaking in a husky voice from the witness stand, said that she was advised by lawyers for her company, Regan Books, that Dickinson could not include the allegation in the book without "corroboration." During her short, highly anticipated appearance, Regan opened a window onto the back stages of the celebrity book-publishing business. "People are entitled to interpret the events of their lives as they see fit," said Regan, best known for publishing the controversial book by O.J. Simpson, "If I Did It." Recommended Video: Now Playing: Model Janice Dickinson told a jury Thursday that Bill Cosby raped her in 1982 after giving her a pill he … [Read more...] about Publisher of celebrity books testifies in support of model Janice Dickinson’s story of being raped by Bill Cosby
Friendly reminder: don't leave food in your vehicle if you're paying a visit to Lake Tahoe. That's the message the Placer County Sheriff's Department is sharing after they recently came across a bear rummaging through a Subaru Outback in the Carnelian Bay community next to Lake Tahoe. Couple Raises Over $10M on Facebook to Help Migrant Families Unfortunately for the owner of the car, the interior "didn’t fare very well," according to the sheriff's department. This little guy got trapped in a car and had to be rescued. The inside of the car didn’t fare very well. Please don’t leave food in your vehicle when you’re visiting us at #LakeTahoe! 🐻 #Bear#unhappyvisitor#NorthLakeTahoe#VisitPlacer#PlacerCountypic.twitter.com/7UdH2nRUgc — Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) June 20, 2018 The bear damaged the inside of the car to a point where the doors couldn't be unlocked, according to the sheriff's department. In the interest of safety, … [Read more...] about WATCH: ‘Brave’ Deputy Frees Bear Ransacking Car in Calif.