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Officials: Plague Found at Lake Tahoe Campground

Flea from chipmunk confirmed to have disease

(Newser) - A scenic campground near the shores of Lake Tahoe is now plastered with warning signs after the US Forest Service announced a flea from a yellow chipmunk there tested positive for plague , the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. The Forest Service's Lake Tahoe division, as well as officials from El Dorado... More »

Tourist's Selfies Help Solve His Odd Disappearance

Polish paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe turns up in Missouri

(Newser) - In what the Nevada Appeal calls "a good example of the public working in partnership with local law enforcement for the best of all possible outcomes," a paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe has turned up safe and sound—in Missouri. South Lake Tahoe Police say his... More »

Police Hope Selfies Can ID Mystery Paddle Boarder

Missing man didn't speak much English and called himself "Morym"

(Newser) - Police in California are hunting for a mystery man who disappeared while paddle-boarding on Lake Tahoe, with the missing man's selfies as their major clue. News 10 reports a boater found an abandoned paddle board, camera, lifejacket, and selfie stick floating in the lake on Wednesday. The paddle board... More »

Anti-Wildfire Project Tabled Over Rare Frogs

Forest Service project may hurt endangered species

(Newser) - US officials are balancing forest-fire risk against the need to preserve an endangered species near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevadas, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reports. Per a stipulation signed by a judge last week, the US Forest Service will delay its tree-thinning project there until it consults with the... More »

Nevada Cove Won't Be Named for 'Racist' Mark Twain

Washoe tribe objects to plan for Lake Tahoe cove

(Newser) - The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names was considering naming a Lake Tahoe cove for Mark Twain—until it heard from the Washoe Tribe, whose ancestral homeland includes the lake, that Twain held "racist views" about Native Americans. As the head of the tribe's cultural resource department pointed... More »

Stranded Man Used Snowboard for Shelter

He got lost in Tahoe snowsotrm

(Newser) - Abe Finkelstein's snowboard got him into a dicey situation on Monday—but also helped him survive it. The 25-year-old engineer used his board and some branches to build a makeshift shelter to spend the night in after becoming stranded in white-out conditions in wilderness near Lake Tahoe, reports the... More »

Monster Goldfish Invade Lake Tahoe

Invasive species could damage the ecosystem

(Newser) - Planning a vacay to Lake Tahoe? You may well encounter goldfish that are 1.5 feet long and weigh more than 4 pounds, Scientific American reports. Researchers trolling for invasive species encountered the massive goldfish and say pet owners may have dumped them. That act of good will, however, could... More »

Plan to Clean Up Lake Tahoe Is Bad News for Crayfish

Nevada allows commercial fishermen to go after them

(Newser) - In a blend of environmentalism, commercialism, and even culinary delights, authorities hope to clean the water in Lake Tahoe via the fishing of its crayfish inhabitants. Some 280 million crayfish call the lake home, and the booming population contributes to the muddiness of the once translucent water, reports the New ... More »

Skier Critically Injured in Tahoe Avalanche

Ski partner flees for help

(Newser) - Rescuers found a critically injured skier trapped in an avalanche yesterday near a Lake Tahoe ski resort. The unidentified man was one of a group of three skiing in northern California back country near the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort when the avalanche hit. One of the skiers was able to... More »

Bear Takes Family's Prius on Joyride

Well, if slipping car into neutral and rolling down the driveway is a joyride...

(Newser) - Bears getting stuck in honeypots: old news. A bear getting stuck in a 2002 Toyota Prius, then managing to make it roll down the driveway: definitely new news, at least for one California family. They woke up around 3:30am on Aug. 28 to find a bear wedged inside the... More »

Scuba Diver's Body Found 17 Years Later

Donald Christopher Windecker's remains 'in amazing condition'

(Newser) - On July 10, 1994, scuba diver Donald Christopher Windecker started to sink while ascending after a dive in Lake Tahoe with a friend and was never seen again. On July 23—a little more than 17 years later—his body was discovered by a group of divers 265 feet below... More »

Roethlisberger Accused of Sex Assault

Incident is second in 3 years involving Steelers QB

(Newser) - Police are investigating a Georgia woman's allegation that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her at a nightclub. A team rep confirmed the investigation, the second involving Roethlisberger, 28, in less than 3 years. A Nevada woman sued him last summer, alleging he raped her at a hotel in... More »

QB Roethlisberger: Rape Claim 'False and Vicious'

(Newser) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger today denied allegations he raped a woman at a Nevada resort last year, the Post-Gazette reports. The suit was filed last week, but today marked Roethlisberger’s first public statements. He called the allegations “an attack on my family” and vowed to “remain... More »

As Calif. Righty Bastion, Orange County Cedes to Rural Placer

But it's a place to hide from, not breed, change

(Newser) - Placer County, Calif.—stretching from Sacramento east to Lake Tahoe—is this generation’s Orange County, and that bodes ill for conservatives, Tom Schaller writes on Placer’s demographics and voting record are similar to the Orange County of the 1960s, which birthed the modern conservative movement.... More »

5.2 Quake Again Rattles West

Spate of temblors raising jitters

(Newser) - The latest in a series of shakers to rattle the West was a 5.2 magnitude earthquake that struck a rural area 190 miles northwest of Sacramento last night. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. Quakes have recently rattled Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, and Reno, where a swarm of... More »

Ski Resorts Need Blast of Snow

Season opens in West, but white stuff in short supply

(Newser) - Ski resorts opening this weekend are relying on manufactured snow for the slopes, USA Today reports. An early Thanksgiving pushed back the start date for the season, with many resorts still missing the white stuff. In Utah, only one of the state’s 13 resorts opened before Thanksgiving. Three more... More »

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