Monday, January 26, 2015

New Donner Lake Museum may open in 2015

New Donner Lake Museum Building.

Construction on the new museum building just east of Donner Lake began in the spring of 2011. The parking lot was expanded and about 100 trees were removed to make way for the approximately 10,000 square-foot building that was set to open in 2013.

Unfortunately, the museum has been hit with several setbacks that have delayed the opening. The major setbacks have been the contract bid for the exhibits and funding issues.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Two Tahoe Locals take gold at Aspen X Games

Winter X, Maddie Bowman

The Aspen Winter X Games in progress this week has produced two gold medalists thus far. South Lake Tahoe native Maddie Bowman won the Women’s Ski SuperPipe Gold Wednesday night, followed by a win Thursday night by Danny Davis.

Maddie won by more than two points over second place Ayana Onozuka, with Brita Sigourney in the third spot 7 points back. Maddie’s win was her third consecutive gold at the X Games, making this the first 3 peat since Sarah Burke. Burke was the pioneer for women’s freeskiing SuperPipe. Burke passed away in 2012 from a SuperPipe training injury in Park City, Utah.

Snowboarder Danny Davis from Truckee won his second consecutive gold medal at the Winter X Games in the SuperPipe on Thursday night. Taku Hiraoka was less than one point behind for second place and Louri Podladtchikov was down nearly 4 points for third place. Shaun White placed fourth, 11 points behind Davis.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tahoe Donner Cross Country closes due to poor snowpack

The fourth bad season in a row?

Tahoe Donner Cross Country closed today, due to low snow conditions. They will reopen when they receive more snow, which is uncertain at this time. The National Weather Service is forecasting continued warm temperatures in the Tahoe basin through November 1. The 2014/2015 Sierra snowpack is at 33% of average for this time.

The conditions at Tahoe Donner Cross Country had been restricted for several days due to limited snow and icy conditions. The afternoon sun and 50 degree daytime temperatures have been melting what little snow there is left.

The Tahoe Donner Downhill ski area is still open, but with very limited service. On January 19 they reported one lift operating (Eagle Rock Chairlift) with 2 trails open (Mile Run & Walt’s).  The reported base was “3-8 inches”. Ski conditions are icy in the morning, turning to slushy spring conditions in the afternoon.

Call Tahoe Cross Country after a snowfall to check if they have reopened. 530-587-9484.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lake Tahoe Concours d' Elegance set for Obexer's this summer

The date and location for this summer's 43rd historic wooden boat show will be August 7-8, 2015 at Obexer's Boat Company in Homewood. Last year was the highest attended show to date and organizers (Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation) are looking forward to an even bigger show this year.

The "Marque", or key class of boat this year will be "Vintage V-12" powered watercraft. V-12's from a number of manufacturers, including Packard, Lincoln, Hispano-Suiza, Lycoming, Rolls-Royce, and Allison were put in anything from runabouts to race boats. The symphony of sound that these engines produce are music to the ears of boat lovers and gear heads.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Temporary shutdown of Tahoe Doggie Park

The popular Bijou Dog Park on Al Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe is closed due to concerns about an outbreak of parvovirus. Eleven cases of the potentially deadly canine virus have been reported to the South Lake Tahoe Humane Society in the last two weeks.

The dog park could be where the disease is being spread, so it will be closed for 7 to 10 days for cleaning. Parvovirus is transmitted through contaminated objects such as toys and bedding, as well as feces. The disease is not spread to cats or people.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. Early symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and lack of appetite. Cases are typically seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old. Early vaccination in young puppies is advised.

An infected dog should not be socialized with other dogs.