Friday, April 24, 2015

Upcomming Reno River Festival will adjust to low flows on Truckee River

Photo by Reno River Festival
When the two-day Reno River Festival happens this May 9-10, 2013, there won't be any kayaking competition. The decision to cut kayaking came shortly after officials cut flows into the Truckee River from Boca Reservoir.

The current flow is around 160 cubic feet per minute. Last year at this time the flow was about 500 cubic feet per minute through Reno.

The loss of kayaking will actually make room for new events like "river golf", "Frisbee" and volleyball. Cabela's will still be offering kayaking tips along with their fly-fishing lessons. Other festival features include Yoga, craft beer village, music, and Stand UP Paddling.

The festival is from 9:00am to 8:00pm Saturday and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.  The event schedule (not updated with withdrawal of Kayaking) is available at:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dream Link Between Squaw and Alpine Moves Forward

A view of Lake Tahoe from Alpine Meadows.

Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with the owner of private land located between Squaw and Alpine to create a base-to-base gondola connection between the two resorts.

The connection has been a dream of Troy Caldwell, the land owner in-between the two resorts. Caldwell entered a partnership with Squaw Valley Ski Holdings to allow crossing of the land he calls “White Wolf”.

Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw/Alpine said, “For decades skiers and riders have talked about connecting these two world-class resorts.” The high-speed, detachable gondola will allow guests to easily explore both mountains without driving or shuttling between the two.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic this Summer in Truckee

Barefoot Jim McMahon at S. Lake Tahoe.
July 12-13 is the date for the Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic at the beautiful Schaffer’s Mill Golf Course. This celebrity golf classic was started in 2009 as a tribute to Gene Upshaw and to raise money for the Gene Upshaw Foundation. The foundation does traumatic brain injury research and donates money to the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee.

The presenting sponsor for this year’s tournament will be Schaffer’s Mill Golf and Lake Club. There will be a field of 25 to 30 former football and baseball players, as well as former head coach for the Raiders, Tom Flores.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Careless Camper Starts Fire in Desolation Wilderness

Dry forest conditions already exists.

A high fire danger already exists in the high country. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit reported a wildfire that started Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from an illegal camp fire. This campfire was at Granite Lake in the Desolation Wilderness during a period of high winds.

Firefighters responded quickly and were able to keep the fire from spreading. The Forest Service advises that illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Fire managers are concerned about the impact from illegal campfires, especially since we are in our fourth year of drought.

Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds and are not allowed on National Forest Beaches or in the Desolation Wilderness.

For information on campfire safety, visit

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Year-Round Recreation Park at Heavenly Moves Forward

Ziplines and other features will be built at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

The Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TARPA) unanimously approved Heavenly Mountain Resort’s proposed Epic Discovery Project. The project will allow year-round outdoor features for recreation at the ski area on U.S. Forest Service land.

The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011 has given Heavenly conceptual approval to develop portions of the ski area to enhance recreational opportunities.

Two more approvals need to be obtained before construction can begin. The Lahonton Regional Water Quality Control Board and the U.S. Forest Service will have to approve the project.