Geological composition has Nev. on the move

By Linda Fine Conaboy


RENO – Nevada is the third most earthquake-prone state and is the fastest growing state, tectonically speaking, annually adding more area than the size of two basketball courts because of tectonic activity.

James Faulds, the state geologist for Nevada and director of the Nevada Bureaus of Mines and Geology at UNR, explained that Nevada has a greater number of mountain ranges, produces more gold, is volcanically active and has a vast supply of geothermal resources—more than any other state except for maybe Alaska.

According to Faulds, many of the state’s geothermal resources have yet to be discovered let alone mapped. This may explain, he said, why Nevada is always in hot water.

Earthquake faults, he said, allow hot water sitting deep in the earth to migrate to shallow levels, perhaps explaining why there are now close to 15 geothermal power plants in the state.

While their website states that Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is in the business of transforming and maintaining the parks in Washoe County, the program they hosted in Reno last week went way beyond parks.

Three speakers covered all anyone needs to know about earthquakes, geothermal energy and volcanoes in Nevada. Though billed as a local event, all three speakers acknowledged that the Lake Tahoe Basin should be included in this mix, especially when the talk turns to earthquakes and volcanoes.

Although their intention was to inform and not to scare, many in the audience went away muttering about getting ahold of their agents pronto to chat about earthquake insurance. It was apparent that more than a handful were not aware that the Reno and Tahoe areas are seismically active and in fact, lie on some fairly large faults.

The Genoa fault is one of many near Lake Tahoe. Photo/Provided

Geothermal energy is the only renewable energy that’s available 24/7, and the potential for large amounts of energy production in Nevada is eclipsed only by California’s generation rates, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Annie Kell is the coordinator of education and outreach and a professor of seismology, among other duties, at UNR’s Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.

She said Reno averages at least six earthquakes of significant size about every 12 years.

“There are thousands of structures in Reno that would be damaged in an earthquake,” she said.

Generally, Kell said, anything built prior to 1974 is vulnerable. The average cost to upgrade the deficits in these buildings she estimates at less than $5,000.

Kell said there’s a significant fault in Incline Village, which about 500 years ago produced close to a magnitude 7 quake. She also mentioned the West Tahoe fault zone running from Meyers to Dollar Point and submerged from Emerald Bay to McKinney Bay. Another fault, she said, lies near Stateline Point laying below the Club Cal Neva, and the Genoa fault, one of the most active, could threaten the Reno-Carson urban corridor.

Most people have heard stories of a potential tsunami able to inflict huge amounts of destruction to the Lake Tahoe Basin—Kell doesn’t totally rule out the likelihood, nor does Faulds.

“A tsunami is definitely a possibility,” Faulds said. “Research shows that in the past there have been tsunami events at Lake Tahoe—probably within the last 10,000-12,000 years, which is fairly young in terms of scientific research.”

Kell strongly urged the audience to prepare now for the chance of some major earthquake damage to the entire region, saying earthquake insurance in this area of the country is definitely worth it.

She’s a proponent of being ready even though there is no evidence that an earthquake is imminent. “An emergency survival kit can be a lifesaver,” she said, suggesting it should include:

·      Food for three days

·      Pet food

·      Medical supplies

·      A power supply

·      Plan for evacuating the family

·      Securing tall and heavy items.

In case of an earthquake, Kell advised, you should always protect your head and neck. “Drop, cover and hold on,” she said. “Do not run outside, stand near windows, get on top of furniture, get out of bed, drive over bridges, light a flame or run to a doorway.”

She added that during an earthquake event, aftershocks are a real possibility.

While he’s a professional geologist, volcanoes are an area of expertise for Christopher Henry, a research geologist at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Henry suggested that geology doesn’t follow state boundaries, but he said good volcano sites that are not too far away and easily viewed are Lassen Peak, Sutter Buttes (on private property) and Long Valley, adjacent to Mammoth Mountain.

In addition, he said there are numerous volcano sites between Reno and Lake Tahoe, particularly north of Tahoe near Truckee. These include Mt. Disney, Squaw Peak, Martis Peak and Mt. Pluto. He added that at Dollar Point, if you look hard enough, you can find layered and ashy areas that might include volcanic bombs.

Going south, to Mammoth and Long Valley, there are huge volcanoes, what Henry called super volcanoes that created a caldera 20 miles across. He surmised this event happened about 760,000 years ago, leaving today’s Mammoth Mountain.

In the last 600,000 years, smaller eruptions have taken place and in their wake, various craters can be seen, one of which is Mono Crater. “There are all kinds of volcanic pieces to be found at the sites. But then, all rocks are pretty to me,” he grinned.

Despite what may be construed as continuous danger, scientists predict that the chance of a magnitude 7 quake under Lake Tahoe are slim—about 3 to 4 percent in the next 50 years, and actually posing less of a threat than the potential danger from forest fires or floods. However, all the experts advise to be prepared.

Harrah’s & Harvey’s Casino: Caesars bankruptcy won’t affect day-to-day operations at its 2 Lake Tahoe casinos

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Harrah’s & Harvey’s Casino: Caesars bankruptcy won’t affect day-to-day operations at its 2 Lake Tahoe casinos

By Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Caesars Entertainment Corp. placed its largest operating division into bankruptcy Thursday, taking the initial steps to eliminate almost $10 billion of debt and restructure the casino operator’s troubled balance sheet.

The pre-packaged filing covering Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., has been agreed upon by 80 percent of the company’s senior bondholders.It was filed in the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court in Chicago. The company hopes to emerge from bankruptcy later this year.

The Fall of the Roman Empire: The iconic 4,250-room Caesars Palace is the only Las Vegas property covered by the CEOC bankruptcy filing. 

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The Fall of the Roman Empire: The iconic 4,250-room Caesars Palace is the only Las Vegas property covered by the CEOC bankruptcy filing.

Company officials have said the bankruptcy filing and financial restructuring will not impact day-to-day operations of its hotels and casinos, its interactive gaming operations or the company-owned World Series of Poker. The reorganization will not disrupt Caesars’ Total Rewards customer loyalty program, which has more than 45 million members.

The plan is to seek the court’s approval to convert CEOC into a publicly-traded real estate investment trust. CEOC is the largest of Caesars’ operating units and controls the flagship Caesars Palace, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Reno and more than a dozen regional properties including Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harveys in Stateline.

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SHIPWRECK: Woodwind II unable to be salvaged from Lake Tahoe


The Woodwind II on Jan. 8 was being cut into pieces before being hauled to a landfill. Photo/Kathryn Reed

By Kathryn Reed

CAVE ROCK – Loud crunching sounds could be heard as a 50,000-pound excavator destroyed the Windwood II. Grown men were somber witnessing the destruction of what was once a beautiful vessel that graced the waters of Lake Tahoe.

The catamaran broke from its mooring Dec. 11 during the windstorm at Lake Tahoe and became stuck on rocks near Zephyr Cove. While this is always a rocky area, it’s even shallower with the lake level being so low.

That Zephyr Cove mooring field a few years ago switched from the typical concrete block type anchors to screw auger type anchors. The new ones are not as secure, according to boat owners.

It was expected to take several hours Jan. 8 to breakdown the entire 55-foot-vessel.

Much of the damage was to the starboard side. Punctures in the hull and pontoon damage were extensive.

“The crane is utilized to pull some of the components out,” Dan Rikalo with Connolly Crane Service told Lake Tahoe News.

All the pieces will be taken to the Carson City Landfill.

Diesel from the vessel was taken off a while ago to prevent any spillage into Lake Tahoe.

It was towed to Cave Rock boat ramp on Jan. 7, then hauled out of the water with a large tow truck by its rudders.

Kevin McMullen of Keefe Kaplan Maritime in Richmond was at the dock Thursday morning to get the mast.

“We will cut it up. The insurance company wants it cut up. I hope they save it. It’s a beautiful mast,” McMullen told Lake Tahoe News.

Steve Dunham, who operates Tahoe Cruises, could not be reached for comment. He is down to one boat – the Safari Rose. She is currently at the Tahoe City Marina. The original Woodwind, which was a trimaran, also met its demise when it washed ashore. An operating permit for a tour boat at Lake Tahoe is a coveted item, so it’s possible there could be a Woodwind III.

Squaw-Alpine: Climate change an industry threat to Tahoe resorts

“…. We have an obligation as a responsible corporation to reduce our environmental impact,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe resort.

“…. We have an obligation as a responsible corporation to reduce our environmental impact,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe resort.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — For the past four years, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows management has been “quietly, but assertively” working on improving the resort’s sustainability practices, officials said this week.

Key efforts have focused on reducing the ski area’s carbon footprint, as highlighted in its recently released “Environmental & Community Report 2014.”

“…. We have an obligation as a responsible corporation to reduce our environmental impact,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of the resort. “As a well-known ski resort, we hope to inspire and compel other ski resorts and businesses to do the same and see how they can make improvements in their own operations.”

According to the report, in 2013, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,700 tons by making boiler upgrades, installing automated controls at High Camp and replacing more than 1,500 light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones.

Also in 2013, Squaw Valley became the first California ski resort to install electric car charging stations, resulting in 4,750 emission-free miles driven from December 2013 through April 2014.

Other transit-emission saving efforts, according to the report, include a free shuttle making runs between Squaw and Alpine, and contributions of more than $60,000 annually to Tahoe Area Regional Transit to ensure employees have an environmentally friendly way to get to work.

As for snowmaking, more than $5.2 million has been invested in infrastructure in the past three years, which the resort said has reduced the amount of water, compressed air and power needed to make snow.

“I have seen firsthand the commitment Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have made to operating a sustainable resort — their actions are real,” Tuckee’s Jeremy Jones, a professional snowboarder and founder of Protect Our Winters, said in the report.


Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is among those who recognize current and future impacts of climate change, said Michael Gross, director of risk management at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, which is one of the areas highlighted in the report.

“Climate change will not (be) solved by one person, one business or one country alone,” said Gross, who’s also identified as Squaw/Alpine’s “director of environmental initiatives” in the report. “We all need to work together toward a common goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and C02 levels because winters without snow would be a real grim place to live in, and our business depends on snow.”

According to the report, projected impacts of climate change to the ski industry include later seasonal snow, less snow coverage, earlier wet snow avalanches and, on average, shorter winters.

By the 2050s, ski seasons are projected to be three to six weeks shorter in California’s Sierra Nevada, the report states.

“Climate change is a growing, long-term threat to all ski resorts,” Wirth said. “However … we very much have the ability to adapt and hedge our businesses … So, while climate change is most certainly a real threat, it’s not a direct threat to our existence as viable businesses.”

Wirth went on to say, “There are many facets to our ability to hedge our business, not the least of which is our snowmaking capabilities, which have been a focus of our capital investment over the past three years. Since the mid-80s, the length of ski seasons has actually materially increased with the advent of snow making. We have other tools by which we can effectively manage our business through such challenging times.”

Some future sustainable efforts planned by the resort include Squaw’s Member’s Locker Room receiving a high-efficiency boiler in 2015; analyzing solar power installations; and continuing to expand recycling and composting efforts.

“We are dedicated to preserving our winters and alpine environment for current and future generations,” the report states in closing. “We understand that our business is dependent on our ability to care for and cherish our natural resources … We pledge to continue to reduce our footprint, remain early-adopters of sustainable technologies and to work within our community to encourage our peers and partners to do the same.”

Tyranny on the snow: Users take sides in debate over Lake Tahoe Sierra Nevada snow

Benjamin Spillman, RGJ 6:42 p.m. PST December 15, 2014

With backcountry sports booming more people than ever angling for their own place to play
There’s a reason why during winter it can be hard to find a parking place along Mount Rose Highway near the Tahoe Meadows and Chickadee Ridge.

The short stretch of road is the best place to access some of the most scenic backcountry in Nevada, an area that includes snow-covered meadows, alpine peaks and Lake Tahoe views.

It’s also the epicenter of a debate over winter access to public land in the Sierra Nevada as U.S. Forest Service units throughout the range are in the process of reworking their winter travel management plans.

Six separate Forest Service units, Lake Tahoe Basin, Tahoe, Eldorado, Lassen and Stanislaus, and Plumas are in varying stages of reworking their plans, some of which haven’t been updated for decades.

The result could be new boundaries that limit where people can ride snowmobiles and set aside areas that are restricted to human-powered recreation such as snowshoeing and backcountry skiing.

The Lake Tahoe Basin unit, at the west end of Tahoe Meadows, is doing a slightly different process than the other units because managers there started before lawsuits by groups seeking more restrictions on snowmobiles forced the government to order winter travel plan updates throughout the region.

They’ve already formed a Mount Rose Highway Winter Collaboration Group made up of snowmobilers and non-motorized recreation users with a goal of forming a consensus over how to divide up the area in advance of the formal process of updating the travel management plan.

“We are basically looking for something that has broad support,” said Cheva Gabor, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin unit of the Forest Service. “If something has more broad support it is going to be observed or complied with better.”

Snowmobiling is already highly restricted at Tahoe Meadows east of Chickadee Ridge in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. But to the west, in the Lake Tahoe Basin unit, there are more areas open to the sport.

Access boundaries on the basin side have for decades been governed by an annual series of forest orders that are only in place for one year at a time. The new travel management plan will set more permanent boundaries, Gabor said.

Now, with the Forest Service poised to issue longer-term boundaries, the stakes are higher than ever. And it’s unclear whether the members of the collaborative user group are willing or able to come up with a compromise.

In the Lake Tahoe Basin unit areas of contention include Chickadee and Relay ridges which are on the west side of Tahoe Meadows and provide lake views. Also, there is debate over whether snowmobile riders should be forced to use sleds with “best available technology” for emission control, which could price out people who can’t afford to upgrade. Emission controls, however, are beyond what the Forest Service regulates, Gabor said.

“We are not seeking to end the sport of snowmobiling, we are just seeking to confine it,” said Bob Rowen, vice president for advocacy for Snowlands Network, which bills itself as “the only voice in California and Nevada advocating for quiet, safe and pristine places for non-motorized visitors to our forests to recreate.”

Rowen said snowmobiles create more noise and pollution than many backcountry skiers and snowshoers are willing to tolerate.

“People don’t want to recreate with the snowmobile noise and don’t want to recreate with the snowmobile emissions,” he said. “You get one snowmobile in there and it ruins the experience for everybody. It is like you are sitting on the beach and a motorcycle rides right by you.”

Not surprisingly, snowmobilers aren’t keen on getting pushed out of some of the most scenic and accessible riding terrain in the Sierra Nevada.

Greg McKay, who represents snowmobile users in the collaborative group, said riders want to preserve access to areas they’ve been riding for decades.

“If you look at the map of where we are allowed to be in the area we are a postage stamp,” he said. “There is a tendency to try to protect those areas and not have them erode any further.”

McKay also disagreed with the notion that snowmobiles can’t co-exist peacefully with skiers and snowshoers.

“This is public land, everybody has an equal right to use that property for their recreation experience,” he said. “The people I ride with, if we see some skiers in the same area we try to give them some distance.”

If the collaboration group doesn’t offer a compromise the Forest Service will issue it’s own proposal for the contested areas which would most likely be similar to the temporary boundaries already in place.

Gabor said the Forest Service could have new regulations in place this winter ordering the units to move forward with their travel updates. She’s hopeful the snowmobile and non-motorized groups will have their own compromise before then.

“We are trying to provide a range of outdoor winter recreation experiences,” Gabor said. “What we would like to see is a move away from how much does one side have versus how much does another have.”


Wanderlust 2014 Festival fuses art, music and nature at Squaw Valley

Wanderlust-2013-Instagram-Pictures More than just a music festival, this weekend’s Wanderlust Festival at Squaw Valley seeks to build a community and encourage mindful living.

The festival, now in its sixth year, combines yoga, music, speakers and outdoor adventure into a unique celebration in the High Sierra.

“Nestled in one of Mother Nature’s most picturesque creations, this four-day retreat will gather together yoga enthusiasts, families, foodies and mindful adventurers for an unforgettable getaway,” according to a press release from organizers. “Surrounded by the High Sierra peaks, attendees can practice yoga from renowned instructors, take in live music from today’s conscious artists, participate in inspiring lectures, venture in outdoor activities such as hiking, paddle-boarding, biking, and indulge in organic delicacies.”CA_webslide

Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Gurmukh and Eoin Finn are among the numerous yoga instructors participating in the event, which begins Thursday and lasts through Sunday afternoon.

Philadelphia, Pa., DJ RJD2 headlines Friday night’s musical acts, while Colorado electronic-outfit Big Gigantic headlines Saturday Night. Polyphonic Spree is among the final performers of the festival, playing a Sunday afternoon set. Nahko and Medicine for the People, MC Yogi, Ana Sia and DJ Cakra Khan are also included among the musical acts at the festival.

Wanderlust_AbbeyLey_WLCA_HighCamppose_resized“If yoga is the soul, music is the beating heart of Wanderlust,” according to organizers. “True to our name, music at Wanderlust is just as much about discovery as it is about spending an evening with artists you know and love. We offer a wide variety of musical performers in myriad settings, from the epic main stage and live performances that accompany your yoga classes to intimate pop-up acts.”

In addition to music and yoga, Wanderlust offers hikes, adventure runs, biking and meditative rafting, as well as activities like hooping, aerial yoga and slacklining. Daily family yoga classes are also being offered for the first time at the festival, allowing kids of all ages to learn and practice yoga alongside their parents.wanderlust2

Gabrielle Bernstein, chef Sarah Copeland and meditation teacher Sally Kempton are among the featured speakers at the festival’s Speakeasy, which encourages audience participation.

“These are not stuffy lectures, but rather candid conversations that take place in an intimate environment where you can get up close and personal with some of the most engaging personalities at Wanderlust,” according to the festival.

wanderlust1“It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since we landed our first event in Squaw Valley,” said Wanderlust co-founder Jeff Krasno in a statement. “This magical place has inspired us to continually innovate around how man can work harmoniously with nature. We look forward to another year of bringing people together to celebrate, exchange ideas and experience the good things in life.”


Heavenly Bear deemed too domesticated for the wild

heavenly bearcubSOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. ( & KRNV) – Heavenly, the bear, was named so after he was found skirting through the Heavenly Ski lift in early March.

The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center nursed Heavenly back to health, and Secretary Tom Millham, dreamed of a happy ending for him.

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heavenly bear“Our expectation for all bears that are released back into the wild are that they would go back into the wild and perform their natural things that they do,” said Millham.

Unfortunately, that’s not how the story is unfolding. Last week, Heavenly was released into the wild 25 miles south of Lake Tahoe, but he quickly returned and was captured overnight after reports of him approaching people. Heavenly has been deemed too domesticated for wild life and will be given to a sanctuary.

“Basically it came back to where it learned how to eat,” said Chris Healy from the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “Unfortunately, it learned how to eat amongst the garbage from homes in of Lake Tahoe.”HEAVENLY-BEAR-CUB1-1-

Heavenly is currently staying at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center where his fate hangs in the balance. Returning to the wild is not an option.

“This is a wild animal it will no longer be able to be wild because it has become acclimated to humans as a source of food,” Healy said.

Healy and Millham believe Heavenly may have been illegally fed by humans.

“Don’t feed the wildlife,” said Millham. “They know enough to get their own food.”

By doing so, authorities have to consider the danger Heavenly could pose to humans when he grows bigger.

“We have taken what should be a magnificent wild animal and turned it into an almost domestic pet, and now it’s going to have to live out its life in a sanctuary,” said Healy. “It’s a horrible outcome for this fine animal.”

However, Heavenly’s fate does not include euthanization.

“We really only have two alternatives: one is to put him down, or the other would be to place him,” said Millham. “So yeah, placing him would be the lesser of two evils.”

Millham said there has been a lot of interest for heavenly from different sanctuaries across the country thanks to his story, and “Tahoe”, another bear cub at the wildlife center that made national headlines.

Nevada Highway Patrol – Northern Command Rural Dispatch Live Audio Feed/Scanner

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Dick Gammick agrees with Mike Weston, the NHP edited dash cam video and Mr. Weston’s case/conviction should be vacated and expunged as stipulated by Washoe DA Dick Gammick.

JP Scott Pearson “Obstruction of Justice”Is Judge Scott Pearson obstructing justice by being the judge, jury and prosecutor to abuse his desecration in denying Mr. Weston justice after 8 years of fighting this corruption.

RICO Lawsuit against NHP about drug-sniffing dog programImage

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & – Attorney Kenneth McKenna has filed a Federal Lawsuit on behalf of Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers and a retired Sergeant of Police who in part created and established the K-9 Drug Interdiction Unit for the Nevada Highway Patrol.

They are suing the Department of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol, the City of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and individual members of the Highway Patrol Command Staff and Officers of the Las Vegas Police Department in a 103-page complaint filed in the United States District Court of Nevada.

The Plaintiffs are alleging that the Command Staff of the Nevada Highway Patrol intentionally destroyed the K-9 program.  They claim the program had been instrumental in “getting drugs off Nevada Highways and achieving seizures in the multi-millions of dollars to the benefit of the State of Nevada’s revenues”. Continue reading

Lake Tahoe News covers Justin Brothers Bail Bonds / Doug Lewis criminal charges


Carson City bounty hunter Doug Lewis faces charges in S. Tahoe

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Doug Lewis Nevada Bounty Hunter with Justin Brothers Bail Bonds

Five misdemeanor charges have been filed against a Carson City bounty hunter in regards to his actions in South Lake Tahoe.

Douglas Lewis with Justin Brothers Bail Bonds has been charged with unlawful arrest, aggravated trespass, vandalism, battery and damaging a vehicle.

The incident occurred in October at the South Lake Tahoe home of Ty Robben. Robben wanted felony charges filed against the suspect. He said the bounty hunters broke down his door and used a Taser on him.

Robben has since filed a civil suit against the Carson City firm and has protested the Justin Brothers with the large crime scene tape. “Protesting will continue against the Justin Bros for the duration” Robben said.

It was the delay in action that led Robben in January to protest near the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

Doug Lewis starred in a TV show called Bounty Hunter watch it here:

Doug Lewis is also doing business on a permanently revoked Nevada business license according to the Nevada Secretary of State website

– Lake Tahoe News staff report

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