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The United States in name only

The United States in name only

  “Go back to where you came from.” What an ignorant, racist comment. No one can tell where someone or their ancestors came from based on skin color. On top of that, white people are not native to the United States and they are the ones spouting this hateful...

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Todos Santos choir provides comfort in times of sadness

Todos Santos choir provides comfort in times of sadness

A rhythmic melody filled the room; soothing, as though it were intended to lull a listener to sleep. The intent of Comfort Singers of Todos Santos is to bring calmness to the person who is being sung to, as well as to caregivers and anyone else who may be there. It’s...

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Liberty Utilities prepping for dangerous fire season

Liberty Utilities prepping for dangerous fire season

Liberty Utilities says it is doing what it can to not be responsible for starting a fire. This includes trimming trees around power lines, improving infrastructure, installing weather stations, and having plans in place for potential power shutoffs. “At the end of the...

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SLTPD defends its practices as others question them

SLTPD defends its practices as others question them

An officer with a gun is intimidating—even when all you’ve done is your job. And you did it well and accurately. He didn’t like what I had to say about his wife who was on the South Lake Tahoe City Council at the time. He let me know in no uncertain terms I needed to...

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Monkey Rock provides stunning views of Lake Tahoe

Monkey Rock provides stunning views of Lake Tahoe

A monkey in Tahoe? Yes, with just a small amount of doubt. It might actually have been a gorilla. The stone-faced creature has one of the best views of Lake Tahoe from the Spooner Backcountry. He was a little rough to touch, but docile. I think he was a he. I didn’t...

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Sharing space with geckos indoors

Sharing space with geckos indoors

Other than startling me at times and irritating me when they poop on my pillow, I got used to sharing my home with geckos. They would stay high enough on the walls to avoid AJ the dog, though I’m not sure what she would do if one would have come across her path. They...

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Lake Tahoe spills forth from top of Cave Rock

Lake Tahoe spills forth from top of Cave Rock

  Cave Rock at 360-feet-tall and 800-feet-around is more than a tunnel allowing fluid travel on Highway 50 in the Lake Tahoe Basin. From the top is one of the best views of the lake. It also remains a symbol for the Washoe people who once occupied all of this...

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Rare Bajoom trees stand tall in Baja desert

Rare Bajoom trees stand tall in Baja desert

  With more than 4,000 plant species and subspecies on the Baja peninsula, this area of the world is a botanist’s dream. Even for the casual observer, the plant life is incredible. More than 400 plants are native to this spot of Mexico. One of the more unusual...

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