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Coastal walk becomes wildflower excursion

Coastal walk becomes wildflower excursion

Wildflowers and coastal excursions aren’t two things I think of in the same outing. Guess I will going forward. Walking a section of the Sonoma County coast in late May had me just as mesmerized by the rugged Pacific as I was the floral display. Being in a different...

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Biking to beauty and the Colby Mountain fire lookout

Biking to beauty and the Colby Mountain fire lookout

It’s like being on top of the world, with stellar views in every direction, including snow covered Lassen Peak. No wonder a fire lookout is still manned here in the Lassen National Forest. It would be easy to see smoke rising from so many places, including the Ishi...

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Bee behavior in Tahoe basin part of UC Davis research

Bee behavior in Tahoe basin part of UC Davis research

When it comes to naming wildlife in the Lake Tahoe Basin bees might not be in the top 10. This is unfortunate because of how important they are to the ecosystem. Rachel Vannette, a chancellor’s fellow with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, gave a...

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Micro-plastics polluting Lake Tahoe at alarming rate

Micro-plastics polluting Lake Tahoe at alarming rate

While nearly $3 billion has been spent on Lake Tahoe’s clarity in the past quarter century, what’s actually in the water was never a concern until the last handful of years. Water isn’t the only thing in the lake and that’s a problem because most people who live in...

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Hiking-Biking Trail Connects Lake Tahoe With Carson City

Hiking-Biking Trail Connects Lake Tahoe With Carson City

Highway 50 is no longer the only route linking the South Shore with Carson City. For those who are into human power, the Capital to Tahoe (C2T) trail is now open. The 9.8-mile trail, which is the first single-track connection between Tahoe and Carson, is accessible to...

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Juneteenth should be more than a day off work

Juneteenth should be more than a day off work

Juneteenth isn’t something I’ve ever celebrated. Fourth of July, yes. Memorial Day and Veterans Day—only if it were work related. Indigenous People’s Day—nope. If only I were paid to have the day off, did I pay much attention to these days. Otherwise, just another day...

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True fans hang around in the losing seasons

True fans hang around in the losing seasons

Too many people seem to only be fans when their team or player is winning. This certainly seems to be true of Giants fans. No longer is the San Francisco stadium full. I would bet this has more to do with the standings than the prices. When the Giants were winning...

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