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Formerly known as the Squaw Valley Ski Museum, the Sierra Nevada Olympic & Winter Sports Museum changed its name to reflect not only the history associated with the 1960 Olympic Games in Squaw Valley but also to highlight the stories, legends, and personalities within the entire Sierra Nevada region.

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An Oral Accounting of Tahoe’s Past


The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society will soon have multiple oral history interviews on its website that will take people back to Tahoe’s early days.

California’s Wildfire Smoke and Climate Change: 4 Things You Need to Know


California wildfires every year emit as much carbon as almost 2 million cars, posing a threat to efforts to battle climate change.

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Heart of Gold Gravel Race to benefit Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, other youth mental health organizations

The Nevada City race will be followed by the Heart of Gold Festival, which is a celebration of wellness featuring great food and brews, live local bands, a Kid Zone with lawn games, a bike rodeo and an outdoor recreation …

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Historic Old Town Post Office closes its doors

The Old Town Post Office at 1583 Lincoln Way closed its doors this month, leaving many wondering if the historic post office will reopen.

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Lake of the Sky celebrates Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit History

USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and wilderness program manager, radio personality and historian, Don Lane, will present a “History of Lake Tahoe and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit” on Friday, Sept. …

Image caption: New legislation will impose penalties on local school boards that ban books for covering issues of diversity.
New California Bill Slaps Back at School Book Bans

California will penalize school boards that ban books based on inclusion of certain groups under a bill the governor is expected to sign into law. But some fear unintended consequences.

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Concept for Cal-Neva revealed with hopes to open by 2026

Conceptual designs for the revitalization of the historic Cal-Neva Resort were revealed at Bowl Incline. The property was purchased by real estate investment, development and management firm, McWhinney, in April 2023.

Image caption: Disney’s planned community of Celebration in Florida is far from Walt Disney’s earlier vision of a utopian city.
Solano County Planned City Latest in a California Tradition

Silicon Valley billionaires want to create a new city in Solano County. How have planned cities fared in California? From Lakewood to Irvine to Disney’s new Cotino, there have been many.

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Colfax approves funding for Railroad Days

City staff received a letter from Colfax Railroad Days, Inc. (CRRD), which included an explanation of event costs and the request for the $2,500 donation, the same amount the city provided in 2022. According to the letter, expenses for last …

Image caption: One of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River targeted for demolition.
Dam Demolition Gets Going. Can Klamath River be Saved?

As four aging hydroelectric dams are demolished, tribes and communities along the Klamath River wait anxiously to see what the future holds. “Once a river is dammed, is it damned forever?” experts ask.

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History of the Donner Party Hike

The Donner Party Hike (DPH) has been offering hikes to fellow hikers, historians and people who are interested in the history of the area for 31 years.

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