William Sharon, King of the Comstock: Part III

Despite his position as an elected Nevada senator, William Sharon spent virtually all his time in San Francisco where his Bank of California was...

Auto Travel to Donner Lake on the Lincoln Highway

Before there were cars and big-rig tractor-trailers speeding more than 65 mph on Interstate 80, the first transcontinental highway was the Lincoln Highway, commemorating...

Lake Tahoe’s place in history

For generations, Lake Tahoe has inspired untold numbers of people fortunate enough to view its pristine waters and forest-cloaked mountains. For countless summers, American Indians...

Winter media hype & weather predictions

The 2016 water year ended on Sept. 30, which puts last winter to rest. Although snowfall totals were mostly in the average category in...

The Great Sierra Snow Blockade, Part I

The Sun is the engine that drives weather and climate on Earth. For more than a century, there have been many scientists who have...

The Sierra’s Snowiest Winter

Drought-busting seasons come along every so often (we could use one now), but even after 110 years, the epic winter of 1906-07 continues to...

Truckee shootout at Hurd’s Saloon, Part II

During the late 1860s, the town of Truckee went through an economic boom as a logging and railroad center. The financial gains from lumber...

Sarah Wallis: California’s First Feminist

They were the vanguard of what would become the greatest voluntary migration in human history after gold was discovered in California. Best known as...

The Great Sierra Snow Blockade, Part II

In contrast to a common spring weather adage, March came in like a lamb this year, not like a lion. And, at this time...

Diamond Peak: A Lake Tahoe gem

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter, Diamond Peak is probably the most overlooked and underrated ski resort in the Tahoe Basin. With an impressive...