Summer 2016 Feature Articles



A Castle in the Pines

Written By Alison Bender      

Incline Village’s main hotel has a long, dark history   Incline Village, on Lake Tahoe’s northeast shore, was relatively slow to develop. While visitors flocked to Lucky Baldwin’s 100-room hotel and casino in South Lake Tahoe in 1899 or the Bliss family’s renowned Tahoe Tavern in Tahoe City in 1901, Incline Village was still mostly a timber and milling town at…

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Nature’s Dazzling Display

Written By Will Richardson      

Thanks to winter’s return after a four-year hiatus, Lake Tahoe’s wildflowers are poised to impress with a banner year       After four years of drought, Tahoe is heading into summer on the heels of an average snowpack winter: The Lake is once again flowing from its outlet, and Tahoe’s flowering plants, having waited patiently for the right opportunity, are…

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The Land of Fire and Snow

Written By Sylas Wright      

Lassen Volcanic National Park celebrates its 100th birthday this year—but the area has been a geologic treasure for millennia    One hundred fifty miles north of Lake Tahoe lies a scenic alpine landscape that is being tortured from below. Pools of scalding mud gurgle and churn in protest. Steam hisses out of tears in the earth. On rare occasions, entire…

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A View to the Hill

Written By Kyle Magin      

Designed for friends and family, this Martis Camp home showcases expansive vistas   On the amble from the master bedroom out to the kitchen to cook breakfast, Gabe and Debbie Whelan can stop and look up and to the right, out a clerestory window perfectly framing the top of Lookout Mountain. It’s a painstakingly planned peek of the peak, and…

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Rhythm and Funk

Written By Alison Bender      

Jude Bischoff’s vivid wildlife paintings are far from the average bear   Abstract blocks and squiggles forming a buffalo, speeding horses made of spirals and pyramids, a boulder-dotted stream flowing within the shape of a bear—this is the art of painter Jude Bischoff, whose works are bright, bold and undeniably funky.    Artistic Upbringing A native of Fremont, Ohio, Bischoff…

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Tahoe’s Invasives: Are They Really That Bad?

Written By Matthew Renda      

Although traditionally vilified, some scientists say non-native species deserve a second look   Officials at Lake Tahoe are once again ratcheting up the battle against aquatic invasive species. In language indicative of the war-like mindset taken toward invasives in the Basin, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) director Joanne Marchetta recently distributed a column called “Beating Invasive Species at Tahoe.” Marchetta…

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Sugarloaf’s Grand Illusion, Revealed

How a 1979 ascent near South Lake Tahoe changed rock climbing for future generations   Written by DEANNA KERR   Sometimes rules should be broken—especially when ethics, standards and traditions slow the progress of an entire sport.  Tony Yaniro illustrated just how valuable it can be to break rules when in 1979 he conquered Grand Illusion, the most difficult climbing…

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