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Nation Sep 06Residents return to Lake Tahoe area as wildfire stalls
A week ago, the scenic tourist town on the California-Nevada state line emptied out when authorities issued an evacuation order as the fire approached from south.
Nation Sep 03Tahoe evacuees escaping fire report price gouging
California prohibits exorbitant price increases during emergencies. But a ban that Nevada lawmakers passed this year doesn't take effect until October.
Nation Sep 02Changing winds provide hope for California wildfire battle
Commanders have warned firefighters to be prepared for dangers, including localized terrain-driven winds in the Thursday weather forecast that happen as the sun heats the ground in the Caldor Fire zone.
Nation Sep 01Official reports progress in defending Lake Tahoe from fire
Firefighters reported progress Wednesday in the battle to save communities on the south end of Lake Tahoe from an approaching forest fire after the stiff winds and searing temperatures they had feared failed to materialize in the California-Nevada alpine region.
Nation Aug 31California fire approaches Lake Tahoe after mass evacuation
"It's more out of control than I thought," evacuee Glen Naasz said of the fire that by late Monday had been pushed by strong winds across California highways 50 and 89, burning mountain cabins as it swept down slopes into…
Nation Jun 07Drought-stricken Nevada enacts ban on ‘non-functional’ grass
The measure signed Friday will ban water users in southern Nevada from planting decorative grass so they conserve water. The grass ban starting in 2027 applies to office parks, entrances to housing developments and street medians.
Health May 31Mobile vaccination units hit tiny U.S. towns to boost immunity
Doctors and nurses are staffing mobile clinics throughout the U.S. to ensure people in tiny towns and far-flung rural areas can get vaccinated.
Health Nov 13Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak tests positive for COVID-19
He is the fifth governor to test positive for the coronavirus this year. Sisolak said he was not experiencing any symptoms and was swabbed for a rapid test on Friday morning as a matter of routine.
Politics Nov 06Why Nevada is still counting ballots
The Legislature passed a bill in August to send all active voters mail-in ballots, and those postmarked by Election Day can be counted if they arrive within seven days.
Politics Sep 096 Western states blast Utah plan to tap Colorado River water
In a joint letter Tuesday, water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming urged the federal government to halt the approval process for the pipeline until the states could resolve concerns about the potential effect on future…