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Sunny Tahoe Donner Home   Leave a comment

11015 Bolzano Lo Res-1

11015 Bolzano, Tahoe Donner

If you are a sun lover like I am, you will love this home.  This property is south facing and both front decks are drenched in sun.  As well, the builder was very thoughtful with the window placement.  There are lots of windows.  This home sits on a lovely, level lot that backs to greenbelt for extra privacy.  It’s also located in the lower section of Tahoe Donner so less snow and easily accessible.

11015 Bolzano Lo Res-3

The great room is warm and inviting with vaulted wood ceilings, woodstove on slate rock hearth, wood floors in the kitchen and wonderful light throughout.  This split level design features the master suite on the upper level with the two guest bedrooms and full bath downstairs. Additional features include log accents inside and out, private rear deck which looks out to the greenbelt, deep garage and lots of good storage.

 Owning in Tahoe Donner allows you to enjoy all the amenities.  From downhill skiing, the tennis courts and pools, to the workout facility and private beach at Donner Lake there is a lot to do.  If you would like more information about this property please contact me.  I will be having an open house on February 21st in the afternoon.  Stop on by!

Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series: Emily Harrington   Leave a comment


By Tim Hauserman



If you keep your eyes open, you will find great things to do at night at Lake Tahoe. One of the best is when you get the opportunity to take advantage of the great athletes of the world that come to Tahoe to tell their stories through the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series. The latest is Emily Harrington, climber extraordinaire, who will present, “The Long Way” on February 12th at 7 pm at the Olympic Village Lodge. It will document a National Geographic expedition of her adventure, suffering and ultimate reward found in the jungles and peaks of Myanmar.

Harrington has climbed all over the world, and has summited Mt. Everest. This past fall she was one of five members of The North Face/National Geographic Team which traveled to Myanmar to seek the summit of Mt. Hkakabo Razi, the highest peak in this remote and mysterious country. Myanmar has a brutal history of political upheaval, civil war and human rights violations. Even before climbing to the peak, the group had a 250 mile hike on foot through the dense, remote jungle to reach the Tibetan border and begin the ascent. They encountered challenging obstacles, and a great deal of physical suffering, yet emerged considering it a life altering experience.



“We’ve had a glimpse into Emily’s show and her tale is absolutely amazing,” says Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports. “She’s continually pushing the ceiling of possibility not only in women’s climbing, but in the sport as a whole. I don’t know of another athlete who excels at all disciplines and has the ability to weave their adventures into such a compelling tale. Her story is not to be missed.”

This is the 4th installment of this year’s Alpenglow Winter Film Series, now in it’s 9th year. All shows are free, and there is a raffle available with the proceeds going to various local non-profit organizations. This month’s beneficiary is the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. The final installment of this year’s series is in March. For additional information, please contact Brendan Madigan at Alpenglow Sports 530-583-6917 or



Tahoe Truckee Critters   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi


As I went for a walk along Donner Lake’s east shore through the Donner Memorial Park recently, I heard a strange bird call. Soaring overhead was a majestic Bald Eagle. It wasn’t the screeching yell a la the opening of The Colbert Report, but more of a sing song cooing, which is why the bird’s unusual sound caught my attention.

I’ve seen these beautiful birds fairly frequently along Donner Lake’s shores, either soaring over the lake looking for food – or once, just sitting in a pine tree in my yard.

As it turns out, Bald Eagles are making a slow but steady comeback on our Sierra Shores and every year volunteers gather in the area to try and get a head count of the local population. In addition, organizations like Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care rehabs injured animals and returns them to the wild.


As we here in snow country anticipate our winter recreation opportunities, it often surprises us when we discover that critters apparently just wanna have fun too!

Last year, I was one of the lucky folks to have seen a red fox just outside my back door. I had never spotted one in the area previously (although I had seen their tracks) and the sighting was a real treat. So when this photo showed up via Outside Magazine, it made my day.


Funtastic Mr Fox Young cub has the time of its life sliding down quarry conveyor belt

Wheeeeeeeeee! A young fox rides a quarry conveyor belt


Apparently the fox took a couple runs down the chutes. You can read more about the story behind this photo here: The Animal Zone


This recent video of a crow having a fine old time using a plastic lid to sled down someone’s roof went viral last week. I have to admit, it gave me quite a chuckle. (turn the sound off, the background noise is distracting)


While having so much wildlife around us can be compelling, there is a downside too. Anyone who has ever had a bear break in can attest to that.  In addition, being distracted while driving can have some tragic consequences as well. Coming home from Reno the other day on I-80, a whole pack of coyotes decided to try to make a mad dash across the freeway right in front of me. Mercifully everyone on the road could stop in time, and the animals soon discovered the folly of their choice of road crossing, but it could have been an ugly scene.  Most of us are often witness to the aftermath of what happens when an animal has a close encounter with a vehicle. The car no doubt had plenty of damage as well, but it had already been towed away.
Local organizations like The Bear League take in injured animals, and as I write this, they are currently trying to save a bear cub that got hit by a car.  Sadly, the car just kept on truckin’, leaving the poor creature still alive but severely injured and suffering. If you run across such an incident, contact The Bear League at 530-525- paws (7297). They’ll make every effort to retrieve the injured animal and get them to medical care and appropriate rehab centers.

With California’s drought still in evidence, wildlife is drawn closer to the lake and the Truckee River looking for food and water.  In addition, with the days getting shorter, it’s important to slow it down on the roads at night and to be especially alert.  It will be better for the health and well being of both humans and animals alike.




Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

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Eat Picks

Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee


Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

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