Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Cal Neva is set to reopen on Sinatra’s 100th birthday

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. As new ownership claims they'll bring back the Sinatra "glory days,” starting on the night of the crooners...

Jamie Whitmore’s long, tough trail to gold

The former XTERRA World Champion takes home a gold and silver from Rio’s paralympic games. By Andrew J. Pridgen I don’t care much for movie stars or models, mostly because any adulation from me would go unreturned — famous people are like the opposite of dogs. I don’t get the butterflies if I run into a politician or a financier — and I...

Squaw sets up scarecrow nonprofit to seduce, frighten Basin residents

...But the best part is Tahoe only gets its nonprofit AFTER the reason for NEEDING a nonprofit is built. By Andrew J. Pridgen Here comes the supposed nonprofit arm of the private equity firm hellbent on turning Olympic Valley into the Four Points Sheraton near the MacArthur Maze. Squaw announced Tuesday that they’ve launched a boy band version of a 501(c)(3)...

Vail’ed threat to Whistler, ski biz, becomes reality

Something wicked this way comes to the great north. By Andrew J. Pridgen Vail’s purchase of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. Monday was greeted with some typical “evil empire” knee-jerk, which is to be expected, and in all ways, correct. Colorado-based Vail Resorts Inc. now has the equivalent of Park Place and Boardwalk with its acquisition of North America’s biggest ski...

JT Holmes posts ghostwritten ‘open letter’ at the behest of his Squaw corporate overlords

And we rebut Holmes' well-timed appeal to the public prior to Placer County Supes' Tuesday decision whether to let a private equity firm go forward with a tantalizingly horrible development plan for Squaw. By Andrew J. Pridgen Say it ain’t so JT. Like basically everyone else on this ever-revolting, ever spinning green and blue marble, I am a fan of JT Holmes...

Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC introduces a ‘life-size replica’ Christmas village inspired by plans for new ‘larger-than-life-size’ ski village that will probably never get built

Make it a stocking stuffer, as long as your feet are the size of Coit Tower. For Immediate Release Dec. 22, 2016 – Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, in an effort to bring forward additional holiday mirth for supporters of the Village at Squaw Valley redevelopment project, has come up with what every skier totes has no idea he really...

The Reno Gazette-Journal shares blueprint for a no-newspaper future in mid-sized American cities

...And, of course, a suggestion on how to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen While spending time in Northern Nevada recently, I was saddened to hear that the paper of record there, the Reno Gazette-Journal, will liquidate in May. The newspaper dates back to the Gold Rush era and was founded shortly after a reporter by the name of Samuel Clemens...

What to expect when you’re expecting a battle: Keep Squaw True community organizers are already planning next steps in fight to save Squaw from absentee developers

Placer County Supervisors showed little regard for what residents of the Tahoe Basin want in a development by approving a 760-unit Martis Valley West project in October. A lawsuit soon followed. They are now expected to kowtow to current Squaw owner KSL’s mid-20th century mountain-town-as-airport-Hilton vision for Olympic Valley 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Kings Beach. How it...

Stay woke folks, because Old Man Winter may be permanently asleep

La Niña is about to ghost winter in the West like a Tinder match. By Andrew J. Pridgen Much of the Tahoe Basin woke up Monday morning to a dusting of snow covering the scorched landscape like powdered sugar sprinkled over burnt French Toast. Let’s stop and look for a moment, shall we? https://twitter.com/squawalpine/status/788032012623892480 https://twitter.com/KirkwoodMtn/status/788049612695220225 https://twitter.com/Northstar_CA/status/788437336946200577 And even one in black and white: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLqzKnABlVW/   ...You get the...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth kicks off summer by sharting all over Olympic Valley community

Subtlety is not one of Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth’s strong suits. Add writing a cohesive sound bite and good timing to that list. By Andrew J. Pridgen About the time the car was packed Friday afternoon and the tailgate was refusing to shut, Squaw CEO Andy Wirth closed his solitaire window and busted out an epic press release decrying the...

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