The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency last week unanimously approved a controversial plan to expand the Homewood Mountain Resort on Lake Tahoe's western shore. JMA Ventures, which owns the 1,235 acre ski area, spent five years lobbying for approval to bulldoze the property and build new ski-in condos, residential lodges, a 75-room hotel, and 15,000 square feet of retail space. Opponents of the plan expressed concern that it would increase traffic, worsen air pollution, and send runoff into Lake T... Read More
Team Katusha will not re-sign top Russian cyclist Alexandre Kolobnev for the 2012 season, a team spokesman confirmed on Monday, because of unresolved eligibility questions following his positive drug test in July. Kolobnev, 30, tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide at stage six of the Tour de France. Russia's cycling federation imposed a small fine on Kolobnev in October but chose not to ban the rider from competition, a decision the UCI is appealing. In early December, ... Read More
On Thursday, Canadian authorities denied a request by Norwegian investors to salvage a ship once captained by explorer Roald Amundsen and currently wrecked in an Arctic harbor off Nunavut. The investors, who bought the wreck from the Hudson Bay Company in 1990 for $1, were preparing a multi-million dollar operation to tow the Maud back to Norway for display in a museum. The Canadian Heritage Minister has determined that the ship is of national significance and that "a full archeological study"... Read More
A freshman cyclist at Lees-McRae College in North Carolina died on Thursday after she was truck by a truck on an afternoon training ride. Megan Baab, 19, died when the driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line. This marks the second time this year a Lees-McRae cyclist has been killed on a training ride. In January, Lees-McRae senior Carla Swart, the most decorated cyclist in collegiate history, was killed while training in South Africa. Baab was expected to com... Read More
Japanese climber Sachi Amma has made the second ascent of Chris Sharma's route Pachamama (5.15a) in Oliana, Spain. Amma, who took third overall in this year's World Cup, spent seven days last year and seven days this year working on the route. Pachamama, which was established in 2009, climbs 160 feet up a limestone face on poor pinches and underclings.
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