If you own a home or business in the City of South Lake Tahoe you will soon be able to install renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation improvements and pay for it with a voluntary lien against your property.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a volunteer program which will give property owners a chance to improve their properties. Figtree Financing and the California Enterprise Development Authority (CEDA) will facilitate the program in the city.

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Good Morning America, ABC TV's morning show, has but the vote out to the viewers to select the top spot in the country. They gathered nominations and photos and here are the Top 5:\\The Top 5 Nominees

1. Lake Tahoe. Known for its crystal clear blue water and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the lake, which borders Nevada and California, is a nature lover's paradise. For Nancie Goodnough, who cannot walk and hike due to rheumatoid arthritis, Lake Tahoe has been a place of healing.

As they were preparing to power up the hotel and casino during Sunday's power outage, MontBleu's generator had a malfunction, sending smoke billowing out of the resort.

Tahoe Douglas Fire Department responded. "We responded to a generator malfunction," said Eric Guevin, Tahoe Douglas Fire Marshall. "The generator unit was producing a substantial amount of smoke and we had to shut it down."

MontBleu got another generator up and running and emergency power was sent to the casino and hotel.

South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic brings ‘Freedom of the Forties’ to the Tahoe Keys Marina this year on July 25 and 26.

This year's theme is ‘Freedom of the Forties’ which honors U.S. military and pays homage to antique and classic boats of the forties. World War II veterans are provided free admission to the event, and U.S. military receive discounts on event admission.

Carnival rides, food, craft booths, jam making contest, pie eating contest and garden creations are just some of the family friendly treats in store for the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Community Fair in South Lake Tahoe over Labor Day Weekend.

From August 29 through September 1, 2014, the Lake Tahoe Community College will be the scene of all the action.

No entry fees for the contests!

Festival goers will have their say this Labor Day weekend as Sample the Sierra adds a competitive edge to the food and wine festival with the introduction of a new award – Best Tasting Experience! Attendees will vote for the booth that has their favorite flavorful creation that includes fresh ingredients that are prepared by a local chef or restaurant and then paired with regional wine, beer or spirits. The booth with the most votes will be awarded the Best Tasting Experience of 2014.

It has been shown that people who suffer from the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) find relief in yoga due to it's emphasis on relaxation, breathing and deliberate movements.

Yoga classes to assist in relief from the symptoms of MS are now available for free in South Lake Tahoe at the Pilates Studio Lake Tahoe.

In a matter of moments, Madden Casto of South Lake Tahoe found herself in possession of two autographed golf balls and a $20 bill.

The third grade student at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School, decked out in a tutu and flowers in her hair, was picked out of the crowd by comedian Ray Romano at the 17th hole at Edgewood Tahoe. He said he'd give someone $20 if he made it onto the green with his tee shot and Madden became that "someone."

Lake Tahoe Community College has selected Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Chief Ben Sharit as its Distinguished Alumni Award winner for 2014.

The end of the 25th American Century Golf Championship in South Lake Tahoe wasn't seen by the thousands of spectators that normally line the 18th hole in the final round.

Lightning caused the tournament to be placed on delay for a couple of hours, and by the time play resumed thousands of people had headed back to their cars, hotels and homes.

In true Celebrity Golf fashion, the end was an exciting one. At the time of the delay there was a tie between Mark Rypien and Jeremy Roenick, with Annika Sorenstam in third with just a few holes left to play.

The crowds were out in force for round two of the 25th Annual American Century Golf Championship in South Lake Tahoe Saturday. The beach on 17 was packed as usual with boaters and sunbathers waiting for their chance to play games of toss and catch with the dozens of celebrities that always join in the fun.

8:20 PM UPDATE:According to Liberty Energy, they are slowly getting power back on, starting up the grid with Glenbrook. It may take a few more hours to get the whole South Shore back up and running.

South Lake Tahoe is without power this afternoon due to a problem with NV Energy losing electricity. The region lost connection to both transformers coming out of Nevada.

Minden and Alpine County are also without power.

The energy company is working on the problem but repair time is unknown.

Lightening has caused a delay at Edgewood Tahoe for the 25th American Century Golf Championship. Television coverage on NBC will be switched over to NBCSN if play resumes.

The leaders at the time the storm horns sounded were Jeremy Roenick and Mark Rypien tied at 64, with Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam currently in third place with 62 points. If the tournament is able to conclude, play will resume with the leaders playing the 16th hole.

On July 18th 15 of some of the world’s most legendary athletes and entertainers competed in Lake Tahoe for the Korbel Closest-to-the-Pin Challenge as part of the American Century Championship, currently being played at the Edgewood Golf Course. NFL Former Pro Bowl Quarterback Mark Rypien who was the inaugural tournament champion took home the title after teeing off from Hole 17 and placing his ball just seven feet away from the pin winning a $5,000 donation for The Tahoe Fund from the Korbel Toast Life® Foundation.

Registration for kindergarten at South Lake Tahoe schools will be held on August 4th. South Tahoe Middle School registration for new students will be held on August 12 and for new students at South Tahoe High August 11-14.

The first day of school is August 25th.

The final round of golf at Edgewood Tahoe is Sunday.

Greg Maddux, Bode Miller and David Wells start the day off on the 1st Tee at 7:50 a.m. and the leaders, Jeremy Roenick, Chad Pfeifer and Mark Rypien wrap up the start times at 10:10 a.m.

The attached photo has all start times listed.

Tickets are $25 for the day and available at the gate. Parking is free at casinos in the area and along the street if spaces can be found. The old Horizon parking lot is available for parking at $15 per vehicle.

Larry the Cable Guy hit a shank on his tee shot on the 18th hole Saturday, hitting a bystander in the head and knocking him down.

The visibly shaken celebrity (who's real name is Daniel Lawrence "Larry" Whitney) rushed to the side of a spectator along with golfing partners Charles Barkley and Kevin Nealon.

Sheriff's officers, tournament officials and paramedics were on the scene and rendered first aid. The spectator was taken to the medical tent with a bag of ice over his head.

Retired United States Army Corporal Chad Pfeifer, an Iraqi War Veteran and amputee whose golf-centered rehabilitation has turned him into a top-tier tournament player leads the pack of celebrity golfers after day one of the 25th Annual American Century Championship.

"Didn't remember much," Pfeifer said after play Friday. "There was a lot of nerves, that's for sure. Just tried to play my own game and just tried to play steady golf."

If you were wondering where Wildman's Cafe went to after leaving their Ski Run Marina location, you're in luck....we found them in their new home!

Rami and Patricia Suda Merrikh have opened Wildman's 50's Drive-In at the Y in South Lake Tahoe. While not the coffee house as before, they prepare a wide variety of food on their menu.

We stopped in to see what was up in the mid-century circa establishment. Rami was at the grill and Patricia was taking care of the front counter.

Emergency food for the South Lake Tahoe community is available on Wednesday, July 23 when the Food Bank of El Dorado County brings their mobile pantry to town.

They are providing a free farmer's market and mobile food pantry at the American Legion Hall at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

One allocation per household is available.

For more information, call 530-621-9950 or email them at info@foodbankedc.org.

Volunteers are needed as well. Use the contact information above if you are able to help.

Champagne was flowing on the 18th tee Friday as 29 of the celebrity golfers participating in the 25th Annual American Century Championship proved their skill in something other than golf.

As celebrity superstars prepared to tee off on the 18th hole, Korbel challenged them to show off their best champagne celebration skills as part of the Celebrity Spray-Off. Former NFL MVP Joe Theismann took home top honors after he popped the cork on a bottle of Korbel and his cork traveled the furthest distance - 87ft.

South Lake Tahoe's Horizon Resort Casino is going to be a Hard Rock Casino & Hotel by the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015.

This comes amid local speculation and rumors that have been circling the community since the Horizon's closure this spring.

The new casino has a facebook page and website already.

Hard Rock Lake Tahoe is undergoing $60M in renovations and redesign that will highlight rock and roll and will also serve as a live music venue.

The South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition would like to extend a huge kudos and recognition to the businesses that attended the ABC educational seminar on Friday July 18th. It was great to see so many businesses educating themselves and their staff on responsible beverage service. These businesses are going the extra mile to avoid selling alcohol to minors and visibly intoxicated community members (both misdemeanor offenses that may result in revocation of their license to sell alcohol).

The following businesses should be recognized for their time and dedication:
Base Camp Pizza Co

TahoeChamber is now accepting nominations for the 7th Annual Blue Ribbon Awards, an esteemed award program that recognizes exceptional businesses in the South Shore. The awards focus on businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions to the South Shore economy and community through their unique programs, exceptional customer service, entrepreneurship and otherwise.

The following categories are open for nominations:

Even though the celebrity golfers in South Lake Tahoe have had practice rounds and celebrity-amateur tournaments over the last few days, Friday marks the official first day of the 25th Annual American Century Championship.

The 29 groups of players will start off from the first tee and tenth tee starting at 9:10 a.m. They will alternate tees until the last group tees off at 11:30 a.m.

Three former football players joined the local Rotary clubs for breakfast on Thursday morning, sharing their honest feelings on many subjects from family to Johnny Manziel. Tahoe Douglas Rotary and South Lake Tahoe Rotary Clubs invited Marshall Faulk, Trent Dilfer and Sterling Sharpe to their joint meeting at MontBleu.

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