9/18/14 8:30 p.m. update: The King Fire was much less active today and firefighters were able to gain control on the southwestern end of the fire near Pollock Pines. The fire is now 10% contained.

According to Cal Fire PIO: "The northernmost "finger" of fire is around the west side of Hellhole Reservoir, headed to Chipmunk Ridge. There was structure protection preparation work at Hellhole Reservoir."

Highway 50 from Riverton to Pollock Pines remains closed.

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It's the sign of a busy construction season in South Lake Tahoe: an overflowing dump. Even though exact numbers aren't yet available, the South Tahoe Refuse (STR) has seen more trash coming through this summer than in years past and crews cannot keep up with all of the extra garbage.

Since the refuse center recycles about 60% of what comes through it's gates, staff is kept busy sorting through the all the garbage and unwanted items that come in.

Two agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be in South Lake Tahoe next week to provide parents with information they need to know about social media and their children.

FBI Special Agents Scott Scoffed, Sacramento Cyber Crime Squad and FBI Special Agent Glenn Norling, South Lake Tahoe Resident Agent, will present a one hour presentation that will cover socializing on line, how to correctly use mobile devices, making a computer safe and protecting kid's privacy and how to talk to kids about their use of social media.

Air show officials have decided to drop the $10 entrance fee and offer free admission to all attendees for the 25th Annual Lake in the Sky Air Show this Saturday, September 20th from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Tahoe Valley Airport in South Lake Tahoe.

Last year's air show was canceled due to heavy smoke from the Rim Fire. Officials are monitoring the King Fire's smoke and movement, but at this time there are no flight closures and the aerial performances and all on ground activities are still going to occur.

This year’s show which will includes:

The Eldorado National Forest has issued a closure order for public safety in the area impacted by the King fire beginning September 18, 2014, until the fire is declared out. The closure order includes the Desolation Wilderness.

“Under our Unified Command System, our top priorities are fighting this fire and keeping the fire fighters and the public safe, said Crabtree. “We cannot safely fight this fire with intermingled publics. Please stay out of the closed areas until I can reopen them, which I intend to do as soon as possible.”

Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37. was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of Arson on Forest land with a Special Allegation of Arson with Aggravating Factors. Law enforcement officials held a press conference Thursday at the Cal Fire base in Camino, announcing the arrest.

Huntsman is being held in lieu of $10 million bail.

Arraignment is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Department 7 of the El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville.

To the Community,

I offer a friendly challenge to my fellow city council candidates to make South Lake Tahoe a “Sign Free” zone this campaign season. Whether or not they take me up on the offer, I am forgoing them and focusing my energy instead in walking neighborhoods and listening to what is on voters’ minds.

The South Tahoe Public Utility District (STPUD) is organizing a Board Candidate Forum for Wednesday, October 8th at 6 p.m. in the District Board Room.

The Forum is open to the public and is an opportunity for the community to come and hear statements from each of the five candidates running for a seat in November: Chris Cefalu, Andy Chapman, James Jones, Shane Romsos and Duane Wallace.

You may have noticed all of the trees missing from large areas of South Lake Tahoe recently. The U.S. Forest Service has had forest thinning projects going on in several locations around the South Shore in order to reduce forest fire fuels and improve forest health.

From quality shopping, accommodations, media, recreation and dining options to the myriad service providers and businesses, the Blue Ribbon Awards honor all that business should be. This important awards program salutes those businesses that are making significant contributions to the South Shore economy.

Join TahoeChamber for a ribbon cutting on September 17 at 2:00 pm to celebrate Lake Tahoe Paint & Sip Studio, a new South Shore business that offers “painting with a splash!” Located in the picturesque Ski Run Marina, Lake Tahoe Paint & Sip Studio offers painting lessons taught by an experienced artist accompanied by customers’ choice of wine or beer. Meet the owners and artists of this innovative business, as well as tour the studio and admire the masterpieces created by teachers and customers alike.

The 25th annual Lake in the Sky Air Show at Lake Tahoe Airport in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, California is scheduled for this Saturday, September 20, 2014. The Lake in the Sky Air Show has been described as “the best in the west” by one of its many professional aerial participants.

This year’s show which will includes:

Aerial Performances by Jon Melby, Bill Cornick, Spencer Suderman and Carl Liepold
Static Displays
Two World War II aircraft will be on display and will do a Fly-By during the Show. The aircraft are the F6F Hellcat and The Japanese Zero
the Cash Only Band

The public and media are welcome to attend two forums this September to get educated about LTCC's bond measure, Measure F, which will be on the ballot November 4.

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Measure F workshop on Thursday, Sept. 18 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Aspen/Board room at LTCC.

The South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce hosts another informational forum on Measure F Wed. Sept. 24, also at 5:30 p.m. in the Aspen/Board room at LTCC.

Learn about Measure F which will be on the November ballot. The bond will bring in millions of dollars to Lake Tahoe Community College to create a new fire academy, upgrades of technology and many other necessary changes.

The meeting will be held in the Aspen Room/Board Room of LTCC on Thursday, September 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

College officials will be hand to answer your questions, discuss how bond money will be used, review the ballot question, and highlight oversight and accountability measures.

Heavenly Mountain Resort's proposed Epic Discovery Project will be featured at an open house hosted by the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday, September 18.

The resort wants to expand year-round activities to include zipline and skycycle canopy tours, a mountain bike park, a ropes course, water activities, hiking trails, mountain excursion tours and nature interpretation. Heavenly is also proposing to create a snowcat emergency evacuation route for the gondola line.

The following is a recap of activity the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to for the week of September to September 11, 2014. They responded to 144 calls during the 7 day period.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

DUI at the corner of Lodi and Lake Tahoe Blvd
Battery in the 2900 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Warrant in the 2400 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Warrrant in the 3600 block of Primrose Rd
Felony - other in the 1300 block of Johnson Blvd
DUI in the 2600 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd


Quint Ross, owner of Camp Richardson Corral, suffered a fractured skull in Estes, CO just over a week ago. The local veteran of Lake Tahoe Renaissance Faire jousting events was transported to a Denver area hospital with bleeding on the brain.

Doctors there released him so he could fly back home on Monday, September 8, but after suffering a setback he is currently being seen by specialists at Barton Hospital.

South Lake Tahoe motorists can expect one-way traffic control this week, from Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Highway 50 from Airport Road to F Street. This stretch of road is getting erosion control and paving done.

This is part of a $12.1 million water-quality and roadway improvement project from the "Y" intersection of Highways 50 and 89 to the South Lake Tahoe Airport adding curb and gutter, sidewalks, new drainage systems and repaving the highway.

Completion is expected this fall.

The Lake Tahoe Bikeway which will one day go around the lake got one step closer with the news that funding is now in place for a scenic section on the North Shore. The Incline Village to Sand Harbor bike path will be started next spring due to garnering enough donations from private investors.

The Tahoe Fund announced they have received $750,000 in donations that will trigger more than 12 million dollars in public funds from federal, state and local governments.

The 3rd Annual Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff was held in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday at the Recreation Center.

Jeanne Prestella of the Beachcomber Inn won $100 as the Judge's favorite in the Chili Cookoff with Niki Congero of the Humane Society coming in second. The other entrants were Bryan Schwartz of Bob Dog Pizza in Meyers and John Fontenelli with his "Bachelor's Kitchen" entry.

South Tahoe Now was informed at 9:30 p.m. Saturday that there was a fire burning in a double wide trailer located at 1314 Melba Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

No further details at this moment as firefighters are still on the scene fighting the structure fire, but residents nearby say the fire is out.

Update 9-14-14 12:00 p.m. - The outside deck of a home located at 111 Tramway caught fire Saturday evening, causing the closure of Kingsbury Grade. The two alarm fire moved onto the home's siding and was extinguished by a Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District engine company.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it may be related to construction activity at the home.

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The Lake Valley Fire Department was given a $26,000 grant to clear brush and hazard trees from a 6.5 acre parcel in Meyers. The grant was given by the Forest Service to help reduce the risk of wildfire in Meyers.

The parcel is owned by the California Tahoe Conservancy across from the Tahoe Pine Campground.

Dear voters,

I’m hoping you will send a message by voting for me to work for you on the South Tahoe Public Utility District Board. I’ve been a local 40 years, through droughts, storms, power outages and great sunny powder ski days.

At 21, I opened Happy Steak Restaurant and owned it for 16 years. I was CEO of the California based South Lake Tahoe Chamber for 12 years and I taught Business and Personnel at LTCC. I have a BA in business administration and I’m a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management. I’m a past STPUD Board member.

Right on the heels of the Tour de Tahoe Bike Race around the lake, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has begun Race Week.

On Friday, racers competed in the Emerald Bay Full and Half Marathons. There are 10 different races on Saturday: The Cal Neva Marathon, the Tahoe Nevada Half Marathon, a 5 mile Kayak Race, two and five mile Stand Up Paddle Races, Swim Races, Duathlon, Kids Fun Run, Super Hero 5k, 72 mile Loop the Lake Ultra Race and the Tahoe Double Marathon.

If that weren't enough action, Sunday is the main event plus 10k and 20 mile races.

A multi-class reunion for South Tahoe High is being held in South Lake Tahoe this weekend.

The All Class Reunion held a meet and greet on Friday evening at Mo's, followed by a football game at the high school. The Class of 1964 started the reunion celebrations with their 50th Reunion dinner Thursday night at Tep's Villa Roma.

On Saturday, September 13 there is a breakfast followed by a tour of South Tahoe High at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Student Union.

Dinner and Dance Saturday night back at Mo's Place at the Super 8 Motel. The evening gets under way at 4 p.m.

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