South Lake Tahoe's Recreation Complex now set up a a Red Cross Evacuation Center

The recreation center in South Lake Tahoe is now an American Red Cross evacuation center.

Last night at 8 p.m., City officials were informed that the town of Kyburz might need to go into an evacuation advisory situation, and with Highway 50 closed at the time residents wouldn't have been able to go the evacuation centers to the west.

The Red Cross staff is manning their station at the Recreation Complex 24/7 until the need is passed.

Pollock Pines man arrested for starting King Fire; Bail set at $10,000,000

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.

UNR camera view of the King Fire from above South Lake Tahoe

Here is a time lapsed video of the King Fire from the University of Nevada Seismological camera perched high above South Lake Tahoe.

The four hours of film and condensed into five minutes.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

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


Road work continues in South Lake Tahoe this week

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.

King Fire has consumed 76,379 acres; Hwy 50 open this morning

9/19/14 7:10 a.m update: Highway 50 between South Lake Tahoe and Pollock Pines is now open. Westbound traffic has been reduced to one lane. The King Fire has consumed 76,379 acres and is listed as 10% contained. Lower temperatures and increased humidity allowed fire crews to make progress on Thursday.

There are now 4,425 people fighting the fire.

South Lake Tahoe residents woke up to smoky skies and wet ground Friday morning. The forecast for the Pollock Pines area today is highs near 81, 3% chance of precipitation and winds to 8 mph.

Update: Kingsbury Grade Fire

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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Workers strike gas line at site of new Hard Rock Casino

A 4" gas line was stuck by construction crews Thursday morning at the site of the new Hard Rock Casino. Several emergency vehicles responded, lining the street, bringing concern by people passing through the casino corridor at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department and the The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the old Horizon Casino. Fire personnel ordered the evacuation of the 55 construction and staff workers and the closure of Highway 50.

3.5 magnitude earthquake in North Lake Tahoe

An small earthquake hit the North Lake Tahoe area at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday in an area 6.3 miles NNE of Tahoe City. According to U.S. Geological Service it registered 3.5. The seismograph at the University of Nevada, Reno recorded the earthquake at 3.2.

The depth of the earthquake was recorded as 9.05km.

According to UNR graphs there have been several smaller earthquakes in the region over the last 90 days, all under 2.0 and most under 1.0.

Water conservation efforts working in California

In January, Governor Brown called for California residents to drop their water usage by 20% due to the drought. In July, urban water usage in the state was down by 7.5%. White this isn't the requested 20%, it still represents 17 billion gallons of water conserved. That is the equivalent of 25,755 Olympic-sized swimming pools or enough water for 1.7 billion people each to take a 5-minute shower.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

The following is a recap of activity the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to between August 23 and September 4, 2014. They responded to 418 calls during the 13 day period.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Drunk in Public in the 4100 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Unlicensed Driver in the 3900 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Warrant at Herbert Ave and Lloyd Ave
Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in the 2600 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Petty Theft in the 4000 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Warrant in the 2000 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd

Update: Meadow Fire in Yosemite has burned over 2,500 acres

9/8/14 6:45 p.m. update: The Meadow Fire in Yosemite grew considerably overnight and has burned about 2,582 acres so far. What started as a small fire after lightning on August 16 got out of control on Sunday.

According to Yosemite's website, it is burning within the Little Yosemite Valley on both sides of the Merced River. All trails in the area are closed. Earlier Monday, approximately 100 hikers and backpackers were evacuated from the fire area in LYV. The fire is burning in Yosemite Wilderness.

LTCC to receive $17,085.85 check from Liberty Utilities

Energy saving improvements at the Lake Tahoe Community College will soon pay off financially when Liberty Utilities presents a check for $17.085.85 to the LTCC board of directors on September 9.

The check represents all of the rebates the college was eligible for after the improvements were used on campus starting in 2013.

Vandals cut down power pole; Liberty Utilities asks for public's help

Vandals used a chainsaw to cut down a power pole on the west slope causing the loss of power to customers in the Floriston/Farad area.

Liberty Utilities is asking for the public's help in finding the culprit(s) responsible for damage to their 25kV power line.

Congressional Candidate Kristen Spees Announces Off-Road Ride Across Nevada Promoting Public Access to BLM Land

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Today Kristen Spees announced the details of her congressional campaign’s Off-Road Ride Across Nevada.

Spees' ride is entirely off-road to promote public access to BLM land. The ride starting September 5th will navigate across Northern Nevada beginning in Dayton, to Sand Mountain, Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park and up to Austin, Nevada. Riders on Off-Highway Vehicles are expected to cover more than 350 miles over 3 days to promote public access to BLM land throughout Nevada.

To promote access and raise awareness on this issue Kristen stated:

Carson City car accident claims life of 82 year old woman

Leatrice Drew of Dayton was killed Saturday when the car she was riding in drove off the roadway near E. Nye Lane. Her husband, 83 year old Daniel Drew, was driving the car westbound on US50 when it, for an unknown reason, the car went off the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder. He lost control and the car rolled.

The Drew vehicle landed back on its wheels in the ditch at the intersection of US50 and E. Nye Lane. It is unclear if Mr. and Mrs. Drew where wearing their seatbelts properly before the accident.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Report for South Lake Tahoe

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office responds to calls throughout the county.

The following are calls that only pertain to the South Shore.




Trailers are the target of thieves in South Lake Tahoe

Utility trailers have become a popular target of thieves recently in South Lake Tahoe. Over the last few weeks almost a dozen trailers of all sizes have been stolen from homes and businesses.

Cardinale Way Toyota had a single car hauler stolen from their lot, a utility company had a trailer stolen, as have local contractors and residents.

A couple of trailers have been recovered, apparently ditched according to South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Josh Adler.

Plastic Bag Ban headed to the Governor Brown's desk

California may soon be the first state to have a ban on single use plastic bags.

A ban on single use plastic bags is already in place in South Lake Tahoe and 90 other cities and counties in the state of California, but that may soon change. If Governor Brown signs the bill that was sent to him on Friday, the whole state will have a ban on plastic bags for grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and convenience stores in 2016.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

The following is a recap of activity the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to between July 31 and August 10, 2014. They responded to 412 calls during the 11 day period.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

Unlicensed Driver in the 3700 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Drunk in Public in the 4000 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd
Spousal Abuse in the 4100 block of Cedar Ave at 12:53 a.m.
Domestic Violence Battery in the 4100 block of Cedar Ave at 1:37 p.m.
Burglary in the 1000 block of Emerald Bay Rd
Drunk in Public in the 2100 block of South Ave

Two people have minor injuries after helicopter crash lands in Douglas County

A helicopter with two occupants crash landed near the Horsebend area of Gardnerville on Tuesday afternoon.

The pilot, Doyle Holden and his passenger, Karen Cole, had been fishing on the nearby Carson River. After fishing, they attempted to take off and experienced a malfunction and crashed landed. Holden and Cole suffered minor injuries, and contacted another pilot who flew in and transported them out of the area.

Douglas County Sheriff's Department was notified after Holden and Cole arrived at the Medical Center.

Kingsbury Fire below Ridge Tahoe

5:35 p.m. update: Fire crews are getting a hand on a brush fire that was burning on the valley side of Kingsbury Grade. Hwy 207 is still closed at the top.

Two heavy air tankers, one single engine air tanker and one helicopter responded as well as multiple fire agencies. Containment is expected soon on the fire.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, fire numbers were near six acres and they have reevaluated it to be 1.5 acres. There is no threat to homes or structures at this time.

Raley’s to pay $1.6 million to settle suit; Must provide emergency safe drinking water system

Raley’s has agreed to pay nearly $1.6 million in civil penalties, costs and funding for environmental projects as part of a settlement related to allegations of improperly disposing hazardous waste.

The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in San Joaquin County to stop the West Sacramento-based supermarket chain from unlawfully transporting and disposing of retail hazardous waste, according to a press release from at least two of the 25 district attorneys who announced the suit.

The settlement was approved by San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt.

Arson suspected in three Douglas County Fires

Three fires were started in the Gardnerville area in the early morning hours of Sunday.

The first fire started at 1:39 a.m. in a vacant lot behind 1309 Langley Avenue in Douglas County. The fire ignited a power pole next to a 16 unit apartment building. While on the scene, fire fighters were called to a second fire just south of the first fire, behind the Frontier Telephone Exchange.

As fire fighters responded to that fire, a third fire was reported nearby in a vacant field further south along Tillman Ave.

All three fires were extinguished quickly.

Truck causes power outage to schools and Bijou area; Resulting fire put out

A truck carrying tresses to a new building adjacent to the Beach Retreat & Lodge in South Lake Tahoe hit a power pole, causing a transformer to blow, a small fire and power outages to schools, businesses and homes.

The driver of the truck was lost according to South Tahoe Police, and cut through the Safeway parking lot to try and get to the building through the hotel across the street. As he came out of Safeway onto Johnson Blvd, the truck hit a pole and power lines.

Tahoe Douglas Sewer sued for failure to provide pay records

The Tahoe Douglas Sewer Improvement District is being sued for failure to abide by the Nevada Public Records Act and not providing payroll records when asked.

In a lawsuit filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court (covers Douglas County), the Nevada Policy Research Institute claims that the TDSI has refused to their request for the district's compensation records.

They say that, in the seven years NPRI has run, the Tahoe Douglas Sewer Improvement District has been the least responsive government agency in Nevada.

Lake Tahoe residents report feeling Napa 6.0 earthquake this morning

Local residents are waking up this morning and posting on Facebook how they felt the 6.0 earthquake that occurred in Napa, CA. They reported beds shaking and doors rattling.

Story from ABC News in San Francisco: AMERICAN CANYON, Calif. -- A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Bay Area this morning, damaging buildings and roads and leaving tens of thousands without power.

The earthquake was reported at 3:20 a.m. about three miles northwest of American Canyon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

1962 record making swim across Lake Tahoe relived

Some people, when they first see Lake Tahoe, think how it'd be nice to boat on top of the glass like water. Others imagine fishing on the lake stocked with big fish, while yet others think about how nice it would be to sit at the quiet and scenic shore and enjoy the sun and the view.

To nine year old Erline Christopherson, all she thought when first saw the crystal blue waters was how she'd like to swim across it. The dream was born that day in 1955.

Tahoe Summit held at the South Shore's Valhalla

One year after California and Nevada resolved a long-standing feud over development around Lake Tahoe, John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, arrived at a summit near the water’s edge Tuesday and said “peace is at hand.”

Water issue expert to speak in Lake Tahoe

The Sierra Business Council is hosting Peak Innovation, a conference for Lake Tahoe locals, small business owners, communities and local governments. During the conference, Dr. Peter Gleick, an expert in water issues especially in the context of economic and environmental justice, will be at the conference which takes place October 8-10 in Tahoe City. In a National Geographic science blog, Gleick recently repeated the common question, “Why, if the California drought is so bad, has the response been so tepid?”

Congressional Candidate Kristen Spees Announces I-80 District Tour

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August 17, 2014 (All day)
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Today Kristen Spees announced the start of her congressional campaign’s I-80 District Tour throughout Northern Nevada.

Spees’ I-80 District Tour starting August 17th will be making stops throughout Northern Nevada, including: Lamoille, Elko, Duck Valley, Winnemucca, Lovelock, Battle Mountain, and Fernley.

To represent the citizens of the second district and understand all Nevadans concerns Kristen stated:

NHP still searching for driver involved in hit and run

The Nevada Highway Patrol is still searching for the driver of a silver 4-door Cadillac who was involved in a hit and run on August 7 in Sun Valley near Reno.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. the Cadillac rear ended a white Subaru on SR443 (Sun Valley Blvd) southbound just north of Second Street. After the collision the white Subaru pulled to the shoulder and stopped. The driver of the silver Cadillac continued South on SR 443 (Sun Valley Blvd) without stopping.

Police Chief’s Monthly Report to the Community

Marijuana is a major concern for many in our City. As part of the City Code, our City Council provided for a safer community by allowing marijuana grow operations only after a permit is obtained. The permit process provides for a building official to inspect for things like:

1. Safe wiring—adding large number of “grow lights” overburdens conventional electric outlets and can cause fires.

"Confronting Effects of Climate Change" to be theme of 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit

Event Date: 
August 19, 2014 - 10:00am

California Senator Diane Feinstein will host the 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday, August 19 being held on the lawn at Valhalla. The theme for the day is Drought, Wildfire and Invasive Species: Confronting the Effects of Climate Change on Lake Tahoe.

The public is invited to attend. Preregistration is over so plan on registering at Valhalla on the 19th starting at 9 a.m. The main program will start at 10 am.

State of the Lake 2014 report released; Expect longer summers in Lake Tahoe

By the end of the century Lake Tahoe summers may be two months longer than they were in the 1960s and the maximum temperatures may have risen by 8 degrees F. Those were part of the predictions released in the State of the Lake 2014 report.

Data collected over the last 50 years, combined with the monitoring of Lake Tahoe during the 12 months of 2013, was presented at Thursday's unveiling of the report at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TERC) in Incline Village by Director Geoff Schladow.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Report for South Lake Tahoe

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office responds to calls throughout the county.

The following are calls that only pertain to the South Shore.



Pedestrian struck and killed by pickup truck and DCSO patrol cars on Highway 395

A pedestrian walking on Highway 395 near Spring Valley Drive was killed after being struck by multiple vehicles Sunday night.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, the victim was standing in the southbound lane at 10:45 p.m. when he was hit by a pickup truck heading south. After being struck, the male was thrown into the northbound travel lane of US 395. As the pickup truck driver pulled over, two Douglas County Sheriff's patrol cars were heading north and did not see the man. Both cars struck the man.

Body of missing hiker in Kauai found; May have Lake Tahoe ties

8/11/14 12:30 p.m. update: Former South Lake Tahoe resident Zoe Walker has been identified as the young woman who lost her life after falling into the Hanakoa Stream while hiking. She grew up in South Lake Tahoe and had worked at Jamba Juice at Stateline. She and her sister Amber had recently moved to Kauai to stay with an aunt.

Her friends and family have been leaving words on social media about what a wonderful, caring and free spirit she was.

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Pot Bust in South Lake Tahoe nets nearly 300 pounds

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested early Thursday by officers from the South Lake Tahoe-El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement Team after they served a search warrant and found 300 pounds of marijuana plant trimmings.

Dwayne Allan Crenshaw,36, was arrested at his Fresno Avenue home and is accused of using the trimmings to create concentrated cannabis oils through several methods, including butane fuel extraction, a dangerous process that can cause an explosion and is a felony in California.

Douglas County residents recovering from flash flood

Flood recovery measures are being taken in the Fish Springs area of Douglas County after Wednesday night's flash flood closed several roads and damaged homes.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's office, this incident produced hazardous conditions due to the amount of water and dark evening hours which created safety concerns and inhibited immediate damage assessment.

The Reverse 911 was down in Douglas County so emergency messages had to be relayed through the National Weather Service, which is the backup system. Reverse 911 should be back up and working by August 15.

Firefighters gain ground on Northern California fires

Over 4,016 firefighters have been gaining ground on three major Northern California fires burning in the Sierra.

The Bald Fire is now 91% contained. It had burned 39,926 acres as of 7 p.m. Thursday. According to incident command, there was mostly minimal fire behavior today as smoldering stumpholes and 1,000 hour fuels continue to consume. Isolated interior islands showed moderate rates of spread and some individual torching.The fire is expected to be contained by Friday.

Tuolumne County hunter indicted for starting the Rim Fire; Faces jail time and fines

One of the largest fires in California history, as well as being one of the costliest, was started by an illegal campfire started by a bow hunter according to a federal grand jury indictment returned Thursday.

Former City employee loses wrongful termination lawsuit

The South Lake Tahoe City Council agreed to a settlement agreement on Tuesday with former City employee Stan Sherer who had sued for wrongful termination in 2013. He claimed that his termination was based on age discrimination.

According to documents received by South Tahoe Now, the City was cleared of any wrongdoing and is not required to pay anything to Sherer, including attorney's fee. In turn, the City has agreed to not sue Sherer who served as the Community Services Director for 18 months beginning in January 2011.

South Lake Tahoe Fire Department responds to two small fires and diving accident

Two fires were quickly extinguished by the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department in the early hours on Sunday.

In the first incident, a fire was reported off Echo Road behind the power substation near the Stateline Raley's. When firefighters arrived at about 12:20 a.m., they found five foot flames coming from what was later determined to be an illegal campfire at a transient person's camp. They quickly cut a line around the fire and contained it to a 10 foot square.

Man missing since 2010 may have been seen in South Lake Tahoe

Jackson Miller was just 18 when he was reported missing by his family in 2010 and he has not been seen by his family since. There may be renewed hope by his family after a South Lake Tahoe man reported that he saw Miller in the area in mid-July.

Soon after he went missing, Miller's car was found in the parking lot of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wallet and cell phone still inside. Authorities determined that no one jumped from the bridge the night Miller's car was found and video surveillance cameras showed him leaving his car and walking out of the parking area.

Hit and Run in Carson City leads to high speed chase; Driver arrested in California

A 53 year old Reno woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of suspected DUI and eluding officers after she led Nevada Highway Patrol troopers on a high speed chase into California.

Melanie Marnne-Lawson is suspected of rear ending a car in Carson City near the intersection of US 395 and Eastlake, then taking off towards Reno where the NHP spotted her. As they attempted to pull her over in South Reno, Marnne-Lawson failed to pull over for officers and took off reaching speeds in excess of 85 miles per hour along US 395.

Bay Area couple dies in Meeks Bay boat accident

A couple from San Ramon, California died on Sunday when a boat collided with a pier in Lake Tahoe near Meeks Bay resort.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department reported that the man and wife were on a speeding boat when it hit the pier at 1:40 a.m. The hull of the 19 foot 1997 Glastron was split in half from the force of the impact.

The couple has been identified as 44-year-old Tatiana Nikolskaya and her husband, 45-year-old Vadim Raizanov.

South Lake Tahoe Police Blotter

The following is a recap of activity the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to between July 21 and July 31, 2014.

Calls Resulting in Arrests:

DUI in the 100 block of Bellamy Ct
Drunk in Public in the 2100 block of South Ave
Drunk in Public in the 2100 block of South Ave

Under the Influence of Drugs in the 1300 block of Gilmore Lake Rd
Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License at Sierra Bl & Palmira Ave
Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License at Pioneer Tr & Markofer Way

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care opens doors to the public

Event Date: 
August 3, 2014 - 10:00am

It's not very often that the public is invited behind the doors at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. This Sunday, August 3rd, you can wander through the grounds and see their current residents.

There are now nine bears housed at the agency. While you can't see them face to face (it would hinder their ability to live away from humans), you can see them on their exclusive closed circuit televisions. The cages with the other animals inside are all part of the tour.

Learn first hand what it takes to rehabilitate an injured or displaced animal.

When: August 3, 2014 from 10am until 4pm.

Helicopter aides in search for man in South Lake Tahoe this evening

A missing man from the Fair Meadows Court area of South Lake Tahoe prompted a search by a CHP helicopter, El Dorado County Sheriff's officers and Search & Rescue Wednesday evening.

The man, a 66 year old from Pleasant Hill, CA, went out for a walk with his Siberian Husky late in the afternoon. When he didn't return to the home he and his brother and sister-in-law were staying at on Fair Meadows Court within an hour, his family became worried.

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