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Mental Health Clinic moving into new home this week

The former City Council building on Lake Tahoe Blvd is the new home for El Dorado County Mental Health. They'll be packing up their current Johnson Avenue offices on Friday, September 5 and are planning on opening in their new location on Monday, September 8.

Time for flu shots in South Lake Tahoe; Clinic dates announced

It may still be summer but it's not too early to start preparing for the flu season!

There will be three flu shot clinics put on by the El Dorado Health Department on September 24, October 8, 15, 22, 20 and November 5.

Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation looking for projects to fund

Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for its fall grant cycle. Applications are available online on the organization’s website and are due Sept. 26, 2014.

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.




Full day of South Lake Tahoe activities on tap for Sunday

Visitors and locals alike will find a variety of activities to enjoy in South Lake Tahoe on Sunday, August 31.

The highlight of the day will be the Annual Labor Day Fireworks show. The show features a simultaneous music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL - AM 1490. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks are visible from all over town.

San Francisco Comedy Competition returns to MontBleu

Event Date: 
September 13, 2014 (All day)

sixteen contestants from around the country and Canada will give audiences and judges their best material during the San Francisco Comedy Competition event in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday, September 15.

The competition, now in its 39th year, returns to MontBleu with an outstanding group of future stand-up comedy starts picked from hundreds of applicants.

This year’s host is a past contestant himself, Kris Tinkle. Kris' new album, "Maybe I Don't Feel Like Smiling," is current in the top 10 on iTunes. He is also a regular on "The Artie Lange Show."

Classes to help children speak French like a native

Leading French language coach is hosting a special event in September especially for parents and home-schooled children.

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.

Parks, Trails and Recreation Draft Master Plan released by City and County

The Recreation Mater Plan has been in front of local citizens, community groups and staff for the past several months, and now their ideas and suggestions has formulated a Draft Master Plan that can now be reviewed.

The Plan is intended to provide strategic guidance for the management, improvement and development of City and County parks, in conjunction with the recreation opportunities provided by other public and private entities in the South Shore.

World Curling Federation making stop in South Lake Tahoe

Event Date: 
September 6, 2014 - 8:00pm

The public is invited to a weekend of curling events at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on September 6 and 7.

On Saturday the 6th, the World Federation of Curling will meet with Lake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC) for a curling session and social. The United States Olympic Curler, Ann Swisshelm will stop by as well. The event is from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Enrollment up for South Lake Tahoe schools

The first week of school in South Lake Tahoe is in the books, and the early numbers show that enrollment is up for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District's seven schools.

Many students had to miss the first day of school since they didn't have their paperwork and immunizations completed, which are both required to attend local schools.

Angie Kiel, the Public Information Officer for LTUSD, said that it was a hectic first week of school but so far the enrollment numbers show that there are 3,877 students in school. This is up by 156 from the end of school figures from June.

Lake Tahoe ALS and local charity ice bucket challenge in the lake on Sunday

Event Date: 
August 31, 2014 - 3:00pm

Many people living in areas affected by the drought are feeling guilty about participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, so organizers in South Lake Tahoe have given it a new twist.

On Sunday, August 31 at Lakeview Commons, there will be a community wide bucket challenge to raise money for both ALS and local charities. They are asking people to bring their own 5 gallon bucket and $10. At 3 p.m. participants will stand in the water at Lakeview Commons and fill their buckets up with water and have some fun.

Community Blood Drive hosted by Barton Auxiliary

Event Date: 
October 6, 2014 (All day)


Monday, October 6, 12-6pm
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, 1st Floor Conference Rooms
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd (Hwy 50), South Lake Tahoe

Donate blood and make a difference. Parking is validated for the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel parking garage at the blood drive check in.


Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, 1st Floor Conference Rooms
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd (Hwy 50), South Lake Tahoe
United States

Barton Wellness Lecture

Event Date: 
September 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Learn about cancer and benign diseases of the prostate. Bradley Anderson, MD, Barton Urology, will discuss different prostate cancer screenings available and the variety of treatment options.

The lecture will be held at the Lake Tahoe Community College's Board Room located at One College Avenue from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Attend any four of Barton’s 2014 Wellness Lectures and be entered into a drawing for a $150 gift certificate to a South Lake Tahoe business of your choice. Questions? Call 530-543-5537. Visit for the most up-to-date lecture information.


Lake Tahoe Community College, Board Room
One College Ave, South Lake Tahoe
United States

Type I Diabetes Support Group

Event Date: 
Repeats every month until Tue Dec 02 2014 .
September 2, 2014 (All day)
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October 2, 2014 (All day)
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November 2, 2014 (All day)
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December 2, 2014 (All day)

Type I Diabetes Support Group
Meets First Tuesday of each month, 5:30pm

Barton Memorial Hospital Board Room (in Hospital), 2170 South Ave, S. Lake

Tahoe Led by medical professionals, Tahoe Type 1 is a support group providing a place for those affected by Type 1 Diabetes. It is specifically designed to support one another and share ideas, experiences, and resources. All ages welcome. Contact for more info.

Guest speaker on September 2: “Gestational Diabetes” - Beth Frisby, CalStar RN

Guest speaker on October 7: Tami Force MSW, LCSW


Barton Memorial Hospital Board Room (in Hospital)
2170 South Ave, South Lake Tahoe
United States

Ian Baca Benefit

Event Date: 
September 13, 2014 - 12:00pm

Mark McLaughlin Presents Lake Tahoe and the Comstock at SLT Library

Event Date: 
September 20, 2014 - 11:00am

Mark McLaughlin, award-winning, nationally published author, professional speaker, and photographer returns to the SLT Library with the compelling presentation: The History of Lake Tahoe and the Comstock.

The 1859 discovery of silver in western Nevada and the development of the Comstock brought entrepreneurs of all types to the region. It also brought disastrous consequences for the Tahoe basin and its environment. But one timber baron was a visionary who saw beyond the denuded lake-side slopes to dream of a paradise for tourists and nature lovers.


South Lake Tahoe Library
1000 Rufus Allen South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
United States

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

High school sports kick off their first weekend in South Lake Tahoe

Are you ready for some football? Friday Night Lights are underway once again as the South Tahoe High Vikings take on the El Dorado Cougars on August 29. The JV game starts at 4:30 p.m. and Varsity starts at 7 p.m.

Viking Coach Kevin Hennessee has five seniors on his team, 24 juniors and two sophomores.

Both the Boy's and Girl's Cross County teams head to Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks for their meets.

On Saturday, the South Tahoe Girls Soccer teams take to the field. The Vikings host Montgomery in an 11 a.m. JV game and 1 p.m. Varsity match up.

Live Violence Free honors patrons of 15th Annual Sunset Gala

Live Violence Free welcomed distinguished patrons of the upcoming 15th Annual Sunset Gala to the beautiful Glenbrook, NV home of Lynn Brantley and Doug Tuttle on Saturday, August 23. The Sunset Gala Committee extended appreciation for the patrons’ commitment to the expansion of Live Violence Free’s community services and support. The Sunset Gala Committee and Board of Directors proudly recognized the Honorary Chairwomen of the Sunset Gala, Cathy DiCamillo and Ginger Mitchell, for their combined long-standing dedication and service to Live Violence Free that spans almost 60 years.

New Development Services Director named for City of South Lake Tahoe

Shawna Brekke-Read has been named the City of South Lake Tahoe's new Development Services Director. She is heading to the Sierra from the Bay Area where she has been the Town of Moraga's Planning Director for the last three years.

City Manager Nancy Kerry made the announcement Thursday. “I am very pleased to announce the selection of Shawna Brekke-Read to join the City’s organization leadership team. We are fortunate to recruit a professional of her caliber, experience and tenacity. I am confident Ms. Brekke-Read will serve the community and City Council well.”

South Lake Tahoe students needed for Teen Court

If you're a student in South Lake Tahoe in grades 8 through 12, you are invited to participate in the juvenile justice system through the county's Teen Court program.

Teens that go through volunteer training will serve as court personnel for real court cases where a minor has admitted to an offense and agreed to be judged by his/her peers.

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.

Cold Water Brewery is Now Hiring in the “Shoulder Season”

Cold Water Brewery and Grill at 2544 Lake Tahoe Blvd. is having their pre-opening job fair; apply Thursday, September 4th 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, September 6th 9-11 a.m. The timing of Cold Water Brewery & Grill’s opening is just perfect. As the South Shore is getting ready to hunker down for the slow season and laying people off, Cold Water Brewery is getting ready to fire up and bring great food, great people and great beer to Midtown.


Cold Water Brewery & Grill
2544 Lake Tahoe Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
United States

Scam hitting South Lake Tahoe residents

South Lake Tahoe residents are reporting being the target of a phone scam where people pretending to be from Liberty Utilities call and demand payment.

According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the caller tells the resident that they have a past due bill, and threaten to shut off their power if they don't pay the bill over the phone immediately.

South Shore casinos dealt losing hand to start off new fiscal year

Casinos on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe had a gaming win of $25,079,065 in July, which is down 22.5% from the same month a year ago according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB).

In figures released today, the NGCB shows the whole state of Nevada almost equal to last July's reported gaming win with $931,819,621 taken in during the month, up .65% from July of 2103.

The gaming win represents the computed income of casinos before business expenses and taxes.

Motorists preparing for month long Kingsbury Grade Closure

As soon as the holiday visitors head home after the Labor Day weekend, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will close State Route 207 to through traffic starting Tuesday, September 2.

Kingsbury Grade will be closed at the top near Tramway Drive. The lake side of the Grade will be open but the valley side will not. NDOT will temporarily re-open SR207 for the Genoa Candy Dance September 27 and 28.

Vail Resorts participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donates $25,000

Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday in honor of Northstar Snow Services Manager, Matt Reeder, who has been battling the disease since 2011.

250 senior team members of the resort "jumped in" on the challenge and Vail Resorts gave $100 for each of them to ALS.

Vail operates Heavenly Valley, Kirkwood and Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Want to learn more about Heavenly's Epic Discovery Project?

Event Date: 
September 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Want to know more about the proposed Epic Discovery Project. at Heavenly Village?

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will hold an open house on Thursday, September 18, 2014, to explain and answer questions about its draft analysis of a proposal from Heavenly Mountain Resort. The resort has a 40 year lease to operate on national forest lands and now wants to expand year-round, non-skiing activities at the Lake Tahoe resort.

Tahoe Arts Project's Sunset Wine Cruise fundraiser on the Safari Rose

Event Date: 
September 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Enjoy an evening on the Safari Rose with Tahoe Arts Project as they have their fall fundraising wine cruise.

On September 18 the boat will leave Round Hill Pines and head over to Emerald Bay for a two hour cruise. Only 50 spots will be sold!

$65 includes wine and appetizers.

To reserve your spot, call TAP at 530-542-3632 or do so on line.

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.

'Reggae in the Pines' - a benefit music concert to raise funds for the Sugar Pine Foundation

Event Date: 
September 6, 2014 - 8:00pm

Join us for a night out!

The Sugar Pine Foundation and Himmel Haus are hosting a benefit music concert 'Reggae in the Pines' to raise money for planting 10,000 sugar pines in the Tahoe region.

Come enjoy some live music from local reggae band WEAPON, who are donating their services for free for the event, and Brewfish, a reggae/rock band from Long Beach, CA.

Will Eichelberger will be creating a LIVE ART MURAL, with lots of paints and a photo he captured, come check out his unique mixed-media art! He will also be donating one of his art pieces for the AUCTION!


Himmel Haus German Bar & Restaurant
3819 Saddle Road South Lake Tahoe, CA
United States

Power ballad rocker, reality TV star Bret Michaels at MontBleu

Event Date: 
November 29, 2014 - 9:00pm

Rocker, reality star, philanthropist and front man for the enduring rock ’n’ roll band Poison, Bret Michaels, will bring all the roses and a generous supply of power ballads to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa stage in a one-night-only, solo show, Saturday, Nov. 29.

Two new board members for Tahoe Prosperity Center

Not only has the Tahoe Prosperity Center has been working on issues to create healthier communities around the lake, they have also been welcoming new members to their Board of Directors.

New to the board are locals John McLaughlin, Chief Financial Officer of Edgewood Companies and Ken Riley, Senior Vice President, Kiewit Infrastructure Group, Inc. They join 24 other community members on the board whose goal is to also promote regional sustainability through economic vitality and by being environmental stewards.

Sample the Sierra announces pairings of food and wine for Sunday's event

Event Date: 
August 31, 2014 - 12:00pm

ixteen booths will showcase unique collaborations of flavors and styles distinct to the Sierra Nevada region at the 5th Annual Sample the Sierra, Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival. This food and wine festival brings together local chefs and restaurants with neighboring growers and producers to create delectable samples expertly paired with wine, beer or spirits. The collaborations truly showcase the diverse talent present in this inimitable region.

Comedian Daniel Tosh returns to South Lake Tahoe

Event Date: 
December 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

Daniel Tosh, host of the Comedy Central series “Tosh.0”, returns to the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, NV on Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $75.00, $65.00, and $55.00 and go on sale August 29th.

All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

Toast of the Canyon Wine Train on the V & T Railroad

Event Date: 
August 30, 2014 - 5:00pm

Northern Nevada has its own version of a wine train as the V & T Railroad's historic steam engine takes people along the Carson River for an evening of wine and appetizers.

Hop on board at the train station each of Carson City and embark for a scenic trip that offers panoramic views of the Carson River Canyon and Nevada's classic high desert landscape.

Kudos: Bijou Community School's NEW PLAYGROUND

The Bijou Community Playground represents a community effort and shows what we can do when we all come together and each do a little. "Many hands make for light work" is a true phenomenon here at Bijou School. Since 2007, with the inception of the Two Way Immersion program, and our forced volunteering program, the parents, staff and community members have consistently been spending time, funds, and those blood, sweat and tears we always talk about at this school. The new playground, as well as the field and park behind it, is a tangible representation of the volunteer force here at Bijou.

Pop-Up Dinner to raise funds for grow dome at Sierra House Mountain Academy

Event Date: 
August 29, 2014 - 6:00pm

The kick off event for this weekend's Sample the Sierra will be a fundraiser for the Geodome/Grow Dome at Sierra House Mountain Academy.

Pop-Up Dinner will be held at the Lake Tahoe Community College from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu is curated and cooked by Chef Stephen Moise, the Executive Chef of The Ridge Tahoe and former Corporate Chef for Tommy Hilfiger. The meal will highlight local ingredients, including produce from the University of Nevada-Reno, ribs from the Carson Valley and crayfish from Tahoe Lobster Company.

Heavenly looking to expand summer activities with Epic Discovery Project

An environmental impact report on the Heavenly Epic Discovery Project is ready for public viewing. The new project, located at Heavenly Mountain Resort, will expand their summer activities to include more canopy tours, hiking and biking trails as well as interpretive activities.

Since 2011 the U.S. Forest Service has allowed more summer activities on national forest lands.

The following increase in activities are being proposed:

17th Annual Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day

Event Date: 
September 27, 2014 - 9:00am

Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day is the largest volunteer restoration event in the Lake Tahoe basin. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are invited to restore trails, stabilize stream banks and plant native plants. Last year 82 volunteers from various organizations participated to help restore Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers, CA.

This year, volunteers are invited to help restore the watershed habitats that lead to Lake Tahoe.

The stewardship project starts at Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers at 8 a.m.


Tahoe Paradise Park
1011 E San Bernardino Ave
United States

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.

Tahoe Valley Airport turned into disaster scene

The last time emergency response processes were tested in South Lake Tahoe was during the 2007 Angora Fire. In order to test communication, responses and evaluate procedures, a mock disaster drill was held at the Tahoe Valley Airport Monday.

Summer hail storm creates look of winter wonderland in South Lake Tahoe

A hail storm in South Lake Tahoe Monday afternoon caught many people by surprise. Lasting almost 45 minutes, the hail blanketed roadways, creating winter-like driving conditions.

Flash flood warnings were issued for South Lake Tahoe and came over resident's cell phones via the Emergency Alert System.

The forecast for the week calls for sunny and clear skies with highs ranging from 75 on Tuesday with 80 the rest of the week. Nighttime lows from 34-45.

Lake Tahoe as you have never seen it

Drone Promotions of Lake Tahoe shares their latest drone creation: a tour of Lake Tahoe.

League seeks volunteers to mark storm drains

Event Date: 
August 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

Looking for a project you can help out with that makes a different? If so, the second Stewards of Stormwater event might be for you.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is inviting community members to help mark storm drains and prevent pollution from entering Lake Tahoe on August 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Tahoe Keys.

The League is hosting the event in partnership with the City of South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association.


Venice Dr. and Emerald Dr. at the Tennis Courts in Tahoe Keys
United States

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.

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