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Hear from the candidates for South Tahoe Public Utility District Board at public forum

Event Date: 
October 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

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.

Op/Ed: No Campaign Lawn Signs

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.

Forest thinning underway near Pioneer Trail and Lake Baron

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.

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.

Nominate your favorite South Lake Tahoe businesses for Blue Ribbon Award

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.

Ribbon cutting to be held at Lake Tahoe Paint & Sip Studio

Event Date: 
September 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

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.

25th Annual Lake in the Sky Air Show

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

Both Chambers to host Measure F forums at LTCC

Event Date: 
September 24, 2014 - 5:30pm

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 at Lake Tahoe Community College information session

Event Date: 
September 18, 2014 - 5:30pm

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.

Learn about new Heavenly Mountain Resort plans at USFS Open House

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

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.

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:

9/5
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

9/6

Local man suffers head injury in Colorado; Fundraising campaign started

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.

The Tahoe Fund raises $750,000 in donations to start Incline Village to Sand Harbor Bike Path

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.

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.

Fire blows up to 27,930 acres; Over 2,000 homes threatened

9/17/14 8:20 p.m. update: The King Fire grew dramatically today, having now burned 27,930 acres. The plume could be seen throughout Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley to the east, and for miles west.

There have been two injuries to firemen, one falling down a 100 ft embankment when fighting the fire at night.

According to Cal Fire, this afternoon the fire made a significant run to the northwest necessitating the mandatory evacuation order for Quintette and Volcanoville.

September Events with Tahoe Regional Young Professionals

September is Membership Month, and the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals (TRYP) has a busy month ahead with lots of great events, mixers, and ways to get involved in the community.

Beachcomber Inn wins South Lake Tahoe Chili Cook-off

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.

Fire Saturday evening on Melba Drive in South Lake Tahoe

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: 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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We're All Alright: Cheap Trick says "Hello Tahoe" at MontBleu Resort on Nov. 21

Event Date: 
November 21, 2014 - 9:00pm

Rock ’n’ roll’s very own Dream Police, Cheap Trick, will crank up the volume and belt out the hits that made them famous at Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Friday, Nov. 21.

Lake Valley Fire Department gets $26,000 grant for forest health in Meyers

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.

Op/Ed: Let’s send a message

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.

South Tahoe High reunion this weekend

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.

Oktoberfest Celebration at Camp Richardson

Event Date: 
October 4, 2014 (All day)

Beers, brats, and music are on tap at Camp Richardson Oct. 4-5, as Oktoberfest returns to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Now in its 20th year the annual event will showcase seven different autumn themed brews ranging from Drake’s Hefeweizen to Ninkasi Total Domination IPA.

It's race weekend in South Lake Tahoe!

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.

21st Annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament

Event Date: 
October 13, 2014 (All day)

A $2,500, one week vacation at any Resorts West property in the world. $10,000 for a hole-in-one on all par 3s. 18 holes at Edgewood. Flat screen TV. Closest to the pin awards. Sports memorabilia. Golf trips. Dozens of raffle prizes. Two meals and beverages. Titleist Pro V1 balls. And every dime benefits South Tahoe kids. The 21st annual Boys and Girls Club tournament is October 13 with playing spots as well as sponsorship options now available.

The value exceeds $500, but the fee is just $225 to play with all monies going to help local kids with educational and recreational programs.

Douglas County Sheriffs looking for man who skipped drug court

A 19 year old man is being sought by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Seth Daniel Rogers is wanted for failing to appear in drug court and for a warrant for traffic offenses.

DCSO is asking for the public's help in locating Rogers. He is described as having green eyes, being 5'10" tall and weighing 155 lbs.

Op/Ed: Proposition 46 - A Harmful Direction for Patients

Backers of California Proposition 46 claim it will protect the patient and reduce patient harm. While the initiative argues patient safeguards and seems well-intended, the proposition is flawed and costly. If passed as written, Proposition 46 would discourage doctors from working in California, jeopardize patient privacy, and increase patient and government healthcare costs.

Chili Cookoff and Fall Festival held Satuday

The 3rd Annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off is at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center Saturday, September 13 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There will be live entertainment, a cake walk, raffles, vendors and a chili tastings as well as events for the whole family. Admission to the event is free. More information can be found on the website at www.goldenbearevents.com.

Local non-profits will benefit from the event. The South Tahoe Cancer League, Lion's Club, American Legion Post 795, Christmas Cheer and the Lake Tahoe Humane Society are among the recipients.

Vail Resorts buys Park City Mountain Resort

Vail Resorts, the parent company of South Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Mountain Resort, announced Thursday that they are purchasing Park City Mountain Resort for $183M.

The agreement includes the Park City resort's base area—which include property zoned for residential and commercial development—as well as parking, lower ski terrain and lifts.

Voters can now stay on top of issues and find out election news on Chamber website

The November elections are just 7 weeks away and the Tahoe Chamber has added tools to their website for local voters to stay informed.

The deadline to register to vote in California is 15 days before Election Day and 31 days before Election Day in Nevada if registering by mail. This resource is courtesy of a partnership between CalChamber and BiPacin an effort to increase voter registration, participation and knowledge of issues affecting voters’ communities.

Operation Vigilance; Law enforcement check for sex offender compliance

There are 134 registered sex offenders in Douglas County. They were the subject of "Operation Vigilance" which was a joint operation of the Douglas County Sheriffs Office and U.S. Marshals.

They wanted to make sure all those registered were in compliance with Nevada law. Nine of the registered sex offenders were not in compliance, and an investigation is being conducted to determine if prosecution is warranted.

Of the remaining 125, 115 were found to be in compliance and 10 were either deceased, in prison or deported.

Changes on the South Shore: Edgewood's new lodge, new look

Editor's note: This is part of a series on all of the change going on in South Lake Tahoe. We'll be updating you with photos and news.

Ground won't break until May on the new Edgewood Tahoe Resort but the golf course is already undergoing major changes to prepare for the big project. Trees have been cleared, the 9th hole has been reconfigured and made into a par 3, and a 10 foot tall fence is being erected around the construction site.

The new pier has already been constructed and will allow guests to boat to the resort.

South Tahoe Boys Soccer have mixed results in Truckee

Event Date: 
September 9, 2014 (All day)

On Tuesday September 9th, South Tahoe High Schools JV and Varsity team visited Truckee, the defending champion.

The South Tahoe Vikings JV team had a huge win, beating Truckee 5-0 , Nacho Vasquez opened the score with a impressive volley that passed the goalkeeper. Brandon Estrada scored 3 goals to make it 4-0 and a late goal by Luis Munoz wrapped up the scoring for the afternoon.

The Varsity team didn't fare as well as they lost to Truckee, 4-1. The loan goal was scored by Michal Lis early in the game. Lis just moved to South Lake Tahoe from Poland.

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.

Seven South Lake Tahoe City Council candidates vying for votes at forum Wednesday

The seven candidates for South Lake Tahoe City Council were at Wednesday nights Candidate Forum at Lake Tahoe Golf Course. The Tahoe Chamber and Tahoe Daily Tribune hosted the evening which had Rabbi Evon Yakar moderating the questions and answers.

About 100 people showed up to listen to panel who were given questions prepared by the chamber's new political committee as well as those asked by the audience. The questions were asked of different candidates so not everyone was asked the same one.

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.

Local Students Learn About Agriculture at Tahoe Farm Day

Event Date: 
September 16, 2014 - 9:45am

Camp Richardson will be turned into an agricultural center on September 16 when over 500 third and fourth graders from South Lake Tahoe take part in the 2nd Annual Tahoe Farm Day.

Tahoe Farm Day is an all day field trip where the students learn about the wide variety of regional agriculture. Over 30 volunteer presenters bring agriculture alive for students through creative, interactive activities that feature fruits, vegetables and farm animals as well as concepts of healthy eating, nutrition, and stewardship of the land.

LTCC Tapped to Join CA Community Colleges Online Education Initiative

Lake Tahoe Community College has been chosen by the California Community Colleges’ Online Education Initiative (OEI) as one of eight colleges that will participate in the OEI’s full pilot launch, slated to take place from Fall 2014 through Spring 2016. LTCC was selected based on a number of criteria, including its accreditation standing, its well-established online degree programs, and its well-established professional development program to assist faculty with online education-oriented services and course design.

Forest Service acquires Tahoe Mountain Parcels

Two more vacant lots in South Lake Tahoe have been added to the increasing cache of land the U.S. Forest Service has accumulated to preserve for public use.

These two lots are 3.13 acres each and located on Tahoe Mountain. They purchased one with great lake views for $135,000 and a second one for $100,000. This second lot is adjacent to the new hiking and mountain biking trail that begins on Deveron Way.

Mountain Coworking Alliance allows members to work from California to Colorado

This season, skiers and snowboarders can travel to a top-rated ski resorts and have space to work. The Tahoe Mountain Lab opened on Ski Run Blvd last year and gives locals and travelers the opportunity to have a dedicated workspace when they need it and now members can travel to other ski resort towns and use other locations.

Other mountain communities that offer the same workspace opportunities are located in Frisco, Avon, Basalt and Durango, Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming as well as in both North and South Lake Tahoe.

The 12th Annual Kids' Fishing Derby on September 21

Event Date: 
September 21, 2014 - 7:00am

The South Lake Tahoe Moose Lodge is hosting the 12TH Annual Kids' Fishing Derby on Sunday, September 21, at Tahoe Paradise’s Lake Baron. The Derby is FREE to all children under the age of 16. Registration begins at 7:00 am at Lake Baron, near the main entrance. Hot Dogs, Chips, Sodas, and water are provided FREE to all registered children. The event wraps up at 3:00 p.m.

Location

Lake Baron
1011 E. San Bernadino South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
United States

Smoke in basin from the Happy Camp Fire; Yosemite Fire has burned 4,400 acres

Many thought the smoke filling the Lake Tahoe basin on Tuesday was from Yosemite's Meadow Fire, but because of the way winds were flowing the basin smoke was actually from the Happy Fire in Northern California.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Happy Fire had burned over 105,000 acres and is 30% contained. The lightning caused fire started on August 12 and is burning west of Yreka and I-5 along Hwy 96 in the Klamath National Forest.

Douglas County names Jim Nichols as new County Manager

Douglas County can now say they have a County Manager, a position that hasn't been filled since the former manager left earlier this year.

Jim Nichols has accepted the position of Douglas County Manager at a pay rate of $172,000. He is expected to begin September 29, 2014.

Barton’s Medical Imaging Earns ACR Accreditation and Gold Seal of Approval

The Medical Imaging Department at Barton Health has been awarded a three year term of accreditation by the American College of Radiology as well as the Gold Seal.

“Our radiology staff and facilities have endured a rigorous review process to confirm our medical excellence,” says Tom Davis, Barton’s director of Medical Imaging. “We are very fortunate to have a team of radiologists and staff who are both state and nationally certified and among the most elite in their field.”

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.

Agencies and public work together to keep Lake Tahoe beaches clean

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority would like to thank all of our community members, visitors, businesses and agencies who have helped keep our Lake Tahoe beaches clean throughout a busy summer season. Debris on Lake Tahoe’s beaches affects everyone’s enjoyment of the lake, and trash and debris on the beaches and streets can easily find its way to the lake and adversely impact lake clarity, water quality and wildlife.

Changes on the South Shore: Hotel adds convention space and turns post office into ballroom

Editor's note: This is part of a series on all of the change going on in South Lake Tahoe. We'll be updating you with photos and news.

The Bijou Post Office has remained vacant since closing a couple of years ago, but it will soon see new life as an extension of the Beach Retreat & Lodge as a ballroom. The 5,000 square foot space should be opened by late January, 2015. Hotel guests will be transported to the ballroom or many may choose to walk the short distance.

Special election held to replace El Dorado County Supervisor Nutting

Six candidates are vying for the open El Dorado County Supervisor Area 2 seat left vacant by the departure of ousted Ray Nutting.

With 100% of the vote counted, Shiva Frentzen led the pack with 30.96% (2,374) of the vote. Troubled and ousted Supervisor Ray Nutting's wife Jennifer is also one of the candidates. She ended up with 13.21$ of the vote.

Bike Way Finding Signs Being Tested in South Lake Tahoe

Have you noticed the new, blue signs placed along some of the South Lake Tahoe bike trails? They are part of a pilot way finding sign project to help cyclists between Kingsbury Grade and Meyers.

There are currently eight signs up in four locations, so people using the trails can see the directions from opposing views.

According to Steve Noll, community planning consultant with Design Workshop, “the international best practices for way finding signs consist of four elements known as 'The Four D’s: distance, direction, destination and distinction'."

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