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South Lake Tahoe locals create Bakpocket eco-products

A new business in South Lake Tahoe is the creation of South Lake Tahoe locals Bryan Burnam and Jacob Hanneman, who have taken their passion for the outdoors to start Bakpocket Products.

Since August 8, the company has their newest product, the Adventure Hammock, listed on Kickstarter, which is a global funding platform designed to help small startup companies to promote their projects and products.

Cold Water Brewery preparing to open in South Lake Tahoe

You have most likely noticed all of the action on the corner of Highway 50 and Sierra Blvd over the last few months, with the former Swiss Chalet restaurant undergoing a massive overhaul.

Long time local Debbie Brown has been working endless hours to put in her new business, the Cold Water Brewery. She is bringing to the new venture her talent from years in the South Lake Tahoe food and beverage industry and passion from realizing a long time dream.

New bikeways map released by Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coaltion

Locals and visitors alike enjoy riding bike in Lake Tahoe on a daily basis, and there is now a new tool for cyclists to use: a newly updated bicycle trail map showing all of the trails on the North and South shores.

With the addition of new trails around the basin, the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition (LTBC) found it necessary to update the Lake Tahoe Bikeways Map. The newest stretch of trail from Fallen Leaf Lake to Baldwin Beach didn't make the printing deadline according to Ty Polastri, LTBC Project Director.

Women As Change Makers: Leading and Thriving in the 21st Century

Event Date: 
October 3, 2014 - 8:30am

Zawadisha, a Tahoe-based global women’s empowerment organization, announced today that South Lake resident and Lean In partner Rayona Sharpnack will be the keynote speaker at its inaugural “Women as Change Makers: Leading and Thriving in the 21st Century,” conference, to be held October 3rd at the North Tahoe Event Center. Sharpnack, the CEO of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, has facilitated women’s leadership trainings for such Fortune 500 companies as Microsoft, Charles Schwab, and Hewlett Packard.


North Tahoe Event Center
8318 N. Lake Tahoe Blvd., Kings Beach, CA 96143
United States

Local fuel reduction efforts recognized

Sixteen local, state and federal agencies were recognized during Tuesday's Lake Tahoe Summit.

A proclamation signed by by Senators Dianne Feinstein, Dean Heller and Harry Reid, Representatives Mark Amodei and Tom McClintock and Governors Jerry Brown and Brian Sandoval honored the release of the Multi-Jurisdiciont Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy.

The original strategy, finalized in 2007, has successfully guided wildfire risk reduction projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

American Legion and Gold Star Mom withdraw support from local event

American Legion Post 795 has withdrawn all support and endorsement of the Forever Dreams for Veterans program scheduled at MontBleu on September 6, 2014. Gold Star Mom, Patty Smith, mother of Sgt. Timothy M. Smith who was killed in action, has also rescinded all support. The Rose of Love ride from the Carson City Harley Davidson site to the American Legion in South Lake Tahoe has been cancelled.

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.

Experience Lake Tahoe as you never have during the GeoTourism Expo

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Sun Aug 31 2014 .
August 30, 2014 (All day)
August 31, 2014 (All day)

Learn to flyfish, take great photos of Lake Tahoe, do Paddle Yoga. Enjoy historical tours of Al Tahoe and the West Shore. Bike the Flume Trail, patrol storm drains by electric bike, kayak the same route as Mark Twain, birdwatch, kayak and more during the annual Geo Tourism Expo being held at Lake Tahoe August 30 and 31.

Over Labor Day weekend there will be 20 different GeoTracks for people to choose from. GeoTracks = Fun, Meaningful, Low-Carbon Activities That Connect You To the 8 Worlds of Tahoe.

South Tahoe High football team's 2014 schedule

The South Tahoe High Viking's varsity football team opens their 2014 season on Friday, August 29.

Here is the schedule. All games start at 7 p.m. and home games are all played at the South Tahoe field located at 1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Friday, Aug 29, 2014
Home against El Dorado High School

Friday, Sep 5, 2014
Away vs. Spring Creek

Friday, Sep 12, 2014
Home against Fernley

Friday, Sep 19, 2014
Home against Churchill County

Friday, Sep 26, 2014
Away vs. Lowry

Friday, Oct 3, 2014
Away vs. Wooster

Friday, Oct 10, 2014
Home against Dayton

First woman to swim across Lake Tahoe at age 16, Erline Christopherson, tells her story tonight at library

In 1962, Erline Christopherson was a 16 year old from Lodi, CA who was living her dream of swimming across Lake Tahoe. In 2014, 52 years later, Erline has returned to the site where she set a world record as the first woman to swim across the lake.

She will be sharing her story at the South Lake Tahoe library Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd in South Lake Tahoe.

Building razed to make way for Bev-Mo in South Lake Tahoe

Another old building was torn down in South Lake Tahoe to make way for a new business. What once housed AAA as well as a laundromat, appliance repairman, bicycle rental and stand up paddle board rentals will soon be a 10,000 square foot Bev-Mo!

The old building was also been home to a bank. League to Save Lake Tahoe and a chiropractor over the years.

BBQ to raise funds for Sierra House Elementary's Grow Dome

Event Date: 
August 20, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Annual Turn 3 on the Green Golf Tournament and BBQ raises funds each each for different groups and projects in need. This year, the Sierra House Elementary (soon to be known as Sierra House Mountain Academy) is the beneficiary for their Grow Dome project.

The public is invited to the afternoon BBQ which will be held at the American Legion starting at 4 p.m. on August 20. This will follow a golf tournament at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course that has a shotgun start at 12:45 p.m.

All funds raised go to the Grow Dome project.

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?”

Tahoe Kid's Triathlon to feature athletes 3 to 13 years old

Event Date: 
August 24, 2014 (All day)

Kids from the ages of 3 to 13 will be participating in Sunday's Triathlon in South Lake Tahoe. Each athlete will be swimming, biking and running in the area of the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center. Parents can help the kids in the Pee Wee group (3 to 6) only.

Distances depend on age, as listed below.

3 to 6 year olds:
25 yard swim (flotation device and parents okay)
1 mile bike ride (okay for parents to accompany)
.3 mile run (okay for parents to accompany)

50 yard swim
3 mile bike ride
1 mile run

10 to 13 year olds:
100 yard swim
5 mile bike ride
7 to 9 year olds:

Movie night at Lakeview Commons this Saturday

Event Date: 
August 23, 2014 - 8:30pm

Grab a blanket, your friends and family and head over to Lakeview Commons this Saturday night to watch "Frozen" at the first free community movie night at 8:30 p.m.

The City of South Lake Tahoe, Lighthouse Cafe, Lakeview Cafe and Radiant Blue Events are presenting this night under the stars for the community and visitors alike.

The temperatures are dropping during the evening so make sure you dress accordingly along with a blanket or sleeping bag and a flash light. There will be popcorn, hot dogs, sandwiches and locally made ice cream available.

Congressional Candidate Kristen Spees Announces I-80 District Tour

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Repeats every day until Thu Aug 21 2014 .
August 17, 2014 (All day)
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August 18, 2014 (All day)
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August 19, 2014 (All day)
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August 20, 2014 (All day)
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August 21, 2014 (All day)

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:

View the South Shore of Lake Tahoe from six new cameras placed around the area

Ever wonder what the beach or roads look like before you head out for the day? Traveling to South Lake Tahoe and want to see a live shot of what the beautiful area looks like? That is now possible by simply logging on the the Lake Tahoe Visitor's Authority website and opening your own portal to Tahoe.

"Six live high definition cameras called were installed at various Tahoe South locations with the intent to inspire and engage ,fans to share breathtaking images with the world," according to the LTVA.

Survey being conducted to see if better, faster internet needed in Lake Tahoe

The Tahoe Prosperity Center (TPC) wants to facilitate the expansion of high speed internet in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. In order to see where the need is, a speed test of your current internet service and a survey is being conducted.

New signs installed along Lake Tahoe's Nevada entrances

People coming into the basin to attend the annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tuesday will find new signs on the three Nevada entrances: Kingsbury Grade (State Route 207), Spooner Summit (U.S. Highway 50) and the Mt. Rose Highway (State Route 431).

The signs read, “Entering the Lake Tahoe Watershed — Help Protect It!” They were put up to remind everyone passing by them that Lake Tahoe is a special place that needs protecting by everyone coming to visit (and those who are already here).

Free Farmer's Market for South Lake Tahoe Community Members in Need

Event Date: 
August 27, 2014 - 10:00am

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is have a free Farmer's Market for people in need in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, August 27.

In partnership with the California Emergency Food Link, the food bank is giving away one box of food to each family at the American Legion located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For more information, contact them at 530-621-9950 or by email at They can also be found on Facebook at

Barton rewarded for high quality patient outcomes

Barton Memorial Hospital has received notification from the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that it will receive an additional .5 percent in Medicare reimbursement for its high performance scores in patient care. Barton Hospital was compared to other hospitals nationally for its work in quality outcomes, patient safety and patient satisfaction. The higher
reimbursement will be allocated from October 2014 through September 2015.

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.

Mountaingirl Mysteries author to speak at SLT Library

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

Jennifer Quashnick, local author, will introduce us to the first novel from her new Mountaingirl Mysteries series, "The Sierra Nevada Trail of Murder." When chased by a killer, Rachel Winters, her dog Bella, and Private Investigator Luke Reed must uncover a deep-rooted environmental conspiracy stretching across multiple state lines.


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

Valhalla Art and Music Festival wraps up season with two free concerts

On Sunday, August 17 Valhalla presents the final in the free Concert on the Lawn series. This is a special free kids concert featuring the acclaimed children’s act the Banana Slug String Band. Their music is original and full of inspiring positive messages about taking care of each other and the environment. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic and join sit on the Grand Lawn at Valhalla from noon to 2:00 p.m.

New bike trail from Fallen Leaf Lake to Lake Tahoe opens

There is a new way to enjoy two lakes with just a quick bike ride along the bike trail just completed by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Fallen Leaf Bike Path connects cyclists from the Fallen Leaf Lake Campground to the Pope Baldwin National Recreation Trail. The trail offers riders a safe and exciting alternative.

As reported by South Tahoe Now in April, the new trail also provided installation of bmps, upgrades, reconstruction and relocation of adjacent unauthorized trails.

Spc. Sara Wiseman of South Lake Tahoe awarded Army medal

Spc. Sara E. Wiseman from South Lake Tahoe received an Army Achievement Medal for outstanding achievement during a ceremony at Camp Casey in South Korea on August 8.

Wiseman is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 210th Field Artillery Brigade Public Affairs Office, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th FA Bde., 2nd Infantry Division.

The brigade commander, Col. Michael J. Lawson, gave her the award for her achievement as the brigade public affairs officer.

"Best Tasting Water in Nevada" awarded to Douglas County Utilities

In case you weren't aware, there is a contest in Nevada to determine the best tasting water in the state by judging bouquet, clarity and taste.

This year, after blind tastings and examinations, Douglas County Utilities was the coveted water award during the 2014 Nevada Rural Water Association Training and Technical Conference at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.

South Lake Tahoe bike parade sets sight on world record

Event Date: 
September 18, 2014 - 4:00pm

The South Lake Tahoe Slow Rollers are asking the local community to help them attempt breaking the world record for people riding bikes in a single line, which is 917. During the first attempt two years ago there were plenty of cyclists, 1188, but many people rode two or more across and sometimes had gaps in the line so it was too hard for officials to certify the ride.

On September 18, starting at 4 p.m., riders will start the 2.3 mile route at Treehaven Drive behind Safeway, proceed down Johnson Lane to Al Tahoe Blvd to the new bike path, ending at MacDuff's on Fremont Avenue.

Nevada Governor accepts ice bucket challenge

What swept through South Lake Tahoe this past winter (as reported on South Tahoe Now) has morphed into an ice bucket challenge, this time as a fundraiser for ALS. KOLO-TV anchor Sarah Johns and Reno City Councilwoman/candidate for Mayor Hillary Schieve challenged Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval who accepted and has now challenged Nevada's two Senators, Harry Reid and Dean Heller.

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.

New trail created to connect High Meadows to Tahoe Rim Trail

A new three mile long trail has been completed that now connects High Meadows to the Tahoe Rim Trail. The new path, called the Monument Pass Trail, is located in the southeast end of South Lake Tahoe at the Cold Creek Trail at High Meadows. The trail is multi-use and will be enjoyed by cyclists and hikers.

The new trail is part of a larger group of trail projects known as the Trail Access and Travel Management Plan (Trail ATM), a process used by the Forest Service to plan, review, design and construct trail systems in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Generation Green Graduates

Students from the South Lake Tahoe area graduated from Generation Green, a program designed to introduce students to careers in natural resources management through a transformative summer experience.

Tahoe Douglas Fire Department puts on annual Firehouse Pancake Breakfast

Event Date: 
August 30, 2014 - 8:30am

If you're looking for a fun event to attend in South Lake Tahoe over the Labor Day weekend, head over to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Department's annual Firehouse Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 30.

The firemen and fire chief will conduct station tours, allow everyone to take photos of the engines, play fire safety games, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, watch bomb squad demonstrations, car seat safety and fireman dress up for the kids.

Election picture clear with all candidates now known

With the filing deadline now passed, the list of candidates for South Lake Tahoe City Council and City Clerk, South Tahoe Public Utility Board and the Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees is now known. These positions, along with the El Dorado County Supervisor for Area 5 will all be voted by local voters on during the November 4.

"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.

Meet the new Executive Director of Live Violence Free

Event Date: 
August 20, 2014 - 12:00pm

Stop by Live Violence Free and meet their new Executive Director, Jane Flavin. She and her staff will be sharing all of the new additions at the agency during the open house.

Live Violence Free is located at 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd in South Lake Tahoe (near the intersection with Al Tahoe Blvd). The event runs from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Douglas County assesses flood damage

Douglas County Board of Commissioners have requested a State of Emergency for the series of floods that have hit the region since July 20. In doing so, funds can come into the county to help replenish depleted coffers and to help with the repair of public infrastructure such as county maintained roads, culverts, and drainage.

Forest near Kings Beach back open to the public

A portion of National Forest closed for public safety near Kings Beach has been reopened. The area, about 340 acres east of Brockway Summit and north of Speckled Avenue, was closed for safety reasons due to heavy equipment operations and falling trees as part of the Carnelian Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Projects.

The project is treating 3,300 acres to reduce the risk of severe wildfire, improve forest health and provide defensible space to neighboring communities. Work in the area will resume in 2015.

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.



Volunteer opportunities the community to help the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition

The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition is providing a free Bike Valet at the Kiwanis Community Fair in South Lake Tahoe at LTCC. They need volunteers to work 2-4 hour shifts on Saturday 8/30 and Sunday 8/31 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 .pm. This is a fun event and a great way to get involved with the Coalition.

The second volunteer opportunity is on September 7 which marks the 12th Annual TOUR DE TAHOE event produced by Bike The West. The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition hosts the final rest stop on Spooner Summit, providing snacks, water, and support.

5th Annual Peaks & Paws to raise money for Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe

Event Date: 
August 23, 2014 - 11:00am

If you're ready for a day of fun in the sun with music, entertainment, beer, wine and dog-centered activities, then the 5th annual Peaks & Paws Festival is for you. This event is one of Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe's biggest fundraiser of the year. It will be held on Saturday, August 23 at the Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Leashed canine companions are welcome to attend.

Sample the Sierra adds events including Farm to Fork Bus Tour

Labor Day Weekend is only a few weeks away there are some ancillary events leading up to August 31's Sample the Sierra that the public can participate in.

Friday, August 29
Pop-Up Dinner
Enjoy a 3-course meal prepared by Chef Stephen Moise of The Ridge Tahoe and experience Elevate Tahoe. A portion of proceeds will be go towards Let It Grow! $75 per person

Saturday, August 30
Farm-to-Fork Bus Tour

City and Chamber bring back popular business coaching program

Tahoe Tactical Team, the popular business coaching program, is returning due to a federal grant received by the City of South Lake Tahoe. They have joined a partnership with the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce to bring back the program which helps new business owners start up an enterprise or existing business owners take their businesses to the next level.

Tahoe native, Dr. Alison Ganong, joins Tahoe Sports Medicine

Alison Ganong, MD will be joining Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in September.

The board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician specializes in interventional sports medicine and spine care.

“We are proud and delighted that Dr. Ganong has come on board with Barton Health,” says Chris Proctor, the director of Barton’s Tahoe Center for Orthopedics. “She has an outstanding reputation in her field and is committed to serving the growing number and variety of sports medicine needs in our community.”

My Tahoe Weekend

All of these images plus hundreds more were taken in only a 4 day period.Lake Tahoe constantly gives us amazing unforgettable sights.I hope everyone can really take a look and appreciate what Lake Tahoe offers us all.I feel Blessed to call Lake Tahoe my Home.

Volunteers remove 100 gallons of invasive Milfoil from Lake Tahoe

100 gallons of invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil were removed from the Upper Truckee River by 14 League to Save Lake Tahoe volunteers on August 5.

The volunteers worked on the 1,000 foot stretch of the river near the Tahoe Keys Marina. This infestation was the first to be identified and removed by trained Eyes on the Lake volunteers. It was also the first confirmed new infestation discovered at Lake Tahoe in several years. A follow-up volunteer effort will take place later this month to ensure the infestation is completely gone.

LTCC Coyotes prepare for first soccer season

Soccer fever has hit the campus at Lake Tahoe Community College as both the men's and women's intercollegiate teams prepare for the 2014 fall season.

Top four candidates for Douglas County Manager job revealed

Douglas County is one step closer to having a new county manager now that the large field of candidates has been reduced to four. Former County Manager Steve Mokrohisky left in April to take a job in Oregon, and since then Douglas County has been searching for his replacement. They hired the recruitment firm of Peckham and McKenney to aid in their search.

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