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.

Oktoberfest Celebration at Camp Richardson

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

South Lake Tahoe's drug disposal bin deemed successful

It may be a simple metal box attached to the wall of the South Lake Tahoe Police station, but what it does can change, or even save, lives.

The South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition bought the box and had it installed in July of this year. Since then it has been emptied three times according to Josh Adler of the SLTPD.

"It has been very successful," said Melody Easton, Coalition Coordinator.

September 2014 in Tahoe: The Verve Pipe, Air Supply

Sept. 1-4 Burning Man decompression w/ Bhudda Lounge & Bhudda Bass @ 968 park Hotel
September 01 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
DJ Lambchop / Daytxna @ Fat Cat Cafe
September 02 Jesse Kalin @ Cabo Wabo
Open Mic w/ Lucas Arizu @ Fat Cat Cafe
Sept. 3-7 Will Durst / David Gee @ Improv at Harvey's
September 03 Open Mic w/ Jesse Kalin @ Cabo Wabo
Hypha, Professor Stone, DJ So freaky, IJV @ The Grid
Sept. 4-6 Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
September 04 Kylan Johnson @ Cottonwood Bar & Grill
Graham Marshall Group @ Moody's Bistro
Sept. 5-7 Autumn Food and Wine Festival @ Northstar

TahoeChamber Sup and Sip

Event Date: 
September 18, 2014 - 4:30pm

Send off summer the best way possible – on the lake! Join TahoeChamber for a paddle on Lake Tahoe followed by a Business After Hours Mixer (BAHM!) at South Tahoe Standup Paddle on September 18. The BAHM! begins with a one-hour stand up paddle board session at El Dorado Beach from 4:30 to 5:30 pm followed by appetizers and drinks until 7:30 pm at the South Tahoe Standup Paddle retail location.

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

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Repeats every day until Mon Sep 08 2014 .
September 5, 2014 - 9:00am
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September 6, 2014 - 9:00am
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September 7, 2014 - 9:00am
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September 8, 2014 - 9:00am

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:

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.

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.

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.”

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.

First Tees & Tastings Golf Tournament at Northstar at Tahoe

Event Date: 
August 28, 2014 (All day)

Northstar California Resort invites golfers and foodies alike to compete in the first annual Tees and Tastings tournament Thursday, August 28. The tournament will feature a two-game, nine-hole tournament with four beer and cuisine pairings throughout the front green of the Northstar Golf Course. Winners will receive tickets to the Wine & Brew Walk event, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 6 during the 29th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival.

Tees and Tastings Schedule

Vaccinations: Are you Informed?

As a parent, we want our children to be safe. Certain safety measures are designed to help keep children safe, like child safety seats, seat belts, and toddler gates. However, some parents may overlook one critical component to keep children healthy and safe: vaccinations. Current vaccinations are the most effective and safest they have been in history and have saved millions of lives from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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.

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.

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?”

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:

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

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.

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.



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.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Valhalla's Boathouse Theater this week

Event Date: 
August 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

There will be an evening of adventure and environmental films from around the world designed to inspire, educate and entertain at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. This is a special program for the whole family. Celebrate Valhalla Tahoe and learn how you can become a member and support the arts in South Lake Tahoe.

Door prizes too!

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.

Original Story:

Bijou Community School playground ribbon cutting ceremony

Event Date: 
August 22, 2014 - 2:00pm

Bijou Community School PTA is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground that was built thanks to the generous donations of a multitude of community members, businesses, and foundations. This project has been the epitome of a community effort with over 40 donors helping the school's PTA raise over $100,000.

We wish to thank:

-Bijou Students and Families who raised over $36,000 at last year's walkathon;
-Harrah's/Harveys Lake Tahoe
-Edgewood Co.
-American Century
-Vail Resorts (ECHO)
-Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation
-June Taylor

We miss Kaleb

Kaleb James Martin Curtzwiler died Aug. 9, 2010. He was 28.

Mr. Curtzwiler was born Jan. 27, 1982, at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe.

The 2000 South Tahoe High School graduate was an avid soccer player. Although he did not ski competitively, it was a sport he participated in with his family and one that he excelled at.

The day after he graduated from high school he joined the Navy. His father, Kenny Curtzwiler, who was a Captain in the Nevada Army National Guard, swore him in. Mr. Curtzwiler served for five years, rising to the rank of E5.

Lake Tahoe Attracts Top-Notch Physicians

Physicians are in high demand, but not just from patients. With an impending physician shortage and more job competition, medical administrators and recruiters will spend hours attending meetings, networking, and recruiting to hire top-notch physicians.

In a 2012 study, the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) estimated that physician recruitment costs between $75,000 and $90,000 per doctor. This does not include the time and effort to set up a medical practice and then to retain a physician.

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.

Springmeyer Garage in SLT leveled to make room for Auto Zone

In recent years, the Springmeyer Garage was slowly deteriorating and becoming an eyesore, but in its heyday from 1940 into the 1970s it was a thriving service station and car dealership.

Wednesday marked the end of the building which was once owned by Melvin "Buzz" Springmeyer and his wife, Marjorie Johnson Springmeyer from the pioneer South Lake Tahoe family.

It was torn down to make room for an Auto Zone store. Construction crews on site didn't know when building would begin.

2nd Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival this weekend

Event Date: 
August 10, 2014 (All day)

The 2nd Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on August 10, 2014 in the Divided Sky parking lot, located at 3200 US Highway 50. The festival kicks off with a “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain. Riders should arrive at the Divided Sky at 7:30 a.m. to register for the ride. A $25 donation will support the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA), and Clif Bar will have water and fueling stations along the ride.

"Jazz & Beyond" Sunday Jazz Picnics in the Park in August

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Repeats every week until Sun Aug 17 2014 .
August 3, 2014 (All day)
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August 10, 2014 (All day)
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August 17, 2014 (All day)

Are you looking for a way to enjoy your Sunday afternoons? The "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival" is offering free concerts in the Legislative Plaza between the State Capitol and the Legislature Building in Carson City on three Sundays: Aug. 3, Aug. 10, and Aug. 17, 2014. "Jazz & Beyond" is a yearly festival put on by the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. and its sponsors. People can enjoy these family friendly "Jazz Picnics in Park" concerts in a pleasant atmosphere with shade trees and a bit of Nevada history.

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.

Lead-Based Paint and Your Home Improvement Projects

The spring and summer weather is here and many of us are starting or planning to start those home improvement projects that just can’t be done in the cold and wet months. Maybe we have also heard about the dangers that can be present when working on surfaces that contain lead. As many of us now know, any home that was constructed prior to 1978 may have lead-based paint or lead containing finishes on any of the painted or varnished surfaces on the exterior and interior of the home and on outbuildings, fences and other surfaces as well.

New CFO/VP of Finance chosen for Barton Health

Steve Neff has accepted the position of Vice President of Finance for Barton Health.

He comes to South Lake Tahoe from Danvers, Massachusetts where he was most recently with Renaissance Healthcare Partners, LLC. Neff is a healthcare leader who has over 19 years of executive leadership experience in community hospital and senior care systems and 30 years He brings expertise in the health care market, strategic planning, team building, communications, and philanthropy.

Gary Noy, author of Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues autographs books for local agency

Event Date: 
August 2, 2014 - 1:00pm

Gary Noy, author of Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues, will sign books and lecture as a Benefit for the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center on August 2, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The author will make a presentation and sign books to help raise money for the agency.

The event will take place at the Center’s Bookworks Bookstore located at 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.


Bookworks at Lakeview Plaza
3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Suite 9 Where the highway meets the lake
United States

Fire overnight damages South Lake Tahoe motel

10:45 a.m. Update: What remains of the back of the Deerfield Lodge was evident this morning with smoke still coming from the ruined two story section. Six rooms were damaged with the three on the top floor totally destroyed by fire, and the three on the bottom with extensive water damage. Five vehicles were also damaged.

Permanent Drug Disposal Bin Now Available at SLT Police Department

There is now a permanent drug-disposal bin located in the lobby of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department thanks to the collaboration between the Department and the South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition. This bin is in a secure location for anyone in the community to properly dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

Wooden Boat Classic at Tahoe Keys Marina this weekend

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Repeats every day until Sat Jul 26 2014 .
July 25, 2014 (All day)
July 26, 2014 (All day)

South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic brings ‘Freedom of the Forties’ to the Tahoe Keys Marina this year on July 25 and 26.

This year's theme is ‘Freedom of the Forties’ which honors U.S. military and pays homage to antique and classic boats of the forties. World War II veterans are provided free admission to the event, and U.S. military receive discounts on event admission.

Kiwanis Community Fair returns to South Lake Tahoe on Labor Day Weekend

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Mon Sep 01 2014 .
August 29, 2014 (All day)
August 30, 2014 (All day)
August 31, 2014 (All day)
September 1, 2014 (All day)

Carnival rides, food, craft booths, jam making contest, pie eating contest and garden creations are just some of the family friendly treats in store for the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Community Fair in South Lake Tahoe over Labor Day Weekend.

From August 29 through September 1, 2014, the Lake Tahoe Community College will be the scene of all the action.

No entry fees for the contests!

Specialized yoga classes for M.S. patients in South Lake Tahoe

It has been shown that people who suffer from the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) find relief in yoga due to it's emphasis on relaxation, breathing and deliberate movements.

Yoga classes to assist in relief from the symptoms of MS are now available for free in South Lake Tahoe at the Pilates Studio Lake Tahoe.

Kindergarten, middle school and high school registration for South Lake Tahoe schools in August

Registration for kindergarten at South Lake Tahoe schools will be held on August 4th. South Tahoe Middle School registration for new students will be held on August 12 and for new students at South Tahoe High August 11-14.

The first day of school is August 25th.

Get Electric at Pedego’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Event Date: 
July 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Pedego Electric Bikes is celebrating the summer with an open house and ribbon cutting officiated by TahoeChamber. If you have yet to check out the innovative bikes offered by Pedego, stop by their location next to the new Chateau at 4 p.m. on July 25.

Celebrities open up about Manziel, heros, autographs and American Century Celebrity Golf

Three former football players joined the local Rotary clubs for breakfast on Thursday morning, sharing their honest feelings on many subjects from family to Johnny Manziel. Tahoe Douglas Rotary and South Lake Tahoe Rotary Clubs invited Marshall Faulk, Trent Dilfer and Sterling Sharpe to their joint meeting at MontBleu.

On Johnny Manziel

Former Horizon Casino in Lake Tahoe to become a Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

South Lake Tahoe's Horizon Resort Casino is going to be a Hard Rock Casino & Hotel by the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015.

This comes amid local speculation and rumors that have been circling the community since the Horizon's closure this spring.

The new casino has a facebook page and website already.

Hard Rock Lake Tahoe is undergoing $60M in renovations and redesign that will highlight rock and roll and will also serve as a live music venue.

Bear and vehicle collision near Skyland on Highway 50 in Lake Tahoe

7/16/14 update: The accident occurred when 18 year old Alex Sanchez of Zephyr Cove swerved to miss a bear killed by a previous driver. Law enforcement was headed to the original accident when Sanchez came upon the bear in the road, served to miss it and flipped his 2000 Toyota. The car was totaled and Sanchez is recovering from bruises suffered from the tightening of his seat belt. The driver, from Sun Valley, NV, who hit the bear was driving a Ford Explorer and had his family in the car. Nobody sought medical attention after the accident.

Drug Free Coaltion working to prevent drug use for South Lake Tahoe youth

The South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition (STDFC) was formed in 2012 by Tahoe Youth and Family Services in collaboration with key community partners. Some of these community partners include the South Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Public Health, and Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

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:





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