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Even with wet weather, Celebrity Golf sets one day attendance record

Take a list of top celebrity athletes plus a retired LPGA champion and add the fact that the tournament is celebrating it's 25th anniversary, one would except large and excited galleries at the American Century Golf Championship.

Crowds didn't disappoint on Saturday when a record 13,000 attended the tournament at Edgewood Tahoe.

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.

Update: Over 3,500 acres burned in Yosemite fire

7/29/14 11:30 p.m. update: The El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite is now 34% contained. Firefighters gained good ground on all sides of the fire except for the northern portion which has caused concern for fire officials. Steep, rugged terrain continues to challenge the efforts of firefighters but progress is being made. The weather forecast calls for continued high temperatures reaching as high as 100 degrees near El Portal.

At this point in time 3,545 acres have burned. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Update: Sand Fire now 90% contained, 4,240 acres burned

7/30/14 update: Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire north of the town of Plymouth. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

So far, 4,240 acres have burned as well as 19 homes and 47 outbuildings. The fire did not spread overnight. The increase in reported acreage burned is due to a precise GPS mapping.

According to Cal Fire, patrol and mop-up of the fire will continue for several days. Rugged terrain and hot, dry weather conditions in addition to hazards associated with mines within the fire area continue to be a challenge for firefighters.

Keep your cool: How to avoid heat-related llnesses

As an emergency room nurse, I have cared for visitors and locals who experience heat-related illnesses. This includes dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. It is important to understand the differences, especially when exercising in an area like Lake Tahoe with higher altitudes and higher temperatures.

South Lake Tahoe beats record high temperature Sunday, more heat on way

South Lake Tahoe hit 91 degrees on Sunday, breaking a 15 year old record. Surrounding areas also broke records including the Reno International Airport who reported a temperature of 103 Sunday, breaking a previous record of 102 set in 1972.

It is expected to reach 91 degrees in South Lake Tahoe again on Monday, breaking the record on this date of 88 which was recorded in 1933 according to accuweather.com.

The normal highs for this time of year are near 81.

Forecast according to the National Weather Service:

2nd Friday Potluck

Event Date: 
July 11, 2014 - 3:00pm

Are you craving community? What better way to get to know your neighbors than with a community potluck! Find out more about the our community center if you've never come to any of our classes, services or workshops. We even have a bicycle available for checkout with our front desk. Our cork board hosts a wide variety of posts from our current classes, and community businesses that people own.

Record High Temps Expected Monday in Lake Tahoe

The U.S. National Weather Service in Reno is reporting that areas in Western Nevada and Lake Tahoe will reach record high temperatures this week.

Areas in western Nevada will reach triple digits with many areas in the Sierra reaching the upper 80's to low 90's.

The red line in the graphs indicate the current forecast high temperature and the black line indicates the record high temperatures. Records for Reno go back to 1888 and records for South Lake Tahoe go back to 1968.

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.

Fire Weather Watch on for Lake Tahoe and Western Nevada

The Great Basin of Nevada and the Lake Tahoe area will see gusty winds and dry conditions Wednesday according to the National Weather Service. In South Lake Tahoe, wind advisory starts at 1 p.m. and will last until 11 p.m.

Winds will be southwest from 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Waves on the lake will be 2 to 4 feet and the temperatures will range from a low of 52 tonight to a high of 72 today.

Fire Reported Near Kingsbury Middle School

7:45 pm update: According to Eric Guevin, Tahoe Douglas Fire District's Fire Marshall, the cause of the fire by Kingsbury Middle School was human caused and is under investigation. Due to quick response by the Zephyr Fire Crew and Tahoe Douglas Firefighters, along with favorable weather, the fire only burned a 50' x 50' area. A resident in the area, Dr. Jeff Behar, rode his bike to the scene when he saw the smoke and found the crews distinguishing the fire and provided South Tahoe Now with photos.

Prescribed Burns in the Skyland Area This Week

Fuels management operations will be held on Tuesday, just north of Zephyr Cove in the Skyland area. The U.S. Forest Service crew will be burning five acres on the east side of Hwy 50 and is expected to last one day.

People in the area should expect to see smoke.

Forest Service staff will post road signs around the areas affected by the prescribed fire, send email notifications, and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2600, #6. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.

Rain and Cooler Temps Expected in South Lake Tahoe; Clearing and 70's By Holiday Weekend

An upper level disturbance off the Pacific Northwest coast will drop southeast over California into Nevada by Tuesday evening, bringing an enhanced threat of showers and thunderstorms to the Lake Tahoe region, which may have an impact on the existing wildfire in Reno.

Monday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 53. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Motorcyclist Safety Encouraged in Nevada

Fifty-three motorcyclists died on Nevada roadways in 2013, surpassing the previous year’s number of fatalities by 39 percent, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed May 2014 as Motorcycle Safety Month, focusing on the motorcycle as an important form of transportation, and reminding its riders and all motorists of important safety guidelines.

Mark Mc Laughlin Shares Tales of the Donner Party at SLT Library

Event Date: 
June 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Mark McLaughlin, “The Storm King”, is an award-winning, nationally published author, professional speaker, and photographer with six books and more than 650 articles in print.

He will present a multimedia presentation on his newest book, "The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm" at the South Lake Library on June 18 at 6 p.m.

Location

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

June Day Jamboree

Event Date: 
June 7, 2014 (All day)

Everyone is talking about it! Can we grow food up here?

We can. And it's fun, too! But... Which plants to choose? And when to plant them? What to do about our terrible soils and crazy weather?

Location

Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden
1 College Way South Lake Tahoe, CA
United States

SLT DMV Reschedules Remodeling; Closing For Two Days

The South Lake Tahoe office of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) was scheduled to close last month for renovations, but due to stormy weather they postponed the project. The DMV announced today that they will be closing the office for two days in May to replace the carpet.

They are alerting local customers that their office, located at 3344 Lake Tahoe Blvd #B, will be closing for renovations on Friday, May 9, 2014, at 12 p.m.

Snow, Wind and Rain Headed to Lake Tahoe Friday

In typical Lake Tahoe fashion, the ski resorts are closing and a spring storm storm comes into the basin.

A couple of inches of snow is expected at lake level before the storm heads out early Saturday morning.

Thursday night: Rain, mainly after 1am. Low around 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday: Snow. High near 40. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Controlled Burns Continue Around Lake Tahoe Basin

Prescribed fire operations by the U.S. Forest Service will continue around the Lake Tahoe Basin during the week of April 14, 2014, and are likely to continue throughout the month of April, weather permitting.

During the next few weeks, burning may take place on Spooner Summit on the East Shore, in the Luther Pass Campground off of Highway 89 near South Lake Tahoe, and on the west side of Highway 89 near Tahoma on the West Shore. Operations are ongoing and may continue as weather, staffing, and conditions allow. Locations could vary due to changing conditions.

NHP Keeping an Eye on Bicyclists and Motorists on the Road

The Nevada Highway Patrol recently stepped up enforcement of Nevada's Share the Road laws, pulling over 200 motorists who violated the law and issued them warnings.

Now its turn for the NHP to turn the tables and watch for bicyclists not in compliance.

Controlled Burns Continue Around Lake Tahoe Basin

You may see smoke in three different locations around the Lake Tahoe basin this week as U.S. Forest Service fuel reduction operations continue. Starting Monday, April 7, they will be burning near Spooner Summit on the East Shore, in the Luther Pass Campground off of Highway 89 S near South Lake Tahoe, and on the west side of Highway 89 N near Tahoma on the West Shore.

Operations are ongoing and may continue through the week and next weekend if weather, staffing, and conditions allow.

Controlled Burns Continue Around Lake Tahoe Basin

Prescribed fire operations will continue around Lake Tahoe this week. Fuels management crews from the U.S. Forest Service will be in various locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin the week of March 30, 2014. Possible locations include Slaughterhouse Canyon on the East Shore, the Luther Pass Campground off of Highway 89 near South Lake Tahoe, the west side of Highway 89 near Tahoma, and near D.L. Bliss State Park on the West Shore.

Operations are ongoing and depend on weather, staffing, and conditions. Locations could vary due to changing conditions.

Snow Falls in South Lake Tahoe; Another System Arrives Monday

The winter of 2013-14 may be soon known as the "better late than never" winter. With very few days filled with snow since January, this past week's storm, and the arrival of a new storm next week my be what skiers and boarders have been waiting for. Every bit of snow helps with the summer water supply as well.

New South Shore Local Coffee Treat: The Bean Bar Coffee House

The Bean Bar has been open on the south shore of Lake Tahoe since December and has already become a favorite of both South Lake Tahoe locals and visitors.

Located in the Round Hill Shopping Center, the Bean Bar is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for now, and once summer arrives they'll extend hours to 6 p.m.

Location

212 elks point rd. # 447 zephyr cove nv.89410 tele # 775-580-7394
United States

South Lake Tahoe DMV Renovations Canceled Due to Pending Snow Storm

The scheduled renovations at the South Lake Tahoe office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have been postponed until a future date. They are alerting local customers that the work will not go on March 26 - April 1 as planned because of weather conditions.

Snow Expected Tuesday Night in South Lake Tahoe

Enjoy the mild weather in South Lake Tahoe on Monday as change is coming soon.

A cold front located over the Pacific will move into the Sierra on Tuesday with wind gusts Tuesday afternoon into evening reaching 45 mph in valley locations and ridge gusts up to 100 mph. These winds will result in choppy lake waters and blowing dust on I-80 and highways 50 and 95.

Prescribed Burns Continue in South Lake Tahoe

Prescribed fire operations will continue in the Lake Tahoe basin starting Monday, March 24.

The U.S. Forest Service will have fuels management crews in a few locations around the lake.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course Opens For Season; Earliest Date in History

Golfers in South Lake Tahoe were out on the driving range at Lake Tahoe Golf Course this weekend, preparing for another season of golf. The driving range opened on Friday and the course will open on Friday, March 21.

Pictured here are, left to right, Chris Makowski, Sean Mitchell and Dave Zebo. Only in South Lake Tahoe can one enjoy winter, spring and summer sports on the same day. Makowski skied on Saturday morning and Mitchell went mountain biking prior to heading out to the driving range.

Lake Tahoe Loses 5 Feet of Clarity in 2013; Winter Waters Clearer, Summer's Declining

Clarity levels within the iconic blue waters of Lake Tahoe continued a decadelong trend of stabilization in 2013, according to University of California, Davis, scientists who study the lake.

Data released today by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC)and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency reported the average annual clarity level for 2013 at 70.1 feet. While the reading represents a 5 foot decrease over the previous year, it is still well above the lowest value recorded in 1997 of 64.1 feet and above recent years' averages.

South Lake Tahoe's Jamie Anderson Continues Her Winning Ways

Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe landed another major slopestyle victory at the Burton U.S. Open Friday. Anderson clinched the TTR World Snowboard Tour slopestyle title with her win at the snowy Vail Mountain venue. Canadian Spencer O’Brien took second and Isabel Derungs of Switzerland third in the women’s final. Canada’s Mark McMorris took the victory for the men with Norwegian Stale Sandbech taking second and Candian Max Parrot third.

Two Weather Systems Heading Into Lake Tahoe Basin This Week

The winter of 2013/2014 has become a season of watching storm after storm hit the mid-west and east, and watching dribbles of moisture swing by the west once in awhile.

This week will be one of those chances for the west to get some much needed moisture as two storm systems head to the area.

The 21st Century Library: So Much More than a Building of Books

Event Date: 
March 25, 2014 - 5:30pm

Jeanne Amos, director of our county- wide library system, will describe how this information center has advanced with the information age at the South Lake Tahoe Library on March 25 at 5:30 p.m. Afterward, specially invited stakeholders and other library lovers will discuss how the library can stay a vital information center into the future.

In the event of weather postponement, the new date will be April 15th. Free and open to all.

Location

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

Prescribed Fire Activity Resumes Around Lake Tahoe

Prescribed burn operations will take place in several locations around the Lake Tahoe basin beginning on Tuesday, February 18.

The U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will be in the Luther Pass Campground off of Highway 89 S near South Lake Tahoe, on the west side of Highway 89 N near Tahoma, and in Slaughterhouse Canyon on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. Prescribed fire crews may continue operations through the weekend, weather, staffing, and conditions permitting. Locations may vary due to changing conditions.

Small Weather System Moving into Lake Tahoe Saturday

Lake Tahoe has been experiencing warmer than average temperatures since last week's storm which dropped a few feet of snow in the region. Saturday's high will be 57 with a low of 35. A 89% of precipitation tonight with 1 to 3 inches of snow expected. The forecast for Sunday is a high of 46 and a low of 22 with a passing morning shower before 10 am.

It will be a windy weekend. Winds Saturday at 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Saturday night, winds 25 mph to 30 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph. Sunday will be breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph

2014 Lake Tahoe Science Expo Seeks Volunteers

To all parents and community members interested in sharing science with local youth:

We are currently seeking volunteers for the 2014 Science Expo to help us on five days (Monday through Friday, March 17 – 21, 2014) at eleven different 2 ¼-hour sessions:

Monday, March 17 / morning 9:15–11:30 am
Monday, March 17 / early afternoon 11:30–1:45 pm
Tuesday, March 18 / morning 9:00–11:15 am
Tuesday, March 18 / early afternoon 11:05–1:20 pm
Wednesday, March 19 / morning 9:30–11:45 am
Wednesday, March 19 / early afternoon 11:30–1:45 pm

Prescribed Fire Operations Continue in Lake Tahoe This Week

There will be several controlled burns around west and south shore of the Lake Tahoe basin beginning on Tuesday, February 4.

In South Lake Tahoe, the prescribed burns will take place on the east side of Tahoe Mountain, the south side of Highway 89 near Camp Richardson, and off of North Upper Truckee Road in the Angora fire area south of Mule Deer Circle.

Foot of New Snow Allows Lake Tahoe Businesses to Get Back to Normal

Mother Nature dropped enough snow in the Lake Tahoe basin to allow many winter based operations to get back to business.

Borges Sleigh Rides hadn't been able to run their horse drawn sleigh rides over snow covered meadows since Christmas. On Friday, their staff was keeping busy while enjoying being on the snow again as the sun peaked from behind clouds.

Operations had shifted over to running carriage rides at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. Those will continue, weather permitting, along with the sleigh rides.

Lake Tahoe Skiers Enjoying Fresh Powder

Skiers and riders rejoiced today at Heavenly Mountain Resort as a much anticipated storm dumped 10-12 inches by 8 am this morning and totaled 18-20 inches at 3 pm today. The snow is expected to continue falling overnight and into Friday, setting resort guests up for a weekend of snow-filled fun.

Lake Tahoe Receives Highly Anticipated Snow

Almost a foot of snow is being welcomed into the Lake Tahoe basin today. Snow started falling in the early hours of Thursday morning and will continue into Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, and additional 4 to 8 inches is expected at lake level during the day Thursday, with 1 to 3 inches Thursday night. A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 am on Friday morning.

South Lake Tahoe Business Gets Washed Up for Snow

It may not be Mother Nature or the weatherman you want to thank for the storm that is coming into South Lake Tahoe today. It just might be the team at Pyramid Peak Ski and Snowboard Rentals.

Why you ask?

"It always rains or snows when you wash your car," said owner Geoff Bottini. He told SouthTahoeNow that when they heard a weather system was arriving that they figured they'd help it along by offering a free car wash. They advertised on their store windows and facebook page about the 10 am to 4 pm event.

61.8% of South Lake Tahoe Students Receive Free or Reduced Cost Lunches

In a community where the economy and weather affect jobs and business levels, perhaps no better indicator is the number of South Lake Tahoe school students who are dependent on the free or reduced cost school lunch program.

Currently, 61.8% of all students are on these programs in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, ranging from a high of 81.3% of the students at Tahoe Valley Elementary to a low of 19.3% at the Environmental Science Magnet School.

Controlled Burns Continue Around Lake Tahoe Basin

If predicted rain and snow arrives this week, U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews will resume prescribed fire operations in several locations around the Lake Tahoe Basin beginning Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Operations will take place on the South Shore in the Luther Pass Campground off of Highway 89 S, on the West Shore off of Bunker Drive near Tahoe City and off of Chalet Road near Alpine Meadows ski area, and on the East Shore off of Easy Street on Lower Kingsbury Grade.

Operations may continue through the weekend, weather, staffing, and conditions permitting.

Dry Lake Tahoe Expecting Rain and Snow This Week

According to the National Weather Service, the Lake Tahoe region should expect rain and snow this week, though temperatures will remain mild.

Monday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind around 5 mph.
Monday Night - A 20 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday - A 20 percent chance of rain before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday Night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

What to do in Lake Tahoe When There Isn't Much Snow? Bike or Hike at Rabe Meadow

Since there is a lack of snow through the Sierra Nevada, visitors and locals in the Lake Tahoe basin are enjoying things that are normally reserved for the summer months.

24th Annual Best in the Basin Nominations Sought by TRPA

The nomination period is open for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s 24th annual Best in the Basin awards program, which annually recognizes environmentally compatible projects in the Tahoe Basin that stand out as the best designed, planned and implemented.

Projects completed between October 12, 2012 and December 31, 2013 can be nominated for consideration by the judging panel in the spring or early summer of this year.

South Lake Tahoe's Jamie Anderson Wins Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Title at Mammoth

Two days after clinching a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, South Lake Tahoe's Jamie Anderson took the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix overall slopestyle title and a $10,000 cash prize with her win Saturday at Mammoth Mountain.

Anderson is looking forward to representing her country in Sochi, "It’s not just the local Tahoe community; it’s the entire U.S. and even my friends throughout that world that are supporting me. It’s really special to come together for the Olympics because of how much love you get from your country and representing your nation. It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before."

New Terrain Opens at Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Mountain Resort

Just in time for the Martin Luther King holiday, Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Mountain Resort is opening Boulder Lodge, Boulder Lift and Boulder Bowl on the Nevada side of the mountain.

Even with only 2-3" of new snow over the last few weeks, snow making operations are going to allow skiers to access the mountain from all four base mountain lodges.

Also opening on Saturday is Groove run for ski-thru, with a single jib line featuring seven small rails and boxes on the left-hand side of the run as well as EpicMix Racing, located on lower Ridge Run.

South Lake Tahoe's Jamie Anderson Clinches Olympic Spot

Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe clinched the first spot on the U.S. Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team with her victory Thursday at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain. Ryan Stassel (Anchorage) took the victory for the men, while favorite Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) fell hard during his first run and couldn’t put together a complete second run. It was the third Olympic qualifier of five, and the fourth qualifier commenced Thursday at 4:30 p.m..

Anderson's winning run was a 50-50, back lip, tail 270 out, frontside 360 shifty, backside 540 and cab 720.

What to do in Lake Tahoe When There Isn't Much Snow? Enjoy a Day on the Lake!

With a lack of winter storms in Lake Tahoe and the usual snow that accompanies them, visitors are looking for things to enjoy during their visit.

The calm water and mild days have been perfect for fishing, whether its boat fishing on Lake Tahoe or ice fishing on the frozen lakes in the area.

I ran into a group of fisherman just ending their venture onto the lake with Tahoe Sport Fishing on Tuesday. The group of men were from Australia, South Africa, Los Angeles and Sacramento and by the looks of their smiles and their catch, they had a great time.

Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe Makes U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team

Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe clinched a nomination to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team Sunday with a win in the halfpipe final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face at Breckenridge.

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