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Guv says, ‘Drought’ over

By Adam Jensen It’s no surprise to anyone who spent hours shoveling snow from their driveway this winter, but California’s drought will not last into a fourth year. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown officially rescinded emergency drought declarations issued by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger since 2008. The move followed the release of California Cooperative Snow […]

Snowboarder found dead

ECHO SUMMIT — A 22-year-old San Jose man who was reported missing from Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Saturday was found dead Sunday morning. Search and rescue volunteers located Phillip Walker in a tree well about 11:50 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Walker was snowboarding with his brother and friends […]

Tahoe area bears awaken from winter slumber

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE —The bears are awake and they’re hungry. Numerous bear incidents have been reported to Tahoe’s Bear League and the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center, including one that could’ve ended in tragedy. “They’re going to be hungry, and there’s not much to eat out there, so they’re going to be […]

Nevada legislators suggest withdrawal from TRPA

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Nevada side of the Lake Tahoe Basin could break away from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency under a bill proposed by two Nevada senators. Senate Bill 271 would withdrawal Nevada from the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact, which created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency when it was ratified […]

Ski resorts report as much as 8 feet of snow

By Jason Shueh SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Snow has been falling steadily throughout the region since last week, and as the weather forecast calls for more into this weekend, resorts as of Monday are reporting accumulation totals as high as 8 feet. Heavenly Mountain Resort is reporting 5 fresh feet of snow in the past […]

Tahoe school board votes to allow random searches

By Dylan Silver SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — After a demonstration by Duke, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s drug-sniffing canine, Lake Tahoe school board members voted recently to allow random drug searches at South Lake Tahoe’s high school and middle school. “Our focus is on prevention,” said high school Principal Ivone Larson. “We want to […]

South Tahoe man faces Vermont drug charges

By Adam Jensen A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on suspicion of marijuana trafficking last week after members of the Vermont Drug Task Force allegedly found him and another man in a home with 112 pounds of marijuana, $154,820 in cash and 600 Oxycodone pills. Task force members arrested Ryan Coleman, 30, about 12:30 […]

Child Support Services 3rd best in state

El Dorado County Child Support Services is the third best local child support agency in California, according to the California Department of Child Support Services. The department rated agencies around the state based on five performance-based criteria including how many paternities the agency established, how many court orders they obtained, the amount of support they […]

Bacteria could zap zebra mussels

By Matthew Renta SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The recent discovery of a bacteria that can kill zebra and quagga mussels has raised hopes for private and public organizations fighting to control the environmentally hazardous species. New York State Museum researchers Daniel Molloy and Denise Mayer discovered a bacteria strain — Pseudomonas fluorescens — that can […]

Assistant DA warns of phone scams

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — An El Dorado County assistant district attorney has warned residents about a pair of phone scams seen at the South Shore recently. One typically targets grandparents, aunts and uncles who may be identified as a relative of a young adult through online postings on Websites such as Facebook, Hans Uthe said […]

Man arrested with $20,000 worth of cocaine

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested a 44-year-old South Lake Tahoe man Tuesday on suspicion of selling cocaine. Officers reportedly found some $20,000 worth of the illegal drug in the suspect’s possession. Isidro Roberto Rojas Guzman, also known as “Nacho,” was arrested about 4 p.m. at an apartment […]

Chest trauma likely killed woman, officials say

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies believe a South Lake Tahoe woman who was found unresponsive at Heavenly Mountain Resort earlier this month likely died from a skiing accident. Nancy Blachly, 57, was found by Heavenly Mountain Resort ski patrollers about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 on Bill’s Run in Mott Canyon, said Lt. […]

Man arrested after assault on officer

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — South Lake Tahoe police arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting an El Dorado County Sheriff’s correctional officer at Raley’s Emerald Bay Road location Friday afternoon. South Lake Tahoe resident Patrick Solomon was previously an inmate at the El Dorado County jail in South Lake Tahoe and allegedly shoved the […]

Ketchup or bloodstain?

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — Attorneys haggled over evidence in a more than two-decade-old triple murder case during a hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court Friday afternoon. Deputy district attorney Dale Gomes, who participated in Friday’s hearing via telephone, questioned the relevance of the majority of 64 items requested from prosecutors by Joseph […]

Lake Tahoe rises

By  Adam Jensen The Lake Tahoe Basin’s snowpack is 220 percent of average, matching a previous January record set in the early 1980s, said Dan Greenlee, a snow surveyor with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. And the heavy fall precipitation has caused Lake Tahoe to rise. In eastern Nevada, the snowpack measured 248 percent […]

Former puppy store owner faces more than 100 charges

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County prosecutors have filed a 27-page, 112-count criminal complaint against former Broc’s Puppies operator Dennis Franks. In the Dec. 16 complaint, El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe charged Franks, 51, with 65 felony counts of grand theft by false pretense, 27 felony counts of forgery and one […]

Copter dip trip ends badly for Navy pilots

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. — The crew of two naval helicopters that dipped into Lake Tahoe in September were hovering close to the water at Emerald Bay to get photos for their command’s Facebook page, according to a Navy official. No punitive actions will be taken against the air crew and squadron, a Navy investigation concluded, […]

Bear hunt has Tahoe all in a tizzy

By Matt Renda INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Regional wildlife advocates and Lake Tahoe residents are taking their case to the state capitol regarding the Nevada Wildlife Commission’s alleged disregard for a slew of strenuous arguments against the idea of bear hunting in Nevada. Over the past few days, residents have written various letters to the […]

Tahoe mom battles addiction, gets son back

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Teresa Lane was outraged when California Child Protective Services knocked on her door more than five years ago. The child welfare agency took her 9-month-old son and placed him in foster care. Lane didn’t understand why — the baby had a roof over his head, plenty of food, warm clothing for the […]

Elderly South Shore man loses big bucks in scam

An elderly South Shore man has become the repeat victim of an overseas phone scam, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. The 76-year-old man has lost almost $100,000 to the scam, which follows a common pattern of informing the victim he has won a large lottery prize and then asking for payment to […]

Tahoe student alleges police abuse at high school

Tahoe Daily Tribune A South Lake Tahoe High School student has alleged police used excessive force against him during an on-campus arrest last month, but police say standard procedures were used to gain control of an unruly student. The incident started on a Friday morning after a teacher told the 16-year-old student who is on […]

ADA attorney defends ADA Tahoe letters

A Carmichael attorney who has inundated small businesses in South Lake Tahoe and Truckee with letters requesting they bring buildings in line with access laws for the disabled defended the practice recently. Dozens of letters from Scott N. Johnson have angered business owners who contend the letters, and subsequent lawsuits, do more to line Johnson’s […]

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