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December 20, 2014
South Lake Tahoe residents gather for Smith vigil

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- The glow from scores of candles seemed to become brighter as the sun set, and the dim, flickering lights highlighted the sorrow in people’s faces as the meadow became darker. Family, friends and other members of the community who wanted to show their respect and support to Dejon “Dede” Smith and his family gathered Thursday evening in the area of Glenwood Way and Rancho Way for a candlelight vigil. The vigil came exactly a week after Smith left his home on Dec. 11 and didn …

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Truckee middle school gun incident: ‘No tolerance for this type of offense’

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 14-year-old male facing a felony charge for bringing a handgun Monday to Alder Creek Middle School will likely be expelled, and his parents may also face criminal charges, officials said. California law mandates that students who bring a firearm to school are immediately suspended and recommended for expulsion. The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is following those requirements, Superintendent Rob Leri said. “Our district policy is clear in terms of a student bringing …

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Teen’s autopsy results released

A forensic autopsy conducted in Sacramento Wednesday revealed that the death of 14-year-old Dejon Smith was caused by blunt force impact and that death was instantaneous, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department press release. Evidence, statements and autopsy results all indicate Smith’s death was the result of a tragic act of nature and that no foul play was involved in his death, the press release stated. Searchers found Smith under a large heavy pine tree to the rear of a vacation re …

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Sierra Nevada College’s Lynn Gillette out as president (updated)

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — No reasons were given Tuesday regarding Lynn Gillette’s apparent abrupt decision to resign as president of Sierra Nevada College. The college’s board of trustees announced the move Tuesday in a statement obtained at about 10:45 a.m. by the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. Shannon Beets, Executive Vice President and Provost, will serve as interim president. Details on why Gillette left were not included in the statement. According to the college, he “has left to pursue other in …

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34th annual North Tahoe SnowFest! in ‘dire straits’ after setbacks

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — With this year’s loss in sponsorship contributions, SnowFest! officials are looking to the community to help fund the 34th annual event next February and March. “SnowFest! is in dire straits financially, and we need people to make a donation or call for sponsorship information,” said Ruth Schnabel, who’s serving as current executive director of the North Tahoe winter festival. This year, one major sponsor cut its financial contribution, while another decreased its amount, S …

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Stateline post office makes improvements

The U.S. Postal Service has been busy giving the Stateline post office a new facelift this holiday season in an effort to extinguish some of the negative attitudes aimed at the neglected facility. New floor and ceiling tiles are being installed in multiple sections of the 36-year-old building, along with new lighting, paint and other aesthetic improvements. Old worn-down tables in the post office’s lobby are in the process of being replaced, and a noticeable amount of landscaping has already be …

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Leash laws proposed for popular Sierra wildlife area

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The sight of off-leash dogs walking alongside their owners in the Martis Creek Wildlife Area might become a thing of the past. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on an updated Martis Creek Lake and Dam draft master plan that calls for dogs to be on leash, among other future guidelines for the property. “It upsets me,” said Jonnie Jacobs, a part-time Truckee resident who walks her dogs regularly in the area. “... It’s a wonderful place away from traffic where humans a …

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South Lake Tahoe woman turns 101

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- Turning 101 can feel like turning 19 or 22. “The real party was last year,” Helen Riddle’s daughter Joan Peterson said. But there is one thing no 19- or 22-year-old can say. That is that they have a more than a 100-year history. Riddle, who turned 101 on Dec. 6, did not appear to think she has lived an interesting life. She didn’t seem to believe it when she spoke about building planes in World War II or when she spoke about growing up in a farm that didn’t have electrici …

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