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Triple Threat Film Festival debuts at Homewood Mountain Resort

The first-ever Triple Threat Adventure Film Festival held at Homewood Mountain Resort features three nights of rock, dirt and snow thrills. The fun begins on Friday, Sept. 30, and lasts through Sunday, Oct. 2. Three films will be shown on the resort’s 27-foot outdoor air screen at the North Lodge.

“Kicking off the event on Friday, Sept. 30, we will host Reel Rock Film Tour 11, showcasing rock climbing features and shorts that encompass some of the sport’s biggest stories, athletes, worldly explorations, first ascents and more,” states the Homewood Mountain Resort website.

Night two is filled with mountain bike movies by Anthill Farms, including “Strength in Numbers,” “NotBad” and “Not2Bad.”

The festival concludes with a night focused on winter sports, preparing attendees for the upcoming season.

“For night three on Sunday, Oct. 2, come by and get stoked for winter by starting the evening with a showing of Level 1’s new film ‘Pleasure.’ Shot on location around the world, Level 1’s film encompasses the simple joys that are found in skiing,” according to the site.

Each night will feature a raffle, from which proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit.

“Come out and celebrate the adventurous spirit of Tahoe and the sports we love while supporting the groups who make them possible!” states the site.

Each film begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $20, and grant guests access to all three nights of films. When purchased at the door, all-access tickets are $25.

Homewood Mountain Resort is located at 5145 West Lake Boulevard in Homewood.

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Music icons subject of Lake Tahoe art display on South Shore

Some of music’s most recognizable faces are hanging in the Foyer Gallery at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Photographer Jim Grant, of the Nevada Appeal and The Record-Courier, is displaying “Music Through the Camera Lens,” 20 images taken at concerts put on annually at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline.

Grant said the images aren’t your average photos; they’re manipulated in Photoshop to look almost like paintings. Some resemble the style used by Andy Warhol, he said.

“I had all these images and I wanted to make digital art,” he said. “It’s something different than the usual Tahoe landscapes.”

The photographer said he’s been working on the project since last fall, slowly but surely manipulating the photos, a process that takes a couple of hours per image.

The display includes images of Sheryl Crow, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler and others.

It can be seen through Dec. 3. Grant, who also teaches at the college, will give a brief talk about the exhibit at an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lake Tahoe Community College is at 1 College Way in South Lake Tahoe.

Slow start costs Whittell football in 36-30 loss to Virginia City

ZEPHYR COVE — A big early deficit proved too much to overcome for the Whittell football team in a battle of 1A West League unbeatens Friday, Sept. 23. The Warriors fell 36-30 to Virginia City, ending their streak of 12 straight regular season victories.

“Early mistakes cost us,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said.

Whittell (3-1, 1-1 1A West) trailed by 20 points early in the second quarter before settling in against the Muckers. Virginia City (4-0, 2-0) scored on its first two possessions Friday night, and went up 20-0 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Yoder to Wyatt Pieretti with eight minutes left in the first half.

“Some kids were overhyped and then settled down,” Bryant said.

The Warriors got on the board on the next drive with a 1-yard touchdown and two-point conversion from senior Dismas Womack. That was the first of two second-quarter scores for Whittell — the other was a 37-yard pass from Womack to sophomore Dalton Warswick — and the hosts went into the break trailing 28-16.

Whittell took the opening drive of the second half 67 yards in two minutes for a score, cutting Virginia City’s lead to 28-24 on a 6-yard scoring run and two-point conversion from Womack. But the Muckers answered with a score on the next drive to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter Whittell found the end zone early to make it a one-possession game, but couldn’t get any closer than six points. After junior Corey Huber ran for a 1-yard score with nine minutes left, the game finished scoreless — allowing Virginia City to prevail and remain undefeated.

“They’re a good, physical team,” Bryant said of the Muckers.

With a chance to tie the game late, Womack was intercepted and the visitors ran out the clock. The loss was Whittell’s first in the regular season since Oct. 30, 2014 — also a home defeat against Virginia City.

Womack finished 7-of-13 passing for 160 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in defeat — and ran for 42 yards and two scores on 14 carries. Huber led Whittell with 48 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Warswick caught three passes for 108 yards and a score.

For Virginia City, Yoder was 4-of-6 for 60 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions to go along with 75 yards rushing and a score. Sam Strahan ran for a game-high 128 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and Ireland Franklin had 68 yards rushing and two scores.

Whittell returns to action Saturday, Oct. 1, at Smith Valley (2-2, 0-2). Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

Bringing back blues basics: Castro & The Painkillers play Harrah’s on Oct. 1

Get ready for an evening of blues-rock this weekend as six-time Blues Music Award winner Tommy Castro jams in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe alongside his band The Painkillers.

“We play that room once a year maybe. It works well for live music and it’s one of those places where you get to stay and play — you just hang out and enjoy the whole experience.

“We try to make a special event out of it,” Castro said.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ latest album, “Method to My Madness,” released in October 2015. While Castro fans will recognize the same soul behind much of The Painkillers’ work, the infamous horn section is not prevalent. With his newest release, the artist went back to the basics to create a more guitar-focused set.

“I like to make a different kind of record every time. So in order to explain the inspiration for this record, you have to think about the one I did last time, which was ‘The Devil You Know.’ That was a big production and I had several special guests. It was a very big project.

“The new album, ‘Method to My Madness,’ I wanted to do the exact opposite of that. I wanted to make it very live, no special guests, just me and my three guys playing live in the studio the latest batch of songs that I had written or co-written — organic and real as possible,” Castro said.

But at the same time, Castro recognizes the connection many of his fans have with the brass sound that commonly accompanies the group’s sound.

“We hear from fans, ‘We miss the horns,’ and I understand that because I enjoyed it too. I understand that people miss that sound,” Castro said.

For a portion of the Stateline concert, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will bring out the horn section for a limited time.

“Our sound still is very identifiable — the kind of songs I write, the way I sing and play, the style of the band hasn’t changed so much. Let’s say you were a fan before, you would still enjoy the show with what we’re doing with our new material. At the same time, a lot of people miss the horns and I totally get that, which is why we bring them out on special occasions,” he added.

Castro is joined by The Painkillers, which includes bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Mike Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown. All have made music since a young age and toured extensively with renowned blues musicians.

“It’s a tight band — we play well together musically and personally. They’re pros that really know how to do this and have fun while they’re doing it,” Castro said.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers has been together since 2012.

The show begins in Stateline at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets, which begin at $29.35 plus tax and fees, are available online at www.ticketmaster.com.

South Tahoe football beats Lowry 44-6, stays healthy while winning third straight

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — The South Tahoe football team went into its game Friday, Sept. 23, with two main goals — win and stay healthy. In a 44-6 victory at winless Lowry, the Vikings achieved both objectives.

South Tahoe (4-1 3A Northern) had five different players find the end zone in the 38-point win, which extended its winning streak to three games. The Vikings comfortably beat Lowry (0-5), and maintained their health in the process.

“We were a little banged up during the week,” Vikings coach Louis Franklin said. “It was the first time we didn’t have enough guys healthy enough to hold bags on the scout team — we had about 18 guys healthy.”

The Vikings took it easier in practice last Monday and Tuesday leading up to Friday night’s win, and got more players in the mix as the week went on. South Tahoe’s game plan against Lowry never changed, but coming out of the contest with no new injuries became a bigger priority.

“The main focus was to do our assignments, do our job and do it well — we were able to do that,” Franklin said. “But after two really physical games with Fernley and Fallon, we really needed to get healthy again.”

Junior quarterback Peyton Galli finished 11-of-19 passing for 227 yards and three touchdowns against the Buckaroos. Galli spread the ball around in his third straight start for injured senior Tommy Cefalu, throwing touchdowns to seniors McCallan Castles, Noah Jackson and Robert Cage.

“Peyton is making a lot of progress, and we think he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league,” Franklin said. “He’s been doing a good job protecting the ball for us and our offense hasn’t really dipped since he’s started.”

Castles had a game-high 145 yards receiving on five catches, Jackson finished with three catches for 35 yards, and Cage caught two passes for 17 yards. Jackson also ran for 46 yards on six carries.

On the ground, senior Jacob Bernal ran for a team-high 51 yards and two scores on 15 carries. Senior Dylan Gooding added 38 yards rushing on four carries.

“We’re really getting a lot of different guys in the end zone,” Franklin said. “They can’t just key on one guy and that’s helping diversify the offense — it makes it harder for teams to scout us.”

Defensively, the Vikings held their opponent to one touchdown for the second time in three weeks — and did some scoring of their own. Junior cornerback Matt Cain had two interceptions and six tackles against Lowry, including one that he returned for a score.

Senior Zen Contestable led South Tahoe with 13 total tackles (nine solo) while playing inside linebacker Friday, and was one of five players to record double-digit stops. Gooding, senior Max Sweitzer, junior Jakob Costley and senior Gabriel Bueno each added 11 apiece.

“Minus one time, we really eliminated the big play from their offense,” Franklin said. “One time we overpursued in a run pursuit and they ran for a long score — but we forced them to throw the ball more and had a lot of turnovers on defense.”

South Tahoe returns to action Friday night, Sept. 30, at Wooster (1-4) — the Colts lost at Spring Creek 24-8 last Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“We can only win one game a week,” Franklin said, “but we look to build that momentum going forward.”

South Tahoe girls soccer blanks Elko, Spring Creek, delivers first shutouts of season

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe girls soccer team did something it hasn’t done this season during a two-match homestand last weekend, Sept. 23-24. And the Vikings did it twice.

South Tahoe shut out Elko and Spring Creek at Viking Stadium during 3A Northern League matches played on consecutive days. The clean sheets were the Vikings’ first of the season, and came courtesy of consistent play.

“It’s a huge confidence builder for a young back line,” Vikings coach Mark Salmon said. “We were able to move some new players back there and maintain those shutouts — and really not have any scary opportunities from the opposition.”

South Tahoe (4-4, 4-2 3A Northern) opened the home set with a 3-0 win over Elko on Friday. The Vikings led by a goal at halftime and pulled away from the Indians after the break to end a two-game losing streak.

“We had a pretty rough first half against Elko — we were continuing to play panicked,” Salmon said. “By the second half, we massaged things out.”

Junior Bailey Segers finished with a goal and two assists in Friday’s win, and junior Lulu Gutierrez also found the back of the net. Senior Ana Garcia and sophomore Riley Turner added an assist apiece.

“They finally put it together to calm down and not try to penetrate an area that there was no space to be found,” Salmon said. “The focus has been patience, and preventing turnovers and unforced errors.”

The following morning, the Vikings beat Spring Creek 4-0. South Tahoe rode three first-half goals to a victory over the Spartans, as senior Claudia Janese delivered a second straight shutout behind a back line anchored by sophomore Lillie McGuire.

“We played a full 80 minutes for the first time this season,” Salmon said. “We put it all together, and it could have been seven or eight goals.”

Four players scored in the Vikings’ win on Saturday — Garcia, senior Emma Dayberry, junior Annie Brejc and junior Samantha Frates. Dayberry tallied three assists while senior Jennifer Valdivia added one.

“Our most powerful offensive players are our wingers — they have power, endurance, speed and good technical abilities,” Salmon said. “Annie and Emma have been able to get in, but we hadn’t seen the offensive performances from them yet.

“It really starts with those two players. They create a lot for us.”

The Vikings return to action Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Fallon. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Copsy’s late goal lifts Whittell girls soccer past North Tahoe 3-2

ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell girls soccer team needed a spark in attack to break a deadlock against cross-lake rival North Tahoe on Monday, Sept. 26. The Warriors turned to Ali Copsy, and the senior delivered.

Copsy scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute — her second of the match — to lift Whittell to a 3-2 win over the Lakers. The Warriors prevailed in a back-and-forth contest, avenging losses in last season’s Div. III State championship and this year’s season opener in the process.

“We knew from the get go it was going to be a tough 80-minute game start to finish,” Warriors coach David Caputo said. “I’m glad to see that in the end we were on top.”

Whittell (6-1) opened up a two-goal lead nine minutes into Monday’s match, only to have North Tahoe (4-2-2) rally and tie things up midway through the second half. Copsy moved from wing to forward with 15 minutes to play, and generated a number of scoring chances before ultimately burying the winner.

“I didn’t know if the goal was coming, but I wanted it,” Copsy said. “We had been working so hard in the last 20 minutes — I was just waiting and it was bound to happen.”

On the goal, Copsy corralled a long ball from senior Madison Idso that left her alone against a North Tahoe defender and the Lakers goalkeeper. With the defender on her right, Copsy took the ball left toward the end line and fired a shot that slid past the goalkeeper and inside the post from a narrow angle to make it 3-2.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go right because I had somebody on my shoulder, so I went left and I prayed that thing was going in,” Copsy said. “It’s almost like second nature. I can feel it and I can feel when I need to let go — my legs took over and they knew.”

North Tahoe had two chances to tie the match in the last six minutes, but the Warriors were able to hold on. A goal in the 78th minute was called off after a handball, and a minute later Taimani Hussey made a save on a long shot that preserved the victory.

“It builds confidence for us if we make it to zone and state that we can hang with them,” Copsy said. “It was important for us as a team to feel like we’re good together.”

The Warriors opened the scoring in the fifth minute when senior Gigi Stetler easily finished a breakaway opportunity. Four minutes later, Copsy took a through ball from Stetler and converted the chance to put the Warriors ahead 2-0.

“We had them scared,” Caputo said. “If we would have potentially capitalized and scored that third goal, they would have been demoralized.”

The Lakers found the back of the net in the 28th minute when Payton Black produced a one-touch finish on a cross from Aliza Neu, and Whittell took that one-goal lead into the break. In the second half, North Tahoe scored again to make it 2-2.

“The moment that they scored, we started playing afraid — afraid to make tackles or play [passes],” Caputo said. “The momentum shifted at that point.”

Maile Markham — the Lakers’ most dangerous player — dribbled through Whittell’s defense and finished a breakaway past Hussey to tie the score in the 58th minute. The Warriors came close to taking the lead on two separate occasions before Copsy delivered with six minutes left.

Though not a league match, Monday’s contest against North Tahoe was as important as any Whittell will play in the regular season. The Warriors have had few opportunities to play against quality competition thus far, similar to what they would see at regionals.

“With the way our league is, it’s really hard to judge because there’s such a huge variety of ability,” Caputo said. “We need to make sure we’re taking care of things, so when we face these tougher teams we’re not caught off guard.”

Whittell resumes league play Thursday, Sept. 29, at White Pine to begin an extended stretch of road matches. The Warriors play seven straight off the hill before closing the regular season with home matches against West Wendover and White Pine on Oct. 28 and 29.

Sports Roundup: Lake Tahoe CC women’s soccer wins non-conference finale, South Tahoe volleyball extends streak, Vikings boys soccer rallies for tie

LAKE TAHOE CC WOMEN’S SOCCER BLANKS WEST VALLEY IN FINAL NON-CONFERENCE MATCH

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Community College women’s soccer team rode a big second half to a shutout win Friday, Sept. 23. The Coyotes beat West Valley College (Saratoga, Calif.) 3-0 at home to head into conference play with a second straight victory.

Lake Tahoe (3-3-2) did all its scoring in an 13-minute span after the break Friday. The burst started when freshman Marlie Mandaguit scored off an assist from Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo in the 50th minute.

“I can’t say I’m totally satisfied, as this team has proven to be inconsistent,” Coyotes coach Jeremy Evans said. “But they are a dangerous group when they play for each other and play hard as a unit.”

Freshman KayLynn Watring scored eight minutes later, and freshman Kenya Maltase made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute off an assist from Guerrero-Escobedo. The goals erased a subpar first-half performance, and allowed Lake Tahoe to bury West Valley (1-6-1).

“Had we have played with the intensity I saw in the first 20 minutes of the second half for the entire game, it would’ve been a rather comfortable win,” Evans said. “Instead, we had to battle and West Valley deserved to be up at halftime as we were reeling a bit. We just weren’t connecting and doing the right things.”

In goal, sophomores Alicia Rea and Yami Jimenez-Ojeda combined to keep the Vikings off the board for LTCC’s second straight shutout and third of the season. After an up-and-down non-conference slate, the Coyotes will head into Golden Valley Conference play with two straight victories.

“When they finally realized they are a blue-collar team that has to be hard workers to get results, it’s really impressive at times to watch this group,” Evans said. “Hopefully they come out with that intensity the rest of the way, because we need it to challenge for the conference title.”

Lake Tahoe opened conference play Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Butte College. The Coyotes return home Friday, Sept. 30, to host Feather River College — kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

SOUTH TAHOE VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS SPARKS, CLOSES ROAD TRIP WITH SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN

SPARKS, Nev. — The South Tahoe volleyball team extended its winning streak to six consecutive matches with a road victory Friday, Sept. 23. The Vikings swept Sparks 25-19, 25-10, 25-20, to finish undefeated during a stretch of six straight away contests.

South Tahoe (12-3, 5-1 3A Northern) turned over its offense to sophomore Sydney McCarthy on Friday, and the setter finished with 23 assists, three aces and five digs. Junior Novel Moses led the Vikings’ attack against Sparks (0-12, 0-6) with seven kills, five aces and six digs.

Senior Isabel Leon added nine digs and two aces in the win, while sophomore Hailey Naccarato totaled eight digs. After its extended road trip, South Tahoe is tied with Fallon (9-3, 5-1) for second place in the league standings.

The Vikings return to action Wednesday, Sept. 28, when they begin a stretch of four straight home matches against league leading Truckee. First serve at the Blue Gym is scheduled for 6 p.m.

VIKINGS BOYS SOCCER TIES SPRING CREEK 2-2 ON THE ROAD

SPRING CREEK, Nev. — The South Tahoe boys soccer team capped off a two-match road trip by rallying for a draw Saturday, Sept. 24. The Vikings tied Spring Creek 2-2, erasing a one-goal halftime deficit to earn a point in the standings.

South Tahoe (1-6-1, 1-4-1 3A Northern) fell behind early on goals from Spartans striker Spencer Pemelton, but scored in each half to pull even. Both of the Vikings’ goals came off set pieces in the draw.

A day earlier, the Vikings fell 3-1 at Elko. South Tahoe trailed by two goals before senior Cristian Estrada scored on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute — the Indians added a late goal and ultimately prevailed.

The Vikings return to action at home Wednesday, Sept. 28, against Fallon. Kickoff at Viking Stadium is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Sports Briefs: Registration open for Kahle Community Center youth basketball leagues

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR KAHLE YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUES

Douglas County Parks and Recreation is currently holding registration for the upcoming season of youth basketball at Kahle Community Center. The registration for players in third through eighth grade is open until the leagues are full — and space is limited.

Kahle will offer five leagues this season: third/fourth grade boys, fifth/sixth grade boys, seventh/eighth grade boys, and girls 3-on-3 for third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. Registration ranges from $70-85, and teams typically have one practice and game per week.

Third through sixth graders will begin play in November, with the seventh and eighth grade seasons set to start in January — both leagues will run through March. Games will be held at Kahle between 5:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact, Kahle Community Center at 775-586-7271. The center is located at 236 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline.

Tahoe Keys to apply for herbicide trial in effort to fight aquatic invasive species

The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) recently announced it is seeking a permit to test herbicides in 2018 as a way to combat aquatic invasive plants — an ongoing (and longtime) issue in the 172-acre lagoon system.

Aquatic invasive plants, primarily curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil, have taken over more than 90 percent of the Tahoe Keys and present an immediate threat to Lake Tahoe.

“These plants threaten the lake’s ecosystems, the water’s clarity, and our recreation and economy,” said Dr. Lars Anderson, UC Davis aquatic plant expert.

“In spite of ongoing efforts, they continue to grow in the Keys, and with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s State of the Lake Report showing record-breaking increases in lake temperatures, the threat to Lake Tahoe is greater than ever.”

Between 13,400 and 18,600 cubic yards of weeds have been removed annually since 2011. The plants have also become home to non-native warm-water aquatic species including goldfish, catfish and bullfrogs.

Stakeholders have been combating the issue for more than 25 years, using a variety of plant-fighting methods, including harvesting and fragment collection, dredging, bottom barrier mats, rotovating, dewatering, nutrient reduction and other biological controls.

Results from these efforts have been mixed — and costly.

TKPOA’s harvesting attempts amount to roughly $400,000 a year, while the harvesting process itself also generates 4,000 plant fragments per acre harvested, which could go on to regrow elsewhere if not properly collected.

A decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last September determined that some herbicides may be approved for use on a case-by-case basis in Lake Tahoe, paving the way for a new method of invasive species control in the Keys.

“This is one evaluation of one method the association is considering in our comprehensive plan to gain control over the invasive plants,” said John Larson, chair of the association’s Water Quality Committee.

If approved, the association would apply low levels of three herbicides — Endothall, Triclopyr and Penoxsulam — at nine test sites in 2018. The test sites would cover about 13 acres, or eight percent, of the Keys and would be in dead-end lagoons far from the lake.

According to TKPOA, the test sites would have multiple surface-to-bottom barriers to ensure the herbicides, which are considered nontoxic to humans, fish and wildlife, would not reach the lake.

Additionally, they would be diluted to between 0.02 and 2 parts per million, or about half the maximum concentrations allowed by the EPA.

“We understand that people have strong feelings about the potential use of herbicides in the Keys. We also understand, however, that to really address the aquatic invasive plant issue not only in the Keys lagoons but for all of Lake Tahoe, we must be willing, as a community, to try a variety of state-of-the art tools to see what combination of options are best for moving forward.” Larson said.

“What we are announcing is a test to evaluate another method that could be important for our tool box to gain control of the infestations in the Keys’ lagoons.”

TKPOA pointed to dye studies conducted in 2011 and 2016, which demonstrated that water movement would not carry the substances into Lake Tahoe during the test period.

The herbicides also break down by light, microbial action and other processes within a few days to two weeks.

Dr. Sudeep Chandra, a professor at University of Nevada, Reno who specializes in aquatic ecosystems and has studied the Keys extensively, agrees that it is necessary to use all available tools to combat the issue of invasive species.

Chandra, who coauthored an implementation plan for control of aquatic species in Lake Tahoe in 2015 with Dr. Marion Wittmann, said it’s a complicated decision with emotional ties.

“It’s a complex subject, including complex feelings on my emotional side, my non-science side. We’ve watched the Tahoe Keys build a population of invasive species and plants. We know there is a problem and the Keys is at the heart of it,” said Chandra.

“On the science side, we need to have as many tools to combat this as possible.”

At the time that Chandra’s implementation plan came out in June 2015, the use of herbicides was not an option.

“I would suggest that if this plan or policy is moved forward to use herbicides or pesticides for invasive specifies control that there is ample resources for scientists to monitor its impact on the native species and other parts of the lake,” he noted.

“It’s very important for scientist to be supported when we are implementing these large changes.”

TRPA spokesman Tom Lotshaw said that as a region, the best options for managing invasive species in Lake Tahoe are still being investigated, and may vary by species and from site to site around the lake.

The organization, he said, will thoroughly assess the environmental impacts of testing these herbicides in the Tahoe Keys.

“Even a limited pilot project to test aquatic herbicides as a way to kill invasive weeds in waters adjoining Lake Tahoe would be a first for our region,” said Lotshaw.

“TRPA is committed to looking carefully at this request and any issues that may be associated with it as we also look to protect our environment and our residents and visitors and make continued headway in fighting aquatic invasive species at Lake Tahoe.”

Other lakes that have used these herbicides include Discovery Bay south of the California Delta, Big Bear Lake in Southern California, Clear Lake in Northern California, Loomis Lake in Washington, and areas within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

On Nov. 1 a public workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Tahoe Public Utility Building (1275 Meadow Crest Drive) to educate the public on the efforts made to combat aquatic invasive species in the Keys.

The Tahoe Keys was created in the late 1950s by dredging an estimated 5 million cubic yards of material from the marsh at the mouth of the Upper Truckee River. The effort destroyed much of the river’s marsh, a major filtration system from Lake Tahoe’s largest tributary.