The BEAR League appreciates any time the local press sheds light on issues that hold back our Lake Tahoe Basin community from being a place where coexistence with wildlife in our urban/wild-land environment can be a reality.
In a recent Tahoe Daily Tribune article, the BEAR League was named multiple times and yet the BEAR League’s Executive Director, Ann Bryant, was not contacted for a statement.
As a BEAR League board member and volunteer, I want to take this opportunity to address two points made in the article.
As to the public safety issue, not one person has ever been killed by a wild black bear in California or Nevada. Furthermore, I want to add the BEAR League has never stated that black bears are nothing more than teddy bears.
The BEAR League and our trained responders know very well that black bears are capable of damage if trapped in close quarters with no escape. Our literature reinforces this.
As to Nevada Department of Wildlife’s comments about their relocation program, they are categorically untrue.
For the 10 years prior to 2010, (one year before the bear hunt started as the bear hunt started in 2011) only one bear was moved to this new hunt zone.
From Oct. 26, 2010 to Sept. 16, 2015 (the last date of information on trapping and relocating data we’ve received from public records requests), 27 bears have been relocated from the Tahoe Alpine environment to multiple popular bear hunts units.
We are not making this up. This is the data supplied by NDOW. Last year 50 percent of Tahoe trapped bears were relocated to a hunt zone unit.
As for the killing of bears that NDOW considers “nuisance bears,” why do they more often than not end up being yearlings?
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
In a crowded field of city council candidates, Jason Collin stands out.
I have known Jason for the past six years. Jason is young, energetic and willing to collaborate with others to get things done. Our city will benefit by someone who has the ability to unite our council leadership, improve the culture of our community and set a positive vision for our community’s future.
I’ve worked with Jason in a variety of team environments. He is the kind of person that you want on your team both as a leader and as a collaborator. Jason leads by example, gives valuable insights and is extremely positive.
Please join me in supporting Jason Collin for South Lake Tahoe City Council.
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
A head-on collision on Kingsbury Grade resulted in the death of one driver and serious injuries for several others, including South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate Jason Collin.
Collin, his wife Natalie and several others were in an RV headed to Mammoth on Friday, Sept. 23 when they were struck by a Nissan Pathfinder headed in the opposite direction. The collision was reported at 1:21 p.m.
The group was headed to test a running route for an upcoming event by Epic Tahoe Adventures, of which Collin is “Chief Officer of Awesomeness.” He also works as Barton Health’s Director of Home Health and Hospice.
The driver of the Pathfinder, 47-year-old Carrie Hilderbrand of Wellington, Nevada, died from her injuries at the hospital. She was the only occupant in the car.
Collin and Hilderbrand were transported by air ambulance, while three of the RV passengers were taken away by ground ambulance. At least two people had to be cut from the wreckage, reported the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The Nevada Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation indicated that Hilderbrand allowed her car to drift over the double yellow lines, and ultimately strike the left front of the motorhome, driven by Collin.
At this time, it is not known if drug or alcohol impairment factored into the accident, but the investigation by the highway patrol is ongoing. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.
“Jason sustained serious injuries in the crash yesterday resulting in both legs being broken and shattered in various places from the knee down. He has had 2 successful surgeries so far and has one more scheduled for Monday. He is in excellent spirits and is recovering well and will hopefully be released next week,” according to a Facebook post by Epic Tahoe Adventures on Sept. 24.
“His wife Natalie also broke a finger in the accident but was treated and released yesterday, and is by Jason’s side. The Collin family appreciates the outpouring of support and love the community has shown.”
On Sept. 25 Collin posted on Facebook himself thanking everyone for the support.
“I am doing pretty well considering everything that’s happened. I had surgery to straighten out my right leg today. And I will have surgery Monday to straighten out my left ankle,” he wrote.
As of 11 a.m. on Sept. 26, Collin is still in surgery and is expected out in a few hours, said his wife.
Collin still is committed to running for city council, she added.
“The accident might slow down his campaign a bit, but his spirits are high and he continues to be optimistic about running for city council. He is still committed to being part of positive change in Tahoe,” said Natalie.
“We are completely focused on his recovery. Fingers crossed he gets home by the end of the week.”
RENO — A series of wildfires continues to grow in northern Nevada, where about 800 firefighters are working to stop flames that had threatened a tribal town and nearby hamlets near Pyramid Lake, about 35 miles north of Reno.
A fire spokeswoman, Jesse Bender, said Monday the overall fire area is now about 78 square miles.
She says one firefighter reported a minor injury.
Residents in about 30 homes in Cottonwood Creek and Fish Springs Ranch have been told they’ll get a 30-minute notice to evacuate if necessary.
About 600 people were ordered out of the shoreline town of Sutcliffe during the weekend, and 200 were evacuated from beach areas.
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal officials say six houses and mobile homes, two vehicles and several out-buildings at historic Hardscrabble Ranch burned.
It has been reported one in eight American women will battle breast cancer during their lifetime. And studies show the best defense against breast cancer is early detection. With this in mind, Carson Tahoe is excited to announce the grand opening of a new comprehensive breast exam center.
The new center, opening in August, will offer patients easy access to the latest breast imaging and diagnostics services currently available in the region.
The Carson Tahoe Breast Center is located in North Carson City on the Carson Tahoe Medical Campus, inside Sierra Surgery.
This innovative patient-centered model of care features 3-D Tomosynthesis Mammography, the most advanced form of diagnostic tests available for breast cancer screening. This leading-edge technology is also vital for women with dense breast tissue as it sees beyond the dense tissue to find hidden tumors. Additional services include: Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound, Breast Biopsy, and Dexa Bone Density, all in an ultra-modern healing environment.
“We are thrilled to offer this essential service to our community,” said Michelle Joy, vice president and chief operating officer at Carson Tahoe Health. “The center provides patients with a seamless integration of preventive and diagnostic services in a tranquil, compassionate setting. We feel very fortunate to have the unique opportunity to provide state-of-the-art care, close to home.”
Carson Tahoe also recently added 3-D Tomosynthesis Mammography technology at Minden Medical Center to benefit Douglas County patients.
A grand opening celebration, open to the community, is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Sierra Surgery, 1400 Medical Parkway.
To learn more about the innovative treatments coming to the new Carson Tahoe Breast Center or the grand opening celebration, go to www.CarsonTahoe.com/BreastCenter.
WASHINGTON, Calif. — Citing safety concerns, Northern California authorities put on hold the search for a missing hiker while they seek to find a gunman who shot and wounded a volunteer rescuer.
The rescuer was in stable condition Wednesday with a hip wound, and crews worked late Tuesday to bring him to a site where a rescue helicopter could land, said Paul Schmidt, operations captain for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal told the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/2aK8mFz ) that helicopter crews plan to use heat-detecting devices to try to locate the shooter.
Authorities have not identified the wounded man.
The missing hiker is not believed to have any involvement in the shooting.
Immediately after the shooting, the wounded man and two colleagues took cover in a wooded area to await rescue.
The three volunteers with the Placer County Search and Rescue team were among several groups looking for the 75-year-old hiker reported missing along the South Yuba River near the rural town of Washington, about 75 miles west of Reno, Nevada, when the shooting occurred.
Schmidt said it wasn’t clear what prompted the shooting.
“We have absolutely no information on who or why,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
BEAR VALLEY – Rosalyn Saxsenmeier, 71, has been missing since July 28, according to a release by the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office. She was last seen at the Silver Valley Campground at Lake Alpine, which is near Bear Valley in Alpine County.
Saxsenmeier walked away from her campsite and has not returned. She suffers from a medical condition(s) and may have become disoriented, said police officials.
Saxsenmeier is a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5’1” tall and weighs around 125 lbs. She was last seen wearing a yellow or blue short sleeve shirt, blue shorts and tennis shoes.
Starting on July 29, a 10-day multi-organization search was conducted through the combined efforts of the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, CalOES, numerous law enforcement agencies, search and rescue volunteers, Civil Air Patrol and the California National Guard, according to an Aug. 9 release by the sheriff’s office.
“After a difficult ten days of searching and with no new developments, Alpine County Sheriff is reluctantly scaling back the search effort and has released all mutual aid resources as of August 7, 2016,” reads the release. “The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office will continue its investigation and will rely on their in-county resources to sustain a limited continuous search.”
Any information on Saxsenmeier’s whereabouts should be relayed to the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office at 209-753-2232.
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to adopt new medical marijuana regulations, tweaking the proposed rules after a contentious back-and-forth discussion with grow advocates.
Supervisor Ed Scofield opposed the vote. The grow regulations required four-fifths of supervisors to approve. They become effective immediately.
The vote establishes interim grow rules and repeals the outdoor grow ban established Jan. 12 by the supervisors. The ordinance, which will be followed in several months by permanent grow rules, allows grows with a maximum of 25 plants on parcels over 20 acres, in specific zones.
Supervisor Hank Weston tweaked the original ordinance, adding up to six outdoor plants on residential agricultural rural land designations between 2 to 5 acres, if within 300 contiguous square feet.
Weston’s changes also allow indoor grows in all zones for another three months. After that time no grows will be allowed in residential areas, though both indoor and outdoor gardens are permitted in certain rural areas.
“This is totally new from what was brought here,” Scofield said of Weston’s additions. “You start making these changes and I can’t support it.”
The vote came after almost three hours of public comment and another hour of supervisor discussion that periodically resulted in angry back-and-forth retorts between ordinance supporters and detractors.
At one point, after Supervisor Dan Miller said he’d end the public comment, a man approached the board and said they’d have to arrest him if they refused to let him speak.
Miller then ordered a brief recess after the man spoke, and allowed several more to talk before ending the public comment. He said 52 people spoke.
Grow supporters argued that supervisors failed to obey voters’ wishes by implementing grow regulations some called more restrictive than the outdoor grow ban. Supporters of the ordinance asked the board to consider the county’s youth, and the nuisance they say marijuana creates, when crafting new grow rules.
Most of the grow advocates who served on the marijuana subcommittee that helped draft the interim ordinance blasted the supervisors.
“This thing is full of poison pills,” said Patricia Smith, chairwoman of the Nevada County chapter of Americans for Safe Access. “It cannot be followed.”
According to Smith, she must have a 200-foot setback on her 10-acre property. The setbacks overlap by 75 feet, meaning she can’t grow.
“This ordinance is a farce,” she added.
Mark Schaefer, chairman of the No on W Committee, questioned the county’s decision to increase plant count but limit the square footage where plants can grow. He said the ordinance didn’t appear to be a compromise.
James DeVinny, also with No on W, said he was bullied as a child. The board’s Jan. 12 vote to ban outdoor grows and limit indoor grows to 12 plants felt like the bully had returned.
It led him to help form the No on W Committee, which he said registered thousands of people to vote.
Measure W, which would have cemented the outdoor grow ban and 12-plant indoor limitation, failed by about 60 to 40 percent.
“I’m here to tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear,” DeVinny said, echoing Miller, who said similar words at an April marijuana forum.
“If you think the No on W campaign was well organized, you haven’t seen anything yet,” DeVinny added.
Forrest Hurd, father of a 9-year-old child with intractable epilepsy who uses medical marijuana, noted that cultivation can only occur on the property of a patient or caregiver.
It provides no allowance for third-party cultivation, an argument County Counsel Alison Barratt-Green later disputed.
“I do think there are a lot of misconceptions out there,” Barratt-Green said.
Hurd argued that medical marijuana is a science-based treatment, and that supervisors continued to operate under a 1940’s mentality.
“If you think nothing can be done, come and hold one of these babies,” Hurd said. “You tell them, ‘Someone, somewhere is diverting water and there’s nothing that can be done.’”
Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, said he doesn’t want to encourage the commercialization of marijuana in Nevada County.
“It’s already here,” he said. “We want to regulate it.
“The penalty approach has not and will not work,” Allen added.
The ordinance calls for a $100 fine per plant, per day for the first violation. The second violation would be $200 per plant, per day and the third violation would warrant a $500 fine for each plant.
The county would impose similar fines for safety and building code violations.
The fines become effective Jan. 1.
Don Bessee, executive director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana of Nevada County, asked if the fines could become effective immediately. He also suggested requiring growers to register with the county.
Anthony Halby, with the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council, said he moved 30 years ago to Nevada County for its quality of life. He strongly opposes drugs and supports the county’s interim ordinance.
“Drug money can buy corruption,” Halby said. “Drug money can buy intimidation. Drug money can buy elections. I think that’s what we have to fear in this county.”
James Henderson said he opposes any marijuana cultivation, and asked supervisors if they believe growers will comply with any new law. He argued marijuana grows would lead to more access and exposure to the drug.
Fran Freedle, another ordinance supporter, said she wishes the county would have focused more on the California Environmental Quality Act, known as CEQA.
The county exempted its new ordinance from CEQA, which it did with its previous grow ordinances.
“It’s clear — marijuana should not be grown outdoors in residential areas,” Freedle said.
Alan Riquelmy is a staff writer with The Union newspaper, a sister paper of the Sierra Sun that serves Nevada City, Grass Valley and other communities in the Sierra Foothills.
PARK CITY, Utah — Vail Resorts, with Park City Mountain Resort, said Saturday, July 16, it would withdraw its polarizing trademark application for the name “Park City” as it applies to a ski area, an unexpected turnabout amid widespread opposition to the bid to trademark the name of the community.
Park City Mountain Resort on Saturday morning released a prepared statement attributed to Bill Rock, the chief operating officer of the resort, explaining the decision to withdraw the application, which was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He noted the application was initially filed by Powdr Corp., the former owner of Park City Mountain Resort, and it is “common within the ski industry” to obtain trademarks.
He also mentioned the opposition in the community, which reached a crescendo in the last week as critics mounted a well-attended rally outside the Marsac Building as City Hall officials and Vail Resorts executives huddled to discuss the matter. There were dozens of individuals or businesses considering formal oppositions with the Patent and Trademark Office. City Hall was one of the entities weighing whether to mount a formal opposition.
The statement issued by Rock follows:
“In 2014, while under Powdr Corp ownership, an application was filed with the Patent and Trademark Office to register the word mark ‘Park City’ for providing facilities for skiing and snowboarding. After our acquisition, we supported that application because we think it’s appropriate to obtain the benefits of federal registration for the Park City mark, which has a long history of use in connection with the ski resort that is located in the Park City community. This is common within the ski industry and there are other businesses in our community that have registered Park City for their products.
“However, recently there has been much concern raised in the community about what the impact of our trademark registration would be. We have tried to assure the community that this registration would not negatively impact other businesses and we do believe that there has been some misunderstandings and misinformation about the trademark registration.
“That said, this has clearly become a distraction that is pulling our collective focus away from the important work that lies ahead for our city on critical issues, such as affordable housing, parking and transit among others. As such, we have decided to withdraw our trademark application in an effort to move beyond this concern. In addition, we will be updating certain of our wayfinding and vehicular signage in Park City to address any local confusion about the difference between the resort and the municipality.
“We will be longtime partners in the Park City community, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration on everything that makes our community so special.”
The Park Record, located in Park City, Utah, is a sister paper to Tahoe Daily Tribune.