March 14, 2013
Record temps set at the South Shore
Wednesday and Thursday saw record temperatures in South Lake Tahoe, according to records kept by the National Weather Service and the Weather Channel. A weather station at Lake Tahoe Airport recorded a temperature of 68 degrees Wednesday, topping the previous record of 64 degrees for the date, set in 2007. On Thursday, temperature at the airport reached 66 degrees, four degrees warmer than the previous record for the date, also set in 2007. The weather is expected to gradually cool through next week, with temperatures reaching the high-30s by Thursday, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service in Reno.
Forest Service seeks help to stop copper thefts
Copper thieves could delay the summer openings of some South Shore recreation sites after stealing precious metal from restrooms at Kiva Picnic Area, Fallen Leaf Campground and Pope and Baldwin beaches, according to a Thursday statement from the U.S. Forest Service.
The suspects vandalizing the buildings, some of them newly constructed, in their attempts to access copper plumbing pipes and sell them for scrap metal, according to the statement.
Forest Service law enforcement officers and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incidents. The violations carry fines of up to $5,000 and six months in jail for each incident. The Forest Service can also pursue civil penalties to recover the cost of repairing the facilities, which could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the statement. Other recreation sites in the Lake Tahoe Basin have also experienced thefts in recent months.
“These thefts and associated vandalism may necessitate a delay in the opening of these sites to allow us to bring them back up to code,” Forest Service recreation specialist Bob Becker said in the statement.
The agency expects to use an alternate material for the repairs to eliminate the potential for vandalism in the future. Anyone with information about the thefts to contact Secret Witness at 530-541-6800 or Forest Service law enforcement at 530-545-9853. Tips can also be submitted to El Dorado County’s website.
— Tribune staff report