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Ryan Summerlin July 5, 2013
Oregon runner defends Western States 100 title
Who says Oregonians can’t run in the heat?
On the second-hottest day in the 40-year history of the Western States Endurance Run on Saturday, Timothy Olson of Ashland, Ore., defended his record-setting title from 2012, while Pam Smith of Salem, Ore., claimed the woman’s victory and was ninth overall.
“We joked with them at the awards ceremony that they’re only supposed to run well in the cool weather, not the warm weather,” said Western States President John Trent. “There’s been a paradigm shift or something.”
Olson, who last year set a new course record by completing the historic 100-mile foot race from Squaw Valley to Auburn in 14 hours, 46 minutes — in one of the cooler races in Western States history — reached the finish line at the Placer High track in 15 hours, 17 minutes.
South Tahoe All-Stars keep undefeated streak alive
After a tight pitchers’ duel until the seventh inning, the South Tahoe All-Stars exploded with a five-run rally to take a 7-2 win over Carson Valley and hang onto an undefeated season Wednesday night at Governor’s Field.
The latest win was no easy victory. Carson Valley almost won in the bottom of the sixth, getting first two on with no outs, then runners at second and third with one out. The South Tahoe All-Stars, however, snuffed the rally to save the game.
Highway closes due to unattended device
An abandoned rice cooker at Lakeview Commons caused quite a stir Sunday evening.
Concerns that the unattended cookware was a potential bomb led police to shut down nearly one mile of Highway 50 for two hours and evacuate the surrounding area while they investigated the device.
A Race the Lake of the Sky security guard was making a final sweep after the two-day paddle festival about 7 p.m. and discovered the rice cooker wedged beside a rock wall and a bear box.
Once the device was rendered safe, it was determined to be an industrial-size electronic rice cooker, which contained food, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department press release.
World record blob launch attempt to take place at Tahoe
A group of extreme athletes will battle the blob in search of a world record at Lake Tahoe later this month.
Not the 1950s-era science-fiction blob, but an inflatable airbag sitting on the surface of the lake with the ability to launch a person uncomfortably high into the air before sending them plunging into the water.
The stunt will entail accomplished skiers, BASE jumpers and stuntmen taking flight in a powered paraglider, dropping onto an inflated airbag and sending another one of their peers airborne, said Brigham Dallas, a spokesman for Fat Boys Water Trampolines. The company built the specially designed blob which will be used during the event, an attempt break the world record for highest launch off an airbag.
BlueGo offering free rides through holiday week
Getting from one end of town to the other on Fourth of July can seem a little like creeping along in a San Francisco rush hour. But now drivers have another option and it doesn’t cost a dime.
South Lake Tahoe’s public transit service, BlueGo, is offering free rides on select routes daily through July 7 and on weekends throughout the summer.
Tahoe Transportation District executive director Carl Hasty said he hopes the free lifts will help alleviate some of the traffic in town, give people an excuse to try BlueGo and have an impact on air quality in the basin.
“It’s an ideal time to do it,” Hasty said. “A lot of people respond. We see our ridership increase as much as 80 percent.”
South Lake Tahoe puts its patriotic spirit on parade
A ribbon of red, white and blue ran down Highway 50 on July 4 as South Lake Tahoe kicked off the holiday with a colorful Fourth of July parade.
The train of decorated cars, trailers and trucks started near the “Y” and slowly rolled to the American Legion.
Children decked out in their most patriotic digs waved and tossed candy to onlookers on the side of the highway. Passers-by in the left lane honked and many flew flags. Veterans in uniform saluted and waved to those on the street.
“I thought the parade was a lovely small town tradition and a wonderful way to honor our local veterans,” said City Councilwoman Angela Swanson
Compiled by Dylan Silver