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Clinton and Gore to tour Lake Tahoe

Patrick McCartney

The president and vice president will each tour Lake Tahoe for a firsthand look at the basin’s troubled environment during their visit later this week, event planners said Monday.

And Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, will vacation in the Tahoe Basin after the conclusion of the Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum.

While the exact location and time of the tours were not disclosed for security reasons, those close to the planning of the forum said the nation’s two highest political leaders will have a chance to get outdoors and observe the basin’s environment.

With the arrival Monday of White House officials who will iron out final details of the summit, the rough outlines of the two-day event have begun to surface.

Vice President Al Gore will spend more time at Lake Tahoe than the president, who is tentatively scheduled to spend about six hours in the basin.

The vice president will arrive on Friday, and has expressed an interest in taking a hike that morning. From 2 to 4 p.m., Gore is scheduled to moderate the Vice Presidential Issues Workshop, where senior federal officials and representatives of the Tahoe community will brief him on the outcome of three Cabinet-level workshops held in the last month.

Later Friday, Gore is scheduled to hold a private meeting with members of the Washoe Tribe before getting together with members of the Presidential Visit Steering Committee.

The dozen members of the committee represent various private and public interests in the basin. The group hosted two community forums and have worked with federal officials in planning the presidential forum.

On Saturday, the president is scheduled to arrive in the morning and have a few hours to tour the lake before presiding over the forum at noon. While space at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Regency Ballroom will be too limited for many residents to attend, White House planners are arranging an opportunity for the public to meet the president before he leaves Incline Village.

During the president and vice president’s visit, the national media will descend on the Tahoe Basin. One source close to the forum’s planning said more than half of the 500-person capacity of the Hyatt ballroom will be reserved for the nation’s media.

With the president’s departure Saturday afternoon, most of the media and the nation’s attention will turn away from Lake Tahoe.

But staying behind will be the Gores, who will vacation for several days at an undisclosed location in the basin.

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