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Drug Store Project reaches its ninth year

Dylan Silver
Dylan Silver / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Valley firefighter and medic Colin Hargrove comes across drugs almost daily. The scenario he was acting out during the Drug Store Project Tuesday is not much different from the cases he responds to on a regular basis, he said.

“People don’t realize even though we’re a small community, (drugs) are really prevalent in town,” Hargrove said.

The Drug Store Project is a daylong program for hundreds of sixth-grade students from around the South Shore to inform them of the real-life consequences of using drugs.

Hargrove’s scenario involved a group of high school students having a party. In the scenario, after a younger attendee overdoses on prescription pills passed to him by the older partygoer, Hargrove and the police enter the scene.

Though just an act, for California Highway Patrol officer Refugio Pinedo the scenario isn’t too different from situations that arise in his work as well.

“A couple years ago, we got a call about a large party,” Pinedo said. “We went in broke it up and some kids were arrested because there were drugs there.”

The Drug Store Project is now in its ninth year. About 160 volunteers from about 40 different agencies helped out with this year’s program, which included a police dog demonstration, several scenarios and a chance for students to learn about different kinds of drugs.

“We really try to direct it more to the problems we’re seeing at the high school,” said South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team agent Brandon Auxier.

Each year, the team tailors the program to include the latest types of drugs they see on the streets.

“It seems like working with the high schoolers that spice is really becoming a problem,” added SLEDNET agent Russell Liles.

Lisa Huard, who coordinates the Drug Store Project, hopes to see it last well into the future.

“Drugs don’t go away,” Huard said. “And they’ll never go away.”

Judge drops restraining order against parent

Judge Dylan Bailey in El Dorado County Superior Court refused to issue a permanent restraining order against Zaak Wilson due to a lack of evidence in the case Friday.

Wilson was issued a temporary restraining order after an incident at Lake Tahoe Environmental Magnet School, where his daughter was a student.

Zephyr Cove student invited to Nevada state spelling bee

Trent Dingman, a fifth-grader from Zephyr Cove Elementary, has been named a semifinalist in the Nevada National Geographic Geography Bee.

Trent will travel to Las Vegas for the statewide competition on Friday.

The winner of the geography bee will receive $100, “The Complete National Geographic” on DVD, and a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the finals at the National Geographic headquarters in May.

National winners will be awarded a trip to the Galapagos Islands to experience the geography and wildlife firsthand.

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