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Lake Tahoe briefs

— South Lake Tahoe

Crane accident causes outage

A crane doing construction work crashed into a power line on Monday afternoon, knocking out power to 314 customers near the Sawmill Pond area in South Lake Tahoe.

Work crews responded at 12:05 p.m. to Lake Tahoe Boulevard and View Circle where the construction accident occurred, said Karl Walquist, spokesman for Sierra Pacific Power.

Power was restored to all customers by 3:30 p.m.

— West Slope

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Jenkinson Lake to keep status

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill last week that would allow Jenkinson Lake to maintain its status as a residential water source and swimming hole.

The Sly Park Recreation Area lake between Pollock Pines and Placerville had undergone a series of tests that measured the drinking source in light of it being a swimming lake.

Under previous rules, the El Dorado Irrigation District would have needed to add a treatment plant that may have cost the district over $28 million to construct.

But a study conducted by the Department of Environmental Sciences at University of California, Riverside, showed the water quality as “sterling.”

SB197 was introduced by state Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks.

– Susan Wood