Lake Tahoe briefs
— Emerald Bay
Officer’s death likely suicide
Authorities looking into the death of an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer whose body was found Monday at the parking lot of Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay believe the man shot himself in the head.
The name of the man has not been released pending notification of next of kin, said El Dorado County sheriff’s LT. Les Lovell.
The man’s body was discovered around 8 a.m. on the southern side of the bay by a passerby, Lovell said. A loaded revolver found nearby indicated one bullet fired from the gun, Lovell said. “I’m very confident that this was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Lovell said.
A check on the man’s driver license revealed he was a California Highway Patrol officer. An autopsy was scheduled.
“People come to Lake Tahoe because it is a pleasant memory for them, and it’s the last thing they want to see before committing suicide,” Lovell said. “We’ve had lots of those in the past.”
— South Lake Tahoe
School board meets tonight
Academic improvements plans from Bijou Community School and South Tahoe Middle School are one agenda item for a Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education meeting scheduled to begin tonight at 6.
The two schools have suffered on tests associated with the federal No Child Left Behind Act which has set expectations for academic achievement.
If the two schools continue to underperform, state assistance could arrive.
The improvement plans are the most notable on a slim agenda. One report regards a list to determine teacher seniority that is needed if staffing cuts are needed for financial reasons.
The meeting will take place at the district’s boardroom located at 1021 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe.
– William Ferchland
— Kings Beach
Pedestrian is killed in crash
A Tahoma woman died Sunday night after she was hit by a car while in a crosswalk on Highway 28 in Kings Beach.
At approximately 7 p.m. the woman, 56, and a 35-year-old man, also of Tahoma, were walking across the Fox Street crosswalk toward Lake Tahoe, A California Highway Patrol officer said.
The couple were struck by a 1999 Honda Accord driven by a 25-year-old Sacramento man, the CHP officer said. Authorities have not identified the deceased woman, the victim or the driver.
Both of the pedestrians were transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where the woman died of her injuries. The man remains in the hospital with major injuries, according to the officer.
Investigators said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision, and no arrests have been made.
The CHP has asked for the public’s help in contacting witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the collision. Call (530) 582-7570 with any information.
– Sierra Sun
— Incline Village
Diamond Peak is open again
After a week of forced closure because of downed power lines, Diamond Peak Ski Resort reopened Monday.
The resort saw “a lot more people than we expected to see given that it is a Monday after a holiday period,” said Ed Youmans, Diamond Peak manager.
Though the main power line distributing power from Carson Valley to Incline Village remains under repair, the resort was given the OK for operation because other main lines coming in from the California side of the basin were repaired on Sunday.
“What they did to get us enough electricity to run was to shift electrical loads around on the North Shore,” Youmans said.
Sierra Pacific continues to encourage North Shore residents to conserve energy until the main line is fixed later this week.
– North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
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