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South Lake Tahoe

Power outage hits ‘Y’ area

More than 3,500 electric customers in the “Y” area lost power at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for 45 minutes when a 14,400-volt line went out, Sierra Pacific Power reported.

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Sierra Pacific spokesman Karl Walquist said a cause had not been determined yet.

Regarding frequent outages in the area over the summer with no thunderstorms to point to, Walquist said it’s unclear what may be the root of the issue.

“We’ll have to follow up on that,” he said. Walquist did indicate that during summer, the configuration of the lines is changed as a fire-prevention measure, but this may not be the case for the recent outages.

– Susan Wood

South Lake Tahoe

Police getting mobile center

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is scheduled to receive a mobile command unit, basically a dispatch center on wheels, using $160,000 in grant money from the Office of Homeland Security.

With an anticipated arrival in March, the vehicle will help police, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department and other city and El Dorado County agencies in handling large structure fires, wild land fires, earthquakes, floods and other incidents.

It will likely also be used during heavily crowded events such as New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July.

“This vehicle will allow for the direct observation and rapid communication necessary for the successful operation, management and resolution of a critical incident so that the community is better protected,” said police Lt. Martin Hewlett in a statement.

The full cost of the vehicle when it’s outfitted with electronics and ready for use will exceed the $160,000 amount.

Hewlett said the difference will be paid for with asset seizure funds or other monies.

He emphasized that no money would be drawn from the city’s general fund for the vehicle.

– William Ferchland

South Lake Tahoe

College revamps its Web site

A new Web site for Lake Tahoe Community College was launched Wednesday with changing photographs and better graphics.

One new feature is four different areas catered to particular college groups: prospective students, current students, faculty and visitors/parents. It also has an updated look, said college spokeswoman Christina Proctor.

“The new Web site is more user-friendly and easier to navigate,” she said.

– William Ferchland


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