News briefs: Hikers rescued, Big Brothers Big Sisters, prescribed burning and more |

News briefs: Hikers rescued, Big Brothers Big Sisters, prescribed burning and more

LAKE LEVEL — Lake Tahoe

As of Thursday, Oct. 15, the lake elevation was reported as 6221.83. For more information, visit Truckee River Operating Agreement at


Everyone is invited to a large rummage sale (including two truck loads of items) on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center (3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.). It will include new and slightly used items.

To rent a table, call Arline June Gordon at 530-545-1277. Cost for members includes half a long table for $5 and a full, long table for $10. Non-members respectively pay $6 and $12.

Make checks out to: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE SENIOR CITIZENS, INC., C/O ARLINE JUNE GORDON, P.O. BOX 10984, ZEPHYR COVE, NV 89448. The memo line should read “Table 10/17/15.” Payment must arrive by Friday, Oct. 16; mail it or bring it to the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center by 4 p.m.

There will be refreshments available for sale at low prices as well, including sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea and cocoa.

This is a fundaiser for South Lake Tahoe Senior Citizens, Inc.


For Lake Tahoe Marathon results, visit!2015-results/c21li.


South Lake Tahoe City Council meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, to discuss censure of councilwoman JoAnn Conner. The meeting takes place in the City Council Chambers, 1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe City Council meets at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, for its regular meeting. The meeting takes place in the City Council Chambers, 1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Talks, a Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization event, will hold a panel on improving Lake Tahoe transit connections at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Creekside Room, One College Drive.

EL Dorado County Parks and Recreation Commission meets at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District Community Center, 1011 East San Bernardino Ave., Meyers.


An El Dorado Sheriff’s Department news release reported that Search and Rescue was dispatched Friday, Oct. 9, to assist three subjects stranded on a ledge near Eagle Falls and Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. The Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding the incident prior to dispatching the group. Search and rescue officials spent the night attempting to locate an access point to reach the subjects, later identified as James Lerude, Todd Syper and Kayly Occonor, all residents of Sacramento. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was sent to the scene Saturday morning in an attempt to hoist the three subjects from the ledge. Gusty wind conditions forced rescuers to call off the airlift. The helicopter crew was able to drop a rescue team above the stranded subjects, and rescuers subsequently reached the subjects by rappelling to their location. All three subjects were then lowered down to a point where they were able to walk to seek medical attention.

None of the three sustained any injuries as a result of the incident.


The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program is currently looking for dedicated, caring volunteers in South Lake Tahoe to deliver meals to home-bound senior citizens in the Tahoe Basin.

Volunteer drivers help deliver meals one day each week from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to home-bound adults ages 60 years or older in South Lake Tahoe. For many of those served, the daily contact with volunteers is as vital as the meal, according to Green. For volunteers who are unable to make a weekly commitment, back-up drivers are also needed for on-call purposes. Meals are prepared and picked up for delivery at the Senior Center located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. While travel to and from the Senior Center is not reimbursable, volunteer drivers are reimbursed for their mileage along their delivery route if they choose.

To volunteer, or for questions about the Senior Nutrition Program, please call 530-621-6160. For more information about senior services in El Dorado County, visit or call 530-621-6369.


California State Parks will begin prescribed fire operations this week on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe near Tahoe City. Operations will take place in Burton Creek State Park beginning Thursday, Oct. 15, and will continue over the next several weeks as conditions allow.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the Basin. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed how smoke will travel.

Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to For more information on prescribed fire operations and smoke management tips, visit


Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County has served at-risk children since 1977, primarily on the Western Slope. On Thursday, Oct. 15, Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Tahoe Chamber to announce the expansion of their programs into South Lake Tahoe.

The owners of Tahoe Mountain Lab, David and Jamie Orr, donated space to Big Brothers Big Sisters for meeting purposes. David was previously a “Little” and considers this an opportunity to “give back” to his community. For more information, contact Todd White at 530-626-1222 or

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