News briefs: Man sentenced in bear killing, ham bingo and more |

News briefs: Man sentenced in bear killing, ham bingo and more

Man sentenced for killing bear

The man alleged to have illegally shot a juvenile bear in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood last summer was sentenced in El Dorado County Superior Court, Friday, March 18. Gilbert Wetenkamp, 75, was given two years probation after pleading no contest on Friday, March 11. The court also ordered Wetenkamp to complete 200 hours of community service, preferably involving work with animals in some capacity. Terms include giving up any firearms in his possession. Future wildlife issues on his property must be handled by the El Dorado County or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Violation of the terms of his probation could lead to a six-month jail term and a $2,084 fine.

— Sebastian Foltz, Tribune reporter


On Saturday, March 19, at 5 p.m. Easter Ham Bingo is scheduled at St. Theresa Church’s Grace Hall. Win an Easter ham and other prizes. No cover charge. Bingo cards cost 25 cents per game to play. There will be free popcorn and coffee. Hot dogs and soda will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Mr. Matteucci’s fourth-grade class at Tahoe Valley Elementary School. Help send the students to Sutter’s Fort for a living history experience. Games continue until 8 p.m. Children and families are welcome. Easter Ham Bingo is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra.


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If you need help finding resources and have a loved one with any chronic illness, disability or other condition, call the Nevada Statewide Toll-free Information/Referral Helpline for families with children and youth with special health care needs at 1-866-326-8437. This resource is operated by Family TIES of Nevada, in partnership with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Maternal and Child Health Program.

The line operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Weather permitting, California State Parks, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations next week beginning Monday, March 21. On the North and West shores, operations may take place in Burton Creek and Sugar Pine Point state parks. On the East Shore, operations may take place near Sand Harbor, Spooner Summit and Camp Galilee. On the South Shore, operations may take place near Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Sawmill Road, Panther Lane near South Tahoe High School and off Highway 89 near Spring Creek. To view a map with project locations and details, visit

Residual smoke may be seen in locations where operations have taken place over the last several weeks. The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice in areas not identified on the map.

Each prescribed fire operation follows a prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. This information is used to decide when and where to burn.

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 conducting prescribed fire operations, 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

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