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Motel owners get bird’s-eye view of holiday revelers

William Ferchland

They have seen what law enforcement fails to catch, the motel room parties and what drunken revelers forget when waking up. And in the morning they’ve found the undergarments abandoned for whatever reason.

Manager of motels in the Stateline area have seen many things that would make the party gods proud during the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Roberta Dye, manager of Cal-Va-Rado Motel across from Harveys Resort and Casino, stays in her bedroom with her dog since loud noises can send the dog into seizures.

Dye remembered a homemade cherry bomb placed outside the motel’s glass front door. A cigarette provided the ignition. Dye spotted it before it blew, pulled the wick out and gave it to authorities.

The Cal-Va-Rado’s parking lot has been a bathroom and a bedroom: Once a couple was found naked between two cars, she said.

“I mean making out in the snow,” Dye said.

Next door at the El Dorado Motel, Manager Jason Duemmel praised the efforts of authorities who stage themselves directly outside along Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

Duemmel recalled how, in a check of room parties, he would be asked to join in the festivities. Last year, a mother of two children called the front desk to complain about the noise level at midnight, he said.

The motel, like Cal-Va-Rado, only gives rooms to people 21 or older.

“Of course ice is in demand but a lot of people grab snow,” he said.

A stone’s throw away, at the Tahoe Thunderbird Motel, Mike Blank had a let-them-have-fun attitude.

This New Year’s Eve will be the manager’s 15th at the motel. Some things stay the same, like room damage and double the time to clean up the units, but over the years the crowd has been getting younger, he said.

“When you get 20-year-olds drinking, 22-year-olds drinking -you don’t know how old they are – in a party atmosphere, that sort of stuff happens,” he said.

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