Nature’s drama on display |

Nature’s drama on display

Tribune Staff Report

This weekend’s eighth annual Kokanee Salmon Festival should provide the public with more than a glimpse of one of nature’s most gripping dramas.

Besides offering views of spawning kokanee salmon in Taylor Creek, the festival will feature educational events and exhibits, a variety of salmon foods, children’s games, 5K and 10K races, Oriental fish painting and nature walks.

And the weekend will feature the Grand Re-opening of the Stream Profile Chamber, which gives the public a below-water view of the spawning salmon.

The new profile chamber is a 360-degree diorama, dominated by a massive cottonwood tree and featuring a mural that depicts Taylor Creek and Lake Tahoe through all four seasons. Featured throughout are portraits of dozens of the native wildlife of the Tahoe Basin.

Sponsors of the weekend festival, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, include Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Alpen Sierra Coffee Co., the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, the Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club and the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

The festival is the creation of the Forest Service and Lake Tahoe Visitor’s Authority.

The Kokanee Mural is the first natural history mural in the Heritage Mural program. It will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Friday during the Stream Profile Open House.

Painted by Chicago artist Mark Coe, the Kokanee Mural was completed last year but sustained some damage during winter flooding along with the rest of the Stream Profile Chamber.

The Kokanee Mural is the fourth mural to be dedicated in the Heritage program. Two more murals will be dedicated this fall, the tile mural at El Dorado Beach and the Tallac hiking mural on the Tallac Building.

Previously dedicated are murals on the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, the Tahoe Daily Tribune and the South Tahoe Refuse Center.

The Heritage Mural program, co-sponsored by the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, the city Arts Commission and the Lake Tahoe Historical Society, commissions murals depicting historical aspects of the South Shore as public art exhibits and tourist attractions.

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