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* South Lake Tahoe

Grand jury open house this week

An open house of the El Dorado Grand Jury will be held on Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Airport in the council chambers.



This is a public meeting where residents can ask questions regarding the purpose of the grand jury as well as how local government works and how investigations are determined.

Also, the meeting serves to recruit anyone living in El Dorado County who wishes to serve on next year’s grand jury.



Attending the open house will be El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago and El Dorado County Court Judge Jerald Lasarow. Members of the South Lake Tahoe City Council have also been invited.

For more information, contact Grand Jury Foreman Ray Van Asten at (530) 621-7477.

– Jeff Munson

Bear reportedly chases children

There was a run-in with a bear last week along Pioneer Trail near the Raley’s Shopping Center, involving school children who reported being chased on their way to school.

Initially the children thought the bear was a big dog rummaging through the garbage, but upon realizing it was a bear, they started running back toward their house, with the bear reportedly chasing them all the way home.

Their mother came face to face with the bear herself when she heard the kids screaming and went to see what was the matter. The bear then scaled a six-foot fence and fled the scene.

The BEAR League showed up and told people that previously there was no known account of a local bear attack.

– Dylan Riley

* Tahoma

Ballots are in the mail

El Dorado County residents who live in Tahoma and Meeks Bay will soon receive their Nov. 7 election ballots by mail. No local elections will take place for those residents this year, except for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

Voters will receive their ballots in the mail 29 days before the election, by law.

All residents who live in the Meeks Bay area in El Dorado County receive their ballots by mail since a 1990 snowstorm prevented residents from turning their ballots in, according to Norma Gray, El Dorado County assistant registrar.

El Dorado County residents can drop their completed ballots at the Meeks Bay Fire Department or at the recorder clerk’s office in South Lake Tahoe by 3 p.m. election day or by mail.

The last day to register for the Nov. 7 election is Oct. 23 and the last day to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 31.

– Kara Fox


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