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Two candidates for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board begin their ballot statements for next week’s election with nearly identical sentences, in what one of the two called an embarassing coincidence.

Lauri Kemper and Larry Green are among six candidates running for three seats on the school board in the Nov. 6 election. Kemper and Green are the only two to receive endorsements from the South Tahoe Educators Association.

The first two sentences of Green’s ballot statement read:

“Nobody knows better than parents what their kids need. Nobody works harder than teachers to prepare our students to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”

The first two sentences of Lauri Kemper’s ballot statement read:

“Nobody knows better than parents what their children need. Nobody works harder than teachers to prepare our students to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”

Green said he selected the sentences from sample ballot statements provided to him by the association, which serves as the teachers union. He said he didn’t coordinate his statement with Kemper, but the fact that their statements are similar reflects common campaign platforms.

“It’s pretty embarassing,” Green said on Tuesday. Kemper said she reviewed sample ballot statements provided to her by teachers she knows and some she found on the Internet. She said she chose the wording before the teachers union endorsed her, and before she took part in the union’s endorsement interview. At the time, she was not even sure Green would be running.

Although the phrases from the sample statements rang true to her, Kemper said she now sees “it would have been better to use my own words.”

– Elaine Goodman

South Tahoe man rescued from mountainside by helicopter

A South Lake Tahoe man was rescued from a 12,000-foot mountainside near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday after he slipped while climbing an ice field, authorities said.

Kerry Knovak, 41, suffered a possible broken ankle after sliding about 20 feet at an elevation of about 12,000 feet south of the east entrance to Yosemite National Park. He was wearing crampons on his boots at the time of the fall, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

A friend was able to hike out to the Yosemite National Park entrance station and notify authorities of Knovak’s situation. Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel assisted by members of the Yosemite Search and Rescue team responded to the area.

A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol was also requested due to the distance and elevation involved. The helicopter crew was able to locate Knovak, and was able to lower a cable to him from their hoist.

The helicopter crew lifted Knovak from the ledge he was sitting on and transported him to the Mammoth Lakes Yosemite airport were they were met by Mono County paramedics.

– Staff report

Sign up now to hear motivational speaker

Thursday is the deadline to make a reservation to hear a presentation by Donna Hartley, a long-time Tahoe resident who survived a plane crash, skin cancer and open-heart surgery.

The motivational speaker, who is being brought to town by the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, will share her unique and proven techniques to help businesses succeed.

Hartley’s presentation will be on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at the MontBleu convention center. The cost is $35 for chamber members and $50 for non-members. Lunch is included. Reservations are required by Nov. 1; call the chamber at (775) 588-1728 or (530) 544-5050.

– Provided to the Tribune

City Council meeting is today

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. today at the airport.

On the agenda will be discussion and possible approval of the final map for the Chateau at Heavenly Village.

The redevelopment project at Stateline is expected to encompass two luxury condo hotels and is scheduled to open during the 2009-2010 winter, according to the project’s Web site.

– Staff report

Workshop focuses on future of Angora fire burn area

The registration deadline has been extended for a workshop entitled “Angora Fire: What Will the Future Forest Be?”

The meeting, hosted by the University of California Cooperative Extension, will take place Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Lake Tahoe Community College in the Board Room at One College Drive.

The goal of the workshop is to provide information to assist residents and land managers in understanding how the area affected by the Angora fire will look in the future and to describe the potential effects of alternative management strategies to achieve forest restoration.

Registration is $15, which includes educational materials, refreshments, lunch and a copy of the workshop report. The workshop is limited to 100 participants. For more information or to register, go to Or contact Nancy Starr at (530) 621-5552 or

– Provided to the Tribune

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