News briefs: Prescribed burning, Lake Tahoe casino gaming decine and more |

News briefs: Prescribed burning, Lake Tahoe casino gaming decine and more

LAKE LEVEL — Lake Tahoe

As of Friday, Oct. 9, the lake elevation was reported as 6221.87. For more information, visit Truckee River Operating Agreement at


Sierra-at-Tahoe is hosting the 9th annual Keep Sierra Clean Day on Sunday, Oct. 11. All members of the community are invited to ride up the Nob Hill chairlift, sweep the mountain of trash and enjoy live music and free lunch on the Solstice Plaza.

In past years, thousands of pounds of trash has been cleared from the summer slopes, brought in by loyal passholders and employees along with community groups and organizations such as the Sierra Education Foundation, local Boy Scouts and West Slope high school ski and snowboard teams.

Sierra-at-Tahoe has been awarded numerous accolades for excellence in environmental education and community-based activism. Programs such as Keep Sierra Clean Day, Pack It In, Pack It Out and up-front parking for hybrids during the season are implemented under Project: Green Sierra.

“Whether it’s running our heavy machinery fleet on biodiesel, offering daily shuttles for employees or building with recycled material, we operate with the environment in mind,” said John Rice, general manager. “As soon as we ask our friends and family to step in, it becomes evident that this particular community shares our devotion of caring for the environment.”

Free ski and snowboard waxing will be offered at Keep Sierra Clean Day, along with free lunch and live music for participants. Event registration begins at 10 a.m. on the Solstice Plaza. Participants are recommended to bring gloves, trash bags will be provided.


Statewide gaming win in Nevada fell 1.4 percent in August to more than $908 million.

At Lake Tahoe, meanwhile, the news was far worse, as both North Shore and South Shore casinos suffered big declines.

South Shore casinos at Stateline were hit hardest with a 33.6 percent or $9.5 million drop to just $18.88 million. Those casinos faced a tough comparison, up against a 32.6 percent increase last year.

Gaming Control Board analyst Mike Lawton said one major difference, according to resort operators, was a year ago, August featured eight major concerts. This year there, were just four. Table games win fell 52 percent and slot win 21 percent.

North Shore casinos in Crystal Bay and at the Grand Lodge Casino in the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village saw total win fall 15.7 percent to $2.79 million.

That is a decrease of $520,000. Slot win was down 13 percent and table games win off 24.3 percent compared to a year ago.

Win also was down in the Carson Valley Area, which included valley portions of Douglas County. The 2.46 percent decline to $8.8 million was Carson’s first year-over-year decrease since November 2014.

Statewide, the story was about the calendar and the poor performance of table games. There was one less Friday this August than last, and the Labor Day weekend fell in September this year, not August.

Game and Table win dipped sharply to $332.6 million. That’s 16.4 percent and $65 million less than August 2014, $42 million of which was from Baccarat.

But other games also were down sharply this time including blackjack, craps and roulette — all down by double digits.

Lawton said without Baccarat, the total win would actually have been up nearly 4 percent.

This is the fourth consecutive decline in table game winnings statewide.

Slot win was a rosier picture in August, reporting total win of $575.7 million, a 10 percent increase over the same month of 2014.

For the calendar year, slot win is up 4.4 percent, which officials say is an indication the average players are returning to the state’s casinos.

In Carson, the story was, once again, table games, even though that category accounted for a small percentage of gaming win compared to slots.

Game and Table win was down 54 percent in August but that’s because of a tough comparison a year ago when win was up nearly 64 percent.

Slot win was up 3.4 percent or $279,000 but that wasn’t enough to offset the $500,000 decrease in table games.

SOURCE: Nevada Appeal


Bread & Broth, a nonprofit, all volunteer organization, provides free, hot meals, every Monday and Friday in South Lake Tahoe. It is seeking volunteers for our new program, Bread & Broth 4 Kids.

Volunteers will meet one Thursday each month from 3:30-5 p.m. at St. Theresa Grace Hall (1041 Lyons Ave.) to assemble bags containing seven meals, which provide nutritious food over the weekend for 100 students facing food-insecurity in South Lake Tahoe.

Contact Christy at 310-413-6816 or for more information.


The County of El Dorado is taking its strategic planning process to the streets and asking community members about county services and community priorities. A community meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., at the City of South Lake Tahoe Council Chambers (1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe). The public is encouraged to attend.

“This is important information that I want to collect from residents in District V,” said Supervisor Sue Novasel. “This is a critical step in finding out how to deliver services to our communities, what are people’s priorities, and it allows us a way to find out how the county is doing in providing these services.”

A Citizen Engagement Survey is now available at any El Dorado County Library and other locations by calling 530-621-5628, or online at


California State Parks is planning prescribed burning in Burton Creek State Park and Sugar Pine Point State Park for this fall 2015. Prescribed burning may begin as soon as Tuesday, Oct. 13. Goals of the prescribed fire program include restoration of native forest conditions, promotion of forest resilience, and reduction of hazardous fire fuels. The possibility of smoke impact to our neighbors from prescribed fire is of great concern to California State Parks. Burns will be conducted during weather conditions predicted to be favorable for smoke rise and dispersal.

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