News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, Forest Service closes several South Shore recreation sites & more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, Forest Service closes several South Shore recreation sites & more


Serenity Amara Tapia was born on Sept. 7 to Hector Tapia-Flores and Alexis Morales of South Lake Tahoe.

Aurora Daelian McCoy was born on Sept. 9 to Travis McCoy and Jasmine Reichardt of South Lake Tahoe.

Rebecca Jocelyn Rice was born on Sept. 11 to Monte Rice and Victoria Christensen of Gardnerville, Nev.

Haley Jade Ring was born on Sept. 11 to Matthew and Elizabeth Ring of South Lake Tahoe.

Isaiah Romeo Ty Ortiz was born on Sept. 13 to Uriel Ortiz and Christyna Ross of South Lake Tahoe.

Liam Christopher Scott was born on Sept. 14 to Joshua Bray and Candace Castleman of South Lake Tahoe.

Elohn Timothy Smith was born on Sept. 14 to Thomas and Ashley Smith of South Lake Tahoe.

Correction is the web address for the new Tahoe area mountain biking trail website written about in the Saturday, Sept. 12, issue of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. A fact box and tagline attributed it as, the homepage for the Lake Tahoe Bike Coalition. Additionally, Max Jones should have been credited with the secondary photo in the piece.


The Forest Service will close several of its South Shore recreation sites Wednesday, Sept. 16, weather permitting, to allow county and state public health and vector control officials to conduct pesticide treatments to reduce plague risk. Officials will dust all rodent burrows with a pesticide to reduce infestations of fleas that can carry plague.

“We are following all recommendations from county officials to ensure that the minimal public health risk is reduced even further,” said Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais. “We anticipate the sites will reopen Thursday, and we look forward to a busy and safe fall season.”

The gates to Tallac Historic Site, Kiva Beach and Picnic Area, Valhalla and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center will close Tuesday evening, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. and likely will reopen Thursday morning, Sept. 17. The Pope-Baldwin Bike Trail will remain open, but signs will be posted where the trail crosses closed sites.

A dead California ground squirrel found at the Kiva picnic area adjacent to the Tallac Historic Site tested positive for plague earlier this month. El Dorado County officials issued a news release, and the Forest Service has posted the sites extensively warning visitors that plague has been detected, explaining what precautions to follow and encouraging reporting of any sick or dead rodents.

Plague is an infectious bacterial disease spread by squirrels, chipmunks, and other wild rodents and their fleas. Plague is endemic (naturally occurring) in many parts of California and is most common in rural and undeveloped mountain regions. Chances of human infection are minimal with proper precautions, and the disease is curable in its early stages with prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Once the pesticide treatments are complete, the sites will reopen. Visitors should avoid all contact with squirrels, chipmunks and other wild rodents and their fleas. Do not camp or sit next to rodent burrows. Do not feed rodents in campgrounds and picnic areas. Store food and garbage in rodent-proof containers. Wear long pants tucked into boots and use insect repellent to avoid flea exposure.

To protect pets, leave them at home if possible. If not, keep them confined or on a leash. Do not allow pets to approach sick or dead rodents or explore burrows. Protect pets with flea control products. Report sick or dead rodents to forest, campground or local health officials.

To report a sick or dead rodent, contact El Dorado County Vector Control at 530-573-3197. For more information on plague in California, visit


A 4.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Sunday morning, Sept. 13, in northwestern Nevada was felt as far away as Reno and Fallon, roughly 275 miles away, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake at 6:55 a.m. was located on the Sheldon National Antelope Refuge north of Vya, near the Oregon border, according to the University of Nevada’s Reno Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

According to the Associated Press, at least five aftershocks at magnitude 2 or greater were recorded within the three hours following.

The location has been the site of several earthquakes in December 2014, when it was the scene of 2,019 measured earthquakes over six months. That swarm included 14 quakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater. There were 137 or greater magnitude 3.0 earthquakes.

Nevada has the third largest number of earthquakes on average after California and Alaska.

Source: Sierra Sun


South Lake Tahoe resident was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 10, for domestic violence, assaulting an officer and arson.

South Lake Tahoe police officers received a call at 2 p.m. on Thursday that a suspect, 33-year-old Brandon Rothermel, was pouring gasoline on his girlfriend’s James Avenue apartment. The girlfriend reported that Rothermel abused her and set fire to her apartment.

The first officer arrived and contacted Rothermel, who had a lighter in his hand. He refused the officer’s commands and attempted to go back into the apartment. The officer attempted to detain Rothermel. Rothermel struggled with the officer.

During the struggle, Rothermel grabbed the officer’s handcuffs and refused to let them go. Rothermel also used his lighter on the officer, resulting in a minor burn to the officer’s skin.

Additional officers arrived and helped place Rothermel under arrest. The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department was only then able to extinguish the fire.

The fire resulted in damage to property inside of apartment.

According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the victim said Rothermel prevented her from leaving the apartment. She said she fought him off and only then was able to escape the apartment.

Detectives served a search warrant and recovered several containers of gasoline and a lighter in the living room. They also recovered a firearm that was not registered to Rothermel.

According to South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Brian Williams, Rothermel was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment after apparently ingesting gasoline. He was later booked and remains in custody.

Williams said police are still investigating the event.

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