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Terror in Paradise haunted house seeks a home

Terror in Paradise, Tahoe’s longest-running haunted house is seeking a building to host their (lucky) 13th annual haunted house.

For the past 12 years, Terror in Paradise has been scaring the yell out of Tahoe residents, so far raising over $50,000 for local charities. What started as a small haunted house at Tahoe Paradise Park has now grown into a full-blown theatrical production featuring guided tours, live actors, professional lighting, sound and stage illusions.

“We are really proud of what we have accomplished in the last 12 years,” said one volunteer. “It would be a shame to not be able to do it again this year, but without a building to have it, in there’s nothing we can do. Every year the community has rallied around us and we have been able to find a place. This year it’s looking kind of grim.”

Last year, Longs Drugs really came through, offering the old Boarding House building in the 11th hour after another site fell through at the last minute.

We managed to put it up in four days without electricity for the first two. We still managed to raise $5,000 for Christmas Cheer. This year it would be nice to have a little more time. We know that people are hoping to rent out their commercial space, but if it’s been sitting empty for two years, why not let us use it for six weeks?

I you have or know of a building available, please contact Clay Cunningham at (530) 544-6494 or Dean Baumflek at (530) 208-8448.

Dean Baumflek

South Lake Tahoe

Laptop computer missing after traffic accident

On Sunday morning around 1 a.m., our daughter was involved in a car accident, just beyond the agricultural check-point, heading west. She and her passenger sustained moderate injuries, and as would be expected, our daughter was hysterical. After several offers of help, a gentleman, our Good Samaritan, offered to drive them to my daughter’s friend’s house in South Lake Tahoe. Unfortunately, our daughter left her brand new laptop behind in his truck. The kind man, who reportedly is a mechanic, tried to return it Monday morning at Emerald Bay Tow Company before we arrived from Placerville to retrieve our daughter’s things, but we have not heard from him since. The car was totalled, and we donated it to Boys & Girls Club. If we don’t get the laptop back, this will certainly add “insult to injury.” I’m writing in the hopes that he will see this in the newspaper. I feel that his intentions are good, since he attempted to return it once; please Good Samaritan, call us so we can come pick the laptop up.

Cynthia and Lew Johnson


Editor’s note: The Johnsons can be contacted at lewcynup@yahoo.com; or by calling the Tribune at (530) 542-8006.

Occupant thrown from trailer on Camp Richardson bike path

I witnessed a frightening event a few weeks ago at Camp Richardson. A baby trailer, pulled by a bicycle, struck an obstacle on the bike path after crossing the driveway between the hotel and the general store. The trailer tipped over and the passenger was ejected.

As Paul Harvey often said, “And now the rest of the story.”

Camp Richardson has two stop signs placed squarely in the middle of the bike path at the intersection of the path and the driveway. This placement creates two obstacles that narrow the path and frequently force cyclists to veer to the side, often onto the grass.

The bicycle pulling the baby trailer swung to the side to avoid the stop sign in the middle of the bike path. A rear wheel of the trailer struck a railroad tie in the lawn and caused the trailer to tip over. The baby, in this case an old black dog, was thrown onto the pavement.

There are a couple of suggestions or lessons to be learned from this incident.

1. Use seat belts and helmets for your human children riding in bike trailers.

2. Camp Richardson needs to relocate those two stop signs. They should be removed from the center of the already narrow bike path. They should be placed on the grass to the right of oncoming bicycle and pedestrian traffic, just as stop signs are placed for vehicular traffic on roadways.

Last week it was a canine “baby.” Let’s not have the next accident involve a human baby.

Penny Fairfield

South Lake Tahoe

Right to protect yourself against intruders

This is for the bear huggers. If a person breaks into your home, you have the right to use up to deadly force to protect yourself. If a bear breaks into your home, you have that same right. The only difference is a bear does not know what a gun is.

As for those who want to drop nuts and berries to lead the bears off, I can only say, “What planet are you from?”

Robert Karkheck

South Lake Tahoe

Police should crack down on tossed cigarette butts

The article about tossing a cigarette butt from a car caught my attention (Tribune, Sept. Sept. 18). This has always enraged me when I’m driving down the road as it is so careless, selfish, ignorant and dangerous. But, I was extremely shocked to find that in an area with such a high fire danger, the police would normally only pull someone over if there were multiple infractions involved. Highlighting this fact further perpetuates the attitude of those who flagrantly disregard the law. Frankly, I don’t care if the police might have to pull over every single person they see tossing a cigarette butt from the car, as doing so just might save countless police and other emergency personnel time and millions of dollars in having to fight another Angora fire, not to mention the loss of property.

Granted, the Angora fire was not caused by a cigarette butt, but the fire I drove by this morning in Folsom was very likely caused by a careless smoker tossing a cigarette butt from his car. I’m hoping Lt. Hale will reconsider the department’s policy on this matter and get the message to those smokers, who think nothing of the trash they throw out their window, that the rest of the non-smoking world does not tolerate this behavior. I also would love to hear from any smokers who do toss burning cigarette butts from their car, as to why they feel they have a right to cause irreparable harm to such a pristine environment as beautiful Lake Tahoe. Lastly, I would like to thank those who participated in the recent statewide cleanup of California by removing some 4 million carelessly discarded cigarette butts.

Don Blanding


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