Weekend Reading: Your guide to the week’s best Tribune stories
In this weekly round-up, we scour out website for the week’s best articles. In this edition we focus on the start of weekly stand-up paddleboard races, education budget woes and the arrest of an El Dorado County supervisor.
WEEKLY SUP RACES BEGIN
New trophies were freshly carved, and paddlers dusted off the old board for the first race of the season.
The weekly Wednesday paddleboard races, hosted by South Tahoe Standup Paddle, returned to Lakeview Commons Wednesday for the third season. The opening day race was almost postponed due to bad weather, but evening forecasts called for temperatures in the 60s — warm enough to get the paddling tradition started.
“People are coming in from Truckee, North Shore, Carson and Sacramento. There are so many people already planning to come so to call that off wouldn’t be a good thing,” said South Tahoe Standup Paddle owner Chris Brackett. “People have really been looking forward to this.”
TAHOE BIKE CHALLENGE ROLLS OUT
Watch out drivers — bicyclists are taking over the roads. The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition launches its Tahoe Bicycle Challenge this Saturday.
“I am totally stoked about it,” said Ty Polastri, executive director of the coalition. “The reason I’m so excited about it is we’ve totally transformed it this year.”
Whether it’s to work or to play or just to ride, the challenge is meant to get people out on their bikes. Through the challenge’s new website, tahoebikechallenge.org, participants will be able to track their miles, the amount of carbon dioxide they’ve saved from the atmosphere and the amount of money they’ve saved on gas.
EL DORADO COUNTY SUPERVISOR RAY NUTTING ARRESTED ON FELONY CHARGES
El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting was arrested Tuesday on four felony charges related to the alleged illegal use of public funds to clear brush from his West Slope property.
El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced Nutting’s arrest in a Tuesday press release. Nutting remained in custody in El Dorado County Jail In Placerville Tuesday afternoon. He has previously denied wrongdoing regarding the allegations.
A criminal complaint filed Friday charges Nutting with two counts of filing a false document, one count of perjury relating to failure to disclose income and one count of failing to report a financial interest in a county contract.
STATE EDUCATION BUDGET COULD LIMIT LOCAL DISTRICT CONTROL
Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a revised budget May 14 that limits local flexibility funding while promising to boost per-pupil spending, according to Lake Tahoe Unified School District Chief Financial Officer Deb Yates.
Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, grants additional money to schools with 50 percent or more English-language learners and economically disadvantaged students, and promises that no school district or charter school will receive less money than it did in 2012-13. The boost amounts to about $1,500 more per pupil, according to the governor’s office.
The formula also alleges to provide local school districts more flexibility when it comes to spending government dollars and is designed to replace general funding of districts with a simpler system.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MEDICINE BUILDING TO OPEN IN AUGUST
Sports medicine is about to become a staple of the South Tahoe High School curriculum.
The $5.2 million Sports Medicine building is nearly complete, Lake Tahoe Unified School District Director of Facilities Steve Morales said. The specialized equipment, which includes cardio machines, treadmills and spin bikes, will arrive later this summer and be ready for students by fall.
The facility, part classroom, part gym, part therapy center, will be used for traditional physical education and for the sports medicine curriculum. The high school plans to adopt four new courses — intro to sports medicine, anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and sports journalism — for the 2013-14 school year, all of which are pending approval according to STHS Principal Ivone Larson. The classes will be taught by existing teachers, but first need to be approved by the school board and, in some cases, the University of California system, she said.
LONG RECOVERY AHEAD FOR LOCALS INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Two South Shore residents face long recoveries after sustaining serious injuries in separate motorcycle accidents only hours apart at the Sand Pit Off-Highway Vehicle area earlier this month.
Both Ray Ficklin and Tyson Terpening were injured at the sand pits May 14. Both remain hospitalized in Reno.
Terpening, a park builder for Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort and Snow Park Technologies, suffered a broken arm and pelvis, as well as significant internal injuries after crashing his motorcycle around 3 p.m. at the off-road area located east of the “Y” off of Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
“Plates have been placed in his arm and pelvis,” according to a post about Terpening on http://www.youcaring.com. “He is going to be alright; and with dedicated rehabilitation he will be able to fully recover.”
— Compiled by Axie Navas
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