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Benefit for local musician Charlie Schofield set for Wednesday at McP’s

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — McP’s Taphouse Grill this week is hosting a benefit for local musician, Charlie Schofield. 

Schofield, aka Tahoe’s Bassman, has been a support player in many different bands including The Steve Walker Band on the MS Dixie II. 

Schofield was diagnosed with a rare brain condition called CSF hypotension which has caused his motor and speech abilities to deteriorate. 

His wife, Debora, is holding the benefit to raise money for his home health care and safety implements for their home. 

Local musicians including Steve Walker, The Trey Stone Band, Muddbonz with Dennis McMasters, Uncle Funkle, Lake Effect and many more will be banding together for this benefit. 

Local comedian and radio host Howie Nave will be the event’s emcee.

The benefit will also include a raffle and silent auction. 

The music starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb, 26, and doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $16 online or $20 at the door and can be purchased at https://charliescholfieldbenefit.ticketleap.com.

TRPA, LTVA purchase digital billboard in Folsom to combat trash at Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority have purchased a digital billboard near the state capital in hopes of fighting the trash problem at Lake Tahoe.

The new billboard recently went up in Folsom, California on U.S. Highway 50 and features the phrase #NoSledLeftBehind. Another billboard was placed recently on Interstate 80 for eastbound travelers and features the phrase “Be #1 at picking up #2” referring to dog waste.

“When we see discarded sled pieces and cigarette butts littering the snow and trails, it tells us that we need to do a better job educating the public on how to enjoy Tahoe responsibly,” said Joanne S. Marchetta, TRPA’s executive director. “We want the millions of visitors who come to Tahoe to become part of the solution to protect this special place.”

In the ongoing quest to encourage responsible recreation, the Take Care Tahoe program is making an aggressive push to educate visitors and locals about the importance of picking up trash and taking care of Lake Tahoe’s environment, according to a press release from TRPA.

On a recent holiday weekend, hundreds of visitors snapped selfies with a two-legged bear while sledding at Lake Tahoe.

The “Take Care” bear mingled with families reminding them to throw away their broken sleds rather than leaving them littered on the snow.

Earlier this month the Nevada Division of Transportation picked up nearly 2,000 pounds of trash of broken sleds and debris at Spooner Summit, a gateway entrance to Lake Tahoe. This cleanup followed a post-New Year’s haul of 2,000 pounds of trash including diapers and broken sleds.

Trash is just one of the issues that the collaborative Take Care Tahoe group addresses to encourage stewardship and responsible recreation while visiting and traveling to Lake Tahoe.

The digital billboards will be active throughout the winter season, regularly cycling through the campaign’s messages.

The concept for the Take Care Tahoe campaign was developed by a collective group of more than 30 organizations that love Lake Tahoe and want to see more people connect with the beautiful natural environment.

Via the Take Care Tahoe website, visitors and residents can find out more about Earth Day festivals, beach cleanups, nature walks and more.

There are also signs throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin with friendly reminders about how to be good stewards.

The campaign was developed by Nate Laver and Meg Seigal and is directed by BRONTOSAURUS! Los Angeles.

Learn more about Take Care Tahoe online at takecaretahoe.org or via Instagram @takecaretahoe.

Auditors critical of Nevada gas pump inspections

Legislative auditors issued a report this week critical of the Agriculture Department’s weights and measures inspections.

The department’s Division of Consumer Equitability inspects gas pumps and scales among other devices to make sure they are accurate.

“Inspections protect the public from overpaying for product not received, most notably motor vehicle fuel,” the audit report states.

After testing 85 locations, auditors found some 9% of devices were outside of operating tolerances. They reported that two locations had not been inspected for more than two years and three of the 12 locations that required a follow-up inspection because of problems received a follow-up inspection.

“The division did not place a device out of service when found to be out of tolerance and there is no enforcement action when these devices are prematurely placed back into service,” auditors stated. “Regulations require authorizations from the division or a registered service agent before previously malfunctioning devices may be used by consumers.”

Finally, auditors report that the division didn’t always collect late fees for follow-up inspections as required. And while the division has the authority to assess civil penalties and remove devices from service, it had not developed enforcement methods to collect annual fees.

They found that inspectors currently use a paper-based record keeping system.

“This outdated system has resulted in inspections being overlooked and untimely and inaccurate information being input into the system,” auditors concluded.

Auditors recommended an updates system or implementation of electronic inspection software to improve performance of regulatory duties.

City council holding strategic planning workshop today

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The South Lake Tahoe City Council will host their 2020 Visioning and Strategic Planning Workshop today.

The workshop will allow the council to look back on the goals they set at last year’s meeting and reflect on challenges and accomplishments of the year.

According to a report written by Interim City Manager Brad Kilger, last year’s plan was a good first step.

“However, there are some key pieces missing from the current strategic plan and process that would greatly enhance the council and staff’s success in accomplishing the desired goals,” Kilger’s report said.

The report said the council established visions and goals last year but this year they need to focus on an implementation plan.

The council released a recommended list of priorities and objectives from March 2020 to March 2021. Some of those priorities include completing fire chief recruitment, wildfire prevention and preparedness, and recreational improvements.

Overall, they’ve identified 13 recommended priorities, with multiple goals within each priority.

Following the workshop, council will hold a closed session to discuss the search for a permanent city manager.

The workshop starts at 1 p.m. at 1901 Lisa Maloff Way.

Real Estate: Buyers should not procrastinate at Lake Tahoe (Opinion)

During the first quarter of 2020 the overall pace of sales is moving along quite nicely.

With inventory levels remaining very low, buyers who procrastinate will find themselves missing out on the best values on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

As of this writing there are only three single-family homes listed for sale on the Incline Village MLS priced under $800,000 and just 11 out of 75 with asking prices under $1 million.

Prices are still trending upward in our community. Low elevation condominiums are continuing to show very good strength and demand remains high for the better locations.

The asking prices in McCloud and Third Creek, two of the more popular developments, have been in a steady uptrend the past few years and there is nothing to indicate this will change anytime soon.

As demand remains strong, prices will continue their march upward especially in those locations where there is a relatively small supply.

It is still early in the year and there will be a significant number of properties coming on the market during spring and summer. However, with the economy strong in the California markets that provide most buyers to Incline Village and Crystal Bay, competition is heating up for the most desirable properties. Overall sales activity is strong across the entire price spectrum.

Since the weather has been rather benign the past few weeks, we continue to see a steady stream of buyers making their way up here to look at property.

It does not make sense for buyers to wait until autumn and hope that a desperate seller will just throw in the towel. With the inventory being very low for several years in a row and the best properties getting snapped up, procrastinating buyers risk missing out on finding the place of their dreams.

It is advisable for any buyer considering financing to meet with their lender in advance of writing an offer and secure a prequalification or preapproval letter. By submitting evidence of your ability to get financing along with your purchase offer you will generally be in a better negotiating position than someone who is not already prequalified by a lender.

And with interest rates quite low it’s a good idea to lock in a favorable interest rate early in the proceedings.

If you are a buyer that has been sitting on the sidelines the past few years, the spring of 2020 will likely be your best opportunity to strike a deal on a property that appeals to you.

The buyers who wait to write offers until September or October may be kicking themselves for having missed out on the best values.

The laws of supply and demand will dictate that prices remain in an uptrend for the foreseeable future.

It’s one thing to be contemplative and deliberative before making a purchase offer, but procrastination will only help the buyers you are competing with who are interested in similar properties.

Don Kanare is the founder and Sabrina Belleci is the owner and broker of RE/MAX North Lake in Incline Village.

Barton Health has new MRI system, SPECT/CT tech

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Barton Health is continuing to expand its medical imaging technology by investing in the latest service enhancing equipment.

Barton has acquired a Magnetic Resonance Imaging system that will allow them to offer advanced prostate and breast screenings.

Breast MRIs benefit patients with a higher-than-normal risk of breast cancer, have been diagnosed with breast cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy.

Prostate MRIs take the place of endorectal probe, the number one deterrent reported by men for completing the procedure.

In addition, a recently completed $1.2 million remodel in Barton’s Nuclear Medicine Suite now houses a new hybrid SPECT/CT scanning system.

Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography is a nuclear medicine imaging system that creates a 3D image which helps physicians pinpoint areas of concern within organs, bones and soft tissue.

“As a non-profit healthcare system, Barton invests in leading technology that directly benefits our community and expands access to high-quality, local care,” said Dr. Clint Purvance, President & CEO at Barton Health in a press release. “We are proud to offer these advanced medical imaging services for our patients, and provide industry-leading care here at Lake Tahoe.”

For more information on the medical imaging services and technology available at Barton Health, visit bartonhealth.org/medicalimaging. To make an appointment, call 530-543-5850.

Tahoe Chamber endorses both measures on March ballot (Opinion)

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (Tahoe Chamber) has announced its endorsement of Measure B and Measure M on the March 3 Primary Election ballot.

Both local measures address a well-documented need for investment in new equipment.

Measure B is proposed by the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, to be voted on by property owners within the district’s boundaries. Lake Valley’s current fee for its vital community services is $20 per parcel, an amount that has not been increased since 1986. The district’s priority needs are a new fire truck and self-contained breathing packs for individual firefighters.

An existing fire truck and all of the district’s breathing packs are beyond their useful life and must be retired this year.

One example of the problem this presents for Lake Valley, their firefighters cannot legally or safely enter a structure fire without the certified self-contained breathing apparatus each must wear. An option to lease them is more expensive than outright purchase.

Today’s fire trucks must also be properly equipped to handle the more sophisticated hazards faced by firefighters who must confront an ever-wider variety of challenges.

The approval of Measure B, requiring a two-thirds vote, would raise the per parcel fee by $52 per year, for a total of $72. That translates to $6 per month.

The increased revenue will only be used to purchase equipment and cannot be used for salaries or benefits and expenditures will be subject to independent oversight.

Tahoe Chamber understands that if Measure B is not approved, Lake Valley may be forced to reduce its level of service.

Measure M is proposed by El Dorado County, to be voted on by property owners within the South Shore Snow Removal Zone of Benefit.

This zone does not include property owners within the City of South Lake Tahoe. If passed by a two-thirds margin, the $60 per parcel increase is expected to generate some $540,000 per year, solely for the purchase of new snow removal equipment. No funds can be used for salaries or benefits.

According to county officials, the snow removal assessment has not been increased since 1983 while equipment costs have increased 400%.

Their current fleet includes five of seven blowers that are more than 40 years old and 93% of the fleet has been deemed “gross polluters” due to their emission of greenhouse gases. The Tahoe Chamber frequently hears complaints from business owners and residents about the lack of effective and timely snow removal within the county at Lake Tahoe.

Measure M provides an opportunity for affected property owners to address long-standing concerns about their snow removal level of service.

Letter: Forever grateful to LVFPD for saving home, yes on ‘B’ (Opinion)

Dear Editor:

We would like to urge voters to vote yes on Measure B.

Our Lake Valley Fire Protection District is vitally important to our daily lives, and their firefighters deserve to have safe equipment and apparatus. They are only asking for $52 per year, which is just $4.33 per household per month. Most of us spend more than that in one trip to Starbucks. Let’s help our firefighters.

We owe LVFPD so much — they saved our home.

We received a call one morning from a neighbor telling us that the home next to us was fully engulfed in flames. This was a “Red Flag” warning day in September – very dry and windy. We were out of town, three-hours away from Tahoe and we did not know what we would be coming home to find.

With amazing and quick work by LVFPD, our home was saved. It was nothing less than a miracle that they were able to keep the fire contained to one structure.

We had a bit of scorching on the side of our home, but the damage was very minor. We could have lost everything that we own. It was one of the scariest situations that we have ever experienced.

We are forever grateful to LVFPD and all the amazing firefighters and paramedics.

Thank you.

Patti Assayag and Randy Wheeler, South Lake Tahoe

Incline boys’ and girls’ basketball teams each claim regional championships

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams rolled to titles this weekend and both will be the top-ranked teams this week heading into the state championships.

The Highlander boys crushed Yerington 76-50 for the second time in a week on Friday then jumped out to a big lead over West Wendover before holding on for a 68-60 victory Saturday in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 2A Northern Region Championships at Pershing County High School.

The Highlanders earned back-to-back regional titles and will try to defend their state championship starting Wednesday at Lawlor Events Center on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno.

Incline jumped out to a 21-15 lead after the first period and led 38-22 at halftime in beating West Wendover for the third time this season. The Wolverines went on a third quarter run to make the score 58-51 heading into the final period.

Incline (24-3) will face the No. 2 seed from the south, The Meadows School (19-7), at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals. The winner plays at 1 p.m. Saturday against either West Wendover (19-8) or the south’s top seed, Lincoln County (19-8).

The Lady Highlanders (22-3) played suffocating defense on their way to the regional title.

Incline dumped Battle Mountain 48-23 on Friday and defending state champ White Pine 36-19 on Saturday for the northern region crown.

The girls were never threatened in either game and head to state on a 15-game winning streak.

Incline will play the south’s No. 2 seed, Lincoln County (15-9), who were co-champs of the Southern League, at 2:30 p.m., also at Lawlor.

The winner will play either the south’s top seed Calvary Chapel Christian (20-7) or White Pine (19-4) at 11 a.m. Thursday for the title.

Lake Tahoe Basin, El Dorado County roadwork schedule Feb. 24-29

Monday through Saturday, Feb. 24-29.

SPECIAL EVENT

State Route 28 (Placer County) from the junction with State Route 89 to Sierra Terrace Road in Tahoe City: Motorists can expect the highway closed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 29 for the SnowFest Parade.

SHORT-TERM PROJECTS

State Route 28 (Placer County) from Onyx Street to Speed Boat Avenue: Motorists can expect the highway closed intermittently at various locations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday for water testing work. 

State Route 28 (Placer County) from Laurel Drive to Anderson Road: Eastbound motorists can expect the #1 lane closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for tree work. 

State Route 49 (El Dorado County) from Bradley Drive to Fowler Lane: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control at various times Monday through Friday to switch traffic over to a new alignment.

U.S. Highway 50 (El Dorado County) from Cirugu Street to Navaho Drive in Meyers: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday for electrical work. 

U.S. Highway 50 (El Dorado County) from Lodi Street to Reno Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect the #2 lane closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday for electrical work. 

U.S. Highway 50 (El Dorado County) from Friday Avenue in South Lake Tahoe to Upper Truckee Road in Meyers: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect highway closed intermittently at various locations from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday for water testing work. 

State Route 89 (El Dorado County) from Meeks Bay Resort to Sugar Pine State Park in Tahoma: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for tree work. 

State Route 193 (El Dorado County) from Penobscot Road to Ricci Road in Greenwood: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control at various locations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for shoulder work. 

State Route 267 (Placer County) from Carnelian Bay Avenue to the junction with State Route 28 in Kings Beach: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control at various locations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday for crack-sealing work. 

LONG-TERM PROJECTS

U.S. Highway 50 (El Dorado County): Work is winter suspension on a $5.2 million project to upgrade metal beam guardrail and construct concrete barriers at 89 locations from the Red Hawk Undercrossing to 1.9 miles west of the junction with State Route 89 in Meyers. Completion is expected in late spring 2020

U.S. Highway 50 (El Dorado County): Work is in winter suspension on a $14.1 million project to replace the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct, located 7 miles west of South Lake Tahoe. This project is replacing the current bridge, built in 1939, with a new structure to meet current design and safety standards. Completion is expected this fall. For more information, visit way2tahoe.com 

U.S. Highway 50 (El Dorado County): Work is in winter suspension on a $57 million project from the “Y” intersection at State Route 89 to the Trout Creek Bridge in South Lake Tahoe. This project is building new drainage systems to collect and treat stormwater runoff, rebuilding curbs, gutters and sidewalks, widening the highway to allow for bike lanes and resurfacing the roadway. Completion is expected this spring.

State Route 193 (El Dorado County): Work is in winter suspension on a $6.1 million project to build retaining walls at two locations on State Route 193 between Kelsey Road and Rock Creek Road and to install metal beam guardrail. Completion is expected this spring.

The Caltrans District Traffic Management Branch has reviewed each project and determined that individual project delays are expected to be less than the statewide policy maximum of 30 minutes, unless noted otherwise above. Lanes are numbered from the center divide (No. 1) to the shoulder (Nos. 2, 3, 4, etc.).

Unexpected schedule changes may occur. For current information on roadwork, delays, road conditions and emergency closures, call the voice-activated Caltrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623 or visit Caltrans’ “QuickMap” website at: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/