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Tahoe-Truckee news briefs: Winter parking laws in effect

Last week, the Truckee Police Department issued a reminder to residents about parking laws during the winter months.

“Residents and visitors alike are … reminded that there is no parking in the Town Right of Way from November 1st to April 30th,” according to a TPD statement. “Vehicles parked in the Right of Way are subject to citation and towing. The Right of Way includes areas on both sides of the snow poles.”

In other words, according to the town, even if a vehicle is parked off the pavement, it may still be in the Right of Way.

“The intent of this law is to prevent damage to your vehicle from snow removal equipment,” officials said.

According to previous reports, tickets for violating the law are $150 plus administrative fees.

Similar laws exist elsewhere in the region. For the North and West shores of Lake Tahoe, in Soda Springs and other local areas in Placer County, parking is prohibited on roadway shoulders from Nov. 1 to May 1.

The county-wide ordinance is reportedly enforced with or without snow on the ground.

According to past reports, fines for violators vary. For general illegal parking on the roadway shoulders, a ticket is $50. For illegal parking that obstructs plowing operations or vehicles, the citation is $98.50. The fine jumps $100 for second offenses and another $100 for third and subsequent offenses, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

To read full details about these laws, visit bit.ly/2gGyc0g for a previous Sierra Sun report.

Jonny Moseley to help Tahoe City PUD christen new ice rink

On Saturday, Dec. 10, join the Tahoe City Public Utility District and Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley for the grand opening of the Tahoe City Ice Rink.

According to the PUD, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and donor recognition is scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by Moseley doing the honors of “breaking the ice.”

Free skating, including skate rentals, will be available to the public afterward until 6 p.m.

The rink is will be located at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park (at the Tahoe City Golf Course). According to the PUD and previous Sun reports, the portable rink is 4,000 square feet — 50 feet by 80 feet, or, about the size of a basketball court.

Tahoe Cross Country, the company that currently runs the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, will operate the rink, while TCPUD parks staff would manage its upkeep.

Operational information about the park and all the amenities can be found at http://www.wintersportspark.com. Visit bit.ly/2gGtL6Z to read a previous Sierra Sun report with more details on the project.

Truckee CHP locates missing 92-year-old woman stuck in snowbank

At about 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, an officer with the Truckee branch of the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to a possible traffic collision on Interstate 80, officials said Tuesday.

Upon arrival, the officer made contact with an “extremely disoriented” driver whose vehicle was stuck in a snowbank, according to a news release from CHP.

The stranded motorist identified herself as Zelpha Sparling, 92, of Durham, Calif. Upon running a records check of Mrs. Sparling, she returned as the subject of a Silver Alert, which the Chico Police Department issued at about 10:30 p.m. Monday evening.

“Mrs. Sparling was last seen at approximately (4 p.m.) on November 27 … when she had left home to go to Walmart in Chico,” according to the new release. “A Silver Alert was requested by the family when Mrs. Sparling did not return home. The family knew she did not like to drive at night and could easily become disoriented.”

A Silver Alert is used to broadcast information about missing persons – especially senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other mental disabilities.

On Tuesday morning, CHP-Truckee officers made arrangements to return Sparling to her family, meeting them in Grass Valley for the safe reunion.

Tahoe Fund seeks environmental project submissions

The Tahoe Fund recently opened its online project submission portal for environmental organizations that would like to partner with the regional nonprofit. Organizations are invited to submit project ideas by Jan. 29, 2017 at http://www.tahoefund.org/submit-a-project/.

The Tahoe Fund is seeking projects for its 2017 Signature and Premier Project Portfolios. These are late-stage projects that will improve Lake Tahoe’s environment by enhancing the water quality of the Lake, restoring watersheds, providing healthier forests, improving transportation and fostering outdoor recreation, according to a news release from the Tahoe Fiund.

Eligible projects must be able to demonstrate that all environmental permits will be obtained, enjoy strong community support, and have other sources of funding identified.

“We want to continue to help solve the environmental challenges at Tahoe with the great support of the private community,” Tahoe Fund Projects Committee Co-Chair Jim Lawrence said in a statement. “We are looking for project ideas that need our support to be completed.”

Since 2010, the Tahoe Fund has raised funds from private donors for more than 20 environmental improvement projects including new bike paths, watershed restorations, removal of aquatic invasive species and environmental stewardship programs.