Huge crowds, little crime, no wildfires highlight busy Lake Tahoe July 4 weekend | SierraSun.com

Huge crowds, little crime, no wildfires highlight busy Lake Tahoe July 4 weekend

Matthew Renda and Jason ShuehSierra Sun
Sylas Wright / Sierra Sun Local pro snowboarder Ralph Backstrom rides through a sea of spectators during the Lake Cushing Crossing at Squaw Valley on Sunday. The annual pond crossing (normally held in May) saw a record turnout, with thousands of people crowding around the venue and onto to the surrounding hillside. The large crowds were the big story of the Fourth of July weekend.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; The region witnessed large bustling crowds of people over the Fourth of July weekend, but the scores of visitors and festive atmosphere did not translate into much disorderly behavior, said law enforcement officials.The Placer County Sheriff’s Office booked 16 individuals over the three-day holiday weekend, said Lt. John Weaver, only a quarter of the bookings recorded last year.andamp;#8220;There were very little physical altercations,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;I think it was mostly a family oriented event.andamp;#8221;The majority of the calls the sheriff’s office responded to related to noise disturbances and alcohol-related issues stemming from parties, Weaver said.North Tahoe Fire Protection District received 52 calls for service between Friday and Monday, said Dave Zaski, public information officer for the district. Two of the calls related to vehicle accidents, while the bulk related to emergency medical situations, Zaski said.andamp;#8220;That’s about right what we usually do,andamp;#8221; he said.Truckee Police Department Capt. Harwood Mitchell said Tuesday other than one local resident arrested for drunken boating on Donner Lake before the fireworks Monday, the weekend was relatively calm.andamp;#8220;I’m very pleased with how the Fourth of July went in all aspects,andamp;#8221; Mitchell said Tuesday. andamp;#8220;We had a pretty good night and a pretty good day yesterday.andamp;#8221;During the Truckee Fourth of July parade, Mitchell said crowds for the most part were respectful to other spectators, and no incidents were reported.After the fireworks, an arrest was made at the Tourist Club bar where a physical altercation occurred, but no other incidents were reported.While a bevy of small wildfires cropped up in the surrounding valleys andamp;#8212; as well as a large Nixon fire east of Reno that was fully contained early Tuesday after scorching 11,000 acres, but no structures andamp;#8212; there were no wildland fires reported over the weekend in the Truckee/Tahoe area.

Following a disappointing spring that saw the cancellation of the highly anticipated kick-off of the Amgen Tour of California due to weather, and a snow-heavy and visitor-light Memorial Day weekend, regional businesses are finally celebrating the official arrival of the summer tourist season.Chase Allstadt, a manager at Tahoe City Kayak, said his store can’t keep stand-up paddleboard boats on the shelf, and the rental portion of the business was very busy throughout the weekend. andamp;#8220;If we get the appropriate weather, we’ll have a typically busy summer,andamp;#8221; he said. David Lutz, owner of Evergreen Restaurant in downtown Tahoe City, hailed the weekend as a success.andamp;#8220;Saturday was one of the busiest days we’ve ever had,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;It was absolute mayhem.andamp;#8221;Lutz said Tahoe City’s fireworks have a big impact on his business, as many patrons watch the display from the restaurant’s outdoor patio. andamp;#8220;We’d be full anyway, but there is definitely more due to the fireworks,andamp;#8221; he said.At the Hampton Inn andamp; Suites in Truckee, the hotel was fully booked by the Friday before this past weekend, with slim availability in previous weeks, said general manager Rick Rucker, adding that revenues were better this weekend than last year’s holiday.J.J. Morgan, owner of the Truckee Hotel and Moody’s restaurant, said he saw a slight boost in sales at the restaurant and in room bookings at the hotel.andamp;#8220;Usually it kind of turns down a bit after the Fourth of July, then picks up,andamp;#8221; Morgan said. andamp;#8220;It was good andamp;#8212; it wasn’t ground breaking.andamp;#8221;

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