Issue Watch: North Tahoe Fire Budget, Coldstream development, State park burns |

Issue Watch: North Tahoe Fire Budget, Coldstream development, State park burns

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District is required to adopt a final budget by the end of September each fiscal year to subsidize employee salaries, equipment maintenance and other district expenditures.

Although the State of California has not finalized their budget yet, the fire district has adopted the final budget in the amount of $10.3 million for 2008-09.

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District will adopt the final budget for the fiscal year at the board meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 221 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City.

Planned Community One, also known as Coldstream, is a development proposed in Truckee near the eastern end of Donner Lake.

The project would be built on 178 acres of reclaimed mines, and include up to 70,000 square feet of commercial space, up to 345 residential units, along with reshaped mining ponds formed for recreation use.

Town council will receive an update on Planned Community One at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Truckee Town Hall.

With tourism slowing down and weather cooling, California State Parks is getting ready to perform prescribed burns in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Prescribed and/or pile burning is planned for Sugar Pine Point State Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Washoe Meadows State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, Burton Creek State Park, and D.L. Bliss State Park. The burns will help thin the forests and reintroduce fire into the ecosystem.

The state park burns will take place between now and January. For more information call the Sierra District burn hotline at 583-2240

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