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New Briefs: Volunteers remove 750 pounds of trash during Lake Tahoe Earth Day cleanup

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Volunteers cleaned up more than 700 pounds of trash in the span of three hours Monday.

Hosted by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the fifth annual South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Cleanup brought out more than 60 volunteers to the Heavenly Village area Monday, April 22.

They removed 750 pounds of trash and over 6,000 cigarette butts, according to the League.

“We continued to be amazed at the amount of trash found in and around Lake Tahoe,” Marilee Movius, the League’s community engagement manager, said in a press release. “Cleanups like these are critical to ensuring our lake remains a beautiful place for us all to enjoy. We thank all of our partners and volunteers that joined together to be part of the solution.”

Trash was collected, sorted and weighed at the end of the event.

“Cleanups are only part of the solution. Ultimately if we want to protect our lake, then we need to reduce the amount of trash being put into our environment,” Jesse Patterson, the League chief strategy officer, said in the release. “For that reason, we ask that everyone pack out their trash or dispose of it properly.”

— Tahoe Daily Tribune

26K animals saved in 41 years of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

Featured speakers at the April 8 Tahoe League for Charity discussion were Tom and Cheryl Millham, founders of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

From a handful of people in 1978 with an idea to help wildlife in their area, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care has grown to be an organization that now provides a service to more than nine counties in California and Nevada surrounding the Lake Tahoe region.

The Millhams showed a slideshow describing and showing the efforts and results of their wonderful wildlife rescue organization. The slides included various wild animals and birds that have been rescued through the years. A total of 26,000 animals have been saved from fire, abandonment and injury and treated during the 41 years of operation. Theirs is the only facility in the High Sierra to rescue wildlife at no fee.

To date approximately 2,500 individuals have been trained to provide this service. For info on this rescue operation or to inquire about becoming a trainee contact http://www.ltwc.org.

The next meeting for Tahoe League for Charity will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 15, at Jake’s on the Lake In Tahoe City, with Eric Harnvetd from the North Tahoe Fire Department discussing fire prevention. This meeting is open to the public by reservation only for $20 per person which includes lunch (choice of two entrees). Contact Nileta Morton at morton@jutland.com. Check out our organization at tahoeleagueforcharity.org.

— Submitted to the Sun

Incline Village residents appeal cell tower decision

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A controversial decision on a proposed cell tower is being appealed by residents, who argue the nearly 120-foot structure will fundamentally change the neighborhood right in the center of town.

The appeal, filed April 17 by seven local property owners, contests a split decision earlier this month by the Washoe County Board of Adjustment. With two members absent, the five-member board vote 2-1 to approve the 117-foot monopole located roughly 100 feet south of the intersection of Incline Way and Village Boulevard.

The vote came after a deluge of public comment largely calling for the board to reject the special use permit needed for the cell tower.

The arguments ranged from health concerns — a factor that the board was told not to consider, as that is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, which had already said the project fell within safe limits — to obstruction of scenic views and destruction to the neighborhood’s character.

The tower would be disguised as a tree, although it would admittedly rise above the existing tree line in the area. Slat fencing would be used around the perimeter of the site, which is currently a vacant lot adjacent to a dentist office.

The tower could hold up to four antenna arrays. The four major carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Spring and T Mobile — have all expressed interest in being on the tower, according to Incline Partners LLC, the company proposing the project.

— Tahoe Daily Tribune