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Student’s threats investigated

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department received a report March 30 that a youth had threatened to turn North Tahoe High School into a “Columbine incident.”

According to the sheriff’s report, the matter was referred to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department because the student is enrolled in a charter school within its jurisdiction. Apparently, the student had told a peer of his supposed intentions.

Detective Sgt. Jeff Granum of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said the matter was investigated, but was determined to be “unfounded.”

According to Granum, the minor’s father was contacted; it was found that guns were kept in the household, but were stored in a locked case and the student did not have ready access to them.

Slash and burning to begin

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin burning slash piles along Highway 89 at the end of the four lanes just north of the wye intersection.

Next week, the LTBMU will burn slash piles in the Golden Bear subdivision in the vicinity of Sourdough and Gold Dust trails. Burning of piles near Oneidas will also begin next week and continue into the following week. If weather conditions permit, pile burning in the Cold Creek and Alice Lake Road areas will begin in approximately three weeks.

The objective of prescribed burning is to reduce slash and brush, or “fuel loading,” near residential areas, thus decreasing the risk of major fire in the wildland/urban interface.

In planning each burn, LTBMU fire management personnel work with the National Weather Service and local air-quality management districts to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities. However, some smoke may settle into drainages and valleys during morning and evening hours until atmospheric conditions allow the smoke to disperse. At night personnel will monitor burn sites at regular intervals. When necessary, patrols will be stationed on site continuously.

The status of daily Forest Service burn activities at Lake Tahoe is available on the LTBMU burn hotline, 573-2707, and also on the LTBMU’s Web site at http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/ltbmu.

PCSO wants volunteers

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office/Lake Tahoe Station is looking for Search and Rescue communications volunteers.

Search and Rescue communications volunteers provide vital radio and telephone support between sheriff coordinators and those who are performing the search functions, such as the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.

For more information or to join the Placer County Sheriff’s Volunteer Communications team, call Detective Sgt. Jeff Granum at 581-6321.

Training for BEAR League

RENO – The Bear League will be hosting its annual training seminar May 5 for those interested in promoting the coexistence between bears and people. This training, taught in cooperation with law enforcement and wildlife experts, is geared to provide information and solutions to prevent human and bear conflict. Those who complete the class will have the option of joining the local Bear Team and will be qualified to respond to calls for help from the public.

The training will be at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. A $25 registration fee is required to cover the costs of materials, snacks, lunch and soft drinks. Reservations are necessary before May 1.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Bear League at 525-PAWS (7297) or 525-1829.


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