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Staff reportsOn Tuesday, U.S. Forest Service crews completed the first part of a prescribed fire underburn project west of Brockway Summit. Crews are now mopping up the 50 acres that were burned. Completion of the remaining 65 acres will resume when weather conditions are favorable, according to Rex Norman, with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.Residents in the general area, as well as travelers on Highway 267 can expect to see periodic and lingering smoke from hot spots in the project area that may be visible over the following days, Norman said in a news release.The project has the dual objectives of reducing wildfire risks and enhancing forest health conditions, he said.

Staff reportsThe sheet metal buildings along West River Street on the old Nevada County Corporation yard, now owned by the Town of Truckee, have been torn down.The town-hired contractor, which has been importing top soil and seeding the area to prevent erosion, should have a split-rail fence built around the vacant lot soon, said Alex Terrazas, assistant to the town manager.The 1.5-acre parcel is expected to be a integral part of the redevelopment plan for the urban portion of the river. The Downtown River Revitalization Plan will be reviewed by the town council later this month.The town is still waiting for results from a lab that is measuring the contamination levels of an old leech field that runs through the corporation yard property. If contamination levels are high, the site may require more environmental work even though Nevada County spent approximately $200,000 for cleanup, Terrazas said.Almost 80 percent of the sheet metal, concrete and asphalt from the demolished buildings were recycled, said Terrazas.

Sun News ServiceSOUTH LAKE TAHOE Town of Truckee attorney and South Shore resident Dennis Crabb has garnered the most campaign contributions in the El Dorado County District 5 supervisor race.With four El Dorado County supervisor candidates for Tahoes District 5 seat submitting their first round of financial reporting, campaign contributions are all over the map in their amounts. Crabb has collected $21,575 for his campaign, an active one in terms of coffee chats and dessert dining. And this amount doesnt count the upcoming Monte Carlo fundraiser scheduled Oct. 14 at the Lake Tahoe Airport. A $10,000 loan alone he took out for himself was reported in the war chest. The largest contribution outside of his own was taken in by the Laborers Local 185 Political Action Committee, a construction-related union out of Sacramento.Some people have taken issue with many of Crabbs contributions coming from outside the district. But Crabb views the outreach as a sign of how far-reaching the county supervisors job extends.Health care worker Norma Santiago, who has enlisted the help of the Democratic party for her campaign, has the next highest amount of money raised, with $4,495.

Staff reportsThe Truckee-based Sierra Business Council will hold its 11th annual conference in Murphys, Calif. on Oct. 21-22. The conference will address three major topics, including sustainable business and development practices, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and arts, agricultural, and heritage tourism. The conference will draw hundreds of business entrepreneurs, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and decision-makers from communities throughout the Sierra Nevada and beyond. Keynote speakers include Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capital Solutions and co-author of Natural Capitalism; Michel Gelobter, executive director of Redefining Progress and co-author of The Soul of Environmentalism; and Kevin Starr, Californias legendary historian and author of the six-volume series Americans and the California Dream.For complete conference details, go to sbcouncil.org/conference05.htm or call 582-4800.