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North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial: Crime logs finally make their return

This week, after a roughly 7-year hiatus (in print) and 5-year hiatus overall, we've brought back crime logs in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.

Our goal moving forward is to publish the logs — which cover crimes and information germane to the Incline Village/Crystal Bay beat of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office — on a weekly basis (assuming there is crime) both in print and on our website at tahoedailytribune.com.

For those who remember, we had to make a lot of tough choices in 2010 and 2011, as did many newspapers during the Great Recession, and one was to no longer devote staff time to compiling the logs. It was not a popular decision, and many of us heard as much from community members over the years who were upset to see it go.

Further, a couple years before that, we made the decision to publish the logs online only as we started to balance the content we wanted to publish online vs. in print, while beginning to mull many more changes we had to make as the world of social media and online communication began to really take off.

That decision drew a memorable letter to the editor from Linda Cardillo published Dec. 11, 2008, titled, "Crime log should stay in Bonanza," which read like this:

"I'd like to express my frustration with your decision to no longer print the crime log in the Bonanza. You acknowledge that this item is popular, yet you no longer print it. You claim that by only having this feature available online you are 'moving forward.'

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"I doubt that most residents read this paper online, so I don't see how this is moving forward. It's hard to imagine that this feature could not be fit into the printed paper. Everyone I have spoken to believes that it is necessary to know what is happening with crime in our towns. This is a needed service that is performed by a local paper…"

We at the Bonanza understand that our decisions often are put under a microscope, and we are grateful for the criticism we receive. Linda's comments were good ones at the time, and some would probably say they rang appropriate over the past several years.

Unfortunately, it just took us a long time to get the crime logs back. Now that they are, we'd like to send a boatload of thanks to WCSO Lt. Jeff Clark, commander of the Incline Village Substation, for working with us to get this important piece of news back in the paper for Incline Village and Crystal Bay residents to read.

Look for them in the news section every week. As is the case with crime in any community, expect some weeks' logs to be longer than others, and expect some to be more "interesting" than others in terms of the actual crimes committed and investigated.

Also, for those who remember, longtime Incline resident and WCSO Sgt. Bill Devine played a key role in the, well, "humor" of the logs we published pre-2008.

While the current rendition might not be as funny, we hope they do their job to keep you all informed.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Unsigned editorials are the opinion of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial staff.