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Placer Supervisors eye Truckee River alcohol ban

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

After a raucous Fourth of July of rafting on the Truckee River, where one rafter was seriously injured, Placer County supervisors on Monday discussed a ban on alcohol on the river.

At the supervisors’ meeting in Kings Beach, business owners along the Truckee River spoke about safety, traffic and cleanliness concerns related to alcohol use on the river.

“We just don’t need it anymore,” said Nick Fuller with Truckee River Raft Company. “We’d like to go back to families.”

River Ranch owner and manager Bric Haley agreed, citing examples of underage girls throwing up on themselves and other teenagers passing out in the water.

The requested ban would include just the Fourth of July holiday when rafting and restaurant operations experience the most trouble, but the alcohol ban might span the Labor Day weekend, too.

The business owners and others want Placer County to take the lead in banning alcohol on the river over the busiest holidays, similar to how Sacramento County pursued state legislation for a Fourth of July alcohol ban on the American River.

District 5 Supervisor Bruce Kranz, whose district includes Lake Tahoe, expressed support for the proposal.

He said county staff would look further into the logistics of a possible ban ” the specific dates and holidays, for what parts of the Truckee River and how best to enforce the legislation ” and the board will revisit the issue at the next Tahoe meeting.