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Tight security for arriving lawmakers

Andrew Pridgen
Sun News Service

Law enforcement and parks officials are “working around the clock” to secure the northern part of the basin for the incoming politicians expected to attend the Lake Tahoe Summit at Sand Harbor on Thursday.

“Most of the coordination is being done by Sen. Ensign’s office,” said Sgt. Bill Devine of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Incline Village Substation. “The NHP and State Parks at Sand Harbor is also staffing up.

“Basically we’re here for back-up and support, God-forbid should anything happen.”

The summit is expected to up to 400 attendees.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger formally declined an invitation (though some have reported he is visiting the Lake Tahoe Basin this week).

Local law enforcement officials said that most security matters of “high-profile” officials are handled by “their own people.”

“Of course we like to be appraised of who’s going to be here and where they’re going to be just so we know,” Devine said. “But, on our end, it’s mostly business as usual, and just making sure things go smoothly.”

State parks officials this week noted Sand Harbor will remain open to the public during the event, but a large part of the parking lot will be set aside for attendees.

“The park, which often reaches capacity during the summer, even on weekdays, may not be able to accommodate those attending the Tahoe Summit and the normal number of park visitors,” said Dave Morrow, spokesman for Nevada Division of State Parks. “We encourage those who want to spend the day at the lake to either delay their visit or select an alternate site.”

Local law enforcement officials said they’ll be on-hand to help mitigate traffic congestion.

“There may be a minor delay at 9 a.m.,” Devine said. “But we’re not going to tell people not to go to Carson or anything.

“We’re hoping things go smoothly.”