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Year 2000 begins with few problems

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

The year 2000 entered Truckee in relatively quiet style, according to reports received from public agencies.

From among Town of Truckee offices, Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency, Truckee Sanitary District, Truckee-Donner Public Utility District and Truckee-Tahoe Airport, only the PUD reported abnormalities in computer functions during the changeover, and those abnormalities were slight, General Manager Peter Holzmeister said.

“We didn’t have any problems that affected our customers,” Holzmeister said. “We did find that some of our water system controls needed to be reset, which simply meant shutting them off and turning them on again.”

The water system controls requiring resetting were remote terminal units located at the PUD’s pump stations and the problem lasted less than five minutes per station, Holzmeister said.

“We were watching our pump stations closely because they are crucial to our customers,” he said.

Apparently, the transition from 1999 to 2000 was as uneventful for revelers as for computers in the Truckee area, according to local law enforcement officials.

Captain Gary Jacobson of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said all officers were on duty the evening of Dec. 31, 1999, and very few calls were received during the course of the evening.

“It was very quiet,” Jacobson said. “We had some minor party calls and calls about fireworks. It was an excellent night for law enforcement.”

California Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Ron Wulff said the New Year’s Eve shift was uneventful enough to release at 3 a.m. some staff from their holiday 12-hour shifts to the standard 9-hour shift.

“It was pretty mellow,” Wulff said. “Other than a lot of traffic on the weekend it was pretty quiet. There were a lot of accidents during the storm (on Saturday), but nothing serious.”

Locally, 16 CHP officers were on duty serving the Truckee area while another 10 CHP officers from Truckee worked in the South Lake Tahoe area during the night of Dec. 31.

One DUI arrest was made in Truckee on New Year’s Eve and an additional four DUI arrests were made on New Year’s Day, Wulff said.


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