Road Work to Delay Three El Dorado Hills Residential Developments

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 18, 2016 / comments

["El Dorado County officials have asked Winn Communities to realign Bass Lake’s intersection with Country Club Lane in that area to improve traffic flow."]

by Ben van der Meer, Sacramento Business Journal -- Winn Communities is looking for an extension on entitlements for three housing projects in El Dorado County. But it’s not because of lagging confidence in the market, or even a lack of labor. Rather, the company wants to complete needed road infrastructure first, said George Carpenter, a company vice president. 

Tahoe Man gets 2 years Probation, 200 hours Community Service for Bear Killing

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 18, 2016 / comments

by Sebastian Foltz - The man who admitted to illegally shooting a juvenile bear in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood last summer was sentenced in El Dorado County Superior Court, Friday, March 18.

Gilbert Wetenkamp, 75, was given two years probation after pleading no contest on Friday, March 11. The court also ordered Wetenkamp to complete 200 hours of community service, preferably involving work with animals in some capacity.

Annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge Returns This Weekend to Lake Tahoe

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 18, 2016 / comments

[Participants run into Lake Tahoe during a previous Polar Plunge. Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos / Courtesy | KLC fotos.]

by Adam Jensen - Sunny skies will greet hundreds of participants in an annual dip into Lake Tahoe this weekend, but clear weather may do little to warm the water for those willing to brave the lake in winter.

Tahoe Basin Snowpack Water Content Reached 104 Percent of Average

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 18, 2016 / comments

[by Sebastian Foltz]  After a quiet February, the Lake Tahoe region’s snowpack recovered significantly following early March storms.

“We far exceeded our expected March total,” California Department of Water Resources chief of snow surveys David Rizzardo said. “That was a good turnaround from February.”

Snow and rain totals yielded 14 inches of precipitation in and around the Tahoe Basin, more than double the average for the entire month of March. As a result, Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts recorded between 50 and 110 inches of snow during the two weeks of storms.

Teen's Tahoe Death Prompts Petaluma Parents Concerns about Prescription Drug Abuse

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 18, 2016 / comments

"It was in January 2013 that 19-year-old Casa Grande graduate Alyssa Byrne walked away from a music festival on a cold night in South Lake Tahoe, having ingested numerous synthetic drugs. A utility worker found her body outdoors three days later, and an autopsy found both hypothermia and drugs to have contributed to her death. The death shook close-knit Petaluma while laying bare the emotional stakes of drug use.