Wednesday, July 30, 2014

34th Annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run this weekend

The view looking down on High Camp.

Saturday, August 2 marks the annual trek up the service road from Squaw Valley’s Base Camp at 6,200 feet to the Base Camp at 8,200 feet. This 3.6 mile climb offers a considerable challenge for runners who refuse to walk a step and good quality exercise for leisurely hikers.

The 9:00am race includes two aid stations, awards, raffle prizes, live music, souvenir shirts (while they last), and a souvenir beer glass with beer at High Camp.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Smoke from the Sand Fire may bypass Lake Tahoe

Healthy air at Tahoe right now.

The Sand Fire, south of Placerville, has burned more than 1,300 acres. The fire started yesterday and is 20% contained. Smoke from the fire is impacting air quality in the foothills near Placerville and in the Sacramento Valley. 

According to the website, the air quality around the Lake Tahoe Basin was “moderate” today. The National Weather Service in Reno is expecting the winds to turn westerly on Sunday, pushing smoke away from Lake Tahoe. Visibility should remain above 6-10 miles.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hot August Nights begins in South Lake Tahoe

Classic street rod.

The week long hot rod event that brings street rods from all over the country to Reno/Sparks, begins this week at South Lake Tahoe. This Friday and Saturday Ski Run Boulevard and Heavenly Village will be the venue for car shows, vendor booths, music, and a car cruise.
The car shows and vendor booths are open from 10:00am to 7:00pm both days. Music at the Heavenly Village Stage ends at 9:00pm both days. The price for entering a car is $40, but attendance is free.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tahoe Rim Trail User Survey

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) will be conducting a survey and count of trail users on July 26, 2014. Grant money from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will pay for the data collection. The data collected will be used to improve access to the trailheads through alternative modes of travel.

Volunteers are needed at every trailhead for the count and survey. Volunteers can choose from a list of times and locations. The work requires time, comfortable chair, and a willingness to talk to people.

You can register at the TRTA website or contact Mary Bennington 775-298-4486 or for more information.

All volunteer shifts are between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. Morning shifts are 4.5 hours and afternoon shifts are 3.5 hours.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ATV rider seriously injured on Donner Summit

A 47-year-old woman from Fair Oaks was seriously injured last Sunday when the ATV she was riding slipped off the trail and rolled down an embankment. The woman tumbled 50 to 100 feet downhill and came to rest near active railroad tracks.

The railroad tracks were shut down for the rescuers safety while the rescue was in progress. The woman was airlifted from the embankment by the CHP Helicopter H-20, stationed at the Auburn Airport.

Was the victim wearing a helmet?  Not really. According to the CHP she was wearing a bicycle helmet. The bicycle helmet broke into several pieces.

The woman was flown to Auburn where another helicopter flew her to a trauma center in Reno.