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A nice visitor eating your food

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a story about a bear breaking into a home in South Lake Tahoe home.

http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/A-bear-breaks-into-a-South-Lake-Tahoe-home-485640211.html

A South Lake Tahoe family got this surprise on June 13, 2018, after a bear broke into their home and it has happened more than once.

 

More than 20 years of living in South Lake Tahoe, Lane Sykes and Carole Scofield consider themselves lucky.

"It's a discomforting feeling to think, oh dear, do I dare leave the house," said Carole Scofield, Homeowner.

That discomforting feeling lingered from what took place this Wednesday evening.

"I still couldn't understand how a seven foot bear, 300 pound could fit through that (window)," said Lane Sykes.

But that's exactly what happened, Lane, Carole and their friends left the house for more than an hour. But what happened next, shocked them. 
A bear managed to get inside the house through a small window and helped itself to a free dinner.

"The doors were locked. We left the back window open, which is a small window; I have never thought a bear could get in that window,” said Sykes.

The bear made several food trips while the residents were gone. When they returned home, a friend saw the bear in the kitchen.

"I thought she was kidding and then I said, ‘oh no, it's Tahoe,’ it could be because she looked frightened and very scared," said Scofield.

Carole says this was the second time this bear has broken into their house. Last year, it broke down the front door. Over a 15 years ago, the family says they have had six incidents with bears.

Even though the Lane and Carole laugh about the incident now, they hope others can learned from their experience and close all entry points, no matter how small.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife says bears usually get their food from garbage cans, but now have expanded their food search further.

"Some point in the bear's life gained type of food reward by breaking in a cabin or a home, so they remember that, so the behavior is likely to be repeated," said Lesa Johnston, California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Johnston suggests residents living in bear country, never leave food out people should call 911, if a bear breaks in.

Lane and Carole are glad it was only clean up required this time around.

"We are very lucky. Both major break ins we were very lucky. I know a lot of people have not been. It has been very costly," said Scofield.

The couple are talking with the State Game and Fish regarding the incident to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Johnston says if a bear breaks in, make sure you do not block the exits, so the bear can get out to a safe location.

Rain Storms

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Our late spring rain storms has brought on some damages to our roads and homes in the area. Please be careful out there. Here is a story from a mudslide from Alpine Meadows.

http://mynews4.com/news/local/two-small-mudslides-close-of-portion-of-alpine-meadows-road-near-squaw-valley

Two small mudslides have shut down a portion of Alpine Meadows Road.

 

One slide is at Bear Creek Drive and Alpine Meadows Road and the other is a the Five Lakes Trail and Alpine Meadows Road, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

The road will be closed overnight, but is expected to be cleaned up first thing Friday morning.

Memorial Day 2018

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

We would like to thank all of our men and women who are currently serving. We would like to thank the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. Without these individuals who have given their life, my family, would not have an opportunity to live in this country. If you are out this weekend please remind yourself that this weekend is not about sales or an extended weekend so we can have a barbecue. Please stop for a few minutes to remember the men and women that have given their life so that we can be in a free nation. Without their work our nation would be a different place. Without our countries support of the military they cannot survive. Please if you can donate your services, products or time to a special veterans group that is near and dear to your heart. Have a blessed weekend!!

Topaz Lake

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a story about flooding that occurred at Topaz Lake.

http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Mudslide-blocks-US-395-at-Topaz-Lodge-483277591.html

A portion of U.S. 395 near the Topaz Lodge is closed following multiple mudslides. U.S. 395 is closed in both direction from SR 208 to the Nevada/California state line. The closed area is at mile marker 1 in Douglas County.

The incident happened around 6:38 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018. Douglas County officials say approximately 20 occupied vehicles were impacted on the roadways.The Topaz Lodge was occupied with about 200 people who sheltered in place during the event. No one was hurt in the mudslides.

Officials say last year's Slinkered Fire in Douglas County contributed to the debris flow.

The Nevada Department of Transportation has sent a plow and a loader truck to remove mud from the road. Emergency personnel are doing further assessment to homes and county infrastructure below the lodge and along Topaz Park Road.

Northbound traffic is stopped on the California side. Southbound drivers are being diverted onto SR-208 through Wellington. There is no estimated time the road will be cleared.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County SAR and the Douglas County Public Works Road Department responded to the incident. Cal Trans, Mono County EMS, California Highway Patrol, and Antelope Valley Fire assisted from the California side.

Local homeowner with Mold

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Here's a story of a local homeowner who's home experienced a flood last year in Lemmon Valley.

http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Lemmon-Valley-resident-left-with-few-options--482342681.html

There's a strong smell of mildew, and she says there's mold on the ceiling.

The home was in a state of renovation when the flood waters from Swan Lake came over their ten acre property--flooding the back yard, as well as their double-wide.

The septic went out, and the county declared their home unsafe.

“We call it the zombie house now. We have a lot of cracks in the wall. Our skylight shattered, it had to be from settling, but we aren't sure. Our doors don't shut. The front door has to be dead bolted or else it doesn't stay closed,” says Hall.

Of the many displaced, Hall is one of the more calm.

Tracy Hall opens the door to her home on Pompei Way.

She says she worked with the county and state and was able to get an apartment paid for her, her husband and granddaughter.

But now word that the subsidy is going away at the end of June.

It's just another slap in the face she says.

“We don't want to live in our front yard. We’re thinking because this is city water floating around our house, they should come up with some kind of funding to let us stay home, or stay there until we have some answers,” says Hall.

She says she was offered money from FEMA to buy her now flood prone home.

But the money was so low, there would be nothing she and her family to buy in the area.

Then there is this.

Water being pumped across Lemmon Valley on the east side into Swan Lake.

The move she says has increased water levels on her side of the lake.

She says it's all for developers who she says are receiving more compassionate treatment from the county and city than local residents do.

“We can only raise the land under our home 24 inches no more. We can't expand that out at all to protect the property. But his Prada Development is raising their land 10 feet,” says Hall.

For now their RV parked on the side of her house will be her new home beginning in July.

That's if all goes as planned.

She says if the flood waters should rise again that could put the electric to the trailer in jeopardy.
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“We pay taxes out here. You mind our own business do the right thing. Where does that get us? Homeless,” says Hall.

All reasons she says, she'll be joining the class action suit against the city who she says is responsible for the hardship she and her neighbors face.

Hawaii Lava Flow

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/lava-flow-intensifies-hawaii-eruptions-spews-200-feet/story?id=54968317

Here is the story about the volcano erupting in Hawaii.

After a day of relative calm, Kilauea roared back in full force on Sunday, spewing lava 300 feet in the air, encroaching on a half mile of new ground and bringing the total number of destroyed structures to 35.

Activity from the volcano, which erupted on Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, also opened new vents on Sunday, bringing the total to at least 12 by Monday, according to Hawaii's Civil Defense Agency. The agency said Monday many of the vents which had caused so much destruction on Sunday had calmed down.

There have been 1,800 residents evacuated from their homes in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens neighborhoods where cracks have been opening and spilling lava into the subdivisions.

"There's no sign of this slowing down," Hawaii's Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno said Sunday. "We had some pauses yesterday, but there seems to be a lot of magma underground."

Roof Damages

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a link to the wind advisory that will be affecting us the next few days.

http://www.kolotv.com/weather/alerts

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Greater Lake Tahoe Area

NWS Reno (Western Nevada)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 AM PDT THURSDAY... 

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches, with 6 to 12 inches above 7000 feet, are expected. 

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area. 

* WHEN...From 5 PM this afternoon to 9 AM PDT Thursday. 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS... Gusty winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph will cause choppy conditions on Lake Tahoe through the evening. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening and morning commutes. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times and travel delays over the passes.

Even light snowfall causes major travel delays, especially during periods of high traffic volume. Be sure to allow extra time to reach your destination. Leave extra space between vehicles since it takes longer to stop on slick roadways. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Truckee River Flood

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Please be prepared this weekend. Here is the info about the flooding for the weekend.

http://www.kolotv.com/weather/alerts

Flood Warning

Areas Affected: Washoe

NWS Reno (Western Nevada)

...The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Flood Warning for the following rivers in Nevada... Truckee River At Reno affecting Washoe County Truckee River At Vista affecting Storey and Washoe Counties For the Truckee River...Minor flooding is forecast for Reno and Minor to moderate flooding is forecast for Vista. A strong atmospheric river will impact the Truckee River Basin Friday evening and Saturday...with heavy rain in the eastern Sierra and western Nevada. Snow levels are expected to rise to over 10,000 feet during the period of heaviest precipitation. These river forecasts are based on forecast rainfall and temperature conditions at time of issuance. If actual conditions vary from these forecasts...river conditions will vary accordingly. River forecasts include current and planned reservoir releases. The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a 

* Flood Warning for The Truckee River At Reno. 

* from Saturday morning to Saturday afternoon...Or until the warning is cancelled. 

* At 2:15 PM Wednesday the stage was 8.2 feet. 

* Flood stage is 11.0 feet. 

* Minor flooding is forecast. 

* Forecast...Rise above flood stage to near 11.1 feet by early Saturday afternoon. The river will then fall back below flood stage Saturday afternoon. 

* Impact...At 11.0 feet...Flood Stage...The river will be running near bankfull with minor impacts to parks, trails and low lying areas along the river from Mogul to Highway 395. Flows are expected to crest Saturday afternoon at levels similar to February 10, 2017 and significantly below January 9, 2017. &&

Excessive rainfall may also generate rock and mud slides in steep terrain. Persons living near rivers, creeks, and streams in far western Nevada should monitor the latest weather information at weather.gov/reno and be prepared to take action. PREPARE NOW by clearing drainages and ditches of debris and move items near the river to higher ground. The next forecast update for this location will be issued Thursday.

Douglas County Flooding

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

This is for our neighbors to the south of Reno. Please be prepared.

http://www.kolotv.com/weather/alerts

Flood Warning

Areas Affected: Douglas

NWS Reno (Western Nevada)

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a 

* Flood Warning for... Douglas County along the East and West Forks of the Carson River including the main stem of the Carson River from the confluence to the Cradlebaugh Bridge on Highway 395 in western Nevada... 

* Until 1100 AM PDT Sunday 

* Excessive rainfall and snowmelt is forecast for the warned area starting Friday and continuing into Saturday. The biggest impacts are expected to occur Saturday morning through Sunday morning on the rivers and starting as early as Friday afternoon on smaller creeks. The wave of water is currently expected to move downstream of the warned area by Sunday morning. 

* Minor to moderate flooding is expected. Rivers, creeks, streams, urban areas along the river, farmland and pastures, roads, and the low lying area in the Carson Valley are at the greatest risk for flooding. High flows may also impact Cradlebaugh Bridge along Highway 395. 

* Over 2 inches of rain is expected in the upper reaches of the basin with snow levels rising above 10000 feet. Expect snowmelt out of the low and mid level snowpack and runoff to significantly contribute to the amount of water moving through the Carson River system. 

* This includes the following streams and drainages...Daggett Creek... Carson River from the confluence to Cradlebaugh Bridge...Indian Creek...Bryant Creek...Brockliss Slough... Johnson Slough...East Fork Carson River...West Fork Carson River... Home Slough and Fredericksburg Canyon.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Follow the directions of emergency management officials. Stay away from river banks and culverts which can become unstable and unsafe.

Good tips for personal rentals

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a good article if you have any rental properties or are living in a rental property.

https://www.today.com/money/3-tips-make-sure-your-rental-home-safe-carbon-monoxide-t125921?cid=public-rss_20180327

3 tips to make sure your rental home is safe from carbon monoxide and fire

The death of a family of fourfrom Iowa at a property in Mexico has illustrated the potentially lethal hazards when renting a home or condominium for vacation.

Authorities say Kevin and Amy Sharp and their two children were found dead on March 23 after theyinhaled a toxic gas in their vacation rental in Tulum.

Websites like Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO), which rented the condo to the Sharp family, indicate that the company is not responsible for the condition of the property.

So how do you know if a vacation rental property is safe for your family?

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen spoke with an expert who provided three things you should do the moment you first arrive at your vacation rental in order to protect your family.

Experts believe the toxic gas that killed the Sharp family was most likely carbon monoxide, which is tasteless, odorless and invisible.

Dave Hamilton with the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in New Jersey noted to Rossen how it's not possible to tell that a hot water heater is leaking gas even by standing right next to it. So there is a crucial item to bring on vacation - a carbon monoxide detector.

Hamilton suggests mounting a battery-operated or plug-in carbon monoxide detector, which can be purchased for under $30, right outside the room that contains the furnace and water heater. Those are usually the common generation points for carbon monoxide.

In many popular vacation destinations in foreign countries, carbon monoxide detectors are not necessarily required by law.

"One of the best things you can do is take one, and put it in your suitcase,'' Hamilton told Rossen. "Travel with it. They're going to protect you."

Another potential danger in vacation rentals is fire, as you would have no idea if the home you rented is up to code.

Hamilton suggests immediately learning where the fire extinguisher in the rental is located and double-checking so that you know how to get to it quickly in case of an emergency.

Hamilton's third tip is making sure you know where all the exits to the home are located so that you have a fire escape plan.

"Not just the front door, you need to know where the secondary exits are,'' he said. "For example, there's a doorway hidden behind this curtain and there's also another doorway half way down the stairs that you would not be able to find in thick black smoke."

Three simple steps - bringing carbon monoxide detector, locating the fire extinguisher and knowing all the exits - can make sure your family can fully relax on vacation.