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Can your bedroom door keep flames and smoke out?

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a good video on how safe your bedroom could be during a fire. These little tips could definitely help any person during a fire situation. Enjoy the video. These little tips could keep your family safe and alive. Hope this helps any husband, wife or parent. Here is the link for the story.

Officials are issuing an urgent alert when it comes to home fires – sleep with your bedroom door closed. Turns out, this simple decision dramatically increases your chance of survival if your house were to catch fire. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports and has an eye-opening demonstration.


10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Please take a moment to pray for the families who suffered a loss one year ago at the hands of pure evil. Here is the link for the story.

The City of Reno will join the statewide #VegasStronger movement by going dark Monday, October 1, 2018 from 10:01 to 10:04 p.m.

To demonstrate its commitment to remembering last year’s 1 October shooting victims, the City will turn off power to the following for three minutes starting at 10:01 p.m.:

-The iconic Reno Arch on Virginia Street
-The Space Whale art sculpture on City Plaza
-The Reno City Hall roof signs, including the normally lit “RENO”

The Atlantis Casino resort will also go dark Monday night at 10:01 p.m.

In southern Nevada- all marquees on the Las Vegas Strip and the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign will go dark at 10:01 p.m. for three minutes of remembrance and quiet reflection.

Fire Danger

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a link to a local wildfire in Dayton.

Crews are responding to a brush fire in the area of Highway 50 near Gold Ranch in Dayton, according to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office dispatch.

According to Trooper Matt McLaughlin with the Nevada Highway Patrol, both directions of traffic are currently closed at Gold Ranch Casino.

The fire was approximated to be five acres involving heavy brush and cottonwood trees as of 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

You are asked to avoid the area until further notice.

News 4 has a crew en route to the scene and will continue to bring you the latest as it becomes available.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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)

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.

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Greater Lake Tahoe Area

NWS Reno (Western Nevada)


* 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.