13-below zero at South Lake Tahoe shatters record low
RENO — Record-cold weather followed the latest snowstorm into the Sierra, where the overnight low dropped to minus 13 degrees (minus 25 degrees Celsius) at South Lake Tahoe, California.
The National Weather Service says the new record low set early Tuesday along the Nevada-California line smashed the previous record of minus 8 degrees (minus 22 C) for the date set in 1990.
The service forecast highs in the mid- to upper-20s at Tahoe on Wednesday before lows drop to single digits Wednesday night, then back below zero Thursday night as another winter storm system makes its way through the region.
In eastern Nevada, the service expects lows of minus 4 to minus 6 (minus 20 to 21 C) in White Pine County along the Utah line late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Lost skier found dead at South Lake Tahoe resort
STATELINE — A search and rescue team has recovered the body of a California man who was skiing at a resort at Lake Tahoe when he was reported missing on Monday.
Douglas County Undersheriff Paul Howell says ski patrol members using a search dog found 62-year-old Brett Herrick of Seaside, California buried in deep snow Tuesday at the Heavenly ski resort.
Herrick had last been seen by his girlfriend in the Stagecoach Lodge area at about 11:30 a.m. Monday.
His body was buried in a wooded area about 100 feet (30 meters) from the groomed trail near the California-Nevada line where as much as 3 feet (1 meter) of snow fell over the weekend.
Howell says he apparently crashed into very deep power and likely suffocated or died from exposure. An autopsy is pending to determine the exact cause of death.
Lawmakers raise concerns over Nevada speed camera bill
CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers on Tuesday expressed concern over legislation that would give governments the ability to install red light and speed cameras to capture traffic violations.
Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson said the enforcement cameras will first appear in low-income communities, instead of in more affluent neighborhoods.
Atkinson said he killed a similar bill in 2009.
The bill says an automated traffic enforcement system creates a photograph that can be used as evidence of a traffic violation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports more than a dozen states have both red light and speed cameras.
Amy Davey, an administrator with the Department of Public Safety, told lawmakers the system would only be used for traffic light and speed violations. She argued the system is shown to reduce crash fatalities and serious injuries. But after questioning, said some studies show rear-end collisions can increase.
Flight headed to Las Vegas diverted to military base
LAS VEGAS — American Airlines says one of its jets inbound to Las Vegas’ airport was diverted to a nearby military base to refuel after experiencing weather-related delays in the area.
Airline spokesman Josh Freed said Flight 671 from Dallas landed safely Saturday at Nellis Air Force Base, which is on the outskirts of metro Last Vegas and about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northeast of McCarran International Airport.
Freed says he didn’t immediately have details about the weather-related circumstances and said the jetliner was expected to depart Nellis soon to make the short hop to McCarran.
He says the jet was an Airbus A321 and had 194 people on board, including six crew members.
Bill seeks to outline rights for sex assault survivors
CARSON CITY — Nevada legislation seeks to enact a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors.
The bill was introduced Monday in the state Assembly. It would allow a sexual assault survivor to consult with a sexual assault counselor during a forensic medical exam or an interview with a prosecutor, defense attorney or law enforcement official.
The survivor under the bill would have the right to know whether an analysis of a sexual assault evidence kit yielded DNA from a defendant.
The legislation says the survivor also has the right to choose the gender of the law enforcement official who interviews them and stipulates that a survivor will not be required to pay any cost tied to a forensic medical exam.