Genoa, Nev. — The East Fork at Horseshoe Bend crested at 13.21 feet at 1:51 a.m., which was above the 13-foot action stage but below the forecast 13.4 feet. The snowpack at Ebbetts Pass has been melting slower than anticipating, only losing 1.4 inches of snow water equivalent since its peak of 76.5 inches on April 7.
Carson Pass at the top of the West Fork peaked at 68.3 inches on April 7 and has fallen to 57.6 inches as of April 27, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service snow telemetry. That would explain why it’s running a tad over the forecast. It crested at 13.51 feet or minor flood stage 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
A presentation on the county’s capital improvement program Douglas County commissioners is 1 p.m. today at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., in Minden. There’s $15 million budgeted for Muller Lane Parkway and $8 million to fix the emergency radio system for the 2023-24 year in the total $50.61 million program.
Keep in mind that the county doesn’t have the cash on hand to build three-fifths of these things. Unfunded projects consist of $29.4 million with around $20 million available from reserves and grants. That courthouse is going to require bonding.
Firefighters responded to a controlled burn that got loose around lunchtime on Saturday. Meanwhile, Tahoe Douglas firefighters got a couple of calls on the prescribed burn being conducted by the Tahoe Fuels Team. I expect it will be a couple of days before we see another burn day with the arriving weather.
With only a trace of moisture through all of April, even a light breeze picked up the dust at Genoa Western Heritage Days adding to the Old West ambiance on Saturday.
There’s a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. today with the snow level down to 7,300 feet and a high temperature of 65 degrees. Expect breezy conditions with the west wind 15-20 mph this afternoon.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-782-5122.