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Lake Tahoe Report Goes Off the Air After Three Years

TitleLake Tahoe Report Goes Off the Air After Three Years
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-01-11
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #154 - "Lake Tahoe Report Goes Off the Air After Three Years" (Air Date: Jan. 31, 2006).
SubjectTahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.) -- Environmental conditions
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif and Nev)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationWindows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 154 - After three years of weekly news segments on Tuesday evenings on Reno's KOLO –TV News Channel 8, the Lake Tahoe Report is going off the air this week. Hosted by reporter Shelly Purdy, the 90-second segments have delivered on-the-spot coverage of a multitude of Tahoe's environmental issues through interviews with interesting people involved in these issues in the Lake Tahoe community. The weekly TV news segments have been complemented by these articles, printed weekly in Lake Tahoe newspapers. Each of the 154 articles covered the same topic that KOLO-TV news presented that week, but in more detail. The news department at KOLO-TV has provided tremendous support for the Lake Tahoe Report, including the airtime, a cameraman, and editing of each segment. The video segments and newspaper articles are archived and available on two Web sites. You can go to, click on "In the News, " for a list of the article titles, and then click on the article you wish to view. You can also go to to view the videos or the articles. From the home page, click on "digital collections, " then on "streaming video, " and finally on "complete list of videos." The articles are under "related items." Topics include water quality, natural history, ecology, wildfire prevention, place-based education in schools, and how residents can help protect the Lake Tahoe ecosystem. Coauthor Heather Segale and I are interested in hearing your impressions of the articles and the TV news segments. Which topics have been most interesting? Have the Lake Tahoe Reports increased your knowledge of the Tahoe environment and its problems? Have they encouraged you to take any action to improve environmental conditions? One or two Lake Tahoe Reports a month will continue to appear in Tahoe newspapers. We welcome your suggestions for new topics. Articles on important topics will also be combined and published as university publications. In addition, they will be used as part of the Docent Training program that we will be starting in 2006 for the new Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center in the Tahoe Environmental Science Center on the Campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Coauthor Heather Segale and I would like to thank Jack Bowe, news director of KOLO-TV News Channel 8, for providing such wonderful support for this educational TV series. We also want to thank Tim Ill for his many trips to Tahoe in all kinds of weather to film over 150 interviews, often on icy stream banks or remote locations. The sparkle and interest evident in all the TV segments is due in large part to the creativity and lively personality of TV host, Shelly Purdy. The Lake Tahoe Report would not have been possible without her knowledge of environmental issues and her expertise in interviewing all kinds of people on camera, and we thank her. Shelly will be taking a short break from her work to have a baby this spring. We also want to thank the members of our advisory committee, including Leo Poppoff, Rex Norman, Julie Regan, Bob Richards, and John Reuter, for their topic suggestions and valuable information that helped make each article and TV news segment complete and accurate. We greatly appreciate the grant funding which paid for production of the TV segments. This assistance was provided by the USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California State Water Resources Control Board, Lahontan Region, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Finally, I would like to personally thank my coauthor of these articles, Heather Segale, who initially proposed that we try to get the Lake Tahoe Report on television newscasts. Heather made her dream a reality. She coordinated the advisory committee, collected story topics, found experts to interview, and helped research and write the articles. Heather, now with the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, is a leader in innovative educational programs in the Tahoe Basin. I look forward to providing you with more information on Tahoe's very special environment in the near future and welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact me at (775) 832-4144 or

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