Digest 10/17/07 | TheUnion.com

Digest 10/17/07

Gas prices at highest level in 11 weeks

State gas prices are at their highest level in 11 weeks, rising above $3 per gallon in most Northern California communities, according to the latest AAA of Northern California estimates.

There appears to be little relief in sight with the price of a barrel of oil, jumping more than $30 since February, reaching the current mid-$80 range, according to AAA.

Regular unleaded gas is $3.07 per gallon, with Tahoe City sporting the state’s highest cost among AAA tracked cities at $3.29 per gallon. Gas in Chico is the lowest at $2.97.

A statewide record high average price of $3.49 was set on May 9.

Truckee police arrested a man Sunday in the Armstrong Tract after he threatened neighbors with a handgun.

– The Union staff

‘Staredown’ with police ends in arrest

John Michael Ivory, 54, of Truckee, allegedly threatened two men in their backyard at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, pulling a pistol from his waistband, according to police.

The neighbors ran into their home, and officers arrived to make contact with Ivory, who they could see sitting inside his house with a pistol sitting on the table next to him.

Ivory allegedly picked up his handgun and came to the door when officers knocked. At that point, officers ordered him to drop the gun. After what police characterized as a “stare-down,” Ivory was taken into custody.

– Sierra Sun

Funding sought to lower fire danger

A declaration of emergency for the Lake Tahoe Basin to speed up fire fuel reduction efforts and open doors to federal funding is being explored by the blue ribbon commission formed after June’s Angora fire.

The California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission has approved motions that acknowledged the commission’s intent to declare an emergency and authorized co-chairs Kate Dargan and Sig Rogich to form a committee to discuss the matter further.

– Tahoe Daily Tribune

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