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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Permalink

Insight: Bear and Arena Update / Elk Grove Animal Shelter / Solace Tree / News Network

Trouble with Bears in Tahoe and a Kings Arena Update The Tahoe community of Incline Village has a problem with bears that's as complex as they come. Hungry bears preparing for hibernation are breaking into trash containers, homes and cars looking for food but residents are afraid to call the Nevada Department of Wildlife for help. The reason, is bear advocates. They equate a call to the NDOW with a bear death sentence. But the NDOW and bear advocates both agree that bear proof trash containers can help the problem in Incline Village. The trouble is, Incline Villagers aren't convinced paying for new trash containers will solve the problem. The Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees is hearing the issue this Wednesday night (Oct 30th). We'll talk about it with Capital Public Radio reporter Ky Plaskon.
Then, we'll turn our attention to Sacramento where discussions about what a proposed downtown arena for the Kings would look like. It's before the Sac City Council tonight and we'll get an update from the Sacramento Bee's Ryan Lillis.
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Elk Grove Animal Shelter The City of Elk Grove nearly tripled in population since 2000, and with that expansion comes growing pains. The Sacramento Society for Pets Association decided it could no longer serve as the city’s animal shelter, citing the sheer number of animals coming from Elk Grove – about 3,000 a year. Last week, the Elk Grove City Council decided to start contracting its animal control services through Sacramento County. And that decision has animal advocates upset. They say the already-underfunded, overcrowded county shelter won’t have the resources to avoid euthanizing many of the animals coming from Elk Grove. Some people are even advocating Elk Grove’s first animal shelter as an answer to the problem. Joining us to discuss the issue is Elk Grove Animal Control Supervisor Maureen McCann and Elk Grove veterinarian Kelly Byam, who's pushing the city to build an animal shelter. For more information on the Elk Grove animal shelter like the Elk Grove Needs an Animal Shelter Facebook page.
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Kelly Byam and her rescued miniature toy poodle, Lola, snuggling in the Insight green room. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio.
Grief Counseling in Sparks Families are reaching out for held after the shooting at Sparks Middle School last week. A Reno-based grief enter called The Solace Tree is fielding calls and offering resources. Emilio Parga started Solace Tree 10 years ago and six years later began the Good Grief Club for schools. We talked with Emilio about a middle-school student's understanding of death and the services Solace Tree offers.
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News Network Capital Public Radio's Stockton Reporter Rich Ibarra joins us for this week's News Network to talk about an upcoming charity event for ranchers who lost cattle and fences in the recent Rim Fire. 

The event will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, November 23rd in the John Muir Building at the Tuolumne County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $30.00 per person and can be purchased at Banks Glass, Bolton Feed, Hurst Ranch Feed & Fencing, Let’R Buck Western Wear, Pac-N-Copy (In the Junction), Sonora Feed & Supply, Tractor Supply Company, Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, Vacation Station or online at

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