Nevada Highway Patrol Plans to Open Tahoe Office Again

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INCLINE VILLAGE (AP) - After a nearly 20-year absence, the Nevada Highway Patrol plans to open a substation at Lake Tahoe again.

NHP Major Tony Almaraz says a budget package sent to Nevada lawmakers would allow him to station several troopers at the lake sometime over the next couple of years. He says he's searching for a location for the substation.

In closing its Sand Harbor substation, the N-H-P cited the lack of affordable office space and the high cost of living at Lake Tahoe.

Almaraz says troopers currently are unable to spend as much time on Lake Tahoe highways because of the heavier volume of traffic and calls for service in the Reno-Carson City area.

Washoe County Sheriff's Captain Steven Kelly welcomes the plan, saying deputies often must wait up to 30 minutes for an NHP trooper to arrive to begin a proper investigation.

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