Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas

Free fundraising seminar set

March 3, 2015 — 

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course is hosting a free-of-charge seminar about fundraising on Thursday evening. Networking and happy hour begin at 5:30 p.m. and the seminar takes place from 6 to 7 p.m.

The benefits of holding golf tournament fundraising events will be highlighted during the seminar.

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Scouts honor adult leadership

February 27, 2015 — 

Pinenut District of Nevada’s Area Council of Boys Scouts of America takes time out every February to recognize its adult leadership. This leadership puts in untold hours to volunteer and provide Scouting programs to all ages of youth.

Honored at the District’s February Roundtable were:

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Zephyr Cove native makes Dean’s List

February 27, 2015 — 

Tori Jimenez, a Zephyr Cove, Nev. native, received academic honors from Arizona State University by making the University’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.

Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the Dean’s List. A notation regarding Dean’s List achievement appears on the unofficial transcript.

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Whittell High School artists score awards

February 25, 2015 — 

Whittell High School announced its winners this year for the prestigious Scholastic Art competition.

It is the 91st year of the Scholastic Art Awards, which is open to all students in seventh to 12th grades and is the longest running recognition program for young people in the United States.

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Public meeting to be held regarding Echo Summit Bridge

February 24, 2015 — 

Join Caltrans for a public meeting to discuss the Echo Summit Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation Project Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers, 1901 Airport Road.

The project proposes to rehabilitate or replace the Echo Summit Bridge on Highway 50 to address structural deficiencies caused by material wear in the supporting piers and on the bridge deck. Project alternatives include replacement or repair of the structure in addition to a no build alternative.

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Utility district to hold workshop

February 19, 2015 — 

The South Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors will be holding a workshop on March 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the District Board Room located at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive in South Lake Tahoe. The purpose of the workshop is to review the proposed 2015-16 budget and 10-year financial plan for the district.

While a quorum of the District Board of Directors may be attending this workshop, there will be no action taking place on their behalf. A regular public Budget Board Meeting will be held the May 7 at 6 p.m. in the District Board Room. Public participation is encouraged for both meetings.

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Dentist expands practice to Zephyr Cove

February 19, 2015 — 

Reno dentist John Bocchi recently expanded his dental practice Sierra Smiles to Zephyr Cove. The office now offers services to the entire South Shore community. Bocchi, Sierra Smiles staff and Tahoe Chamber will celebrate the clinic’s opening on Monday with a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m.

Sierra Smiles offers a patient experience that includes complimentary paraffin hand waxes, warm towels and personal LED TVs with wireless headphones for movies, shows and relaxing music. Bocchi is a strong believer in gentle dentistry that aims to reduce stress or pain and implements this practice in his dental offices.

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Local woman to compete on game show

February 12, 2015 — 

A South Lake Tahoe woman, Amy Courneya, will be a contestant on Let’s Make a Deal on on CBS Feb. 19 (check local listings) as part of the Super Deal Week.

Tune in to cheer her on.

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Attention: Reunion of 2nd Infantry Division veterans

February 12, 2015 — 

The California Branch of the 2nd Indianhead Division Association will hold its annual reunion in Fresno from April 10 to 12. For more information, contact George Sousa at or (858) 350-5953 or call Duane Anderson at (916) 481-1751.

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Pet of the Week: Baby

February 10, 2015 — 

Baby is a very sweet (a little shy), 8-year-old female cat. Her owner died and she is now very sad in the shelter and would love a new home. Baby is good with other mellow cats and with children. Come visit Baby at The El Dorado County Animal Services, 530-573-7925. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857.

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Cheerfully chilly: Take the plunge or watch from the pier

February 10, 2015 — 

On Sunday, the Tahoe Keys Association will celebrate its third annual Tahoe Keys Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Christmas Cheer, a local food bank.

Low water level will not stop volunteers from plunging into the beautiful waters of Lake Tahoe at the beach in front of the Tahoe Keys Pavilion. Registration takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with the plunge at noon sharp.

Spectators and plunging contestants will be served warm drinks and appetizers. Prizes will be offered for the best costumes, (wearer’s choice) and for categories such as the “first head under water.” The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department will signal the start of the plunge with their siren.

Take the plunge or just watch from the pier. There is a requested cash donation of $25 per person to swim or sponsor a swimmer. Those who don’t want to brave the cold water can bring a donation of a nonperishable food item to the event to be a spectator.

“We are excited to make this happen again, to feed those in our community who are in need,” Allison Jones said. “Many companies either donate their time, their food or their staff. Last year, a local business brought 11 of their staff members to swim as a group! Many caring individuals donate their warmth for a few minutes, and the fire department donates time to make sure the swimmers are safe for the duration of the event.”

The bold, daring and caring should call Community Ink, Inc. at (530) 582-9012 for more information about how to participate in this cause, or visit to download sign up forms.

South Lake Tahoe Births

February 10, 2015 — 


Logan Yoliang Lei, a boy, born on Feb.4 to Jonathan Lei and Minmyo of Stateline Nev.


Ava Monroe Mattos, a girl, born on Feb. 3 to Dale Mattos and Kayla Sosnove of South Lake Tahoe.


Madison Lynne Skelly, a girl, born on Feb. 3 to Christopher and Kelly Skelly of South Lake Tahoe.

Fitness training for runners available

February 6, 2015 — 

Barton Health’s is offering“Train for an Event Fitness Challenge” from March to June.

“Whether you are just getting off the couch or a seasoned athlete, this program is designed to motivate you and make you game day ready for one of our local race events,” Krista Carson, Barton Health’s program coordinator said.

Fitness experts will provide the training, skills and workouts to prepare participants for the Rock Tahoe Half-Marathon or Burton Creek Trail Run. This includes sports performance clinics, individualized weekly workout plans, and training sessions.

The 16-week training challenge starts March 2 and runs through June 21. Barton Health’s certified coaches will lead six training sessions each week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sessions will focus on cardio and core workouts, speed and interval training, cross-training and distance walk and/or run sessions.

The training culminates with the Rock Tahoe Half-Marathon on June 20 or the Burton Creek Trail Run on June 21. Burton Creek options include a 6K, 12K, half-marathon, or 50K. The Rock Tahoe Half-Marathon will end at the Hard Rock Casino with a pool party.

All participants will receive a Barton Health tech shirt, unlimited access to training sessions and team discounts on event registration. Discounts are $15 off the Rock Tahoe Half-Marathon and 15 percent off any Burton Creek Trail Run.

This program costs $99. Barton employees may be eligible for a discount. For details or to register for the challenge, email Krista Carson at or call 530-600-1958.

Swann completes basic training

February 6, 2015 — 

Army Pvt. Christopher D. Swann has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history, traditions and core values.

Swann is the son of Caryn and David Swann of South Lake Tahoe, and husband of Amy Swann.

He is a 2010 graduate of Taylorsville High School, Taylorsville, Utah.

Kudos & Kindness

February 3, 2015 — 

B&B thanks Kirkwood

Taking the opportunity to help people struggling with hunger, Kirkwood Mountain Resort was the “Adopt A Day of Nourishment” sponsor for Bread & Broth’s dinner serving on Jan. 26.

The dinners, which are held every Monday evening at Saint Theresa Church Grace Hall offer full-course, nutritionally, well-balanced meals to all who attend. With the funding provided by the evening’s host, the creative B&B cooks are able to provide sufficient food to serve more than 100 guests, offer seconds servings and provide to-go containers.

Representing Kirkwood and donating their time at its sponsorship dinner were Jon Copeland, director of skier services; Ashley Sell, team lead, ski school; Anjie Goulding, sales manager and Becca Daiek, executive administrator. These four friendly Kirkwood team members jumped right in with the B&B volunteers to help make the evening a well-run and enjoyable experience for those attending the meal. Jon Copeland enjoyed being behind the line serving. “Everyone is so grateful,” he said.

Bread & Broth would like to thank Kirkwood Mountain Resort for its financial support through the Vail Epic Promise grant program and the incredible service their volunteer sponsorship crew provided throughout the evening. B&B is very grateful for the positive impact that our Adopt A Day sponsors have on the lives of those attending the Monday dinners.

For more B&B information, visit or find us on Facebook.

Bread & Broth

Great Car Sweepstakes

The Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe will begin fundraising activities with the 2015 Great Car Sweepstakes this month. This popular event raises thousands of dollars annually for local scholarships, local charities and community projects. On April 29, 25 tickets will be publicly drawn and on May 6 contestants will compete for a new car or $25,000 in cash. We look forward to the tremendous support from our community and friends of Rotary who participate annually.

This annual fundraiser could not happen without the generous cooperation and support of Cardinale Motors in South Lake Tahoe providing access to the alternate prizes of either a Rav4 or Toyota Prius. The Tahoe Daily Tribune is working with us to have tickets printed and fliers mailed out. In addition, we have tremendous support from local businesses that provide valuable discounts at their business for ticket purchasers. This year our generous local coupon sponsors are: Edgewood Tahoe, Tahoe Keys Deli, Lake Tahoe Cruises, Nephele’s Restaurant, Bio Spirit Day Spa, Primo’s Italian Bistro, Lake Tahoe Golf Course, Samurai Restaurant, Passeretti’s Italian Restaurant, and Lakeside Inn Timbers and Latin Soul. Please patronize and support these local businesses that support our community.

2015 Great Car Raffle Tickets will be available beginning in early February from local Rotarians and friends of Rotary.

We thank the community in advance for their continued support and generosity.

David Jinkens

2015 Great Car Sweepstakes Chair, Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe

Meal delivery volunteers sought

January 30, 2015 — 

The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program Home-Delivered Meal Service is looking for dedicated, caring volunteers to help deliver meals any day of the week, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon to homebound seniors. For many homebound seniors, the daily personal contact is as vital as the meal. The program brings peace of mind to clients and their families.

Volunteer back-up drivers are needed to deliver meals in the South Lake Tahoe area Volunteers who are not available for a weekly commitment can serve as back-up drivers who fill in as needed. The Senior Nutrition Program is a service of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency. For more information, call Senior Nutrition at 530-621-6160.

Nevada’s top senior citizen sought

January 30, 2015 — 

The search for Nevada’s Senior Citizen of the Year begins on Feb. 1.

The National Silver Haired Congress Nevada Delegation, in partnership with the Aging Services Directors Organization (ASDO), established the award in 2013.

Raymonde Fiol, a 77-year-old Las Vegas resident, was honored by Gov. Sandoval and the Congressional delegation as the 2014 Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year. Nominators described Fiol’s efforts as follows: “Mrs. Raymonde Fiol is on a mission for what we call in Hebrew “Tikkun Olam” – “repairing the world.” Mrs. Raymonde Fiol has made it her life mission to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to make sure Holocaust survivors in our community and around the United States are provided with the services they need.”

The competition is open to all people 60 and older and have lived in Nevada for five years. The nomination guidelines and forms are available at or by calling 702-860-6349.

The deadline for nominations is March 31. The award will be presented in May.


January 27, 2015 — 


Jayce Bryson Aguayo, a boy, born on Jan. 26 to Adriana Aguayo of South Lake Tahoe.


Katherine Elizabeth Bellavin, a girl, born on Jan. 25 to Nicholas Bellavin and Lindsay Marino of South Lake Tahoe.


Zane Jeffrey Castellanos, a boy, born on Jan. 26 to Robert Castellanos and Elizabeth Kauffman of South Lake Tahoe.


Keymarjae Gorman-Bridges, a boy, born on Jan. 20 to Valerie Bridges and Lakeisha Gorman of South Lake Tahoe.


Donald Fredrick Hopkins IV, a boy, born on Jan. 20 to Donald Hopkins III and Holly Avila of South Lake Tahoe.


Isaiah Daniel Valadez, a boy, born on Dec.19 to Nicholas and Patricia Valadez of South Lake Tahoe.

Kirkwood grid project near completion

January 22, 2015 — 

On Nov. 1 the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District (KMPUD), which serves the Kirkwood, Calf. community and Vail’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort, commissioned and energized a 10 megawatt, 28-mile electrical transmission line connecting the area to the Western electric grid at Pacific Gas & Electric’s (P,G & E) Salt Springs substation. This nearly completes a nine-year capital project that cost approximately $38 million, and was made possible only through several key partnerships. The combination underground and overhead project, including two new substations, was completed on time and on budget, and it has been operating since commissioning. The results are cleaner energy by eliminating Kirkwood’s diesel emissions in the Eldorado National Forest, greater reliability for homeowners and resort operations, improved safety, cost effective access to renewable energy, and more stable electricity rates – which are projected to decline in future years. The ski resort and Kirkwood community consume approximately seven gigawatt hours of electricity annually; when converted from diesel generation to the electrical grid supply, approximately 2,700 pounds of annual NOx emissions are eliminated in the Eldorado National Forest. Operational reliability and thus customer experience are expected to improve as power outages due to diesel generator complications are eliminated. Safety will be improved through the elimination of handling and transportation on mountain highways of diesel fuels and ammonia emissions control supplies.

This unique and challenging infrastructure project was made possible by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provided the financing with primarily 35-year loans with a weighted average cost of capital slightly less than 3.0 percent. Key partners include the U.S. Forest Service/Amador Ranger District, Caltrans, Amador County Public Works, Volcano Telecommunications, and PG&E. Multiple agencies were involved in the planning, environmental and permitting stages, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Fish & Game, Central Valley Water Quality Control Board and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. KMPUD has also partnered with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the regulatory body that oversees real time power demand in the state.

“We are pleased to complete this long-term capital project on time and on budget. It was initiated to improve the reliability of our infrastructure, reduce our customers’ electricity rates, and reduce environmental impacts. This transmission line is the largest capital investment in Kirkwood’s 42 year history,” said Standish O’Grady, KMPUD Board President. “With this and other upgrades such as fiber optic internet service, Kirkwood now has first-class infrastructure expected by many residents of Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay area, and the greater Sacramento and Reno metropolitan areas who know Kirkwood as the best snow, skiing, and riding in the northern Sierra Nevada.”

“KMPUD has been a tremendous partner since we acquired Kirkwood in April 2012,” said Casey Blann, Kirkwood’s general manager. “This joint effort to connect Kirkwood to the grid meets our guests’ expectations in terms of reliable and professional operation, and fits with Vail Resorts’ ongoing corporate commitment to run an increasingly environmentally sustainable business. We look forward to partnering with KMPUD on many other projects of this nature.”

“Eliminating the diesel generators significantly lowers our greenhouse gas emissions, and connecting to the Western grid allows KMPUD and its customers to purchase renewable energy from a variety of sources. Kirkwood can now do its share in helping California provide leadership in addressing climate change,” said Bob Epstein, KMPUD Board member and Co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs. “Additional environmental sustainability opportunities are available to both individual and larger scale purchasers of renewable energy credits (RECS) currently available at attractive prices.”

“We are thrilled that Kirkwood has connected to the electric grid and turned off the diesel generators in the Great Basin and national forest,” said Ted Schade, Officer of Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (Great Basin). Great Basin is the California regional government agency that regulates air pollution in Alpine, Mono and Inyo counties by enforcing federal, state and local air quality regulations to ensure air quality standards are met. “In fact, the plan to connect to the electric grid was part of Kirkwood’s original application to create a new ski resort when it was approved more than 40 years ago. Some things just take time, creativity, and perseverance.” Instrumental in completing the project were Resource Concepts, Inc. (environmental, permitting and project management), Exponential Engineering Co. (electrical design & engineering), Q&D Construction Co. (underground portion); and Wilson Construction Co. (overhead and substations).

Sierra Club meeting to feature Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

January 20, 2015 — 

The Tahoe Area Sierra Club will host Tom and Cheryl Millham of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Inc. (LTWC) at the its next community outreach meeting on Jan. 29.

LTWC raises, rehabilitates and releases orphaned and injured wildlife. Last year was a busy for the center with a record number of bear cubs left in their care, including badly burned bear Cinder from Washington State. The Millhams will be sharing stories and photos of the bears, bobcats, and many of the other wildlife animals they have nursed back to health. They will also be providing an update on the new Wildlife Center planned for South Lake Tahoe. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Unity at the Lake Center located at 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. Everyone isI welcome. It is not necessary to be a member.

Public invited to explore new worlds

January 20, 2015 — 

The Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series continues on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in the LTCC Board/Aspen Room. The guest speaker will be Bruce Armbrust, a Mathematics and Physics instructor at LTCC. Armbrust will present “Worlds Beyond Our Own,” a look at the history and science behind the search for other planets in our universe. The community is welcome to this free event, and light refreshments will be served.

“For millennia, humanity has looked into the night sky with awe and wondered what was out there. That curiosity continues today as we scour the universe looking for planets orbiting other stars,” said Armbrust. His lecture will detail the history of the search for planets that lie beyond our solar system, as well as the science behind the techniques used to find them.

The Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series brings LTCC faculty and academic experts from other colleges and universities to South Lake Tahoe to share their knowledge and experiences with local students, and to encourage local youth to pursue careers in the fields of science and math. The Speaker Spotlight Series is made possible by a generous donation from community members Bob and Cathy Cliff.

Triano reaches Eagle rank

January 20, 2015 — 

The Nevada Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has selected Andrew Triano of South Lake Tahoe’s Troop 594. Triano recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, and is the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 594. The Nevada Area Council is headquartered in Reno, and includes 23 counties in Nevada and Eastern California as well as parts of Oregon, Idaho and Utah.

Forest Service to host job fair

January 20, 2015 — 

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will host a job fair on Jan. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 96150.

Supervisors of temporary positions will be available to speak with interested applicants and answer questions about summer jobs, as well as the Pathways student intern program.

Positions are available in fire, fisheries, wildlife, botany, visitor services, roads and trails, recreation and wilderness, as well as vegetation and timber management.

Applicants must access job vacancy announcements through

In order to apply, applicants must establish an account and create or upload a resume to the website.

Information about the job opportunities and instructions for submitting online applications will be available at

For more information, contact Adrian Escobedo at 530-543-2758 or email The U.S. Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Pet of the Week

January 20, 2015 — 

This very cute little bunny is called Circle. She is a spayed female approximately 1-year-old. She is litter box trained and very sweet. She likes having a lot of out of the cage time. Her adoption fee is $15 and she will need her own cage to go home. Come visit Circle the bunny at The El Dorado County Animal Services, 530-573-7925. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857.

Update on last week’s Pets of the Week: Monkey and Graham are still waiting for forever homes.

Storytime back in full swing

January 20, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Public Library’s storytime resumed at the Kahle Community Center starting on Jan. 9 and it will continue through March 26.

Preschool stories take place on alternate Thursday and Friday mornings from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday dates are Jan. 29; Feb. 12 and 26; and March 12 and 26. Friday dates are Jan. 9 and 23; Feb. 6; and March 6 and 20. Younger children are welcome; they must be accompanied by an adult.

The Kahle Community Center is located at 236 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline. For more information about the library check out Facebook, visit, or call 775-588-6411.

Father/daughter dance scheduled at Harrah’s

January 20, 2015 — 

A father/daughter dance is scheduled at Harrah’s Convention Center on Feb. 6 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. This event offers a special evening for fathers and their daughters to dance and visit with friends. Refreshments will be served and a photo keepsake is available for an additional fee. Tickets cost $10 per person.

The open-to-all-ages event will be held at Harrah’s Convention Center in Stateline. For more information, call Kahle Community Center at 775-586-7271.

South Lake Tahoe Births

January 20, 2015 — 


Damian Carrillo, a boy, born on Jan.19 to Mileyby Carrillo of South Lake Tahoe.


Logan James Haueter, a boy, born on Jan.19 to Charles and Alicia Haueter of South Lake Tahoe.


Sailor Madison Luke, a girl, born on Jan.18 to Brian and Angela Luke of South Lake Tahoe.


David Ezra Wise-Lazaneo, a boy, born on Jan.15 to Marshall Lazaneo and Sage Wise-Carpenter of South Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Talks: Build a better block

January 16, 2015 — 

Join Trevor Coolidge, associate civil engineer for the City of South Lake Tahoe, for a follow-up to a December webinar “Using Pilot Projects to Implement Protected Bike Lanes.” The presentation includes a discussion with engineers from El Dorado County and Douglas County on the challenges and opportunities related to implementing pilot projects and complete streets in South Shore communities. Tahoe Talks Brown Bag Lunch Series is open to the public and takes place Wednesday from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College in the Aspen Room located at 1 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

The Tahoe Talks Brown Bag Lunch Series is sponsored by the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization, League to Save Lake Tahoe, One South Shore, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Admission is free and light snacks are provided.

Pet of the Week

January 15, 2015 — 

Graham is a 10-year-old cute and cuddly, sweet kitty who gets along with dogs but would prefer a home with no other cats.

Come visit Graham at The El Dorado County Animal Services, 530-573-7925. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857.

Foster parent training scheduled

January 15, 2015 — 

The Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will hold foster/adoptive parent training on Jan. 17, Jan.18 and Jan. 24 in Carson City. Each day runs from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Training sessions will be held at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center, Valley View Room, 3rd Floor, at 1600 Medical Parkway, Carson City, Nev. 89703.

The training curriculum utilized is P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) and consists of nine three-hour sessions designed to educate and equip applicants to provide foster and/or adoptive care to children in the child welfare system.

Foster parents are required to attend a pre-service training prior to obtaining a license. A foster family must meet all minimum licensing standards as established by Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 424.

For more information or to register for the foster/adoptive parent training, please call Lori Nichols, LSW, Division of Child and Family Services Foster Care Recruitment Director at 888-423-2659 or visit

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