Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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South Lake Tahoe Births

January 20, 2015 — 


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

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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.

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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

Mentor recruitment underway

January 15, 2015 — 

With January designated as National Mentor Appreciation Month, Tahoe Youth & Family Services is making a push to recruit new volunteer adult mentors for its Douglas County Mentoring program.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services (TYFS) matches qualified adult mentors with youth ages 4-17 based on similar interests and time availability.

TYFS works to build mentor/mentee matches that will last through high school and into young adulthood, giving youth positive and consistent adult role-model relationships.

Studies from the National Mentoring Partnership have shown that youth in formal mentoring programs do better in school, experiment less with drugs and alcohol, and develop improved relationships with their families. (

Mentor Appreciation Month was inaugurated in 2002, and a highlight of the campaign is “Thank Your Mentor Day,” Jan. 15, in which people are encouraged to contact their mentors directly to express appreciation, become a mentor in their own community, make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program, or post a tribute on WhoMentoredYou.Org.

TYFS leads formal community-based mentoring programs in Douglas County, South Lake Tahoe, and Alpine County.

With the simple belief that good people can have profound impact in the life of child or youth, TYFS actively recruits and trains volunteer adult mentors in these communities. No advanced degree is required to be a mentor, just the desire to be a positive influence in the life of a youth.

TYFS has provided safety-net and support services in the Tahoe region for more than 40 years.

The organization’s programs extend to four key areas: Drug and alcohol counseling, youth and family therapy, homeless youth outreach & support, and the community mentoring programs.

Anyone interested in having a positive impact on the life of a child by becoming a TYFS mentor should contact Troy Matthews at 775-782-4202, or email at

Saint Theresa crab dinner, fundraiser set

January 15, 2015 — 

Saint Theresa Catholic Church will host its 21st annual Crab Dinner on Feb. 13 at Grace Hall, on the corner of Highway 50 and Lyons Avenue.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction.

The crab dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and the dessert auction at 7:45 p.m. There will be a raffle and live auction beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at $40 each at Saint Theresa Church Rectory Office at 1041 Lyons Ave. and the Religious Education office, 1170 Rufus Allen Blvd.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $45, if the event is not sold-out.

All proceeds will go toward improving and implementing new programs for the Religious Education program, the building maintenance fund and World Youth Day.

Some donations at the silent and live auctions include a dining room set of Barrington Universal Side Chairs, Church pew reservations for Christmas Eve and Easter, ski lift tickets from area resorts, golf packages, vacation rentals and lake cruises.

There is still time to donate items to the dessert auction, raffle, and both the silent and live auction, by bringing or sending them to Saint Theresa Church rectory at 1041 Lyons Ave.

For more information call the rectory at (530)544-3533 or Danette Winslow at (530)544-4788.

Kudos & Kindness

January 13, 2015 — 

B&B salutes Elks Lodge

“The Elks are here to help the community,” said Roger Barragan, the Chairman of Trustees for the Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670. Barragan and his fellow Elks member, Gail Bryan joined the Bread & Broth volunteers on Jan. 5 to provide a hearty meal for the guests who attended the Monday evening dinner served at Saint Theresa Church Grace Hall.

Having hosted three “Adopt A Day of Nourishment” sponsorships in the past six months, the Elks volunteers jumped right in to help the B&B volunteers. Barragan and Bryan bagged the fruit, canned goods and bread/pastries for the giveaway bags and then manned the serving line dishing out large helpings of baked salmon, pesto pasta with veggies and salads. Bryan said it was a “wonderful experience for all concerned.” The dinner guests agreed as they came back for second servings and to-go containers to take with them.

From taking young children on shopping trips at Christmas to sponsoring and volunteering at a Bread & Broth dinner, the Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge members are involved in improving the lives of many members of the Lake Tahoe South Shore community. B&B would like to salute the Elks Lodge for its generous hosting of the evening’s dinner and history of service to those in need. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

Bread & Broth

Kudos & Kindness

January 12, 2015 — 

Sierra House growing domes

A heartfelt thanks to the long list of donors and volunteers who made sure that the Sierra House Growing Domes were installed in November and who are are building the inside gardens this winter.

We had donations and in-kind help from: The Aguillon-Wolfe Family, American Century, the Ashmore Family, Scott Brown, the Bryson-Landy Family, the Cade-Bauer Family, the Cook-Fisher Family, Ed Cook Tree Service, the Dobbs Family, El Dorado Community Foundation, the Estrada Family, Jim Ferguson, Full Circle Compost Inc., Gwen Frey, Ron Fuller Construction, the Galles Family, Thomas Haen Co., the Hambel Family, the Hart Family, Healthy Champions for Kids (General Mills Foundation), the Hendricks Family, Kemper Hendrick Masonry, Human Powered, Crayton and Sandy Jones (in memory of), David Jones, Scott and Kim Jones, Kampe Foundation, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative (Health and Community Care Committee), the Jacobs-Lowe Family, the Levitt Family, Lowes Charitable and Educational Foundation, the McLean Family, Chip Morrill, the Moss Family, the Perez Family, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Rampant McDuffs Incorp, Rose Foundation, Roxanne Rain, Kari Runyon, Small World, Soroptimists International of South Lake Tahoe, the Souers Family, South Tahoe Refuse, StayClassy donors, the Suarez-Brand Family, the Tannaci Family, The Divided Sky, The Home Depot, John Trocolli, Turn 3 Donors, Turn 3 Inc, Tyson Terpening, Wallace Construction, the Wilson Family, the Wildones Family, Tihisha Vaccaiah and Yonker Construction.

Special thanks to Lake Tahoe Unified School District staff and school board members, the Growing Spaces team, and Susie Sutphin at the Tahoe Food Hub.

Guest Column: Mission trip update

January 8, 2015 — 

Hello to all of you, past team members, future team members and all those who have not yet gone, but have asked us to let you know the “where, when and what” of the next project.

We are taking a medical team, as well as a construction team and a children’s ministry team, to Honduras again. We have been taking this combination to Central America for the past 4 years of the 25 years of CFM projects and the results have been such a blessing to all involved; the team members, the couples with different abilities, the national ministry and to the national people that are served in so many ways.

The dates of the 2015 trip are May 7 through May 16. Depending on where you live and where your departure flight originates may mean additional travel time prior to the first project day and additional time following the return date. Those from South Lake Tahoe and the area around San Francisco previously have driven to the SF airport the evening prior to departure and return from San Francisco the day after the return date. You will need to keep this in mind when coordinating time off from your employment.

We will again be working with our friend, Pastor Humberto Del Arca, the leader of the ministry in Honduras based in La Ceiba, whom we have worked with for many years. He and his ministry leaders will be looking at the different projects needed and their locations and will let us know where the greatest need and impact might be. So we don’t have a lot of details now but will have them as soon as they can prayerfully make these determinations.

Later, after we have completed our presentation circuit to the local participating churches, we will have an Information night for those that would like to meet personally with us and get answers to their questions. Watch for this information either in your bulletin or by email.

Also, this next project will be year 25 and we want to celebrate by doing a mission trip giveaway raffle. All the many additional prizes however are local to the Tahoe area so raffle tickets will be offered only in this area. But if any of you from out of the town would like to purchase tickets, all gifts are transferable and, God only knows, maybe you might be the chosen one to purchase the winning number.

Bendicitos! (We are blessed!)

Bill and Liz Gieg, Church Family Missions


January 6, 2015 — 


Levinia Estelle Dopke, a girl, born on Dec. 31 to Cameron Dopke and Jodel Cason of Markleeville.


Josiah Isaac Juarez, a boy, born on Jan.1 to Hector Juarez and Nancy Gonzalez of Escondido (at Barton).


Jayden Daniel Molina-Torres, a boy, born on Jan. 1 to Daniel Molina and Brianda Quirarte of South Lake Tahoe.


Lucia “Lucy” Winter Owens, a girl, born on Dec. 31 to Steven and Clay Owens of South Lake Tahoe.

Pet of the Week

January 6, 2015 — 

Monkey is 6 years old. She is a Cocker Spaniel and Papillion mix. She is house-trained, good with other pets and has lived with children. Come visit Monkey at The El Dorado County Animal Services. Call 530-573-7925 for more information. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857.

Potluck to be held at senior center

January 6, 2015 — 

The South Lake Tahoe Senior Citizens, Inc. is holding a public potluck with a program titled “Women of the Sierras” on Friday. David Borges, D.C. will speak and present slides at approximately 6:30 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. Those attending the potluck, which begins at 5:30 p.m., are asked to bring their own plates, utensils and either a salad, main dish, fruit, side dish or dessert to feed six-to-eight people. Call Sandra Stephens at 530-542-2034 to discuss what to bring so there can be a variety of food. Guests are welcome and cash raffle prizes will be featured. For more information call Arline Gordon at 530-545-1277. For information about membership, call the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 4pm at 530-542-6094.

Venue change announced for winter music series

January 6, 2015 — 

The City of South Lake Tahoe does not permit the music series originally announced to take place at Himmel Haus, so FNCTN Productions announced new venue locations to include Xhale Lounge and Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

Starting Friday, the FNCTN Winter Music Series will offer live music from all over California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest. This music series will alternate venues between Xhale Lounge and Lake Tahoe Golf Course every other Friday night, Jan. 9 through April 17. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission will be $10 (free for birthday) with drink options available to suit a ski bum budget including Redbull with Tahoe Blue Vodka.


December 30, 2014 — 


Victoria Annabelle Burnett, a girl, born on Dec. 26 to Tyler Burnett and Christina Partaker of South Lake Tahoe.


Anevay Kai Elkins-Dodge, a girl, born on Dec. 23 to Graften Dodge and Joey-Jean Elkins of South Lake Tahoe.


Madison Marie Mapes, a girl, born on Dec. 28 to Lucas Mapes and Kaela-Marie Haupt of South Lake Tahoe.


Thiago Dylan Mendoza, a boy, born on Dec. 22 to Cesar Mendoza and Maria Navarrete of South Lake Tahoe.


Alexa Perez, a girl, born on Dec. 27 to Martha Mariscal of Santa Rosa.


Mia Marie Petersen, a girl, born on Dec. 24 to Melville Petersen and Terra Rogers of Zephyr Cove.


Kevin James Peterson, a boy, born on Dec. 27 to Brian Peterson and Quinn Moreland of South Lake Tahoe.


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

Pet of the Week

December 30, 2014 — 

Miss Piggy is a 12-year-old kitty who has been waiting for her forever home for several months. She is pure white with blue eyes, but unlike like most cats of that description, she is not deaf. She gets along with everyone and everything, kids, cats and dogs. She is such a love and would love to get out of her shelter cage. She also qualifies for a senior’s discount. Come visit this wonderful kitty 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.

December 23, 2014 — 

Mr. Boots is a 12-year-old kitty whose daddy had to move into assisted living. He is a lovely kitty who needs a loving one-pet family. While he is independent he still likes love and pets and would to be home for Christmas. Please come visit Mr. Boots 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 Pet of the Week. Cooper the blind dog, Spencer the pit pup and last week’s Pet Of The Week Lady are with their new families and are going to have a great Christmas!

Annual domestic violence fatality report released

December 23, 2014 — 

Attorney General Masto released the Domestic Violence Fatality Review second annual report, which provides an update of the previous year’s recommendations, and highlights the progress of the three teams, including the statewide, Clark and Washoe County teams. The report includes 32 new recommendations that will be submitted to the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence for implementation.

“The Domestic Violence Fatality Review teams have worked diligently to assess current protocols and improve services with the intent of reducing, if not eliminating, domestic violence fatalities in this state,” said Masto. “This report reflects action taken on the 2013 goals and new recommendations to improve services to victims of domestic violence across disciplines.”

The multidisciplinary review teams compile information to review deaths related to domestic violence. Through these reviews, teams identify indications of escalating levels of violence, and develop recommendations to improve systems designed to protect victims of domestic violence. The process is instrumental to reducing the number of deaths related to domestic violence.

Since the last report in April 2013, the three teams conducted ten case reviews: four from Clark County, four from Washoe County and two from the statewide team. The reviews culminated in a statewide domestic violence fatality review meeting to discuss the review process and identify both successes and challenges.


December 16, 2014 — 


Madison Rose Jensen, a girl, born on Dec. 12 to Marc and Risa Jensen of South Lake Tahoe.


Miguel Isaias Moreno-Argueta, a boy, born on Dec.15 to Amado Moreno and Reina Argueta of South Lake Tahoe.


Kaylia Rose Moya, a girl, born on Dec.14 to Luis Moya and Jessica Martinez of South Lake Tahoe.


Aiden Thomas Wilson, a boy, born on Dec. 9 to Jeremy Wilson and Holly Cragg of South Lake Tahoe.

Soroptimist international of Tahoe Sierra announces grant cycle

December 16, 2014 — 

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra (SITS) is announced its 2015 Grant Cycle.

Soroptimist is a coined term meaning “Best for Women.” The mission statement of the Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra is to “Strengthen and enhance the lives of women and youth in our community and the world.”

With its established mission in mind, SITS focuses on supporting programs at the local level based on the specific needs of our community. In addition, the club is mindful of the need to enhance the lives of women and youth throughout the world.

Applications should align with the mission and focus. Applications and information are available at Applications must be received no later than Jan. 31. For information, contact Karen Houser 530-318-8756.

Holiday library hours

December 16, 2014 — 

The South Lake Tahoe Library will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, and Dec. 31.

The library will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, and Jan.1.

Candy store supports cancer patients

December 16, 2014 — 

Karen Olson and Ken Currington selecting the perfect box of chocolates at the SLT Cancer League’s SEE’s Candy Store

Visit the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League SEE’s Candy Store. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily until Christmas .It is located in the Raley’s “Y” shopping center, three stores from Starbucks. All profits go directly to Tahoe residents battling with cancer.

The South Lake Tahoe Cancer League is a 100-percent volunteer, non-profit organization, helping patients from Glenbrook, Nevada to the El Dorado/Placer county line by providing transportation for patients to cancer treatments. The League also provides limited financial assistance grants.

Train to be prepared in the wild

December 16, 2014 — 

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. This course will provide a foundation of first-aid concepts critical to responding effectively to emergencies in a remote backcountry environment.

This hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and those working in remote locations. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

No previous first-aid training is required. Participants must be 16 or older to attend this course.

Successful course completion earns participants a WMI Wilderness First Aid certification. This certification remains valid for two years.

For more information, visit

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