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NHP stepping up patrols on U.S. 50

The Nevada Highway Patrol has stepped up enforcement efforts on U.S. Highway 50, representatives said Wednesday.

These efforts will focus on citing speeders, according to a news release. Troopers also will look closely for other violations, such as reckless or aggressive driving, driving under the influence, following too closely, talking or texting on a hand-held cellphone and lane-change violations, the release stats. Violators will be cited as part of a “Zero Tolerance” approach.

The primary emphasis will be voluntary compliance through high visibility, followed by zero tolerance for moving violations, the release stated.

USFS introduces fire safety campaign

The U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies have a new fire safety campaign in California.

The “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” campaign is designed to provide constant reminders during this fire season to reduce the numbers of human-caused vehicle and equipment wildfires throughout the state, according to a press release. Fire season in California has technically just begun, and already campfires have been blamed for 45 fires on national forest land, according to the release. Thirteen fires have been sparked by equipment such as string trimmers, chain saws and mowers.

For more information about fire prevention, visit preventwildfireca.org.

Home Energy Assistance Program available

El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency has announced the opening of the 2013 HEAP Season.

The federally-funded Home Energy Assistance Program helps income-eligible families pay their energy bills by paying for electricity, wood, propane, pellets or heating oil. Benefits are paid once per year. The amount of the benefit depends on household income and size, and the amount of your energy bill compared to your income.

The 2013 HEAP Program has several program changes this year. Applicants are asked to check online, by phone or in person for program guidelines and changes. HEAP Applications will only be accepted by appointment or at a community HEAP distribution sites.

For information, call 530-621-6150, visit http://tinyurl.com/EDCHEAP, or visit 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., No. 202, in South Lake Tahoe.

County offers check-in program

El Dorado County has created the You Are Not Alone Program to provide free check-in calls to residents.

Being alone is one of the greatest fears older adults or persons with disabilities have, according to a press release. The program provides daily telephone calls checking in on their safety. In the event something does happen, a family or friend and medical personnel is notified. The enrollment process provides the person with two morning flexible calling schedules and multiple contacts in the event of an emergency. This program is suited for seniors or disabled adults who live alone, were recently discharged from the hospital, live in a rural area with limited neighbors or family or have a medical condition or mobility issues, the release stated.

The program is made possible by a coordinated effort between the EDC Health and Human Services and the EDC Sheriffs Department STAR Volunteers.

For more information, call 530-621-6255.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 25, 2013 07:50PM Published Jul 25, 2013 12:04AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.