News briefs: Best in Basin nominations, art competition and more |

News briefs: Best in Basin nominations, art competition and more


Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is accepting project nominations for its Best in Basin awards program through Thursday, March 31.

The Best in Basin awards program is in its 26th year. TRPA created it to recognize projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design and compatibility with the environment and TRPA guidelines.

The program has five award categories for projects completed in 2015: building and general construction projects; water quality restoration and erosion control projects; defensible space and forest health projects; public and Environmental Improvement Program projects; and sustainability projects. Projects can be nominated for recognition in multiple categories.

Nomination forms and more information about the Best in Basin awards program are available online at

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe region, while improving local communities and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Tom Lotshaw, public information officer, at 775-589-5278.


All high school students in the Fourth Congressional District are invited to participate in “An Artistic Discovery,” a nationwide high-school art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute. The 2016 theme for the Fourth Congressional District is “American Exceptionalism.”

Contest guidelines and release forms are available on Congressman Tom McClintock’s website,

Artwork and student entry forms are due by April 1 at 5 p.m. Entries may be mailed or dropped off at Congressman McClintock’s district office, located at 2200A Douglas Blvd., Suite 240 in Roseville, California.

A panel of artists and local officials will judge the artwork.

First-place entries from each congressional district will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel that leads to the U.S. Capitol. Each winning student will be invited, along with one guest, to the unveiling of the exhibit and a reception for all winners in June. Two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, D.C. will be provided to the winning student from each congressional district.

For more information, contact Matt Reed in Congressman McClintock’s district office at 916-786-5560.


According to a news release from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s office, Nevada’s annual unemployment rate for 2015 — that was previously estimated at 6.8 percent — was revised to 6.7 percent during the annual benchmarking process, which recalculates labor market information based on more complete data that becomes available.

Gains in employment for the year that were originally reported at 37,500 were revised upward to 40,700 jobs, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.


Tahoe Chamber is kicking off its new workshop series “Level Up” on March 23 with Alexis Robin, an executive coach teaching an interactive leadership workshop, “Step Up and Lead: Skills to Succeed in Business,” from 2-5 p.m. at the Tahoe Chamber Conference Room.

“We have been hearing from individuals, businesses and managers that there is a need and desire for short workshops where attendees will enhance their skill set with tools they can immediately take back to their place of employment or business,” said Chamber CEO “B” Gorman. “This workshop is the first in a series we will present this year and we are thrilled it will be led by Alexis Robin.”

Robin is the co-founder of p.Link Coaching Center for Excellence and spends time developing leaders and organizations across the country. She is an author and radio host, and has spent 18 years working inside organizations as a leader herself. Clients say her workshops are fun, motivating and give them concrete ideas to implement the learning immediately.

The workshop will focus on the leadership competencies individuals need to move from staff to leader, lead their own business or level up their performance within an existing leadership role. Topics will include competencies of highly effective leaders, managing expectations and leadership styles for difference situations. Attendees are encouraged to bring their personal leadership challenges to the workshop as time will also be allocated to work through real life leadership situations.

This workshop is perfect for employees who are looking at future promotions, recently promoted to leadership positions in their organizations, or anyone who wants to add leadership training to their resume.

Cost of the workshop is $20 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members.

To learn more and register, visit or call 775-588-1728.

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