News briefs: Bike talk, Tahoe Keys weed management, South Lake Tahoe Fall Fest & more |

News briefs: Bike talk, Tahoe Keys weed management, South Lake Tahoe Fall Fest & more


The 4th annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off is planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex on Rufus Allen Blvd. Admission to the event is free.

There will be free games and prizes for children, and a free door prize ticket for all attendees. Several local nonprofit organizations and public safety entities — the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League, Clean Tahoe, the Lake Tahoe Humane Society, the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, the K-9 and SWAT Associations, and Christmas Cheer — will promote services to the public. Those who bring a non-perishable food item for Christmas Cheer will receive an extra door prize ticket. South Tahoe Refuse also donated a silent auction item, which includes the use of a dumpster. This item will be dedicated to raising money for the South lake Tahoe Cancer League.


Dawgs on the Run, a South Tahoe nonprofit, will hold its monthly Wag, Waddle and Walk at Casey’s Grill at Round Hill Shopping Center in Zephyr Cove on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a fun, on-leash pack walk with other dog lovers, and an optional $5 contest to show off how smart you and your dog are. Proceeds are donated to local animal nonprofits.


The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association’s Draft Integrated Weed Management Plan continues to accept public comment through Friday, Sept. 25, before submitting to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.

This isn’t the last opportunity to voice opinions and ask questions on the plan; a public comment period will also be a part of the environmental review process under Lahontan. It is a good opportunity, however, to help inform the plan before going before the regional board. The deadline is extended from Sept. 15 to Sept. 25.

“We have received a lot of helpful public input on the plan so far, and want everyone to have a chance to give us their thoughts,” said John Larson, president of the property owners association.

The lagoons of the Tahoe Keys, built over 50 years ago, include 172 acres of waterways. Aquatic invasive species including Eurasian watermilfoil and curly leaf pondweed, along with a nuisance plant called coontail, have thrived in the Keys’ protected waterways since Eurasian watermilfoil became established in the 1980s.

The plan takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to the growing weeds problem, integrating the best science and proven techniques from elsewhere in Lake Tahoe and in the country. Those techniques include improved harvesting by boat, bottom barrier mats to block new growth, SCUBA diver weed removal, improved fragment collection to prevent spread, better landscaping and storm-water management to reduce nutrients and pollutants in the water, better boat maintenance and practices to reduce weed transport, and selective, targeted use of herbicides.

The plan will need to be approved by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and other agencies to move forward — following environmental and public review — potentially starting in 2017. Some aspects of the plan could be implemented as early as 2016.

Submit comments and find out more at


South Lake Tahoe CASA is recruiting for fall child advocate training, scheduled to begin Oct. 6.

The CASA program started in 1977 with Judge Soukup in Seattle, Wash. Judge Soukup became frustrated with how overloaded social workers and attorneys were, who are responsible for investigating and representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care court system. Consequently, he implemented an innovative program, using specially trained volunteers from the community, to get to know each child’s case and provide a singular unbiased view.

In 1992, El Dorado County Judge Patrick Riley attended a seminar for Judges in the San Francisco Bay area. The main speaker was Judge Soukup from Seattle. Judge Riley was inspired to bring the CASA program to El Dorado County; and along with other founders, he started CASA El Dorado in 1992.

In November 1994, CASA El Dorado trained its first class of CASA advocates in South Lake Tahoe.

CASA Advocates are tasked with getting to know the child and their specific needs. CASA Advocates communicate those needs and the child’s voice to the court and its players. This information is highly critical in the decision-making process of juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency proceedings.

To enroll register for training, submit an application online at and contact Alexis Foley, child advocates program coordinator, at 530-573-3093, or, to schedule a meet-and-greet.


Arthur Miller’s classic American play, Death of a Salesman, is coming to Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre this fall. Auditions take place Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., with performances in November.

All roles are open. Auditions will consist of readings from the play, and actors are encouraged to read the script before auditioning. Scripts are available on reserve in the Roberta Mason Library at Lake Tahoe Community College. Audition information and character breakdowns can be found on the Theatre Department website ( Opportunities for light and sound board operators, stage manager, backstage crew, and construction crew are also available.

For more information about auditions for Death of a Salesman, call 530-541-4660, ext. 240.


The Lake Valley Fire Protection District was awarded a $1,000 stipend from the national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to increase its home fire sprinkler education locally. They will conduct a live fire and sprinkler burn demonstration on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Fire Fest 2015 Extravaganza, located at South Lake Tahoe Airport.

“We are honored to have been selected for this generous stipend,” said John Poell, Fire Marshal of the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

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