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News briefs: Daylight saving time, electric vehicle charging and more

Don’t Forget to Wind Your Watch

Daylight saving time begins this weekend. Clocks will move one hour ahead starting at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13.

City Installs Electric Charging Station at Heavenly Village

The City of South Lake Tahoe has partnered with ChargePoint to install an electric vehicle charging station in the parking garage at Heavenly Village at 1 Bellamy Ct. in South Lake Tahoe. The electric vehicle charging station is located on the first floor of the parking garage next to the elevator. Electric vehicle owners can open a ChargePoint account at http://www.chargepoint.com.

“This is a great way of attracting new visitors with electric vehicles to our community,” said City Manager Nancy Kerry in a press release. “Before, range limitations for certain vehicles would interfere with a chance to visit South Lake Tahoe. Now they can drive here and get an ultrafast quick charge and enjoy our city.”

Prescribed fire operations at Lake Tahoe to continue

California State Parks may continue prescribed fire operations beginning Monday, March 14, weather permitting. On the North and West shores, operations may take place at Burton Creek, Sugar Pine Point and D.L. Bliss state parks. To view a map with project locations and details, visit http://www.tahoefft.org.

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning, according to a press release from the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team. Each prescribed fire operation follows a prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. This information is used to decide when and where to burn.

Before conducting prescribed fire operations, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.

NEVADA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CONTINUES TO FALL

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell from 6.3 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted 6.2 percent in January, down from 7.1 percent a year ago. This equates to 89,400 Nevadans unemployed, compared to 185,000 during the recession.

“This year is off to an encouraging start in the Silver State,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “January job levels are up, and unemployment continues to show improvement. Nevada’s solid labor market recovery is evident in trends over the past half-decade. Relative to the prior month, job levels have increased in every month but six since the beginning of 2011. We must remain vigilant in our endeavors to attract new industry and sustain our current businesses in order to solidify Nevada’s place as a top competitor in a global economy.”

Nevada added 7,800 jobs in January, bringing the total to 34,000 higher than a year ago, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. In percentage terms, construction continues to lead the way, with job growth in excess of 10 percent over the year. In absolute terms, professional/business services added 9,200 jobs over the year.

“All told, job levels are the highest since mid-2008 and the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since that time,” Anderson said. “In coming off of its recessionary high of 13.7 percent, the jobless rate has declined from the previous month, or held steady, every month since October 2010. At the height of the recession, in late 2010, job levels stood more than 14 percent below the all-time benchmark. January’s reading falls just 22,000, 1.7 percent, below the all-time high established in May 2007.”

ST. PADDY’S DAY DINNER

An annual Saint Patrick’s dinner will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Saint Theresa Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe. The Knights of Columbus prepare and host the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner in Grace Hall at 1041 Lyons Ave.

FREE ‘AGING AND CAREGIVER’ EDUCATIONAL SERIES

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Family Caregiver Support Program is presenting a free “Aging & Caregiver” educational series in South Lake Tahoe. The six-week educational series will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Mondays beginning April 18 at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. The series will provide instruction and support for people who care for or plan to care for a family member or friend ages 60 years and older.

The series topics will include the following:

April 18 – Legal Rights/Responsibilities of Caregiving: How to Stay Out of Trouble: Legal and ethical duties and decisions will be discussed, including other responsibilities associated with the health and well-being of your loved one.

April 25 – Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior: A four-step model to address behavioral aspects of dementia.

May 2 – Grief, Loss and Healing through Art: Creative expression can help lift one’s spirit and help the griever deal with emotions they may face.

May 9 – Maximizing Your Golden Years: Discussion on how to maintain your physical health safely as you age, and how age progression affects mobility and physical function.

May 16 – Transitioning from Hospital to Home: Returning home from a hospital stay can result in unexpected challenges for many seniors. Learn tips and discuss the process of transitioning home safely.

May 23 – The Ins and Outs of Rehabilitation: Staff from Barton Home Health Rehabilitation will discuss physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Advanced registration is requested but not required for the educational series. Call 530-621-6151 or 800-510-2020 for questions or to register for one or more classes. For information about additional programs and services for seniors and caregivers in El Dorado County, visit http://www.edcgov.us/humanservices.


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