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News briefs: Educational workshops, open houses and more

TREE REMOVAL & DEFENSIBLE SPACE CONTRACTORS’ WORKSHOP

The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team is hosting a free workshop for local defensible space and tree removal contractors on Friday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event is located at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency offices, located 128 Market St. in Stateline.

Contractors attending this workshop will be included on the 2016 Tree Removal and Defensible Space Contractor List provided to residents participating in defensible space grant programs, requesting tree removal permits or receiving defensible space inspections.

Attendees will receive training on tree removal and defensible-space-related regulations in the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Code of Ordinances; and fire agency defensible space requirements and available grant programs.

People interested in attending the workshop should RSVP by Friday, May 20, at the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team website, http://www.tahoefft.org. People who cannot attend the workshop in person can still register and will be provided a link to attend online.

TAHOE TRANSPORTATION PLAN OPEN HOUSES

Lake Tahoe’s two regional bi-state agencies for transportation, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and Tahoe Transportation District (TTD), are inviting the public to attend interactive open houses this month to learn more about draft proposals to improve Tahoe’s highway corridors and share their ideas and input.

The open houses are Tuesday, May 17, at the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach, and Tuesday, May 24, at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Both events are from 5-7 p.m.

Through a highway corridor planning approach, TRPA and TTD have created a draft framework for future roadway, transit, and bike and pedestrian improvements around Tahoe. At the open houses, the agencies will share this draft framework for improving Tahoe’s six highway corridors and the north and south entry corridors, and seek public ideas and input. The community will be able to share ideas on managing congestion during peak traffic times; improving transit service; creating safe bike and pedestrian routes; improving access to recreation areas; and providing safe, environmentally-responsible parking.

At the open houses, TRPA and TTD will also share new visitor, resident, and commuter origin and destination traffic data for each highway corridor at Tahoe. The new data helps show what job the transportation system must perform now and in the future.

Feedback received at the open houses will directly inform TRPA’s update of its Regional Transportation Plan. TRPA needs the public’s help to shape this regional blueprint for better transit services, highway corridors, and bike and pedestrian trails at Tahoe.

For more information about the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan and ways to get involved in the process, visit http://www.linkingtahoe.com.

GGG FORUM OPEN TO ALL COUNTY-WIDE OFFICE SEEKERS

The non-partisan Good Governance Group of Douglas County will hold its 2016 Candidates Forum and Mixer for individuals running for Douglas County elected offices Monday, May 16, from 6-9 p.m. at the Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395 in Minden.

Voters of all ages and political affiliations are invited to attend and participate in this event. The program will include both a formal question-and-answer session for Board of County Commissioners candidates, and an opportunity for other candidates to introduce themselves and state the reasons they are seeking elected office.

All five commissioner candidates will then respond in-turn to several Good Governance Group questions. Voters arriving before 6:30 p.m. will receive copies of the questions and be invited to submit their own questions in writing before the commissioner candidate Q&A begins.

The formal program will conclude at 9 p.m., and candidates will again be encouraged to mingle with members of the audience.


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