News briefs: Rural health care conference, South Lake Tahoe city council meeting and more |

News briefs: Rural health care conference, South Lake Tahoe city council meeting and more


The next Tahoe Talk is “How to City: City and TRPA Codes.” It’s set for Wednesday, March 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Creekside Room.

Expect to hear an overview of new and improved processes in city and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency code that help homeowners make changes to their homes and properties. City and TRPA staff will talk about recent changes to streamline permitting, changes to the vacation home rental ordinance, the application process and how area plans and a new look at development regulations are simplifying the process for homeowners.

Speakers include Tiffany Good, senior planner, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; John Hitchcock, deputy development services director, City of South Lake Tahoe and Dave Walker, building official, City of South Lake Tahoe.


Fire Chief Gareth Harris recently announced that the Lake Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD) has received the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence Certification. This makes the LVFPD maintenance shop one of only two facilities in the Lake Tahoe Basin to receive this distinguished honor. ASE promotes excellence in automotive repair in every part of the automotive service industry.

To become eligible for the Blue Seal of Excellence, a maintenance shop must have certified technicians in every area of service offered. The program recognizes the competency and credibility of the fleet technicians, and honors the hard work technicians put into making sure that firefighters, police officers, and public works employees are better able to serve their communities by keeping their vehicles on the road every day.

Lake Valley Fire’s Fleet Maintenance Division, run by fleet manager/fire mechanic Andrew Sessions, is professionally certified in 21 of the ASE areas of automotive service. These areas range from automotive and light truck, to heavy truck and equipment repair, to fire apparatus and emergency vehicles.

According to Sessions, “Providing the highest level of service to our community is our most important mission. To accomplish that, we need to keep our equipment in the best possible operating condition. Anything less than 100 percent is not enough.”


The next South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the City Council Chambers located at 1901 Airport Rd. City Council meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit


The 2016 Future of Rural Healthcare Conference is coming to the shores of Lake Tahoe. The conference will take place June 8-10 at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline.

Hosted by Barton Health, the Future of Rural Healthcare Conference brings together leading providers and thinkers to offer insight and share resources that address the unique issues and challenges facing rural healthcare systems.

Speakers will discuss how rural providers and executives successfully address these issues and what innovative ideas and tested approaches can work for rural communities as the healthcare environment rapidly evolves.

This conference is designed for rural hospital and health system CEOs, administrators, executives, physicians, clinicians and nurses. Public health and community leaders, as well as non-clinical personnel who work in a rural healthcare setting, are also encouraged to attend.

Register for the conference and book hotel accommodations at

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