News briefs: Safety tips, South Lake Tahoe births and more |

News briefs: Safety tips, South Lake Tahoe births and more


Jesus Ahumada Jr. was born May 16 to Stacey and Jesus Ahumada of South Lake Tahoe.

Jasper James Collins was born May 20 to Stefani Kern and Jared Collins of South Lake Tahoe.

Emmanuel Earl Jones was born May 22 to Sharonda Hightower and Earnest Jones of Sacramento.

Allan Mac Ksiazek was born May 20 to Dagmara and Maciej Ksiazek of South Lake Tahoe.

Callen Creed Mercado was born May 21 to Risha Nikole Mercado of South Lake Tahoe.

Mikaell Shawn Turner was born May 19 to Kassi Dennis and Mikaell Turner of South Lake Tahoe.


Didi Toaspern, a trip leader for Sierra Club, will give a photo presentation about the many volunteer vacations available around the country Thursday, May 26. The event is planned for 7 p.m. at Unity at the Lake, located at 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd. It’s free and open to the public

Taking place on public lands, these trips accommodate all skill levels and stamina. Toaspern will explain work responsibilities while on the trip and explain how much time is dedicated to recreation such as hiking, swimming and enjoying the area during the volunteer week. The majority of trips offer camping, but there are also lodge-based trips for individuals who prefer a bed and warm shower at the end of the day. These trips take place all across the U.S.


How do we beat burnout, gain perspective when our judgment is clouded, and make progress on the goals most important to us? The newest course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) offers an interesting twist to dealing with these common challenges — an approach that examines the stories and characters of kings and prophets.

Beginning Wednesday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m., Rabbi Mordey Richler will conduct the six sessions of the JLI course, “Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character from the Stories of Our Prophets,” at Chabad, located at Ski Run Marina.

Interested students may call 530-314-7677 or visit for registration and other course-related information.


Nevada residents and visitors are invited to “Discover Nevada State Parks” on Saturday, June 11. Park visitors will receive free day use admission and free fishing (no license required) at all of Nevada’s 23 state parks.

This statewide event encourages Nevadans to explore the many exciting and affordable recreation opportunities right in their own backyard.

“Nevada’s 23 state parks offer a great diversity of outdoor opportunities,” said State Parks Administrator Eric Johnson. “For example, visitors can explore the slot canyons of Cathedral Gorge, tour a genuine ghost town at Berlin-Ichthyosaur or spend a relaxing afternoon fishing at Cave Lake.”

Discover Nevada State Parks day is also an opportunity for visitors to take the passport challenge and add a stamp to their passport booklet, or if they don’t have one yet, to pick one up while visiting a state park. Once visitors have their passports stamped at 15 different parks, they earn a free annual pass to all Nevada State Parks.


Ready to quit? Start your smoke-free life now. Freedom From Smoking is the premier smoking cessation program from the American Lung Association. It helps you develop a plan of action that leads to your quit day. Sign up at under Addiction Resources. Classes are hosted on Wednesdays, June 1 through July 13 (seven consecutive weeks) plus Friday, June 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Course tuition is $30.

For more information, call 530-543-5549 or email


With warmer weather right around the corner, health officials from the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency are reminding residents never to leave children or pets unattended inside vehicles, even for a few minutes.

“Each year, children and pets die in hot cars,” said El Dorado County health officer Dr. Nancy Williams. “It is important that everyone take precautions in order to avoid these injuries and deaths.”

Temperatures inside vehicles can climb quickly, especially on hot days, and even with the windows partially down.

“Heat stress or stroke, irreparable brain damage and death can follow shortly thereafter,” Williams said. “Parking in the shade is also not recommended because the sun can move and directly expose a vehicle.”

California law allows law enforcement and animal services officers to take swift action to remove a child or animal in distress inside a vehicle. The individual(s) responsible for leaving a child or pet in danger in a motor vehicle can be cited, and can face fines and jail time. Felony charges can apply if the child or pet is seriously injured or dies. In addition to heat-related injuries, children and pets left unattended in vehicles can be subject to carbon monoxide poisoning, runaway vehicles, abduction and other dangers.

These safety rules can help prevent heat-related injuries and other vehicle dangers:

Never leave a child, pet or vulnerable person (such as an elderly or medically frail person) alone in or around a vehicle.

Check to make sure all children leave the vehicle when you reach your destination, particularly when loading and unloading. Do not overlook sleeping infants.

Place a reminder of your child or pet’s presence where you would be sure to see it before leaving the vehicle.

Never leave a child in a vehicle with the motor running or the key in the ignition.

Keep car keys away from children at all times.

Always lock your car, even at home, and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same. Children die every year when they get into unlocked cars on their own and cannot get out.

Teach children not to play in, on or around cars.

Remove your pet from your vehicle when returning home.

Do not transport an animal in a trunk of a vehicle nor in the bed of a pickup truck in hot weather. Animals’ paws can burn on an extremely hot day.

Call 911 if you observe a child or vulnerable person in distress in an unattended vehicle.

Contact El Dorado County Animal Services at 530-621-5795 on the West Slope or 530-573-7925 in South Lake Tahoe if you observe a pet in distress in a vehicle.

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