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News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births and more


Zayden Lee Jackson Pesci was born April 12 to Michael and Tori Pesci of South Lake Tahoe.

Wyatt Lucas Meyer was born April 13 to Adam and Kristen Meyer of South Lake Tahoe.

Jackson Benjamin Ortiz was born April 13 to Enrique and Kaylie Ortiz of South Lake Tahoe.

Knox Callister Alexander was born April 14 to Andrew Alexander and Heidi Macdonell of Sacramento, California.

Axel Juan Hernandez Calzada and Alexis Manuel Hernandez Calzada were born April 14 to Juan Hernandez and Maday Calzada of South Lake Tahoe.

Savannah Jean McCanless was born April 15 to Trever and Olivia McCanless of Gardnerville, Nevada.

Coby Michael Aguirre was born April 16 to Rafael Aguirre and Rachel Caginia of South Lake Tahoe.

Yatziry Sophia Camacho was born April 16 to Dulcie Shaney Camacho of South Lake Tahoe.


Tahoe Regional Young Professionals will host its “Tahoe Town Hall: Local Ordinances that Impact You” from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at Lake Tahoe Community College, located at 1 College Dr. in South Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Town Halls are free for all community members to attend.

The first half of the event will look at how rules are made and become law and who enforces them. Local jurisdiction representatives will explain how their rules interact with each other and will take a closer look at South Lake Tahoe’s Vacation Home Rental Ordinance and plastic bag ban. This section will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Tahoe Town Hall is a free event for the community to learn the facts and openly answer questions concerning issues in our community and its progress.


Democratic U.S. congressional candidate Robert Derlet will be in South Lake Tahoe Thursday, April 21, for a townhall-style meeting at the Lake Tahoe Community College. Hosted by Tahoe Area Sierra Club, Tahoe Climate Coalition and college’s Ecology Club, the meeting will take place in the Aspen Room starting at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Derlet is running for a seat as representative for California’s 4th Congressional District against Republican incumbent Tom McClintock.

He spent his medical career at the University of California, Davis as a professor and chief of emergency medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Derlet currently lives outside of Sonora, California, in Tuolumne County.


Al Anon meets every Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Unity at the Lake, 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. It’s a support group for people affected by alcoholism.


The Barton Foundation is giving $50,000 in grant funding to improve community health.

Barton Health provides funds for programs and organizations that positively impact the health of South Lake Tahoe’s community. In this grant cycle, the Community Health Advisory Committee will award up to $50,000 in grants, with priority going to projects and programs that address mental health, substance abuse and access to healthcare services.

These three issues were identified as the most pressing health needs in South Lake Tahoe’s 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment. Grant proposals addressing one or more of these top three priorities will be accepted until June 30.

Various organizations, including government agencies, nonprofits and schools, are encouraged to apply. Last year’s grants were awarded in a spring and fall cycle. Spring grant recipients included A Balanced Life, Live Violence Free, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), SOS Outreach, South Lake Tahoe Police Activities League, South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition, Tahoe Magic, Tahoe Turning Point and Tahoe Youth and Family Services. The second cycle in the fall awarded projects for mental health and included the Mental Health Collaborative, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, Live Violence Free, NAMI, Sierra Child and Family Services and South Tahoe Drug Free Coalition.

Priority will be given to programs that benefit underserved populations. Grant recipients will be notified in September and awards will be distributed at the annual Philanthropy Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 4.

Additional grant criteria and the application are available online at, or contact Kindle Craig, Barton Health’s director of strategy and development, at 530-543-5612.


The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series welcomes novelist and short story writer Daniel Chacón on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s library. Chacón will read selections from his works, answer audience questions about the writing process and sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale. This event is sponsored by LTCC’s Equity Office, and is free and open to the public.

Chacón is the author of “Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops” (2013), which won both the 2014 Pen Oakland Award for Literary Excellence and the Tejas NACCS Award for Best Book of Fiction for 2013. His collection of short stories, “Unending Rooms,” won the 2008 Hudson Prize. He also has a novel, “And the Shadows Took Him,” and another collection of stories called “Chicano Chicanery.” His fiction appeared in the anthologies “Latino Boom; Latino Sudden Fiction;” “Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge;” “Caliente: The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction;” and “Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the West Side of the Missouri.”

LTCC’s Writers’ Series is committed to providing a cultural outlet for students and the community by hosting free readings, discussions, craft talks and workshops with nationally known, award-winning authors, as well as poetry slams, open mic nights and student readings.

Over the past 15 years, LTCC has welcomed nationally acclaimed poets and writers such as Carolyn Forché, Brian Turner, Denise Duhamel, Luis Rodriguez, H.L. Hix, Sholeh Wolpé, Chris Abani, Dorianne Laux, Francisco Jimenez, Juan Felipe Herrera, Nathalie Handal, Tracy Ross and Patricia Smith.

For more information, contact LTCC Writers’ Series coordinator Suzanne Roberts at

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