News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births and more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births and more


June Josephine Thorne was born May 9 to Francesca and John Thorne of South Lake Tahoe.

Emma Lee Gray was born May 9 to April Malkus and Mitchell Gray of South Lake Tahoe.

Ezra Matteo Lopez Ortiz was born May 11 to Itzel Ortiz and Roberto Lopez of South Lake Tahoe.

Hazel Mae Hibbard was born May 12 to Jennifer and Mason Hibbard of South Lake Tahoe.

Lillian Rose Payne was born May 12 to Anna and Ryan Payne of South Lake Tahoe.

Tlaloc Skyler Valadez was born May 12 to Jessica and Cesar Valadez of South Lake Tahoe.

Mariana Lynn Perez was born May 13 to Autumn and Gilbert Perez of South Lake Tahoe.

Alexander Helios Sibr was born May 14 to Ashley and Andrew Sibr of Incline Village.

William Fleming Fetzer V was born May 14 to Hollie Smith and William F. Fetzer of South Lake Tahoe.

Nikolias Panfilo Rodriquez was born May 15 to Christina Staffa and Johnathan Rodriquez of South Lake Tahoe.


The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) recognized Dr. Terry Orr of South Lake Tahoe as the 2016 recipient of its John J. Clair Jr. Award.

The John J. Clair Jr. Award is given annually to a person who provides exceptional service to the U.S. Ski Team or U.S. Snowboarding. Past recipients include Dave McCoy, the founder of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and Deedee Corradini, the first and only female mayor of Salt Lake City. This year, Dr. Orr received the award at the USSA Congress’s Chairman Awards Dinner on Friday, May 13, in Park City, Utah.

“For nearly 30 seasons, Dr. Terry Orr has volunteered his time to stand on the hill as a team physician and provide moral support for hundreds of U.S. Ski Team athletes,” said Tiger Shaw, President and CEO of USSA when recounting Terry’s nomination. “His service has spanned over 45 international events at his own expense, and he has played a key role in the success of some of the team’s greatest stars.”

Dr. Orr has volunteered for the USSA since 1988 and served as the Head Team Physician for USSA Men’s Alpine for 14 seasons. He helped create and develop the USSA Medical Pool and Medical Committee. He has also volunteered to provide medical coverage for numerous athletic events, including four Winter Olympics.

“I am truly surprised and honored to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Orr. “It has been a privilege to work with USSA athletes, coaches, and officials for the last 28 years and help some of our country’s greatest athletes excel.”

Dr. Orr is an orthopedic surgeon and medical director of sports medicine and rehabilitation at Barton’s Tahoe Center for Orthopedics. He provides orthopedic care for USSA athletes, as a well as other athletes and residents in the Lake Tahoe area.


Join the Alpine County Historical Society for the “History Mystery Scavenger Hunt” in downtown Markleeville on May 28 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Purchase a clue sheet for $5 at the Alpine County Museum at the top of the hill off Montgomery Street. Uncover historical facts about Alpine County and Markleeville that you probably didn’t know or had forgotten for fun and prizes.

Answers to the clues are located on several downtown historic and community buildings in a four-block area, plus the museum complex. All the answers are located on the exterior of buildings. Detective work should take between one to two hours to complete.

The museum will host light refreshments between 3-4 p.m. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at that time.


In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May 2016, El Dorado County Mental Health in South Lake Tahoe is teaming up with local organizations to offer a free community showing of the film “Paper Tigers.” The film is appropriate for older teens, parents, school staff, community members, and anyone who interacts with adolescents and young adults. It’s planned for Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the Duke Theater at Lake Tahoe Community College, located at 1 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

According to Sabrina Owen, manager of mental health programs, the film demonstrates how one person can intervene and change the outcome of a young person’s life.

“The film highlights how toxic stress can have a significant impact on the developing mind and can lead to issues such as substance abuse, academic difficulties, depression and suicide,” she said. “The film follows a year in the life of several students at an alternative high school in Washington and how the school radically changed its approach to helping students. Following the showing, we will have a community forum to include discussion on how we can come together to be the ‘one’ that our local youth needs for a successful future.”

For questions about the event or mental health services in South Lake Tahoe, call 530-573-7970. Additional information about El Dorado County Mental Health services can be found at


Everyone is invited to a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. It will include pancakes, sausages, eggs, juice, coffee, tea and cocoa. The cost for adults and teens is only $5, and for those 12 years old and under it’s only $3. It will be at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. This is a benefit for South Lake Tahoe Senior Citizens, Inc.

In addition, the Seniors will host a rummage sale with new and slightly-used clothing, household items, tools, etc., at very reasonable prices, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who wish to rent a large table can do so for $10 (for members) or $5 for half of a large table. For non-members, the cost is $12 for a large table or $6 for half a table. To reserve a table, see Arline at the reception area of South Lake Tahoe Senior Center from 12:30-4 p.m. or call 530-542-6094; you may also call Arline at 530-545-1277. Payment must be made by 4 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Items for the sale must arrive between 4-8 p.m. that Friday. If anyone wishes to donate items to South Lake Tahoe Senior Citizens, Inc., the group will greatly appreciate selling them for the organization’s benefit.

Learn more about the South Lake Tahoe Seniors at

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