News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births and more
Elena Soleil Vazquez was born Feb. 2 to Victor Vazquez and Jessica Gonzalez Sosa of South Lake Tahoe.
Maylei Vianey Contreras Rodriguez was born Feb. 2 to Ivan and Leisa Contreras of South Lake Tahoe.
Illaria Lee Aquino was born Feb. 5 to Eric Aquino and Irene Mendoza of South Lake Tahoe.
Daniela Andrea Rios was born Feb. 6 to Jose Rios Ramiez and Ruby Garcia Hurtado of South Lake Tahoe.
Merrick Elijah Jackson was born Feb. 8 to Patrick Jackson and Caitlin Kern of South Lake Tahoe.
Tahoe Regional Young Professionals will host its February South Shore Networking Mixer on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Loft Tahoe. One free drink and complimentary appetizers will be available to attendees. Attendance is free for members and $10 for non-members.
TRYP will host its Civic Engagement Workshop: Getting Engaged with TRYP on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 6-7 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Community College, Board Room L104, located at 1 College Way, in South Lake Tahoe. The workshop is free for members, and $5 for non-members.
CHILD FINGERPRINTING ID PROGRAM
The Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra is holding a community child fingerprinting ID event at the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 16-17, from 3-5 p.m.
Nationally, large numbers of children run away or are abducted each year. Local law enforcement officers have indicated that having a record of fingerprints can be helpful in an effort to safely return the children to their homes.
During the screening process, volunteers weigh and measure each child, noting age, hair and eye color. Using a non-inking pad, a complete set of fingerprints is made. A frontal and profile photograph is taken. This data is entered into a computer program and a printout is given to each child or parent to retain. The whole procedure of screening and providing a record for each child to take home is a simple process.
This information is not kept by the Kiwanis nor shared with any other agency. The computer data is not saved.
In the event of a law enforcement investigation, the parent is able to provide this information to help identify their child. Parents are also given a small paper envelope and encouraged to place a sample of the child’s hair inside for DNA matching. While it is true the child’s height, weight, and appearance will change with time, the fingerprints remain the same throughout a lifetime.
Walk-ins are welcome and a parent must accompany the child. For more information, call 530-541-1610.
EAST SHORE Prescribed fire operations
The U.S Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations this week. Operations may take place near the Logan Shoals Vista Point and Camp Galilee on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. To view a map with project locations and details, visit http://www.tahoefft.org. Residual smoke may be seen in locations where operations have taken place over the last several weeks. The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice in areas not identified on the map.
Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning. Each prescribed fire operation follows a prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. This information is used to decide when and where to burn.
Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the basin. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed how smoke will travel.
Before conducting prescribed fire operations, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on prescribed fire operations and smoke management tips, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/rxfireops.
SENIOR CENTER EVENT
Everyone is invited to a potluck with entertainment Friday, Feb. 12. Performances by musicians include Tony, guitarist, and Al Botello, bass player, along with singers Ethel Aubrey and Jo Cain-Styles. In addition, Jerry Cerwonka, a stand-up comic, will do a comedy routine. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Those attending the potluck are asked to arrive by 5:15 p.m. to sign in, place food on the buffet table and be seated, ready to start by 5:30 p.m. Also, please bring your own plates, utensils and either a salad, fruit, side dish or dessert for six to eight people. Meatloaf for all will be prepared by Reed Wells.
Please call Arline — 530-545-1277 — by Thursday, Feb. 11, to RSVP and discuss what you will bring so there can be a variety and enough food for everyone. There will also be a raffle with cash prizes.
The event is located at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
CITY OFFERS NEW SERVICE REQUEST PORTAL ONLINE
The City of South Lake Tahoe’s Public Works Department is proud to announce the launch of a new web-based service request portal for city staff and community members. This service will allow anyone to add service requests, concerns or issues that need to be addressed by city engineering, streets-transportation, and/or facilities departments. Simply go online to hosting.vueworks.com/southlaketahoeportal and submit your request.
The asset management component of the program allows the city to track asset condition, prioritize asset risk, forecast capital budget needs, and create and manage capital projects.
COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED ELECTRICAL LINE REPLACEMENT
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking public input on the NV Energy 634 Line Rebuild project. Under the proposal, NV Energy would replace the electrical transmission line that runs from Foothill Road in the Carson Valley to Tramway Drive near Heavenly Mountain Resort. The draft Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzes the proposed replacement of the transmission line that serves the Kingsbury substation, which provides electricity to Heavenly Mountain Resort and the surrounding Kingsbury Grade area.
The existing transmission line was constructed in 1956 and has experienced multiple outages due to aging equipment, vegetation and weather-related events. The proposed improvements would reduce the likelihood of power outages associated with high winds, downed trees, wildfires and snow loading, and would provide a reliable transmission line that meets current state and federal electricity regulations and safety standards.
Project work could begin as early as spring or summer of 2016.
The draft EA is available for viewing at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/634linerebuild.
Comments will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, March 4.
For more information on the project and how to comment, contact Brian Hansen at 530-543-2870 or email email@example.com.