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News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births and more

BIRTHS

Olive Leigh-Margaret Aguilar was born March 18 to Nicholas Aguilar and Amber Wade of South Lake Tahoe.

Shubkarman Ahuja was born March 21 to Sukhwinder Singh and Baljit Kaur of South Lake Tahoe.

Madeline Lynette Marin was born March 24 to Mathew Marin and Hannah Taylor of South Lake Tahoe.

CANCER LEAGUE EVENT

South Lake Tahoe Cancer League invites all members and non-members to its general meeting luncheon Thursday, March 31, at 11 a.m. in the Cantina Bar & Grill, which is located at Highway 89 and 10th Street. This month’s speakers are Tom and Cheryl Millhams of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. The Millhams will give a presentation of their 38 years taking care of injured animals and birds from Tahoe and surrounding areas.

The Cantina will offer five entrees from their regular menu for $13. RSVP to Gerry Nafie by March 29. To learn more about Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, visit http://www.ltwc.org. For more information on South Lake Tahoe Cancer League, visit http://www.sltcancerleague.com or call 530-573-1703.

TTD LAUNCHES NEW TRANSIT SCHEDULING SYSTEM

Within the last year, Tahoe Transportation District has invested in a new scheduling system, nine new buses, lighting and technology to provide safer and more reliable transit. This is a direct result of feedback from the community.

TTD launched Ecolane on March 7. This new scheduling system for demand response service provides transportation for individuals with disabilities and adults 60 years of age and older. These improvements will increase safety, efficiency and overall quality of the service.

Passengers using this service make a reservation and the new system will help to coordinate trips. Dispatchers will be asking additional questions when taking reservations to customize individual trips from an arranged origin to set destination. Fare for eligible passengers (persons over 60 years of age; veterans with a “service-connected disability;” and persons with disabilities under the guidelines established by the Americans with Disabilities Act) is $3 one-way.

The addition of Ecolane adds to a list of other TTD improvements and additions within the last year. TTD has purchased nine new buses equipped with electronic fareboxes, five security cameras, two-position bike racks, and two-way radios that currently service South Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley. The buses include five of the 2015 El Dorado National AeroElite (28 passenger or 24 with two mobility devices) and four 2015 El Dorado AeroTech buses (16 passenger or 12 with two mobility devices). The new vehicles replace 20 percent of the existing fleet, allowing for the retirement of older and higher maintenance vehicles.

Transit improvements were made possible by funding from TTD’s partners at the Federal Transit Administration, Caltrans, Nevada Department of Transportation and CalOES.

Visit http://www.tahoetransportation.org for more information.

PUBLIC HEARING FOR CAVE ROCK PROJECT

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Hearings Officer will hold a public hearing Thursday, March 31, for Nevada Department of Transportation’s proposed Cave Rock project. It would install a 60-foot tunnel extension and rock fall shelter on the north side of the westbound Cave Rock tunnel to better protect the traveling public.

The proposed project would also implement water-quality improvements on Highway 50 from Cave Rock to Spooner Summit, located within the transportation department’s right-of-way.

The application for this project is on file at the TRPA offices at 128 Market St. in Stateline, and is available for public review during regular front counter hours. An agenda for the Hearings Officer meeting and a staff summary for this proposed project are available online at http://www.trpa.org/document/meetings-notice.

People can present oral comments about the proposed project during the Hearings Officer meeting, scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the TRPA offices in Stateline, or submit comments to TRPA by mail. Comments must be received prior to the public hearing or they will not be considered.

Mail written comments to Shannon Friedman, senior planner, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, P.O. Box 5310, Stateline, NV 89449.


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