News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, federal funding and more
Adela Palmira Leano Navarro was born May 27 to Romie and Shay Navarro of South Lake Tahoe.
Quinn Jesse Boles was born May 30 to David Boles and Sara Pierce of South Lake Tahoe.
Malikai William Cabristante was born May 30 to Clark Cabristante and Oksana Welechenko of South Lake Tahoe.
Logan Max Iverson was born May 30 to Travis Iverson and Vanessa Hopkins of South Lake Tahoe.
Oliver William Seeds was born June 1 to Casey Seeds and Michelle Flury of South Lake Tahoe.
Soren James Llars Harden was born June 4 to Llew Harden and Lindsey Heller of South Lake Tahoe.
CITY AWARDED $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency serving in its role as the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization (TMPO) announced project awards for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. The City of South Lake Tahoe will be receiving $3 million in four grants: $1.8 million for the Sierra Boulevard Complete Street Project (design, and construction); $510,000 for the Tahoe Valley Greenbelt Project (construction); $390,000 for a Sander vehicle replacement (purchase); and $200,000 for the Lake Tahoe Boulevard Bike Trail (design and engineering).
The purpose of the CMAQ Program is to fund transportation projects or programs that will contribute to attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. All projects and programs eligible for CMAQ funds must come from a conforming regional transportation plan and a Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP). Funds are distributed from the federal level to the State (Caltrans), then on to the MPO’s for project allocation.
This is a big win for South Lake Tahoe,” said Jim Marino, City of South Lake Tahoe’s assistant director for the Department of Public Works. “We truly want to thank the TMPO for their support.”
Everyone is invited to a potluck with a speaker and slides on Friday, June 10. Dr. David Borges, a well-known speaker about Tahoe, will present on the mysterious number “85.” The event is planned for South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The program begins around 6:30 p.m.
The main dish will be meatloaf. Those planning on attending the potluck are asked to arrive by 5:15 p.m. to sign in, place your dish on the buffet table and your plates and utensils where you wish to sit; be ready to eat at 5:30 p.m. Please bring either a salad, side dish, fruit or dessert. Call Arline at 530-545-1277 or see her at the senior center receptionist office Monday through Friday, from 12:30-4 p.m. Call 530-542-6094 to RSVP regarding how many people are coming with you and to discuss what you wish to bring. Please RSVP before Thursday, June 9.
AL ANON MEETING
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.
An ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge game is planned for Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. in the South Lake Senior Center. Call John Guerry at 530-543-0237 or 530-318-3887 and email email@example.com. This is a year-round event.
FOREST SERVICE TO RESUME WORK ON UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER REACH 5
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in collaboration with the California Tahoe Conservancy will resume work on the Upper Truckee River Reach 5 Restoration Project on June 13. This will be the final year of the four-year construction project to replace the existing stream channel with a new channel that is more stable and is connected to the adjacent floodplain, which will provide better aquatic habitat, support a healthier meadow ecosystem, and reduce the amount of fine sediment that reaches Lake Tahoe.
The first stage of the work will involve the installation of a temporary bridge beginning June 13. The bridge will be located approximately 5,000 feet downstream from the U.S. Highway 50 crossing at Elks Club Drive near Meyers in El Dorado County. During bridge installation, which is expected to last two weeks, passage underneath the bridge will not be possible and boaters will need to remove their vessels from the river and carry them around the bridge. Once bridge installation is complete, boaters will be able to float underneath the bridge until the river is diverted on July 11.
Beginning June 27, the second stage of work will involve construction of a temporary access road and installation of temporary boundary fencing in the meadow area. Once these structures are in place, construction of the new channel will resume. For public safety, the Forest Service has issued a forest closure order closing the project area to pedestrians from June 27 through Oct. 14. The forest order is posted under the heading Upper Truckee River Reach 5 Restoration Project at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ForestOrders.
The final stage of the work will begin on July 11, and will involve diverting the river around the construction area to protect water quality and allow construction of the new channel to be completed. At this time, boaters will be prohibited from entering the construction area upstream from the project. Signs will be posted at the Elks Club Drive boat launch location notifying boaters of the closure and a barrier will be strung across the river upstream from the temporary bridge to prevent boaters from going further. Fishing will also be prohibited in the construction area during water diversions. Fish will be relocated from within the project area into the Upper Truckee River both up and downstream from the construction. The closure will remain in place until Oct. 14.
Although this year’s boating season will be affected by the project, it is anticipated that the project will improve boating conditions in future years. The new river channel will be smaller than the existing channel so the water depth will be deeper and allow for longer boating seasons in the future.
A map of the closure area and more information on the project can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/UpperTruckeeRestoration.