News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, Kingsbury Grade Project award & more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, Kingsbury Grade Project award & more

LAKE LEVEL — Lake Tahoe

As of Friday, Sept. 30, the lake elevation was reported as 6,221.90. For more information, visit Truckee River Operating Agreement at


Madelyn Lorena Quintana-Becerra was born Sept. 23 to Dylan Quintana and Bianca Becerra of South Lake Tahoe.

Sophia Anne Jackson was born Sept. 23 to Morgan and Rachael Jackson of Stateline, Nevada.

Olivia L. Watts was born Sept. 24 to Christopher Watts and Tess Castle of South Lake Tahoe.

Natalie Beatriz Perez was born Sept. 24 to Ricky and Monica Perez of South Lake Tahoe.

Emma C. Jimenez Torrez was born Sept. 24 to Jose Jimenez Diaz and Marisol Jimenez Torres of South Lake Tahoe.

Chase Daniel Mosby was born Sept. 25 to James Mosby and Guadalupe Cortez Leon of Stateline, Nevada.

Emma Cataleya Castro was born Sept. 26 to Matthew and Cynthia Castro of Coleville, California.

Getsemani Contreras Rodriguez was born Sept. 26 to Alvaro Contreras and Rocio Rodriguez-Garcia of South Lake Tahoe.

Ailani Cortez Juarez was born Sept. 28 to Jose Juarez and Jayme Cortez of Stateline, Nevada.

Benjamin Conner Hamilton was born Sept. 28 to Robert Hamilton and Blessing Bennett of South Lake Tahoe.


American Legion Post 795 will host Oktoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 4. The event is located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The event starts around 4 p.m. with a traditional German dinner and live music. Entertainment by “Cash Only Band” is planned, and the public is welcome.


Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada will host a Family Information Night on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6-7 p.m. at St. Therea Church in Globin Hall. It’s located at 1041 Lyons Ave., in South Lake Tahoe, California. Call 800-222-5406 or visit for more information.


Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District will hold a Candidates Forum on Thursday, Oct. 1, for the upcoming special election. The Nov. 3 election will determine who will sit on Tahoe Paradise Park’s Board of Directors. There are four seats available — two four-year terms and two two-year terms. Eight candidates will be on the ballot and a polling place has been set up at the California Conservation Corps in Meyers. Sample ballots should be arriving in the mall soon to all registered voters within the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District. For more information, visit


South Lake Tahoe police officers arrested one suspect on Friday, Sept. 25, for allegedly purchasing alcoholic beverages for minors near Emerald Bay Road and Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

The program targets adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age. Finlayson faces a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

As part of the “Shoulder Tap” program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.

The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics show they generally have a higher rate of drunken-driving crashes than adults.

Studies also show the combination of alcohol and youth tends to increase criminal conduct.

According to the American Medical Association, underage drinking can increase chances of risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromise health, and result in unintentional injury and death.

The “Shoulder Tap” program is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy / Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


The City of South Lake Tahoe and allied law enforcement agencies will host a neighborhood evacuation drill on Thursday, Oct. 1. The drill will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be a free snacks, information booths and displays.

On the day of the drill the neighborhood will be receiving a reverse 911 call which will test the system. Evacuation maps for the entire City can be found on the city’s website at

The “Highlands Evacuation Drill” will affect approximately 160 homes and approximately 270 residents. Residents who wish to participate in the evacuation drill are encouraged to do so by “evacuating” to the snow dump area at the end of Sierra Blvd. A Public Information Officer will be at the site as well as Red Cross serving snacks.


Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe Foundation, Inc. (SISLT) invites local tax-exempt, nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations to apply for grant funding for community service projects and programs.

Each year (SISLT) awards community service grants to nonprofits that provide services to the South Lake Tahoe community. SISLT’s goal is to fund quality projects that serve clearly identified needs of women and children in the South Shore community. They will consider new programs, improvements and enhancements to current programs, as well as supporting programs that have been proven effective in bettering the lives of women and children in our community. SISLT is accepting applications for programs or projects with a minimum of $5,000. A maximum of $25,000 in total will be distributed to no more than five non-profit organizations.

Applications for SISLT’s 2015-2016 Community Service Grants will be available on Oct. 1. Grant application, criteria, and instructions can be downloaded from their website: The deadline for receipt of applications is Oct. 31. For more information, email or of go online. All of SISLT’s grant funding comes directly from the organizations’ largest annual fundraiser, “An Evening of Food and Wine Tasting,” which is now in its 45rd year and will take place in the Mont Bleu Convention Center on Oct. 16.


A Nevada Department of Transportation project to repave and enhance Kingsbury Grade last year has received a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency “Best in the Basin” award.

The project substantially completed ahead of schedule in 2014, and it was recognized as a water quality and erosion control improvement that helped enhance the Lake Tahoe environment.

The approximately $15 million project reconstructed pavement on portions of Kingsbury Grade to a 13-inch depth, including excavation of approximately 24,000 cubic yards of old road and placement of 24,000 tons of new asphalt. More than 4,000 linear feet of storm drain pipe, 3,300 linear feet of sidewalk and 8,700 linear feet of curb and gutter were also installed. The project included safety, lighting and accessibility improvements, as well as improved water quality by constructing two new water quality basins and improving two others.

The project’s success was largely due to public understanding of construction-related Kingsbury Grade road closures which ultimately reduced construction time from as much as three years to one year.

“These traffic closures helped us complete work much more quickly than we would otherwise have been able to,” NDOT Project Manager Pedro Rodriguez explained. “We know that a traffic closure impacts drivers and residents, and the understanding of the Kingsbury Grade, Tahoe and Carson Valley communities during last year’s construction truly helped us complete the project successfully and ahead of schedule.”

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