News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, Lake Tahoe Community College speakers and more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, Lake Tahoe Community College speakers and more


Barrett IJ Parsley was born Jan. 11 to Harley Parsley and Corrine Edwards of South Lake Tahoe.

Jerson Gonzalez Reyes was born Jan. 12 to Jerson Gonzalez and Maria Reyes of South Lake Tahoe.

Matthew Steven Martin was born Jan. 16 to Steven Martin and Princess Escobar of Tahoe City.

Kanyon Masten Mintz was born Jan. 16 to Kyle and Jamie Mintz of South Lake Tahoe.

Nirvana Rose Balestrero was born Jan. 19 to Ashleigh Balestrero and Shila Main of South Lake Tahoe.


The Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series continues Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Aspen Room when physical education professor Dr. Walter Morris presents, “Exercise: A Potent Medicine?”

This talk will focus on what science has revealed about types of exercise needed to achieve and maintain optimal health. Dr. Morris will explore the evidence from recent studies showing how exercise can be just as effective as many prescription drugs in treating some of the leading causes of illness and death in the United States. This is a free event, and the entire community is welcome to attend.

As a full-time faculty member at LTCC since 1999, Dr. Morris has taught exercise physiology, sports nutrition, exercise program design, plyometrics, basketball and other classes in the physical education department.

The LTCC Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series brings faculty and academic experts from LTCC and other colleges and universities to South Lake Tahoe to share their knowledge and experiences with local students, and to encourage youth to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology and math.

To learn more, contact the foundation’s executive director Nancy Harrison at 530-541-4660, ext. 245, or


Lake Tahoe Community College welcomes University of California, Berkeley professor of law and author Ian Haney-Lopez to the Duke Theatre Monday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. for a talk, book signing, and Q&A. Haney-Lopez, one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the evolution and economic consequences of racism, will present “Trumpeting Racism: Race, Politics, and Economic Jeopardy for All,” an exploration of how racial divisions contribute to wealth inequality. This event is free.

Haney-Lopez’s current research looks at the connection between racial divisions and growing wealth inequality in America. His latest book, “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class,” lays bare how some conservative politicians exploit race to convince voters to support policies that ultimately are not in their own economic interest.


New officers of the South Lake Tahoe Republican Women, Federated include president Farah Richmond, vice president Ann Tritsch, secretary Cheri Watson and treasurer Gerri Grego.

“Our vibrant club continues to grow in membership, and we received three membership awards last year from the California Republican Women, Federated. There is great enthusiasm to discuss current events, help Republican candidates, and get out the vote,” said immediate past president Kathleen Huggins. “All Republican women and men are invited to join us for lunch on the second Tuesday of the month at The Cantina Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. through May. Join us for interesting speakers and spirited conversations.”


Barton Health is the first health system to implement Proteus Discover, a digital medicine offering that activates patients and enables rapid assessment and personalized treatment plans from their medical providers. The deployment marks the first commercial implementation of Proteus Discover in the U.S. after completion of successful clinical trials.

According to a news release, Proteus Discover offers an innovative approach to improving health outcomes for patients with long-term chronic conditions who are having challenges managing their medications. The first implementation is focused on uncontrolled and co-morbid hypertension.

Proteus Discover, which utilizes FDA-cleared technology from Proteus including ingestible sensors, has been clinically validated in this critical cardiovascular patient population, a news release continued. Barton Health has chosen Proteus Discover as a tool to activate patients and their physicians with the personalized insights needed to reach their individual treatment goal.

“Patients are seeking easier ways to engage in their own care; healthcare providers are looking to more effectively manage chronic conditions,” said Andrew Thompson, CEO of Proteus Digital Health, in a news release. “Barton is among a group of pioneering health systems addressing these opportunities head on by adding digital health solutions that extend their physical footprint, laying the groundwork for a durable population health strategy.”

How Proteus Discover works: A patient’s medications are co-encapsulated through specialty pharmacy services with a Proteus ingestible sensor, which is the size of a grain of sand and is activated when it reaches the stomach. On activation, the ingestible sensor communicates with a small sensor patch worn by the patient. The patch records the time of ingestion and personalized data such as heart rate, activity and rest. This information is then relayed electronically to the patient through an application on a mobile device, which also provides support and insight to the patient and allows them to share their data with their healthcare professional. Physicians and their care teams can access a web-based physician dashboard where they are provided with objective data that can inform personalized treatment decisions.


Tahoe Arts Project will present a public performance with The Tahoe iMPRoV Players on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. The performance will take place at The Duke Theatre at Lake Tahoe Community College. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children; they can be purchased at the door. In addition to the public performance, Tahoe iMPRoV Players will be holding a free improv workshop for middle and high school students Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a free performance from 2:15-3 p.m., also in Duke Theater. There are only 20 spots available.

For more information or to reserve a place in the workshop, call Tahoe Arts Project at 530 542-3632.

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