News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, local business ADA training and more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, local business ADA training and more


Zachary Allen Contrivo was born July 1 to Nicholas and Marelis Contrivo of Minden, Nevada.

Camila Casarez Ruiz was born July 5 to Roberto Casarez Lopez and Carmen Ruiz Lara of South Lake Tahoe.

Kennedy Cheri Nalani Mozzone was born July 5 to Christopher Mozzone and Tonya Hickok of South Lake Tahoe.

Hyler Everett Smith was born July 11 to Christina Smith of South Lake Tahoe.


Tahoe Chamber urges all local businesses to join it for an ADA Compliance Workshop on Wednesday, July 13, at the Chamber. Businesses will learn how to protect themselves from ADA lawsuits and what to do if they have already been served with papers. Tickets are free for members and only $10 for non-members.

The ADA Compliance Workshop is in response to a plethora of ADA lawsuits on the South Shore. An ADA lawsuit is a severe action that can result in large fines that can seriously impact a business. It is imperative that every business owner understands what they must do to ensure both California and federal ADA Accessibility standards are met to not only welcome customers with disabilities, but also avoid costly litigation.

Tahoe Chamber is proud to partner with Brian Shinault, CASp (Certified Access Specialist) and architect from Shinault Architecture, Dave Walker, CASp and building inspector from the City of South Lake Tahoe, and Cris Vaughan, CASp and Attorney. Vaughan is a CASp and attorney who is a specialist in ADA litigation and consulting with over 15 years experience. Attendees will learn about CASp reports and how this report provides time to correct infractions before penalties can accrue.

For more information and to register, visit


South Lake Tahoe Library will host Wild Things Inc. on Friday, July 15. The free outdoor show starts at 2 p.m. at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. Wild Things Inc. will bring an exciting mix of wild animals and share with children a message of conservation and appreciation for wild animals. The event is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra.


The U.S. Forest Service, in collaboration with California Tahoe Conservancy, began the final stage of the Upper Truckee River Reach 5 Restoration Project on Monday, July 11. This final phase of the project involves diverting the river around the construction area to protect water quality and allow construction of the new channel to be completed. 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 downstream. 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.

On June 27, the second stage of work began that involved construction of a temporary access road and installation of temporary boundary fencing in the meadow area. For public safety, the Forest Service 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

This is the last year of the four-year construction project to replace the existing stream channel with a new channel that is more stable and 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.

A map of the closure area and more information on the project can be found at

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