News briefs: South Lake Tahoe crab dinner fundraiser, Hard Rock celebrates one year and more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe crab dinner fundraiser, Hard Rock celebrates one year and more


Lake Tahoe Community College’s Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, for a special meeting. It will be a closed meeting, followed by an open session, where they will discuss the impending departure of the college’s superintendent/president Dr. Kindred Murillo.


St. Theresa Catholic Church will host its Monsignor Wallace 22nd annual crab dinner on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6-9 p.m. The event will be held at Grace Hall, at the corner of Highway 50 and Lyons Avenue. Cost is $45 per person or $50 at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend. This is a fundraiser benefiting religious education programs and Parish building maintenance. Call Danette Winslow at 530-544-4788 or the church office at 530-544-3533 for more information.


The Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe celebrated two new Paul Harris Fellow awards at its meeting Jan. 27 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Teresa Bertrand, Rotarian and owner of BioSpirit Day Spa on Ski Run Boulevard and Terri Jinkens, Rotary volunteer, received awards.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

The Rotary Foundation provides real projects for real people in need in the local community, whether it is helping students, nonprofit organizations or undertaking community projects. It has also been the leader in the elimination of polio worldwide and financing projects such as clean water in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

“We are proud of the recognition we are able to provide to Teresa and Terri for their service to our community and to the Rotary Foundation,” said Rotary president David Jinkens.

The Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe is meeting three times per month on Wednesday at noon at Harrah’s. Guests and members of the community are welcome to attend. Please check the website for details at


Lake Valley and Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations next week beginning Monday, Feb. 1. To view a map with project locations and details, visit

Residual smoke may be seen in locations where operations have taken place over the last several weeks. The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice in areas not identified on the map.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the basin. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed how smoke will travel.

Before conducting prescribed fire operations, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to

For more information on prescribed fire operations and smoke management tips, visit

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