News briefs: South Lake Tahoe’s Citizens Academy and more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe’s Citizens Academy and more


The City of South Lake Tahoe is now accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Citizens Academy. The Academy will be held on consecutive Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning April 7 and running through May 19.

The Citizens Academy is a free, seven-session interactive course designed to provide residents with an in-depth look into municipal government, as well as information about the services and programs of the City of South Lake Tahoe.

This course is open to all community members.

Applications are being accepted now through March 25 at 5 p.m. Applications and the course outline are available online at Completed applications may be dropped off or mailed to the City Offices located at 1901 Airport Rd., sent via fax at 530-542-7411 or emailed to


The Lake Valley Fire Protection District has more than 1,000 fire hydrants within its borders. It is impossible for fire crews to shovel and maintain all of them in a timely manner. The California Fire Code addresses keeping fire hydrants free of obstructions and immediately identifiable.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District strives to ensure all hydrants are clear, marked and accessible in the event of a fire. Wintertime makes this job hard, and during heavy snow the district is forced to clear key hydrants first. Some hydrants unfortunately may remain buried all winter.

The fire district is asking community members to adopt the hydrant closest to their home or business and keep it clear of snow and debris. In the event of a small fire that is reported in a timely manner, the water carried by fire engines is usually sufficient. If a fire is too large for the water carried on an engine, a water source that is easily found can make a difference in keeping the fire from spreading to a neighboring property. Combining safe practices like installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, maintaining defensible space, and keeping the closest hydrant clear can prevent unnecessary property damage.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District appreciates the members of our community that already maintain hydrants in their neighborhood and encourages everyone to participate.

If you notice a fire hydrant that is not marked with a snow stake, contact the Lake Valley Fire Protection District Prevention Bureau at 530-577-3737.

Visit the Lake Valley Fire Protection District at for more information.

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