News briefs: TRPA accepting lake spirit award nominations, and more |

News briefs: TRPA accepting lake spirit award nominations, and more


Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is accepting nominations for Lake Spirit Awards to honor real people making real progress protecting Lake Tahoe. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate exemplary members of the community who are going above and beyond the call of duty to protect the beauty and clarity of the lake.

Because everyone has a role to play in the preservation and restoration of the lake, TRPA created the Lake Spirit Awards in 2011 to recognize individuals who show exceptional commitment to the Tahoe Basin. In addition to nominations for exemplary citizens, nominations are also open in the agency representative/environmental scientist category. A North Shore and South Shore winner in each category will be selected.

“We would like to thank and honor those individuals in our community that are making a real difference protecting Lake Tahoe,” said Joanne Marchetta, executive director of TRPA. “We are looking for nominees that exhibit not only a strong commitment to the environment, but also model a spirit of collaboration and cooperation.”

Nominations for the Lake Spirit Awards can be submitted online at and will be accepted through Monday, March 14. Award winners will be recognized by the TRPA Governing Board and at South Tahoe Earth Day.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Devin Middlebrook at 775-589-5230 or by email at


Nevada’s Democratic Caucus is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. George Whittell High School is the meeting location for Precincts 35 (Glenbrook), 36 (Skyland), 37 (Zephyr Cove), 38 (Round Hill), 39 (Edgewood), 40 (Kingsbury) and 41 (Dagget). For all Douglas County locations, visit the Douglas County Democrats website —

Nevada’s Republican Caucus is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Douglas County Republican Central Committee will host a caucus from 5-9 p.m. George Whittell High School is the meeting location for Precincts 35 (Glenbrook), 36 (Skyland), 37 (Zephyr Cove), 38 (Round Hill), 39 (Edgewood), 40 (Kingsbury) and 41 (Dagget). For all Douglas County locations, visit


The Food Bank of El Dorado County is in need of eight to 10 volunteers Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. to help with a mobile food pantry. Once a month, The Food Bank of El Dorado County visits South Lake Tahoe to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. Volunteers will be assisting in handing out food and signing people in. If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering, call 530-621-9950 or email

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will host its mobile food pantry distribution, weather permitting, from 10-11 a.m., at the American Legion Hall located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd.


On Thursday, Feb. 25, the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce will hold its fourth annual Tahoe Chamber Community Breakfast at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel from 8:30-10 a.m.

Guests will enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and hear from Tahoe Chamber’s president and CEO “B” Gorman, chamber board members, ambassadors and staff. This event is great for anyone wondering what Tahoe Chamber does in the community.

The chamber will recap accomplishments from 2015 and give insight into how organizational goals have changed since receiving feedback from Tahoe’s community members through the 2015 Member Survey.

Space is limited for this event, so reservations are strongly suggested. Please contact Tahoe Chamber at or call 775-588-1728.


With a cheer of celebration, officials from the Glenbrook Water Cooperative in Glenbrook, Nevada, walked to the stage to accept the Gold Medal Award at the Great American Water Taste Test. Glenbrook was selected by a panel of judges at the GAWTT finals on Feb. 10 in Washington D.C.

The Consolidated Rural Water and Sewer District No. 1 of Jefferson County from Hastings, Oklahoma, won the Silver Award, with the City of Emporia, Kansas, earning Bronze.

A panel of preliminary judges selected five finalists from entries submitted from across the nation. Only utilities that had won their state drinking water taste test were eligible to submit samples for the national competition.

Judges rated each water sample based on its clarity, bouquet and taste.

A recording of the complete taste test finals is available at


Not all Chabad rabbis are identified with the color black — referring to a black coat, black beard and black hat, as is the custom of Chabad rabbis.

Yitzchok Moully is also known as a Chasidic pop artist, whose bright and bold colors of his paintings and attire (he wears orange socks, green tie and a pink kippa) make him distinct.

Yitzchok Moully, a Chabad Rabbi, child of former hippies, has been painting for almost 10 years. He will be joining the Chabad at Lake Tahoe for a fun and engaging silk-screening workshop on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. Cost is $25. The event will be held in a private Incline Village home.

This workshop gives participants an opportunity to create their own Jewish art masterpiece.

For more information and to RSVP, visit or call Millie at 775-833-3311.


An American Red Cross lifeguard training at South Lake Tahoe’s Recreation and Swim Complex is scheduled from March 14-22. There are five classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4-8:30 p.m.

Registration closes on March 14. Cost is $225.

Register online at

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