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The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is calling for nominations for their Best in the Basin Awards, which recognize projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design, and compatibility with the environment.

Nominations should be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday.

The nomination forms are available at http://www.trpa.org or by calling (775) 588-4547, Ext. 235.

4-wheel drive route meeting

The first steps in a process that will lead to a new Eldorado National Forest designated route system for motorized vehicles, such as ATVs, four- wheel drive vehicles, and motorcycles, is the topic of a Forest Service sponsored public workshop held in Jackson on Thursday in the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Forest Service is under a court order to complete an environmental impact statement for a designated road and trail system by Dec. 31, 2007.

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The public may comment at the meeting and give advice on how to designate routes.

This is the first public meeting that directly discusses the Eldorado National Forest route designation process.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting is encouraged to contact the Forest Service by e-mail at eldoradoroutes@fs.fed.us to learn what happened at the meeting. This is the beginning of a series of meetings.

Route designation information and more details about the meeting are posted on their Web site: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/.

Heavenly master plan meeting

The Forest Service will host a public meeting on Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m. to gather public input on Heavenly Mountain Resort’s master plan and an upcoming environmental impact analysis.

The master plan includes operational improvements for more efficient use of existing and proposed ski facilities, better skier dispersal, summer activities and lodge locations.

The meeting will be held at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

Comments from the public can be provided at the meeting, in writing by mail, or through e-mail. Please send written comments to Janine Clayton, Acting Forest Supervisor, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, 96150. Send comments by e-mail to: comments-pacificsouthwest-ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by Oct. 3 in order to be included in the analysis.

– Staff reports