News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, Cave Rock tunnel closure & more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, Cave Rock tunnel closure & more


Samuel Eliseo Arce Medina was born on Sept. 2 to Osmin Arce Garcia and Maria Medina Aranda of South Lake Tahoe.

Kain Carmelo Estrada was born Sept. 2 to Efren and Fabiola Estrada of South Lake Tahoe.

Lilly Harper Rutledge was born on Sept. 3 to David and Jaime Rutledge of South Lake Tahoe.

Landen Duke Lew was born on Sept. 7 to Micah and Heather Lew of South Lake Tahoe.

Serenity Amara Tapia was born on Sept. 7 to Hector Tapia Flores and Alexis Ortiz Morales of South Lake Tahoe.


A funeral services for Cathy Graves will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe.


Traffic-line reductions through the Cave Rock tunnels on Highway 50 begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9, as the Nevada Department of Transportation prepares for testing ahead of an upcoming project.

Both directions of traffic will be alternated through the eastbound Cave Rock tunnel, with travel delays of up to 30 minutes each weekday between approximately 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The daytime closures are anticipated to last four or five weeks.

The closures are for testing and preparatory work for an upcoming NDOT project. The project, currently scheduled to begin next spring, will extend the westbound, lakeside Cave Rock tunnel entrance, providing an extended overhang for further driver safety and protection against potential rockfall.

This past winter, heavy rains loosened rocks from above the Cave Rock tunnel. Rockfall reduction and slope stabilization experts removed rock debris above the tunnel and surveyed current rock-face conditions for safety and stability.

“Making sure that drivers get safely where they need to go is our top priority,” NDOT District Engineer Thor Dyson explained. “This upcoming project is just one of many ways we are enhancing travel and preserving safety through Cave Rock.”


Barton Health announced on Thursday, Sept. 3, that Clint Purvance, M.D., has been selected as the health system’s new president and chief executive officer.

Dr. Purvance served as chief medical officer for Barton Health for the past eight years. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and has practiced medicine at Barton Memorial Hospital since 1999.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have this opportunity,” said Purvance. “I look forward to working closely with an outstanding team of staff and physicians to bring our organization to the next level in providing compassionate care, serving our community’s needs, and making a positive difference in the lives of the community we serve.”


Kelly Pettit, a paramedic with Tahoe Douglas Fire Department, will host a presentation on Friday, Sept. 11, at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. She will speak about CPR, heart attack and stroke symptoms, and what to do in case of an emergency, A potluck will be hosted at 5:25 p.m., with the program to start at 6:30 p.m.

South Lake Tahoe Senior Center will also host a bingo event as a celebration of life for Pat Simperman. Play bingo in her honor on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The celebration is scheduled from 4-5 p.m.

The building is located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.


On Sunday, Sept. 13, Unity at the Lake Church will present Rev. Kathy Zavada as a guest speaker and musician. Zavada is a nationally acclaimed performing and recording artist. She is also an ordained Interfaith minister, inspirational speaker and long-time retreat and workshop facilitator.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd. Zavada will speak about a book, “The Untethered Soul,” and she will share music from a CD she co-created with the book’s author, Michael A. Singer.

Then from noon to 2 p.m., Zavada will lead a workshop — “Living with an Untethered Soul.”

A suggested offering is $20 for the workshop. For more information, call 530-544-2266.


The City of South Lake Tahoe will host a 50th Anniversary Parade on Saturday, Sept. 19. More than 300 walkers are expected in the parade.

The parade route has changed and will begin at 10 a.m. at the “Y.” It will proceed east on Highway 50, turn right onto Al Tahoe Blvd., and end at Bijou Community Park around 11:30 a.m. There the city will officially open and dedicate the Bijou Bike Park with a party. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. for the Bijou Bike Park, along with other activities throughout the afternoon.

The parking lot at Bijou Community Park will be closed to accommodate parking for floats and classic cars from the parade. Parking will be available across the street at Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case of Boston and New Orleans-based drummer/percussionist G Maxwell Zemanovic will perform on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the South Tahoe High School Theater. The program will include the school’s string orchestra playing three pieces with visiting musicians, arranged specially for them by the school’s music director, Casson Scowcroft. Tickets for the concert, which is a fundraiser for the high school’s music program, cost $7 for adults and $5 for students. The school is located at 1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

For more information, call 530-541-4111, ext. 1890. For more information about Ian Ethan Case, visit

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