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South Shore news in brief

Presentation peers into Tahoe’s clarity

Dr. Alan Heyvaert of the Desert Research Institute will present research findings and recommendations that address Lake Tahoe’s aquatic nearshore environment at a public lecture at 6 p.m. April 3, hosted by the U.C. Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. A no-host bar at 5:30 p.m. precedes the presentation.

Suggested donation is $5. The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences is located 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College).

Lake Tahoe’s nearshore is an important zone of relatively shallow water where the lake meets the land. The nearshore environment is inherently complex and vulnerable to aquatic invasive species, warming from climate change, recreation, development, and changes in lake levels. Conditions differ widely around the lake’s nearshore, in contrast to the more uniform open waters.

The “Lake Tahoe Nearshore Evaluation and Monitoring Framework” report examines the unique aspects of this important zone. The report evaluates existing California, Nevada and TRPA standards and thresholds related to this region; presents a new conceptual model for evaluating nearshore environmental health; and proposes a monitoring strategy intended to help resource managers identify the most meaningful physical, chemical and biological indicators of healthy nearshore conditions.

Heyvaert is a limnologist and acting senior director of the Center for Watersheds and Environmental Sustainability at the Desert Research Institute. His fields of interest include biogeochemistry, paleolimnology and watershed management. He has worked for many years on water quality issues in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

For more information or directions call 775-881-7566, or visit

Dreamweavers present Le’ Femme Power workshop

Are you feeling stuck? You’re not alone. There is strength in numbers. “Women Supporting Women” is a free, weekly group life-coaching workshop from 3-4:30 p.m. beginning March 30.

Facilitated by Karen Jaime, a certified professional coach, this Sunday gathering is designed to create a safe setting where women can share, collaborate and network to find solutions with other women on life issues. Participants will discuss and establish reasonable goals each week and be accountable to each other.

For more information, call 530-416-1396.

Seek employment at Tahoe Basin Community Job Fair

The community has embraced upcoming job fairs to facilitate year-round economic sustainability for Tahoe Truckee community members. The “Tahoe Basin Community Job Fair” series is designed to aid in the development of year-round sustainable employment. According to Ceci Chourre with the Professional Ski & Snowboard Instructors Association, the remaining Squaw Valley event will bring businesses with thousands of summer job openings. Chourre said support by businesses is incredible, find them at the job fair March 25 at Squaw Valley Conference Center from 4-7 p.m.

At the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Workforce Roundtable, the economic-education-cultural segment identified the need to assist transitioning winter resort employees into complimenting jobs off-season.

From there, Harrah’s/Harvey’s Hotel and Casino, which hosted a fair March 18; Professional Ski Instructors Association & Association of Snowboard Instructors of CA/NV (PSIA/AASI-W); and Squaw Valley took up the torch to make these spring community fairs a reality.

Liberty Utilities scholarships announced

Liberty Utilities again offers academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service territory: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.

The six high school scholarships are $500 each (an increase from $250 each). High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited four-year or two-year university or college or accredited vocational school. They also must have community service experience where they reside.

The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750 (an increase from $500).

Interested students should contact their school’s financial aid office or counselor to obtain an application. The individual schools have different deadlines, but all scholarships will be awarded starting mid-May through the end of June. Liberty Utilities representatives will attend the school’s awards ceremonies to present the scholarships.

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