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Donations sought for fundraiser to help family of accident victim

A fundraiser is planned for April 12 to help the family of Audrey Rugamas, 21, of South Lake Tahoe, who died in a Carson City hospital after being involved in a motorcycle accident.

Rugamas was a passenger on the motorcycle which collided with a pickup.

Audrey’s mother, Luisa, works at PUSH Fitness in South Lake Tahoe as a massage therapist. PUSH is gathering donations of any kind to help the family. The public has been dropping off cash donations and the gym is also hosting the April 12 fundraiser.

The fundraiser will consist of vendor booths and activities with revenues generated being donated to Luisa and the family. Any local businesses or individuals that would like to take part in the fundraiser are asked to call Kim Horn, PUSH manager, at 530-544-9111. She will be taking silent auction items as well.

Book signing planned for author of ‘Saving Lake Tahoe’

Local author Michael Makley will deliver a presentation revolving around his new book “Saving Lake Tahoe: An Environmental History of a National Treasure,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Galena Creek Visitor Center.

Makley’s book portrays the changing interactions between man and the Lake Tahoe environment through the years, and documents past and present struggles to protect this treasured landscape.

Copies of Makley’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

Michael Makley has penned several books about western U.S. history, including the Comstock era and is the co-author of “Cave Rock: Climbers, Courts, and a Washoe Indian Sacred Place.”

A $5 donation is suggested for this community program. For more information, call 775-849-4948 or email

The Galena Creek Visitor Center, located at 18250 Mount Rose Highway, is a partnership between Washoe County, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute.

BloodSource plans April blood drive

BloodSource will hold a South Lake Tahoe Community blood drive to meet the community need for blood and blood products from noon-6 p.m. April 7 at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in the first floor ballroom.

Walk-ins are welcome. Blood drive participants will receive a parking validation for the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel (formerly Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe) parking lot. The hotel is located at 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Participants earn MyBloodSource rewards that can be redeemed online for items such as movie passes

The blood drive is sponsored by the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. BloodSource provides blood to Barton Memorial Hospital as well as Sacramento-area hospitals.

Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed BloodSource Parental consent form) and be generally healthy. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. Potential marrow donors can register for Be the Match through BloodSource.

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For more information about the South Tahoe Community blood drive contact Dan Kerr at (775) 781-5343. For donor eligibility questions call BloodSource at 1-800-995-4420.

El Dorado Senior of the Year nominations sought

Do you know an outstanding older adult or married couple 60 years or older who have performed exemplary work in El Dorado County as a volunteer? Consider nominating them for the Senior of the Year Award.

The annual “Senior of the Year” award will be presented by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on May 20 at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, hosted by the El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging and the Commission on Aging.

Nominees must be an El Dorado County resident with active community service within the last two years. Nomination forms are available at the Placerville Senior Center or on-line at For more information, call 530-621-6255 or you can email Submissions must be received by April 28.

Residents and contractors reminded to call before you dig

April marks the seventh annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding residents to call 811 two working days before beginning any digging project.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors at Lake Tahoe are connected to USA North, the region’s 811 call center. USA North notifies the appropriate utility companies, which send professional locators to the requested dig site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, from installing a mailbox, planting a tree or building a deck, warrants a call to 811.

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

For information about safe digging procedures, visit

National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and state governors across the country. The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and the Nevada Regional Common Ground Alliance, sponsor of National Safe Digging Month in Nevada.

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