Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hand and Foot fundraiser for Daphne Forte

Don’t miss the Lake Tahoe event of the season!
Call Sandra Myron at 530-544-2831 or Gordon Shirts at 530-544-8373 for more details about last-minute training
Lend a STHS Student a hand and get your feet to our event.
***Sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Democratic Club - however, everyone is welcome!
***All donations go to the Daphne Forte Citizenship Scholarship Fund
For more information about the game, including
The Steps in Hand and Foot and
The Essentials of Hand and Foot
Go to the Community Page on the LTDC website:
Tickets are $27
For Credit Card payments go to:
Or by check: Lake Tahoe Democratic Club, PO Box 925, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96516
(Please put "scholarship" in comment box)
Hand and Foot Card Tournament
When: Saturday, May 16th
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Games start at 6:00 pm
Where: Blue Angel Cafe (in the Loft)
1132 Ski Run Blvd.
How Fortunate for You!
to be invited to the
daphne forte citizenship scholarship event

Friday, April 24, 2009

Video Loca goes hi-def

Video Loca Gears Up for High Definition*2009 has proved to be a busy year for Video Loca and it promises to continue in robust fashion. Mark Wright, Director of Creative Services, is pleased to announce that with recent hardware and software purchases, Video Loca is now completely high-def ready. At the core of these capabilities is the Canon XL1 H1A high definition camera, the very latest in broadcast quality high-def cameras. Supported by Video Loca’s audio, lighting and grip packages, this camera is ready to provide the very best in cutting-edge image generation for both standard and high-definition projects. Additionally, Final Cut Studio 2 is now at Video Loca’s post-production core, allowing for complete creative freedom with the latest Final Cut Pro, LiveType, DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack, Compressor and Motion video post-production programs. “Video Loca is now ready to create all new kinds of programming”, says Wright.Video Loca, based in Redwood City, California, is a full-service video production company with more than 30 years of experience producing corporate, broadcast, interactive and Web-based video programs for a variety of clients, primarily in the training, marketing, organizational development and image enhancement arenas. Winners of numerous national and international video awards, Video Loca handles all aspects of project development, from concept creation and development through scripting, production management, direction, post-production and product delivery. Video Loca has experience with all types of video productions including weddings, special event coverage, management training and entertainment specials, but its real charter is to support local businesses through PDA, cell phone and Web-delivered content. Video Loca stands for “local video advertising” and we pride ourselves in producing short, memorable advertising messages for reasonable prices.Check us out at and sample some of our work. The site has recently been updated with our latest Web-ready work in addition to showcasing some of our more traditional programming styles. We think you’ll see something there that will fit with your video production needs. And we’re anxious to meet with you soon to explore those needs and find a creative solution that will exceed your expectations.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bereavement camp for kids

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2009
Barton HealthCare System
Denise Sloan Smart

Children’s grief camp returns in August

South Lake Tahoe - Grieving children will get some much needed emotional help at “ Camp Sunrise : Children’s Bereavement Camp” Aug. 28 through 30 at the Galilee Episcopal Camp & Conference Center, at Zephyr Cove.
Thanks to the Barton Hospital Foundation, Barton’s Hospice of the Lake/Valley and El Dorado and Douglas county schools, children attending Camp Sunrise receive grief education and support through a variety of fun-filled activities and programs. They also receive positive direction in working through bereavement issues, leaving them with a positive outlook for the future.
Trained councilors will be available to help the children all weekend.
Camp Sunrise is limited to children ages 7 to 14 who have experienced the loss of a family member and who reside in El Dorado or Douglas Counties .
With loving support, grieving children share their experiences with acceptance as they move through the healing process.
Support for parents and caregivers further enhance the grieving child’s journey back to health.
There is no charge for children to attend, as costs for Camp Sunrise are underwritten by generous donations from the community.
Pick up applications in the Barton Hospital Foundation office at 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 600, South Lake Tahoe or online at
Application deadline is June 15. For more information, call 530-543-5614.

Skier safety bill introduced in California

April 22, 2009

Media Contact:
Lisa Yates, 916-552-2650 or 916-215-9550 (cell),

Legislation Calls for Improved Safety Measures at
California Ski Resorts

Medical Experts, Coalition and Consumers Join Together
in Support of Assembly Bill 990

Sacramento , CA — New legislation aimed at improving consumer protection and safety at California ski resorts was announced at the State Capitol today. Assembly Bill 990, authored by Assemblymember Dave Jones (D-Sacramento), focuses on public access to California ski resort safety plans, standardization of signage and safety padding and serious injuries and fatalities reporting.

“Presently, the California ski industry has no ski safety statute and limited ski and snowboard safety standards,” said Dan Gregorie, M.D., president and founder of the California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization, which advocates for standardized safety measures. “We are extremely supportive of AB 990 that will improve safety for California skiers and snowboarders and, hopefully, significantly reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries.”

AB 990 calls for California ski resorts to take several new steps, including ensuring the public can easily access their safety plans, which is not currently required. Under the new legislation, ski resorts:
§ Must file safety plans with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA),
§ Make the plans accessible to the public,
§ Report all serious injuries and fatalities to Cal/OSHA quarterly, and
§ Post adequate safety signs to facilitate the safe flow of skiers and to warn of hazardous terrain.

Finally and significantly, AB 990 will require ski resorts to establish standardized ski area boundaries and hazard and warning signs as well as standardized use of uniform safety padding for natural obstacles and infrastructure.

“While tragic accidents at California ’s ski resorts are, fortunately, not common, we know we can do more to protect the safety of ski resort enthusiasts and workers. Having a clear safety plan, posting adequate signs warning of possible dangers and changing conditions are the tools we need to put in place to ensure the safety of those enjoying California ’s mountains,” said Assemblymember Dave Jones. “I am pleased to be working with the California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization to craft legislation to put these important protections in place.”

AB 990 is strongly supported by the California Medical Association, California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chiropractic Association, California Coalition for Children’s Safety & Health, California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization, SnowSport Safety Foundation, Saferparks, and numerous individuals, skiers and snowboarders concerned about safety on the slopes.

“CAL/ACEP has a long history of supporting injury and illness prevention legislation like this, including long-standing support for California ’s motorcycle helmet law,” said William K. Mallon, M.D., FACEP, president of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (CAL/ACEP). “During the winter months, CAL/ACEP members see patients with injuries resultant from ski and snowboard accidents.

“Many of these injuries could be avoided if ski resorts posted uniform signage alerting skiers and snowboarders to specifically dangerous or hazardous areas. CAL/ACEP also feels that it is critically important to gather data on the number of deaths and injuries that occur at California ’s ski resorts. Using this data, CAL/ACEP believes that stronger accident prevention and injury management standards could be developed to better protect ski resort patrons as a result of collecting this information.”


The California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization (CSSSO) is a non-profit California corporation based in San Francisco . CSSSO promotes and supports safety improvements in California skiing, snowboarding and recreational snow sports and serves as an independent, factual public resource regarding the safety of California ski resorts. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 16, 2009

LTCC needs businesses to help interns


LTCC is pleased to offer a new internship posting web site. Please take a few minutes to register. As a new resource, we are asking you to help us populate the site before we unveil it to students and alumni by Friday, April 24.

Simply log on to and click on the employer icon to post information about internship and/or employment opportunities available at your organization. A help sheet is attached.

Feel free to forward this email to others in your organization that may want to participate. We thank you for your partnership.

Please contact Tracy Owen Chapman, Internship Coordinator at or Esta Lewin, Career Counselor at if you have questions about our new internship posting services.

Thank you.

Regards,Tracy Owen Chapman, MBAInternship & Work Experience 541-4660 ext. 294

LT Shakespeare adds music on Mondays

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents the Urban Village Monday Night Music Series!Live music set against the magnificent Lake Tahoe backdrop at Sand Harbor is such a winning combination, and one that our audience has repeatedly asked us to deliver during our summer schedule. We are delighted to announce the premier of the Urban Village Monday Night Music Series featuring a diverse line up of artists.
July 13-The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra performsBroadway on the BeachMichael Borowitz conducting with special guest: Broadway star Hugh Panaro
Buy Tickets!
July 20-Ricardo LemvoAfro-Cuban World Music
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July 27-BabboJazz Ensemble
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August 3-SugarayBlues
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August 10-Omar AlexanderLatin Funk
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August 17-Karen BriggsSoulchestra
Buy Tickets!We're offering special packages so you can enjoy both the Urban Village Monday Night Music Series and our Shakespeare productions of Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing.

USFS thinning project on South Shore

Date: April 16, 2009 Contact: Cheva Heck at (530) 543-2608 or Rex Norman at (530) 543-2627
FOREST THINNING WORK TO BEGIN IN ROUNDHILL AREA THIS MONTHSouth Lake Tahoe, Calif. -- The U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will be conducting forest thinning operations in the Roundhill and Rabe Meadows area as part of the Roundhill Fuels Reduction Project beginning as early as Tuesday, April 28th. The Roundhill area is located along Tahoe's southeast shore, just north of Stateline. Due to the mechanical equipment that will be in use, the project area will be closed to provide for public safety. The project and area closure is expected to begin in early May and be completed in early July 2009. The project work will begin along the fence line behind Nevada Beach Campground and will continue away from the campground towards Highway 50. Forest Service personnel will be on site monitoring activities during the project. During the project, the Rabe Meadows area and portions of the Lam Watah Trail near Nevada Beach Campground will be closed to public entry from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The closed area will have signs posted with the Forest Order and map for the closure. Additional signs will be posted explain the goals of the project, as well as alternate routes for public access. The closure will not be in effect, nor will any work taking place over holiday weekends, including Memorial Day (May 23,24, 25) or the 4th of July weekend (July 3, 4, 5). For questions please contact Cheva Heck at 543-2608 or Rex Norman at (530) 543-2627.

Climate change discussion April 22

The City of South Lake Tahoe Will Host a
Lunchtime “Conversation on Climate Action”

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 from noon-1:30 pm
At the City Recreation and Swim Complex gymnasium
1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.

This Earth Day (4/22) spend your lunchtime with us! Join your fellow community members to discuss the steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprints and implement sustainable practices in our businesses and homes.
What are we (the community) doing right, what more can we do, and what are the experts saying?

The City will host the event, but YOU will be the conversation.

Experts from the Sierra Nevada Alliance and Regional Planning Partners will be on hand to give an overview on issues. City officials along with a few of the newly appointed Sustainability Commissioners will be there. The City’s Sustainability Plan will be available for review and discussion. The national conversation organization will be collecting feedback so please come and share with others your input.

Come and enjoy refreshments and snacks provided by NVEnergy.

For more information please call (530)-542-6043 or visit

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tahoe wine distribution changes

Inertia Beverage Group Gives Sacramento Businesses Taste of New Virtual Wine Distributor
Inertia Beverage Group Brings Virtual Wine Distribution to Sacramento and Tahoe with Wine Trade Tastings
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sacramento and Lake Tahoe area restaurants and wine shops will get a taste of the future of wine distribution when Inertia Beverage Group presents a trade-only tasting of wineries utilizing its Direct-to-Trade virtual distribution platform, On the heels of several successful trade-only tastings throughout Florida and Arizona, Inertia’s Northern California events mark their first entry into the state, inviting retailers and restaurants to purchase directly from wineries in an online setting.
“Sacramento is a vibrant wine marketplace that has traditionally embraced artisan wine producers, making it perfect to showplace the next step in wine distribution,” said Mitch Schwartz, Inertia’s Vice President of Sales. “We’re excited to introduce our program to the market.”
The Sacramento tasting is at The Citizen Hotel on Wednesday, April 29th from 2-6pm. Attendees can sample wine from 20 small production wineries, including Andrew Rich, B Cellars, Delectus, Tudor and Viansa, as well as the Aged Cabernet Trust, a source of high demand, well-aged California Cabernets. The Tahoe tasting is at the Sunnyside Lodge in Tahoe City on April 28th from 2-6pm. To RSVP, call Tom Traverso at 415-655-7233.
Innovative Wine Distribution Site Gives Access to Limited Production Wines
Recently launched, allows restaurants and retailers to purchase hard-to-find wines not commonly distributed via traditional wine wholesalers. Over 60 brands and hundreds of wines are available for purchase at Retailers and restaurants in 12 U.S. states can register at the website, browse the portfolio and make their purchase.
“Our Wine Revolution program intends to bring innovation in U.S. wine distribution, as a complement to the existing three-tier system. By giving producers and buyers a new, direct outlet for addressing a marketplace that is demanding access to the huge number of new, limited production wines, we assist brands which have had difficulty finding their way to market via traditional means,” said Ted Jansen, President & CEO of Inertia.
Inertia provides solutions for the creation and expansion of online wine marketplaces. Leveraging their proprietary, web-based technologies, Inertia gives wineries, retailers and wholesalers the tools to efficiently distribute their products within the expanding direct-to-consumer and direct-to-trade wine markets. For more information, visit

South Lake Tahoe woman killed in Florida accident

NTSB probes Fla. boat collision that killed 5, including Tahoe woman
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation in Florida of the fatal power boat accident that killed five people, including a woman from South Lake Tahoe.
23-year-old Olivia Rose Carretero was among those killed in the crash Sunday night when the 22-foot power boat crashed into the rear of the tug on Florida's east coast about 25 miles southeast of Jacksonville. Nine people also were injured.
NTSB member Deborah Hersman says the the NTSB doesn't investigate many boating accidents. But she says this case with five fatalities and nine injuries met the agency's criteria for a serious accident that warranted special attention.

Camp Rich deals


Spring Savings Packages at Family-Friendly, Lakefront Resort

(South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – Spring savings are in the air at Tahoe’s Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina ( with lodging and activity packages from $99, a free night’s lodging, or lift tickets at Heavenly Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe, as well as complimentary breakfast and $30 dining credits.

Located on Lake Tahoe’s south shore, Camp Richardson is an outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca with hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, biking, live music and relaxing on the beach as popular springtime activities. As the Sierra snowpack melts, waterfalls trickle, wild flowers blossom and mild temperatures provide a lovely spring getaway or a last chance to take advantage of enviable ski conditions. To celebrate Spring, Camp Richardson is warming up with a variety of lodging deals.

The “Loyalty Pays” Stimulus Package includes buy one night and get a second night free lodging in the Historic Hotel, Beachside Inn, or a charming and historic cabin.
$99/Night Spring Special includes lodging in the Historic Hotel, daily Continental breakfast served in the Emerald Bay Cafe and a $30 credit at the lakefront Beacon Bar & Grill. The Spring Special package is valid through April 30, based on double occupancy.

Lodging for skiers and non-skiers just got more affordable as well with two nights lodging and two lift tickets at Heavenly starting at $167; at Sierra-at-Tahoe starting at $147; along with a free, continental breakfast and a $30 dining credit at the Beacon Bar &Grill; each package based on two night minimum, valid Sun-Thurs. through April 30.
Camp Richardson’s popular restaurant, The Beacon Bar & Grill, offers a comfortable dining atmosphere with breathtaking lakefront views, with lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; brunch on the weekends from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; and dinner from 5 p.m. to close. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday, from 3 – 6 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to close. Wild Wednesdays offer The Beacon’s infamous Rum Runner all day long for $5 each, a $3 savings. Live music is featured Friday and Saturday nights. For family reunions, celebrations or corporate dinners, The Beacon can accommodate groups up to 30. For reservations, call 530-541-0630.
All packages are subject to availability; check for specific guidelines and timeframes. To receive alerts on lodging packages sign-up for Camp Richardson’s e-specials.

For real time updates on Camp Richardson events, promotions and news, follow us on Twitter:

For information on spring recreation, lodging and packages call 800-544-1801 or visit:

El Dorado County stimulus meeting May 6

El Dorado County Stimulus Funding Summit: How Local Businesses and Workforce Benefit
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Cameron Park Community Center (Assembly Hall) 2502 Country Club Drive Cameron Park, CA 95682 The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors with the county Economic Development Department and the Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board are pleased to present a “Stimulus Summit” to outline opportunities for local businesses and provide up-to-date information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and how it applies to county businesses and the workforce. Please direct inquiries to Penny Cobarrubia, LEED Workforce Development Manager at (916) 231-5333 x14 or A flyer with a registration form is attached to this email. Schedule of Events 8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee & Networking 9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Supervisor Ron Briggs, Chair Supervisor Norma Santiago, Vice-Chair 9:10-9:30 a.m. Key Note Speakers 9:30-10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion 10:15-10:45 a.m. Q & A 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Visit Agency Exhibits
Please see the attached flyer for more details and the registration form. Registration is free, but there is a limited number of seats. Therefore, please fax the registration form by April 27th to: Penny Cobarrubia-LEED LEED-Linking Education and Economic Development Fax Number: (916) 231-5334 Please direct inquiries to Penny Cobarrubia, LEED Workforce Development Manager, at (916) 231-5333 x14 or

Friday, April 10, 2009

South Shore Relay for Life looking for teams


Tahoe’s Relay Already has More Teams Registered than Last Year; Halfway toward Reaching Their Goal
April 10, 2009 (South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) To date, 25 teams have signed up for this year’s Relay For Life event, Aug. 8 – 9 at Kahle Community Park, which is already more than last year’s event. The committee’s goal is to have 50 teams and raise over $100,000 to help the fight against cancer. In order to exceed their goals, the Relay For Life committee is seeking more volunteers to help organize the event.

“We’re looking for individuals to help out in any capacity possible, whether it’s committing to finding one new business sponsor or having three new teams register,” said Jenn Boyd, Relay For Life event chair. “I just lost another close family friend to cancer and I’d love to see more people get behind our cause, raise awareness and find ways to end this tragic disease.”

The next meeting is, Tues. April 14, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at South Lake Tahoe Rec. Center in the Cedar Room.

To further inform team captains on ways to raise funds for their team and assist with any questions they may have the committee is hosting Team Captain University, Sat. April 18, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the General Electric Building in Gardnerville. All current team captains as well as those interested in becoming a team captain are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to or 775-828-2203.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary for Relay for Life events, and South Tahoe is celebrating its 4th Annual. The all-night event will be at Kahle Community Park Sat. Aug. 8, beginning at 5 p.m., concluding around 10 a.m. on Aug. 9. Teams, up to 12 members, take turns walking around the track throughout the event to symbolize that cancer never sleeps. Live music, food, activities, Canine For a Cure Dog Walk, Luminaria ceremony to remember those who we’ve lost to cancer and more are part of the event.

The Relay committee has arranged with Après Wine Company wine tastings the third Tuesday of every month, from April 21 – July 21, to benefit this year’s relay. Après has generously offered their services from 5 – 10 p.m. with 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds in the wine bar to benefit the relay. Après is located in the recently remodeled Ski Run Shopping Center.

For more information about the South Lake Tahoe Relay For Life event, to register a team, ways to get involved or make a donation visit:

South Lake Tahoe’s Relay is on Twitter:, for real time updates on fundraisers, outreach efforts, meetings and ways to get involved. To view images from past events, fundraisers and activities click here: Relay For Life.

Contact: Jenn Boyd at or 702-278-1932 or Allan Warren at or 775-828-2203.

Volunteers needed to monitor water

Volunteers are need for the 9th annual Water Quality Snapshot Day on May 16.
This citizen-based environmental effort is designed to take a “snapshot” at one moment in time of the water quality throughout the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River watershed.
It is sponsored by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, UC Cooperative Extension, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Incline Village General Improvement District and the Truckee River Watershed Council.
South Shore volunteers meet at Lake Tahoe Community College at 8:30am to get their team and stream assignments; finishing up at noon with a free group lunch. South Shore team leader training is May 5 at LTCC, Room G-2B from 4:30-7pm.
To sign up as a leader or volunteer, call Jenny Francis at (530) 541-3495.

Stem cell satisfaction

By Kathryn Reed

Cheryl Millham’s pain couldn’t wait for the government to changes its policy about stem cell therapy. Treatment obtained in Mexico has the 69-year-old pain free, energized and sleeping at night.
“The first thing (this) summer I’m going to hike Mount Tallac,” Millham said. “I was on pretty heave pain medication. I had to let volunteers do a heck of a lot more here. I couldn’t do it.”
Millham and her husband, Tom, run Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. She was delegating more of the rehab for the critters than she had been used to. Sometimes she needed help getting out of a chair and would then have to pause before walking.
Eighteen years ago Millham went in for orthoscopic surgery on her right knee to repair a torn meniscus. The surgeon found zero cartilage between the joints. Physical therapy ensued. Still, she could not put the back of her knee flat when she laid down.
Supplements kept her moving, but the pain was constant.
She messed up her left knee last July 4. After an MRI, Dr. Terry Orr told her the arthritis and degenerative nature of the bones made her a candidate for knee replacement – on both knees.
Millham’s brother, Dr. Robert Bender, told her about a doctor in Mexico who does stem cell therapy. The three had a conference call with Dr. Alfredo Estrada.
She and her husband had a lot to weigh. At 70, the knee replacements would be covered by government health insurance. Traveling to Mexico required taking out a loan.
“We decided we would go with that. If it didn’t work, I could have my knees cut apart and have artificial knees put in,” Millham said. “Ten minutes after the procedure I had no pain, I could walk and I could put my leg down.”
Estrada works at Hospital San Pedro in Monterrey, Mexico. His website, says he “has developed a propriety regenerative purification health program consisting of a combination of ozone therapy and cord blood stem cell implantation.”
Tom Millham chronicled the experience at Details about injections and getting his wife’s uric acid levels down are there, as well as exploits with Mexican bats.
The benefits of stem cell therapy outlined on Estrada’s website parallel what the National Institutes of Health says. Estrada uses cells from the placenta, not the embryo.
Millham is off all pain meds. For the first 60 days after the treatment she took medication to keep her immune system in check. Doctor’s orders are to walk a limited amount each day, but no hills or stairs. She is also on a restrictive diet.
By April – six months after the treatment – she is expected to be totally healed and able to eat what she wants. She said it’s hard to sit still now that she feels so good.
Other benefits to the treatment include fewer aches from arthritis and age spots on the back of her hands and face disappearing.
“I think I know why they don’t want (stem cell therapy) in the U.S. I’m not on medication and there is no reason to be on mediation again. And I don’t think the pharmaceutical companies would like that,” Millham said.
In 2001, President George W. Bush put strict limitations on stem cell research in the United States. President Barack Obama is contemplating lifting those restrictions.

Women's history month still relevant

By Kathryn Reed

No one knew South Lake Tahoe pioneer Charlie Parker was a woman until the undertaker went to dress her.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor could only get a job as a secretary out of law school.
Thirty years ago local interior designer Joyce Blackstone was denied a loan from a Tahoe banker because of her gender.
“The bank manager said you have to be a manager to get a loan and you are a woman and you will never get a loan,” Blackstone said. She proved him wrong on so many levels.
Women – here and elsewhere – have been making a name for themselves for years. But, still, it wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote in the United States. It took another 52 years before equality in school athletics was approved.
Women still don’t get paid the same wage as men for doing the same job. “Honey” has not vanquished from men’s vocabulary when talking to women other than their wives.
March marked the annual Women’s History Month. Some say with how far women have come that it is no longer necessary to celebrate. Others say not so fast.
“I think it’s still important because so many still don’t recognize what women are doing, especially kids,” Alice Wells, president of Soroptomists International of the Americas, said.
She was in the area last month to speak to the two local Soroptimists groups and South Tahoe High’s S Club.
Wells’ presentation on March 18 touched on the lives of women whose experiences show their strength.
“If you don’t experience failure, you are probably not taking enough risks,” Wells told the audience.
She believes women’s groups like Soroptimists (they do accept men) are important. What Wells believes in most is the group’s mission – “to make a better world for women and girls.”
A week later, Soroptimists International of South Lake Tahoe had three well-known women from their group speak. Historian Betty Mitchell rattled off stories about Tahoe’s foremothers. Del Laine, the first woman mayor of South Lake, talked women and politics. Longtime and now retired Tahoe Daily Tribune Community Editor Nancy Hayden tackled professional women.
Another organization Hayden is in, the Lake Tahoe branch of the National League of American Pen Women, started in 1897 to counter the all-male Press Club.
She was the charter president in 1995 and is still active. Suzanne Stone and Karen Ostrow are the other two original members in today’s group.
They usually meet once a month “to foster creativity for women engaged in letters, arts and music to come together in a social atmosphere to share their talent, frustrations and professional goals,” Hayden said.
This month’s meeting is being skipped in lieu of having author Jennifer Basye Sander, who has a second home in South Lake, talk about how to get published. The event is free (wine is not) at Picchetti Winery from 6-7:30pm April 23.
Not just anybody can join Pen Women. Applicants must have accomplished something in their specialty to be accepted.
Locally, Alice Grulich-Jones qualified because of her photography. Gloria Hildinger for her pottery, though more recently she been painting portraits and working on a wire sculpture. Stone, Hayden and Barbara Smith are all former Tribune writers. Dawn Armstrong was a published writer and photographer before moving to Tahoe, though her pet of the week blurbs are good reads each week. Pam Shaw-Miller joined as a journalist, but is now an artist.
Go to for more information.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Aspens in Tahoe

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2009 Contact: Cheva Heck (530) 543-2608 or Rex Norman (530) 543-2627 South Lake Tahoe, Calif. -- The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is seeking comment on a proposed decision to restore aspen stands in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Forest Service initially accepted public comment on the proposal in fall 2008 and made some changes based on this input and internal review. Aspen stands provide important habitat for many plant and animal species, yet they make up only two percent of the landscape on the LTBMU. Conifer encroachment due to the absence of wildfire threatens aspen stands. Conifer encroachment can suppress the water table locally, leading to further invasion by conifers, which prefer drier conditions than aspen. Once treated, aspen stands often act as natural firebreaks. Treatments under this proposal would focus on creating stands in which the upper canopy is dominated by aspen, with less than 25 percent of the canopy compromised of conifers. Treated stands are expected to experience vigorous aspen regeneration. Restoration treatments would include mechanical or hand thinning of conifers that are encroaching on aspen stands, removal of aspen trees to promote root stimulation and stand regeneration, aspen root separation and prescribed fire. The project would target aspen stands that are at moderate or higher risk of loss and are not included in another project or wilderness area. Changes from the proposal released in September include an expansion of the treatment area from 1,115 acres to 2,391 acres, based on new mapping and inclusion of areas near aspen stands that will undergo work to facilitate the aspen treatments. Other changes clarify design features for removal of larger, older trees, conditions for the use of mechanical treatments, and delineation of, and operation in, stream environment zones. Another change adds pile burning as an option for removing debris from treatments where other removal methods are not feasible. The LTBMU is working with Humboldt State University and others to develop a program to monitor the effects of different pile-burning prescriptions – for example, burning two-foot versus three-foot piles. The results would be used as part of an adaptive management strategy, in which the LTBMU might change pile burning prescriptions or stop pile burning in aspen stands, depending on the monitoring results. The Forest Service also plans to work with the University of Nevada at Reno to assess changes to bird communities in response to the restoration work. The complete pre-decisional memo is available on-line at Comments will be accepted through May 2, 2009. For more information on this project, contact Victor Lyon, Project Leader at (503) 543-2749 on

Shane McConkey memorial April 5

A memorial service for Shane McConkey will take place at 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 5th on the Olympic Plaza Sundeck (base of KT-22) in Squaw Valley USA. A Gathering of Shane’s Friends will follow at 6:30 pm at the Olympic Village Lodge (OVL).

Even though he travelled the world, Shane’s presence in Squaw Valley was ubiquitous. From the many pairs of rockered skis that dangle from the chairs lifts, to the scores of 18 to 30 year-old Shane-idolizing dream chasers – in Squaw Valley , Shane is everywhere. People live here because of Shane. People come to ski here because of Shane. They find euphoria skiing on skis invented by Shane, while skiing lines they saw Shane ski in a movie. Shane McConkey ’s influence and resounding affect on the members of this community cannot be quantified.

When word of Shane’s death first hit, disbelief, sadness, and the looming question “why?” ran rampant. Today, the flags in Squaw Valley hang at half mast still, but slowly a sense of humor has begun to come back. Reminded of Shane’s satirical genius and hilarity through good times and through bad, we strive now to conjure these traits in ourselves. Shane is life, hyperbolized. May we smile and live loud for Shane - his life and his legacy.

Visit for more information, and to share your memories and send your wishes to Sherry and Ayla.

Minor earthquake on North Shore of Tahoe

The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.5 struck Wednesday morning near Lake Tahoe. According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at about 2:05 a.m. and had an estimated depth of one-half mile. The quake was centered about 14 miles northwest of Tahoe City and about 4 miles west of Truckee, according to the USGS.
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Tahoe Tallac Association gears up for '09 season

April 1, 2009
Dear Friends of Valhalla,

The Thirtieth Annual 2009 Valhalla Arts, Music, and Theatre Festival is just around the corner. The Tahoe Tallac Association's Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers have been working hard to plan the exciting event. The Festival schedule is taking shape, and you can watch it develop on our web site at However, we need the financial support of returning and new members to insure that the next great Festival is the best ever.
The season kicks off in a big way as the Tahoe Tallac Association assists with the annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire at Camp Richardson Woods on the weekends of May 30 & 31 and June 6 & 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come out and see and hear (or, better yet, see and be seen in your favorite Renaissance costume) as Renaissance culture, arts, and entertainment comes to life before your eyes! You'll see jousting, singing, dancing, storytelling, comedy, merchants, and recreations of sword fights and battles.Great cultural events like the annual WaShe Shu It Deh Native American Festival return for 2009, and a Latino Day is also scheduled. The Valhalla Twin Cabins will house the Cultural Arts Store and an Artist-in-Residence program. The professional chorus and orchestra Toccata returns along with classical, jazz, Celtic, Latino, and other ethnic music programs. An update of the ever-popular, south shore musical revue "Guilty Pleasures" leads the list of theatre events. The Valhalla Estate will also host the Tahoe Arts Project's Missoula Children's Theatre during the week of July 27-August 1. These programs and events are wonderful, but they can't happen without the Membership and other contributions of our loyal supporters. If you haven't already updated your membership for 2009, please go to and complete the on line membership form. If you have already enrolled, pass on this letter to a friend by using the "Forward email" link below. Your membership contributions are absolutely essential to the Tahoe Tallac Association continuing its Valhalla Arts, Music, and Theatre Festival. We couldn't do it without you! Sincerely, Eric J. Taxer, President
Tahoe Tallac Association
Tahoe Tallac Association, a 501c3 non profit organization, operates under a special use permit with USFSDA on the Tallac Historic Site, Highway 89. This facility is operated in accordance with USFSDA policy which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion or national origin.