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NEWS BRIEFS | October 12 - November 8, 2017

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North Tahoe High School Counselor Named California’s Counselor of the Year

The California Association of School Counselors (CASC) announced Sept. 18 that Jeff Ream, the school counselor at North Tahoe High School, has been named the 2018 California School Counselor of the Year. There are more than 10,000 school counseling professionals in California, and this honor is given to one individual annually to recognize their outstanding accomplishments and excellence in the field of school counseling in the state. School counseling professionals devote their careers to serving as advocates for students, addressing their academic and social/emotional development, and college and career readiness.

Ream will be honored at the CASC annual conference on Oct. 24 in Riverside, Calif.  He will enter the competition for national school counselor of the year in the spring of 2018. Info:

Truckee Lawyer Recognized as One of State’s Top Attorneys

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized Attorney Alison Bermant as one of the 2017 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 criminal law attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the best-of list must pass the institute’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and the institute’s independent evaluation.

Info: (530) 550-0529,

Tahoe Truckee Teacher Attends NASA Liftoff Institute

Science teacher Laurie Scheibner, who teaches at Tahoe Lake and Glenshire Elementary schools, was selected to join educators across the country for the LiftOff Summer Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center this past summer. LiftOff is a collaborative effort of Texas Space Grant Consortium members and affiliates, and NASA Teachers apply for LiftOff and are selected competitively from across the U.S. to spend a week working with professional scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of space exploration. The theme for LiftOff 2017 was Starry Night, and the primary focus was on objects in the night sky including planets, stars, the moon, and the sun.  

Scheibner will be at the local school district’s annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Fair next spring to share all things NASA.

Olivieri Steps Down from MAP Board

Stefanie Olivieri announced her resignation from the MAP (Mountain Area Preservation) board of directors on Sept. 18. Olivieri helped found the grassroots environmental nonprofit in 1987, and had served on the board for three decades except for one year, when she was required to step off the board as part of the settlement over the Kmart project. It was that proposed development that spurred the creation of MAP. “I was on the board for 30 years. I decided it was a long time and it was time to retire,” Olivieri said. “I think I am leaving the board in good hands. I will always be a strong supporter of MAP.” ~ MS

TTUSD Appoints Valerie Simpson as Executive Director Of Educational Services

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees in October appointed Valerie Simpson as the executive director of educational services. Simpson is currently the principal at Truckee Elementary, and in her new role she will provide leadership and oversight of all educational programs that impact teaching and learning for TTUSD students. Simpson will work closely with executive directors, administrators, teachers, and support staff on instructional strategies and staff development. Simpson will begin her new role on Oct. 23, and Sara Colborn, assistant principal at Truckee Elementary, will serve as the interim principal. Info:

Housing Affects Our Local Economy; What Can We Do?


The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee is hosting an employer solutions public forum on Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, to provide information, tools, and ideas for employers and community members alike. The evening will include a panel discussion on how the housing crisis affects our local economy, speakers sharing ready-to-implement solutions for employers, an open solutions slam for community members to share their own ideas, and an expert Q&A roundtable to dive deeper in small groups. Info:

New School Program Reduces Traffic in Glenshire  


Glenshire Elementary School launched its first Fresh Air Day on Sept. 27. Fresh Air Day was conceived by a handful of students and parents who were concerned about air quality and safety on the roads around their school. Fresh Air Day encouraged the school community to get out of their cars and bike, walk, carpool, or take the bus.

A study conducted by parents and students found that vehicle traffic to Glenshire Elementary averaged 250 cars each day, and the majority of the vehicles were SUVs, trucks, and vans. On Fresh Air Day, the vehicle count was reduced to 170 vehicles, a 30 percent reduction.
Fresh Air Week for the entire school district is scheduled for May 14 to18. Info: Lisa Holan, (530) 412-2307,

NTPUD Approves Event Center Lease With Laulima


At a special meeting on Sept. 18, the North Tahoe Public Utility District board of directors voted 3-2 to sign the lease with Laulima Kings Beach Event Center LLC for renovation, operation, and management of the North Tahoe Event Center. Directors Sarah Coolidge and Phil Thompson and President Lewis voted in favor, with directors Sue Daniels and Tim Ferrell voting against. Laulima is now tasked with providing information to verify financial ability and submitting renovation design concepts, among other responsibilities.  

The elimination of operating deficits at the Event Center, coupled with guaranteed annual income, brings the recreation department one step closer to financial solvency, says the district. The Event Center has consistently operated at an annual operating deficit averaging $90,000 over the last 12 years with the need for an additional $80,000 a year for deferred maintenance. Info:

Boat Inspections Move to Launch Ramps for Fall and Winter


As of Oct. 1, Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) boat inspectors will be stationed at Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat launch ramps from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting. All boats without an intact Tahoe inspection seal are required to get an inspection during daylight hours.

According to monitoring and scientific reports, Lake Tahoe remains free of new invasive species that could threaten the overall health of Lake Tahoe and surrounding water bodies. During the 2017 boating season, Tahoe RCD watercraft inspectors performed more than 7,600 inspections. In total, more than 15,000 vessels launched at Lake Tahoe, including both newly inspected vessels and those with intact Tahoe-issued inspection seals. In 2017, more than 30 of the inspected watercraft were harboring aquatic invasive plants, mussels, or snails. Tahoe RCD decontaminated approximately 4,300 watercraft with hot water, preventing invasive species from entering Tahoe’s waters. Info: (888) 824-6267,

Free Workshops for Undocumented Students and Families


Founded in 2006, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional, and policy transformation.

E4FC is hosting two free workshops on Oct. 25 at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board room. The first is How to Support Undocumented Students and Families from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is in English for nonprofit workers, educators, and school administrators who work with undocumented students and families. The other is the DACA & CAL Dream Act: How to Support Your Undocumented Children from 7 to 8 p.m. This Spanish-language presentation will share resources for undocumented community members including an overview of how to finance a child’s college education, potential pathways to protection from deportation, and the difference between DACA and the CA Dream Act. Info:

State’s Presidential Primary Moved Up


Gov. Jerry Brown in September signed a law that moves California’s 2020 presidential primary from June to March in order to make the state more relevant in the nominating process. In 2016, by the time California held its primary, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were already the major party nominees. As the most populated state, California typically awards the most delegates.

Presidential primaries in California were held in March in 2004, 2000, and 1996. After 2004, lawmakers complained about the protracted election season and pushed it back to June.

Mayor Hosts Conversation on Mental Health and Addiction


Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve invites Nevada residents and business and community leaders to her Conversation on Mental Health and Addiction on Oct. 19 and 20. The goal is to discuss residents’ needs and Truckee Meadows resources. According to Mental Health America’s State of Mental Health report released in 2016, Nevada ranked last in the nation. That’s because 67.5 percent of adults and 71.6 percent of youth with mental illness did not receive treatment. Second, there is a shortage of care providers, with one mental health worker per 570 Nevadans.

The event on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. is open to the public and features a panel discussion with local behavioral health experts. It will also be streamed live online at On Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., local businesses and community leaders are encouraged to attend to learn how they can connect their employees and constituents with community resources in the future. Info:

Project MANA Has New Distribution Site


As of Oct. 3, Project MANA has relocated its Truckee-based supplemental food distribution site to the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments Community Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. This allows apartment residents who receive home delivery through Project MANA’s FACE (Food and Companionship Exchange) program to attend its weekly distribution, giving them more choice and helping to cut down on MANA’s carbon footprint. Home delivery will still be provided to the apartment residents as well as other community members who need it. Info:

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