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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. E-mail for print submissions may be 150 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.

National Driving Distracted Month

"It's Not Worth it!"

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Truckee Police Department, in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies nationwide, is participating in educational and enforcement activities related to distracted driving. The goal of the increased enforcement is to convince drivers of the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this risky behavior.

The "It's Not Worth It!" theme of this national campaign emphasizes a phone call or text isn't worth a hefty fine ($158 to start) or collision.

Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving. Truckee PD hopes to encourage safe behavior for local drivers by enhancing enforcement activities specifically related to cell phone use during April.

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According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, behind-the-wheel cell phone use can significantly reduce the brain functions needed for safe driving, sometimes up to 37 percent.

The cell phone conversation can cause such a reduction in proper brain function that good drivers transform into "zombies" behind the wheel.

Young drivers are the most likely to engage in this unsafe behavior, with 16 percent of all distracted crashes involving drivers under the age of 20.

Truckee PD offers the following tips for safe driving:

1. Turn off you phone and/or put it out of reach while driving

2. Include in your outgoing message that you can't answer while you are driving

3. Don't call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving

4. Adjust controls and set your song playlist before you set out on the road

Using LinkedIn and Social Media

Business owners, entrepreneurs, employers and managers who need to join the LinkedIn conversation are invited to attend "Using LinkedIn and Social Media," Drive Business Leads and Potential Employees to Your Company Page, on Monday, April 8, 9 a.m.-noon at the Hampton Inn, 11951 Highway 267 in Truckee.

The world of recruiting is changing. Prospective employees search LinkedIn by keywords. Be prepared if you want to hire these social media-savvy candidates. At this seminar, sponsored by the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee Donner Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the Sierra Human Resources Association, participants will also learn six ways to attract high-quality business leads, build relationships and earn referrals.

If your LinkedIn profile isn't generating sales, clients or attracting employees, register by April 7 and pay safely online at http://www.sierrahra.com. Cost is $39 for SHRM members, $49 for Chamber members, $59 for non-members. Beverages and snacks will be provided at 8:30 a.m. Founder and CEO of ChristineHueber.com, workshop speaker Christine Hueber has assisted organizations to improve their marketing productivity and performance since 1997. Currently, she has 20,000 members in her online and offline programs worldwide.

For information call Laura Moriarty of SHRA at 530-573-0224 or Membership Manager Deanna Frumenti of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association at 530-581-8764 or Truckee Donner Chamber Representative Ruth Geresy at 530-587-8808 for check or credit card processing.

The Sierra Human Resources Association is a nonprofit community organization founded in 2001 that provides human resources practitioners, managers and business owners the opportunity to network and discuss management, employment and business issues that affect employees and our livelihood.

2013 Truckee/Tahoe Real Estate and Construction Update

The April 9 Good Morning Truckee will provide an update on 2013 Truckee/Tahoe residential and commercial real estate, mortgage and construction industry.

Attendees will hear from industry experts including: Greg Parker, president of Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors speaking on the residential real estate market; Teresa O'Dette, owner O'Dette Mortgage Group, to update on mortgage industry; Tom Watson, Truckee River Associates with commercial real estate trends; Pat Davison, executive director of Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) with a construction industry update.

Good Morning Truckee is open to the public – everyone is invited. It is held the second Tuesday of every month at Truckee Tahoe Airport from 7-8:30 a.m. Price at the door for general public is $10; Truckee Donner Chamber members $8 and includes a continental breakfast and raffle.

Good Morning Truckee is presented by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce in partnership with sponsors Tri Counties Bank, The Office BOSS, the Sierra Sun, 101.5FM Truckee Tahoe Radio, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and the Town of Truckee. Additional sponsorships opportunities are available.

Good Morning Truckee is a community forum to provide timely and relevant information on a variety of topics and create a networking opportunity.

For more information, contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-8808 or e-mail info@truckee.com.

North Lake Tahoe Keeping It Clean & Green

The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Center will present Keeping it Clean & Green on Thursday, April 11, 5-7 p.m.

Join a tea tasting with Tahoe Teas, pick up pointers on how to "Keep it Clean and Green" and learn more about Lake Tahoe's increased clarity from Heather Segale with UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. The movie "Lake Tahoe in Depth" will also be showcased. Take your recyclables! Old cell phone? It will be donated to Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Recyle used batteries (AA, AAA, B, C or D) and old eyeglasses for donation to help children and adults.

Sponsors and featured artist: UC Davis Environmental Research Group, Tahoe Teas, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, and Talbot Photography.

Event will be held at 100 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. Visit GoTahoeNorth.com or call 530-581-6900.

Carlson's Electronics earns 'Wilson Certified Installer' designation

Working to meet the increasing demands of consumers and businesses for better cell phone coverage in the Truckee area, Carlson's Electronics, an installer of home audio and video equipment has become a certified installer of Wilson Electronics' best-selling line of cellular signal boosters.

"National statistics tell us that more than a third of U.S. homes and businesses were wireless only by the end of 2011," said Blake Seese, manager of business development for Wilson's installer certification program. "We believe that a key factor keeping more people and businesses from making going completely wireless is a weak signal in their home or work place. Installing a booster system is an effective and affordable way to solve that problem."

Weak signals can be caused by distance from the nearest cell tower, hills or dense foliage between the tower and home or building, or many of the components used in newer thermally-efficient commercial buildings and residences which often prevent cell signals from penetrating exterior walls.

Earning WCI certification establishes Carlson's Electronics as an expert provider and installer of indoor signal boosting products and technologies made by Wilson Electronics. Wilson's boosters are designed to deliver a reliable cellular signal inside such buildings for

voice and data communication. Increasing the signal strength not only results in fewer dropped connections and "dead zones," but also in faster data transfer rates and improved battery life for cellular devices.

Carlson's Electronics has successfully completed the WCI training curriculum and demonstrated knowledge of signal boosting technology and installation methodology. Contact Carlson's Electronics, located on West River Street in Truckee, at 530-587-1430.

Tahoe Fund receives $28,351 from Vail Resorts Dollar Donation Program

The Tahoe Fund, Lake Tahoe's nonprofit dedicated to funding environmental improvement projects, received a $28,351 check from Vail Resorts atop Northstar Resort on Friday. The check is courtesy of donations from guests at Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood who added a dollar donation while purchasing online lift tickets, season passes, lodging and rounds of golf. This is the second donation the Tahoe Fund has received through the on-going dollar program, bringing the total of donations from guests of Vail Resorts in the Tahoe area to almost $60,000.

"Through the Vail Resorts Tahoe Fund donation program, we have been able to raise significant dollars that go directly to protecting our landscapes and providing sustainable access to the places that make Tahoe special," said Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts mountain division. "Our guests feel an immediate connection by being able to make a tangible impact on the places they love."

"We are so grateful to Vail Resorts for putting the dollar donation program in place," said Amy Berry, CEO of the Tahoe Fund. "We would like to extend a huge thank you to the guests of Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood for their generous support for our efforts to preserve the Tahoe environment."

Donations of any amount are welcome by the Tahoe Fund. Information is available at info@tahoefund.org, or by calling 775-298-0035.