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News Briefs: Liberty — Aggressive scams target utility customers

Liberty Utilities is warning the public of aggressive phone scams targeting utility customers.

In the recent days, customers have contacted Liberty Utilities indicating they received a phone call from someone posing as a Liberty Utilities collections representative and threatening to shut off their power if payment was not made. In multiple cases, the payment request was for $300. The callers may request payment be made immediately by credit card or by providing bank account information. It has also been reported that the callers provide the correct number to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in order to appear legitimate.

Liberty Utilities warns its customers not to respond to a payment demand of this type if they receive it. Specifically, do not provide any payment type information over the phone.

Liberty Utilities representatives do not place such calls, text, or send emails to customers demanding immediate payment. Liberty encourages customers who receive such a scam call or email to contact us at 1-800-782-2506. Customers with questions or concerns may also contact us at this phone number or visit our website at http://www.libertyutilities.com to view legitimate payment options.

“We want our customers to be aware of these deceptive calls so they can avoid possibly compromising their personal information or losing money,” stated Jennifer Guenther, Liberty’s Manager of Customer Care. “Please contact our business office if you ever have questions about your account or service.”

Source: Liberty Utilities

Excellence in Education accepting nominations for awards

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Linda Brown Fellows Awards and the Star Awards.

Linda Brown Fellows Award recipients each receive $2,000 to be used to enhance educational work in the classroom. In addition, both Linda Brown Fellows awards recipients and Star Award recipients receive $1,000 for their personal use.

The Fellows Program was created to help promote and acknowledge excellence in education. It was named in honor of Linda Brown, a long-time teacher in the school district and a past president of the Excellence in Education Foundation. The honor is presented to outstanding teachers and staff members who demonstrate originality, innovation, and dedication to the teaching profession.

The Star Award recognizes classified employees who positively impact the lives of the students by providing outstanding support in their positions. All certificated and classified employees in the TTUSD who are employed for at least 80% of the school year are eligible for the awards.

The Foundation is asking the community for award nominations. Self-nominations or nominations from Excellence in Education board members will not be accepted. Nomination forms are found online at http://www.ExinEd.org and are due by Friday, May 3, 2019. The award recipients will be announced in the fall.

For more information, please call 530-550-7984 or visit ExinEd.org.

Wild & Scenic’s next stop: South Lake Tahoe

Sierra Nevada Alliance, and South Tahoe Earth Day Committee will host the 14th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe.

On April 27, the community is invited to enjoy the Wild and Scenic, family friendly “Wild Child,” session from 2-5 p.m. or the “Feature Films,” from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

The Wild Child film session is a unique family friendly film series meant to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Films are short, fun, and exciting to hold the attention of little ones. Attendees will also enjoy live performances, face painting, and a family friendly silent auction.

The evening Feature Films session will include award winning environmental and adventure films. In honor or the Alliance’s Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, this year’s films will focus on the many wonders of water. Attendees will travel down a Nepalese river with a father and son on a paddle board, fish like a girl in Iceland, and find inspiration in the survival story of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in Pyramid Lake.

In addition, to award winning environmental and adventure films, this year’s film festival will feature a silent auction with amazing items such as a beach cruiser bike, a stay at Sorensen’s Resort, and a river rafting trip. Advance tickets for both film sessions can be purchased at http://www.sierranevadaalliance.org/wsff/ and at the Patagonia South Lake Tahoe store. Tickets will be available at Harrah’s the day of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Sierra Nevada Alliance at 530-542-4546, ext. 701 or sara.monson@sierranevadaalliance.org