News Briefs: Tahoe Forest Hospital welcomes first baby of 2019 |

News Briefs: Tahoe Forest Hospital welcomes first baby of 2019

Amber Elsworth and Johnny Remington, who reside in Portola, welcome the first baby born at Tahoe Forest Hospital in 2019.
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Tahoe Forest Hospital announced the arrival of the first baby of the new year born on Jan. 2, at 11:41 p.m. The first baby was delivered by OB-GYN Steven Thompson, MD.

Baby boy Lincoln Remington weighed in at 7 pounds, 4.9 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. He is the third child of proud parents Amber Elsworth and Johnny Remington, who reside in Portola.

Baby Lincoln joins siblings Zayden, 6, and Braxton, 2. Oldest sibling Zayden paid a visit to mom and dad during the hospital stay and was excited to meet his new baby brother.

“He was so happy and just wanted to hold him,” said Elsworth.

In honor of the first baby of the year, the family was presented with a gift basket donated by the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. The gift basket included baby items from The Gift Tree gift shop, located inside the main lobby at Tahoe Forest Hospital located in Truckee.

Source: Tahoe Forest Hospital

Last call for Tahoe Fund project proposals

The Tahoe Fund has issued a last call for innovative projects that offer solutions to environmental challenges that affect Lake Tahoe, specifically projects designed to improve lake clarity, expand outdoor recreation opportunities, and reduce wildfire risk, promoting healthier forests.

Projects that improve transportation and enhance stewardship opportunities in the Tahoe Basin will also be considered. Organizations are asked to submit projects for consideration by Jan. 31 at

“We are currently seeking projects with fundraising goals of $5,000 to $1 million that have the potential to have real impact on the environmental issues that face Lake Tahoe,” said Cory Ritchie, Tahoe Fund projects committee member.

Eligible projects must be able to demonstrate that necessary environmental permits will be obtained, enjoy strong community support, and have other sources of funding identified.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Tahoe Fund Projects Committee, which is tasked with developing the Tahoe Fund’s Signature and Premier Projects Portfolio. Project selections are expected to be made in late spring or early summer 2019.

— Sierra Sun staff

New Year, new Tahoe Living With Fire website

Tahoe Resource Conservation District and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension redesigned and updated the Tahoe Living With Fire website —

“The Tahoe Living With Fire website update was a collaborative effort among partners of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team,” said Jamie Roice Gomes, outreach coordinator and manager at the Cooperative Extension. “At the beginning of the process the need for mobile-friendly, easily digestible information in quick and concise points was recognized and strategies were implemented to make the website meet those needs.” The site includes Tahoe-specific information on: preparing your home for wildfire, creating defensible space, establishing an evacuation plan, reducing ember vulnerabilities on structures, local fire district services and contact information, rescribed fire operations, inderstanding fire, and ire prevention.

Featured on the new site is an updated version of the Lake Tahoe Prescribed Fire Map. The map identifies current prescribed fires in the Lake Tahoe area and the responsible agency, contact information, type of burn, acreage, and anticipated smoke impacts for each.

Tahoe Living With Fire is not just a website, it is also on Facebook and Twitter. Like and follow Tahoe Living With Fire on Facebook and Twitter @TahoeLWF to stay up-to-date on wildfire preparation and prevention at Lake Tahoe.

Source: North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Truckee Rotary foundation seeks projects to support

The Truckee Rotary Community Foundation is looking for community projects or needs to bestow their annual donations upon.

This year the foundation has $11,000 to donate for various projects. The Truckee Rotary Community Foundation provides funds for worthy individuals, organizations or projects within the greater Truckee community. The donated funds are generated from income and distributions made from investments during the year.The foundation looks for unique projects or individuals that are not of a social nature or being funded by other organizations.

Any organization and/or individual who know of a project or a need may submit an application by writing to the Truckee Rotary Community Foundation, c/o Steve Randall at P.O. Box 3236, Truckee, CA 96160 or by email

Applications should include: a short description of the project or need; amount requested; the name or contact person; telephone number and e-mail address. There is no formal application. Any questions should be directed to Steve Randall at 550-4443. Application deadline is Feb. 7.

Photography, family history kicks off Sierra College Insights

Sierra College Insights, a community lecture series featuring professors across disciplines, will host a free photography and family history presentation at 7 p.m. Friday at Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee, 11001 College Trail, in Truckee.

“As we celebrate the 180th birthday of the public announcement of a viable photographic process, it is an ideal time to discuss what family photographs have meant to the various generations, including our own,” said Photography Professor Randy Snook.

Snook, who teaches a variety of courses including photographic history and 19th century photographic processes, will weave the writings of French literary theorist and philosopher Roland Barthes into the interactive Sierra College Insights presentation. “Bring a few, old photographs which we can use as a starting point to explore how and why family photographs have been taken over the decades,” adds Snook.

“Photography and Family History” is the first session in the Spring 2019 Sierra College Insights event series. Sierra College Insights is open to the community and mature teens are welcome to attend.

There will be complimentary refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by the presentation. Upcoming Sierra College Insights sessions include “The Pleasure of Looking: Popular film and the formation of identity” with UNR English Professor Justin Gifford, Ph.D. on Feb. 8 and the “Physics of California” with UC Davis Physics Professor Maruša Bradač, Ph.D. on March 8.

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