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Learn more about green resources available in the Truckee-Tahoe area at the Annual SiGBA Mixer tonight from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach.

Last year this event attracted more than 150 participants and local vendors. For anyone interested in green building, this is the event to attend.

This year’s event will feature a live band, taco bar and beer from Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co. The cost to attend is free and commemorative pint glasses are available to purchase for $10 which includes two drink tickets.

SiGBA is a local non-profit group of like-minded individuals and businesses committed to promoting a “Live Green -Build Green” philosophy. As the Sierra’s leading green building resource and community education organization, SiGBA’s mission is to promote effective environmental design and sustainable practices in our community.

For more information, visit http://www.SiGBA.org or call 1-877-744-2248.

The Treasure Chest Children’s retail shop will hold a sidewalk sale May 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will benefit the KidZone Museum. For $10 stuff all you can into one bag, choosing from used children’s clothing, gear, and accessories.

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The Treasure Chest retail shop is located at 12030 Donner Pass Road in Truckee across from the outlet stores. Support the KidZone Museum while shopping outdoors at the sidewalk sale and perusing the expansive selection that the Treasure Chest has to offer.

The KidZone museum provides hundreds of children with innovative learning through creative hands-on exhibits and is a nonprofit organization serving the Lake Tahoe Basin and visitors from afar.

For more information visit KidZoneMuseum.org or call 530-587-5437.

The North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce is providing advertising opportunities in its 2008/2009 Member Business Directory. The directory has a distribution of 10,000 to local postal boxes and can be found in key locations throughout the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region, as well as online.

“Our annual business directory is one of the best ways to create awareness of your business or organization with thousands of community members,” said Kym Fabel, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce manager.

The directory is sent directly to local residents, distributed at the chamber’s visitor information centers in Incline Village, Kings Beach (seasonal) and Tahoe City. It is also mailed to those interested in relocating to the North Lake Tahoe area.

All chamber members in good standing receive a free directory listing, but for those businesses and organizations wanting to expand the visibility of their listing, a variety of advertising opportunities are available, from a 1/8 (business card size) ad for $375 to a full page for $1,500. To keep with the chamber’s publishing schedule, space reservation and creative is due Friday, April 25. For a complete list of production specifications, click to

http://www.northlaketahoechamber.com, programs and documents, or call Fabel

at 530-581-8764, email kym@puretahoenorth.com.

RENO (AP) – Sierra Pacific Resources says first-quarter earnings rose $8.5 million because of a rate increase, customer growth and costs recovered for the construction of two power plants.

The parent firm of Nevada’s two main electric utilities reports net income of $24.1 million, or 10 cents a share, for the quarter ending March 31. That compares with income of $15.6 million, or 7 cents a share, for the same period in 2007.

About 80 percent of Sierra Pacific Power’s 46,000 California customers reside in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The company’s California service area extends from Portola in the north to Markleeville and Topaz Lake to Coleville in the south.

The earnings beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Those surveyed by Thomson Financial predicted net income of 8 cents per share.

Plumas Bancorp, (NasdaqCM: PLBC), a bank holding company and the parent company of Plumas Bank, declared a semi-annual cash dividend of 16 cents per share.

The dividend is payable on May 16 to shareholders of record as of April 30, 2008.

This represents a 7 percent increase in the semi-annual cash dividend per share from 15 cents paid on May 14, 2007.

“We are pleased to declare a cash dividend for the twelfth consecutive year and to increase the dividend payment from the previous year,” said Douglas N. Biddle, president and chief executive officer. “Plumas Bank’s commitment to community banking and strong customer relationships provides the foundation for earnings growth and continued dividend payouts.”

Plumas Bank is a locally owned and managed full-service community bank based in Northeastern California. The Bank operates thirteen branches located in the counties of Plumas, Lassen, Sierra, Placer, Nevada, Modoc and Shasta, and it also operates a commercial real estate lending office in Reno, Nevada.