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By Eric Johnson
Published Apr 29, 2024

On Photography and Politics

Happy Monday! A reminder that below this week's featured offerings you will find a local news digest designed to help you easily keep up with important stuff that's happening in your backyard. And: A seasonal recipe to bring some delicious to your week.  

Art and Community

This week, we focus on a Californian who found a creative way to contribute to his community. Robert Buelteman is a fine art photographer who devoted much of his career to protecting the wild lands around his home on the San Francisco Peninsula. By beautifully documenting redwood forests, oak studded hillsides and a watershed that were under massive pressure of development, he helped two environmental organizations preserve more than 140,000 acres of land from Santa Cruz to San Francisco.

This all occurred during the decades when the place once known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight" exploded to become became Silicon Valley. And, in his later career, Buelteman invented a new form of imaging technology that was celebrated in nationwide publications, including Wired magazine. His inspring, brief recounting is a very "California" story.

The Making of ‘The Unseen Peninsula’

This image, titled 'Montara Mountain,' was used on the cover of 'The Unseen Peninsula.'
A celebrated photographer reflects on the life that led to his first book, which captures a secret paradise in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula.

Robert Buelteman Captures the Secret Beauty of Plants

Field Flowers (2010) by Robert Buelteman
Before he started making images without a camera, Robert Buelteman was a celebrated nature photographer who worked primarily in black-and-white film.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.

Rhub-berry cake does a flip for spring

Rhubarb stripes are accented with blueberries on top of this easy spring cake.
NEW Upside-down cake features stripes of rhubarb, dots of blueberries

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Sierra Sun logo Truckee Tahoe Airport District Allocates Nearly $2 Million for Vital Wildfire Mitigation Projects

The Truckee Tahoe Airport District has announced the approval of $1,934,500 in funding for eight district-wide wildfire mitigation projects.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Lake Tahoe Unified School District Shows Off New Electric Buses

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District is happy to be on the forefront of new technology, and nothing proves that point more than the district's acquisition of several electric buses.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Van Sickle Bi-State Park Facilities to Reopen May 1 for Season

Gates and facilities at Van Sickle Bi-State Park will open for the season on May 1, announced the California Tahoe Conservancy.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo South Tahoe Housing Waitlist Drops by 65, Sugar Pine Applications Muddy the Numbers

City staff provided a quarterly update on its affordable housing waitlist at City Council on Tuesday, April 23. The waitlist has dropped from 1,173 to 1,008 since the last update, a drop of 65.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Lake Tahoe Unified School District Holds Facility Master Plan Open House

On Thursday, April 18, 2024, Lake Tahoe Unified School District hosted an Open House to gather community input on the revised Facilities Master Plan draft.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Heated Discussion on Minimum Wage Ends With ‘Let’s Vote’

City Council halted an item establishing a local minimum wage ordinance and potentially increasing the minimum wage in the City of South Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo City of South Lake Tahoe Seeks Input for Programs at the Multigenerational Recreation and Swim Complex

The City's Park and Recreation Department is seeking input on future programs at the new recreation and swim complex. \

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Grow Your Own Festival: An Edible Gardening Community Event, High Elevation Seedling Sale

A group of Truckee-Tahoe based non-profit organizations are teaming up for the 2nd annual Grow Your Own Festival featuring gardening demos and a high elevation seedling sale.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Tahoe Meal Delivery Program Looking for Volunteer Drivers

The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Service's meal delivery program isn't just a nutrition program, it provides a way for homebound seniors stay connected with the outside world.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Casting Call: Volunteers Needed for Educational Film Projects

Clean Up the Lake is embarking on a light-hearted and comedic journey to develop creative content that promotes boating safety, in collaboration with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Sierra Sun logo The Martis Fund and Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation: A Decade of Collaborative Action

"Collaboration is a shared value between The Martis Fund and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation," says Alexis Ollar, Vice President of The Martis Fund.

Sierra Sun logo Grow Your Own Festival: An Edible Gardening Community Event, High Elevation Seedling Sale

A group of Truckee-Tahoe based non-profit organizations are teaming up for the 2nd annual Grow Your Own Festival featuring gardening demos and a high elevation seedling sale.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo City of South Lake Tahoe Awarded State of California Prohousing Designation

The City of South Lake Tahoe was awarded the State Prohousing Designation for efforts to encourage development of housing at all income levels.

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Recent Local News

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• Future of Fire Service Under Discussion

Cameron Park Community Service District staff preparations of the 2024-2025 budget is leasing to discussion of fire protection services and the possible closing of Fire Station 88 on Alhambra Drive.

(04/29/2024) → Village Life

• Preparing for Fire Season

It's time to work on home defensible space and fire hardening.

(04/29/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• Saratoga Park Holds Grand Opening

Located at Saratoga Way and Wilson Boulevard, the 2.1-acre park held its grand opening on April 17.

(04/29/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• Cal Fire Opens New Fire Center

CalFire announced the opening of the Ponderosa Fire Center on Palmer Drive in Cameron Park, which will serve as a base of operations for seven firefighter crews.

(04/26/2024) → Village Life

• Homeless Navigation Center Plans Advance

El Dorado County is planning for a new homeless navigation center in Placerville on Forni Road.

(04/26/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• Changes to South Lake Tahoe Free Bus Service Announced

The Tahoe Transportation District is expanding service along several routes.

(04/26/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• South Lake Tahoe City Council Candidacy Announced

David Jinkens, the former City Manager of South Lake Tahoe, announced his candidacy for one of two open seats on the council.

(04/26/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• Cannabis Ordinance Consideration Halted

Citing limited staff resources and budget, El Dorado County Supervisors put a halt to staff work to amend the cannabis ordinance.

(04/25/2024) → Georgetown Gazette

• Residents Oppose Biomass Project

Grizzly Flat residents speak out against a proposed biomass facility proposed by District 2 Supervisor George Turnboo.

(04/24/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• Cannabis Revenues Grant Applications Open

The City of South Lake Tahoe is accepting applications until May 15 for grants funded from cannabis revenues for local projects which mitigate the impact of the cannabis industry.

(04/23/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• Council Presses for Annexation Support

The South Lake Tahoe City Council are ready to escalate after getting no response from ski resort ownership to a request for support of city annexation efforts.

(04/23/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• New Bike Path Project Advances

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation is starting construction of a pedestrian and bike path in Pollock Pines soon.

(04/23/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• Vacancy Tax Initiative Signatures Submitted

Proponents of the City of South Lake Tahoe vacancy tax initiative have submitted petition signatures to the El Dorado County Elections Department for certification.

(04/22/2024) → South Tahoe Now
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Recent Statewide News

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• California's Population Increased Last Year for First Time Since 2020

During the much-ballyhooed “California exodus” amid the pandemic, remote workers moved to other states where they could live for a fraction of the cost compared to cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco.

(04/29/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Chuckwalla National Monument Would Protect Swath of California Desert and Preserve a Sacred Land

Indigenous Californians want President Biden to establish a national monument in a stretch of desert that is both an ecological wonder and a window into their cultures.

(04/27/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Who Killed CA Utility Bill Legislation?

A bill to rein in a proposed monthly fee on California electric bills would let California’s largest for-profit utility companies charge customers $24 per month — with fees as low as $6 for lower-income customers — as a kind of membership fee for the power grid.

(04/26/2024) → CalMatters

• Rural Counties Far From Universities Struggle to Recruit Teachers

Nine counties located more than an hour away from universities with teacher preparation programs face particular difficulties.

(04/25/2024) → EdSource

• California Wants Better Animal Shelter Conditions, Stray Population Curbed

Several bills making their way through the California Legislature seek to address overcrowded animal shelters and streamline how animals receive care.

(04/24/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Bill Would Allow Arizona Abortion Providers to Practice in California Temporarily

Newsom-backed bill would allow Arizona abortion providers to practice in California as the Republican-led state restricts access.

(04/24/2024) → Los Angeles Times
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Government Announcements

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Image of United States seal. United States   (04/27/2024)

H-E-B Issues Voluntary Recall for 3-Ounce Cups of Creamy Creations Ice Cream in Select Flavors

Committed to the safety and quality of its products, H-E-B is voluntarily issuing a recall for 12-count packages of 3-ounce cups of Creamy Creations ice cream in select flavors for potential metal. The affected products were distributed to all H-E-B stores in Texas and Mexico and Central Market, Joe
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/26/2024)

802 VT Frozen Recalls Frozen Meat Pizza Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2024 - 802 VT Frozen, a Newport, Vt. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,221 pounds of frozen meat pizza due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department...
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/24/2024)

Tama Corporation Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Tama Corporation of Doral FL is recalling 24-ounce containers of "Oueso de Mano PAISA" have contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy indivi
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/24/2024)

ConSup North America Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sliced Prosciutto Product Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2024 - ConSup North America Inc., a Lincoln Park, N.J. firm, is recalling approximately 85,984 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) sliced prosciutto ham product produced in Germany without...
Image of County of El Dorado seal. County of El Dorado   (04/23/2024)

Pony Express Trail Project Construction to Begin by Early May

Image of United States seal. United States   (04/20/2024)

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for ground beef products that may be contaminated...
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/19/2024)

Primal Kitchen Issues Voluntary Recall of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil (750mL Glass) Due to Packaging Issue

Primal Kitchen is announcing a voluntary recall of approximately 2,060 cases of three code dates of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil (750mL) because the glass may be prone to breakage, causing the product to spill.
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/19/2024)

Infinite Herbs, LLC Expands Recall of Fresh Organic Basil to Include Melissa's Brand Organic Basil Received by Illinois and Missouri Retailer

Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, Florida, is expanding its April 18th recall to include Melissa's brand fresh organic basil in 2.0 oz ( 96 packages, UPC 0 45255 14142 9) and 4.0 oz packages (24 packages, UPC 0 45255 14439 0) available for sale at Dierberg's stores in Illinois and Missouri between Febru
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/18/2024)

Sammy's Milk Providing a Warning Against the Use of Goat Milk Toddler Formula as Infant Formula

Newport Beach, California - Sammy's Milk, a local company, has been asked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide a warning against the use of its Goat Milk Toddler Formula as an infant formula because the FDA is concerned that the formula may not meet all FDA requirements for infant fo
Image of City of South Lake Tahoe seal. City of South Lake Tahoe   (04/18/2024)

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