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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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Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus logo Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus

Supporting local singers by building, promoting, and nurturing vocal music programs, the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus hosts two annual concert series that feature music from a range of genres, such as classical, Broadway, and contemporary hits.

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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 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 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.

Sierra Sun logo Nevada County Library Literacy Program Hits Milestone 200 Tutoring Sessions in Time for National Volunteer Week 2024

The Nevada County Library Literacy Program would like to thank their volunteer tutors at the Truckee Library Branch. These wonderful volunteers dedicate their time to helping an adult learner achieve their literacy goals.

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.

Sierra Sun logo Truckee Council Conducts Budget Workshop, Town Gets New Website

The Town of Truckee got a new domain name and a website refresh, which launched last month. The changes were presented to the Town Council during its Tuesday, April 23 meeting.

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 Truckee Donner PUD Adopts Integrated Resource Plan, Approves Watershed Stewardship Efforts

Truckee Donner Public Utility District's board of directors oversaw a packed agenda at the April board meeting.

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.

Sierra Sun logo North Tahoe PUD OKs Water, Wastewater Rate Relief

The North Tahoe Public Utility District board approved a Rate Relief Program providing a monthly credit of $30 off a combined water and wastewater bill and $15 off a wastewater-only bill for income-qualified customers.

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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• Mosquito Fish Giveaway Days Announced

The Nevada County Environmental Health Department is giving away mosquito fish on five Wednesdays and Thursdays between May and July to help control insect larvae in ponds and other standing bodies of water.

(04/27/2024) → YubaNet

• Burn Permits Required May 1

CalFire announced that starting May 1, permits will be required for outdoor burning in Nevada and Placer Counties.

(04/25/2024) → YubaNet

• Prescribed Fire Projects Begin Soon

Spring prescribed fire projects are set to begin in the Tahoe National Forest as early as April 29, depending on conditions.

(04/24/2024) → The Union

• Nevada County Transportation Survey Closes May 9

Nevada County is seeking public input for a survey on a pedestrian improvement plan for a roundabout at the Ridge Road and Rough & Ready Highway intersection closes May 9.

(04/24/2024) → YubaNet

• Free Green Waste Days Added in May

Three additional dates in May have been announced for free residential green waste disposal at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station in Grass Valley.

(04/23/2024) → YubaNet

• Photo Contest Launches to Promote Dark Skies

A photo contest promoting dark sky lighting has been launched by the Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada County, the City of Nevada City and the City of Grass Valley.

(04/22/2024) → YubaNet
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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 State of California seal. State of California   (04/26/2024)

Megan Dahle CA Assembly 01:
Denim Day at the Capitol

Greetings This week both staff and members at the Capitol wore denim in recognition of Denim Day observed on the last Wednesday of April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This annual event encourages individuals to wear denim as a symbol of support for survivors of sexual violence and to raise awareness about this important issue. [...] The post Denim Day …
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 State of California seal. State of California   (04/24/2024)

Brian Dahle CA Senate 01:
Sen. Dahle’s bill to protect victims’ rights passes Senate Public Safety Committee

Sen. Dahles bill to protect victims rights passes Senate Public Safety Committee SREPweb Wed, 04/24/2024 - 10:01
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 State of California seal. State of California   (04/22/2024)

Brian Dahle CA Senate 01:
ICYMI: Senator Dahle requests California Senate to Adjourn in Memory of Lou Conter, last survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack

ICYMI: Senator Dahle requests California Senate to Adjourn in Memory of Lou Conter, last survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack SREPweb Mon, 04/22/2024 - 08:56
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 State of California seal. State of California   (04/19/2024)

Megan Dahle CA Assembly 01:
Update from the Capitol, Scholarship Opportunities, and More

Greetings, Im writing to share the latest updates from Team Dahles work at the Capitol this past week. It was a busy and productive time, filled with engaging discussions and advocacy efforts for critical issues affecting our communities. Meeting Highlights: Association of Regional Center Agencies: My team had the opportunity to meet with constituents representing the [...] The post Update …
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.