With the unemployment rate in Douglas County still around 12 percent, economic leaders and stakeholders have come together to host the Carson Valley Job Opportunity Fair.Organized by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Douglas County Employment Training/Job Development, Business Council of Douglas County and the Minden-Tahoe Airport, the job fair is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.Business owners, human resource officials and employment agencies are welcome. “Meet the skilled and talented workforce of Carson Valley, identify potential employees who can help your company grow and prosper, and recruit for current job openings and gear up for future staffing needs,” the chamber stated in a press release.Job seekers and students can expect to meet potential employers, learn about local businesses and create opportunities.Job seekers are encouraged to bring rsums for distribution and attire appropriate for interviews. “Learn what agencies and services are available locally to assist you further with your job search,” the chamber said. The event is free and open to the public.For more information, call the chamber at 782-8144.
After eight years operating as a bed and breakfast as well as a horse boarding facility, Cottonwood Creek Farm in Gardnerville will be closing down the bed and breakfast portion of their operation. “The time has come to start smelling the roses growing in the garden and visiting other bed and breakfasts instead of cooking the breakfasts myself,” said owner Barbara Flanagan.The horse boarding portion of the farm will continue in operation with the addition of a new covered riding arena and obstacles especially designed to practice for trail trials, which are held outdoors in fields and forests. Flanagan said that there are a lot of horses who summer in Lake Tahoe and then come to the valley to board for the winter. For more information, call 782-3057 or visit www.ccarabians.com.Allstate owner celebrates 25 years Allstate Insurance Company is recognizing Stacy Trivitt of Gardnerville with its Agency Affiliation Award for reaching an important milestone as an agency owner. Trivitt is celebrating 25 years of helping area residents protect their property and prepare for the future.With offices located at 1466 Highway 395, Trivitt was the Customer Experience Champion Award winner for the southwest region for exemplary customer service in 2011. “Time flies. It feels like just yesterday when we opened our doors,” said Trivitt, who has owned and operated the agency since 1987. “This milestone with Allstate is very important to me. I have enjoyed working with so many families in Carson Valley and thank each and every one for supporting my business.”Trivitt provides auto, home, life and commercial insurance to area residents, as well as a variety of financial products including college savings plans, mutual funds, banking products and more.“Life can be unpredictable,” Trivitt said. “You never know what the future may hold. We want to help Carson Valley families and residents feel protected and plan for their financial goals.” For more information, contact Trivitt at 782-3511.Finance seminar Oct. 10Edward Jones Financial Advisor James Berston will be holding a seminar 8:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Edward Jones branch office located at 1483 Highway 395, Suite C, Gardnerville.The topic of the presentation is “Social Security: Your questions answered.” RSVP to 782-4020. Space is limited.Gardnerville Curves joins Breast Cancer Awareness MonthThroughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Curves fitness centers will focus on raising awareness about the life-saving importance of risk management, early detection and early treatment of breast cancer.Curves of Gardnerville is waiving joining fees for memberships through Oct. 14 to new members who show proof of a mammogram performed within the last year or who donate $25 to the American Cancer Society. In 2011, Curves clubs nationwide raised more than $1.7 million for the ACS.“Our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is an important part of the Curves mission to strengthen women,” staff members of the Gardnerville Curves said in a press release. “We offer a supportive, fun, non-competitive environment that encourages women to take time out from their role as caregivers to take care of themselves.”For more information, call 782-3350, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.curves.com.BBB releases new accreditationsBusinesses newly accredited with the Better Business Bureau serving Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe include the following:A Better Carpet Cleaner (Carson City); Burke Roofing, Inc. (Reno); Capital Control Systems, Inc. (Carson City); Doggie Doo’s by Melinda (Reno); Eastern Industries Group, Inc. (Carson City); Eastern Sierra Eye Care (Carson City); Electronic Fingerprint Processing Service, LLC (Genoa); Fire Extinguisher Service Center, Inc. (Sparks); G7 Corporation (Sparks); Grateful Gardens (Truckee); Hoof Beat Gates & Corrals (Fallon); Kleaning by Kris (Truckee); Luna Enterprises, Inc. (Incline Village); M SQRD Masonry, Inc. (Gardnerville); Reliable Handyman Services, LLC (Carson City); Scorpio Gold (US) Corporation (Elko); Sync Network Solutions (Reno); Thompson Electric (Sparks); and Xpert PC (Reno).For 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2011, consumers turned to BBB more than 100 million times for business reviews on more than 4 million companies and charity reviews on 11,000 charities, all available for free at www.bbb.org.South Lake Tahoe may ban plastic bagsSouth Lake Tahoe may become the latest California jurisdiction to try and rein in the use of the ubiquitous plastic bag.The city’s sustainability commission is working on an ordinance that would prohibit retailers from providing single-use plastic bags to customers at checkout. The proposal would still allow businesses to provide customers with recycled paper bags, but would require they charge at least 10 cents per bag. Retailers would keep the money received from distributing paper bags.Encouraging the use of reusable bags while keeping waste out of Lake Tahoe’s environment and area landfills is the goal of the new rules, said Juliana Prosperi, the commission’s chair.The commission is expected to discuss the proposal at its next meeting on Nov. 7. Prosperi said he hoped to have the ordinance before the City Council for approval the following month.The ordinance would not go into effect until six months after passage by the City Council and would be phased to cover grocery stores first.—Tahoe Daily Tribune