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Recent rains have reduced fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest, and wood cutting with permits is now permissible.

Portable camp stoves and lanterns can once again be used in the backcountry with a valid campfire permit. Internal combustion engines (off-highway vehicles) can be used on roads and trails.

Fire restrictions still in effect prohibit Tahoe Forest visitors from:

• Building or maintaining campfires except within the stoves or metal fire rings in designated camp and picnic areas.

• Possessing or using fireworks.

• Smoking except within a vehicle, building, designated camp or picnic grounds, or in a 3-foot area cleared of all flammable material.

• Operating an internal combustion engine off roads or trails except for the Prosser Pit Developed Off Highway Vehicle Area.

Wood cutting permits will be sold through Nov. 24. Woodcutters are reminded that they must call the woodcutting hotlines listed on their permit to determine the daily fire danger rating.

Permits are sold at all Tahoe National Forest offices for $15 per cord with a two-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household. Permits allow the removal of firewood on Tahoe National Forest System lands only.

Weather and road conditions will determine what areas of the forest will remain open for actual wood cutting until the season ends.

Meditation programs on the way

With the winter holiday season closing in, the Wellness Center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is offering two programs on meditation during October, to help participants learn techniques for calming the mind and body.

On Oct. 5, Jyoti Spearin will offer “Meditation – Bringing Peace & Joy Into Your Life,” a three-week series on basic meditation techniques. The classes meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A $35 fee covers all three classes.

She will teach another three-week series, titled, “Strengthening Your Meditation Practices,” beginning Oct. 26. These classes meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and require a fee of $35.

Victoria Johnston, program manager of the Alzheimer’s Outreach Project, will teach a free class on “Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease,” on Oct. 27 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Other October classes include:

• “Living Well With Asthma – Children,” by Cheryl Moore on Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The class is free.

• “Know Your Diabetes: Healthy Steps,” by Laura Seeman on Oct. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This class is free.

For more information or registration, call 274-6824.

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