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Lake Tahoe briefs

Staff reports

— East Shore

Controlled burn alert is issued

U.S. Forest Service staff plan on completing a prescribed fire near the Hidden Woods development along Tahoe’s East Shore today, pending favorable weather conditions.

Crews will ignite piles of forest debris on a small eight-acre urban lot.Residents in the area and travelers on Highway 50 can anticipate seeing periodic smoke from this project area.

To learn more about prescribed fire vs. wildfire, visit

— South Lake Tahoe

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City incorporated 40 years ago today

Today is South Lake Tahoe’s 40th anniversary of incorporation.

The only city at the lake was established Nov. 30, 1965, with the intent of supporting police, fire and snow removal services.

The late Norm Woods served as the first mayor of 1965, and the city’s offices were located where Nel’s Hardware now sits.

Since incorporation, South Lake Tahoe has undergone a number of challenges and accomplishments .

“This is a special time to celebrate our city’s accomplishments. We’ve sure had our challenges – just like any family,” Mayor Kathay Lovell said.

The anniversary will be marked at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13 when the five-member City Council holds its only meeting of the month.

Leadership changes will be made as Councilman Hal Cole is expected to take the gavel from Lovell for the final year of his four-year term.

Also during the meeting, a celebration will highlight South Lake Tahoe’s milestones.

Pins, stickers and cake will be given out to the general public.

– Susan Wood