News briefs: Free meals for students, road closures, South Shore forest thinning & more |

News briefs: Free meals for students, road closures, South Shore forest thinning & more

Smart Driver Safety Class Offered

The South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd., is hosting a one-day class for drivers of all ages. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a break for lunch. The instructor is R.S. Lynn. Your auto insurance company gives a discount valid for three years to those over 55 who complete the class. There are no tests to pass. AARP members pay a discounted fee of $15; for others the fee is $20. Payment by check is preferred. Register in person at the Senior Center. Call 530-542-6094 for more information.


Lake Tahoe Unified School District recently announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

For the 2015/16 school year, find information for free and reduced-price meals online. The process is safe, secure, private, and available anytime, anywhere.

To apply for benefits, households must complete an application online at

Road closures

El Dorado County will reroute traffic on Black Bart, Barbara and Martin avenues in incorporated South Lake Tahoe later in September while road crews perform maintenance.

Barbara Avenue will be closed on Sept. 23 and Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. while crews mill and pave the area. Traffic detours are located at Pioneer Trail and Martin for two-way traffic.

Black Bart and Martin avenues face directional closures on Sept. 21 to Sept. 25 and Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. All closures are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact El Dorado County engineer Daniel Kikkert at 530-573-7914 or


Permits for firewood will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, with approximately 150 permits available on a first-come, first-served basis. The wood consists of a mixture of pine and fir, some seasoned and some green.

The permit sale starts at 7 a.m. on the first floor of the Richard H. Bryan state office building, located at 901 South Stewart Street in Carson City. Permits are $65 per cord — cash or check only — with a limit of one cord per address/family. The sale will close when all permits have been sold.

Permit holders may pick-up firewood from the last week of September through the first week of October at the North Canyon area of Spooner Lake State Park.

Access into North Canyon requires navigation through areas of loose, sandy soils. Four-wheel drive or heavy duty two-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. Trailers may be permitted at the discretion of State Parks personnel. Trailers deemed unsafe by Parks personnel must be left in the staging area. Contact Jill Alves for more information by calling 775-684-2793.


Thinning of trees for fuels reduction and forest health is underway on approximately 50 acres of National Forest System lands adjacent to Gardner Street near Panther and Tata lanes in South Lake Tahoe. Thinning is also happening on approximately 30 acres on the southwest end of the Spring Creek Tract off Highway 89. The Forest Service has closed these areas from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for public safety due to heavy equipment operations and falling trees. Units 17 and 155 near Gardner Street are closed through Oct. 14 and unit 1141 southwest of the Spring Creek Tract is closed through Nov. 14.

The closure notices and maps are posted in the project areas along with signs to indicate the location of thinning operations.

Hazards may be present even when operations have ended for the day and the closure is not in effect. Individuals disregarding the closure order may be cited, with subsequent fines and jail time.

The forest thinning is part of the South Shore Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project, which will treat approximately 10,000 acres on South Shore of Lake Tahoe to reduce the risk of severe wildfire, improve forest health, and provide defensible space to neighboring communities.

For more information about the project and to view the closure orders and maps, visit

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