News briefs: Heavenly opens Stagecoach Lodge, snow removal instructions and more |

News briefs: Heavenly opens Stagecoach Lodge, snow removal instructions and more

New snow allowed Heavenly Mountain Resort to open its Stagecoach Lodge Friday, Nov. 27.
Courtesy / Heavenly Mountain Resort |


Snow from recent storms has allowed Heavenly Mountain Resort to open its Stagecoach Lodge, according to a Friday announcement from the ski resort.

The opening of the lodge, located on the Nevada side of the state line near the top of Kingsbury Grade, will provide access to an more than 8 miles of skiing and riding, according to the announcement.

Heavenly is operating eight of 28 lifts, has 17 of 97 runs open and is operating on 200 of 4,800 acres, according to a Friday snow report.

More information is available at

City reminds residents of snow removal Policies

With the snowy season in full swing, the City of South Lake Tahoe has reminded people of its policies when it comes to snow removal:

• City snow plows are deployed when 3 inches or more snow have accumulated on the ground. During storm conditions, snow plows have the right of way on streets, and vehicles left unattended in the streets are subject to citation and/or tow. The best policy is to keep vehicles parked off the streets at all times, according to the city.

• Cars subject to citation and/or tow are those parked in a street’s right of way. The city right of way extends beyond the edge of the pavement to the property line, generally 5 to 10 feet beyond the edge of the pavement.

• The primary purpose of snow removal is to clear snow from streets for emergency vehicles, school buses, hospital entry, refuse trucks and all vehicle traffic.

• The city asks that you keep all trash containers behind the berm, on your property. Improper placement of trash containers can result in damaged containers and/or snow removal equipment.

• When shoveling snow from your driveway, shovel to the right as you face the street. This way, the plow will move the snow further down the road, rather than move the shoveled snow back into your driveway.

• Berms are a residual part of snow removal. When snow removal occurs, so will berms. The size of the berm fluctuates depending on many conditions, including the number of driveways on the street, the density of the snow and the amount of snowfall.

Open House for 50th Anniversary of South Lake Tahoe

The City of South Lake Tahoe will hold an open house at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city’s incorporation.

Everyone is invited to the open house, which will take place in city council chambers at Lake Tahoe Airport at 1901 Airport Road.

“Fifty years ago, community members throughout South Lake Tahoe came together and determined the best course of action for their future was self-governance,” according to a statement from the city. “After many years of preparing, planning, neighborhood meetings and door-to-door conversations, on Nov. 30, 1965 individual neighborhoods became one city: The City of South Lake Tahoe.”

Prescribed fire operations to continue next week

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service will continue widespread prescribed fire operations beginning the week of Nov. 30. Operations may take place on urban lots on the west side of Incline Village, in Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, off Fairway Drive near Tahoe City, off Elizabeth Drive north of Tahoma, off South Upper Truckee Road near Meyers, off F Street and Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe and in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park north of Spooner Lake, according to a press release from the agencies. Operations will continue over the next several weeks as weather and conditions allow.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition, depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition and wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the Lake Tahoe Basin, according to the release. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed and how smoke will travel.

Before prescribed fire operations, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to For more information on prescribed fire operations and smoke management tips, visit

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