Peaks & Valleys: Bright spots and challenges in South Lake Tahoe (commentary) |

Peaks & Valleys: Bright spots and challenges in South Lake Tahoe (commentary)


Big name acts announced for South Lake Tahoe this summer

It was recently announced that Sting and Peter Gabriel will bring their Rock Paper Scissors Tour to the Harveys Outdoor Arena Friday, July 15. Country star Keith Urban’s Ripcord Tour will make a stop at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore this summer, too — on Friday, July 29.

It’s good to see big-name acts commit to South Lake Tahoe’s popular music series in Stateline. Here’s to more announcements, hopefully coming soon.

Bessie Swift Minor Foundation accepting grant applications

Tahoe Daily Tribune’s parent company, Swift Communications, is still seeking grant applications to its Bessie Swift Minor Foundation. Nonprofits focused on improving literacy should seek more information by visiting or emailing

Lakewide transportation plan moves forward

As part of the continued effort to address lake-wide transportation issues, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently released a draft of its Linking Tahoe plan for public review and comment.

With a constant flow of visitors in and out of the area, traffic congestion in peak winter and summer seasons can be a pain. We’re glad local agencies are taking a hard look at connectivity, public transportation and more.

Fire department sees big response for coat drive

South Lake Tahoe Fire Department recently reported tremendous community support of its coat drive.

“We received a variety, from toddler-sized to adult (great for teenagers),” wrote event organizer Kim George in an email. “We also received care packages with brand new beanies, gloves and snacks. The community of South Lake Tahoe has incredible heart, which really shines when a need is identified.”

Local fire departments will continue to accept coats through Jan. 27.

Snow continues

Regular precipitation continues in the Lake Tahoe Basin, which is fabulous news for the area’s primary economic driver — tourism. Tribune staff continues to pray for the white stuff. Here’s to a snowy winter.

As of Thursday, Jan. 21, Heavenly Mountain Resort reported 22 inches of new snow from recent storms. Kirkwood Mountain Resort reported 38 inches in the last 7 days. More snow is expected at higher elevations this weekend.

Good turnout at city design guidelines workshop

City of South Lake Tahoe’s planning commission hosted a public workshop Thursday, Jan. 21, on design guidelines. The event saw a good amount of public participation and interest, where attendees were able to vote on desirable design practices spanning buildings, landscaping, signs and more.

The next public workshop is scheduled for Feb. 17.


Skier still missing at North Shore

The search for 23-year-old Carson May was called off Tuesday, Jan. 19. May was reported missing at Sugar Bowl Resort at Tahoe’s North Shore Jan. 15 during whiteout conditions.

This is a sobering reminder that winter sports can easily deliver tragic outcomes, even for more experienced athletes.

Thank you to the more than 60 people who assisted in the search spanning numerous agencies — Placer County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams and those from Nevada, Douglas and El Dorado counties, Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Bay Area Mountain Rescue, Marin Mountain Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol and National Ski Patrol.


Warmer lake-level temperatures mean precipitation has turned wet as of late in South Lake Tahoe. This makes for dirty, muddy conditions, and it certainly adds an ick factor. Let’s hope it gets colder.

Skier vs. snowboarder beef

This isn’t local, but it’s certainly shocking.

The Aspen Times, a sister paper to the Tribune, recently reported that a skier allegedly pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift. “The skier, a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, took offense to a seemingly innocuous comment by a snowboarder sitting next to him, and threw the man off the Loge Peak chairlift, said Seth Beckton of Aspen, the snowboarder who was pushed. Beckton said he fell face-first 20 to 25 feet to the ground, but fortunately landed in a ‘large pocket of snow’ and was not injured.”

Can’t we all just get along?

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