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March 11, 2013
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News briefs: Forest Service closes roads near Seneca Pond

U.S. Forest Service roads and trails near Seneca Pond will remain closed this week as crews remove trees near the pond burned in the Angora fire.

The closure affects portions of Forest Road No. 12N20, Forest Trail No. 17E49 (Gunmount Trail) and Trail No. 17E49.4. The closure will be in effect every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Feb. 20, said Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck.

Area residents have voiced concerns about the cutting of several green trees during this portion of the project.

Eight green trees were cut to allow for the safe operation of equipment near Seneca Pond, Heck said.

The Angora Hazard Tree Removal Project might continue throughout the winter if weather permits. Closures in other portions of the Angora fire area can be expected as project work progresses, Heck said.

For more details on the closure area, and to check whether operations have been completed, visit the Web site for the Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comment on a proposal to drill two exploratory snowmaking water wells at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

The proposed test wells are south of the top terminal of the resort's Galaxy lift and outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin, Forest Service spokesman Rex Norman said in a statement.

One test well would be on an existing ski trail near the intersection of Lower Milky Way and Orion's Belt Trails. The second test well would be next to the existing Mott Canyon summer maintenance road, Norman said.

The proposed exploratory water wells will be drilled in July and August. Each well would be 6 inches wide to a depth of up to 300 feet, according to the proposal.

If pumping tests for these two wells have favorable results, permanent wells could be installed in the future, Norman said.

If the exploratory wells are unsuccessful, they will be abandoned consistent with Nevada's requirements, Norman said.

This proposal only covers the test well drilling. Conversion of the exploratory wells to permanent production wells would be subject to further National Environmental Policy Act documentation and approval.

The proposal and information on how to submit comments are available at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Web site at:

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The Record Courier Updated Jan 19, 2009 11:31PM Published Mar 11, 2013 10:28AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.