60-foot Christmas tree rises over Heavenly Village
A 60-foot Christmas tree was installed in South Lake Tahoe by longtime resident Kenny Curtzweiler and his crew, along with the help of many local agencies.
California Highway Patrol, Ed Cook Crane and Robert Haen Trucking met Curtzweiler’s company, K&K Services, on the city of South Lake Tahoe property next to the Lake Tahoe Airport to cut down the tree on Nov. 16. Last year, several trees on that property were marked to be cut down for defensible space creation so Curtzweiler asked the city to save a few for Christmas and the tree would’ve been cut down regardless.
The police and fire departments helped close one lane of Highway 50 in the casino corridor while the tree was installed.
The installation at Heavenly Village took a little over an hour and took coordination and teamwork between everyone involved.
Christmas tree permits for National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin sold out last week with 2,000 online permits issued on a first-come, first served basis. No additional permits will be authorized for this season.
Nearby Eldorado, Humboldt-Toiyabe and Tahoe national forests are also selling Christmas tree permits online. Check permit availability for these forests at http://www.recreation.gov.