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By Kathryn Reed
Looking for the Ponderosa Ranch? The Meyers Visitors Center has details.
Locals know the “Bonanza” set hasn’t existed for nearly four years. But tourists are unsuspectingly sent to Incline Village.
That’s all going to change soon. The California Tahoe Conservancy awarded a $74,800 grant to the Forest Service to upgrade the center that it runs.
One of the major improvements will be to the interpretive panels that haven’t been changed in 12 years. Lisa O’Daly, recreation program manager for CTC, said the panels look good as long as you don’t read them. The panels were supposed to have a seven- to 10-year life expectancy.
“Updated interpretive and informational panels have been identified as the most important means of improving visitor service at this facility, particularly at off-peak hours when staff are not available,” the staff report says.
Board member Kathay Lovell asked that information about Explore Tahoe near Stateline be included in the updates.
When the facility was built in 1987 it was supposed to be temporary. But no permanent site has been developed.
It is staffed by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority from May-October. More than 14,000 people passed through in 2007. The numbers are low because of the Angora Fire.