The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Aug. 17-23 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Aug. 17-23

Honor Guard Officers carry fallen Deputy Carl Howell's casket on Aug. 20 into the Reno Events Center, where over 1000 people were in attendance.
Brad Coman / Nevada Appeal | Nevada Appeal

Editor’s Note

“The top five online” is a weekly report of the top five online stories the previous week, in terms of overall page views and reader interest as shared through social media. To stay up to date with our online news, visit">Bold"> , or follow the Sierra Sun-North Lake Tahoe Bonanza on Facebook.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Aug. 17-23 at

1. Motion to raze still-undeveloped Truckee home latest in seven-year battle

This story covered a long timeline of events surrounding a homeowner’s 7-year battle with the Town of Truckee regarding unpermitted work on a still-unfinished home on Filly Lane in Glenshire.

The story discusses the complexities of the process to obtain the building permits — and what could happen if contractors don’t follow the rules and take years to finish a project. The home will likely be demolished due to the homeowner’s alleged shortcomings in speed and permitting.

Originally published: Tuesday, Aug. 18

2. No one hurt in Truckee house fire that shut down West River Street

A fire at a single-family, two-story residence at 11298 West River St. the morning of Aug. 18 shut down traffic in the area of Highway 89 and caused considerable damage to the home.

No one was inside at the time of the fire, which was contained in about 20 minutes. No one was hurt, and no structures or surrounding vegetation were threatened.

Originally published: Tuesday, Aug. 18

3. Tahoe City man sentenced to 6 years probation for March DUI fatality

Placer County Superior Court Judge James F. Dawson sentenced Tahoe City’s Kelley Robert Smith on Aug. 18 to six years probation for his role in a March 7 drunken driving accident that resulted in the death of his friend, fellow Tahoe City resident Daniel Koenig.

During sentencing, Dawson cited the 165 days Smith had already served in jail in Auburn, while warning, “Should you ever be arrested with another similar DUI in the future, you will be charged with murder.”

Originally published: Wednesday, Aug. 19

4. Paddleboarder who went missing at Lake Tahoe found alive in Missouri

This online-only story reported the end of a five-day search for a man whose rented paddleboard, along with a GoPro camera, a selfie stick and a life jacket, was found adrift off Lake Tahoe’s South Shore on Aug. 13.

As it turns out, Zbigniew (“Zibi”) Moryn reportedly swam to shore after falling off his paddleboard, and he soon left the Tahoe area to continue his travels. He called authorities on Aug. 18 from Missouri to report he was OK.

Originally published: Tuesday, Aug. 18

5. Funeral services Thursday for fallen Carson City Deputy Carl Howell

Another online-only story reported the tragic death of Carson City Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carl G. Howell, who was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 15 after deputies responded to calls of a physical domestic disturbance.

According to officials, 30-year-old Jonathon Pope of Carson City came out of the house and started shooting. Howell was able to return fire and kill Pope, but he also died in the incident.

Originally published: Monday, Aug. 17

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Wild & Scenic Film Festival announces call for 2022 art


The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in collaboration with Nevada County Arts Council, is once again inviting local and regional artists to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 20th annual Wild & Scenic Film…

See more