The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Aug. 24-30 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Aug. 24-30

This rendering of the proposed development project at the Village at Squaw Valley shows one view of the East Parcel.
Courtesy Placer County |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Aug. 24-30 at

1. Man arrested after allegedly shooting gun near gated Truckee neighborhood

Authorities on Aug. 25 arrested 34-year-old Fredrick Santos Coy, of Reno, after he allegedly fired a handgun in the air and started a small brushfire near The Meadows gated community in Truckee near Glenshire.

At no point where the gunshots directed at police or witnesses in the area, according to police. Santos Coy was eventually arrested on suspicion of five felonies and two misdemeanor charges. He remains jailed on $50,000 bail as of this week.

Originally published: Thursday, Aug. 26

2. Jim Smith resigns from IVGID board, hours after being replaced as chair

Jim Smith abruptly resigned last Thursday as an Incline Village General Improvement District trustee, to focus more on his family and business.

The move came less than 24 hours after the board voted for Kendra Wong to replace him as board chairman the night before. Trustees opted to restructure the board and demote Smith, in a 3-2 vote, due to criticism of Smith’s “management style” as the board’s chairman.

Originally published: Thursday, Aug. 26

3. Truckee 7-Eleven reopens Tuesday morning after early Sunday fire

No one was hurt in a fire on Aug. 23 that shut down the 7-Eleven store on Palisades Drive in Truckee for more than two days and caused an estimated $50,000 to $60,000 in damage.

The store was closed all day Sunday the 23rd and Monday the 24th, before opening the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 25. The store’s franchisee, Paul Turnquist, said he had to discard roughly $5,000 to $10,000 worth of product and food due to fire damage.

Originally published: Sunday, Aug. 23

4. Squaw Valley should not become Vail or Aspen, development critic writes

Citing numerous environmental concerns for Olympic Valley and the greater Tahoe-Truckee region, members of public are requesting the proposed Village at Squaw Valley development either be rejected or further scaled down.

It’s a common opinion among the 315 individual comment letters from locals and visitors, with one visitor quoted as writing the following: “If I wanted to go to Aspen or Vail, I would go there. I don’t. I go to Squaw Valley.”

Originally published: Monday, Aug. 24

5. Tahoe native Ben Snyder chasing football dream at Stanford University

Incline Village’s Ben Snyder, a 6-foot-4-inch, 240-pound All-State tight end last season, is taking his football game to a whole new level.

For the past two and a half weeks Snyder has been banging shoulder pads with top-tier Division I talent as an invited walk-on at Stanford University, the 21st-ranked college team in the nation, according to the Associated Press, quite an impressive feat for someone hailing from a high school of maybe 300 students.

Originally published: Friday, Aug. 27

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