The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Dec. 14-20 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Dec. 14-20

A rendering of the Rail House Theater, as proposed within the Truckee Railyard development project next to downtown.
Courtesy Holliday Development

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Dec. 14-20 at

1. Woman missing for 2 weeks found dead inside flipped car near Lake Tahoe

The body of Betti Jean Fernandes, 72, of Sparks — who had been reportedly missing for more than two weeks — was found Dec. 14 inside a vehicle that skidded off the highway and flipped down an embankment near Incline Village.

It’s unclear when the crash occurred, although officials believe it likely occurred not long after — perhaps even before — she was reported missing on Nov. 30.

Page views: 3,576

Originally published: Tuesday, Dec. 15

2. Lake Tahoe weather: Season snow soars above 100-inch mark after latest storm

This web-only story recapped snowfall from a pair of storms during the week of Dec. 7, which brought anywhere from 2 to 3 feet of snow to higher elevations throughout the greater Tahoe-Truckee region.

Those storms built off a few smaller ones in November and early December to bring the season snowfall total at Sierra Nevada ski resorts above 100 inches.

Page views: 2,976

Originally published: Monday, Dec. 14

3. Tahoe snowfall already tops all of 2014-15 winter; provides economic boost

This story, also web-only, reported further on recent snow totals last week, in which ski resorts such as Heavenly reported already exceeding its snow total from last winter — from 87 inches all of the 2014-15 season, to 97 inches, and counting, by early last week.

Page views: 2,911

Originally published: Wednesday, Dec. 16

4. Truckee Railyard developers give previews of theater, artists lofts

At the Truckee Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, council members unanimously agreed to make the much-delayed Truckee Railyard project a first priority.

Developer Rick Holliday also shed light on plans for the four-story Rail House Theater project, as well as the Truckee Artist Lofts, saying that, “We’re trying to focus on the idea of Truckee reinventing the way people live in a mountain town.”

Page views: 1,210

Originally published: Friday, Dec. 18

5. Lake Tahoe backcountry skiing is skyrocketing in popularity

The lure of the backcountry at Lake Tahoe is undeniable, and more skiers and snowboarders are answering the call of the wild than ever before.

But as backcountry ski and snowboarding equipment continues to fly off the shelves, it begs the question if buyers are investing as much in avalanche safety education as they are on high-tech Dynafit bindings and splitboards?

Page views: 823

Originally published: Thursday, Dec. 17

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