The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3

An architectural rendering of the proposed Homewood base lodge hotel.
Courtesy JMA Ventures |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 at

1. Across the Universe: Joys, frustrations with Lake Tahoe’s holiday crowds

Last week’s opinion column from Sun editor Kevin MacMillan commented on the large crowds in the town the past couple weeks during the holidays, and how some tourists apparently had not learned proper manners in cleaning up after themselves.

The column came after information and photos spread last Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 28-29, of a slew of plastic sleds and other trash that had been left at the sled hill at McIver Meadow, seemingly by visiting families who chose not to properly dispose them.

Page views: 3,872

Originally published: Tuesday, Dec. 29

2. Missing woman found on roof of Lake Tahoe resort

This web-only story reported on how a 34-year-old woman, who had been missing for 12 hours, was found late Thursday afternoon on the roof of Edgewood Golf Resort at Tahoe’s South Shore.

April Torres was transported to Barton Hospital after she was found at 3:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve by Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at the Stateline resort. Her mother reported last seeing her at 3:30 a.m. Thursday at the Montbleu Casino.

Page views: 1,476

Originally published: Thursday, Dec. 31

3. Homewood eyes 2017 for ski resort redevelopment after latest court ruling

After being delayed for years due to litigation, construction of the much-fought over Homewood Mountain Resort redevelopment will most likely get under way in 2017 on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.

The information came a week after the California’s Third District Appellate Court ruled in favor of JMA Ventures, owner of Homewood, and Placer County on a majority of challenges presented in a lawsuit filed by the California Clean Energy Committee.

Page views: 1,383

Originally published: Thursday, Dec. 31

4. Q-and-A: Perry Norris talks Truckee Donner Land Trust

From its recent purchase of the historic Black Wall (a 10-acre climbing area on Donner Summit) to its acquisition of Coppins Meadow (a 153-acre parcel 15 miles north of Truckee), the Truckee Donner Land Trust was especially effective in its efforts to preserve and protect the Sierra’s open space in 2015 — a year that also marked the land trust’s 25th anniversary.

At the tail end of 2015, we sat down with TDLT leader Perry Norris to talk about the land trust’s successful year, where it’s at now in preserving the Sierra checkerboard, and what’s on the horizon.

Page views: 1,033

Originally published: Saturday, Dec. 26

5. Squaw-Alpine gondola: Months of work needed for initial project review

The proposal to connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is highlighted by an eight-passenger gondola with a design capacity of roughly 1,400 people per hour in both directions, involving two base stations — one at Squaw and another at Alpine — two mid-point stations and 37 towers.

This is all according to the nine-page document Placer County posted online Dec. 9, giving many residents a glimpse into the project’s very initial stages.

Page views: 999

Originally published: Wednesday, Dec. 30

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