The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 1-7 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 1-7

A composite sketch shows one suspect in the Jan. 30 fatal shooting in South Lake Tahoe.
Courtesy South Lake Tahoe Police Department |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Jan. Feb. 1-7 at

1. Sierra storm brings Tahoe snow, flooding, major travel headaches

Mother Nature bore down with a vengeance the weekend of Jan. 29-31 throughout the Reno-Tahoe-Truckee region, bringing feet of snow, inches of rain, flooding and multiple wrecks across the region.

Highlighting the chaos was a 29-vehicle wreck on Jan. 31 on Interstate 80 on the eastern end of Truckee. It included 4 semi-tricks and 25 cars, and 44 people were involved, with no significant injuries.

Page views: 3,145

Originally published: Monday, Feb. 1

2. Botched drug deal at Lake Tahoe leads to fatal shooting

A 40-year-old Amador County resident was killed Jan. 30 after being shot in the chest during a suspected drug deal gone wrong at a South Lake Tahoe hotel.

Dennis Michael Wright Jr. was pronounced dead at Barton Memorial Hospital after he was shot in the chest during a failed attempt to sell 100 pounds of marijuana. Two suspects remain at large.

Page views: 1,421

Originally published: Monday, Feb. 1

3. Lake Tahoe ski resort banning sale of plastic water bottles

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows will stop selling single-use plastic water bottles in an effort to reduce waste and serve as stewards of the environment.

As part of the resort’s “Drink Mountain Tap” program, since the start of the season, all bottled water has been removed from Squaw-Alpine owned and operated venues, except for Starbucks due to contractual obligations.

Visit to learn more.

Page views: 1,324

Originally published: Tuesday, Feb. 2

4. Opinion: Tahoe’s problem is subpar housing, not enough living-wage jobs

This opinion column from Heidi Hill Drum, executive director of the Tahoe Prosperity Center, discussed how too many local families are living in motels at Lake, which is not a suitable home.

“A primary reason residents are living in subpar housing is that Tahoe does not offer enough living-wage jobs; and, our housing costs are very high,” she writes.

Page views: 1,109

Originally published: Sunday, Jan. 31

5. Lake Tahoe home decor: ‘Mountain modern’ designs see growth

This home renovation article from Talie Jane, owner and principal designer at Talie Jane Interiors, discusses how the “mountain modern” style of decorating is rapidly emerging at Lake Tahoe-Truckee.

With developments at Martis Camp near Truckee and Edgewood and Zalanta near the South Shore, Lake Tahoe is becoming the quintessential mountain-modern hotspot.

Page views: 954

Originally published: Monday, Feb. 1

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