The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 15-21 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 15-21

A solid foot or snow greeted residents at lake level not long after dawn on Feb. 18, as seen here in Homewood on Tahoe's West Shore.
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“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, or follow the Sierra Sun-North Lake Tahoe Bonanza on Facebook.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Jan. Feb. 15-21 at

1. Lake Tahoe weather: 2 feet of snow wallops Sierra, avalanche closes Alpine Meadows Road

This web-only story included several updates throughout the morning and day of last week’s snowstorm overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning that dumped more than 2 feet of snow up top, and a solid foot or more at lake and ground level.

The storm triggered natural avalanche activity near Alpine Meadows ski resort, forcing the closure of the resort all day, and Alpine Meadows Road for several hours after two slides hit a car and bus, and damaging one home. No injuries were reported.

Page views: 5,310

Originally published: Thursday, Feb. 18

2. Tahoe City man, 31, killed in DUI wreck; driver to be charged with murder

Patrick D. Elliott, 28, of Pike, Calif., was charged with felony DUI and second-degree murder in connection with a single-vehicle wreck Jan. 13 on Highway 49 in Yuba County.

Of the two passengers in the truck Elliott drove, Nathan Boyd, 31, of Tahoe City, died in the crash. The other passenger wasn’t hurt. Visit to donate to Boyd’s family.

Page views: 4,812

Originally published: Monday, Feb. 15

3. Two arrested on murder suspicion in fatal Tahoe shooting

Police last week arrested two men they believe were involved in the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old Amador County man in South Lake Tahoe on Jan. 30.

Tristan Batten, 18, and Harvest Davidson, 20 — arrested in Vallejo and Sacramento, Calif., respectively — have been charged with one count of murder; police say other suspects are still being sought.

Page views: 1,793

Originally published: Wednesday, Feb. 17

4. Woman, 77, killed after skiing into tree at Lake Tahoe resort

Kathryn Strangman, 77, of Madison, Wis., died from injuries suffered after skiing into a tree on Feb. 16 at Heavenly Mountain Resort at the intersection of Crossover and Comet ski runs, high on the Nevada side of the South Tahoe resort.

Both runs are intermediate level blue slopes. Officials deemed the incident “an unfortunate accident.”

Page views: 1,620

Originally published: Wednesday, Feb. 17

5. Lake Tahoe weather: 12 to 20 inches of snow possible by Thursday morning

This web-only story served as a preview of last week’s winter storm. While initial forecasts called for a storm watch, and then a warning, with 12 to 20 inches of snow possible, the storm ended up dumping roughly 30 inches in some locations.

Page views: 1,512

Originally published: Tuesday, Feb. 16

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