The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 8-14 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 8-14

Staff report
For the first time, Homewood Mountain Resort is offering advanced skiers and snowboarders access to its backcountry terrain with snowcat tours.
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Editor’s note

“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. 8-14 at

1. Lake Tahoe weather: Warm, dry spell not a cause for snowpack concern yet

While temperatures around the Tahoe Basin have at times reached 15 degrees above average the past several days, meteorologists and water resource officials say it’s not yet a cause for concern when it comes to the snowpack.

“February is climatologically our best month for accumulation,” Reno National Weather Service meteorologist Justin Norman said. “… It’s not uncommon to have a dry spell.”

Page views: 1,982

Originally published: Wednesday, Feb. 10

2. Lake Tahoe resort launches long-awaited snowcat tours for powder hounds

Homewood Mountain Resort on the West Shore resort launched its Homewood Snowcat Adventures this month.

From the top of Ellis Peak, just above the resort’s traditional ski area boundary, the snowcat tours will prowl more than 750 acres of backcountry terrain, where tree runs, steeps, glades and bowls await groups of powder hounds.

Page views: 1,489

Originally published: Friday Feb. 6

3. Aspen man charged with felony assault for pushing snowboarder off chairlift

A 31-year-old Aspen man who threw a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands nearly a month ago was charged and arrested Feb. 11 before appearing in District Court in Aspen.

Thomas Proesel, who reportedly suffers from a serious mental illness, was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Proesel’s father and uncle attended last week’s court hearing and were set to post a $10,000 bond at the Pitkin County Jail, then drive Proesel to a residential treatment facility in Tennessee.

Page views: 1,110

Originally published: Saturday, Feb. 13

4. On heels of Uber, Lyft ridesharing service launches at Tahoe-Truckee

The ridesharing company Lyft — whose drivers are identified by a 5-inch-long pink “glowstache” adorning the grill of their vehicles — announced recently its service is now available throughout Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

The company’s launch at Tahoe comes less than two months after ridesharing competitor Uber revved up its services in the region.

Page views: 1,065

Originally published: Monday, Feb. 8

5. Narcotics arrest connected to fatal Lake Tahoe shooting

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 2 arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with a narcotics investigation associated with a fatal shooting in South Lake Tahoe last month.

Authorities arrested Tevaraz Lopez, of Georgetown, Calif., on multiple drug charges, weapons charges and probation violations in Georgetown.

To be clear, Lopez is suspected in the narcotics investigation associated with the Jan. 30 fatal shooting of 40-year-old Dennis Wright Jr. in South Lake Tahoe. He is reportedly not a suspect in the homicide.

Page views: 901

Originally published: Friday, Feb. 12

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