The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Jan. 11-17 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Jan. 11-17

Tony Lashbrook points out the location for the Truckee Railyard project on the eastern end of downtown Truckee.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Jan. 11-17 at

1. Search continues for skier, 23, missing since Thursday at Sierra resort

As of this writing, the search continues for 23-year-old Carson May, who was last seen Thursday afternoon at Sugar Bowl Resort at Donner Summit.

Officials said May, who works at Sugar Bowl’s Mountain Sports Learning Center as a ski school instructor, got lost while skiing. He was reportedly not working at the time of his disappearance.

More than 50 people from across the greater Truckee-Tahoe region from both states and multiple counties have joined the search, which has been hampered with poor weather and avalanche conditions.

Page views: 3,984

Originally published: Saturday, Jan. 16

2. Lake Tahoe weather: Another 12 feet of snow recorded as MLK weekend begins

Residents and visitors awoke Friday morning to a fresh layer of new snow thanks to a storm last Thursday, Jan. 14, that dumped anywhere from 1 to 2 feet of the white stuff at various elevations throughout the Truckee-Tahoe region.

Many rather forecasters attributed the storm to strengthening El Niño conditions, and the fresh snow appeared to set the region up for prime skiing conditions for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend — although rain storms on Saturday and Sunday would dampen the fun.

Page views: 3,104

Originally published: Friday, Jan. 15

3. Truckee Town Manager: ‘Housing crisis’ a major concern heading into 2016

The Sierra Sun conducted an interview last week with Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook, who spoke at length about a variety of issues currently facing the town, as well as those the town expects to work with and around in the coming few years.

A major “housing crisis” in the town is a big concern, Lashbrook said, among other things.

“I think our biggest challenge is maintaining this is a real town, and I think that’s probably the biggest challenge within that challenge — to make sure we continue to have housing available that would support our local workforce, so everyone’s not commuting from Reno,” he said.

Page views: 1,974

Originally published: Tuesday, Jan. 12

4. NorCal man, 65, faces attempted murder charge after I-80 shooting incident

Harris Maynard Riddle, 65, of Stockton, Calif., was arrested Jan. 10 after authorities say he shot a woman during a domestic dispute on Interstate 80 near Truckee.

Riddle reportedly fired several shots from a 9mm pistol into the body of a parked vehicle on I-80 within the Donner Lake Vista Point near the Donner Lake exit in Truckee, and one of the rounds struck the female occupant in the leg.

Riddle was arrested on suspicion of a pair of felony weapons charges and a charge of attempted murder, according to CHP. The woman was reportedly treated and released from Tahoe Forest Hospital for a single gunshot wound to the leg.

Page views: 1,511

Originally published: Monday, Jan. 11

5. Truckee businesses donate free Jeep to local mother in need

On Jan. 7, Tahoe Vista resident and mother, Kara Fox, was given a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, as part of a partnership among The Auto & Tire Doctor, Auto Glass Express and High Sierra Cruisers.

The business collaborated to give away the vehicle to a local family in need. After more than 50 nominations, the businesses announced Fox was chosen as the winner.

She received the Jeep, which had a trunk full of groceries donated by one of the Auto Doctor’s caring customers, and a full year of AAA membership, generously donated by the local AAA office.

Page views: 984

Originally published: Thursday, Jan. 14

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