The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Jan. 25-31 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Jan. 25-31

A total of 29 vehicles — 25 cars and 4 semi trucks — were involved in a wreck Sunday afternoon on I-80 near eastern Truckee.
Courtesy CHP |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Jan. 25-31 at

1. 5 hurt, including family of 4, in head-on crash near Lake Tahoe

Five people were hurt — one of whom suffered major injuries and was flown to Reno via Care Flight helicopter — after a head-on crash the morning of Jan. 24 on Highway 267 between Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Maxwell Edward Jones, 19, of Sutter Creek, Calif., was driving a 2002 Subaru at 45 mph at about 6:30 a.m. northbound when, for reasons unknown, he allowed his vehicle to drive into the other lane, crashing head on with a 2014 Lincoln occupied by a family of four from Durham, Calif., which was traveling at 55 mph.

Jones was transported via helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. Two of the family members — Treasa Marie Larrabee, 55, and Eric Larrabee, 52, in the Lincoln — also suffered major injuries and were transported by ground ambulance to Renown. Two 13-year-old children were also in the Lincoln, sitting in the backseat, and suffered minor injuries.

Page views: 1,865

Originally published: Monday, Jan. 25

2. Lake Tahoe weather: More El Niño-influenced storms set for weekend

This story previewed the storm that hammered the region this past weekend with rain and snow thanks to a strengthening El Niño pattern.

As of Monday morning, ski resorts throughout the region reported an average of 1 to 2 feet of snow, although Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe was the big winner, reporting 39 inches of snow from Friday-Saturday-Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, meanwhile, Interstate 80 near the eastern end of Truckee was closed for more than two hours after 25 cars and 4 semi trucks got into a pileup at about 3 p.m. amid snowy conditions near the Hirschdale exit. Vehicles suffered minor damage.

Farther west, flooding in the Yuba River created an ice dam in the afternoon that forced the closure of Soda Springs Road, cutting off several hundred residents of the Serene Lakes community officials said.

No major injuries were reported in the storm that also brought a lot of rain on Friday, enough to fill Lake Tahoe with nearly 8 billion extra gallons of water by Saturday.

Page views: 1,593

Originally published: Friday, Jan. 29

3. Tahoe-area ski resort seeks prosecution against man who triggered avalanche

For the second week in a row, this story makes the list, regarding the possibility that authorities will seek prosecution against Tahoe local Christian Michael Mares, who triggered an avalanche while reportedly skiing in a closed-off area on Jan. 15 at Sugar Bowl Resort.

According to Sugar Bowl, Mares triggered the slide at about 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 15 “after knowingly traversing” into an area of the East Palisades that was closed to the public since the 2010-11 ski season.

Mares — who captured the entire event on video, resulting in a viral YouTube clip — disagrees, telling the Sierra Sun that he spoke with the resort’s ski patrol after the slide to inform them no one was hurt and that he was the only person caught in it, and that the area was not clearly marked as closed.

“No, I didn’t duck any rope — there was no ropes to be ducked,” he told the Sun.

Page views: 1,423

Originally published: Wednesday, Jan. 20

4. Brockway Campground ‘just doesn’t smell right’ with Tahoe residents

At the Jan. 26 Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting in Kings Beach, residents voiced concerns about the Brockway Campground, the 550-max campsite project proposed for a 104-acre parcel located near Brockway Summit, above Kings Beach.

“Brockway Campground … for me it’s a concern about ingress and egress,” said Meera Beser, of Tahoe Vista. “(Highway) 267 can’t handle another car in any direction. … (The proposal is) also too big, and it looks to me like an area plan for a secondary Kings Beach, 20, 25 years down the road. … It just doesn’t smell right.”

According to developer Mountainside Partners, Brockway Campground — progress on which has slowed so it can focus on the nearby Marts Valley West project — would offer families access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities available in the region and range of camping experiences including traditional tents, campers and eco-shelters.

Page views: 1,298

Originally published: Thursday, Jan. 28

5. Girl, 10, hurt after 22-foot fall from Tahoe-area ski resort chairlift

According to Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort near the South Shore, a 10-year-old female skier suffered minor injuries after she fell approximately 22 feet from the Grandview Express quad chairlift around 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 27.

The girl was part of a school group and reportedly accompanied by an adult. Resort officials were investigating the fall, and had yet to determine as of this writing if the chair’s safety bar was down at the time of the incident.

The incident was the second reported chairlift-related fall in January in the Tahoe-Truckee region. An 8-year-old Los Gatos, Calif., girl was injured after she fell roughly 40 feet from the Big Blue Express chairlift at Squaw Valley ski resort on Jan. 2.

Page views: 1,109

Originally published: Thursday, Jan. 28

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