The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Jan. 4-10 | SierraSun.com

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Jan. 4-10

Staff report

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Jan. 4-10 at http://www.sierrasun.com.

1. Truckee man hurt after truck plunges 175 feet off freeway into river

Edward Morrison, 67, who lives in Truckee's Glenshire subdivision, was hospitalized Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, with major injuries after his truck slid off the freeway near the Nevada-California state line and plunged 175 feet below into the Truckee River.

Morrison survived the harrowing fall. He remains hospitalized in Reno, suffering from a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain, several broken ribs and a fractured scapula.

The 31-year Truckee resident reportedly lost control likely due to icy conditions from cold winter storms last week.

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Originally published: Wednesday, Jan. 6

2. Tahoe ski resort chairlift closed after 65-person evacuation scare

According to a statement from Heavenly Mountain Resort on the lake's South Shore, an unoccupied chair fell from the downhill line on the North Bowl chairlift around 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, prompting an indefinite closure of the lift that accesses the upper mountain on the Nevada side of the resort.

While no one was hurt, lift operators immediately stopped the chairlift when the incident occurred, and ski patrol safely unloaded 65 guests using rope-aided evacuation techniques. A cause for the equipment failure has yet to be released.

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Originally published: Monday, Jan. 4

3. 8-year-old girl falls 40 feet from Tahoe ski resort chairlift

An 8-year-old Los Gatos, Calif., girl suffered serious, but not-life-threatening injuries after falling about 40 feet from the Big Blue Express chairlift Saturday, Jan. 3, at Squaw Valley ski resort.

According to the resort, the girl was wearing a helmet at the time of her injury; however, the restraint bar on the chair had not been used at any point during the lift ride. Her mother also was reportedly with her on the lift when she fell.

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Originally published: Monday, Jan. 4

4. Truckee claims ski town of the year honors in Curbed Ski contest

The town of Truckee recently earned the 2015 Curbed Cup Ski Town of the Year award, winning a bracket consisting of 16 of the top ski towns in the nation.

In the social media-driven poll conducted by Curbed Ski, Truckee defeated well-known ski havens Steamboat Springs (Colo.), Whitefish (Mont.) and Crested Butte (Colo.) before edging Sun Valley (Idaho) by 369 votes in the championship round. More than 3,700 votes were cast in the final round.

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Originally published: Thursday, Jan. 7

5. Opinion: We owe an apology to Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada

This opinion piece from the Lake Tahoe Outreach Committee — composed of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and UC Davis-Tahoe Environmental Resource Center — commented on the massive tourism crowds we had in town over the holidays, and how some neglected to clean up after themselves.

"In all the excitement to snow shoe, we left behind more than extra big footprints. In all the excitement to get powder runs, we left behind more than our cars in the parking lots. We left water bottles, broken sleds, trash that blew out of the car, cigarette butts, and beer bottles," the column in part reads. "No one means to trash the area, it is just something that happens when the joy of playing in Tahoe gets in the way."

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Originally published: Thursday, Jan. 7

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 SierraSun.com, or follow the Sierra Sun-North Lake Tahoe Bonanza on Facebook.