The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, July 13-19 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, July 13-19

A man was identified as the person who shot and killed a bear in South Lake Tahoe.
Photo by Toogee Sielsch |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from July 13-19 at

1. Lake Tahoe neighborhood ‘angry and horrified’ with bear’s fatal shooting

When news surfaced late last week of a bear being shot to death in South Lake Tahoe, information quickly spread on social media.

The BEAR League created an account for a reward in the event a tip led to the conviction of a suspect responsible for the shooting, which apparently occurred near Pioneer Trail.

“The neighborhood is angry and horrified that this could happen in their neighborhoods and upsetting to people who appreciate nature that someone could do this,” Bryant said in this web-only story.

Originally published: Monday, July 13

2. $8 million grant to kick-start multi-acre Truckee Railyard development

In late June, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded the multi-acre Truckee Railyard development project an $8 million grant, bringing its total secured funding to $14 million.

Funds will be used to install infrastructure at the site located immediately east of the town’s Commercial Row. That work is estimated to cost $15 million to $20 million.

Preparation work is anticipated to start later this summer or early fall, with construction eyed for spring 2016.

Originally published: Thursday, July 9

3. Lake Tahoe man who shot, killed bear says he did so in self-defense

In a follow-up story to Monday’s report of the dead bear, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy said a man had been identified as the shooter.

His name has not been released because the bear’s death is under investigation, and the man hasn’t been cited. Further, according to fish and Wildlife, the man the bear’s shooting was an act of self-defense, after he reportedly said the bear had been inside his garage.

Due to the man being identified, the BEAR League pulled its account offering a reward.

Originally published: Tuesday, July 14

4. Strengthening El Niño impacts on Lake Tahoe region: too fickle to predict

A July report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service indicates a significant increase in Pacific surface water temperatures and strengthening equatorial westerly winds reflect an ongoing and strengthening El Niño.

However, meteorologists say it’s tough to predict whether or not the weather system will directly translate into a large snowpack for the Tahoe region, which has endured four straight dry winters.

Originally published: Thursday, July 16

5. Opinion: Tune out schoolyard shouts, focus on Squaw Valley project impacts

A guest column from Tom Mooers of Sierra Watch discussed criticism of the proposed expansion and Squaw Valley and the negative impacts it may have on the environment, while encouraging people to make their voice heard.

“Hopefully you can tune out the schoolyard shouts and misguided mudslinging to let Placer County know how you feel about what really matters to Squaw, to Tahoe, to you — and write a letter,” Mooers wrote.

Originally published: Tuesday, July 14

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