The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, July 27 to Aug. 2 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, July 27 to Aug. 2

A North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District firefighter works on a prescribed burn in 2007. Officials warn that more prescribed burns are needed at higher elevations as the Sierra Nevada continues to evolve toward a warmer climate.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from July 27 to Aug. 2 at

1. High-elevation fires prompting change in Sierra Nevada forest management

California’s drought and general warming trend are creating an environment well suited for fires to encroach upon higher-elevation forest environments that historically seldom burned, a new study reports.

The study asserts the changing ecosystem is putting the Sierra Nevada in particular danger, due in large part to climate change, forest-management practices and elements often associated with drought impact.

Originally published: Monday, July 29

2. Once in a blue moon: Kayak tour Friday night on Lake Tahoe

The rising of a blue moon is a rare event that reportedly happens only about every two and a half years, in calendar months exceeding 29.5 days. That was the case for July 2015 — the first full moon last month was July 1, and the second shone above the region on Friday, July 31, when a full moon kayak tour was offered.

The expression “once in a blue moon” was first noted back in 1821 and refers to occurrences that are uncommon, though not truly rare, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

Originally published: Sunday, July 26

3. Going Tahoe streaking: A look at the history behind some of the lake’s naturist-friendly beaches

Tahoe’s remote east shore beaches have been a favorite hang-out for naturists for more than 75 years. With an enticing combination of granite boulders, soft white sand, the meeting of emerald green and deep blue waters, and an off-the-beaten-track location, some of these lovely little beaches are where one can recreate in the nude.

Originally published: Friday, July 24

4. Increasing evaporation influencing historic changes at Lake Tahoe

This story dove deeper into the 2014 State of the Lake report, commenting that while Tahoe’s water level continues to drop due to a number of factors, it’s actually helping improve clarity, which is the best its been in more than a decade.

However, evaporation caused the largest loss of water from Lake Tahoe in 2014. By the end of the year, 52 inches of water had evaporated from the lake.

Originally published: Saturday, July 25

5. Human remains found near Lake Tahoe identified as Reno man

More than a year after human remains were found by a member of an inmate work crew near Spooner Summit, the victim was identified recently as Reno resident Ryan Wallace Osburn, 32.

Osburn was killed by a single self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said, and his remains were found on June 23, 2014, about 300 yards north of Highway 50 near the top of Spooner Summit, between the Tahoe Rim Trail and Kings Canyon Road.

Originally published: Saturday, July 25

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