The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, June 22-28 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, June 22-28

The women's field in the 17 to 18 age group crosses under Interstate 80 on their way from Loyalton to Northstar. One racer in the background waits for a support vehicle with a flat tire.
Courtesy Greyson Howard |

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“On the web” 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 , or follow the Sierra Sun-North Lake Tahoe Bonanza on Facebook.

Below is a recap of the top stories from June 22-28 at

1. Truckee mom uses son’s memorial fund to support mental health awareness

This heartfelt story focused on Truckee resident Diana Bell-Curtis, who helped launch Clay’s Fund — which stands for Compassion, Love, Awareness and Your life matters — two years ago in an effort to bring awareness to mental health and teach people that we all exist for a reason.

The fund was created in memory of her son, Robert Clayton McDonnell Jr., who took his own life on Jan. 27, 2013, two days after his 23rd birthday.

Originally published: Tuesday, June 23

2. USA cycling championships to cause delays, road closures at Truckee-Tahoe

The USA Cycling Amateur National Championships hit the Tahoe-Truckee area last week, creating both exciting racing with some of the nation’s best young road cyclists — and also some significant traffic delays and impacts to accommodate the milt-day, multi-community event.

Originally published: Monday, June 22

3. 10-member family escapes North Lake Tahoe house fire unharmed

Amid wildfire-ripe conditions, North Lake Tahoe fire crews put out a fire on June 21 that seriously damaged a single-family home and displaced the 10 occupants inside.

None of the 10 family members inside were hurt. The home just off Highway 28 at Pinion Drive is a second home owned by residents in the San Francisco Bay Area.

While it took several hours before the accidental electrical fire was put out due to hotspots, no surrounding vegetation was threatened.

Originally published: Sunday, June 21

4. Washington Fire near Lake Tahoe now up to 16,544 acres (updated)

The Sun’s online-only coverage last week included several updates regarding the Washington fire’s growth several miles southeast of Lake Tahoe, as well as its threat to the town of Markleeville.

Crews have since gained ground on the blaze, which has cost several million dollars to fight and was almost 50 percent contained as of Tuesday.

Originally published: Tuesday, June 23

5. ‘Huge undertaking’ in highway overhaul this week in Kings Beach

In an effort to wrap construction along a 1-mile stretch of Highway 28 at North Lake Tahoe before the Fourth of July, work crews planned heavy work last week to repave the eastern portion of the highway.

Officials called it a “huge undertaking” that will likely cause traffic delays. Further, up until July 2, crews will complete as many sidewalk improvements as possible on the south side of Highway 28 between Coon Street and the Minnow Avenue parking lot.

Originally published: Monday, June 22

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