The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, June 29-July 5 | SierraSun.com

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, June 29-July 5

Staff report

The Stateline Fire Lookout provides stellar views of Lake Tahoe, and the cost of admission is only a short hike.

Below is a recap of the top stories from June 29 to July 5 at http://www.sierrasun.com.

1. Opinion: Truckee Thursdays no longer family friendly

This My Turn opinion column from Truckee resident Aaron Sturm expressed dismay at new rules this summer for the popular Truckee Thursdays event, mainly that only people 21 and older may enter the beer garden, which happens to be where the dance area is for live music.

"This seems to be a case of how policies are sometimes created without justification or logic. I would love to see data that support not allowing families to enter the beer garden," Sturm wrote, among other criticisms.

Originally published: Monday, June 29

2. Heavy criticism into massive Tahoe-area ski expansion proposal continues

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Amid future environmental concerns for the Lake Tahoe region, several residents — as well as representatives for Sierra Watch — are calling for another scale-downed version of the multi-acre development proposal for the Village at Squaw Valley.

Many of the comments uttered to the Placer County Board of Supervisors at a June 25 hearing were critical of the project and Squaw Valley, which hopes to develop a year-round destination resort that is on par with other world-class North American ski destinations.

Originally published: Tuesday, June 30

3. Truckee brewery approved amid concerns of business non-compliance

Truckee Town Council recently approved FiftyFifty's new brewing project on West River Street. However, before work can begin, property owners must work with the town to perform an audit on other businesses that exist on the parcel to determine which ones are up to code.

The issue goes back at least 30 years, said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook, and concerns both legal and illegal nonconforming businesses that have been allowed to operate without reform on the parcel.

Originally published: Tuesday, June 30

4. Truckee parade, Donner Lake fireworks part of festive Fourth

This article served as a preview for various Fourth of July events planned for the Truckee area this past weekend, including a preview of Saturday's parade in downtown and information on the all-day party and nighttime fireworks display at West End Beach on Donner Lake.

Originally published: Monday, June 29

5. The history behind one of Lake Tahoe's most popular — and easy — hikes

This feature story detailed the views and history that stem from the Stateline Fire Lookout hike on Lake Tahoe's North Shore.

It's a short quarter-mile walk up a moderate grade to the overlook in Crystal Bay on a paved maintenance road that offers expansive views down the length of Lake Tahoe. There are also loop trails with informative plaques loaded with facts about the Tahoe forest.

Originally published: Wednesday, July 1

Editor’s Note

“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 http://www.sierrasun.com , or follow the Sierra Sun-North Lake Tahoe Bonanza on Facebook.