The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Nov. 9-15 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Nov. 9-15

Staff report
Squaw Valley, seen the morning of Nov. 9, after a fresh coat of light snow fell on the ski area.
Courtesy Squaw Valley |

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



This story has been updated from a previous version to correctly reflect in the photo caption that the shot is of Squaw Valley. It’s not an image of Alpine Meadows, as was previously reported. The Sierra Sun regrets the error.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Nov. 9-15 at

1. Lake Tahoe weather: Foot of snow possible; advisory until Tuesday morning

This web-only story relayed the National Weather Service’s forecast for the early part of last week, when up to a foot of snow fell at some higher elevation areas around the region by Nov. 10, marking the second storm in as many weeks to occur on a Sunday-Monday to start November.

Page views: 1,236

Originally published: Sunday, Nov. 8

2. Bear cub looking for food starts fire inside Lake Tahoe home

A Lake Tahoe bear cub escaped unharmed after igniting a fire in a vacant West Shore house last Thursday evening in attempt to reach food, an official said.

Entering through a partially open window, the cub reportedly climbed onto the stove, inadvertently turning on a burner and igniting material around it. No one was in the home at the time, and the cub and its sow were not hurt.

Page views: 1,112

Originally published: Friday, Nov. 13

3. Opinion: We are vehemently opposed to medical pot businesses in Incline Village

The Rev. Bill Nadeau, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Incline Village, penned a opinion piece that published online only last week. In it, he strongly opposes the potential of marijuana dispensaries opening in Incline Village, on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.

“We are playing Russian roulette with our children and giving them extra bullets if we allow marijuana to be so easily accessible and sold under the pretense that is medical marijuana,” he writes.

Page views: 1,093

Originally published: Tuesday, Nov. 10

4. Lake Tahoe skiing: Alpine Meadows to open Thursday; Squaw on Saturday

After last week’s storm brought another foot or snow to high elevations across the region, several Tahoe-area ski resorts reported they would open earlier than expected, including a Nov. 12 opening for Alpine Meadows, a month earlier than scheduled and its earliest opening in 11 years.

Page views: 892

Originally published: Monday, Nov. 9

5. Father-daughter partnership leads to great success for Tahoe Dog Gear

Last week’s Meet Your Merchant business feature was on Michaela Welch, the 19-year-old Truckee High School graduate who, along with her father, Mike Welch, is co-owner and the creative force behind Tahoe Dog Gear — a lifestyle brand that offers locally made, durable, and polyester-based leashes and collars.

The fact Michaela lives with cerebral palsy makes the story that much more inspiring.

Page views: 765

Originally published: Tuesday, Nov. 10

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