The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Sept. 28-Oct.4 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Sept. 28-Oct.4

Erik Lars Roner is pictured here recently with his wife, Annika, and two young children, Oskar, 5, and Kasper, 17 months.
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“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.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Sept. 28-Oct. 4 at

1. Nitro Circus star, Squaw Valley local Erik Roner dead after parachute accident near Lake Tahoe

This web-only story reported the death of BASE jumping pioneer and Nitro Circus cast member Erik Roner, of Tahoe City, after a skydiving accident Sept. 28 near Squaw Valley ski resort.

Roner reportedly struck a tree on his descent as part of a four-man parachute team to open the fourth annual Squaw Valley Institute Celebrity Golf Tournament. He was entangled high in the tree; rescuers pronounced Roner dead at the scene after removing him.

Page views: 25,128

Originally published: Monday, Sept. 28

2. Erik Roner remembered as a great family man with ‘a wonderful love for life’

Friends, family, celebrities and more last week mourned the loss of Erik Roner, the professional skier known for being a family man and helping lay the foundation of what ski BASE jumping has become today.

Roner, who grew up in Marin County and lived in Tahoe City, was 39. He is immediately survived by his wife, Annika, and two children — son, Oskar, 5, and daughter, Kasper, 17 months.

Page views: 2,003

Originally published: Tuesday, Sept. 29

3. Long-standing Tahoe motel razed; townhouse development to replace it

On Sept. 25, the Sun ‘n’ Sand Lodge — located between the North Tahoe Event Center and Steamers Beach Side Bar and Oven — in Kings Beach was demolished so construction could begin on a private development.

Serving as the first privately funded project since the start of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, the development will consist of 10 single-family townhomes, replacing the motel that was first built in 1951.

Page views: 1,046

Originally published: Thursday, Oct. 1

4. Travis Pastrana: Erik Roner ‘had a group of people who always wanted to be around him’

Erik Roner’s tragic passing was the major topic of local news last week. The night after he died, the Sierra Sun spoke with Nitro Circus founder and Motocross legend Travis Pastrana, who spoke fondly of Roner as a great and humble father and friend who “had a group of people who always wanted to be around him.”

Page views: 978

Originally published: Tuesday, Sept. 29

5. Multiple big rig wreck at Donner Summit closes eastbound Interstate 80

This web-only story reported on a wreck involving five big rigs that closed eastbound Interstate 80 in the Castle Peak area for several hours the morning of Oct. 1.

There were no fatalities, but one truck driver was reportedly airlifted to a regional hospital. It took several hours for the lane to be cleared for through traffic. The incident occurred the morning after a different big-rig wreck snarled traffic on I-80 the evening of Sept. 30.

Page views: 898

Originally published: Thursday, Oct. 1

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