The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Sept. 7-13 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Sept. 7-13

The view from the shores of Donner Lake in Truckee on Sunday morning — clear one minute, and then the wind shifted.
Courtesy Doug Oblak |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Sept. 7-13 at

1. Opinion: The Highway 28 debacle in Kings Beach

This letter to the editor from Robert Crisit of Tahoe Vista criticized the recent Core Improvement Project work in Kings Beach, saying the highway overhaul should receive “a failing grade.”

“Placer County Public Works may be happy with the project; however, taxpayers footing the bill and drivers locked in traffic may opine differently,” he wrote.

Originally published: Thursday, Sept. 10

2. Truckee-Tahoe air filled with smoke from 65,000-acre Butte Fire

Air quality in the Truckee-Tahoe area on Saturday and Sunday was unhealthy in many locations, according to officials, due to smoke billowing in the region from the Butte Fire in Amador County.

Monday also was quite smoky, although skies cleared Tuesday. Residents should limit outdoor activity whenever smoke makes for unhealthy air in the region.

Originally published: Sunday, Sept. 13

3. $10 million grant secured for upgrade to Old Highway 40 at Donner Summit

Nevada County officials recently secured a $9.9 million grant to begin design on a major project to upgrade the 6.5-mile stretch of Donner Pass Road at Donner Summit and winding down to Donner Lake known as Old Highway 40, from Interstate 80 to Truckee town limits.

Construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2019, with design work beginning next year.

Originally published: Thursday, Sept. 10

4. Opinion: Lake Tahoe national park only option to save us from development

This guest column from Incline Village resident Sid Bekowich opined on proposed development projects, highlighted by Mountainside Partners’ idea for a 550-unit campground above Lake Tahoe on the ridge line near Kings Beach.

“For those who wish to preserve Lake Tahoe for future generations, the only viable option is to make the Lake Tahoe area a national park,” Bekowich wrote.

Originally published: Wednesday, Sept. 9

5. 10,000-acre forest deal near Lake Tahoe to aid in drought studies

The Nature Conservancy in August partnered with the American River Conservancy and Northern Sierra Partnership to buy a 10,000-acre swatch of land for $10.1 million.

The deal will forever preserve the forest and watershed lands, while also providing the groups and scientists an opportunity to help provide solutions to California’s persisting drought and wildfire epidemic.

Originally published: Friday, Sept. 11

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