The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 23 to March 1 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Feb. 23 to March 1

Cristal Gomez is pictured with her dog Luna. The miniature schnauzer had to be euthanized after two loose dogs attacked it during a daily walk in South Lake Tahoe.
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“The top five online” is a weekly report of the top five stories the previous week at, in terms of overall page views and reader interest as shared through social media.

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Below is a recap of the top stories from Feb. 23 to March 1 at

1. Tahoe’s Kevin Murnane remembered for vast community support

Tahoe City resident Kevin Murnane, who operated Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area since 2000, died Feb. 24. He was 44.

Residents and business owners quickly pulled together to rally around his wife, Valli, and a fundraiser originally set to benefit Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships was instead rescheduled for Friday night, with proceeds going to the Murnane family.

Originally published: Wednesday, Feb. 25

Page views: 16,534

2. SLT family calls for responsible pet owners after dog death

A South Tahoe family spoke about the recent death of their miniature schnauzer dog, “Luna,” to an attack by two pitbulls that were roaming free.

The family said they don’t blame the pitbull breed, but that they want pet owners in general to be more responsible with oversight of animals. According to El Dorado County Animal Services, the owner of the attacking dogs surrendered them for quarantine.

Originally published: Tuesday, Feb. 24

Page views: 4,106

3. Opinion: Concerned with comments about Tahoe’s poor snow conditions

JT Thompson, the new tourism director for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, wrote a My Turn column about his perception that locals are sending the wrong message about the dry winter.

“As a local, it’s our obligation to share the culture and beauty of North Tahoe that we all love,” he wrote. “It’s times like these where we need to be more concerned with our comments. Our current visitors are either going to go home telling all their friends what a great time they had, or how bad the conditions were because that is what they kept hearing throughout their stay — from the locals.”

Originally published: Tuesday, Feb. 24

Page views: 1,796

4. Battle over Lake Tahoe bears gets ugly; lawsuit cites death threats

A Incline Village woman recently filed a lawsuit against the Homewood-based BEAR League after she said she got death threats for reporting in 2013 an aggressive black bear to Nevada authorities, who then killed the animal.

The suit seeks up to $50,000 in damages from the nonprofit group and its founder, Ann Bryant.

The league, however, argues any damages the couple suffered were due, at least in part, to their “own negligence,” and that statements made were by people not associated with the group. Further, since statements are opinions, they’re protected by the First Amendment, and thus are not libelous.

Originally published: Sunday, Feb. 22

Page views: 1,775

5. Sierra Sun editorial: Community grows strong in Tahoe City

Last week’s Sierra Sun editorial (all editorials are the opinion of the Sierra Sun editorial staff) commented on the tragic passing of Kevin Murnane, reflecting on the loss of a neighbor and business partner, while also thanking the many Tahoe City and North Shore people and organizations who interrupted their lives to give back to the family.

Originally published: Thursday, Feb. 26

Page views: 1,661

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