The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, March 2-9 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, March 2-9

Skiers and riders ride a lift Feb. 28 at Northstar California.
Courtesy Northstar California |


“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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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Feb. 23 to March 1 at

1. Obituary: Kevin Thomas Murnane

The obituary detailed the life of 44-year-old Kevin Murnane, who died on Feb. 24, surrounded by the forests and meadows that he loved.

Originally published: Thursday, March 5

Page views: 3,507

2. Mountain lion spotted in Sierra wilderness near Truckee

An animal that looked like a mountain lion was photographed by a home owner at the end of Martis Peak Road on Feb. 25.

A few days later, California and Nevada wildlife officials confirmed the cat was a mountain lion, although they were clear to say residents shouldn’t be afraid, as the animals are quiet, solitary and elusive, and they typically avoid people.

Originally published: Tuesday, March 3

Page views: 2,687

3. 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 Feb. 27, and proceeds went to the Murnane family.

Originally published: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Page views: 2,653

4. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe to host summer concert series

Last week, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline announced it will bring an outdoor summer concert series to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore this summer, kicking off in late June with six to eight shows and concluding on Labor Day weekend.

The lineup is currently being developed.

Originally published: Wednesday, March 4

Page views: 1,697

5. Lake Tahoe storm brings 2 feet of snow, cross-country resorts reopen

More than two feet of snow blanketed the region after a storm swept through the Sierra Feb. 27-28, bringing winter back to Lake Tahoe and likely ensuring the 2014-15 ski season will last into spring.

Squaw Valley reported 32 inches, followed by Alpine Meadows with 28 and Diamond Peak and Sugar Bowl each with 24. The storm also allowed some regional cross-country ski resorts to reopen.

Originally published: Sunday, March 1

Page views: 1,356

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