The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, March 23-29 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, March 23-29

This schematic shows a simulation of what the roundabout would look like on the north side of the Highway 89 bypass.
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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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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from March 23-29 at

1. A long view on what the drought means for Tahoe

This guest opinion column from Darcie Goodman Collins, a South Lake Tahoe native and current executive director for the League to Save Lake Tahoe, takes a look at a curious mix of both negative and positive impacts, and asks, “what does the drought mean for our long-term efforts to protect Lake Tahoe?”

Originally published: Tuesday, March 24

Page views: 2,944

2. Gunman on loose after robbing North Tahoe pharmacy; $1,500 reward offered

Authorities are offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a man who robbed the Village Pharmacy in Incline Village at gunpoint Tuesday, March 24.

According to the Washoe County Sheriff’s office, the suspect demanded an unspecified amount of pharmaceutical products before fleeing. No one was hurt in the incident; the suspect remains at large.

Originally published: Tuesday, March 24

Page views: 2,469

3. Will this be Tahoe City’s new look? Fanny Bridge project nears vote

The preferred alternative for the Fanny Bridge/Highway 89 overhaul in Tahoe City proposes a new or rehabilitated bridge over the Truckee River and realigning Highway 89 by adding a two-lane bypass through the 64 Acres lot in National Forest System land.

Further, three new roundabouts are proposed, including one at the “Wye.” Various government agencies are expected to vote to OK the project by the end of April.

Originally published: Thursday, March 26

Page views: 2,078

4. Tahoe parents struggle with delays in trials of murdered son

The parents of murder victim Matthew McMaster, 24, of South Lake Tahoe continue to deal with delays in the cases of two defendants accused of participating in his murder and disposing his body.

The men are being prosecuted for their alleged involvement in the July 2012 murder of McMaster during a physical altercation at the residence he shared with one of the men in Phoenix.

Originally published: Tuesday, March 24

Page views: 920

5. Two wrecks cause injuries, traffic delays

Two vehicle wrecks on Tuesday, March 24, near Tahoe’s South Shore landed two people in the hospital, while another suffered minor injuries.

The first accident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50 near Zephyr Cove, and several lanes were blocked for about 30 minutes. Two people were hospitalized and released by Friday.

The second incident occurred two hours later in the area of Kingsbury Grade Road and Pine Ridge Road. No one was hospitalized.

Originally published: Friday, March 27

Page views: 913

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