The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, March 9-15 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, March 9-15

Howard Hughes' former cabin's location in Crystal Bay affords majestic views of Lake Tahoe.
Courtesy Eric Jarvis |


“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 March 9-15 at

1. Tahoe man killed in apparent DUI wreck; driver held on $250K bail

Daniel Koenig, 24, of Tahoe City was killed in a single vehicle accident at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, March 7, on Highway 28 in Carnelian Bay.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver — Kelley Robert Smith, 23, of Tahoe City — lost control of the car “for reasons related to (his) intoxication.” Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty at his March 10 arraignment and remains in jail on $250,000 bail.

Originally published: Monday, March 9

Page views: 12,023

2. 13 Tahoe-Truckee major roadwork projects planned this year

Caltrans has plans to work on 13 major roadway projects around Lake Tahoe this summer. While construction season within the basin is typically between May 1 and Oct. 15, one or more projects may start next month, weather permitting.

Steve Nelson, Caltrans District 3 public information officer, said it will “be the busiest season of construction in the Tahoe Basin” in several years.

Originally published: Thursday, March 12

Page views: 1,726

3. Howard Hughes’ former Lake Tahoe home nabs HGTV Award

Summertide, the Crystal Bay cabin formerly owned by Howard Hughes and currently listed by Chase International for $19.5 million, received the most online votes in HGTV’s 2014 Doory Awards, in the Celebrity Homes category. The month-long contest on HGTV’s attracted nearly 50 million views.

Originally published: Wednesday, March 11

Page views: 1,603

4. Body found of Carson City man, 62, last seen at North Lake Tahoe

Hikers found the body of Bruce Hutter inside a car on Kings Canyon Road near Spooner Summit at 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

The 62-year-old Carson City man was reported as a missing person since Feb. 25. He was last heard from on Feb. 17 when he called AAA asking for a jump on his white 2005 Dodge Neon in Incline Village. Authorities said no obvious signs of death were discovered, and the cause of death is pending results of an autopsy.

Originally published: Monday, March 9

Page views: 1,487

5. Tahoe firefighter’s journey to recover from GBS

Christmas Valley resident Kyle Van Mouwerik, a fire fighter with the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, was diagnosed in 2013 with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder that afflicts about one in 100,000 people and occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system.

He was paralyzed, but has since made a miraculous recovery and just last month was able to run for the first time in nearly two years.

Originally published: Friday, March 13

Page views: 1,277

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