The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, May 4-10 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, May 4-10

An image of Everest Base Camp from a previous Tusker Trail Adventures-led trek. The locallay led expedition there in late April occurred when the 7.8 earthquake struck in Nepal.
Courtesy Tusker Trail Adventures |


“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 May 4-10 at

1. Hundreds evacuated after MontBleu fire

About 500 people were evacuated from MontBleu casino at Stateline on Tahoe’s South Shore the afternoon of May 5 following a kitchen fire. Flames reached approximately four feet and enveloped about an eight-foot area as smoke rose to the 10th or 11th floor. Two people were hospitalized. Those evacuated were able to re-enter the building after about 20 minutes, according to the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District.

Originally published: Wednesday, May 6

Page Views: 2,598

2. $500 million Lake Tahoe ski resort redevelopment won’t break ground in ‘15

Despite settling a lawsuit in January 2014, JMA Ventures, owners of Homewood Mountain Resort on the West Shore, is unable to put a shovel in the ground for this year’s construction season at Tahoe, due to a second, lesser-known lawsuit, which is still tied up in court. JMA officials hope to get the $500 million redevelopment project started in May 2016.

Originally published: Tuesday, May 5

Page Views: 2,074

3. Nepal earthquake: Tahoe-led trekking group was on Mount Everest when everything ‘happened so quickly’

This article featured the story of Truckee resident Melissa “Mel” Kaida, a guide with Incline Village-based Tusker Trail, and how she and two fellow guides and their 14-member trekking group were on their way to Mount Everest Base Camp shortly after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on April 25 in Nepal.

Originally published: Wednesday, May 6

Page Views: 1,773

4. Climate change, corporate investment part of new era of ski business at Tahoe

This story served as snapshot of the current ski industry at Lake Tahoe, which some say is now being controlled by corporations like Vail Resorts and KSL Capital Partners and their multimillion-dollar investments, coupled with battling the drought and impacts of climate change.

Originally published: Friday, May 8

Page Views: 1,128

5. Tahoe native, FDNY firefighter heads to Nepal to aid earthquake survivors

This article shared the story of Jake Dutton, a 29-year-old Tahoe native who’s become New York City firefighter and recently set out to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal, by way of his work with the group NYC Medics.

Originally published: Tuesday, May 5

Page Views: 1,089

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