The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Oct. 25-Nov. 1 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Oct. 25-Nov. 1

Staff report
Pumps drain water that has been illegally collecting behind Van Norden Dam.
Courtesy George Lamson |

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Oct. 25 – Nov. 1 at

1. Crews put out fire in North Lake Tahoe commercial building

Regional fire crews worked together to put out a fire the evening of Oct. 24 at a commercial building in Kings Beach.

North Tahoe Fire Protection District and other crews quickly contained the fire to a 500-square-foot studio business inside the building at 8465 Speckled Ave., near the intersection of Bear Street in Kings Beach, located high up in The Grid neighborhood. No one was hurt.

Originally published: Sunday, Oct. 25

2. Water to be released from Donner Summit dam, per California law

Water that has been allowed to illegally collect within the reservoir known as Van Norden Lake near Donner Summit will begin immediate draining to comply with California law and to address public safety requirements.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust vetted a number of options before deciding to drain the lake, said John Svahn, a spokesman with the land trust.

Originally published: Monday, Oct. 26

3. Dozens of North Lake Tahoe street lights to be turned off

After decades of covering the cost to illuminate several communities at night, the North Tahoe Public Utility District recently decided it’s time for lights out.

Earlier in October in a 5-0 vote, the PUD board of directors ruled that the district should no longer pay to light 96 street lights located between Dollar Hill and Crystal Bay. Placer County will take over ownership of 57 lights, meaning 39 will fade away.

Page views: 589

Originally published: Thursday, Oct. 29

4. Opinion: Setting the record straight regarding Martis Valley

This guest column from Alexis Ollar and Tom Mooers, of Mountain Area Preservation and Sierra Watch, respectively, criticizes a column penned a week earlier by Blake Riva of Mountainside Partners titled, ““What lies ahead for Martis Valley West Project?”

Ollar and Mooers opine that Riva’s column implies that the “Martis Valley Opportunity” and the “Martis Valley West Project” are the same thing, when they are not.

Originally published: Monday, Oct. 26

5. Truckee Police Log: Officers discover woman ‘wandering in forest’ alone

The following was among several entries in the Truckee Police Department’s press log for Oct. 13-20: “Oct. 17: A woman found reportedly ‘wandering in the forest’ by police around 1:57 p.m. was cited for an out-of-county warrant.”

Originally published: Friday, Oct. 29

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