The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, week of Feb. 16-22 |

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, week of Feb. 16-22

On Feb. 6, high winds associated with an Atmospheric River — known locally as a Pineapple Express storm — generated huge waves on Lake Tahoe, seen here at Tahoe Vista, one of many interesting weather trends so far this winter.
Courtesy Mark McLaughlin |


“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. 16-22 at

1. South Lake Tahoe man dies after being struck by vehicle

South Lake Tahoe resident Craig Davis. 44, died Friday, Feb. 13, after he was struck by an SUV at about 6:30 p.m. on Ski Run Boulevard near the intersection of Larch Avenue.

Davis was reportedly in the middle of the roadway attempting to cross the street when he was struck. Authorities do not suspect alcohol, drugs or speed were a factor. The investigation is ongoing.

Originally published: Tuesday, Feb. 17

Page views: 3,043

2. Winter 2015 at Lake Tahoe-Truckee: a roller-coaster ride so far

Longtime Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin — aka “The Storm King” — brought readers up to speed on a crazy 2014-15 winter so far, one that’s had unprecedented dry conditions twice broken by Pineapple Express storms that delivered prodigious moisture in short periods of time.

In short, the region has seen Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde swings between sun and rain, and, of course, it’s seen an anemically low snowpack for the fourth winter in a row.

Originally published: Monday, Feb. 16

Page views: 2,414

3. Truckee Police Logs: Body found in Donner Pass Road business

The most recent rendition of Truckee Police Department logs from Feb. 3-10 included the following Feb. 4 entry: “A subject was found lying unresponsive in a business’s bathroom on Donner Pass Road. The subject was determined deceased.”

According to an interview Friday morning with TPD Chief Adam McGill, the incident is not deemed suspicious, and while autopsy result are pending, the death appears related to a medical condition.

Originally published: Thursday, Feb. 19

Page views: 1,879

4. South Lake Tahoe firefighter, man injured in blaze

A South Tahoe man and a firefighter were injured in a Feb. 19 structure fire that destroyed a two-story home.

The firefighter was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and was released a few hours later. The man, whose name was not released, was transferred to a University of California, Davis burn center with significant injuries.

There reportedly is an investigation into the possibility of drug activity at the home, although there was nothing at the time to support drugs were involved.

Originally published: Friday, Feb. 20

Page views: 1,454

5. Truckee business busted selling alcohol to minor; 8 others pass

On Feb. 12, Truckee Police used 17-year-olds as decoys to attempt to buy alcohol at nine Truckee stores, shops and restaurants.

While eight of the businesses did not serve the minors, a server at Casa Baeza, at 10010 Bridge St., received a misdemeanor citation for breaking the law. The restaurant/bar was referred to the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for potential disciplinary action.

Originally published: Tuesday, Jan. 17

Page views: 1,263

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