Top 5 web-only stories this week |

Top 5 web-only stories this week

Looking out from McGlashan Point, to the right you can see Schallenberger Ridge and the historic Transcontinental Railroad tunnels.

1. Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus founder, talks to Kevin MacMillan of Sierra Sun about the recent death of Erik Roner.

“The thing about action sports … it’s tough, but what (Erik) was so great at, it was his charisma and his attitude,” said Pastrana, his voice breaking from time to time. “The thing that was great is he was someone … you know, it’s always easy to say great things about someone after they’re gone … but what was really great about Erik, was he was someone who had such a connection. With skiing, he was really, really good, but it’s tough to make a living skiing, but he was so good, and he had his sponsors, he had is followers, he had a group of people who always wanted to be around him.”

2. Learn about how California’s Gold Rush was influenced by Jewish immigrants.

According to Gary Noy in a history column, “Gold Fever was a worldwide phenomenon and the news of the Gold Rush reached across the world. Jewish communities were not immune from the contagion and Jews in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, and even Australia rallied to the opportunity to seek the golden bounty. An estimated 10,000 Jews joined the rush to the Gold Country. By the end of the Gold Rush era, Jews represented nearly 8 percent of San Francisco’s population – the highest percentage in any American city with the exception of New York.”

3. Simone Grandmain recently shared a banana bread recipe.

“I rarely use the word ‘perfect’ to describe a recipe unless it is my dad’s candy or pretty much anything from Rick Rucker, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Truckee-Tahoe. Rucker is a fusser when it comes to food. I mean, I have seen him eat more than one of my mistakes from the kitchen and endure a mediocre meal at a restaurant, but if he is putting it together, it is going to be perfect. This banana bread recipe is a labor of love I watched evolve, first hand, up close and personal, from a super good loaf to a Wow!”

4. Hike Donner Summit’s “McGlashan Point.

According to Kaleb Roedel, “Besides that beautiful blue view, the next best part? The 6.5-mile drive there is a breeze. To get there, starting in downtown Truckee, continue west on Donner Pass Road until it turns into Old Highway 40 at the Interstate 80 intersection by the Chevron gas station.”

5. The Lake Tahoe Community College men’s soccer team wrapped up a tough preseason schedule with a 3-1 win.

It’s probably the toughest preseason I’ve ever scheduled,” Coyotes head coach Ben Wade said to Anthony Gentile of Tahoe Daily Tribune. “This team has matured, improved, made mistakes, learned from the mistakes, and is emerging as one of the best teams in the state.”

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