Once Upon a Ski Lift

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In 1960, a group skiing the Tahoe “big leagues” for the first time experience a daring rescue. This decades-old story was given new life when shared at a Thanksgiving dinner.

Bacchi’s: 90 Years of Memories Served

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The once-famous Bacchi’s Inn, Tahoe City’s traditional Italian food landmark, closes after 90 years.

The Costly Front Street Fire of 1882

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The fire on Front Street in October of 1882 was one of the costlier fires in Truckee.

The Hardest Working Man in the Ski Lift Business

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Hans Burkhart had the skills and determination to make Squaw Valley Ski Resort (now Palisades Tahoe) founder Alex Cushing’s dream of a great ski area a reality in concrete and steel. Burkhart talks about his life and projects in an autobiography to be published this fall.

The Trailblazer

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Photographer Larry Prosor’s images elevated both the nascent sport of mountain biking and the concept of Tahoe as a summer destination.

Unsinkable

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Miles off Pearl Harbor lay the remains of the USS Nevada, which were located in 2020. Longtime Moonshine contributor Pat Dillon shares the story of the ship that wouldn’t go down without a fight.

A Shooting Star in the Sierra

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Air Force Lt. David Steeves was in the prime of his life when he was accused of being a communist during the age of 1950s McCarthyism. He died at 31, never seeing the day when his name was cleared.

The Secret Mountain Laboratory

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Decades after its 1970s demise, the Secret Mountain Laboratory — the KSML radio station that once broadcasted from Kings Beach — lives on in memory for locals like writer David Fenimore.

The Day Blyth Arena Fell

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Pete Bansen’s creative actions saved lives when Blyth Arena, the beloved 1960s Olympic Games structure, collapsed on March 23, 1983. Writer Eddy Starr Ancinas explains how.

Shirley of the Canyon

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Local resident Trevor Kekke discovers just how far his family name reaches when he realizes that Palisades Tahoe’s Shirley Canyon is named for his great aunt.