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Kids Connect gets youth voices in Moonshine Ink. We want them to share their personal trials and/or triumphs, keeping in mind tie-ins to the community and encouraging journalistic aspects like research and interviews. The other goal is to share a parent/family perspective, relating to raising children, family life, family-friendly resources, and more.

Raising My Political Voice

How a local 16-year-old is participating in the election without being able to vote.

Keeping it Fun — Adventures with Captain Nordic

Mark Nadell, who is known by his athletes as Captain Nordic, has been the Alder Creek Middle School Nordic coach for 15 years. Here Frances Hamilton asked him to share why he thinks his coaching style connects so well us with middle schoolers.

It’s Complicated

Elenore Hamilton asked local women and girls: What was/is the hardest thing about being 15?

On Surviving

Building a fire is hard, but for Frances bringing home her wilderness values is harder

Guitar Hero

Christian Nicely is only 14 but he already has his sights set on being the best guitar player in the world.

Imperfection is Perfection

Sage Chador suffered from anorexia for a year. Now she shares her story in the hopes of helping other girls in one of our most powerful Kids Connect columns yet.

Remembering First Love

Five adult writers wax poetic about first love.


Six teens give up social media and texting for one week and learn some about important life lessons.

A Summer Break

Louis Norris, 14, broke his hand this summer, but he didn't let it mess up his summer plans.

A Truckee Family’s Peruvian Adventure

The Pellegrinos moves from Truckee to Peru for eight months to spend more time together as a family.