May 12, 2020 Moonshine Minutes


May 12, 2020 Moonshine Minutes


Moonshine’s editorial team has been working ’round-the-clock to bring you updates about the novel coronavirus on a local level, and we’ll continue to report on what’s happening on the frontlines of this crisis. But we also want to know what’s at the forefront of the community’s mind as we reemerge from statewide stay-at-home orders and blink our way back into the sunlight of human interaction. I’m Alex Hoeft, news reporter for the Ink. Welcome to Moonshine Minutes. We want to hear from you: What questions do you want to ask of town and county officials? Of healthcare experts and those in the trenches against the virus? Of Tahoe’s tourism industry execs? Of yourselves, each other, and the greater community? Now’s the time to make your ideas heard and learn what’s going on as our community combats this omniscient microscopic foe.

Enter Tahoe Talks, community conversations initiated and hosted by Moonshine Ink over Zoom. Here, we ask the tough questions and foster community discussion to procure the latest information from expert sources firsthand. As the pandemic first began to affect our daily life, we heard from local small business owners learning to cope with limited services. As tensions rose between factions of so-called locals and visitors, we facilitated a productive discussion about the real challenges of oversaturation during this time while thinking about the perspectives of vacationers and second homeowners. Most recently, we heard from health experts about testing capacity and what a successful reopening of Tahoe will look like as the “stages” of reopening a tourist economy unfold.

Upcoming ideas for these virtual conversations include second homeowners in the age of coronavirus, struggles with rents and mortgages, new business models and ideas, and how to handle kids while you’re on a conference call


You can watch full recaps of our Tahoe Talks at, and we encourage you to send your topic ideas to us at

So, that’s enough serious-talk. Let’s roast this evil little virus with another installment of the COVID-inspired funnies. From the great meme-making minds of the internet, we hope you’ll take your daily dose of the best medicine and let out a chuckle or an involuntary guffaw at what the internet does best.

First, a few appropriate tunes for these times:

  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me by The Police
  • Too Much Time on My Hands by Styx
  • Tom Petty’s Don’t Come Around Here No More
  • And of course, U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer

For the moms out there, how many times have you yelled, ‘Stop! We cannot go to the emergency room right now!’?

And to the parents homeschooling their kids … don’t be tempted by this possible homeschool biology topic: testing whether or not chloroform has a smell.

So there you have it, a little info and a little feel-good for your day. And keep an eye out for our May Moonshine Ink print edition, on stands May 14. 

Farewell for today.



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