Moonshine Minutes

The Independents Partnered Up

Local news is more important than ever. In partnership to inform the community, Tahoe/Truckee’s radio station KTKE 101.5 and the Ink partnered up for Moonshine Minutes. Each weekday, KTKE shares their airwaves for short broadcasts in which Moonshine Ink gives voice to our latest reporting.

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July 14, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Though the uptick in COVID-19 cases was expected, numbers are climbing higher than ever and a second wave looms. The difference this time around, however, is that we’re ready for. Reporting and broadcasting by Alex Hoeft.

June 24, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Comparing the meat and newspaper industries isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. Both are majorly guided by monopolies and have confronted unique challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. News from credible sources remains as important and necessary as ever, but we need your help to continue to do so. Become a Moonshine Member. Mayumi Elegado, publisher for Moonshine Ink, shares her story.

June 23, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

A massive chunk of homes in the Tahoe area are short-term rentals, but has COVID-19 prompted property owners to stretch their thinking? Are long-term rentals the way of the future? Businesses like Landing Locals, a platform connecting homeowners with long-term tenants, may be the way of the future. Broadcast by Alex Hoeft; reported on by Alex Hoeft and Becca Loux.

June 19-21, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

New cases of COVID-19 are popping up again. Placer, Nevada, and Washoe counties have all seen their highest single-day case counts during June, linked directly by Nevada County representatives to increases in social gatherings. Broadcast and reported by Alex Hoeft, with additional reporting by Becca Loux and Mayumi Elegado.

June 18, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

It started with a tough choice for a local first grader: Look cool by joining in on teasing a biracial girl about her skin tone or stand up for a friend whose families visited each other often? It ended with a white family rethinking everything they thought they’d taught about tolerance, and a biracial family moving out of the region, feeling unsupported and alone. Mayumi Elegado, our publisher and editor-in-chief, spoke directly with Megan and Ambrose Seifert about their experience and view of the school’s inadequate response to the incident.

June 17, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

School’s out for summer, but we’re all still on Zoom. Our local Sierra College was the very first community college in California to make the leap to distance learning on March 8, doing so 11 days before Gov. Gavin Newsom was to announce the official stay-at-home order March 19. An English professor Christina Nemec wrote a Moonshine exclusive describing the transition.

June 16, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Fire season is here! So how does preparation for such a natural disaster change in light of the coronavirus crisis? Moonshine Ink hosted its fourth Tahoe Talks, Fire in the Face of COVID-19 to answer just that question. We discussed with local fire experts and area leaders to understand the realities of such a possibility during an already fragile timeframe.

June 13 – 14, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Placer, Nevada, and El Dorado counties are in stage three of California’s reopening plan, meaning lodging (including short-term rentals), campgrounds, and gyms are able to open as of June 12. Plus, Truckee chief of police Robert Leftwich announced his retirement this past week amid a leaked email that many attribute to negative views on race relations. Story by Alex Hoeft; broadcasting by Alex Hoeft and Mayumi Elegado.

June 11, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

A Truckee town hall calls attention to race relations in the community, sparked by worldwide protests over the death of George Floyd and an email by Truckee police Chief Robert Leftwich that leaked out. Story and broadcasting by Alex Hoeft.

June 4, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

The coronavirus crisis is still here … but so is rent. With a dip in jobs around tahoe, rental assistance has seen a huge upswing, and tensions between landlords and tenants are high. Story by Becca Loux, broadcast by Alex Hoeft.

June 3, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Reporter Becca Loux brings you onto the scene of Truckee’s peaceful Say Their Names Vigil Tuesday, June 2 at 5 p.m., with demonstrators showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement by holding up signs displaying the names of Black Americans killed at the hands of police or lynched, from one commemorating Emmett Till, killed in 1955, to many showing George Floyd, killed May 25 of this year.

May 29 – 31, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Tourism is a huge part of what makes Tahoe tick. But with lodging still closed statewide due to the coronavirus pandemic, the only realistic visitors are those within a day drive. Forecasted trends for the rest of 2020 are expected to drop as much as 50% in visitor revenues. Tune in as reporter Alex Hoeft shares the status of Tahoe’s tourism tap.

May 28, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

So we’re in stage two of reopening and life is supposed to gradually return to normal … but what does that actually mean on the day-to-day? Can I meet up with friends now? What’s the scoop for going to restaurants that are opening back up? Broadcast by Mayumi Elegado and Becca Loux, Placer County’s Dr. Aimee Sisson has the update.

May 21, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Businesses around Tahoe are hanging on despite COVID-inspired closures and pullback services. Liz Bowling with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association spoke to four local business leaders about their current realities. Story broadcast by Alex Hoeft and Mayumi Elegado.

May 19, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

North Tahoe area counties were among the first approved by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to enter further into “Stage 2” of reopening of what were originally dubbed nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Story by Juliana Demarest, broadcast by Becca Loux.

May 18, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

If history is trying to repeat itself, it did a good job in Truckee between the “Spanish Flu” of 1918 and the coronavirus pandemic of 2019-2020: News reporter Alex Hoeft brings you the story of how the world’s largest pandemic hit Truckee “like a runaway train,” and how masks and social distancing played a role a century ago.

May 12, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

A look into our other new project: Tahoe Talks, community conversations on important topics during the pandemic hosted by Moonshine over Zoom. Plus, by popular demand, another installment of the corona-inspired funnies. Brought to you by news reporter Alex Hoeft.

May 7, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Dog-lovers unite, take a deep breath, and learn to practice “dog mindfulness,” a meditation and mindfulness tactic you can do as a team with your dog that focuses on the senses from the mind of psychologist Dr. Cathy Reimers. Broadcast by news reporter Alex Hoeft.

May 6, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

If COVID doesn’t take you out … Can I? Today’s Minutes brings a little needed coronavirus-related humor to your day, then gets serious with critical updates on testing capacity and triage at the new Kings Beach facility, broadcast by editor/reporter Becca Loux.

May 5, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Today we examine the “phased reopening” officials announced we are entering into, and delve into the new Kings Beach COVID-19 testing site, part of a commitment from Gov. Gavin Newsom to implement 80 testing sites across the state in underserved areas. Learn, too, about our Community Corkboard and how you can get your message heard, and what to do with food waste from our print edition. Broadcast by reporters Alex Hoeft and Becca Loux.

May 4, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Local counties eye an exit from coronavirus hibernation. At the same time, increased local capacity for testing is coming online, but the white whale of robust contact tracing is still being chased. Co-authors Becca Loux and Alex Hoeft have the story.

April 24, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Though people are scared, figuring out life during a pandemic that requires physical distancing to slow the spread, Tahoe/Truckee is finding ways to lift one another up. Co-editors Juliana Demarest, who penned the full version of this Feel Good Story available in print and online, and Becca Loux have the scoop.

April 22-23, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

COVID-19 on your mind? Reporters Alex Hoeft and Becca Loux peel back the layers of this global pandemic and look at the basics: who, what, where, why.

April 21, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Reporter/Office Manager Molly Wilcox takes you through her reporting on efforts by a coalition of local restaurants to use their skills and resources to feed the community for free during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 20, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Juliana Demarest, Moonshine Editor, takes you through the highlights of her story about the realities of homeschooling for families in different situations during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 17, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Investigative duo Becca Loux and Alex Hoeft take you through their latest reporting on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Tahoe, focusing on the availability of testing, as well as the hierarchy of which hospitals and which individuals are prioritized. At the time of this broadcast, TFHS had tested about 1.2% of the area’s population.

April 16, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Sigh. What can you do when you’re stuck at home with no social life during quarantine? Aside from being in beautiful Tahoe/Truckee, Moonshine Editor Becca Loux walks you through a small selection of virtual events, from Zoom yoga to film festivals from your couch, available in our print and online TAP calendars.

April 15, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Moonshine Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Mayumi Elegado brings you the highlights from our recent conference call tackling the topic of the role visitors, second homes, and STRs play in the pandemic.

April 14, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Moonshine Reporter Alex Hoeft and Editor/Publisher Mayumi Elegado bring you the latest on what isn’t terrible during this pandemic, sharing wisdom from Jaclyn Woznicki, Trunk Show owner who's been quarantining since January for her own health reasons. Plus, learn of the outpouring of support for Alpenglow sports.

April 10, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Editor Becca Loux brings you to the medical front lines, sharing her latest reporting with co-author Alex Hoeft investigating whether the Tahoe area is the COVID-19 “hotspot” some have predicted. In fact, TFHS’s CEO believes that we’re entering a plateau in cases that could be a positive sign.

April 9, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

News Reporter Alex Hoeft shares the highlights from Moonshine’s recent exclusive interview with Holly Whittaker, Nevada County Epidemiologist, about the virus, the future of testing and a cure, and what the pandemic means in this area.

April 7, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

How do we deal with fear and anxiety, two distinct responses, during a pandemic? Wellness expert and owner/founder of A Better Life in South Lake, Lindsay Simon, says the first step is recognizing which is which, then you can sort out logical fears from spinning out with anxiety. Editor Becca Loux brings you the highlights from Lindsay’s online exclusive

April 3, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Reporter Alex Hoeft takes you through resources that businesses that are struggling due to COVID-19 can utilize, as well as an update on using face coverings from Placer County.

April 2, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

The latest updates include the closure of TTUSD’s physical buildings, with continued distance learning, and the official “stay at home” order issued by Nevada Gov. Sisolak, delivered by Editor Becca Loux, along with an update on our growing list of eateries offering takeout and curbside options.

April 1, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Editor-in-Chief Mayumi Elegado brings you the story, written by Editor Juliana Demarest, of how Tahoe Truckee grocery stores and organizations are aiding with food security for the elderly, some of those most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

March 31, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Reporter Alex Hoeft brings you our latest rolling updates on the local impact of the coronavirus, including Washoe County’s second and third related deaths, as well as examples from our updating list of restaurants offering takeout.

March 30, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Reporters Alex Hoeft and Becca Loux bring you the latest regional updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the local ordinance to stop evictions for the non-payment of rent and Washoe County’s first death from the pandemic. Then, highlights from our interview with TFHS CEO Harry Weis about the hospital’s capacity.

March 27, 2020 Moonshine Minutes

Your editorial team brings you our latest breaking reporting on the coronavirus in Tahoe in this first installment of Moonshine Minutes on KTKE.