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Covering Tahoe Truckee’s community, people, pets, health and wellness, and nature.

My COVID Summer Vacation

Covid Summer Vacation: Burning man was canceled. You were outbid on that little cabin you loved. Your landlord sold your rental. You went swimming a few times.

Which Tree Is Which?


The Jeffrey and ponderosa pine trees may look alike, but there are subtle differences.

Potatoes — Filling or Fattening?


We all know the potato is filling, but is it fattening, too?

Forest Foraging


Stir fry, add to a pizza or concoct a sweet jam with some delectable edible plants found right here in the Sierra. They’re out of this world — or more like “out of the wild!”

Carl Park Bechdolt


Carl Bechdolt, with a family history that dates back to the 1920s in Tahoe City and a family connection to many of the area's landmarks, is about as local as it gets.

Neighborly Act

Mark Wellman and Carole Praxmayer were the lucky winners of the Elements Mountain Company home makeover giveaway in Tahoe Donner.

Dearly Departed Restaurants


Where have all the restaurants gone…from Tahoe City

70 Days to Exhaustion


My journey through Africa and the mind

No Place Like Home

Maddie’s Fund helps nearly 1,800 pets find their furever homes.

Gateway to the Future

Gateway Mountain Center gives at-risk youths a place to belong, access to valuable resources.