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Our Mountain Life section is a place for discussion about what’s happening in the lives of the people in the area including stories about relevant community projects, policies and changes affecting life here, and what it’s like to live, work, and play in Tahoe/Truckee. Current rotating columns include Feel Good, Kids Connect, Nature’s Corner, Wandering Natives, and Quick Trips.

Unplug and Unwind

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Carrying the weight of the world’s problems can be overwhelming. It’s time to unplug for a while and just enjoy being a kid.

Talking Politics

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These turbulent social and political times can threaten friendships or build tension or even estrangement with family members. Here are some wellness tips for talking politics with loved ones.

Turning the Tassels

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The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation helps streamline the application process for the area’s numerous scholarships foundations.

Raise. Rehabilitate. Release.

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in South Lake Tahoe is neither a zoo nor a sanctuary, but a rehabilitation site that takes in abandoned and injured animals and birds. After medical attention and care, LTWC releases wildlife back into the wild.

Dearly Departed Restaurants

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Where have all the restaurants gone…from Tahoe City

My COVID Summer Vacation

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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.

Forest Foraging

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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!”

Gateway to the Future

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

HSTT meeting the COVID challenge, but needs your help

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The pandemic has thrown new challenges at HSTT, but the nonprofit keeps charging.

Gone from Tahoe: The American Pika

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“With high metabolic rates and thick fur, pikas are well-adapted to the cold temperatures at high elevations, but these same adaptations make them vulnerable to global warming” (Joseph Stewart, 2017 study on pikas in the Tahoe region).