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

Traveling for Elephants


Life lessons learned at a Thai elephant preserve

Wash and Learn


Dear Umbra, What can I do about washing my car in a more eco-friendly way? Is phosphate-free soap enough, or should I just suck it up and go to the drive-through car wash every time? ~ Katie, North Carolina

That’s Amira

Before we talk about this month’s new friend, I have to report on my new brother, Indy. Indy was the featured friend in our...

Life in the Neighborhood

Growing up in Tahoe In the 1960s and 70s, I spent my formative years in Dollar Point, a neighborhood a few miles outside of downtown...

Feeding the Frontlines

Despite the precarious times, morale is up at Tahoe hospitals because of generous support from local eateries and community foundations.

Semper Paratus


Avoid type three fun with these winter adventure kits necessitates.

Sierra Storytelling Festival


A Must Hear Experience

Keeping Judaism Alive in Tahoe


The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation keeps Judaism alive in Tahoe.

Survival of the Fittest


Tahoe Tessie is 11 inches long, weighs 2.5 pounds, and lives in a 150 gallon tank. No, not that Tahoe Tessie. This Tahoe legend is of the goldfish variety and was rescued from a frozen creek last year.

My Mother Is The BEST Because


For our Mother's Day Special Section Moonshine Ink asked local elementary school students to tell us why 'My Mother Is The Best.' The response was overwhelming with more than 200 kids sending in their answers. There are a lot of special moms in the area. Here are a few unedited examples…


Withering on the Vine

Killing It

Setting the Record Straight

When Demand Exceeds Supply