Mountain Life

Life in our local mountain towns. 

Washoe Warrior Society’s Aim to Heal

A fall gathering by Washoe Tribe members, to be held in Truckee this October, sets sights on a People’s House with the hope to help heal themselves, this land, and the world at large.

Snowbrush: The Fragrant and Fire-Zealous Plant

Whether you call it snowbrush, red root, or tobacco brush, Ceanothus velutinus is abundant in the higher California mountains. Now that its fragrant white flowers have gone for the season, the shrub prepares for its long winter’s nap.

A Teen’s Guide to a Tahoe Summer

The best places around Lake Tahoe for teens to have a good time in the summer.

Cultural Crossroads

In the February Feel Good story, North Tahoe resident Alenka Vrecek details her love for her husband, Jim Granger, and how she dealt with the shocking news that he has Parkinson’s disease.

Hormone Issues? You Are Not Crazy

No matter the age, women don’t have to be at the mercy of their hormones. There are steps they can take to control hormonal ups and downs, such as eating the right food.

You’re Invited: The Ascension of Kelly Smiley

The community reeled from the tragic loss of the Tahoe Flow Arts Studio founder, Kelly Smiley, last November. Her love of flight is honored in a Burning Man sculpture this year, to be burned Sept. 1.

Coming Home

Truckee native and Chief Petty Officer Kevin Emley will retire from the Navy in September. His crew gave him a homecoming at the place where his love of aviation started: Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Conversation with a Local Steller’s Jay

Getting to know our noisy neighbor, the Steller’s jay. With their bright blue plumage, these birds are a familiar sight in the Sierra, but just how blue is their blue? You might be surprised.

An Unforgettable Voyage

Brian Broom-Peltz fled the massive snow this winter by escaping to Australia and South Africa for their regional Burning Man events, and in the process came to find the true meaning of “home.”


YEA! Camps introduce disadvantaged kids to nature with hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing trips in Tahoe/Truckee.