Mountain Life

Life in our local mountain towns. 

Not Your Mama’s School Bus

The Banned Book Bus — thought up and brought to life by a senior at Tahoe Expedition Academy — is full of books that are being pulled off library shelves across the country.

A Lady Pirate Looks at 50

Damara Stone wanted to live out the movie Romancing the Stone for her 50th birthday. What she got instead was a harrowing sailboat ride around the rough waters of Panama before a dreamy ending in Colombia.

Get your Tail to Thrifty Tails

A new thrift store in town that supports the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe will get everyone’s tails wagging.

A Grandmother on a Mission

With the belief that teaching social and emotional skills was crucial, this local grandmother saw the potential for a mindful evolution in classrooms.

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.