Mountain Life

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.

A Village Takes Care of Its Own

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Katie Shaffer, Truckee Community Christmas board president, reflects on the humanity she’s witnessed helping to facilitate a program that coordinates giving back in large and small ways.

Goodbye, Old Friend

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The grief we feel from losing a pet is real. The author recounts her story of recently losing her canine soulmate, and talks to experts about how to get through the pain.

Tahoe Backyard

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With a nano brewery and an art collective on-site, Tahoe Backyard hopes to draw locals to hang out with their neighbors and friends.

How People Pleasing Leads to Illness

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People pleasing is an adaptive response to an environment where expressing anger is not safe. But bottling up your own emotions for the sake of keeping the peace is downright bad for your health.

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.

Let the Sunshine In

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The pandemic has been particularly mentally and emotionally taxing on those working in the healthcare industry. Tahoe Forest Health System has found a simple way to spread a little sunshine into workers’ days.

For the Love of Print and Place

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Moonshine gives a genuine tip of the hat to Richard Anderson, a local warrior of the pen, self-publisher of almost three decades, and steward of our local watersheds for the past 16 years.

A Force Named Sandy

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For this month’s Feel Good story, delve into the strength and resilience of one Truckee woman who has been kicking some ALS.

River Runners

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The mink, the river otter, and the beaver are all to be found in the lakes and rivers of the Sierra Nevada. Eve Quesnel tells how to recognize which is which in this month’s Nature’s Corner.

Going The Distance

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His life’s passion is swimming, and at 73, Craig Meacham is showing no signs of slowing down. Last year, he swam Donner Lake on 100 days.