My Shot

My Shots are essentially our version of an Op-ed. These opinion pieces are either submitted to the paper, then vetted and edited by the opinion editor, or solicited based on our desires for hitting certain topics. My Shots are Moonshine Ink opinion pieces that must take a stance on an issue — typically starting with a problem, establishing an argument for your stance, then answering with a call to action.

Word limit for a traditional My Shot is 600 words, and as of 2021 we are accepting longer (1,000 word count limit) submissions on a case-by-case basis. Email to submit yours!

What’s Next for Our Used, Abused, and Beloved Squaw Creek?


Squaw Valley resident and geologist Dave Brew gives a history lesson on Squaw Creek.

The Surreal Nature of Tahoe Politics and the Tahoe Summit


Friends of Lake Tahoe president opines on Tahoe's annual summit and the words of Al Gore

Speaking Up to Protect Squaw Valley: What Would Muir Do?


Gaffney consults the godfather of conservation when considering the Squaw village expansion project

Realities of Keeping Tahoe Blue

BY CHACO MOHLER We passed two seminal watershed moments in Lake Tahoe restoration over the last few years, but don’t be surprised if you missed them. The headlines? “We’ve Saved Lake Tahoe’s Water Clarity!” followed...

Graffiti Distorts World-Class Natural Landscape of Donner Pass

BY SUSAN LINDSTROM Thank you for considering my comments on your recent article in the June issue of Moonshine Ink, “The Traces We Leave: Graffiti + Petroglyphs at Donner Summit” by Lis Korb. I’m surprised at...

Placer County Undermines the Design Review Committee Process in Squaw Valley

BY JUDY CARINI  |  SQUAW VALLEY The current Placer County position on the role of the Squaw Valley Design Review Committee is in direct conflict with the guidelines stated within the 1983 Squaw Valley General...

A Director’s Comment on the Privatization of Public Charter Schools

BY JAYNIE AYDIN, PhD While Tahoe /Truckee parents are fortunate to have so many choices of where to send their kids to school, they also need to be reminded of what I call the privatization...

What Is An Ounce of Prevention Worth?

BY LISA HOLAN David Bunker’s article “The Saga of the Quagga,” (May print edition) while generally factually correct, focuses on such a narrow slice of the issue that it misleads readers and misrepresents the importance...

Harvest Corbicula, the Not So “Golden” Clam

BY CHRIS ROSAMOND A recent Moonshine Ink opinion piece regarding the invasive clam Corbicula fluminea makes some assertions that should be viewed with a large dose of caution (Steve Urie, Opinion, April 12, 2013). Mr....

Conservancy Comes Clean



Conservancy has no plans to sell or leave unprotected environmentally sensitive parcels in Tahoe