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It started with a tough choice for a local first grader: Look cool by joining in on teasing a biracial girl about her skin tone or stand up for a friend whose families visited each other often? It ended with a white family rethinking everything they thought they’d taught about tolerance, and a biracial family moving out of the region, feeling unsupported and alone. Mayumi Elegado, our publisher and editor-in-chief, spoke directly with Megan and Ambrose Seifert about their experience and view of the school’s inadequate response to the incident.
School’s out for summer, but we’re all still on Zoom. Our local Sierra College was the very first community college in California to make the leap to distance learning on March 8, doing so 11 days before Gov. Gavin Newsom was to announce the official stay-at-home order March 19. An English professor Christina Nemec wrote a Moonshine exclusive describing the transition.
Fire season is here! So how does preparation for such a natural disaster change in light of the coronavirus crisis? Moonshine Ink hosted its fourth Tahoe Talks, Fire in the Face of COVID-19 to answer just that question. We discussed with local fire experts and area leaders to understand the realities of such a possibility during an already fragile timeframe.
Reporter Becca Loux brings you onto the scene of Truckee’s peaceful Say Their Names Vigil Tuesday, June 2 at 5 p.m., with demonstrators showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement by holding up signs displaying the names of Black Americans killed at the hands of police or lynched, from one commemorating Emmett Till, killed in 1955, to many showing George Floyd, killed May 25 of this year.
Tourism is a huge part of what makes Tahoe tick. But with lodging still closed statewide due to the coronavirus pandemic, the only realistic visitors are those within a day drive. Forecasted trends for the rest of 2020 are expected to drop as much as 50% in visitor revenues. Tune in as reporter Alex Hoeft shares the status of Tahoe’s tourism tap.
So we’re in stage two of reopening and life is supposed to gradually return to normal … but what does that actually mean on the day-to-day? Can I meet up with friends now? What’s the scoop for going to restaurants that are opening back up? Broadcast by Mayumi Elegado and Becca Loux, Placer County’s Dr. Aimee Sisson has the update.
Businesses around Tahoe are hanging on despite COVID-inspired closures and pullback services. Liz Bowling with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association spoke to four local business leaders about their current realities. Story broadcast by Alex Hoeft and Mayumi Elegado.
North Tahoe area counties were among the first approved by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to enter further into “Stage 2” of reopening of what were originally dubbed nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Story by Juliana Demarest, broadcast by Becca Loux.