Moonshine Ink’s News section covers the community. This past year, our team has provided in-depth and critical coverage during the Covid-19 pandemic, and our community has come to rely on our role as watchdog for local government and as a source of information on community activity. We also have two ongoing investigations, into all things wildfire and the region’s housing crisis.

Visit our Tahoe/Truckee coronavirus central hub and our live regional updates for the latest coverage and community response to Covid, and read Dead Man Walking (a harrowing local resident’s ongoing struggle with serious effects of Covid-19) which has become our site’s most-read story of all time.

Our ongoing and thorough coverage of the region has earned us national recognition over the years, most recently with two first placements in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest: our feature investigation into Tahoe’s trash problem that has been part of a movement that’s sparked change in Placer County, and this piece highlighting a tough situation for TTUSD teachers sparked by the Ink being contacted by an anonymous “fairy.”

As we continue to cover the trials and triumphs of the Tahoe/Truckee region, please hold us accountable to our 2021 goals and vision and provide feedback as well as story ideas, tips, and other editorial tidbits to

News Briefs | 10 June – 7 July 2021

A fire ban is in effect; Tahoe’s first on-water charger; construction updates around the Basin; more.

Business Briefs | June 10 – July 7, 2021

Businesses in and out during the pandemic; online farmer’s market open seven days a week; Aegis Insurance Enters Alliance with InterWest; more

Find Your Bearings in Stratospheric Housing Market

These soaring housing prices got you down? Have heart —financial advisor John Manocchio believes the market will reverse and here’s what you should consider in getting ready for that turn.

And It’s Gone

The Paycheck Protection Program loan pot dried up weeks ahead of its May 31 deadline, leaving some struggling businesses feeling cheated, and others with surplus money in the bank.

Short Circuit at TDPUD

TDPUD staff and leadership are on two different pages regarding spending, management styles, and overall culture at the district. Former staffers speak out, seeking to have the PUD “hum like it used to.”


Lumber prices have been increasing twice a week, every week, for an entire year. Where does this leave the construction industry?

Burning Questions

Planning to burn the debris from your spring clean-up? Permits were required as of May 1 in Nevada, Placer, and El Dorado counties. Here’s what you need to know before you light that fire.

News Briefs | May 13 – June 9, 2021

Free Rideshare Service Coming to North Lake Tahoe OLYMPIC VALLEY This summer, North Lake Tahoe residents and visitors will have a new microtransit rideshare service available through Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit. Placer County’s board of...

Aboard the Boatworks Mall

The Boatworks Mall made its name during a new era of retail in Tahoe City. Here are three businesses that have been along for the ride.

Tahoe City’s High Life of the ’70s and Its Central Star

For five decades Doran “Montana” Cahill helped define North Shore culture. In a special evening, longtime friends feast on his exploits and lasting legacy.