News

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 editors@moonshineink.com.

What the Campfire Ban Means

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The threat of wildfire looms large, and in response, regional fire agencies put in place “campfire bans” in recent years. What exactly that means, wherever you may be.

New Kind of Library

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The proposed new library is much more than just a place to check out books. It would be a full-on community center.

Business Briefs | July 8 – August 11 2021

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Truckee Thursdays are back; four leading resorts announce climate initiative; Squaw Alpine’s Ron Cohen returns to Mammoth; more.

Batten Down the Hatches for Potentially Historic Fire Season

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Last year California experienced its worst fire season on record, and this June experts say the table is set for a potentially even more dangerous year to come. What are we in for?

‘Serious Breakdown’ Between School District and Union

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The educators and school district of Truckee/North Tahoe are at odds. How does a booming housing market translate to salary increases?

Redefining Tourism in Tahoe

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Tahoe’s next step in its tourism evolution? Shifting focus from catering to visitors to supporting home base. Many of the lessons learned to reach this step came out of working through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Escaping the Tourist Trap

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Truckee/Tahoe’s $3 billion tourism industry is an economic house of cards; how do we diversify in order to face future challenges?

No Housing, No Employees

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As the housing market continues to boom, employees are losing their homes, leaving businesses in a bind as they struggle to find staff.

New Broadband Options and the Library Lives On

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You Asked? As the Tahoe/Truckee region’s broadband infrastructure and potential expand, a hard-fought-for new library in Truckee simultaneously promises a community learning resource for the ages.

A Brief History of the Tahoe Economy

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The economies in this region have varied depending on the peoples who created them. Here’s a lightning quick recap that starts thousands of years ago and goes through to today.

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