Natural Gas Prices Double As Winter Looms


Due to a low supply and rising demand, natural gas prices have been skyrocketing, by October having doubled since last year. The surge follows years of unusually low natural gas prices, and changes in the market will likely be reflected in consumers’ bills this winter.

~ BL


The Store Closes Permanently


The Store, a Tahoe City copy and office supply store, is going out of business and will be closing permanently. Owner and operator Lisa Adams began working at The Store … Copies & More in 1998, bought The Store in 2009, and has been personally running it ever since. The Store will be offering discounts as it closes and asks that you call in advance for hours: (530) 807-1014.

~ The Store announcement

EXTENDED, EXPANDED: In a meeting on Nov. 16, Truckee’s planning commission approved a two-year time extension in development of The Village At Gray’s Crossing, a mixed use project, with developers making plans for hotel, residential, and commercial use. Courtesy rendering

The Village At Gray’s Crossing Receives Two-Year Extension


The Town of Truckee Planning Division received an application in October requesting a two-year time extension for The Village at Gray’s Crossing, a mixed-use project approved by the planning commission in 2019. The project approval expired on Sept. 3, 2021.

The applicant’s time extension is in order to construct new structures that contain 7,500 square feet or more of total gross floor area, including a 129-unit hotel. The planning commission reviewed and approved the time extension request at its Nov. 16 meeting.

~ BL

Climate Atlas Tool Provides Public Access Mapping


Launched on Nov. 16, The Climate Atlas is a first-of-its-kind, publicly accessible online mapping tool that provides clear, understandable, and visual information about the climate and conservation values of public lands in the U.S. The Climate Atlas overlays the best-available data and provides an unparalleled view of the climate mitigation and biodiversity protection benefits that public lands across the U.S., including Alaska, can provide.

More than a year in the making, The Climate Atlas was conceived by Conservation Lands Foundation trustees, staff and advisors and developed by Conservation Science Partners, which is based in Truckee, as a way to understand and prioritize public lands based on their conservation and biodiversity benefits. With this tool, you can: View baseline data on the environmental health and status of a landscape, and what the government is currently doing (or not doing) to protect it; identify which currently unprotected Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands offer the best opportunities for storing carbon, preventing species loss, and protecting biodiversity; scan already-protected lands and where oil and gas wells are located; and prioritize which public lands to protect based on the values you select.

~ Conservation Lands Foundation press release

CVS Announces Closure of Roughly 900 Stores


CVS Health announced in November it will be closing hundreds of drugstores over the next three years. The giant healthcare company estimates it will close approximately 300 stores per year, ultimately shutting down roughly a tenth of the 10,000 storefront locations nationwide, while focusing on a shift in store format. By reducing CVS storefront density, the company hopes to create an environment in remaining stores of a “one-stop shop” for care.

The company did not release details of what locations are on the chopping block. Multiple supervisors and a manager of the Tahoe City CVS store told Moonshine Ink at press time that they do not know any details regarding the future of their store in response to rumors that it would close. CVS drugstore closures will start in spring.

~ BL

Corcoran Global Living Sets Tahoe’s Highest House Price of 2021


Corcoran Global Living’s Tracey Allyn Cutler recently closed the firm’s highest property sale to date, and the highest property sale in all of Lake Tahoe (both California and Nevada sides) for 2021. Located at 859 Lakeshore Blvd. in Incline Village, the luxurious estate sits on a 1.2-acre lot with 150 feet of Lake Tahoe frontage and sold for $47.5 million.

“The estate, aptly named Spirit of the Lake, captures the magical and unique atmosphere of Lake Tahoe. Surrounded by crystal blue water and majestic mountains, this home is the epitome of modern luxury,” said Cutler in a press release. Reach Cutler at (702) 884-8020.

~ Corcoran Global Living press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

TO RETIREMENT AND BEYOND: Truckee Police Chief Randall Billingsley will retire after 28 years in law enforcement at the end of 2021. Courtesy photo

Retirement of Police Chief


Chief Randall Billingsley has announced his retirement from the Truckee Police Department, effective Dec. 31, after 28 years in law enforcement. This was not planned when he accepted the position last year, but has been made due to a number of private circumstances.

His announcement states that his decision was not made lightly, hastily, or for any reason related to the Town of Truckee. The department recognizes that Billingsley has been an invaluable member of the department head team, bringing an important perspective and contributing to many community issues, and has led the police department during the challenges of the pandemic and more recently, the cyber security breach. Since his promotion to police chief, the department has restructured and increased command personnel, created a community advisory board, and increased educational opportunities and community dialog about wildfire season and power outages.

Billingsley’s message to the community is that he is proud to have led the police department, and has complete confidence in his command staff to manage the department until a new process can take place in 2022. The town manager is exploring all options in relation to the selection of a future police chief.

~ Town of Truckee press release

Visitors Bureau Adds Two New Board Members


Claudia Andersen and Tyler Gaffaney have been named to the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau board of directors, broadening input from key community representatives. As the official tourism organization for the Incline Village and Crystal Bay areas, the IVCBVB is tasked with leveraging occupancy tax dollars to drive targeted visitation specifically aligned with established need periods. The current IVCBVB stewardship and sustainability initiatives will determine areas of focus and expand destination management and visitor impact efforts; these two new voices will bring diverse perspectives to leading the three-decade-old institution.

Andersen is CEO of the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Tahoe’s oldest and largest community foundation. A Tahoe resident since 2001, she has been active in leadership of the Envision Tahoe Initiative, the Lake Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan, the Tahoe Prosperity Center, and the Incline Village Crystal Bay Community & Business Association. Andersen is a graduate of Western Illinois University.

Gaffaney is general manager of Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay. He has worked at the casino and lodge since 2008 and was named general manager in 2016. He also has been active in the North Tahoe Business Association, including two years as chair of its marketing and promotions committee and eight years as a member of its board of directors. Gaffaney is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Andersen and Gaffaney will both serve three-year terms on the board. They join current board members Bill Watson (chair) of the Thunderbird Preservation Society; Blane Johnson (vice chair) of Sun Bear Realty; and Michael Murphy (secretary/treasurer) of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.

~ IVCBVB press release

NEW DOC IN TOWN: Lindsay Koppinger, MD, is the newest addition at the Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics, Pediatrics. Courtesy photo

Tahoe Forest Health System Welcomes New Physician


Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Lindsay Koppinger, MD, has joined the team at the Tahoe Forest MultiSpecialty Clinics, Pediatrics.

Dr. Koppinger specializes in a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of children from birth to young adulthood.

She attended medical school at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

The office of Dr. Koppinger is located in the medical office building at 10956 Donner Pass Rd., Suite 310, Truckee. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (530) 582-6205.

~ TFHS press release

FOR GOODNESS SAKE, nonprofit resource and learning center, welcomes new executive director Kimberly Smith, a 25-year North Lake Tahoe resident and business owner. Courtesy photo

Resource and Learning Center Welcomes Executive Director


For Goodness Sake, a nonprofit resource and learning center based in Truckee open to the exploration of all spiritual paths, welcomes Kimberly Smith as its new executive director. Smith, who has resided in North Lake Tahoe since 1996, has experience as a longtime business owner, in the study and practice of various healing arts, and with extensive work in the nonprofit sector. “It is an honor to carry the torch that has been passed to me,” Smith said. For info, visit,

~ For Goodness Sake press release


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