Businesses Team Up for a Shop Local Holiday Giveaway


Shop #TeamTahoe is a collaboration of local shops, businesses, and artists in support of North Tahoe/Truckee’s burgeoning mountain creative culture. This holiday season, shoppers who visit brick and mortar or online shops of participating businesses and post about it on Instagram using #TeamTahoe will be entered to win a bundle of one-of-a-kind items and services.

The winner of the local shopping initiative will receive prizes from Tahoe Modern, Sierra Bakehouse, Tahoe Quarterly Magazine, Tahoe Sports Hub, Photography by Aubrey, The Board Truckee, and Love & Lupines.


The Shop #TeamTahoe giveaway runs through Dec. 22. Participants are required to follow each brand on Instagram and post or repost an image that helps promote shopping locally through #TeamTahoe. Every additional post is a further entry into the contest. Participants are limited to one entry per day (see business feature for insight into the brains behind this giveaway).

~ Tahoe Modern press release

Takeout Tahoe Launched to Support and Promote Regional Restaurants


The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association recently launched Takeout Tahoe, an initiative to support and promote local restaurants through this fall, winter, and beyond. The campaign includes a downloadable guide to help visitors and locals navigate the 150-plus restaurant options in the region, a North Tahoe EATS Facebook Page, and a contest element that will award restaurant gift cards to further support eating locally.

The Takeout Tahoe Guide includes in-depth information about North Tahoe’s communities along with a listing of restaurants currently offering curbside pick-up. Throughout December, the NLTRA is awarding $150 in restaurant gift cards to one lucky winner. Enter by submitting your restaurant receipt to one of two North Lake Tahoe visitor centers (located in Incline Village and Tahoe City).

For more information about the Takeout Tahoe campaign, visit

~ NLTRA press release

Liberty Becomes First Electric Utility Member of State Partnership


Liberty has joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) to support the market expansion for fuel cell vehicles powered by hydrogen and to promote a clean, energy-diverse future for the state with zero emission vehicles. The CaFCP is a collaborative of auto manufacturers, energy companies, fuel cell technology companies, government agencies, and others that work together to further the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure.

Liberty, which provides water, wastewater, gas, and electric services to more than 800,000 customers in communities across the US, is the first electric utility to earn membership in the CaFCP. The company is actively engaged in renewables, including the advancement of hydrogen. To learn more about Liberty or the California Fuel Cell Partnership, please visit or

~ Liberty Utilities press release

The Healing Space Opens


There is a new way to access both ancient and state of the art healing techniques in Tahoe! Pamela Murphy has opened up shop in Tahoe City at 600 North Lake Blvd. The Healing Space, situated within Sage Spa right across from Za’s Pizza, specializes in chronic complex pain conditions, fertility, neuropathy, migraine headaches, facial rejuvenation, and more. Murphy has over a decade of experience practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Her holistic approach meets each patient or family where they are and gently guides them to a life with less pain and more joy. Call (775) 799-5479 and book a consultation to find out how acupuncture can help your situation, and find out more at or on Facebook at The Healing Space – Acupuncture in Tahoe City & Incline Village and on Instagram at @pammurphyacupuncture.

~ Pamela Murphy

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

First Executive Director Hired for Backcountry Nonprofit


The Tahoe Backcountry Alliance announced the hiring of Greg Garrison as the organization’s first executive director. Founded in 2014, the TBA is a local nonprofit organization advocating for public lands access and human-powered winter recreation in Lake Tahoe.

Garrison, an engineer, backcountry skier, and former firefighter/paramedic, has served on the board of directors for three years. TBA has experienced significant growth in the past few years, highlighting the need for an experienced and dedicated individual filling the organization’s first part-time ED position.

Garrison’s hiring comes as the TBA expands backcountry education for new users and backcountry access advocacy programs ahead of what’s sure to be a busy 2020/21 backcountry ski season. The TBA has also recently completed a deal with the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District and the Truckee Donner Land Trust to provide winter time parking access for skiers and snowboarders using the Donner Lake Run.

~ TBA press release

NEW VEEP: Nathan Howell joins Plumas Bank as vice president, commercial loan officer for the Truckee/Tahoe region. Photo courtesy Plumas Bank

Howell Joins Plumas Bank to Serve Truckee/Tahoe Region


Plumas Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plumas Bancorp, recently announced that Nathan Howell has joined the bank as vice president, commercial loan officer for the Truckee/Lake Tahoe region based in Reno. With over 12 years of experience in banking and finance, Howell is responsible for generating loans and managing relationships for business clients throughout the area. Previously, he served as vice president, senior business relationship manager with Wells Fargo, and held successive vice president positions at Nevada State Bank.

Born and raised in Northern Nevada, Howell graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. He received a bachelor of science degree in international business and minored in marketing and economics. Howell is very active in his community; he volunteers for the Junior-Achievement Program teaching basic finance to elementary school students, he is an assistant Boy Scout leader, and a ski instructor for a nonprofit ski program.

~ Plumas Bank press release

Maritime Museum ED Moves Away From Tahoe


Tahoe Maritime Museum’s executive director Lora Nadolski Hanson and her husband Aaron will be relocating to her home territory in upstate New York on the St. Lawrence River, where she has accepted the executive director’s position at the Frederick Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The museum expresses its sincerest appreciation to Nadolski Hanson for her work and dedication to the TMM over the past seven years. 

The news comes after the recent selling of both TMM real estate properties. The Homewood property closed escrow in September and was purchased by a couple who has a lakeside property nearby. The Tahoe City property was sold in October to the Tahoe City Public Utility District and will house the parks and recreation department.

~ TMM e-newsletter

Nevada State Engineer Retires


After 25 years of dedicated public service to the state of Nevada, Tim Wilson retired Nov. 30. He was appointed state engineer in December 2019, having served as acting state engineer since January 2019. As Nevada’s top water regulator, Wilson proactively addressed many of Nevada’s most pressing water resource issues and collaborated with numerous water right surveyors, contractors, professionals, researchers, attorneys, and regulators on a wide variety of water issues across the state.

Following Wilson’s retirement, current Nevada Division of Water Resources Deputy Administrator Adam Sullivan will serve as acting state engineer and administrator of NDWR.

~ NDWR press release


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