Nevada Bars Have Reopened


Bars, taverns, pubs, breweries, distilleries, and wineries in Washoe County reopened on Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m., under COVID-19 operating guidelines. The local jurisdictions (cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County) partnered with the Washoe County Bar/Taproom Coalition, a group of bar owners engaged to reopen bars safely, and drafted COVID-19 mitigation and safety measures, which were approved by Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office. More information for bar owners can be found on the website under “Businesses.”

Among the changes customers can expect to see are:

  • Masks must be worn
  • Bars will operate at 50% capacity based on fire code
  • Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained between tables and groups
  • Groups of six or fewer can be seated at tables; must arrive at the same time
  • Groups of three or fewer can sit at bar counter; individuals must social distance at least 6 feet
  • No standing or congregating outside of tables, countertops
  • No interactive games (billiards, darts, video games)
  • Gaming devices regulated by the Gaming Control Board must have plexiglass between devices, or every other machine must be blocked

~ Washoe County press release

High-End Thrift Store Reopens at New Location


Pet Network Thrift Store reopened on Sept. 26 in a larger space, now at 760 Mays Blvd. Stes. 9 and 10 in Incline Village. The store is staffed by volunteers, and will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. New, gently used, vintage, and collectors’ items include clothes, toys, games, holiday stuff, houseware, shoes, purses, luggage, electronics, jewelry, furniture, and linens. All merchandise is provided by donors, and all proceeds go to the Pet Network Humane Society.

~ Pet Network Thrift Store Facebook

Local Artist Spotlight Contest by Raley’s


Raley’s O-N-E Market wants to highlight local artists’ work and has launched the Truckee Local Artist Spotlight Contest, an opportunity for community members to nominate their favorite local visual artists and support Tahoe Food Hub as the nonprofit beneficiary for this project. 

The online contest seeks nominations from the Truckee community for their favorite local visual artist.It began on Oct. 2. and will run through Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. Artwork of the four local artists with the most nominations will be featured on Raley’s O-N-E Market in-store monitors for three months starting in November. Nominations must be submitted at, which will be added on Facebook and Instagram posts. Local artists can self-nominate. For each nomination, Raley’s O-N-E Market will donate $3 to the Tahoe Food Hub (up to $1,500). Donations will support the Tahoe Food Hub Feed Your Neighbor program and its Giving Box initiative.

~ Raley’s press release

Nonstop Flights to Palm Springs, LAX


California, here we come. Alaska Airlines is adding new service between Reno-Tahoe International and Palm Springs and Los Angeles beginning Dec. 17.

Alaska will offer seasonal non-stop service to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) five times a week through April 12, 2021. It’s the first time an airline has offered service between Reno and Palm Springs since Reno Air in 1997. Alaska is also announcing a year-round daily flight between Reno and LAX with outstanding connectivity to sunny destinations like Mexico, Hawaii, and Florida.

~ RTAA press release

Local Photographer Expands Business, Donating Profits to Local Organizations


Local photographer Wendy Trabert has expanded her business to offer wildlife greeting cards, cocktail napkins, and coasters, which “has lead into selling my photos in various sizes and mediums,” she wrote in an email to Moonshine. “I am happy to announce that I have created a website so that I could share my work with you.” Trabert will be donating 100% of the profit from each sale to local community support entities. “I feel very blessed to have this incredible opportunity to give back and share my creative gift of photography,” Trabert said.

Trabert’s Website is

~ SM, BL

Truckee/North Tahoe Relationship Banking Shines in a Recession


If the last recession was any indication, small businesses that bank with a community bank will weather this recession better than entrepreneurs that bank big. A U.S. Small Business Administration study dissected how small business lending fared before, during, and after the 2008 recession. Community banks led big banks in small business loan growth before the 2008 recession and began lending to small businesses again more quickly following the economic downturn.

This vital small business support during difficult economic times is built into the DNA of banks like Plumas Bank, a community bank serving small businesses in Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, and other locales in Northern California and Northern Nevada. And it was an indicator of the way Plumas Bank is responding to this current economic uncertainty, pulling out all the stops to support entrepreneurs facing unprecedented economic times.

~ The Abbi Agency press release

Stomp Sessions Grows 500%, New Chairman


Stomp Sessions, the world’s first online learning platform dedicated 100% to action sports, has announced the appointment of Ganesh Bell, SaaS veteran, former president of Uptake, and CEO of GE Power Digital Solutions, as chairman of the board.

Bell’s appointment comes as Stomp posts a YTD 2020 subscriber growth rate of 500%. Leveraging its partnerships with American Media, publisher of Surfer, Transworld Skateboarding, and Bike magazines, and utilizing an elite network of Olympic, XGames, World Surf League, and World Champion athletes, Stomp is building an online subscription business in action sports without equal in the industry.

~ Stomp Sessions press release

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Up

Town Manager Selected


After an extensive recruitment process, the Truckee town council has selected Jennifer Callaway as the next town manager out of 130-plus applicants. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a masters of public administration from Syracuse University, as well as a law degree from Syracuse. She has over 18 years of experience in local government. Callaway will formally begin her new role as at the end of October.

~ Town of Truckee press release

Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson Resigns, Interim Appointee Chosen


Placer County Public Health Officer and Public Health Director Dr. Aimee Sisson left her position on Sept. 25.

In her resignation letter, she wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that I submit this letter of resignation. Today’s action [referring to the decision to end the local COVID-19 health emergency] by the Placer County Board of Supervisors made it clear that I can no longer effectively serve in my role as Placer County health officer and public health director … I am grateful to have been granted the tremendous privilege and responsibility of protecting and promoting the health of Placer County’s 400,000 residents over the last 10 months.”

Dr. Sisson worked tirelessly to communicate with residents and community partners about best practices for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in support of safe economic reopening.

Placer County immediately began a thorough search for a new permanent health officer. Dr. Rob Oldham was unanimously appointed as interim health officer, effective Sept. 26.

Oldham, who recently returned to the county as the new director of health and human services and chief psychiatrist, previously served as health officer at Placer County for nearly six years.

~ Placer County press releases, Dr. Sisson’s letter of resignation


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