As the year comes to a close, we at Moonshine Ink look back at the stories from the past 12 months. What we see is that 2022 has been a year of celebration, mountain culture, tragic loss, fire threats, housing crisis, and so much more.
Celebration is something the Tahoe/Truckee community does like no one else. From bluebird spring ski days to the return of concerts to drone light shows, this community knows how to have a good time.
What makes our mountain lives unique? Being able to ski and wakeboard in the same day? Or is it our beautiful mountain biking and hiking trails? The people and animals who brighten our days and impact our lives? Not to mention the unique challenges we face like weather, tourism impacts, road conditions, and more. One thing we know for sure is that we all deeply cherish our Big Blue and our snowcapped mountain majesties.
This year wasn’t always cheerful; we have seen many tragic losses in our community. A few of the young people whose lives ended included the Scotty Lapp, Ella Carr, and Kiely Rodni.
Year in and year out, wildfires continue to threaten the area. Many of Moonshine’s stories from 2022 had to do with navigating the threat of flames and fire department woes.
It’s no secret that we are in the midst of a housing crisis. From short term rentals to affordable housing projects to renters’ rights, the housing stories continue to flow.
In honor of 2022, we put together a video recapping the year’s coverage. It’s a fast trip down memory lane and we daresay it makes the spirits soar. Below you can find it. On the following pages, see snapshots from the reel and our missions for 2023. Whatever the new year has in store, we’ll be in it together.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that there is no place like Tahoe when it comesto support for live music.”
~ Jesse Dunn
“If we are going to keep the ski area open, we can’t do it as a public ski area that requires a lot of employees and having to rely on fewer skiers.”
~ Art Chapman
“My sweet, sweet girl. My love. My heart. An ocean of grief that I will cry, tear by tear, for the rest of my life. Or however long it takes to cry an ocean.”
~ Lindsey Rodni-Nieman
“The U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire have different approaches when it comes to facing wildfire, yielding national frustration and reportedly, at times,
a contentious frontline.”
~ Alex Hoeft
“[Brett] Williams points out what he sees as the reason the housing market hasn’t course corrected, the reason homeowners aren’t choosing to provide the higher cost benefit of long-term renting to locals in need: It’s not about the money; it’s about the use.”
~ Alex Hoeft
Review and Renew
Our mission statement, take 2023
The sense of direction one gets from setting goals is priceless. Countless times during discussions about content, Moonshine Ink’s staff reviewed our 2022 missions, stated in the story Reflections and Projections. Sometimes the assessment would affirm our work and at other times, it would remind us of elements that were getting left by the wayside. Some readers kept an eye on our goals as well, and they would pitch stories or nudge us on a path based on what we had put forth as priorities. That was outstanding.
The video highlighted in the preceding pages, A Year in the Ink 2022 (see QR Code/link, p. 12) offers a recap of key themes in our coverage. Here, I’d like to cover how we did in meeting our stated missions:
This past year, we continued what we’re known for: in-depth stories about key issues, such as the housing crisis, the threat of wildfire, and land-use decisions. Where we grew was in looking outside of the halls of the 30-odd jurisdictions in our coverage area, and delving into matters such as therapeutic psychedelics, the devastating impacts of speed on roadways, and saying farewell to the iconic Biltmore.
Our emphasis on culture also blossomed, in particular on youth and our distinctive brand of mountain life up here. A high schooler who is a budding journalist was a summer intern and another high school student produced a compelling article and video following the journey of our trash. A milestone In the Past highlighted the young girl who was the Shirley Canyon namesake; Larry Prosor’s epic impact on ski photography, born here, was chronicled;
a “freeform” ’70s radio station was remembered; and Jesse Dunn of Dead Winter Carpenters extolled the post-Covid revival of live music.
An area we let slide was “show me the money.” One story in this vein highlighted a single woman connected with 18 sizeable Tahoma properties that seem to be sitting idle. But we’d like to delve deeper into how money drives the priorities, leaders, and decisions in our region. And with that, I turn to our next year’s missions.
In 2023 we aim to:
• Follow. The. Money.
• Continue in-depth stories on the big issues, keeping a magnifying glass on local government, wildfire, housing, and our precious resources: land, people, and the ecosystem.
• Monitor, track, and share public documents, pushing for greater transparency.
• Integrate visual and multimedia storytelling.
• Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate all that our community is, has been, and shall be.
~ Mayumi Peacock/