Think Local

Our quarterly Think Local section fosters a thriving community we all love. We recognize that this can only happen when the triple bottom line of economic, environmental, and social capital is nourished and vital. Articles take a positive view, with a glass half full approach, and chronicles elements in our region that feature the localism mindset, showing the benefits and contrasting the situation with ones when any of our capital leaks from the community.

Deepcember Diaries

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By the Moonshine Ink Reporting Team It was a December to remember. Nearly 18 feet — or 214 inches, to be precise — of snow fell over the span of 23 days on Donner Summit, making...

Learning the Lay of the Land

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Treasure Trove of Transfer Fees

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Bit by bit, transfer fees from residential developments around Truckee have provided $30 million to regional nonprofits, funding environmental efforts, workforce housing, kids programs, and more.

Martis Valley Wars Led to Land Use Victories

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By Alexis Ollar Few community members understand the positive impact land use advocacy has played in the Truckee/Tahoe region over the past three decades. Conservation victories are often the things you can’t see, like a...

Think Local Throwbacks

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It’s throwback season. Take a look at some of our favorite Think Local articles and opinion submissions of the year.

Leave It Better Than You Found It …

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North Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty speaks for itself. But if we don’t speak up for it — read: do what needs to be done to preserve it — our lakes, meadows, rivers, and all the secret places of the forest won’t retain their magic and biodiversity.

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.

Word on the Street

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Keeping it reused in this month’s Think Local, we check in with people’s best-thrifted finds.

Three for the Price of One: Fighting Fast Fashion, Buying Locally, and Helping the...

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Local secondhand shops provide residents and visitors ways to breathe additional life into clothing, housewares, and furniture, while also combatting a major environmental threat.

Resilience Fund Gave Businesses ‘Breathing Room’

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New local loan program saves the day for small businesses during Covid, and now looks to the future.