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Our Neigh-Bears Are Threatened

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Did you know there are bear whisperers among us? Ann Bryant of the BEAR League answers your questions about increased bear-human interaction, and fatalities, injuries, and other consequences for bears.

What the Campfire Ban Means

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The threat of wildfire looms large, and in response, regional fire agencies put in place “campfire bans” in recent years. What exactly that means, wherever you may be.

New Broadband Options and the Library Lives On

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You Asked? As the Tahoe/Truckee region’s broadband infrastructure and potential expand, a hard-fought-for new library in Truckee simultaneously promises a community learning resource for the ages.

Waves of Change on the North Shore

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North Shore is the focus of YATA this month — Homewood redevelopment begins with a 7-unit residential project; NTPUD finally on track to meet “20% by 2020” state water mandate

Buildings and Bobcats

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The quest for an answer of this monthly column is “run up the chain” at the state level; plus, it’s likely that more bobcat sightings are because we’re paying better attention.

Addressing Questions About Covid Vaccine Safety

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About a third of Americans are not convinced about the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine. In this special Q&A, we round up concerns that some locals have, and Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick answers.

Has Covid-19 Takeout Equaled More Trash?

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Has picking up more food-on-the-go during Covid increased how much trash we put out? The answer may surprise you.

How Do We Engage New Residents in Civic Life?

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This month’s question addresses how to reach out to local newcomers and enfold them into the community fabric. A charity, foundation, chamber of commerce, and fresh tenderfoot herself share their perspectives.

Do Pollinators Stay in Tahoe/Truckee During the Winter?

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It depends on the pollinator in question. Some stay, some go, but oh, how many there are.

Why the Long Lines at the Truckee Post Office?

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The line at the downtown Truckee post office is out the door regularly. What’s going on? It’s a complex answer.