Star Navigator Fayth Ross
By Natasha Bourlin
When she saw her eldest son, a super-finicky eater attending an Urban Roots farm camp, pluck kale from the ground, eat it, then suggest the family have it for dinner, a passion — not just incredulity — ignited for the organization within Fayth Ross.
Star Navigator Chuck Shapiro Owner of Wildriver Grille
By Natasha Bourlin
The pandemic’s impact is widespread, but the arts, animal-based nonprofits and children’s causes have been especially hard hit.
So, Chuck Shapiro of Wild River Grille took them all on using restaurant proceeds.
Not that restaurants haven’t been heavily affected as well. However, Wild River Grille, celebrating its 14th anniversary in June 2021, has been “super crazy busy” since reopening its doors in May, Shapiro says.
A citizen of the Washoe Paiute nation born on a reservation in Schurz, Nev., Stacey Montooth is charged with being the liaison between the governor’s office and the more than 60,000 Native Americans spread amongst 27 tribal governments within the state. Her mission is to improve the quality of life for these indigenous peoples.
Extraordinary people conquering extraordinary times.
By Natasha Bourlin
Many people and businesses have suffered during the pandemic, but many others have strived toward new goals while positively affecting others. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, stories abound of organizations that have pivoted as gracefully as a ballet dancer towards new ways to serve their community, and even save their businesses. Inspiring people instilling new tactics relevant to the times to pursue their goals. Like these four forward-thinking folks.
Community invited to travel the map and vote for the People’s Choice Award
December 8, 2020 (South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) – Local businesses and residents are LIGHTING up the town for the Light Up the South Shore Holiday Contest and bringing much-needed cheer with their festive light displays. The community is invited to travel the Holiday Light Trail Map for a fun and safe activity to enjoy some holiday spirit!
Explore the Native American impact on Reno/Tahoe.
By Annie Flanzraich
For the past 10,000 years, indigenous people have inhabited the Great Basin area and shaped its history and culture. In the Reno/Tahoe region, the Washoe and Northern Paiute tribes are an active and integral part of the community.
Nevada may be known as the Silver State. Still, along with all those precious minerals, there are also precious stones hiding in its austere earth.
“Most of the gemstones are agates and jaspers and turquoise,” says Webb Varnum of The Reno Gem and Mineral Society. “All of them can be found in Northern Nevada.” renorockhounds.com
Varnum, a geologist and a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno’s Mackay School of Mining, has spent his life rockhounding through the west coast, including California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. In addition to agates, jasper and turquoise, he also highlighted some less common stones, including dark red garnets from Ely, crystal beryl from Pershing County, and smooth dumortierite. Nevada’s state precious gemstone, the Black Fire Opal, comes from the Virgin Valley in Northern Nevada. It’s the only place in North America where the stone can be found in any significant quantity.
In Reno/Tahoe, you never know what the weather might bring. It can be 80 degrees one day, then snow the next. Sometimes that happens in the same day. So, do you hunker down at home and wait to see the sunlight, bundle up and tackle the temperatures, or plan to do something weatherproof indoors? Don’t let the seasons rule your fun, here are some entertaining options for all ages, no matter the weather.