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Meet the Locals

Fayth Ross Executive Director of Urban Roots

Star Navigator Fayth Ross

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.

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Star Navigator Chuck Shapiro

Star Navigator Chuck Shapiro

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.

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Colin West Founder of Clean Up The Lake

Star Navigator Colin West

Star Navigator Colin West
By Natasha Bourlin
Colin West went from creating multiple television shows on wine to eradicating waste from Lake Tahoe. Quite the career leap.
Working on film projects helped him form a nonprofit incorporating his production skills into a Tahoe-wide effort to remove trash from the lake. The nonprofit Clean Up the Lake was born.

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Star Navigator Stacey Montooth

Star Navigator Stacy Montooth

By Natasha Bourlin

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.

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Colin West Founder of Clean Up The Lake

The Great Pandemic Pivot

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.

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Light Up the South Shore

Holiday Lights Trail Map Provides a Safe, Festive Activity

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!

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Gold Pass Quest Fall Photo Credit Ben Arnst

Autumn Getaways in Reno/Tahoe

Escape to these nearby areas for a fun-filled fall.
By Natasha Bourlin
Summer went by in a flurry of activity, and now, as the fall colors emerge and winter looms, you’re pining for a getaway. There are plenty of easy, entertaining and relaxing autumn sojourns to explore right here in the Reno/Tahoe region that require no lengthy travel times, and often offer some good shoulder season deals. We’ve put together some sample activity-based itineraries for you here, now it’s time to point yourself in any direction and make an adventure of it.

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Sierra Safely

TRAVEL SAFELY, ADVENTURE GREATLY

Mask up, physically distance and enjoy the area like a local

– Carson Valley and South Lake Tahoe collaboratively are welcoming visitors to the region with a travel safely, adventure greatly message. Under the cooperative marketing umbrella of the #SierraSafely campaign, the goal of the program is focused on tourism recovery for Douglas County while restoring confidence among visitors and locals in the region.

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Jewelry by Denise Jenkins

All that Sparkles in Reno/Tahoe

By Annie Flanzraich

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.

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Courtney Meredith

Star Navigator Courtney Meredith

COMMUNITY LEADERS GUIDING OTHERS, BRINGING A SENSE OF HOPE DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES.
In the world of marketing and advertising, we demand to see the best highlights and positive representation of our favorite places, people and products.
It’s hard to remember what life was like before COVID-19 brought darkness to each corner of our lives. From health scares, to business shut downs, to financial distress and emotional turmoil, it seemed impossible to find hope. So, in a time of turmoil how do you shine light on the shadow?
I sat down with Courtney Meredith at Wild River Grille in the Riverwalk District, (a district she founded with a group of community members) and asked how she gave Reno the silver lining we were so desperate to find.

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