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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

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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Edgewood in the winter

Good Energy In, Good Energy Out

Check out these businesses that went green to lower their impact.
By Annie Flanzraich
It’s hard to feel good having fun while enjoying the natural beauty of the Reno/Tahoe region when you start thinking about how your actions may impact the environment. Luckily, there are many businesses in the area that are either powered by renewable energy or are trying to lower their ecological impact.

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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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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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Pickled to Perfection

By Heidi Bethel

I should start by telling you that at the very moment I’m writing this story, I’m 35 weeks pregnant with our second son. And, boy does he love the salty, dill crunch of the almighty pickle. When the craving hits, there are several spots in the Sierra that offer their delicious take on the dilly classic. From fried to house made, here are the best places offering piquant goodness:

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Make it Maroon – Fall Shopping in Reno/Tahoe

Fall into fall fashion with this trendy shade!
By Ashley Polan
The leaves are changing and the temperature dropping which means one thing … fall is here!  It’s time to say goodbye to shorts and sandals and start shopping for sweaters and booties. Fall is the most exciting season in fashion and one color seems to be taking the stage this season — maroon! Anyone can rock this eye-catching color in just about every piece – from cozy sweaters and blouses to scarves and hats.  Match this fierce red shade with black, grey, white, cream, navy, camel, or go bold and rock it head to toe!

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