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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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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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Carson Valley Golf Course (Sierra Safely)

Great Outdoor Escapades

By Natasha Bourlin
Adventures are grand throughout Nevada’s Douglas County. Encompassing the expansive, exquisite Carson Valley and Tahoe’s Nevada side, this area has so much to offer in the outdoor realm.
Have you ever skied, played golf, then got out on the water in one weekend, or even a single day? Here, you can.
Stunning, vast outdoor expanses teeming with wildlife beckon visitors to Sierra Safely. Countless trails invite exploration. Lake Tahoe’s glistening waters are ripe for excursions, and year-round golf courses tempt those seeking to perfect their swing.

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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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Dinosaur named Sue

All-Weather Fun in the Sierra

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.

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STAR Navigator Britton Griffith

By Natasha Bourlin
She’s been to more countries than states.
She holds a degree in international business from the University of Nevada, Reno.
She’s the vice president of Reno Engineering Corporation, a civil design and development services company with a 23-year history.
She’s served and led more regional boards of directors that this writer can even list.
She funneled her community passion and desire to better her hometown by campaigning to become a member of the Reno City Council.
She’s up for sainthood next year …

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