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New Analysis Reveals Scientific Value of 22 Monuments Under U.S. Interior’s Review


A new analysis and interactive report from the Center for American Progress highlights the unique ecological and scientific values of the 22 land-based monuments currently under review by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The analysis was conducted in partnership with Truckee’s own Conservation Science Partners, a scientific research provider headquartered in town, and finds that these monuments offer exceptional diversity that would be threatened should the Trump administration and Zinke eliminate or shrink the monument status granted to these areas.
In the crosshairs are 27 monuments — five ocean-based and 22 land-based —that may face elimination from or significant changes in government protection, including many California and Nevada natural monuments like Giant Sequoia National Monument, Mojave Trails, and Gold Butte. Info:

Mountain Lion Aviation Provides Funds to Team Alpha Male


Mountain Lion Aviation, a charter aviation company and flight school headquartered in Truckee, announced that they will become a new presenting sponsor of Team Alpha Male, a mixed gender martial arts team from Sacramento. This deal will provide financial support for the team’s male and female fighters, and it coincides with the opening of the team’s new 20,000 square foot training facility in Sacramento. This sponsorship will give members a new discretionary bonus program, training scholarships, funds for coaching salaries, a life skills training curriculum, and career and financial counseling. In addition, Mountain Lion Aviation will provide complimentary flights for the fighters and their families to attend events.

Tahoe Bear Box Presents New Economy Series


The Tahoe Bear Box Company is releasing a new economy series of bear boxes for Tahoe residents. These bear-resistant garbage receptacles can be installed for under $1,000, and come in one- and two-garbage-can capacities. The Tahoe Bear Box Co. opened in 2003 and specializes in high-quality bear boxes that come with a lifetime warranty at an affordable price. Info:

Après Creations Launches Product Line


After years of collecting abandoned skis, owner Shannon Shue is giving his stockpile new life by transforming the skis into functional furnishings and home decor. Current products include rocking chairs, wine racks, bottle openers, and ski pole plungers, as well as custom pieces on request. Have a garage cluttered with retired skis collecting dust? Après Creations will provide free pickup and removal, and can help revamp your retired skis into a custom conversation piece for the mountain home.

Swing by Après Creations’ booth at Truckee Thursdays this summer; visit, or call (315) 286-1294.

New Blackbird App Offers Private Plane Rides between Tahoe and Bay


A new phone app is offering a way to avoid the long security lines and crowded check-in counters in Reno. The Blackbird app connects passengers with air charter providers for a fraction of the cost of major airlines, while offering smaller, virtually private flights. Choices  currently are scheduled, pool, and select (completely private) flights from Tahoe City and the Truckee airport to Palo Alto and Sausalito starting from $124. Charter operators are fully certified by the FAA with thousands of hours of experience. Blackbird plans to expand its pool of destinations in the future. Download the app:

Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation Scholarship Awards


Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the mountain lifestyle, awarded scholarships totaling $50,500 to seven regional high school graduates attending four-year colleges this fall. Truckee High School graduate Martin Salvador, who will attend UC San Diego in the fall as an engineering major, received the foundation’s $30,000 four-year scholarship.  Truckee High School student Vanessa Mora-Garcilazo, who will attend Cal Poly to study humanities and public policy, received the $10,000 scholarship.

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