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Low-Interest Disaster Loan Program For Effects of Severe Storms


Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Nevada and California businesses and residents affected by the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides that occurred this January and February, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator Linda McMahon announced Feb. 23. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request received from Gov. Brian Sandoval on Feb. 22. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Churchill, Humboldt, Lyon, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe counties and Carson City in Nevada; Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties in California; and Harney and Lake counties in Oregon. The Town of Truckee and Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) are reaching out to potentially impacted residents and businesses to determine if the county has enough affected parties for SBA eligibility. If you believe that your home or businesses may meet either the Physical Disaster Declaration or Economic Injury Disaster Declaration criteria, the Town of Truckee encourages you to contact it by March 3 at (530) 582-2914,

Airport Launches Non-Stops to Chicago


Starting June 8, United Airlines will offer daily non-stop service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, adding to the summer travel options between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the Windy City. This marks the first time in recent history that United Airlines flies non-stop between Reno and Chicago, a market also served by American and Southwest Airlines. The route is seasonal to accommodate the busy summer traffic and is planned to run through Sept. 5. The United flight will operate seven days a week on a Boeing 737 with 143 seats, departing Chicago at 7:35 p.m., arriving in Reno at 9:45 p.m. The Reno outbound flights will leave at 11:20 p.m. and land in Chicago at 5 a.m.

Tahoe Donner Lodge Earns OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award


On Feb. 16 the Lodge Restaurant & Pub was recognized by OpenTable, an online restaurant review and reservation site, as a 2017 Diners’ Choice winner for the fourth consecutive year. The Lodge was voted highest among the restaurants in North Lake Tahoe in the following categories: Best Service, Best Food, Best Value, Most Booked, Best Ambiance and Best Overall. The Diners’ Choice winners are determined by feedback from users who booked their reservation through Only diners with a seated reservation can submit feedback. Info:

The Ultimate Guide to Successful Cord Cutting


Iron Violin Press, a publisher based in Incline Village, has released a new ebook providing info to those who want to “cut the cord” — i.e. detach from cable TV — but don’t know where to start. The publication addresses fundamentals, discusses trending technologies, and helps readers customize their TV viewing. The book titled Cut the Cord, Ditch the Dish, and Take Control of Your TV is described by the authors Joe and Kimber Fidler as an indispensable resource of information, new technology, how-to projects, and hacks that will revolutionize the way you watch TV. Available for purchase through LeanPub for $20, the guide includes a year of updates for new information and technologies. The authors are offering a 20 percent discount until March 31 through this link:

Tahoe Mountain Fitness Social Media Raffle to Win One Free Month


Tahoe Mountain Fitness studio is giving away a one-month unlimited membership as part of their social media campaign to promote new yoga and Pilates offerings. A winner will be selected from those who share reviews of the studio on Facebook, Yelp, or Google. Each social media review earns the user one entry into the membership drawing with a bonus entry after three posts. Reviews must include the words “Pilates” and/or “yoga” and must be submitted by April 30.

Better Search Options for Auto Insurance Rates in California


The Department of Insurance offers an online comparison tool that gives drivers more options to find the most affordable rates. Thousands of consumers have used the department’s tool since its overhaul last year to compare rates and find the best company for their needs. The auto rate comparison tool utilizes estimates from 54 insurers to help consumers see a range in premiums and options, based on factors similar to their situation. Info:

Laura Cuff Hired to Salon Fandango


Cuff, who has been a hairstylist for 38 years, is coming to Fandango, offering cuts, color, and Keratin smoothing services featuring Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Complex product lines. Laura was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Truckee with her husband Kevin in Nov. 2015 to follow their dream of living in a small town with a sense of community. Info: Salon Fandango, (530) 582-1138

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