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A Strength That Prevails

On the team of TNSAR, Doug Read joined more than 150 backcountry searches and saved at least 300 lives. As Great Ski Race director, he has raised over a half-million for the team, and through the Hug-A-Tree program has taught more than 3,000 students how to stay safe in the mountains.

Keep Growing Veggies in Winter

These miniature aeroponic gardens use as little as 2 percent of the water a traditional garden would. Plants are grown in an upright circular tube with openings for each plant, and a central nutrient system where all the plants are watered and fed at once.

The Sky on Fire

This is the story of 54,000 people displaced, 14,000 homes burned to the ground, and over 150,000 acres lost. The 14th Dalai Lama said “if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

Bullying Is Not Cool

Don’t be a bully, and don’t be a bystander. Be an upstander; stand up for yourself and for other people.

Fosters Save Lives

Living even for a short time with a busy family can prepare young puppies and kittens for that forever home, and puppies in HSTT’s foster program often move quickly from fostered to adopted.

Be Fire Safe When Decking Your Halls for the Holidays

Did you know the holidays are one of the most dangerous times of year for residential fires? Here’s how to stay safe this season.

Fun Facts About Tahoe’s Flora and Fauna | Winter 2018-19

While nature is perhaps most easily enjoyed and appreciated during the summer, Tahoe’s winter ecology is equally intriguing.

The Sweet, Sweet Outdoors

Looking to get outside this winter? Check out these scenic and accessible recreation spots around the lake.

Surviving Winter with Wade

Winter is coming. The squirrels are busily gathering nuts and dropping pine cones. If you’ve been around Tahoe for a while, you might know how to prepare for what could be a gnarly winter. For those of us less schooled in that respect, Wade has compiled a small list of hacks to help you live to see the summer.

18 Gift Ideas for 2018

SPONSORED CONTENT From jewelry to books, and from cutlery to crafts, here are gift ideas from Tahoe/Truckee artists and shops for everyone on your list


A Man Named Will

Diary of a Wanderluster

Craft 101