Mountain Life

Covering Tahoe Truckee’s community, people, pets, health and wellness, and nature.

A Flourishing Language

Bill Boelk and Carlos Medina meet weekly at the TDRPD Community Recreation Center to study English language and grammar but spend most of their time just talking about life, family, the construction industry, and more, as friends.

Gone from Tahoe: The American Pika

“With high metabolic rates and thick fur, pikas are well-adapted to the cold temperatures at high elevations, but these same adaptations make them vulnerable to global warming” (Joseph Stewart, 2017 study on pikas in the Tahoe region).

Power Up With mPower

Launched in 2010, mPower’s goals are to lower energy bills, increase energy and water efficiency, reduce reliance on foreign fuels, stimulate the local economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Photographic Memories

Photographic Memories: Like peering through the viewfinder of a camera, life is all about perspective. After the sudden loss of her husband Vernon, Ashley Wiley perpetuates his legacy by introducing photography into the lives of Truckee schoolkids.

Cold as Ice

To combat those slippery surfaces in winter, choose the right ice melt for use around your home.

Breakfast: Is it Really that Important?

At certain times of the day, our bodies are primed to digest food, absorb nutrients, and produce insulin at peak efficiency. Linda Lindsay examines how breakfast relates to circadian rhythms, and why you might not want to skip this morning meal.

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.

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