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Image caption: WaPo called Sacramento "the capital of Blue State America," and said the city “mirrors how much of the state, as well as many major cities across the coastal West, are feeling about the worsening humanitarian crisis."
'Washington Post' Details Sacramento Homeless Crisis

The 'Washington Post' descends on the "capital of Blue State America" to expose the ongoing homeless crisis in Sacramento.


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Art Inspired by Fire on Exhibit at Truckee Donner Rec Center

The work of 19 artists dealing with the effects of fire on the ecology of California is on display at the Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center.


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History of the Commons

Pat Dillon delves into the past of Tahoe City’s public beach in a piece for Moonshine Ink.


Image caption: Stephen McNallen uses the Icelandic word Asatru, which means “true to the gods.” in the name of his church. Among those deities is the Norse god Odin (above).
Inside a Whites-Only Church

Reporter Ryan Sabalow writes about Asatru Folk Assembly, a church that worships Norse gods and preaches an extreme racial ideology.


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Holding Back the Bud Boom

California’s cannabis business is blossoming, but industry experts tell the Sacramento Bee that the state is leaving money on the table.


Image caption: Drug cartels are using a method called P2P to produce meth that is “cheap, potent and relentless.”
Nightmare After Dreamland

Sam Quinones, whose last book dealt with the opioid epidemic, talks to the LA Times about his new work on the twin perils of fentanyl and meth.


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A Modern-Day Noah’s Ark

LA Times staff writer Louis Sahagun reports from the front lines of the battle to preserve California’s most endangered species.


Image caption: Salt is a key ingredient to maintaining safe roads in snowy climes.
Putting Tahoe on a Low-Salt Diet

Comstock’s reporter Jennifer Junghans learns about some innovative solutions to the problem of ice on winter roads.


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Mercury Rising

In a series of articles, the Los Angeles Times explores the most literal result of global warming: extreme heat.


Image caption: Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless radio—an old-school form of signal boosting.
Deep Dive into California’s Big Blue

In a comprehensive six-part series, resident Tahoe Weekly historian Mark McLaughlin explores ‘Who Owns the Water in Lake Tahoe & Truckee River?’


Image caption: The schoolhouse was the biggest building in Allensworth, the town founded by Col. Allen Allensworth, which is now a state park.
Civil Rights, Historical Wrongs

Sacramento-based news outlet talks to Jonathan Burgess and L. Dee Slade, both testifying before the Reparations Task Force.


Image caption: Tahoe Institute of Natural Sciences has taught thousands of people about the region’s natural ecosystems.
The Science of Beauty

Tahoe Weekly writes about the region’s go-to source for esoteric natural history information.


Image caption: Northern pintails and many other species of waterfowl depend on marshland in the Klamath Basin during migration.
Dying for Fresh Water

This year, an estimated 60,000 birds have been poisoned by botulism in one of the oldest waterfowl conservation reserves in the state.


Image caption: Matt Werner’s “Burning Man: The Musical” lampoons how moneyed visitors eschewed the festival’s original grassroots ethos.
The Playa’s the Thing

Palo Alto Weekly interviews Matt Werner, whose play ‘Burning Man: The Musical’ is available on Broadway On Demand and Streaming Musicals.


Image caption: Using funds from the California Urban Rivers Grant Program, Roseville got to work on habitat restoration along Dry Creek.
Restoration in Roseville

Work to improve both water quality and fish habitat is proceeding along Dry Creek, a popular recreation area in central Roseville.


Image caption: Truckee's 'Moonshine Ink' newspaper offers a unique package of fire coverage.
Moonshine Ink Covers Ongoing Fires From Multiple Angles

Moonshine Ink newspaper in Truckee provides updates on the latest fires in the region, as well as wildfire preparation, firefighting methods and other angles on the fire crisis.


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Mapping California

In an article by Priya Hutner of the Tahoe Weekly, author, poet and naturalist Obi Kaufmann talks about his latest work: a new book and a documentary film that screens online Sept. 9.


Image caption: PG&E now says it plans to place 10,000 miles of power lines underground.
After Dixie Fire, PG&E Announces Plan to Put 10,000 Miles of Wire Underground

After admitting a power line may have started the Dixie Megafire in Butte County, PG&E now says it will place 10,000 miles of power lines underground.


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Shining a Light on the Tahoe Economy

In a series of articles, Moonshine Ink delves into the economy of the Tahoe-Truckee region, and the problems faced by locals.


Image caption: Sometimes CHP photo editors have fun.
Nominate This Guy for a Darwin Award

The Sac Bee’s Amelia Davidson apparently resisted the urge to make fun of a man whose car was found burning along a remote stretch of I-80 yesterday.


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