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Lucia Starbuck

Report for America Corps Member

Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America focusing on community reporting and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is from Reno and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in cinema and media studies. Local community issues are her passion, including the affordable housing crisis, homelessness, a lack of access to healthcare, protests and challenges facing vulnerable communities in northern Nevada.

Lucia contributed to KUNR’s coverage of hateful expressions, including anti-Semitism, at the University of Nevada, Reno, produced in 2019, which won a regional Edward R. Murrow award in the Best Continuing Coverage category and first place in the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA) broadcast contest for Continuing Coverage. She co-created and contributed to a series about the Reno Rodeo’s 100th anniversary called Spurs & Mud: A Century of Rodeo, which won first place from APTRA in 2019 for Best Sports Coverage. In 2020, she was awarded the Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award from the Reynolds School of Journalism.

Protell, her husband and two young daughters are sitting outside against a horizontal tree log for a family photo. There is dry vegetation in front of them and green trees behind them, which are out of focus.
Courtesy of Tracy Protell

Firefighters are continuing to make progress on the Caldor Fire, which is a relief to many in South Lake Tahoe. At the end of August, the community evacuated, including the area’s hospital, Barton Health. It took about two weeks before the hospital became fully operational again.

It’s an already challenging year for health care providers who are grappling with a pandemic. Barton psychiatrist Tracy Protell shares how she managed professionally and as a parent.

An image of a firefighter looking at flames, standing alone during nighttime.
Courtesy Austin Catlin / Bureau of Land Management

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.

An image of Dean Heller in the U.S. Senate during a subcommittee hearing
Senator Claire McCaskill / Creative Commons, CC BY-ND 2.0

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.

A sandy beach that touches the edge of Lake Tahoe. There is smoke in the sky, which is causing trees and mountains in the background to be difficult to see. The smoke is also creating a sepia-like tint over the photo.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog as of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Continued updates can be found on InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, and El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter

There’s a 20-foot dirt path covered with branches and twigs from vegetation that was removed underneath wooden power poles. The path is at the base of a hill that’s covered in vegetation with a clean line from where the plants were removed.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

The Tamarack Fire left roughly 1,300 Nevadans without power in late July after destroying power poles. Since then, the state and its public utility company have been working to keep that from happening again.

A graphic of Washoe County’s COVID-19 risk meter. The dial is pointing to the “Very High” rating.
Courtesy / Washoe County

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.

A large, pool-sized tarp is filled with water. Three firefighters are holding a hose from a fire truck in the background. There is thick smoke in the sky, which is casting a sepia tint on the photo.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog as of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Continued updates can be found on InciWeb and the following social media pages: Lassen National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, and Lassen County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

Palisades Tahoe logo
Courtesy / Palisades Tahoe

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

Two disposable, blue face masks are placed on top of each other.
Tierney / Adobe Stock

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

Sisolak, along with two men in neon yellow vests, are walking on dirt covered with branches from sagebrush that was removed. To their left is a hill covered in sagebrush and other vegetation.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

As the Caldor Fire continues to burn in California, officials near the state line in Nevada are taking proactive steps in case the fire creeps closer. The state’s governor took a trip to see the results of those efforts on Friday.

There are bushes with yellow and white flowers in the forefront, a brown building surrounded by tall trees in the middle ground, and an orange and gray plume of smoke in the background. The smoke is creating a sepia tint to the scene.
Katie Bailey / Lake Tahoe Community College

Lake Tahoe Community College is a small, rural school near the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe. Each year it serves about 7,000 students from California and all corners of Nevada, and even some from abroad.

A sign in downtown South Lake Tahoe that says, “welcome to the city of South Lake Tahoe, California.”
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

A brown sign with yellow lettering that reads “Plumas National Forest.” The sign and ground are covered in a dried pink liquid, and there’s a paved road next to the sign. Both the sign and road are surrounded by thick, forested trees.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

An image of a giant plume of smoke on top of a large mountain backdrop
Screenshot / ALERTWildfire

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening area. Please continue to this blog for updates starting Sept. 5.

Additional information about the Caldor Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website, InciWeb and El Dorado County’s information page, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, and El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter

Jose Mora is crouching down between two SUVs. He has a serious expression on his face. He’s holding a black and tan chihuahua in one hand and putting his other arm around a smiling, tan pit bull with just one ear sticking up.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

The American Red Cross has set up several evacuation centers in Northern Nevada to help evacuees fleeing the Caldor and Dixie Fires. Some have had to move around to more than one shelter so far this week.

More than a dozen firefighters in yellow hard hats and jackets trek up a dusty road. There’s an orange “Road Closed” sign in the forefront. The smoke is thick, gray and covering the far background, giving the photo a sepia tint.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening areaPlease continue to this blog for updates starting Sept. 2.

 Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit on Facebook and Twitter, Lassen National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, and Lassen County Sheriffs Office on Facebook. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

An image of a bright orange sun sitting ominously in a dark afternoon sky. The silhouette of a hill with trees on it is visible as a black mass.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

An intersection with red lights. There are several police cars and a truck with emergency lights blocking off the intersection to through traffic.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.

An image of the Caldor Fire southwest of Lake Tahoe
Courtesy / InciWeb

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening area. Please continue to this blog for updates starting Aug. 27.

Additional information about the Caldor Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website, InciWeb and El Dorado Countys information page, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter, and Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit this El Dorado County Sheriff map and enter your address.

A house-like structure on concrete stilts is propped out of a very small amount of water. There are many rings on the structure and a nearby sandy beach, which shows how high the water has been in the past. There is smoke in the air from California fires.
Courtesy of Nevada State Parks

Drought has drastically impacted water levels at the Lahontan State Recreation Area, and the effects are being felt by farmers, wildlife and recreationists.

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