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This year marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, a massive undertaking that employed thousands of Chinese immigrants. In this installment of “Time & Place,” historian Alicia Barber explains some of the challenges faced by the Chinese residents of the Sierra Nevada after the railroad was finished.

As a warning, this segment contains historical accounts of physical violence fueled by racism and may not be suitable for children.

houses, development
Tom Rumble

The Truckee City Council is increasing the in-lieu housing fee for developers. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.


Preserving Olympic Memories Before Evidence Is Erased

Sep 14, 2018
Holly Hutchings

An exhibit paying homage to the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics is on display at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Everything from vintage uniforms and rarely seen photography to illustrations by Walt Disney --a huge fan of skiing--are also showcased. The memorabilia are some of the last remaining vestiges of a games that changed winter sports and the Tahoe-Truckee region. Our arts reporter Holly Hutchings visited the exhibit and talked with one avid Olympic collector and author to learn more.

Amtrak tracks near Reno
Photo Credit: ThisisReno

The parents of a 22-year-old Amtrak passenger who was found critically injured near the train tracks in Truckee are disputing Amtrak's conclusion that he likely tried to kill himself. Amtrak Police Chief Neil Trugman told reporters earlier this week that Aaron Salazar's injuries appear to be the result of an attempted suicide. Salazar's family members fervently disagree and say they are concerned that the incident may have been a hate crime since Aaron is gay.

Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been covering this story. He spoke with our News Director Michelle Billman to share the latest details.

Alexa Ard

Commercial cannabis delivery in Truckee has moved one step closer to reality. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Tahoe's Missing Middle

Dec 1, 2016

 

Tahoe communities have been grappling with a worsening housing crisis for several months. Although housing has always been an issue in the region, the situation has reached something of a tipping point in recent months, affecting both low-income communities and,increasingly, working class and middle class residents as well.

As more and more landlords convert their properties to lucrative short-term vacation rentals, and developers continue to push for new neighborhoods filled with second homes, locals are struggling to stay in the community.

Affordable Housing Shortage Bad For Business In Truckee

Nov 15, 2016
American Advisors Group / Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Local business owners are feeling the pinch of a housing shortage in Tahoe. Our Tahoe reporter Amy Westervelt has that story.

Study Proves Tahoe Housing Crisis Is Real

Aug 28, 2016

A study of housing in Truckee and north Tahoe released this week reveals some troubling realities about the region. 

The results of the Truckee-North Tahoe regional housing study, commissioned by the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation, are unsurprising to locals: A third of Tahoe residents spend more than half their income on housing, and close to 65 percent of houses in the region are vacation homes. 

Truckee Unveils New Logo

Jul 18, 2016

The Town of Truckee has unveiled a new logo. Based on signs for Old Forty, the scenic road that runs up and over Donner Summit, the logo is a key part of the town's re-branding efforts, as is its corresponding tag line. 

Squeezed Out, Part One: A Look Beyond The Lake In Tahoe

May 17, 2016
Courtesy Domus Development

The Reno-Tahoe area is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing, impacting everyone from families to employers to even the police force. In this first story of our series on the subject, "Squeezed Out,"  Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt visited a side of Tahoe most people don't see. 

"I just kicked a liquor bottle, in a park where there are unfortunately a lot of kid bikes."

That's Heidi Hill-Drum, executive director of the Tahoe Prosperity Center, showing me around one of the few affordable housing options in King's Beach: a run-down trailer park.

Bringing Reno and Tahoe Techies Together

May 13, 2016
Rachel Arst McCullough

The monthly event series Silicon Mountain is celebrating a new livestream that lets anyone join in, and a regular viewing party at a Reno co-working space. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt went to one of those meet-ups to learn more.

"Hi there, I'm here to talk about 'Why hackathons,' ..."

Meet The Truckee Maker Community

Apr 26, 2016
Courtesy Truckee Roundhouse

Truckee's first maker space is set to open this summer. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt has this progress report.

At a potluck for the Truckee Roundhouse, future members of the maker space mingle, eat chili and talk about what tools they still need.

"Fireside Pizza just signed on to buy us a table saw, Truckee Lumber is getting a CNC  and Marg's Taco Bistro is pitching in with a forge...," says Truckee town councilman and vice-mayor Morgan Goodwin.

Locals are being priced out of the Tahoe housing market, according to a regional study due out this summer.

Driving along Lakeshore Boulevard, with Lake Tahoe glimmering in the spaces between elaborate lakefront homes, it's hard to imagine that anyone struggles financially here.

"Respondents to our survey were mostly full-time, professional residents and the majority of them are overpaying for housing, they have multiple jobs in alarming numbers and are seemingly struggling to make ends meet here."

Local Climate Plans Tackle Fire, Floods, And Funding

Dec 16, 2015
Amy Westervelt

 

Nationally, climate change remains a highly politicized issue, with senators and some presidential candidates still arguing about whether the science is valid. But at the local level, adapting to climate change is more about pragmatism than politics. 

 

After four years of severe drought and diminished snow pack, this winter’s El Nino storms are a welcome sight. They’re also a potential hazard. 

Courtesy Avaaz

      

Reactions to the global climate agreement reached in Paris last week have been mixed. Some applaud the move to reduce emissions and cap warming temperatures while others criticize the agreement’s lack of binding commitments. On the heels of that summit, we take a look at the intersection between those global discussions and what's happening right here in our region.

Amy Westervelt

A controversial development plan goes to the Truckee Planning Commission Monday. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt has more.

Canyon Springs, a 203-home development, has been on the books in Truckee for close to 30 years now, but is moving closer to reality than it’s ever been. The development’s final environmental impact report – or EIR -- will be presented to the Truckee Planning Commission during an unprecedented two-day hearing.

Burners Rejoice: Truckee to Get Its Own Maker Space

Oct 28, 2015

 

Truckee is about to get its own maker space, stocked with tools and materials to help locals get creative. 

 

Morgan Goodwin made bringing a maker space to Truckee a big part of his campaign for town council this year. It was a message that resonated with the community. 

“Through the town council campaign I met a lot of people who wanted to get involved,” Goodwin says. “We started having some meetings and creating a team of people who would be best positioned to make it happen.”

Reno-Tahoe Shelters Battle Surge In Unwanted Pets

Aug 13, 2015
Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

The humane societies in Reno and Truckee have some of the highest adoption rates in the country, but recently they’ve seen a spike in the number of people giving their pets up for adoption.