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Dark Skies, Bright Stars Preparing for Wildfire Season + Power Outages Why Public Art Matters

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Table of Contents FEATURES


19 Why Public Art Matters in Truckee


22 Dark Skies, Bright Stars 24 Guide for Wildfire Season + Power Outages DEPARTMENTS


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to An Insider’s Guide




PLAY Any Day at Donner Lake Is a Good Day




Time to Hit the Trails

16 CREATE A BIG LIFE Your Big Life Starts Here

26 THE HOW’S AND WHY’S OF TRUCKEE Truckee’s Roundabout Round Up

27 BIG LIFE LOCALS Kelly Wallis Matt Heron


12 ON THE COVER: Kelly Wallis of Atelier in Reno (an extension of the Bespoke store in Truckee). See Kelly’s Big Life Local story on page 27. Photo by Daphne Hougard.




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Help us protect our serene outdoor environment – it’s why people visit, it’s why people live here, it’s why people fly here.

Truckee Tahoe Airport works diligently to be a good neighbor and partner with our growing community.

The Airport Board of Directors and staff are engaging with our community on new programs such as: • Implementing greenhouse gas reduction programs in our skies and on the ground. • Developing new flight procedures to mitigate aircraft noise and annoyance. • Partnering with local agencies to tackle regional issues like workforce housing, transportation, wildfire prevention and tourism. • Exploring ways to enhance our Airport’s connection with the community and airport users. Learn how visitors, community members, pilots and passengers are working together to keep the Truckee/North Tahoe area an amazing place! Connected by More than a Runway

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Truckee – Your Base Camp for a Big Life

“Whether you have been here one month, or 30 years – we all came here from someplace and we’re all Truckee Locals.”

WELCOME to the inaugural issue of An Insider’s Guide. Our community, and the world, have been through a lot in the past 16 months. Living through a global pandemic was far from our minds as something we would ever experience in our lifetime. We have now reopened — events are beginning to return and we are enjoying the feeling of normalcy returning, the joy of hugging people and seeing their smiling faces no longer masked. Our community has experienced significant impacts due to the pandemic as remote work became an option for many. As a result, we have welcomed nearly 1,000 new residents to our community. And whether you have been here one month, or 30 years — we all came here from someplace and we’re all Truckee Locals. Now what? The Truckee Chamber of Commerce wants to help everyone make Truckee their Base Camp for a Big Life. is the official website of the Chamber, full of information about our community, businesses and events. This magazine has been created as a complementary piece to that website, bringing you regular departments and features to pique your interest to find out more by heading to Shop Local 365 – We know that by shopping more consciously we contribute to the economic strength and sustainability of Truckee. The Truckee Chamber encourages all residents and visitors to make supporting our local community a way of life. When we all commit to this, the impact on our community is significant. Our small businesses



are owned and operated by our friends and neighbors. They are always there to give to our community through donations to nonprofits and more. We each can do our part by shopping, dining and utilizing local services — 365 days a year. Truckee Base Camp for a Big Life – In 2015, the Truckee Chamber embarked on a community branding initiative. Through surveys and workshops, the community identified core values, qualities and unique attributes that helped shape our brand. Truckee’s quality of life continued to rise to the top as our primary core value. Other values include healthy living, family friendly, environmentally conscious, community minded, and celebrating arts, culture and history. We have our own unique culture, an energy, a cool vibe and enthusiasm for life here. We have a strong sense of pride and give back. Protecting and preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us, the outdoor playground and natural elements are paramount to our ethos. To live in this amazing community and environment is a gift. Our philosophy is one of treating everyone, and their point of view, with respect, courtesy and fairness. This magazine, and our website, are intended to convey our unique culture and mountain town experiences. We hope you find this inaugural issue of An Insider’s Guide enjoyable — we look forward to bringing you more information in future issues to help you make Truckee Your Base Camp for a Big Life.


An Insider’s Guide Summer 2021 EDITOR:

Lynn Saunders President & CEO Truckee Chamber of Commerce PUBLISHER:

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Summer Events

JULY 15 • AUG 12 • SEPT 9




Barracuda Championship PGA Tournament


The Truckee Professional Rodeo Association


Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings


The Truckee Historical Revue

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Trails & Vistas Art Hikes


Art & Soul: Annual Downtown Truckee ArtWalk


Truckee Chamber Annual Awards Event


Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop


Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour


Alpen Wine Fest


JUNE 30 — AUG 25



Wednesdays through August 25



Saturdays through September 4 SEPT



Truckee Air Show & Family Festival: A Day of Remembrance

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Free Admission. Free Parking. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Air Show Grand Finale Performer at 3:30 p.m. featuring the U.S. Air Force F-35 Jet Demonstration Team

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Any Day


at Donner Lake is a Good Day

A little paradise,

Early mornings, you’ll see many avid swimmers stroking their way through the clean waters. It could be part of their summer morning routine, or training for the annual Donner Lake Swim held each year in August or one of the triathlons and adventure events that take place. Boat traffic is light, the wind is calm and the water can look like glass. Paddlers know this is the perfect time for a serene SUP — dogs included! — and many fishermen enjoy the quiet and peaceful time to cast a line.


Donner Lake is many people’s “happy place”. It provides a community hub of recreation for boating, fishing, SUP, kayaking, swimming, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Beyond these obvious activities, Donner Lake is where people gather to celebrate birthdays, weddings, jump in and hang out with friends after a ride or run, or a place to reflect during a solo cross country ski while it’s snowing. Warmer and more protected than it’s big brother Lake Tahoe, many feel safer on this lake if the wind picks up while out on your paddleboard or kayak, as you’re always closer to shore. Moonlight paddles are “a thing” in Truckee — there’s nothing like being right on the water while watching the moon rise to light up and glisten across the dark waters.


Keep your eye on the water as you can see the ripples start to form as the wind picks up from the west. You might even see it in the water before you fully feel it. Then as the day winds down, watching the choppy water turn back to glass after the sunset is remarkable. A run, walk or cross country ski along the south shore of the lake through Donner Memorial State Park never gets old. The 2.5 mile round trip trail begins in the State Park and ends at China Cove. Explore a little as there are several trails that can extend the walk, run or ski heading east through the Park toward Coldstream and the camp sites. Any day at Donner Lake is a good day — every season of the year. An Insider’s Guide



Dockside Tips

One of the more identifiable vistas from Donner Lake is Schallenberger Ridge.

Along the north side of Donner Lake are 37 public piers owned and managed by the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District. • Rise and Shine – there are no reservations for the piers – they are first-come, first-served. It’s ok to drop your friends or family at the dock while you secure your parking, but leaving a cooler, chairs, or other items to secure the dock is generally not acceptable and leaving items overnight on the piers to secure your spot in the morning is not cool either. • Safe Parking – there is a new parallel parking pattern near Donner Memorial State Park and the Tahoe Donner private beach. As a result, parking will look a little different this summer season. NOTE: Do not make a U-turn to double back to a spot. Truckee Police will be monitoring the area. Be sure you park off the road where car doors can carefully be opened and pedestrians and bikers can safely pass. There also is no overnight parking from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am (strictly enforced) in many sections along the road.

Schallenberger Ridge, on the south side of Donner Lake, is identifiable by the funny shaped tree along the ridgeline. The ridge is named for Moses Schallenberger, who wintered there in 1844, two winters before the Donner Party of emigrants got trapped nearby to begin a legendary episode of pioneer hardship. To learn more about the protection of this 1,923-acre ridge and land surrounding it, visit The Trust for Public Land website. To learn more about Moses Schallengerger and the Donner Party, be sure to visit Donner Memorial State Park and the Visitor Center and Museum that tells the story of the Donner Party and the Emigrant Trail to California, local Native Americans, the building of the first Transcontinental Railroad, and more.

• Room for All – it’s customary to allow other small groups to share the dock. One group can be on the front of the dock, and the other further back. Or each take a side to store your water toys. Who knows… you might meet some wonderful people and end up really enjoying your time together! • Pack it In, Pack It Out – Just like any visit outdoors in Truckee, it is uber important that you have a way to pack all your trash and recycling back with you. Leave no trace of your day at the lake to ensure that Donner Lake remains one of Truckee’s most treasured experiences.

Donner Lake Kitchen 8 am–1 pm, Daily

Fill up before hitting the docks at Donner Lake Kitchen on their famous Huevos Rancheros for the adults and Frosty the Snowman Pancakes for the kids. The laterisers can grab a hearty sandwich and a Bloody Mary.



Sticks Market

7 am–8 pm, Daily

Grab a deli sandwich, poke bowl, organic snacks, sunscreen, floaties, craft beer, and local wine — everything you need to enjoy your day at the lake can be found at Sticks Market.

The Pub at Donner Lake Noon–8 pm, Wednesday–Sunday

After a day at the lake head down to The Pub at Donner Lake for happy hour featuring a full bar and elevated pub fare, including beer-battered prawns, seasonal salads, and “lug nuts,” tater tots and jalapeño wrapped in bacon, served with Guinness beer.

Little Truckee ice Creamery Noon–9 pm, Daily

You’ve not tasted ice cream until you had a scoop from the Little Truckee Ice Creamery. This handmade, super premium allnatural ice cream is made right at their quaint scoop shop near the west end of Donner Lake.

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Time to Hit the Trails When it comes


to choosing a hiking trail in Truckee, this seemingly simple task can quickly become overwhelming due to the sheer number of amazing trails in the area. From casual to challenging there’s a trail for everyone to enjoy the majestic lakes, rivers, and mountain peaks that comprise the region. One such trail is the Martis Creek Trail. This 4.3-mile loop is considered a casual hike great for families with young children. It’s also terrific for biking and running. The trail is situated in the Martis Valley region of Truckee, between Northstar California Resort and CA-267. The trail is mostly exposed to the elements except for some more wooded sections.


Another family-friendly hike is Sagehen Creek Trail. Just 15 minutes outside of downtown Truckee alongside CA-89 North, this trail is a 6-mile out and back trail that takes hikers all the way out to Stampede Reservoir. In the springtime, hikers are treated to the rushing waters of Sagehen Creek, as it meanders through the forest on its way to Stampede Reservoir. The trail is primarily a single track so be a considerate hiker and allow other hikers and bikers enough room to safely pass around you. For those looking for a more challenging hike, try the Castle Peak to Basin Loop Trail. Castle Peak is one of the most iconic peaks in Tahoe, namely because of its unique rocky formation that sits on its peak, almost resembling towers in a castle. The trail up to Castle Peak’s summit and back is about 6 miles. The trail gets steeper and more exposed the further you go so bring sunscreen and hiking poles to make the journey as relaxing as possible. When you make it to the top you’re treated to epic 360-degree views, most notably of Lake Tahoe to the south. is your complete resource to all things Truckee. Check out the new Hike, Bike Trails + Camping Guide online at or pick up a printed copy in the California Welcome Center, downtown Truckee at 10065 Donner Pass Road in the Train Depot.

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TRUCKEE DONNER LAND TRUST The Truckee Donner Land Trust has acquired thousands of acres of land to preserve and protect scenic, historic and recreational land to be enjoyed by the public. Guided Hikes: to help introduce you and enjoy trails on all this land, the TDLT hosts docent led hikes. To register for a guided hike, maps and details on many trails, visit:

Trail Etiquette Regardless of the trail and your ability level, several hiking etiquettes should be adhered to at all times. This allows others to have the very best experience with the trails and ensures that the trails are well maintained. Slower traffic to the right applies to hiking and biking as well. Especially on single-track trails, it’s customary to let faster hikers or bikers pass. You might hear a distant “on your right” from those approaching you from behind, which is a friendly way of letting you know to step to the side as they pass. Smile, wave, and say hello. Being out in nature can be one of the most calming experiences one can have, so as you approach other trail users give a simple smile or wave to ensure sharing the trail is a fun experience for all. Follow the “leave no trace” principles by always staying on the trail and not taking any part of the trail home with you. Accidentally veering off the trail or gathering its full-time residents like rocks and plants, can damage the native environment and potentially hurt the ecosystems that surround the trail.

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• Truckee Saturday Farmers Market 8 am–12 pm through September 4th • Compost collection at the Food Bank Garden, Tuesday and Truckee Saturday Farmers Markets, and Truckee Town Hall • Food Bank Garden and Community Garden located in the Truckee River Regional Park • Education Programs from pre-k through college • Alaskan salmon share buying club

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Keep an eye out for wildlife. Several different types of wildlife live all along the trails in Truckee. Keeping a safe distance from these animals will ensure that you both remain safe and never feel in danger. Look at the predicted weather conditions before hitting the trail. If rain is in the forecast, trails may become muddy and slippery. Or if the forecast calls for extreme heat, trails without shade can become too hot for dogs’ paws and cause dehydration very quickly. Watch the weather and prepare ahead of time. Take in the sounds of nature. Truckee’s wildlife depends on their keen senses for communication purposes. Ensuring you aren’t adding any unnecessary noise to this equation is crucial to their well-being. Leave the music and any other form of unnatural noise back home. Take note of your surroundings. Some trails have wide paths and very visible markers, while others cross numerous intersections or twist and turn through the forest. By always being aware of your surroundings, you can ensure you, your group makes it from point A to point B safely. Pack it in, Pack it out. Wear a backpack, fanny pack, or have plenty of pockets in your clothing because whatever you bring with you on the trail will need to come back with you too. Including dog poop bags.

By following these rules you become a steward of the trails, protecting wildlife and ensuring an amazing experience for yourself and others.


Spending time in outdoor spaces has become more important than ever. From seasoned outdoor enthusiasts, to families heading out to their local park for the first time, everyone could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside and maintaining access to our beloved natural spaces. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO







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Your Big Life Starts Here Learn. Connect. Engage. Get Involved. TRUCKEE IS A COMMUNITY of passionate, like-minded people who are committed to protecting and preserving our small mountain town’s authenticity. One of the beauties of living in a small town like Truckee is that it’s easy to make a difference — knowing your community leaders, business owners, and neighbors. We value our quality of life, work hard and play hard — together. We are here to help each other be happy and thrive. We’re friendly and welcoming, we wave to people in town, engage in conversation in the grocery store line and share when we’ve made a recent discovery, like a new business in town to support or trail to explore. Truckee Love is a homegrown brand with a local shop downtown carrying great merchandise sporting this message, but it’s also a philosophy we all embrace. We care for one another, our community, and our environment. It’s easy to make Truckee your Base Camp for a Big Life. All you have to do is embrace the Truckee Love philosophy — connect, engage and get involved.

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Learn. Connect. Engage. Get Involved. Good Morning Truckee A community forum presented by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce to provide timely and relevant information on a variety of topics. Good Morning Truckee is open to everyone and is held on the second Tuesday of every month virtually from 7:30–8:30 am.

Professional Networking A non-profit organization that fosters innovation, cultivates curiosity, and facilitates personal connections in the Truckee-Tahoe community through regular community events, workshops, showcases, and collaboration.

BNI The Truckee-Tahoe chapter of the international BNI–Business Networking and Referral Organization is a dynamic, committed group of local business people who know how to refer business to each other. The group meets every Thursday morning with meetings consisting of guest speakers, timely workshops, and group business discussions.

Outdoor Networking A non-profit running club that was created to inform, inspire and connect mountain runners in Truckee-Tahoe. Membership is open to anyone interested in sharing group, themed, charity or other community-based runs. Members also get special discounts at participating local businesses and access to annual celebrations.

Tahoe Trail Trekkers The Tahoe Trail Trekkers is a local walking and hiking club which is part of a national organization called the American Volkssport Association ( AVA is a non-profit, educational association that promotes fun, fitness, and friendship by providing non-competitive walking, biking, and other sporting events for everyone.

Parent Networking

“Small Talk Tahoe” podcast Small Talk Tahoe shares wisdom on parenting and play from community experts. KidZone Museum is a nonprofit children’s museum that opened its doors over 25 years ago with a mission to inspire learning through creative play and discovery. Join this bi-weekly podcast to learn more about life in our mountain towns, family dynamics, and raising little ones.

Volunteering A program of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Give Back Tahoe provides a comprehensive list of over 50+ nonprofits in the region.Website describes the organization, their cause, and activities. (Tip: unclick all filter boxes). In 2019, four of North Lake Tahoe’s longstanding social service organizations came together to form the Sierra Community House. The organization now consists of the Family Resource Center of Truckee, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, and Project MANA. The Sierra Community House aims to connect both individuals and families through crisis intervention, hunger relief, and legal services. There are both year-round and one-time volunteering opportunities, plus several ways to donate time, resources, or simple monetary contributions. On the first Saturday of every month this volunteer-led litter clean-up group that meets to clean up Truckee streets and trails. Check the website each month for the next clean-up location.

Follow Truckee on social media to stay informed about upcoming events, timely community news, and other insider information. Some key organizations and groups you can find online: • Truckee Chamber of Commerce • Town of Truckee • Visit Truckee-Tahoe • Truckee Tahoe People • Truckee/Tahoe Local Road Conditions • Truckee Tahoe Litter Group • NextDoor • Truckee Jobs Collective

Stay Informed

Read (and listen to) the local media via online, print, and through the airwaves! • Moonshine Ink • Sierra Sun • The Tahoe Weekly (it’s not just for visitors!) • 101.5FM Truckee Tahoe Radio • Tahoe Truckee Media (your local educational and government media center) • Big Life Weekly­ • Nixle

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Truckee Chamber of Commerce Get community news and information on events, dining, trails, and more delivered straight to your inbox. The Town of Truckee Choose from over 75 email notification categories including building updates, action committees, and other timely town information. Truckee Jobs Collective Looking for a job? Looking to fill a job opening? The Truckee Jobs Collective collects, organizes, and sends a weekly newsletter featuring all of the current job openings.

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Head to for a comprehensive listing of what’s happening throughout the community and see page 8 for more 2021 event info!

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Challenge yourself to summit each of our 20 peaks this year. Then throw in a bonus to make that 21 peaks in 2021!

How to play along:


1. Register for an account at: 2. Use the 2021 Peak List and Route suggestions to help plan your adventures 3. Download the free Eventzee app from the iPhone app store or Google Play store 4. Fire up the app and make (another) account, then enter our secret join code found on the website 5. Then hit the trails with your phone! • Use “CHECK LOCATION” when you reach a summit • Earn milestone badges after 5, 10, 15, 20, or 21 summits 6. Hit all 21 peaks by October 5, 2021 The Truckee Tahoe Peak Project was created by local runner Helen Pelster and her daughter Clara. Their love of running, hiking and collaborative community-building inspired them to create the project.

Heading to North Lake Tahoe or Truckee? Leave the car behind with so many transit options to choose from this summer.


Car Free Summer Fun in 2021! Hop on the TART bus and head to the beach, hit the trails, shop, dine, or go out and see live music and leave the driving to us.

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Public Art Matters in


If you close your eyes

and think about all of the visually stunning parts of Truckee most would include mountains, trees, rivers, and wildlife in their description. But what if you were asked to describe the art that makes Truckee the beautiful and unique place that it is?

This summer challenge yourself to take a closer look at Truckee’s thriving public art scene — it’s all around you. Simply put, public art is art on display in public spaces for everyone to enjoy, leaving the interpretation of the art up to each individual’s point of view. Art and artistic expression typically have very broad definitions - and why Truckee has chosen to display public art throughout the town embraces the same reason - to enhance the uniqueness and diversity of our history, culture, and people. By enriching our buildings, plazas, and streetscapes, our public art is not only an investment in the town’s vibrant identity but also serves as a supportive learning environment. Community members of all ages, professions, ethnicities, and tenures can live amongst these cultural representations providing public awareness about important community issues, such as environmental stewardship and respect for diversity. Open your mind and explore the public art in Truckee. Here are some suggestions on where to start:

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ALDER CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL MURAL (On cover and pictured on page 19)

Together since kindergarten, Truckee Girl Scout Troop 197 were in their middle school year in 2019 and had to think of an idea for their silver award for doing something to better their community. After collaborating with Alder Creek Middle School principal and Kelly Wallis, local artist, they came up with the idea to paint a mural on one of the outdoor walls where the students break daily. Working with Kelly, they came up with the idea of “Explore the Possibilities” and all the girl’s drawings and ideas were represented in nine themes: Adventure, Animals, Dreams, Art & Science, Sports, the Lake, Taking Care of One Another, Music, and Nature.


Locomotion was created by local kinetic artist Fred Besch. The ‘’giant bike’’ sculpture can be found in the plaza west of the historic Flying A building. The sculpture represents residents’ love of biking and the art shares plaza space with a giant chess board that was created and donated by Truckee Roundhouse Makerspace.

“ Public art represents the heart and soul of a community, with a little political or social commentary thrown in for good measure sometimes.” —JENNIFER STANDTEINER, MOUNTAIN FORGE OWNER, ART COMMISSION OF TRUCKEE (ACT), TRUCKEE ARTS ALLIANCE (TAA)


When Hans Standteiner, a native of Austria, opened a modest blacksmith shop on the Truckee River in the 1960s he would have never thought his family would carry the hand-forged metal torch over 60 years later. Anton “Toni”, Jennifer and Hansi Standteiner now own and run, Mountain Forge, a modern-day, high-tech blacksmith shop. Sitting on over an acre of land and employing a full staff of local artisans and apprentices, Mountain Forge’s work can be found all around town in public art installations like The Band in downtown’s Brickletown district.

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Sunday, September 12, 2021 In addition to the permanent installations of public art that can be found around town, Truckee is also home to recurring expressions of temporary art. Trails & Vistas Art Hike is one of the most unique ways to experience art in nature. Guided walks along mountain trails put the visual, literary and performing arts to work by featuring art, music and dance performances set in the scenic beauty of the Sierra Nevada landscape.


Saturday, September 18, 2021 Art & Soul celebrates all art from visual to interactive and beyond. Stroll Historic Downtown Truckee sidewalks while experiencing visual art, live music, artist demonstrations, craft beer and wine tastings, small bites and more the third Saturday in September.

Not the typical ants you see in your backyard every summer, these guys are almost 5 feet long and 3.5 feet tall with eerily realistic features like pinchers and large teeth and made of recycled metal. Once jokingly referred to as the “anthill” to residents who passed the unlandscaped roundabout, Matt Parkhurst, a local metal artist, decided to make it official. “Growing up in Truckee I have seen some amazing construction from the red ant colonies. To pay homage and take advantage of the perfect setting it seemed like a great fit.” After proposing two large ant creations to the town, they came back asking for six more to truly bring the anthill to life.

“To me, public art provides a much-needed distraction, entertainment, education, inspiration, and interaction with the community I live in. Art is meant to elicit emotion and start a conversation. It can be a universal form of expression and can be used to convey an idea or feeling but also just be fun and entertaining.” —MATT PARKHURST, OWNER OF MJP FABRICATION AND CREATOR OF THE TRUCKEE ANT ART INSTALLATION AT PROSSER DAM ROAD AND HENNESS ROAD


Located in the roundabout at intersection of Donner Pass Road and Pioneer Trail. The installation was a donation by the artist Troy Corliss. “Art in the public realm, has the ability to transform our

relationship to our physical environment by evoking a sense of emotional-curiosity, beauty, whimsy and a desire for additional investigation.” —TROY CORLISS, ARTIST & OWNER GALLERY 5830’, ART COMMISSION OF TRUCKEE (ACT), TRUCKEE ARTS ALLIANCE (TAA)

In 2017, Truckee was awarded a “California Cultural District” designation by the California Arts Council after an intensely competitive process yielding only 14 districts in the entire state. From the downtown art installations to our coveted galleries to our cultural event scene to the community maker space, Truckee is home to an eclectic mix of artisans, all as passionate about the place they call home as they are about their craft. Learn more at: An Insider’s Guide



Dark Skies, Bright Stars Why Truckee Comes Alive After the Sun Sets



A SUNSET IN TRUCKEE is something to behold, but what happens after the sun sets is just as breathtaking. Gaze up into the dark sky on a clear night and you’ll see hundreds of twinkling stars like diamonds in the sky — welcome to the mountains. Add stargazing to one of the things we love about Truckee — because ... The Stars Shine Brighter in Truckee. It’s true, the stars here are literally more visible with the naked eye here. This is for two reasons: first, we have less light pollution allowing for our eyes to adjust to the darkness more readily. Secondly, Truckee sits at around 6,000 feet elevation where there is less atmosphere to muddle through — we’re literally closer to the stars here! We pride ourselves on our environment, so steps have been taken to minimize light pollution. The town has used information from the International Dark-Sky Association and other municipalities to develop regulations such as nightlighting building standards, and you’ll see very few street lights and they are restricted in height. We can all do our part to ensure the stars continue to shine bright in Truckee. Consider these three simple things:

» Not expecting any visitors at home after dark? Turn your porch light off at night to lessen any source of light pollution, and it can save you money too. Many residents maintain automatic timers and sensors on their exterior lighting so they never have to worry about accidentally leaving their lights on too long. » Mountain Hardware & Sports, among other local hardware stores, carries dark sky compliant fixtures for your home which include low-glare and light efficiency products for residential use. » We know both LED and CFL bulbs are more energyefficient, but they also provide a more direct light and emit a lower amount of lumens into the night sky. Consider replacing exterior lights with LED or CFL bulbs will also help you with dark sky compliance.

How To Take Advantage of Truckee’s Amazing Stargazing Tahoe Star Tours

Led by Tony Berendsen, a Reno local and award-winning astronomer, the Tahoe Star Tours has been a staple in Truckee for over 20 years. Running June through September, at the Cosmoarium at Northstar California Resort, Tony takes his guests on an unforgettable sciencebased talk about the cosmos using high-powered, professional Celestron telescopes. Get a whole new view of the world above us through a fun mixture of science and art through the lens of a state-of-the-art telescope and Tony’s lively explanation. A must-try for all Truckee residents and visitors alike! Reserve your tickets: Full Moon Kayak Tours

Offered just two nights every month during the full moon, June through September, the Tahoe Adventure Company’s Full Moon Kayak Tours are one of the absolute best ways to experience the uniqueness of a summer night in Tahoe. Hop aboard a kayak and sail out with a guide under a canopy of stars on Lake Tahoe’s calm evening water while the sun sets. Guides will provide astronomy knowledge as well as kayak instruction during the 2-hour paddle under the stars. Reserve your tickets:

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Friends in town? Looking for date night ideas? Need ideas on how to entertain the kids this summer? Stargaze! If you turn off all of the lights and find a comfy spot with a view of the wide-open sky above you, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be able to see more stars than you can count. Now, grab a pair of binoculars and focus on the brightest star you see, or is it a planet? A meteor? Now locate the moon and use the binoculars to take a tour of all of its craters. At-home stargazing works best when the moon is in a crescent phase, so get a lunar calendar and plan your next stargazing night in Truckee soon. ©TONY BERENDSEN

There are several apps available to help with your own stargazing experiences such as Google Sky, GoSkyWatch, SkySafari, SolarWalk, and SkyView Lite — all available in the Apple and Google app stores. See for yourself why the stars truly do shine brighter in Truckee! An An Insider’s Insider’s Guide Guide


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for Wildfire Season + Power Outages What all Truckee residents can do to prepare

In 2020, there were 30 Red Flag Warning Days from May– November, versus 2019 which had only eight.

Defensible space improves your chance of surviving a wildfire and helps Firefighters defend your home.

Trees spaced at least 10’

Cut seasonal grass

Clean roof of Pine needles regularly

At least 6’

Knowing what to look out for, how to prepare, and how to stay informed will help protect all of us from what Mother Nature might have in store for us this summer.


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Trees trimmed at least 10’ from chimney and roof

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR NEWSOM has ordered emergency drought precautions across 41 counties, including both Nevada and Placer. Without much moisture accumulation this past fall and winter, the forest floor is already dried out long before the hottest days of summer have arrived.


A Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions combine to produce the possibility of extreme fire behavior. Any combination of these conditions can prompt a Red Flag Warning Day: Strong sustained winds, high temperatures and low humidity levels (20% and below), dry fuels, possibility of dry lighting strikes.

FIRE BAN Move firewood piles at least 30’ away from structures

Clean under decks to prevent ember fire

The Truckee Fire District issued a district-wide fire ban in May. This means, with the exception of campgrounds, all wood and charcoal burning fires are banned, including fire pits, barbecues, and bonfires. Natural gas, propane, and pellet-burning barbecues, and fire pits are allowed.

For more information:

Green & Clean Zone

Thin trees and remove ladder fuels Space and maintain fire-resistant plants and shrubs

Remove all dead plants, grass, and weeds

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Increase your preparedness by sharing your plan with five trusted Emergency Allies and do the same for others. The more connected we are, the more likely we are to get accurate information in a timely manner and survive an emergency. You and your family may not be together during a fire, so consider communication strategies for your loved ones who spend time with others. 24



Residents and businesses are urged to be prepared for prolonged power outages this summer if NV Energy turns off power transmission to Truckee due to extreme fire danger. NV Energy has announced an expansion of their wildfire safety de-energization program referred to as Public Safety Outage Management (PSOM), much like PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). Go to TDPUD’s website at for more information and to sign up for automated alerts via text or email and clicking on My Account in upper right corner. TDPUD will attempt to notify all customers if a NV Energy PSOM is planned between 4824 hours and 12-4 hours before the outage.


Every household will have a different plan for what they do and where they go in an emergency. Here are some questions to ask yourself when creating your household emergency plan: • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? • Do I know my emergency “zone”? • What is my shelter plan? • What is my evacuation route? • What is my family/household communication plan? • Where is the most accessible location to store my emergency preparedness kit? One easy and proactive way to protect yourself and your family from any potential wildfire threats is to establish a defensible space around your property.


NIXLE – In order to stay informed of wildfire and power outage activity, both the Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District use Nixle alerts. To sign-up for Nixle alerts text your zip code (i.e. 96161) to 888777 for mobile alerts that come directly from the Truckee Police and Truckee Fire emergency communications team.


One easy and proactive way to protect yourself and your family from any potential wildfire threats is to establish a defensible space around your property. Defensible space is a barrier you can create between your home and the vegetation that surrounds it, including trees, grass, pine needles and cones, and shrubs. Removing all vegetation within a 30-foot perimeter of your home and keeping the grass mowed no higher than 4 inches is a good place to start. If your yard extends further it’s smart to also remove low-hanging branches on trees and thin out the vegetation to create space between any clusters. It’s safest to not store firewood near the home or under a deck and to remove any build-up on your roof and rain gutters. There are several ways Truckee residents can responsibly dispose of yard waste:

Yard Waste Service

Keep Truckee Green has worked with the TahoeTruckee Sierra Disposal to launch the Yard Waste Service in 2019. Every household can request up to three green carts (and make special requests for more) which are picked up every other week every May–November.

Greenwaste Punch Card


In the event of an emergency evacuation, it is critical that you Know Your Zone, meaning the unique zone name in which emergency services will reference when attempting to rapidly communicate evacuation orders.

Know Your Zone in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Visit 2. Enter your address into the search bar 3. Find your zone and write it down in an easily accessible location


Take time to make an emergency plan and kit for your household. Kit should contain a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency, as you may need to survive on your own for several days. Checklist can be found at

Every May–October the Eastern Regional Landfill allows for residents to drop off up to 6 yards of yard waste for free. Bring in your ID and a utility bill and you’ll receive your transferable punch card for the season. Keep Truckee Green also organizes Green Waste Drop Off Events each spring that can be found at:

Dumpster Rental & Additional Pick Up Service

The Tahoe-Truckee Sierra Disposal offers one-week green waste dumpster rentals and four additional waste pick-ups each year for all residents. Both services must be scheduled in advance by calling TTSD or at:

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The How’s and Why’s of Truckee The Roundabout Rules To maneuver through the roundabouts, here are some standard rules of the road: Yield to traffic that has already entered the roundabout Pedestrians always have the right of way Avoid changing lanes once inside the roundabout Slow down when entering the roundabout even if no other traffic is present Give large vans, trucks, and emergency vehicles the extra room they need to safely get through the roundabout If present, obey the black and white “lane choice” signs that indicate you need to choose a lane before you enter the roadway

Truckee’s Roundabout Round Up Why are there so many roundabouts in Truckee?

At last count, a trip to the grocery store sent me through four different roundabouts. I tried not to follow the old “locals don’t stop” mantra and instead ease into the curves like it was a spring day on East Ridge. Truckee’s first roundabout was constructed in 1998 near McIver underpass at Donner Pass Road. “The first roundabout at McIver underpass was a really big deal for the town. When Old Brockway was the main highway thoroughfare the town would come to a complete pause when a train passed through. Once that roundabout was built we began to see how much it kept traffic flowing and started to look at it as a model for how the rest of town could potentially flow like that as well,” said Ted Owens, Executive Director of Tahoe Forest Health System and former Truckee Mayor, Town Council Member and retired Nevada County Supervisor. Now 11 roundabouts are within the town’s boundaries, with the next one under construction at the Cold Stream interchange (Donner Pass Road and Cold Stream Road) soon. Dan Wilkins, Truckee’s Public Works Director and Town Engineer has spent over 23 years leading the management of Truckee’s roadway maintenance activities, capital construction projects, and regulatory oversight that affect the town infrastructure. “From an aesthetic standpoint, back in 2007 when creating the Town’s Master Plan, the town was recognizing that basically every location where there is a roundabout would have been a traffic signal and there was a desire to minimize the proliferation in Truckee and stay true to the small town feel.” Dan noted other reasons the town voted for roundabouts versus traffic lights including, that roundabouts are proven to be safer and more efficient than traffic signals as well as result in less greenhouse gas emissions since there is far less starting and stopping of cars. And it makes sense. On your next trip to the grocery store add two or three more minutes for each roundabout you pass as if it were a traffic light instead. For me, that would have been about 12 more minutes each way just to get some Truckee Sourdough and a 6-pack of Alibi IPA (wink wink).

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Ke ll y Wallis MFA.IA; Visual Designer, Project-Based Artist, Pet Parent, Sunshine Enthusiast OCCUPATION Workshop Manager at Atelier, Freelance Visual and Web Designer at Mangrove Web Development



YEARS IN TRUCKEE I have lived in the Dolly

Arms Condos in downtown Truckee for eight years with my main squeeze Robert and our two cats. We spent two years lakeside in Carnelian Bay and nine years in Reno before buying our home in Truckee. ORIGINALLY FROM I was born in South Lake

Tahoe, California. But, following a very big winter and a long power outage, my parents relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada where I grew up. I moved back to the Reno/Tahoe region 17 years later in 2003 to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. WHY TRUCKEE We moved to Truckee because

we were looking for an all-season, year-round mountain community with a gateway to the ocean and to Reno. We stay here because of the community, the fresh air, the people, the art, the access to open space, the food, and the volleyball!

door by foot, I can play, mingle, work, dance, hike, ride or float. There are endless opportunities here and good people to help you find them. I am consistently impressed by the community’s resilience, strength, and vitality. We shine light where there are shadows and continually rise to support each other. I am so proud to call this place home.

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BIG LIFE Within five minutes of leaving my front



N U M B E R S Miles of paved path:

Donner Lake • 2.7 miles long, .6 miles wide • Deepest point = 238 feet • Elevation: 5,936 feet • 2.5 miles of hiking trails and 156 campsites within Donner Memorial State Park • 37 public docks

Number of Golf Courses:

There is a wide array of golf courses in the Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, Graeagle area, ranging from quaint 9-hole courses to impressive 18-hole championship courses and everything in between.

Coyote Moon, Graeagle Meadows, Gray’s Crossing, Grizzly Ranch, Incline Village Championship Course, Incline Village Mountain Course, Northstar, Old Brockway, Old Greenwood, Plumas Pines, Ponderosa, Resort at Squaw, Tahoe City Golf Course, Tahoe Donner, The Dragon at Nakoma, Whitehawk (Lahonton, Schaffer’s Mill and Martis Camp are all private). For more info, visit

Number of Ice Cream Shops:

• The Little Truckee Ice Creamery • Summit Swirl • Bud’s Ice Cream • Sweets Handmade Candy Shop

Number of reservoirs around Truckee: Boca • Prosser • Stampede

Number of Brew Pubs: • Alibi Ale Works–Truckee Public House • Donner Creek Brewing • Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. • Good Wolf Brewing Co. • Hoppy Duck • Truckee Brewing Co.

Number of Bike Parks:

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YEARS IN TRUCKEE 16 ORIGINALLY FROM Upstate NY WHY TRUCKEE I have to be one of the few

people that made the move to Truckee sight unseen. Thanks to a buddy, I had an opportunity fall in my lap to make the move from Livingston, MT and start my fly fishing business. The lure of fresh powder, the most beautiful lake on earth and Truckee River trout were too much to pass up!

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BIG LIFE Although big wild trout are what brought me here, the people, community and endless outdoor opportunities are why I stayed. It’s incredibly rare to live in a place where such a strong appreciation for the outdoors reigns throughout an entire community. My wife Lulana and I are truly blessed to raise our boys in Glenshire. Between skiing, golfing, camping, t-ball, soccer, fishing and more, it’s the perfect playground for Lu and I to raise our growing family!

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