October 24, 2014

Interview, article, and photos by Stacey A.

Honestly, I’m not one of those coffee-drinkers who has a specific allegiance to any one place in Truckee. I’ll go to Coffeebar or Wild Cherries depending on convenience, and Dark Horse is more than worthy to be thrown into that mix.

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters on the corner of West River St. and Brockway Rd.

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters opened mid-August in the building where the old bookstore used to be off West River Street. I was lured in by their five star Yelp review and a recommendation from a friend. I interviewed co-owner Drew Taylor about his passion and business. 

Taylor and his wife and co-owner, Cassidy, met in 2009 while working at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in San Diego.

“Once I tasted their coffee, I was hooked,” Taylor says.

Inspired by Bird Rock owner, Chuck Patton, Taylor devoted a few years to learning everything he could about coffee. Shortly after, he began home-roasting coffee beans from a starter kit off the Internet.

“It was like a rabbit hole for me, trying to learn about this specific plant.”

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Posted in: Truckee Folks, Local Business, Eat + Drink |
October 11, 2014

by Stacey A.

We've come to that weird time of year where it certainly isn't summer anymore, but we still have a month or so to kill until the snow starts falling. Basically, there are two choices- wallow away at home hibernating until Thanksgiving or take advantage of the lack of tourists and have some fun in downtown Truckee. I compiled a list of restaurant happy hours to pass the time. Most of the establishments are experiencing some of the slowest times for business all year, and lucky for locals, there are awesome food and drink deals. Hopefully you're finally recovered from last weekend's wine walk!

From A-Z:

Bar of America:  Days: Monday-Thursday Hours: 4-6 p.m Specials: Assorted discounts on food and drink 

Best Pies:  Days: Everyday Hours: 2-6 p.m. Specials: Domestic beer and a single topping slice for $5. Upgrade to a microbrew for an extra $1, $1 off whiskey on Wednesdays

Casa Baeza:  Days: Monday-Thursday Hours: 2-6 p.m. Specials: margaritas $1 off and beers $.50 off

Coffeebar:  Days: Everyday 

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Posted in: Eat + Drink |
October 9, 2014

Interview, article, and photos by Stacey A.

It's been a month since Burning Man, and even as a 7th year Burner, my most vivid memory to date is of the massive art piece, Embrace, 72-foot wooden sculpture of two people, Alpha and Omega, embracing one another.

Embrace concept simulation

I was initially excited to interview Embrace’s creator, Matt Schultz, to find out more about the concept behind his art. Schultz, of the Pier Group, is responsible for past large-scale Burning Man projects like the 2011 Pier and the 2012 Pier 2. He also founded an inclusive art space in Sparks called the Generator. However, our conversation took an interesting turn as he explained the poltics behind the entire project.  Schultz isn't happy with the bureacracy of the Burning Man art committee, and he isn't afraid to say so.

There was drama surrounding Embrace since the beginning. 


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Posted in: Arts + Culture, Events + Music |
September 17, 2014

by Stacey A.

This week I caught up with old-school snowboarding legend, Mike Basich, in his secret, off-grid home about 10 miles outside of Truckee. The experience reminded me what I love about journalism - getting to meet inspirational people who make things happen that others only talk about. 

Basich picked me up in his biodiesel truck and drove us to his mountain getaway, situated over 40 acres of land in the Sierras. I felt like I was entering a secret world as we came into what Basich calls Area 241, named after his Japanese clothing company. Basich designed and built the entire house by hand, beginning in 2005, using wood from trees on the property and metal he welded himself in his Colfax workshop.

View of Basich's cabin, deck, and solar panels. 

Basich has been into DIY projects since he was a kid, and prior to Area 241, he helped remodel a few houses and build some treehouses, but nothing to the scale of this project. With a learn-as-you-go attitude, he started the arduous task of building his tiny home, realizing that if he didn't do it then, at age 33, he might never. 

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Posted in: Truckee Folks |
September 4, 2014

by Stacey A.

This Sunday seven local bands come together for ARC in the Park, a fundraiser for local nonprofit, Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC). The event brings a full day of music to the Truckee Amphitheater from noon-10 p.m., raffle prizes from twenty local businesses, food trucks, games for the kids, and local vendors. All proceeds from this grassroots and volunteer-driven event go toward the ARC cause; even the bands and staff are donating their time.

Now in its 11th year, ARC was founded by Katie Zanto in the Tahoe area. It's a leadership and literacy program that combines the wilderness with academics. Participants get high school credit for completing the summer course.

Courses are offered in 20 or 40-day modules both in Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and are completely scholarship-based. Once a month there is a weekend retreat, with past trips including rock climbing in Yosemite, camping on the coast, ski trips in Lake Tahoe, and a ropes course. Students are free to do both summer courses and weekend retreats without limit, but most students come to ARC for the first

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Posted in: Groups + Organizations |