The Sierra Nevada Ally

Team Normal

The spring primaries have come and gone here in Nevada, with fairly horrific results. It’s like we’re living in a movie taking place in mid-1930s Nazi Germany. The bad guys know and relish what’s coming, while the good guys are too distracted by careers or love affairs or just trying to live their lives to really take notice.
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Gailmarie Pahmeier – two poems

Potato pies given to the ranger. dinner eaten alone, your invitation declined. the Roadrunner. Thick bacon, fresh eggs. of orange, sprigs of parsley. More potatoes. for its dusty leatherette booths, its music. When the waitress brings your order, she’s swaying. along to Steve Miller- really love your peaches,. wanna...
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Washoe and allies run to stop Minden siren

As Minden sounded its siren at noon on May 28, a group of more than 50 Washoe and their allies shouted together in response, “Stop the siren!” Their defiant cry and a formidable eight-mile group run followed an hour-long protest of the Nevada town’s daily siren blasts.

Swimming, Italy, and the Wonder of Dogs with Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox has seen a lot over the more than 35 years as an amateur, record-setting long-distance and cold water swimmer. Cox has swum in places like the Bering Strait, the English Channel, and Antarctica, writing about it all along the way. Now, her newest book, Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog, brings the reader to the coast of Italy, where Cox traveled to Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio – the School of Italian Water Rescue Dogs – to meet with the dogs and the trainers who prepare them.

It’s All Such a Shame

And some of us say, “How can this be?” “This” being nineteen grade-schoolers and two teachers massacred in their classroom even before the victims of the prior week’s massacre are all buried. Others, like the Governor of Texas, under whose jurisdiction the killings happened, assure...

Eulogy for America

Of crossfire rage on Facebook, infantile Twitter rants. Then I leave the house, search for it in the park,. at Publix, folks waving as I pedal past on the trail,. flickers of sunlight passing under live oaks, Spanish. moss swaying in the mournful breeze, but I see no sign. of...

Two Poems by Krista Lukas

Driver license and said, “This one’s good for another four years.”. written alongside the cracked Liberty Bell. Forty-two cents, good for an ounce. of the atmosphere as we know it. Good in domes and through world wars. Accepted by all mail carriers. in all countries for all time,...

Reno Embraces Data to Meet Climate Goals

Over the past year, the City of Reno has been tracking its carbon emissions through nZero, a carbon management platform. After the city council adopted a sustainability and climate action plan in July 2019, the city needed a way to measure its progress against its stated goals. Now, the city has found itself at the forefront of a burgeoning new industry.

Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

The 170-mile-long Tahoe Rim Trail is the heart of Lake Tahoe’s extensive trail system. It travels through two states, and three wilderness areas, and takes you through a wide variety of ecosystems. There are deep forests of red fir covered in wolf lichen, smooth granite peaks rising above shimmering lakes, and soft volcanic rock covered with mules ears. And there is mile upon mile of spectacular views of Lake Tahoe from atop the ridges that give the trail its name. It is a beautiful place, and in recent years, it has also become a very popular place.

A Look at Cohousing in Nevada

Throughout the United States, the majority of housing is made up of suburban, single-family homes. However, as an increase in housing demands is met with a lack of usable space–especially in the drought-ridden West–many people are looking for alternatives to traditional housing methods. Unlike the well known hippie...

The Mother Hips have plenty of plans for this year

Originally from Chico, California, The Mother Hips now call Marin County home. They have been making music together for three decades. In the course of their career, they’ve released albums, worked with prolific producers like Rick Rubin and played shows around the world. This May The Mother Hips will...

Ace your age: 50 lessons in 50 years

Interviewing Royal Robbins ranks among the best experiences in my modest writing career. Robbins pioneered Yosemite rock climbing, achieving historic first ascents on both Half Dome and El Capitan. But when we met in 2009, he spoke mostly about his favorite kayaking first descent on the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River.

nZero’s Carbon Management Tools Track Progress Toward Climate Goals

A few weeks ago, a small company by the name of Ledger8760 rebranded as nZero, a decision meant to demonstrate carbon management’s growing role in meeting climate change initiatives. Ledger8760 started out by tracking a client’s electricity usage, an emission which makes up roughly 65% of total global emissions, over the course of all 8,760 hours in a given year. Now known as nZero, the company has continued to expand its data tracking measurement tools to markets all across the world.

It’s Time to Stop the Public Land Giveaways to Oil and Gas Speculators

As Nevadans, we cherish our public lands and all they have to offer: from diverse wildlife to endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. One of these cherished places is the Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada. Encompassing 77,000 acres of sagebrush steppe, high desert landscapes, ancient bristlecone pine groves, and alpine tarns, the park is home to a broad array of wildlife, including yellow-bellied marmots, beavers, porcupines, bighorn sheep, pygmy rabbits, and ringtail cats. The park also offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, fishing, wildlife watching, and star-gazing.

Everyday Should Be Earth Day

Like most Americans, I’m concerned about climate change. Sometimes I feel discouraged. I worry about my children’s future, and I don’t always know what to do to improve things. With Earth Day approaching, I tried to answer that question for myself and found some surprising answers. Let’s...