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Features, stories, and reported articles written by Julie Brown.

Posts tagged Reporting
Crossroads: In the face of its most dramatic development in 55 years, what is the future of Squaw Valley?

I am the product of a Squaw Valley romance. In 1974, my dad moved there to join the ski patrol, a job he had been dreaming of since he was a high school misfit growing up in Sacramento. Six years later, he met my mom, a Chico State college student who spent her winter semester loading chairs. They fell in love over deep Sierra snow and lived happily as newlyweds in a shack on Squaw Valley Road that was so cold the water would freeze in the dog bowl every night. They taught me how to ski at Squaw, and as a result, I’ve pursued a life in the mountains. But the home I know is on the precipice of a radical change.

 

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Two Junior Freeskiing Tours

The Tahoe Junior Freeride Series started about five years ago as a friendly competition between the Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley freeskiing teams. There were 10 boys and five girls in its first events. Those days are long gone. Young athletes are flocking to big mountain freeskiing programs, and the demand for junior competitions has increased exponentially. DesLauriers said his Squaw Valley big mountain team has doubled its numbers of kids more than twice in the last five years.

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Laugh Out Loud: A profile of snowboarder Iris Lazz

Granite Peak opened on a bluebird day. A stream of powder-hungry skiers and riders hiked the boot pack to Squaw Valley’s highest point. Walking along the ridge, I passed a snowboarder who was eyeing a line that would send her off a cliff and into the apron at full speeds. I couldn’t see her face behind the goggles and gear. But then she laughed.

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Inside the West County Detention Facility

The West County Detention Facility opened about twenty years ago to house Contra Costa’s non-violent criminals. Inmates have a key to their cells and come and go when they want, except when officers are counting the prisoners. The cells look more like college dorm rooms. They are built around a lobby where inmates can hang out and watch TV. Still, the cells are sparse.

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Levanta La Voz: Immigration and the Election

A door is opening for undocumented immigrant youth who call the United States home. Many are applying for deferred action. But with an upcoming presidential election — between the president who deported the most people in his first term and a candidate who some fear will dismantle deferred action — some are hesitant to apply. This is your place for information on deferred action, the Latino vote, and the undocumented community. Check back as more stories come in.

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Save Our Food, Save the World!

It started with mychorrhizal fungi. Truckee resident Susie Sutphin was reading a 2008 interview on Grist with Timothy LaSalle, the executive director of the Rodale Institute (a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming), who spoke of the carbon-storing fungus as a solution to climate change, when she had an epiphany. Right then and there, Sutphin knew that she had to quit her job and embark on a quest to discover, experience, and study our food system.

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On the Road: Dead Winter Carpenters represent Tahoe's music scene across the country

After some 60 hours driving across the country and back in a 15-passenger van — which is affectionately named Willy, is stamped with a Keep Tahoe Bluegrass sticker, and has something like 300,000-plus miles logged on its odometer — the five musicians of the Dead Winter Carpenters had a day off. And by day off, I mean they had the afternoon booked with this interview and rehearsal afterwards.

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