La Comunidad: A guide to the three-part series |

La Comunidad: A guide to the three-part series

Below is a guide to the Sierra Sun’s three-part series on Tahoe’s Latino Community, which was published the past three weeks on and in the June 4, 11 and 18 print editions of the Sierra Sun.

KINGS BEACH, Calif. andamp;#8212; On a sunny day in late April, Fortino Diaz is polishing his red Chevrolet. The burly construction worker, an 11-year resident of Kings Beach, lives in a big house with a large group of friends he met in Mazatlan, Mexico. And he is all smiles when talking about Tahoe as a home for Latinos.A strong community has a large number of parts, and at Tahoe those parts are diverse and unique andamp;#8212; longtime residents, new immigrants, second homeowners, weekend visitors.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Styrofoam cups of coffee sit on top of blue and pink tablecloths, as parents at Bijou Community School spout off in rapid-fire Spanish about the news of the day. When the chatter ceases, Delicia Spees smiles and speaks.In the first part of our series on Lake Tahoe’s Latino community last week, we talked about their unique role and importance in our communities as a whole.INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. andamp;#8212; On shelves behind the counter at the Lindo Michoacn store, two youth soccer trophies coexist with lighters and boxes of Marlboro Reds. Above the shelves, a plaque notes that andamp;#8220;Dios bendice este negocioandamp;#8221; andamp;#8212; God blesses this business. A talk show plays on Univision, and owner Rosa Villagomez sits at the register as customers stop by.During the process of reporting on our Latino series and other stories, we learned definitively that the Latino community does include a small percentage of illegal immigrants.

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