Reporter Jason Shueh leaves Sierra Sun |

Reporter Jason Shueh leaves Sierra Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; It was late November 2009 when I arrived to be a reporter at the Sierra Sun. Truckee was covered in a whiteout. Tahoe was plump with snow. Interstate 80 was backed up and the sky kept dumping and dumping. Iand#8217;d find out it was a typical Sierra snow storm and#8212; the snow, a typical 400-inch fixture for region.

Now that Iand#8217;m leaving for my new position as the business reporter for one of our sister papers, the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo., I know Iand#8217;ll miss it. Iand#8217;ll miss the alpine snow, its many forms, its personalities and the equally varied and wonderful community that remains here.

So much has been said and#8212; and Iand#8217;ve written a lot about it and#8212; how people can possess a place or a piece of land. And yet, in retrospect, so little is written about how a place can possess a person.

For two years Iand#8217;ve had the opportunity to know North Tahoe and Truckee and#8212; and though Iand#8217;d never say Iand#8217;d earned the title of and#8220;localand#8221; and#8212; the area has been my home and I find it impossible not to be taking a piece of it with me.

But where to start? Iand#8217;ve covered a variety of topics, heard handfuls of stories, from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the public utility districts, Caltrans, law enforcement, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Placer, Nevada, Washoe and El Dorado counties … the list goes on.

In the end, examples are what Iand#8217;m left with. Sure, there are disagreements, heated contention, disputes that seem unending, but long after the ink has set, the community always shows its tenacity to pull itself together. Whatever the hype, dedicated individuals keep the cogs moving.

This community has never stopped impressing me with its constant drive and dedication. Itand#8217;s humbling and Iand#8217;m grateful for the all of the many lessons learned.

At the moment, my wife and I are piling up the moving boxes at our small home by the lake. We will leave after Christmas, but before we go, I just wanted to express my appreciation to the community. I know weand#8217;ll be leaving much behind, but much will be going with us also.

Thank you and happy holidays,

Jason Shueh

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