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The Best of the Sierra Sun

Photo Illustration by Greyson HowardA small aspen sapling near Alder Creek. Dependant on moist stream environments, aspen may run into problems when snow melts earlier and streams go dry as temperatures rise.
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While we strive to write engaging stories every day, we realize that doesn’t always happen. On this page we’ve tried to distill our efforts down to those award-winning or in-depth pieces of journalism that will stand the test of time and always be of interest to our readers.We will add to the list as new stories are written that meet these criteria, so please check back for an updated list of our best stories.

In a two-part series on climate change, Sierra Sun staff writers Julie Brown and Greyson Howard look into the effects global warming will have on the ski industry and local ecosystems…

Theres a determination in Bill Krissoffs voice. It is conveyed with a calm cadence that cracks once with emotion as he speaks of his son, a Marine lieutenant whose injuries from a Iraqi roadside bomb couldnt be repaired in time…



This years destructive fire season may have come to a close, but this is just the beginning for the slow recovery of more than 4,000 acres of burnt land in the Truckee-Tahoe area…

About a dozen volunteers safely lowered a tranquilized black bear Sunday morning from picturesque Rainbow Bridge near Donner Summit to the floor of a granite-strewn ravine…



Part of a 15-person Tahoe Rim Trail Association-led team, Sierra Sun reporter Greyson Howard will start from Brockway Summit and walk clockwise around the lake over 15 days covering 165 miles of trail ranging from 6,240 to 10,338 feet in elevation before finishing the trek at Brockway Summit again…

Eighteen hours of labor has Aline Vaca exhausted and the nerves of those assisting with the birth of her first child frayed…

Memories from war haunt Adam Peppers sleep. Bombs explode and gunfire rattles through dreams that replay the indelible image of his five friends killed before his eyes…

Twenty-five years after the deadly Alpine Meadows avalanche, those who were there look back…

Yips and yells pierce the dirty air as a flock of 1,400 sheep trample their way through a talcum-colored haze near Prosser Reservoir. Silhouetted by the rising sun, two shepherds wielding long staffs emerge from the dusty din stirred up by a cloud of agitated sheep and darting sheep dogs. Each of the shepherds cries drive the herd closer to its destination a white livestock trailer…

Look behind bars in local jails, and youll find women who had near-perfect lives until they threw it all away with their nasty meth habits…

After walls of fire incinerated 15,000 acres in the rugged canyons along the Truckee River five years ago, Sally Champion stands in a grassy field south of Verdi, Nev., and points to the ridges that were scorched by the Martis Fire…

Cradled in Ana Lucia Medinas arms is the reason she almost left town after 16 years of living in Truckee. Jesus, the youngest of her three boys, tugs on the rubber mouth of his milk bottle and leans close to his mother. I just want to do it for my kids, Medina says of her dream of owning a home. In November, her dream almost came true in Reno…

In a region where million-dollar homes are springing up alongside world-class golf courses, Esteban and Leticia Lopez and their three boys live in a $6,000 pull-behind trailer the size of two Chevy Suburbans. During cold snaps, when their two small electric heaters cant keep up with the bitter weather, the trailers windows freeze over on the inside…


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