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2 years or 20: What makes a local?

Does the length of time a person lives somewhere automatically make them a local?

Well, yes and no.

If it comes down to the number of sunsets and sunrises one has seen from one place, well, I suppose. But if he or she isn’t involved in the community, helping others or generally trying to make a place a little better, then I’d say that person is more of a resident.

Lots of folks in the Truckee-Tahoe area are quick to point out just how long they’ve lived here. And that’s fine. But has their tenure benefited this place or its people?

In our estimation a Truckee-Tahoe local is someone at the heart of this community, someone with passion for his or her town, neighborhood or school no matter how long he or she has lived here.

A local has a connection to this place beyond how many record snowstorms that person has endured.

You probably know a few such folks. They may have lived here for two years or 20 years, but what’s more important than that time is their involvement in the region and the lives of their neighbors and, perhaps, people they don’t even know.

We’re asking you to nominate the person or persons you think represent the true Truckee-Tahoe spirit. From the nominations we’ll select approximately 15 people for our special Locals section, to be published in October, and tell their stories.

So check out Thursday’s Sierra Sun for a Locals ballot and let us know who you think is a true local.

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