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Across the Universe: Town Talk: a new way for you to engage (opinion)

As we turn the calendar over to March (by the way, with all the snow we’ve gotten this year, I’m not sure a Miracle March is needed, but I digress…), I wanted to take time this week to introduce a new section in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Sun — Town Talk.

We plan to launch the section in print and online by the end of March as a way to continue showing our support for the Truckee-Tahoe and Incline Village communities.

Simply put: We want to see more of your smiling faces, your pets, your accomplishments and other fun tidbits of Tahoe-Truckee-Incline news splashed across our print and digital pages.

As you’ve likely noticed (especially all you countless contributors), we’ve published for more than 3 years now a section called “Sierra Snapshots,” loaded with images showcasing the stunning beauty of our ravishing region.

While Sierra Snapshots will continue (both online and in print in the Sierra Sun), we’re doubling down on more community-submitted images with Town Talk. Once launched, we’ll publish a page in the Wednesday and Friday Sun print editions, as well as the Thursday Bonanza, and we’ll include all the images in a weekly photo slideshow at

The best part is it’s super easy to contribute — just email us a high-resolution image (ideally, 200 DPI or higher and at least 5 inches wide on the longest side) to with information about what’s going on in the photo, the full names of the people in it, and where and when it was taken, as well as who shot the image.

As far as what to send, the options are aplenty. The content can range from kudos to people in town, new business/ribbon cuttings, birthdays, anniversaries, “seen around town” images and much more. Of course, there are exceptions. Images in poor taste, or those that have been manipulated or overly edited, will not be published.

And speaking of submissions, you’ll notice this week we re-introduced the Sports & Outdoors section to the Sun and Bonanza print editions this week. I know, it’s not much to start, and the content is outdated, but as I wrote last week, we felt it was important to once again publish regular sports content in the newspaper and online.

Even though we’re still recruiting for our open position of Sports & Recreation Reporter — our goal remains to hire the best candidate as soon as we can — we are making an effort to work harder with the community to publish as many submissions as we can.

No, this will not make up for us not publishing content from the most recent winter prep season for our local schools. And while that is unfortunate, the past is the past — moving forward, let’s work together to get back on track and ensure our local athletes are recognized.

Please email me your stories and submissions; I’m excited to view them.

Kevin MacMillan is managing editor of the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. Email him at

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