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The Local Lens – Local News

March 9, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

Full disclosure: I’m always wearing rose-colored glasses! A positive worldview IS my filter. One of the reasons we started IVCBA was to provide a local news source. The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, the local paper for 40 years took on a revered status after it was gone. Up until 2008 or so, it was DELIVERED to our doorstep 3 times a week. It was an original news source and it covered local fundraisers, the crime log, the school honor roll, and opinions about current hot issues. We looked forward to reading editorial columns by Andrew Whyman and Jim Clark, opposite ends of the political spectrum. Mary Jurkonis, formerly the publisher (now a realtor for Dickson Realty) brought both sides of an issue forward. She encouraged free speech and gathered the news weekly on Fridays in the Bonanza meetings where she served homemade banana bread and held court with agency heads and the local pundits. And once a year, the NLT Bonanza published a tabloid called Locals with feature stories on our “movers and shakers”. I guess they would be called Influencers now. This newspaper wove the fabric of our community together and brought us an identity of a thriving community that rallied behind its schools, nonprofits, and its service workers. We knew the owners and patronized local businesses. We are still a community that goes to local sports games and high school graduations. We did these things partially because Incline Village is a small town, but also because the newspaper covered these events only important to locals.

Although everyone knew print was becoming obsolete, it was a shock when the Bonanza was consolidated into the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a regional newspaper in 2018. Rob Galloway, the Tahoe Daily Tribune Publisher, and his staff work hard to cover Incline Village Crystal Bay news in a challenging environment dependent on selling advertising. We get great coverage of school sports…did you catch the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s articles on Incline High School’s girl’s basketball team taking first place and the boy’s team taking second place in the state finals a week or so ago? We can count on the Tahoe Daily Tribune to cover the major news and bring us the important stories on the region and the basin. The Sierra Sun is the sister newspaper that covers North Shore and Truckee, California. Although it seems counterintuitive to be aligned with South Shore, it makes sense from the standpoint of covering both Douglas and Washoe Counties in Nevada.  Pick up a copy every Friday from the newsstands around town.

Tip: the one at Raley’s is outside, around the corner from the Deli entrance. For the best coverage, subscribe to its electronic blogs and get “breaking news” on stories of interest to most everyone. IVCBA.org links to stories that are specific to Incline Village Crystal Bay.


Ever heard of Moonshine Ink, published in Truckee? It covers some Incline news, often in a more in-depth way, and is published every two weeks. Pick it up at our local newsstands and visit them online. Also, look for The Tahoe Weekly every other week and always online, for ALL of the North Shore activities and events. Watch for their seasonal guides to recreational sports. 

Pick up the Reno Gazette Journal or visit online for Reno-Sparks and national news. Between the “de-cliners”…retired folks that now live in Reno, business owners, and employees who can’t afford to live here or just choose to live in an urban area, this can be a source of Incline Village Crystal Bay news too.


  • SnapShot is an aggregated newsletter intended to spread all of the news from our local organizations. It comes out weekly on Wednesdays. Subscribe here.
  • Live.Work.Play is a magazine that brings feature articles on locals and our organizations. It is delivered to postal patrons in late March, June, and November. You can read the latest edition as well as past issues here.
  • IVCBA.org has ALL of the latest stories and posts if you can’t wait until Wednesday’s SnapShot.

LOCALS UPDATE: Ginger Coltrin and Barbara Longshore (pictured below) reminded me that they have been locals since the 70’stoo!  (Read last week’s blog, “Who’s a Local?”)

About the Author Linda Offerdahl

Linda Offerdahl, IVCBA’s Executive Director, is a 34-year resident of Incline Village. After careers in education and computer product management, she and her husband Richard moved to Incline Village to raise a family and support the community and its endless recreational and business assets.

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