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How an 11-Year-Old Boy Scout is Saving the Planet

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:46

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Meet Diego Madani and his non-profit treesRus
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See what happens when a 11-year old boy scout decides he wants to help save the planet. Watch this story of Diego Madani, a Northern Nevadan who is planting trees to combat climate change.

Goat Sharing for Good

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Submitted by kpatriciabouwer... on Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:25

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Local Business Features Green (and Adorable) Way to Mow Grass and Improve Fire Safety
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“I told my wife that they’re going to be livestock, not pets. Then, there I was feeding the baby goat with a bottle.” ~ Vince Thomas
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Goat Grazers is an innovative goat-sharing business founded by Vince Thomas. The herd may be rented by property owners to "mow" grass or clear around structures for defensible, fire-resistant spaces. Goats can reach steeper and rockier terrain where machines cannot roll, do not add hydrocarbons or noise to the air, promote the growth of native plants, and are more economical than machinery in most cases. And they are just plain cute.

It can definitely be a great deal of work to clear a defensible, fire-resistant space around structures during wildfire season. But don't tell that to the animal “employees” of one local goat-share herd, who are perfectly content to munch on what they consider candy — nuisance invaders like perennial pepper weed.

“They love coming to work … and they enjoy what they do,” said Vince Thomas, founder and owner of Goat Grazers, based in Sparks, Nev.

Morning Routine Ideas to Steer You Toward Positivity

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:29

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“I don't run every day, but on days I do, I always, always, always feel better. I don't run far or fast, but I go.” * April C. 
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We asked, you answered: What are the steps in your morning routine that lead you toward positivity? Here are some ideas from readers that you can model or adapt for your own path toward daily positivity. 

The idea that implementing a morning routine may steer your brain toward happiness and productivity is not new. 

How Big Air and Big Smiles are Fueling a Community

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:49

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“Our bike park has a heartbeat. That’s what makes it special.” * Cortney Knudson, Co-founder, Truckee Bike Park
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In 2011, Cortney Knudson and Brooks McMullin began creating a dirt playground for their community.

Seven years and nine months ago, Cortney Knudson and Brooks McMullin, decided to go big — big air, big drops, big flow, big fun. They began creating a dirt playground for their community. It was the beginning of the Truckee Bike Park, the very definition of a passion project.

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Growing up, Knudson and McMullin were both active, athletic kids. Brooks did team sports in school, and Cortney was a ski racer who later discovered bikes. But it wasn’t until they were well into adulthood that the bike-jumping bug bit them.

Local Celebrates 1,000-Day Running Streak

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 18:17

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“Now it’s what I do every day. I don’t know how to stop.” * Mariah Erickson
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Mariah Erickson has accomplished her goal of running every day for 1,000 days. Impressed? We are!

When Mariah Erickson’s then 10-year-old daughter started summer break a couple of years ago, the Double Diamond first-grade teacher knew she wanted to promote healthy habits for her. They decided they would run together every day for 1,000 days.

The rules? The runs had to be outside and they had to be at least a mile. That’s every day. For 1,000 days. Rain, sleet, snow or shine. No matter where they happened to be, how they felt, or if their running clothes were clean.  

Paddling Upstream – One Woman’s Tireless Effort to Build a 114-Mile River Trail

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:32

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How Janet Phillips is making the Tahoe Pyramid Trail a reality
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“I think it really reinforces the idea of our region being a unified place. The trail exemplifies that we are all connected.” * Janet Phillips
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16 years ago, Janet Phillips began a 114-mile journey. Today, 80 percent of her Tahoe-Pyramid Trail dream is a reality and she wont rest until it's 100 percent complete.

It wasn’t until Janet Phillips finished her 21-year career as the Director of Water Resources at Sierra Pacific Power (now NV Energy) that she really got to work. That was back in 2001, when she got the idea to develop a 114-mile trail paralleling the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. The long-time river advocate saw an opportunity – to give folks ready access to the entirety of this beautiful community resource.

When Troubled People Can Benefit from Time with Horses, It's N.E.A.T.

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Submitted by paige_182 on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 20:33

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N.E.A.T. is Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy
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"N.E.A.T. focuses on the social, emotional, behavioral and mental health benefits of working with horses. We see ourselves as part of a team, working closely with caregivers, therapists, teachers and others to help our clients reach their goals." * Laurie Roberts
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Through work with horses, N.E.A.T. – Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy – provides a path to growth, change, learning and healing.

Tell us who you are and what do you do for the community that has a positive impact?

We are N.E.A.T. – Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy. So many people in our community, from young children to senior citizens, struggle with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. Through work with horses, we provide a path to growth, change, learning and healing.

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