Top 5 web-only stories this week
1. Truckee’s FiftyFifty Brewing Company eyes mass production with new brewing facility.
“Eleven years after moving to Truckee, with a thriving brewpub and numerous beer awards and accolades to their name, FiftyFifty is on the cusp of opening the doors to a second facility, a project that was OK’d by the Truckee Planning Commission last month,” reported Sierra Sun’s Kaleb Roedel.
2. Learn about Sherpa guides, who protect lives on Mount Everest, and their training regime.
According to Vail Daily’s Randy Wyrick, “Dozens have perished in the past few years, and because Pemba Sherpa and others grew weary of watching their friends die, they created a training program for Sherpa guides — Ice Doctors — leading clients through the Khumbu Ice Fall.”
3. Are you planning a movie night this weekend? Try “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”
Lisa Miller, a Tahoe-based movie reviewer, said, “For a brief moment, during the film’s opening scenes, we meet Queen Ravenna’s sister Freya (Emily Blunt) — still an ordinary woman. Freya is content to let Ravenna hog the limelight, until the self-centered Queen interferes in Freya’s forbidden love affair — one that has already resulted in Freya’s pregnancy with Snow White.”
4. Explore Tahoe’s plush spring landscape with Toree Warfield, an avid Tahoe nature lover and columnist.
“Aside from that last (perhaps) little blast of winter, nature’s activities are springing forth with zest,” she wrote. “It is well worth a stroll in the woods, paying attention to the new shoots that are pushing their way from the ground and popping out of the branches on the trees.”
5. State governments are struggling to enforce “living wage” laws across the U.S.
“Seattle and San Francisco, and the states of Oregon, California and New York are phasing in wage increases that will grow to $15 an hour or more,” reported the Associated Press. “Evidence of compliance is plain to see in the hours-worked total on most pay stubs, but state and federal laws don’t require employers to routinely provide this crucial detail to the government. Without this data, wage enforcers who are empowered to investigate generally wait until a worker complains.”