Under the byline “Tahoe Trish”, Trish Tomer has been writing a humor column for the Tahoe Mountain News since 2013. Originally from the Bay Area, she became a gifted writer at age six upon mastering the alphabet. Shortly after, she used her talents for writing absentee notes to her elementary school teacher—thus creating a more orderly classroom for others while extending recess for herself. However, the jig was up when a fellow student pointed out the notes were suspiciously written in crayon.

Since then, she has received rave reviews from all the readers of the Tahoe Mountain News who happen to be personal friends. According to her family, she also writes outstanding greeting cards. Notably, her editor has assured her that she will always have a job, so long as she continues to work for free.

After attending creative writing courses at Lake Tahoe Community College, Trish received first place in the prestigious Kokanee Writers Awards. The Kokanee Award is highly prized by the few people who know it exists, as well as Tahoe’s fish population. She’s been married for more than forty years to a man she met on a bicycle. His passions in life are Trish, dogs, bikes, boats, and fishing, but in no particular order.

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  • Tahoe Local, Lessons from the High Life ny Trish Tomer

    by Trish Tomer

    Want to move to Tahoe? Jump in and hold on for a ride through fifty years of living in a high-altitude, weather-centric, quirky mountain town. Along the way, you’ll gain insights into the misfits and free spirits who thrive in Tahoe’s wilderness paradise and fickle climate and find out more about a populace that embraces bizarre employment opportunities for the promise of a hedonistic lifestyle. Learn how Tahoe locals celebrate the holidays mountain-style and the not-so-special events they create. This is a place where happy hour is still respected and observed daily. Get a close-up view of the service workers and the tourists who, unfortunately, have to depend on them. Take a peek at Tahoe’s casinos that offer jobs with the guarantee of minimum wage, a complimentary meal of banquet leftovers, and a free humiliating uniform. As you travel Tahoe’s bumpy roads, you might find a town with limitless recreational activities—most of which are legal. And you may be tempted to join the unleashed dogs and untethered humans at play. You’ll see what it takes to be called a “Tahoe local,” the true test is not how long you’ve lived here, but how you respond to the call of the wild.