News Briefs

North San Juan Fire board to discuss Measure Q

April 18, 2014 — 

Measure Q will be one of the items on the agenda of the board meeting for the North San Juan Fire Protection District on Tuesday. Hank Weston, who has endorsed Measure Q, will be a guest speaker at this meeting.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at the firehouse, 13200 Tyler-Foote Crossing Road. Other items on the agenda include a resolution calling for a general district election, a closed-session performance evaluation for Fire Chief Jason Flores and the introduction of two new firefighters.

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Driver visits school

April 17, 2014 — 

Tall Pines Nursery School was visited by Jason Statler with Statler Racing — a local race driver of a 410 Sprint Car. Statler is the father of Tall Pines student Cody Statler.

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Widowers to meet

April 17, 2014 — 

The Widowed Persons Association will have its monthly meeting on May 10 at the Moose Lodge in Grass Valley. Call Millie at 265-3454 for reservations. The Sunday Night Supper will be held April 27 at Cirinos in Grass Valley and the Breakfast will be held on May 16 at Toffanelli’s, also in Grass Valley. The organization also has weekly pinochle games at Olympia Glade Club House every Tuesday. The Widowed Persons Association is dedicated to helping widowed persons find a new direction to their lives after sustaining a great loss. For more information, call Eileen at 272-2487 or Kent at 432-1779.

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Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County advocates for peace

April 17, 2014 — 

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County advocates for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Anyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us.

The March 16 program, “Eva Bartlett: Standing With Gaza,” was a rousing success. The 40 people who attended were very generous in donating a total of $739 to the Maia Project, which brings clean water to children in the Gaza Strip, where 90-95 percent of available water is contaminated.

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Easter candy available from NC Chamber

April 17, 2014 — 

See’s candies are now available for sale at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main St., Nevada City. One-pound boxes, peanut brittle and plenty of Easter eggs are on hand.

Also available are suckers and candy bars, as well as sugar-free candy bars.

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Lunch at the Crossroads on Friday

April 17, 2014 — 

Lunch at the Crossroads invites community members to join in for a free lunch today. Polish sausage, potato casserole, fresh garden salad, garlic bread and assorted desserts will be served. The doors to the Grass Valley United Methodist Church’s dining room open at 11:45 a.m., and guests will be seated until 1 p.m. The address is 236 South Church St. Come early to help yourself to free, gently used clothing, then bag some free groceries to take home with you.

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The Newcomers Club presents April Fashion Show

April 14, 2014 — 

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County presents its April fashion show, Simple Elegance, at 11:30 a.m. April 23 at the Alta Sierra Country Club.

This year’s show will feature exciting and dynamic clothing from four fashion-conscious local shops: Fresh Image, Judi’s, Marilyn’s Fashionations and Yuba Blue.

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In full bloom

April 14, 2014 — 

An iris makes an entrance in the warmth of spring.

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Roadwork announced for this week

April 14, 2014 — 

The following roadwork is scheduled for the week of April 14-18:

Highway 49 (Placer County) from Elm Avenue to the Nevada County line: Motorists can expect various north and southbound lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. A contractor is scheduled to do utility work.

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Crime Victims United of California endorse Ferguson for judge

April 11, 2014 — 

Crime Victims United of California endorse Ferguson for judge

Crime Victims United of California has formally endorsed Anna Ferguson for Nevada County Superior Court judge.

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County reduces wildfire fuels on its properties

April 11, 2014 — 

In his Friday memo, Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey announced that the county currently is performing various vegetation/fuel load reduction mitigation projects on its properties, in collaboration with Cal Fire.

“In the past, we have employed various techniques, including goats, around the Rood Center property,” Haffey wrote.

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Roadwork announced for East Main Street

April 11, 2014 — 

East Main Street between Alta and School streets will be subject to traffic control for underground utility work on Monday and Tuesday. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however periodic delays may be possible. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.

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Sac Bee photojournalist to speak to camera club

April 11, 2014 — 

Randall Benton, award-winning photographer, will be the featured speaker at the Nevada County Camera Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 28. As a photojournalist, Benton will be sharing examples of how he tells stories with his photos, as well as the considerations he uses to tell those stories when on assignment.

Benton has been a photographer for 40 years, a professional photographer for over 25 years and a staff photographer with the Sacramento Bee newspaper for 17 years.

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Ophir Hill Fire District to host day of fun

April 11, 2014 — 

The Ophir Hill Fire District, across the street from Art’s Cedar Ridge Gas and Auto in Cedar Ridge, is hosting an afternoon of free family fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3.

The event includes a bouncy house, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn and more. Smokey the Bear will make an appearance at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Blue Star Mothers to host fundraiser

April 11, 2014 — 

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter 12, are holding a fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. April 28 at the Northridge Restaurant, 773 Nevada St. in Nevada City. The Blue Star Mothers serve the troops, veterans and families of the injured or fallen. A portion of the proceeds from that night will help benefit the local chapter.

For information, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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Spring cleaning

April 11, 2014 — 

A bird brings nesting materials to a Smartsville birdhouse.

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NCTV extends deadline for screenplay contest

April 11, 2014 — 

The submission deadline for NCTV’s Here in Nevada County screenplay contest has been extended to 5 p.m., April 21. Here in Nevada County is a screenwriting contest culminating into a short film production. The contest is open to local and surrounding-area residents who can submit a 10-page screenplay related to Nevada County. The cost is $20 per entry.

“We had a lot of interest in our screen-writing classes and added extra ones,” said Station Manager Cheryl Noble. “We pushed out our submission deadline a week to accommodate those still working on their entries. For anyone who’s ever thought about writing a movie, there’s still time to get in the contest.”

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League of Women Voters hosts forum on public pension funding

April 10, 2014 — 

The League of Women Voters will host a forum on April 12 titled “Public Pensions Funding 101: Key Terms and Concepts.” The guest speakers will provide descriptions of how public pension programs for government workers vary widely at the local, state and national levels. They’ll answer questions about what is working well and what may need to be changed in the future. The meeting will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley. Refreshments are at 9:30 a.m., the meeting at 10 a.m. The meetings are always open to the public.

The league’s annual fundraiser has begun. You can contribute by sending a check to the League at LWVWNC, P.O. Box 1306, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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Big Congo and Little Jax need homes

April 10, 2014 — 

Congo is a 4-month-old mastiff mix and Jax is a 10-month-old Chihuahua mix. Both like other dogs and children.

They are available for adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at AnimalSave, 520 E, Main St,, Grass Valley.

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Seen Jane “Doer” to speak to AAUW

April 10, 2014 — 

Elisa Parker, co-founder, president and host of See Jane Do, will be the guest speaker at the April AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting on Saturday, April 19. Parker will share stories, insights and experiences related to the award-wining See Jane Do social change multimedia organization and the “everyday women who are doing extraordinary things.” See Jane Do provides tools for and spotlights women who are putting their “passion into action.” Parker is also an award-winning producer, reporter, writer, activist and KVMR talk radio host.

Free and open to the public, the AAUW Nevada County Branch meeting will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on April 19 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley. The program begins at 10 a.m.

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Cadidate forum set for San Juan Ridge

April 10, 2014 — 

Cadidate forum set for San Juan Ridge

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center will host a Candidate’s Night on the Ridge from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Oak Tree Lodge, 18847 Oak Tree Road.

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Food Addicts in Recovery offers free program

April 9, 2014 — 

Food Addicts in Recovery are offering two weekly meetings in Grass Valley. One is at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Nevada County Contractors Association, 149 Crown Point Court; and the second meets at 8 a.m. Saturdays at Salvation Army Chapel, 10725 Alta St. For more information call 530-470-0473 or visit http://www.foodaddicts.org.

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Two local businesses donate to spay/neuter fund

April 9, 2014 — 

It’s kitten season, the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters.

Kitten season is three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer and ending in autumn.

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Do you hear a buzzing?

April 9, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Sarah Hatten

A colony of honey bees on South Auburn Street was removed Saturday by members of the Nevada County Beekeepers Association.

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ASA Nevada County to screen marijuana documentary

April 9, 2014 — 

Americans for Safe Access-Nevada County will be screening “Charlotte’s Web,” a documentary by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It has been edited down to just the parts that deal with Charlotte Figi, a 5-year-old with catastrophic epilepsy.

Following the film, the parents of two remarkable children who suffer from the same ailment as Charlotte Fiji will speak. There also will be a Q & A session.

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League of Women Voters to host congressional candidate forum

April 9, 2014 — 

In advance of the midterm election on June 3, the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will host a forum for the candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in the chambers of the Nevada County board of supervisors at the Rood Center on Maidu Avenue.

The candidates are incumbent Doug La Malfa and challengers Dan Levine, Gregory Cheadle and Heidi Hall of Grass Valley. Only Gregory Cheadle and Heidi Hall have confirmed their attendance.

Questions will be submitted by reporters from The Union, YubaNet, KNCO and KVMR. Questions from the audience will be solicited on cards and sorted to eliminate duplication.

The public is invited, and admission is free.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. It never supports or opposes any political party or candidate. The League endeavors to enable the electorate to make informed decisions.

Public retirement systems topic of public meeting

April 9, 2014 — 

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County invites the public to a public forum titled “Public Pension Funding 101” on Saturday, April 12. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley.

Basic terms and concepts will be discussed by panelists regarding public retirements systems, the structure of each retirement system and how each is financed. There will also be a question and answer period.

The guest speakers are:

— Dennis Casella, retired Nevada County employee, member of the Retired State Employees Association and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

— Gretchen Zeagler, communications strategist for the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS).

— Carmelle Soto, consultant for Federal Retirement and Benefits

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League of Women Voters, the most respected and effective grass-roots organization in the country, is open to men and women of all ages. The monthly meetings are free.

Pleasant Ridge Union School District to hold meeting

April 7, 2014 — 

The Pleasant Ridge Union School District board of trustees will hold its regular meeting Tuesday at the James W. Meshwert building on 22000 Kingston Lane in Grass Valley. Held at 6:30 p.m., the meeting’s agenda will include discussion items about employee performance evaluations, special student recognition for Nevada County Speech tournament winners, and approval of contracts to provide Supplemental Educational Services.

Action items to be approved include a $100 donation to Nevada County School Boards Association, the memorandum of understanding with the Nevada County Superintendent, and the approval of an upcoming band tour to Music in the Parks, Great America on May 2 and 3.

The Governing Board will also hear an update and presentation on Proposition 39 from Indoor Environmental Systems, and a special presentation from CUE conference participants.

County Board of Education to meet Wednesday

April 8, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Board of Education will hold the group’s regular meeting at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Houser Conference Room at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Items to be discussed include the superintendent’s report about the Penn Valley Union Elementary School District consolidation, and presentation of the county wide charter from the Farmworkers Institute on Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) for the Escuela Popular Instituto Campesino de Cesar Chavez (EPIC).

The board plans to vote on the approval of EPIC shortly after the report is presented.

Other action items scheduled for discussion are whether the board should approve the proposal for a summer learning program at Earle Jamieson High School, and the potential scheduling of a special meeting in June for public hearings about the county’s budget.

NJUHSD to hold board of trustees meeting

April 8, 2014 — 

The Nevada Joint Union High School District’s board of trustees will meet at 5;15 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting be held at the Silver Springs High School on the 100 block of Park Avenue in Grass Valley.

Items to be discussed on the agenda are the potential expulsions of three students, the naming of the Nevada Union High School pool, and collective bargaining with the Nevada Joint Union High School Teachers Association.

The board will also give time to discuss the service of close to 20 district employees who plan to retire by the end of the current school year. Hiring of several employees for summer contract positions will also be discussed, including the district’s first SAT summer prep program which will be headed by two staff that will be approved at the meeting.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda is a vote to approve the Craig Zetterberg Memorial Scholarship Award, named after the late NU teacher and coach. The scholarship was donated by Zetterberg’s family and will give $1,000 for each of four years for a female Nevada Union High School graduate who is a member of the NU Water polo team, and attending an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational school.

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