News briefs in Grass Valley California

July 29, 2016 — 

Royce and Judy (Cowden) Painter of Nevada City were married on June 30, 1956 at the Park Wedding Chapel in Reno, Nev. Judy was a stay at home mother and Royce is retired from SPD Markets. The Painters recently celebrated their 60th anniversary at their family home. Attending the celebration were their four children, Debbie, Ken, Teri and John, as well as grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, spouses and friends.

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Army veteran awarded with tractor at Lake Wildwood's Injured Veterans Golf Tournament

July 29, 2016 — 

Army veteran Alex Jauregui, who lost both legs in Afghanistan in 2012, was the star award recipient at this year’s Injured Veterans Golf Tournament on July 27 at Lake Wildwood Golf Course. Above, Jauregui, center, is presented with a Massey Ferguson tractor from Holt of California president Ken Monroe, left, and Holt vice president of agriculture Eric Williamson, right. For more information, visit http://www.injuredveteranstournament.com.

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Emerge California selects Nevada County to train, support and advocate for the election of women

July 29, 2016 — 

Emerge California has chosen Nevada County and hopes to work closely with local women’s political and Democratic organizations to identify potential women candidates and strengthen the organizational capacity of women’s groups to train, support and advocate for the election of women.

Emerge California will host an initial briefing and organizing meeting from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Grass Valley to further discuss the initiative. Women interested in seeking office or electing women are encouraged to attend. Men interested in supporting the initiative are also invited.

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Magic show at Nevada City library

July 28, 2016 — 

Bill Sparacino, a.k.a. “The Great Sparacino,” presented his “Fun & Amazing Magic Show” at the Madelyn Helling Library last week to a full house. The show was in celebration of the summer reading program entitled, “Read for the Win.” The special event was funded by Friends of the Nevada County Libraries.

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Nevada County artists needed to help prevent human trafficking

July 28, 2016 — 

Nevada County artists and graphic designers are needed to help create human trafficking prevention posters. Good Women International, a local human trafficking prevention nonprofit organization, is sponsoring an art contest to create an awareness poster to be posted in local businesses. In other regions where similar posters were prominently displayed, reportings of trafficking incidences increased. The highly visible posters have proven to be an important tool to putting an end to this kind of criminal activity.

Contest entries will be displayed from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at The Center for the Arts, during a public reception and awareness event. For mor information, visit http://www.goodwomen.org/projects or call 530-613-2747. The contest concludes on Aug. 30.

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"Treasure of the Sierra Madre" part of Auburn film series

July 27, 2016 — 

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues with the classic, “The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre,” shown at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. in Auburn. The 1948 film focuses on gold’s seductive allure and how greed can change a person. Presented by the Auburn Library, the movie is free. For more information, call 530-878-7938, or visit http://www.auburnsilverscreen.com.

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Parking citations issued at Yuba river

July 27, 2016 — 

With the seasonal increase in recreational traffic to the South Yuba River, the potential for emergencies to occur at these locations is also increased. As such, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with California State Parks, will be issuing parking citations to vehicles illegally parked at popular river access points. The intent of this localized enforcement is to maintain unobstructed access for emergency vehicles, which may need to respond into these locations at a moment’s notice. If traveling to the river, please be aware of the location in which your vehicle is parked. Signs are in place, which clearly indicate the locations parking is prohibited. Vehicles parked in prohibited locations are subject to citation and potential removal. We encourage everyone traveling to these locations to abstain from becoming a victim of opportunity; keep valuables out of sight in your vehicles and secure unattended vehicles while parked in these locations.

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Staying cool

July 27, 2016 — 

A horse in Penn Valley tries to time sips with the rotating sprinkler.

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Annual Solar Cook-Off coming in August in Nevada City

July 27, 2016 — 

The annual Solar Cook-Off is encouraging new entries for their August 6 event. Participants are encouraged to bring their solar cookers and ingredients for a favorite dish. Those who don’t have a solar cooker can learn how to make one. Solar cookers have been known to work well on camping trips and during power outages, emergencies and natural disasters. Cooking begins at 10 a.m., with the potluck starting at 4 p.m. All food will be shared. The event will be at 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. For more information contact Ken Dorris at 530-292-4213.

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Tips for staying cool in the Nevada County heat

July 26, 2016 — 

The heat is back this week with temperatures approaching 100 degrees in Western Nevada County and the mid-90s in Eastern County. The Nevada County Public Health Department would like to remind everyone that higher temperatures can be dangerous for all persons but especially the very young, senior citizens and those with chronic medical conditions as these groups of vulnerable people have a harder time regulating their body temperature.

Tips for staying healthy in hot weather include:

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Military families can register for back-to-school supplies

July 26, 2016 — 

The families of junior enlisted military personnel and of wounded warriors of all ranks can save money on back-to-school supplies by getting them free from Operation Homefront at Beale Air Force Base, but they must sign up on line by July 31.

As a part of its annual Back-to-School Brigade, the national nonprofit will distribute hundreds of backpacks and assorted school supplies to local military families between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 2, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, 17800 13th St., Suite 400 at the Beale Air Force Base. Military families who wish to register for supplies must sign up at http://www.operationhomefront.net/event/list, and scroll down to Aug. 2.

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Adopt a hen from Animal Place in Grass Valley

July 26, 2016 — 

Grass Valley sanctuary Animal Place has rescued more than 18,000 hens from egg farms in the past few years, and some of them are headed to other places to join their new “families.”

On July 29 and 30, as well as August 26 and 27, Animal Place will host an adoption event for the hens. The white leghorns, bred for their laying prowess, came from inhumane, cramped wire battery cages typical of egg production facilities. Animal Place has nursed them back to health so they can begin their new lives in backyard flocks.

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Little orphan Annie

July 26, 2016 — 

“Annie” finds a high perch on which to survey the land at Animal Place, a farm animal sanctuary on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

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Human envy

July 25, 2016 — 

A deer watches wakeboarders from the shore at Englebright Reservoir.

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'Meet and Greet' for Kimberly Ellis, candidate for state chair of the California Democratic Party

July 25, 2016 — 

A ‘Meet and Greet’ for Kimberly Ellis, candidate for state chair of the Democratic Party in 2017, will be given at a private home from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 7. While members of the State Democratic Central Committees are the one who vote for the chair, there is a push for all Democrats to know and support who will be running to lead the State Democratic Party.

Ellis has worked for many years to support, train, and inspire Democratic women to step in to political power in California. She has served as the executive director of Emerge California since 2010. Under her leadership, Emerge California has expanded its reach, effectiveness, and visibility, including a training program to elect women in Nevada County and Northern California. To RSVP and get directions, call 530-305-6045 or email blinkandbreathe@gmail.com.

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Traffic delays today on Mill Street in Grass Valley

July 25, 2016 — 

Mill Street between Chapel and Walsh streets will be subject to traffic control today for construction work. The traffic control system will utilize one way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 7 a.m. and noon. Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however delays of up to five minutes may be possible. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.

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Upcoming outings with Bear Yuba Land Trust

July 24, 2016 — 

WHAT: “Your Trails Money at Work: Rambler Trail”

WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m., July 26.

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Sunset sail at Englebright Reservoir

July 24, 2016 — 

A lone sailboat on a calm summer evening at Englebright Reservoir.

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July 22, 2016 — 

Bill and Shirley (Lindsay) Struck of Grass Valley will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on July 27. The Strucks was married as teenagers in 1951 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Shortly after, Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After the war, the couple settled in Santa Barbara and then Santa Clara County. The Strucks eventually moved to Grass Valley in 1994. They will be celebrating their anniversary with various family visit. They have three children, Kathleen, Mark and David, as well as 11 grandchildren.

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Eighth Annual Dal Bon Memorial Golf Tournament Aug. 7

July 22, 2016 — 

The Eighth Annual Dal Bon Memorial Golf Tournament will return to the Ridge Golf Club in Auburn from noon to 7 p.m. on August 7. The charity event will feature a round of golf, mini course games, prizes, a raffle and dinner. The golf tournament is open to singles, pairs and foursomes. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to first-place winners in the singles, pairs and foursome categories for the longest drive, accuracy drive and closest to the pin. All proceeds will directly benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research. Dinner tickets for non-golfers and tournament attendees are available for $25. The tournament is hosted by Brad Dal Bon who lost both parents to pancreatic cancer. Having raised more than $35,000 for pancreatic cancer research, the Dal Bon Memorial Golf Tournament is dedicated to eradicating the disease, which has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. The cost is $25 for dinner only; $105 for a single golfer; $210 for a pair; $320 for a foursome.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.teamdalbon.com. Donations are also accepted for those who are unable to attend. The Ridge Golf Club is located at 2020 Golf Course Road in Auburn.

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July 22, 2016 — 

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

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Veterans' photo project receives donation

July 22, 2016 — 

Welcome Home Vets and their “Image Nation: Veteran Photography Project” were the recipients of a $3,635 donation (more than the amount depicted above). The majority of the funds raised came from the annual “Cruisin’ at the Drive In” event sponsored by Big A’s and the Roamin’ Angels. Above, from left are donors Bart Riebe of Riebe’s Auto Parts; Julie Carrara, executive director of Welcome Home Vets; Mike Wierzbicky from Roamin’ Angels; and Jim and Judy Simon, owners of Big A Drive In. Donors not pictured are Mike and Jean Hauser of Real Graphics. The veteran photography exhibit was on display at the Rood Center throughout the month of June. For more information, visit http://www.welcomehomevets.org.

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Something's fishy at Pioneer Park in Nevada City

July 21, 2016 — 

Above, from left, Dawn Zydonis, supervisor for Nevada City’s Park and Recreation, presents Steve Ellis, chairman of the Kiwanis Ball Race with a plaque acknowledging Kiwanis’ donation of the new bike rack at Pioneer Park.

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Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City to host fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning

July 21, 2016 — 

The Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City will be hosing a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 1. Owner Mony Monir has pledged to donate 10 percent of all orders (including takeout) to PiELL. Call 530-478-0470 to make reservations. PiELL, a nonprofit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer tutors are trained during a two-day session, then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them. The next training takes place on Sept. 10 and 17.

For information, call PiELL at 530-265-2116 or visit http://www.piell.org.

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Activist, author Stephen Jenkinson in Grass Valley

July 21, 2016 — 

Stephen Jenkinson is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture. Located in Ontario, Canada, the Orphan Wisdom School is rooted in knowing history, being claimed by ancestry, and working for a time ​yet to come.​

Jenkinson will speak from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sierra Center for Spiritual Living in Grass Valley. With master’s degrees from Harvard University (theology) and the University of Toronto (social work), he travels and teaches internationally, revolutionizing grief and dying in North America, and redefining what it means to live, and to die. Jenkinson is the author of “Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and the Soul,” and many other works. He is also the main character in the documentary film, “Griefwalker.”

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Summer scene

July 20, 2016 — 

A dancer performs at Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley.

America observes pretrial, probation and parole supervision week

July 20, 2016 — 

Throughout the week of July 17 through 23, people across the United States will join together to recognize the work that probation, parole and community supervision professionals do for public safety. This year, the efforts of many communities involved in “justice reinvestment” will be highlighted. Justice reinvestment is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, examine corrections and related criminal justice spending, manage and allocate criminal justice populations in a more cost-effective manner, and reinvest savings in strategies that can hold offenders accountable, decrease crime, and strengthen neighborhoods.

Today in America, there are more than 5 million adults on community supervision and most of these individuals are monitored by pretrial, probation and parole officers. Monitoring may take the form of home contacts, drug testing, making sure the offender attends counseling sessions and helping offenders to find suitable housing and employment. Many officers also supervise offenders using electronic monitoring equipment which requires expert knowledge of newer technologies.

Community corrections professionals must be creative in finding solutions to make sure those they supervise have the support needed to find jobs, housing and treatment. By collaborating with community leaders many officers are making a difference while faced with expanding case loads and additional responsibilities.

Members of the community are encouraged to join together during Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week to honor those who work to make our communities a safer place to live.

Nevada County Consolidated fire board to discuss mitigation fees

July 20, 2016 — 

The board of directors for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Station 84, 10135 Coyote St., Nevada City.

Items on the agenda include possible adoption of the administrative wage schedule, an update of the bylaws, and a first reading of an ordinance adopting the fee schedule for mitigation fees.

The board will also discuss, in closed session, real property negotiations involving three properties that are pending sale.

For more information, call 273-3158.

Caltrans celebrates the upcoming completion of the 'Raise 80' Vertical Clearance Project

July 20, 2016 — 

After two years of roadway and bridge construction, Caltrans is celebrating the upcoming completion of the $36 million “Raise 80” Vertical Clearance Project in Loomis. Nine overcrossings from Rocklin to Magra in south Placer County now comply with new federal height requirements of 16 feet, 6 inches of vertical clearance for bridges crossing over the nation’s Interstate highways.

The “Raise 80” project lifted seven overcrossings up to 21 inches higher and excavated the highway up to 18 inches deeper under two other overcrossings — the Weimar Cross Road overcrossing and the Newcastle Union Pacific Railroad overhead. The increased vertical clearance allows taller trucks and vehicles, including those supporting national defense, to better navigate Interstate 80 from Reno to San Francisco and eliminates the need for most high-profile vehicles to use local roads as detours.

More information on the project can be found at http://www.Raise80.com. Project work has been completed at the Brace, King, Penryn, Gilardi, Magra and Weimar Cross Road overcrossings as well as the Newcastle Union Pacific Railroad overhead. The last of the project’s construction at the Newcastle Road and Horseshoe Bar overcrossings is anticipated to be finished in August.

Pet adopt-a-thon Saturday at Petco in Grass Valley

July 19, 2016 — 

Above, six year old Ralph, a gentle Chihuahua mix, will be among the dogs available for adoption at Scooter’s Pals’ pet adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco. Like many other Scooter’s Pals dogs, Ralph was rescued just prior to his scheduled euthanization on July 12. Dogs from Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter will also be at Petco, which is located in the Pine Creek Shopping Center, 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-350-2099 or visit http://www.scooterspals.org. Scooter’s Pals’ new office is located at 518 Brunswick Rd. in Grass Valley. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and by appointment.

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