News Briefs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pleasant Valley School District to discuss labor negotiations

April 8, 2014 — 

The governing board of the Pleasant Valley Elementary School District will hold a regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Williams Ranch School Library.

The meeting will start with a closed session agenda which will include labor negotiations with the Pleasant Valley Teachers’ Association, and Pleasant Valley Classified Association. The closed session will also include the board’s evaluation of current superintendent Debra Sandoval.

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Nevada City school board to meet today

April 8, 2014 — 

The Nevada City school district board of trustees will meet at 4 p.m. today at the district office conference room on the 800 block of Hoover Lane in Nevada City. During a closed session the board will discuss labor negotiations the district has had with California State Employees Association. The group will also discuss matters of legal counsel regarding pending litigation about a Superior Court case.

The board will then give time for a public forum, which will give community members a chance to address any school district issues.

The board will also vote to approve California School Board Association action items that include charter school revocation, cafeteria funding, visual and performing arts education, and summer learning programs and education for foster youth.

There will also be discussion about the district’s budget, and the new state implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plan.

Free “Car Fit” clinic offered for drivers 55 and older

April 7, 2014 — 

Trained professionals will lead you through a 20-minute, 12-point checklist with your vehicle and recommend vehicle adjustments and adaptations that could make your vehicle “Fit” better and enhance your safety. An occupational therapist will be on site to provide information on adapting your vehicle to your driving profile. The purpose of the clinic is to keep licensed drivers age 55 and older driving safely for as long as possible. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 30 at the Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. By appointment only. Please call HelpLine at 530-273-2273 to schedule your appointment.

Road work announced for Grass Valley, county

April 7, 2014 — 

The traffic signal at Ridge Road, Morgan Ranch Drive and Sierra College Drive will be set to flashing red mode today for underground utility work. The Traffic Control System should allow public traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress. Any delays should be minimal to the traveling public, as every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on-site personnel.

County roadwork

​The Nevada County Roads Maintenance Division is responsible for the condition and safety of the County’s roads. After the short stretch of snow plowing this week, the road crews return to post-winter maintenance activities. More than 200 miles of Nevada County’s roads are unpaved and those roads take a hard beating during winter months. As spring approaches, maintenance activities include re-grading of those unpaved roads.

Over the next week, Nevada County road maintenance crews will be working on Grizzly Hill Road for grading; Rattlesnake Road, clearing and shoulder maintenance; Newtown Road, shoulder maintenance; and lower McCourtney Road, clearing and shoulder maintenance.

Blue Star Mothers of America

January 13, 2014 — 

California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster-mother, grandmother or legal guardian who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.

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

Estate planning seminar tomorrow

April 7, 2014 — 

Atria Grass Valley, a Grass Valley senior living community, is hosting an estate planning seminar with Valerie Logsdon, owner of Golden Age Law at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Logsdon will provide information to attendees on estate planning, wills, trusts and power of attorney. Atria is located at 150 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. For more information, contact Megan Franz at 530-272-1055.

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