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So much for democracy in action in Nevada County. The voters soundly rejected Measure W, by nearly 60 percent. Chairman Dan Miller proclaimed the Board of Supervisors would “lift the ban after the vote is certified,” yet the county’s interim proposal for medical marijuana cultivation is even more restrictive for some zoning areas than what was written in Measure W
Published: July 28, 2016
I am a voter in your district, a public high school teacher, a rural land owner interested in rural land quality and preservation, a father of five kids between 14 and 23, and a 17-year resident of this county. I voted no on Measure W, and do not support a ban on cannabis cultivation, outdoors or indoors.Like most people in
Published: July 28, 2016
I am writing in regard to recent events involving city council member Reinette Senum. I can’t remember when I have felt so discouraged by the behavior of human beings. I think I can safely say that the majority of people who read her original statement were upset by it in some way, and this was true even for many who
Published: July 28, 2016
We just had another great evening laughing ourselves silly at Sierra Stages great production of “Little Shop of Horrors!” Great show, clever set, spot-on lighting, rocking band ... all deftly directed. It’s hard to pick out the stars, because it’s such a tight ensemble with everyone pulling their weight (OK, Somewhere That’s Green). The bizarre thing is that there were
Published: July 28, 2016
Someday, Lefty’s may open a special patio or parlor to smoke something akin to a Cabernet Sauvignon or another craft varietal.Someday. Not today. Not tomorrow. But sooner than you might think.And no one will think twice about it.But between now and then, well, buckle up. Tuesday’s six-hour hearing at the supervisors’ chambers about the county’s latest medical marijuana rules won’t
Published: July 28, 2016
Zayle Rudiger, a Bear River High School senior who is featured in this week’s Kids These Days, has a passion that has already led him down the first steps of his path toward a career in music. For a taste of his sound and how he got into his genre, check out ZAYLE at TheUnion.com in this week’s Kids These
Published: July 27, 2016
The passage of interim medical marijuana grow regulations in Nevada County, approved Tuesday in a 4-to-1 vote by the Board of Supervisors, sets the stage for the development of a permanent ordinance that’s expected to take months to craft.No formal process exists to determine who will be involved in writing the new ordinance, when they’ll start and how long it’ll
Published: July 27, 2016
Trevor Hall brings a unique mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting — along with more than a decade of professional music experience — to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City Friday. Doors will open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.Tickets will be $18 in advance and $20 at the door.Hall is a music
Published: July 28, 2016
Jason BourneRated PG-13, running time 123 minutes. Special Advance Shows Tonight! Thursday, July 28 at Sutton Cinemas, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Matt Damon reprises his role as the titular former CIA agent with a hazy past. Jason Bourne is the fifth installment in the action franchise.Bad Moms,Rated R, running time 101 minutes. Starts Friday, July 29 at Sutton Cinemas.
Published: July 28, 2016
A community party featuring jazz performances in various genres will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Historic North Star House in Grass Valley.Early jazz selections will be played by Twisted Licorice, Blended Metal Saxophones and the Stamp Mill Stompers from 4:30 to 7 p.m.; From 7 to 9 p.m., headliners The Raspberry Jam Band, from Auburn, will
Published: July 28, 2016
The film “The Iron Wall” screens at 7 tonight at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley as part of The Palestine Film Series. Refreshments will be available from Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters. A discussion will follow.From Wikipedia: “The Iron Wall is a 2006 documentary film about the establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which, the film
Published: July 28, 2016
The work of artist Francene Holland will be on exhibit at the South Pine Street Cafe, Grass Valley through Aug. 21. The cafe is located at 102 Richardson St., Grass Valley.Holland has been interested in art since she was a child playing with scraps of clay that fell from her mother¹s sculpture as she worked. Thirty-four years later, she embarked
Published: July 28, 2016
The Neighborhood Center for the Arts is having their annual show in the window of Art Works Gallery Aug. 2-16. Art Works Gallery has hosted the artists from NCA for five years and continues this tradition each summer. The reception for the artists will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Art Works Gallery, 113 Mill St., Grass Valley.
Published: July 28, 2016
Local jazz singer/songwriter Leta Gibney is joined by Lauren Avery for an intimate night of live music 6:30 to *;30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the FoxHound Cafe, 317 Spring St. in Nevada City.The new locals joint is a great place for the whole family. All ages. No cover. For more information, go to Leta Gibney at facebook and YouTube.
Published: July 28, 2016
“A Celebration of Art” takes place next month, featuring two shows of paintings by LeeAnn Brook. Nevada City Winery will feature Brook’s work with a reception Aug. 5, 5-7 p.m. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio will celebrate a one-year anniversary also on Aug. 5, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 300 Spring St., Nevada
Published: July 28, 2016
The Nevada County Fair is coming soon – with carnival rides and games, barns full of livestock, arena events, thousands of exhibits, Treat Street goodies, ongoing musical entertainment, daily contests in the Special Events Tent, Ag-Sperience, demonstrations, and more. The five day event, Aug. 10-14, has been voted by The Union’s readers as “Nevada County’s Best” event for 14 years
Published: July 28, 2016
If you like coffee as I do, you’ll understand why I’m so excited this week.A new coffee shop in an old trolley is opening up Monday at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (see accompanying photo). Dubbed Califa Cafe, it will be operated by BrewBakers of Grass Valley and be open weekdays 7 to 11 a.m.It’s nice to see
Published: July 28, 2016
Music, food, games and a motorcycle poker run are just a few of the highlights from Saturday’s Sammie’s Friends Dog Days Festival at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.The event, proceeds of which go toward medical costs at Sammie’s Friends, the Nevada County Animal Shelter, starts at 11 a.m. with the poker run leaving from the park. The run includes
Published: July 28, 2016
Sexy Brazilian grooves-playing Boca do Rio plays 9:30 p.m. Friday at Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City. $10.
Published: July 28, 2016
Sonoma-based soulful funk band Marshall House Project plays 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $7.
Published: July 28, 2016
Ballet and contemporary dance performances are planned at this weekend’s Lake Tahoe Dance Festival.The festival runs through Friday at Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City.Performed on an outdoor stage against a backdrop of lake and mountain views, this year’s festival program features four performances by leading professional dancers and two workshop pieces, including contemporary new works by Christian Burns and Constantine
Published: July 28, 2016
Two documentaries, “Sonic Sea” and “The Burden,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the State Theatre in Auburn.As detailed in “Sonic Sea,” oceans are a sonic symphony. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine mammals depend on sound to hunt for food, find mates, and detect predators. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life,
Published: July 28, 2016
THURSDAYBYLT’s Kinder Camp — 9 a.m., Burton Homestead, Lake Vera Perdon Road, Nevada City. Kinder Camp gives younger children an opportunity to have an exciting, safe, and educational summer camp experience. Inspired by the natural environment of Burton Homestead, campers sing songs, make arts and crafts, go on nature walks and play lots of outdoor games. A great introduction to
Published: July 28, 2016
Rev. Z. Egloff and Rev. Melissa Phillipe, who perform nationwide as “Z & Meli,” will be the featured guest speakers and musicians at 10 a.m. Sunday at Sierra Center for Spiritual Living, 119 Florence Ave., Grass Valley.Both Z and Melissa are licensed ministers with Centers for Spiritual Living, as well as musicians, writers and long time students of consciousness and
Published: July 28, 2016
The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties have announced the 2016 Digital Counties Survey winners. The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that save tax dollars through newfound efficiencies; boost transparency, cybersecurity and engagement; or innovate through unique and exciting projects.Nevada County, Calif. (up to 150,000 population category): Nevada County lost
Published: July 27, 2016
Dave Russo was riding down Auburn Folsom Road in May 2013 in preparation for that year’s Agony Ride, a 24-hour bike-a-thon fundraiser for Grass Valley’s Christian Encounter Ministries, when he was hit head-on by a truck that had turned onto the road. “When he hit me, I flew backward across two lanes and landed on private property across the street,”
Published: July 27, 2016
A Bay Area man whose body was found on his property near the town of Washington was shot, along with his dog, authorities said Wednesday.Michael E. Mahoney, 67, of Union City, was located July 18 after family members reported him missing. They contacted the local fire department after he had not been heard from for several days, and Cal Fire
Published: July 27, 2016
What in the world is a Wanamaker Trophy? In 1916 a group of golf professionals gathered to develop what is now known as the Professional Golfer’s Association of America. From that meeting was also borne the concept of a national championship, the opportunity for the country’s golf pros to compete and determine who was best. A department store magnate, Rodman
Published: July 27, 2016
The Nevada City Council officially appointed two new members to the Planning Commission during a meeting Wednesday. Councilwoman Reinette Senum chose Skyler Moon, while Steffen Snell, owner of Nevada City’s FoxHound Espresso & Coffee Broaster, became Councilwoman Valerie Moberg’s appointee to the Planning Commission. Both Snell and Moon were born in Nevada City. Moon works for an architect in town.
Published: July 27, 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
Published: July 22, 2016
Settling into the batter box and taking swings at the Oakland Coliseum is usually reserved for pros. But two young ball players from Nevada County made their way to the same diamond the Athletics play on and did just that as they battled it out with other top youth players in the MLB Hit, Pitch and Run competition held in
Published: July 27, 2016
People facing terminal illness have a new choice — the possibility to end their own lives legally and humanely — under California’s End of Life Option Law that went into effect in June.Doctors, lawyers, patients and people of faith are working to understand what could become a new social norm around dying and death, experts said. Legal, medical and ethical
Published: July 27, 2016
Nevada City is making big plans for this year’s 50th Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 11. Over the past half-century, this local parade has become one of the premiere Constitution Day observances in the nation.The Constitution Day Parade was conceived in 1967 by Col. Bill Lambert, a member of Nevada City Masonic Lodge
Published: July 27, 2016
Jerald “Jay” Skrocki passed away on July 22, 2016 in his home after a long illness. He was 62.A Celebration of Life will be held at his favorite watering hole, “The Willo,” on Hwy. 49 in Nevada City, from 2 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, July 30.Jay was born on Sept. 17, 1954 in Oakland, CA and he and his
Published: 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
Published: July 27, 2016
Turn on the news — television or media device — and you immediately find tragic updates, live video feeds, disturbing photos and frustrating political agendas. Adult conversations often center on this disconcerting news.It’s summertime and our children are home much of the day. They are watching. They are listening. There has never been another generation with so much consuming “adult”
Published: July 27, 2016
Over the weekend, I happened upon an interesting letter in my files which is insightful and perhaps prophetic. Below is the closing paragraph of the memo sent to the clerk of the court, Hall of Justice, San Francisco, California, written 42 years ago by a concerned citizen, my father:“I am really concerned about the feeling of Americans toward their government
Published: July 27, 2016
Got on the bus ... didn’t bother knockin’ ... it was plain to me ... that it was Rockin’! Thank you, Center for the Arts staff, and volunteers, for a stellar World Fest. Yay for all of us! Julie Cooper Nevada City
Published: July 27, 2016
Over the past couple of weeks there has been a great deal of focus and discussion on Nevada City Councilwoman Reinette Senum and some controversial comments she made on Facebook. Her comments, and the reaction from the Nevada City Police Officers Association, generated a very strong reaction from the public, and as seems to be the norm here in Nevada
Published: July 27, 2016
July 18Lobenberg and Abt: Amy Kristan Lobenberg and Abraham John Abt.Katz and Vezeeau: Shelby Louise Katz and Robert Allen Vezeeau.Fogleman and Walters: Angela Kay Fogleman and Michael Jay Walters.Durfey and Blevins: Christina Marie Durfey and David Michael Blevins.Darling and Alvarado: Kristen Emily Darling and Ernesto Alvarado.July 19Carter and Leon: Anita Grace Carter and Gilbert Nmn Leon.Howard and Ralston: Sheila May
Published: July 27, 2016
Sierra Nevada Memorial HospitalJuly 20Staton and Greenhaw: A boy was born to Sarah Staton and Jesse Greenhaw.July 21Schisler: A girl was born to Raven and Nathaniel Schisler.
Published: July 27, 2016
I found The Union columnist Hilary Hodge’s recent column conflating events and development with progress insensitive and offensive. She states “those of us who care to maintain a social life and/or a job in Nevada County need to let our local officials and organizations know that we care about progress in Nevada County” and “we”’ need to fight “recent anti-development
Published: July 27, 2016
I am so tired of all the arguing back and forth about pro-life vs. pro-choice. Whatever happened to abstinence? Whatever happened to ethics, self control and personal responsibility? No one ever mentions these and that’s what should be taught at home and in school, instead of just giving out condoms and teaching kids that someone else is responsible for their
Published: July 27, 2016
Be sure to contact your representative and express your views, but only if you’ve voted. This is what The Union’s Editorial Board suggested in their July 9 column which ends with, “And finally, let’s be sure to exercise our right to vote. Because if we can’t bother to do that, can we really complain about the outcome?”The answer to their
Published: July 27, 2016
When I was a single parent living in Nevada City, Wednesday nights in July were always something to look forward to. For three of the four weeks, “Summer Nights” was an opportunity to walk the streets, look at various crafts from vendors, listen to music, grab something to eat and catch up with the neighbors. I would meet up with
Published: 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
Published: July 27, 2016
A horse in Penn Valley tries to time sips with the rotating sprinkler.
Published: 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
Published: July 27, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentTuesday8:33 a.m. — A caller from the 300 block of Mill Street reported the theft of items from a locked vehicle, including the title.8:54 a.m. — A caller from a business in the 800 block of Idaho-Maryland Road reported a burglary.9:28 a.m. — A caller from the 600 block of Whiting Street reported a drug transaction.9:45 a.m.
Published: July 27, 2016
If there is one thing social media has made clear, we love lists.From the “10 worst breakfast foods to start your day” to “Five ways to make exercise fun this summer” to “These 19 life hacks will finally get your mess of a life organized,” there is no shortage of short lists geared to help us all live healthier, happier
Published: July 26, 2016
Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to pass new medical marijuana regulations, tweaking the proposed rules after a contentious back-and-forth discussion with grow advocates.Supervisor Ed Scofield opposed the vote. The grow regulations required four-fifths of supervisors to approve. They become effective immediately.The vote establishes interim grow rules and repeals the outdoor grow ban established Jan. 12 by
Published: July 26, 2016
I am not a marijuana grower. It ultimately makes no difference to me whether or not cultivation of cannabis for any purpose is permitted or prohibited in Nevada County. I did, however, vote against Measure W. I’ll avoid a long explanation as to why, but I can summarize in saying that medical marijuana (MMJ) is legal under state law and
Published: July 26, 2016
The fourth annual Birdies for AnimalSave Golf Tournament is set for Aug. 6 at the Nevada County Country Club.The tourney has a four-person scramble format and includes 18-holes of golf, a cart, food and prizes. The cost to participate is $75 per player. All proceeds will benefit AnimalSave, a non-profit corporation dedicated to transforming the lives of dogs and cats
Published: July 26, 2016
Grass Valley Kenpo Family Karate hosted the inaugural Gold Mountain Invitational Youth Karate Tournament Saturday and in the process raised funds for Child Advocates of Nevada County.The martial arts tourney, developed by Grass Valley Kenpo Family Karate owners David and Jakki Garcia, drew 50 participants from all over Northern California and raised $1,500 for the local charity.“As martial arts instructors
Published: July 26, 2016
The team from Offerings Wholesale, a Grass Valley-based wholesale import business, took a buying trip to Guatemala last February. They stayed in Panajachel, a town about 90 miles from Guatemala City near Lake Atitlán. The plan was to spend some time searching for products and meeting local artisans. While in the country, the group connected with the founders of Mayan
Published: July 26, 2016
The Grass Valley City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a project that aims to reduce fire fuel and create defensible spaces in Condon Park. “The project is basically reconstructing firebreaks that we’ve created over the years behind the property line of homes on Butler Street and Independence Court,” said Grass Valley City Engineer/Public Works Director Tim Kiser. As part of
Published: July 26, 2016
A Nevada County judge has postponed ruling on the evidence against a Lake of the Pines man charged with multiple residential burglaries. Superior Court Judge Linda Sloven expressed concern about several issues relating to an October 2015 case against Justin Montgomery, who is accused of thefts in DarkHorse, Grass Valley and Nevada City.Specifically, Sloven said she was concerned that evidence
Published: July 26, 2016
Laura passed away on June 14, 2016, in Cool, CA. She was 60. Her family was near as she passed to her Father in Heaven. She fought a courageous five-in-a-half year battle with cancer. Laura and Bill would have celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on June 17, 2016. Laura was born in Inglewood, California, but spent most of her life
Published: July 26, 2016
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that our father, Hugh Evan Thomas, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2016, while sitting on his porch spending time with his dog while people watching park-goers across the street from his home. He was 86.Dad was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Prentice, Wisconsin, to Ivan and Lillie Thomas, homesteading farmers. He
Published: July 26, 2016
Longtime Grass Valley resident and third generation native Californian, Anne B. Anderson, passed away on July 18, 2016 in Paradise. Services were held privately with the burial taking place in Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley. Anne was born on April 28, 1927, to Herbert H. and Pauline (Granger) Buchanan in San Jose. She graduated from Los Gatos High School
Published: July 26, 2016
Children at Earthcare Day Camp in Grass Valley hoped their small change collected from family and friends would reach $350 to buy a hand-operated water pump for poor kids in another country.To campers’ amazement and delight, two local outfits stepped forward to contribute. In addition, small change and an anonymous donation also poured in.Now, the children will contribute $1,400 to
Published: July 26, 2016
Nevada County officials received no proposals for the renovation of the Bost House, leading them to revise their plans for the residential drug treatment facility and try again.Supervisors on Tuesday voted to issue new Requests for Proposal for the 145 Bost Ave. home after no contractor opted to bid on the renovations when the RFP was first released earlier this
Published: July 26, 2016
A local music teacher pleaded no contest Tuesday to three misdemeanor counts of possessing child pornography, and was sentenced to 120 days in county jail.Ethan Jonah Rohin Lewis had been facing multiple felony charges for distribution of child porn, and had been set for a preliminary hearing into the evidence in Nevada County Superior Court.Lewis was arrested in September 2015
Published: July 26, 2016
A Penn Valley resident was killed in a solo-vehicle accident Monday night near Purdon Crossing.A passerby called 911 at about 8:30 p.m. to report a van off the roadway, 60 feet over the side, according to dispatch reports. The driver, identified as Joshua Shultz, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Greg Tassone.Shultz was driving
Published: July 26, 2016
Grass Valley Police officers arrested a man Monday night after pulling him over for excessive speed and reportedly finding heroin and methamphetamine in his BMW.An officer on patrol pulled over the BMW at just past 8:45 p.m. in the 300 block of East Main Street after following it from Idaho-Maryland Road.The driver was tailgating and driving over 45 mph in
Published: July 26, 2016
I would like to thank the New Moon Cafe and Sierra Stage’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Through their donations to PFLAG’s theatre event at Center for the Arts this spring, we had quite a fun evening. While I’m “straight but not narrow,” I greatly appreciate our local businesses supporting community groups that might be under-represented in our community
Published: July 26, 2016
While working on a home repair, it seemed proper to ask the owner how people are ever going to get along in these United States. He asked me what I would do and it seemed that a nice picnic would help with potato salad and some games. He asked me, “Would that be fun for you?” I said, “Sure.” To
Published: July 26, 2016
Last week I saw Sierra Stage’s mounting of The Little Shop of Horrors. I have seen several of their productions. This one is quite special.Let me tell you that I am a theatrical designer. This is the fourth version of this play I have seen. The first three I worked on, including the critically acclaimed version Nevada Union High School
Published: 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
Published: 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
Published: 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
Published: July 26, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentMonday7:19 a.m. — A caller from the 1300 block of East Main Street reported a woman sitting on the ground, cleaning a hubcap for over an hour. She was moving on.8:12 a.m. — A man from the 200 block of Sutton Way reported a person spit on his windshield.8:57 a.m. — A caller from the 100 block
Published: July 26, 2016
Holly Voboril of Penn Valley has been awarded a bachelor of arts degree in Arts from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Published: 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.
Published: July 26, 2016
Published: July 26, 2016
I like staying in touch with concerns of the younger generation. Finding a mate, securing the dream job, financial stability: some of their desires are ageless.I was surprised then, when one of my young friends mentioned an entirely different worry. She told me that last year she served as a bridesmaid in four weddings. I congratulated her on maintaining such
Published: July 26, 2016
Last Saturday, I drove down rutted Pilot Peak Lane in Penn Valley to visit two farmers. Cattle grazed on and near the road. They stared as if to dare me to even think of honking them out of the way. Sculpturally beautiful black and valley oaks stood guard over the undulating valleys of golden grasses. The music of water gurgled
Published: July 26, 2016
Trays of vibrant green wheat grass and carefully packaged clamshells of sunflower shoots and mixed brassicas catch the eye of morning market shoppers. “You can call microgreens a superfood. They are really high in nutrition,” said Hope Oswell, standing behind the table at her market booth. Selling premium microgreens and herbs, this is the first year Oswell and her partner
Published: July 26, 2016
PHILADELPHIA — Breaking a historic barrier, Democrats triumphantly chose Hillary Clinton as their White House nominee Tuesday night, the first woman to ever lead a major political party into the general election. Delegates erupted in cheers throughout the roll call of states on the floor of the Democratic convention. It was a jubilant start to a night that was to
Published: July 26, 2016
Dear Supervisors:I write to ask you to put forth a reasonable ordinance. This means:a. Withdrawing the ban on outdoor cultivation.b. Allowing reasonable cultivation on rural parcels — in line with the new state ordinance (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act) to provide for patients unable to provide for themselves — 12, 25, or 50 plants depending on lot size.c. Allowing
Published: July 22, 2016
On Tuesday, Nevada County’s Board of Supervisors will consider a draft of interim rules on marijuana cultivation to replace its current ordinance that bans outdoor cultivation and allows 12 plants to be grown indoors.The draft would allow up to 25 plants on properties of 20 or more acres. “It’s not near enough,” Patricia Smith, president of the Nevada County chapter
Published: July 22, 2016
Yes, this is another attempt at conversation regarding Nevada County’s cannabis culture-war. I know, I know... I’m very tired of it too.. which is why my 88-year-old mother and I will be leaving for gentler pastures if Nevada County will let us go.For twenty-six years, though my thumbs are green and many friends extolled the medicinal virtues of this “sacred
Published: July 24, 2016
I am writing in response to The Union Editorial Board’s “Our View” in Saturday’s paper as I was quoted several times in the article. I believe we are in agreement that both sides need to display patience and cooperation to reach a mutually agreeable solution.However, I take issue with the inference that the county is the only party cooperating in
Published: July 25, 2016
On Nov. 8, Californians will vote on Proposition 64. If approved by voters, the ballot measure would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana to be used for recreational purposes and would allow individuals to grow as many as six plants in California. If fundraising is any indication, Proposition 64 is likely to pass
Published: July 25, 2016
Narcotics detectives served a search warrant Monday on two adjacent parcels in South County, arresting the caretaker on the site and eradicating more than 400 marijuana plants being grown in six greenhouses.Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force descended on the properties, located in the 15000 block of Metcalf Road and the 17000 block of Ephebe Lane, at
Published: July 25, 2016
Wednesday is the deadline to reserve a place at an event next month on empowering residents around aging and disability issues.The conference, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Holiday Inn Express, 121 Bank St., Grass Valley, will feature 20 distinguished local and regional speakers.Keynote speakers include: — Dr. Brian Evans, of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Published: July 25, 2016
Like many people, I get frustrated on the golf course. There are moments right before a shot when I visualize an athletic swing, smooth in its power and precise in its ball contact, only to wind up swinging spastically, being disconnected from my body which seems to have a mind of its own, and resulting in a shot that goes
Published: July 25, 2016
Free wellness class tonightA free class on wellness will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Nirvana Wellness, 419 Broad St. Nevada City.The class, which addresses aging, chronic diseases and moving easily through the various stages of life, will be taught by Alexandra Epple of Nirvana Wellness.The class is free but RSVPs are required.To RSVP, call Epple at
Published: July 25, 2016
Fifteen people recently crowded into the small Interfaith Food Ministry kitchen to take part in a new program — cooking classes. For nearly three decades, the nonprofit has been providing supplemental food in Western Nevada County for people in need. During that time, an estimated 500,000 seniors, families with children, and single adults have walked through its doors. In 2015
Published: July 25, 2016
Firefighters from almost every Nevada County fire agency are being pressed into duty to serve on strike teams being deployed statewide, according to a press release from Grass Valley Fire Chief Mark Buttron.On Sunday at 11 p.m., Grass Valley Office of Emergency Services Engine 334 departed as part of Strike Team 4810-A to the Sand Fire in Los Angeles County.
Published: July 25, 2016
As a student at the University of California, Irvine, John Baggett liked his political science classes so much that he thought law school might be in his future. He even spent some time working at a local law firm that specialized in insurance litigation. But it was the time he spent as a college student volunteering at an elementary school
Published: July 25, 2016
In the sport of fitness, Shaun Havard is at the top of her class — and now she has the accolades to prove it.The Nevada County athlete put her CrossFit prowess on full display last week as she powered past her competition at the Reebok CrossFit Games and won the women’s 60-plus age division.Competing in Carson, Calif. against a field
Published: July 25, 2016
Temperatures in the triple digits are a possibility this week in Nevada County, according to the National Weather Service.A high-pressure system over the region is the reason for the above-average temperatures, which are forecast to reach 10 to 13 degrees over the norm, said Jason Clapp, meteorologist with the weather service.“You guys are right around the century mark, which is
Published: July 25, 2016
Ryan McCarthy, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate and Marysville Gold Sox pitcher, earned a spot in the inaugural Great West League All-Star Game set to be played Tuesday in Medford, Ore.McCarthy, a 6-foot, 3-inch righty, is one of nine Gold Sox to be chosen for the All-Star game.After McCarthy’s sophomore season at Yuba College, he joined the Gold Sox where
Published: July 25, 2016
Kimberly Jo Felhaber passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016.She is survived by her sons, Jason and Robert Felhaber; sister Theresa and brother Pat.Arrangements are under the direction of Lakeside Colonial Chapel and Crematory.
Published: July 25, 2016
Harry Cyreines Lent passed away peacefully at home July 8, 2016. He was 82.Harry was born Aug. 28, 1933 to Harry C Lent Sr. and Henrietta Messer Lent in Stockton California. He grew up and graduated in Oakland, California where he married his sweetheart Barbara Garrison Lent. They were married for 58 years, until she passed away in 2010. He
Published: July 25, 2016
A group of California’s first responder agencies, led by a team from Nevada County, attended a training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness recently. Located at the Fort McClellan Army Base in Anniston, Alabama, the center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides training for personnel from Emergency Medical Services, hospitals, Public Health, and other allied healthcare professions. Other California counties
Published: July 25, 2016
The Grass Valley City Council on Tuesday will consider entering into a purchase option agreement with the owner of a parcel along Wolf Creek, the first part of an extensive community conversation to determine the most suitable public use for the area, officials said. “We certainly know that unless we have some kind of changes in how we use the
Published: July 25, 2016
The Nevada City Council on Wednesday will examine a pilot program to reduce costs for property owners seeking to repair damaged sidewalks. Under the sidewalk cost-sharing program, city staff will reimburse eligible property owners 50 percent of the overall costs of improvements on a first-come, first-serve basis. City staff is recommending the council allocates $20,000 from the Measure S budget
Published: July 25, 2016

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