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From the moment they took their first steps in the 2016 season, there has been no stopping the Stampede. Many have tried, and all have failed.The Gold Country Stampede varsity lacrosse team marched its way to a 14-0 regular season mark and the No. 1 spot in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association rankings. The Stampede then trampled playoff opponents
Published: May 23, 2016
A Nevada County man died in a one-vehicle wreck on Wednesday that stopped traffic on La Barr Meadows Road in both directions, Grass Valley police said.The driver, 92-year-old Richard Bryant, was alone in a Dodge Dakota pickup truck going south around 12:45 p.m. when the crash happened, Sgt. Jason Perry and sheriff’s officials said.“At some point the pickup truck veered
Published: May 25, 2016
Doug LaMalfa has twice been elected to represent California’s 1st Congressional District. Both times, he was sent to Washington, D.C. with the resounding support of District 1 voters. In 2012, he defeated Democratic challenger Jim Reed by garnering more than 57 percent of the vote; in 2014, he defeated Democratic challenger Heidi Hall with 61 percent of the vote. LaMalfa,
Published: May 26, 2016
Charles McLaughlin had an elephant-like memory, the kind that would be able to tell you within five minutes what happened in certain chapters of history. Perhaps that was why the veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps thought it was so important to pay enduring tribute to a group of uniformed men and women instrumental in this country’s history. “We know
Published: May 27, 2016
Editor’s note: The following is a list of names of Nevada County veterans that appear on the Memorial Wall at Memorial Park in Grass Valley, and plaques at Pioneer Park in Nevada City:MEMORIAL PARK, GRASS VALLEYABBOTT, Clayton Jr.ABBOTT, Richard C.ABRAHAM, John H.. Sr.ABRAHAMS Edwin P.ACHEY, I. RalphACKERMAN, Wm. “Bill”ALBAUGH, Gene J.ALBRIGHT, Cletus A.ALLEN, Marion “George”ALLING, Thomas E.ALLISON, Evelyn L.’ALPERS, Randolph
Published: May 27, 2016
The Marine was older than Richard “Doc” Bowen, probably in his mid-20s.Bowen, then 19, was walking behind a tank toward the north end of Iwo Jima when he met the man. He doesn’t know his name, but he likely saved his life.“He said, ‘Whatever I do, you do,’” Bowen, now 91, remembers. “I was right behind him. A sniper got
Published: May 29, 2016
When Mimi Musgrave first took her son to the Nevada City business she was considering buying, he took one look around and said, “Mom, this is you.” He was right. Musgrave was ready for a change. She had spent more than 20 years selling her jewelry at art and wine festivals far and wide. Between driving hundreds of miles, setting
Published: May 29, 2016
“We did it,” said the young man with tears in his eyes and a smile wider than all of western Nevada County. “I have no idea how we pulled that off,” Alexander Rossi told the world, just moments after he finished the 100th Indianapolis 500 on fumes ... but first to cross the strip of bricks on lap 200. Alexander
Published: May 29, 2016
Alice Carolyn SobyAlice Carolyn Soby passed away on April 30, 2016. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. on May 31st at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Private interment will take place later at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego.
Published: May 29, 2016
Successful productive people know how to avoid STRESS by continually re-focusing on what they want to achieve. They show those they lead how to avoid Sinking Thinking Reliving Every Scary Situation (STRESS) too.As amazingly sophisticated as the brain is, most psychologists confer that it can only consciously focus one thought at a time. The good news/bad news is we direct
Published: May 29, 2016
Q: I’m using Windows 10, and I need some super-easy way to back up files that I’m working on. I have, in the past, made changes that I wanted to back out of, and a few times, I have even deleted files that I really needed. I’d feel better if all my work was backed up constantly. But I can’t
Published: May 29, 2016
DEAR BRUCE: I have what, on the surface, may be a simple question. I have a 401(k) currently at $420,000 and nonretirement investments of around $60,000. I will have a pension of $330 a month for life. My home will be paid off in eight months and I have no credit card debt. Our cars are paid for.My wife is
Published: May 29, 2016
Dave Elliott will ship just about anything.But the owner of Grass Valley’s UPS Store admitted expensive and fragile items make him nervous.“I’ve shipped a $35,000 painting. There was a $12,000 Buddha statue, and a $6,000 Tibetan prayer wheel,” Elliott recalled. “We don’t ship live animals, although there were a couple of lizards — chameleons — that we agreed to ship.
Published: May 29, 2016
The following is to show that it is in the best interest of everybody to vote no on Measure W, and that it does not matter which side you are on concerning the marijuana issue. There is an overwhelming reason to vote no. It is that in contrast to a normal board action, a ballot measure once passed can only
Published: May 29, 2016
On the way to work this morning I notice the huge number of randomly placed “No on W” signs along various roadsides. Will anyone be cleaning these up after the election? Historically political signs lay forgotten after the vote as roadside trash. Seems to harden the “Yes on W” message that marijuana cultivation related activities will lead to an increase
Published: May 29, 2016
As a longtime resident of Nevada County and a voter I am supporting Heidi Hall for Supervisor in District 1. Nevada County needs new competent leadership. The current board is either unable or unwilling to do the hard work of governing our diverse population. Their recent missteps around banning outdoor entertainment events, banning outdoor medical cannabis cultivation, wasting hundreds of
Published: May 29, 2016
In his search for “clarity” in his guest column, Bob Hren ought to start with the false premise on which the outdoor cultivation ban was based — that an emergency ordinance was needed to provide Sheriff Royal the additional “tools” needed to deal with “large” outdoor marijuana grows. The outdoor growing ban was part of an emergency ordinance, which amended
Published: May 29, 2016
A majority of the seats on the county Board of Supervisors are at stake in the June 7 primary, something you may have missed in all of the smoke and haze created by the debate over Measure W.Incumbents Ed Scofield and Richard Anderson are seeking reelection in Districts 2 and 5, while somebody who isn’t old enough to collect Social
Published: May 29, 2016
Whether you’re interested in using your current skills or learning a new one, RSVP has over a hundred volunteer opportunities that span education, public service, working with seniors and children, and many more. If you are interested in any of the positions, e-mail us at rsvp3@nccn.net or call weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 530-271-0255. RSVP is a program
Published: May 29, 2016
​On Tuesday, an Assembly Budget Subcommittee unanimously approved including $352,000 in the 2016-17 State Parks budget for a solar electric generation facility to be built at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.In 2011, as a result of a severe State budget deficit, the State of California proposed to close a number of state parks, including Malakoff Diggins. Malakoff was considered not
Published: May 29, 2016
After accepting their diplomas and tossing their caps, the members of the class of 2016 at Bear River and Nevada Union high schools will head off to Grad Night — an overnight drug- and alcohol-free graduation party held annually for graduates at each school.The evening is designed to be a safe, sober alternative to traditional graduation parties — and event
Published: May 29, 2016
On May 23 and 24, four girls represented Nevada County at the 65th annual California State Science Fair presented by the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Above, from left, are Olivia Petty (Clear Creek), Ivy Brott (Mount Saint Mary’s), Grace Billingsley (Mount Saint Mary’s) and Clara Luisetti (Seven Hills) were among the 941 participants from 421 schools in grades
Published: May 29, 2016
CoRR’s Granite Bay Golf Tournament coming in June
Published: May 29, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentFriday2:25 p.m. — A caller reported a man holding a sign and standing on the median of Highway 49 near the Brunswick Road exit. 2:39 p.m. — A caller reported a dog in distress inside a car parked on the 700 block of Maltman Drive. 8:02 p.m. — A caller reported a group of kids with skateboards
Published: May 29, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS — An American took the Andretti family to victory lane in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. It just wasn’t the driver anyone expected. Nevada City native Alexander Rossi was the surprising winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” when he stretched his fuel to the finish Sunday to pull off an upset victory. He ran out of
Published: May 29, 2016
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. It took place in April. But what exactly did our schools do to raise awareness last month? Besides teach the young ladies self defense? Nothing.I’m a senior in high school who has been
Published: May 27, 2016
Heidi Hall not only owes Stan Meckler an apology but one to me as well. She has accused me of “rejecting science outright” in the debate on global warming. I do not reject legitimate science and I do believe there is global warming. It’s a natural cycle of warming and cooling every 1,500 years forever. What I do reject is
Published: May 27, 2016
I am supporting Heidi Hall to represent me as the District 1 supervisor on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. My support for Heidi comes from, among many things, her long-standing strong work to improve and protect our environment, her support of working families, her planning for, not reacting to, the economic challenges we face now and in the future,
Published: May 27, 2016
I attended two town hall forums to determine the facts regarding the local marijuana issue. I was impressed by the variety of speakers and shocked by their messages. For several years I have noticed our community gradually declining, and after hearing these speakers I believe I understand why: increasing numbers of growers moving to the area, weapons associated with growers,
Published: May 27, 2016
“Lacy” is a spayed nine year old German Shepard who is good with kids, cats and other dogs. She is potty trained, loves to play ball and is not a chewer. To adopt Lacy, contact Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter at 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, or call 530-471-5041.For more pet adoptions:— AnimalSave, 530-271-7071 or http://www.animalsave.org.— Grass Valley Animal Shelter
Published: May 27, 2016
As we await the arrival of our mail-in ballots and the June 7 primary, I encourage Nevada City residents to choose the most qualified candidate for District 1 supervisor. I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about both candidates and there are some distinct differences. Now remember, the office of county supervisor is a non-partisan one and it should be
Published: May 27, 2016
I moved to Nevada City right out of college in 1994, hoping to find that perfect place to start the next chapter. Immediately, I fell in love with the Yuba and the community. It wasn’t long before I fell for a Southern man who had come west to find his own adventures.After our first child, we were fortunate to buy
Published: May 27, 2016
I’m an octogenarian, 34-year Nevada County resident, nonsmoker, nongrower. Why am I so troubled by Measure W? It’s brought out the worst in everyone. The supervisors have divided the county against itself, one side determined to stamp out the other.The supervisors have forgotten that they represent all county residents, not just those who call to complain about the smell. The
Published: May 27, 2016
I see by the calendar that it is almost the end of May. Sure doesn’t feel like it. In my garden, peonies are still blooming, their beauty undiminished by the usual late spring heat spell. The native bleeding heart is also enjoying the mild spring, gradually fading blooms yet attracting swallowtail butterflies outside my kitchen window.This year it’s certainly a
Published: May 27, 2016
I frequently hear myths about what government can or can’t do. As one example, perhaps you have heard the comment that government couldn’t even run a candy store right. That statement is made as part of a claim that the free market can provide better services cheaper, more efficiently than the government. If you believe that myth, I have some
Published: May 27, 2016
As we all embark on our three-day holiday weekend, whether enjoying a barbecue or cheering on Nevada City’s Alexander Rossi in the Indianapolis 500, we owe a great deal of thanks to groups of volunteers who remind us what Memorial Day is really all about by hosting annual ceremonies recognizing “All gave some; some gave all.” Memorial Day, according to
Published: May 27, 2016
A Nevada County judge noted the lengthy delays that have plagued the resolution of the Gold Country Lenders case — which began in 2012 with the arrest of CEO Phil Lester and CFO Susan Laferte — and went ahead with setting dates to hear a motion for a new trial. Lester and Laferte allegedly defrauded investors of millions of dollars
Published: May 27, 2016
The political endorsements began rolling in months before most people began thinking about the June 7 primary election.They came from a contractors association, a farm bureau, the local Republican and Democratic parties and more. The groups staked out their picks, sometimes after candidates had approached them for the endorsement. These public endorsements are important on the local, nonpartisan level, where
Published: May 27, 2016
The three giant butterflies in front of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City are part of the 16th annual “Butterfly Garden of Remembrance” hosted by Friends of Hospice, an auxiliary of Hospice of the Foothills. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 28, 29 and 30. More than 700 colorful butterflies will be installed
Published: May 27, 2016
Mina Ricci doesn’t like to lose. Ricci, a sophomore on the Nevada Union mountain bike team, overcame a 102 degree fever and the best sophomore girl riders in the state to win a High School Mountain Bike State Championship in the girls sophomore division May 22 in Los Olivos.“I don’t like losing. I’m very competitive,” said Ricci. “I know that
Published: May 27, 2016
A chant of “We want the Cup” resonated from the rafters of SAP Center on Wednesday night. In a pivotal Game 6 on home ice, the San Jose Sharks get it done. They deal the final blow to the St. Louis Blues in an efficient 5-2 victory, winning the series 4-2. It is their first chance to get their names
Published: May 27, 2016
Gold Country Stampede lacrosse player Toran Maronic came through when his team needed him most in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association Championship Game Sunday in Napa. Maronic tallied one assist and scored three goals, including the game winner with just minutes left in the contest to help the Stampede claim the NCJLA Championship 11-10 over Oakland Tech.
Published: May 27, 2016
As an accomplished race car driver, Nevada City native Alexander Rossi has competed all over the globe, from Mexico to Monaco and beyond. The road now takes Rossi to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” the Indianapolis 500, where he will compete in the 100th running of the historic race Sunday.“Honored to be involved, hungry to maximize our potential and excited
Published: May 27, 2016
Continuing the sport’s long-standing tradition of honoring the United States Armed Forces, all 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will bear the name of a fallen service member on their race car windshields during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.For the second consecutive year, “600 Miles of Remembrance” will pay tribute this Memorial Day Weekend to those who bravely
Published: May 27, 2016
David Lawrie, the English-born music producer, composer and sound designer who lives in Grass Valley, won an award in early May for Best Sound Design at the 2016 International Filmmaker Festival in Nice, France.Lawrie’s award was for his work as sound designer on the multi-award winning film “Of Shark And Man.”The film also won another award in the category of
Published: May 27, 2016
The Sacramento Music Festival, an outdoor music experience hosted in the festive streets of Old Sacramento during Memorial Day weekend, runs through Monday in various venues across Old Sacramento. “The stages are set, the sound systems have been checked, and we’re ready to show 25,000-plus attendees a great time,” said Tom Duff, festival director of the Sacramento Music Festival, before
Published: May 27, 2016
When Ken Brown bought his ‘66 Plymouth Belvedere 2-door hardtop in December of 1965, he didn’t have a family. He wasn’t even married. But it was the beginning of a beautiful ownership. The car had a 383 CID that pumped out 325 HP with a whopping 424 lbs of torque. Looking for maximum performance, Ken did not go for power
Published: May 27, 2016
Sierra Theaters will offer eight weeks of kids’ movies at bargain prices at Del Oro Theatre beginning June 14 and continuing through Aug. 4. Each movie will play Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning at 10. The snack bar will be open. The air conditioning will be on.The series begins on June 14 with “Minions,” starring Kevin, Stuart, and Bob —
Published: May 27, 2016
Nevada County Historical SocietyThe NCHS presents Richard and Elisa Taylor and Daniel Beatie, who will speak on “The History of the Zeibright Mine and Donner Mine Camp” at 7 p.m. on June 16. Nestled in the Sierra Foothills, “A” Mining Claim was started in the 1890’s, which later became Zeibright Mine. The Beatie family purchased part of the land on
Published: May 27, 2016
After hanging up from a two hour-phone call with my cable TV provider, much of it spent waiting for a human, I immediately got an email asking me to fill out a customer service survey. The first question: Did my customer service representative solve my problem? No, but that’s not the right question. The first question should be, “When we
Published: May 27, 2016
Alice Carolyn Soby passed away on April 30, 2016. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. on May 31st at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Private interment will take place later at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego.
Published: May 27, 2016
Resident of Auburn, CADec. 15, 1921 – May 11, 2016Margaret/Mom/Sis has moved on to her true home with the Lord. She passed away on May 11, 2016. She is probably telling him a joke right now! She was born Dec. 15, 1921 to parents, Russell and Margaret Giles, who raised her and her brothers in Pacific Grove. During WWII she
Published: May 27, 2016
After a long courageous battle against metastatic melanoma, our beloved Marla passed away on April 23, 2016, in her home in Cameron Park, CA. She was 57. She was born in Bakersfield, CA on March 27, 1959. Marla grew up in a house full of her siblings, Ellyn, Robyn, Andrew, Dede and Stacy. Marla was full of life and love.
Published: May 27, 2016
A beloved native of our community, Frances Gates, passed away on May 19, 2016 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 87.Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 4 with a reception to follow from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Ready Springs School, 10862 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA.Frances was born Frances Lorraine Personeni
Published: May 27, 2016
Margaret Staggs passed away May 19, 2016, in Grass Valley, CA. She was 99. She was born Jan. 26, 1917 in Newark, Ohio to parents John and Katherine Dineen. In 1946 Margaret married Gene Staggs in Oakland, CA. After her husband passed away in 1999, she moved to Grass Valley to be closer to her daughter. Margaret loved to sew,
Published: May 27, 2016
Matthew Richard Zielinski of Nevada City, CA passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family and close friends April 1, 2016 at San Juan Mercy Medical Center, Carmichael, CA after a brief illness with complications involving a congenital heart defect.Matthew was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 9, 1956 to Marian and Eugene Zielinski.Matthew was a former member of The Farm
Published: May 27, 2016
April 20Risucci and Bosco: A boy was born to Ashley Rose Risucci and Jayson Matthew Bosco.April 21Haack: A boy was born to Sierra and Steven Haack.Paton: A girl was born to Casey and Christopher Paton.April 22Darlington: A girl was born to Danyell and Matthew Darlington.April 23Thomas and Weiss: A boy was born to Ashley Thomas and Anthony Weiss.April 25Hill and
Published: May 27, 2016
Around 20 stakeholders and residents joined Grass Valley leaders at City Hall Thursday to continue a discussion on possible regulations if dispensaries are allowed in the city and to express their thoughts on how recreational marijuana fits in to the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.“As you know, we still have a ban on dispensaries and growth,” said Grass Valley
Published: May 27, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentThursday10:24 a.m. — A woman from the 200 block of Neal Street reported an embezzled vehicle.10:30 a.m. — A caller reported a possible scam.11:06 a.m. — A caller from Nevada City Highway reported the theft of a phone.11:34 a.m. — A caller from the 300 block of Buena Vista Street reported two students on campus, possibly under
Published: May 27, 2016
The good news for the Salvation Army in Grass Valley is that it has two new members on its advisory board, Melisa Mistler and Linda Lowe. “With the M3 Queens, I had just finished my fourth day of bell ringing when Sid Salcido, asked me to be on the board,” said Mistler, who was voted Nevada County’s Best Volunteer in
Published: May 27, 2016
The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) invites community members to kick-off the river season with its annual “Opening Day at the River” celebration today. Memorial Day weekend is typically when people start flocking to the river in droves. River lovers will be greeted by SYRCL’s enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer River Ambassadors who encourage visitors to keep the river clean.Today’s
Published: May 27, 2016
Nevada County’s Civil Grand Jury in a Friday report stated that the Washington Ridge Conservation Camp could face a worker shortage because of the state’s 2011 realignment act, a loss that could significantly impact firefighting efforts across the state.Realignment, the report states, could mean fewer workers because amended sentencing guidelines would result in a smaller pool of potential inmate crews.According
Published: May 27, 2016
After the common cold, what’s the second highest cause of an employee calling in sick to work? The surprising answer is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).A chronic digestive disease, IBS is characterized by abdominal pain and alterations in bowel patterns, including diarrhea and/or constipation. Those living with IBS may also experience bloating or gas.Ten to 15 percent of American adults have
Published: May 27, 2016
Editor’s note: Information for The No on W Committee wasn’t available at the time this report was written. It’s since been released, and this story has been amended.Donors on both sides of Measure W have helped fill campaign coffers over the past month, including two supervisors who seek passage of the controversial marijuana initiative.Supervisors Nate Beason and Hank Weston gave
Published: May 26, 2016
The 2016 prep baseball and softball seasons are in the books, and now it’s time to acknowledge the players that stood out among the rest.The Bear River softball team was dominant for much of the season, winning the Pioneer Valley League with a perfect 10-0 record. For their efforts, the Lady Bruins had six players named to the All-PVL team
Published: May 26, 2016
For the 17th time, Marysville Raceway will host the annual tribute to Mel Hall scheduled for Saturday night.  A surplus of top winged 360 sprint car drivers are scheduled to attend as the best of the best in the California Civil War Sprint Car Series will battle it out on the lightening quick quarter-mile oval dirt track.Around 32 winged sprint
Published: May 26, 2016
The Gold Country Stampede varsity lacrosse team was without a doubt the best team in Northern California, going 17-0 and winning the NCJLA Championship.As good as the Stampede is on the field, they are also solid in the classroom. Senior members of the Stampede team Gunnar Myers, Dannon Ivey and Mitchell Nickerson will all be taking their classroom abilities and
Published: May 26, 2016
The Nevada County Adult Sports Association crowned its Women’s 4-on-4 league champion as well as its Coed B Division champion last week.Earning the Women’s 4-on-4 title was the “Dancin’ Bears” comprised of Rachel Cummings and Kayla Tofte. Winning the Coed B Division championship was “The B Team” comprised of Samantha Bower, Tori Bower, Matt Tofte, Kayla Tofte and Jim Tofte.The
Published: May 26, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentWednesday7:37 a.m. — A caller from the 200 block of Cypress Hill Drive reported a vehicle had been entered, but nothing was missing.7:37 a.m. — A caller from the 300 block Bresee Place reported a vehicle had been broken into overnight.7:44 a.m. — A caller from the 300 block of Sutton Way reported a man sleeping a
Published: May 26, 2016
It’s a three-way race to fill California’s District 1 senate seat, with two challengers vying to unseat Republican incumbent Ted Gaines.Rob Rowen, a self-proclaimed “moderate democrat,” and Steve Baird, a Republican, will face off against Gaines when voters in District 1 hit the polls for California’s June 7 primary election.Of the three candidates, Gaines boasts the most extensive political experience.
Published: May 26, 2016
A bill is making its way through the Assembly Appropriations Committee amid concerns about its impact on residents of areas without stable high-speed Internet access or cellphone reception — such as some areas of Nevada County.State Assembly Bill 2395, introduced by Evan Low, a Silicon Valley Democrat, would allow telephone companies to phase out landline services. It will be considered
Published: May 26, 2016
In the year 2000, Charlie McLaughlin was visiting Grass Valley’s Sierra College Campus when he noticed something that sparked his imagination. Perhaps it was the curved stone wall along the drive up the hill to the campus or a particular stone plaque in front of one of the buildings. While we will never know exactly what it was, we do
Published: May 26, 2016
A subsidiary of Verizon has proposed the installation of cell phone towers above Friar Tucks in downtown Nevada City. Besides the eyesore of towers in our pristine historical “gold rush” town where there are no wires above ground, will the towers present health hazards? The City Planning Commission takes up the proposal at 1:30 p.m. on June 16 at City
Published: May 26, 2016
What we need is a “Chamber of Neighborhoods!” Increasing visitors, while understandable, jeopardize our ‘Norman Rockwellian’ neighborhoods. We are being subjected to San Francisco’s Airbnb property owner franchise-like sprawl into residential zones. There’s rampant reining in of short-term rentals here and abroad, (Vancouver, BC: 63 percent increase!). Our local businesses fought formula stores on every corner. Neighbors need to challenge
Published: May 26, 2016
Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the summer season. As a general rule, the Sierra rivers and streams will be flowing high as the weather warms this weekend. The recent rains did not raise river flows significantly. In fact the North Yuba flow which had been normal, has been falling for the last week to a level 500 cfs
Published: May 26, 2016
6 outings to choose fromSix different group trail outings (and one horseback poker ride) are available during the morning of June 4.See full details of these outings at www.bylt.org. For the poker ride, see www.GoldCountryTrailsCouncil.org.  Hike from Black Swan to Deer Creek led by Hank MealsWHEN: 8:30 a.m. DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate 3 to 5 miles, carpooling requiredMEET AT:
Published: May 26, 2016
Gold panning begins Saturday and continues every weekend and holiday through Labor Day at Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Historic Park. Panning practice is offered from noon to 2 p.m. in the troughs near the Visitors Center, after which time people may head down to the river to prospect on their own.Docents will be available to give panning demonstrations
Published: May 26, 2016
Charlie Jakobs remembers the green three-ring binder his mother Harriet carried with her decades ago while on backcountry road adventures, carefully recording historic landmarks she found throughout Nevada County. “This whole thing started with a notebook my mom had,” said Jakobs who remembers a bygone era before smart phones when “everyone used to sit around and talk and tell stories.”
Published: May 26, 2016
Alice Carolyn Soby passed away on April 30, 2016. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. on May 31 at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Private interment will take place later at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego.
Published: May 26, 2016
Gary Samuel Mitchell passed away May 14, 2016 in Grass Valley, CA. He was 63.He was born July 19, 1952 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, CA to parents Glen and Nelda. Gary was born and raised in Grass Valley; he attended Hennessy Elementary School, Empire Jr. High School and Nevada Union H.S. After attending Sierra College and graduating
Published: May 26, 2016
Virginia lee Watrous (Geib) passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016. She was 68. A memorial service will held on Saturday, May 28 2016 at Gold Country Calvary Chapel, 13026 LaBarr Meadows Road in Grass Valley, CA. Virginia was born Sept. 30, 1947 in Champaign, Illinois. She loved to knit and cook and can her own foods. Virginia is survived
Published: May 26, 2016
Penn Valley resident Anna Maude Payton passed away on May 17, 2016, in the care of family, Hospice of the Foothills, and the marvelous staff at Cascades of Grass Valley, where she lived since early 2014. She was 98.Anna was born on April 12, 1918, in Hammond, IN, daughter of Don and Louisa Waite. At a young age she was
Published: May 26, 2016
One blogger already has sliced, diced and dissed me. A month before I even started here.Another mocked the mocker, mocked me and essentially asked why I’d even think about leaving Vail for Grass Valley. I already was guilty of forsaking Hawaii and Santa Barbara for other temptations. Now, yes, Vail.We all have our ideals of paradise. The foothills, a bit
Published: May 26, 2016
NID officials say it’s possible the state may remove all water conservation restrictions from the district, a request it intends to make next month.Customers of the Nevada Irrigation District can learn more about NID’s plans about conservation and the drought at a 5:30 p.m. June 2 meeting at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49, Nevada City. They’ll also
Published: May 26, 2016
Local photographer Annita Kasparian captured this St. John’s Wort in full bloom.
Published: May 26, 2016
The Penn Valley Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Laura Lerdall as the organization’s new executive director. Lerdall will lead the nonprofit organization in its effort to build the Penn Valley Cultural Center. “Lerdall brings a passion, commitment and fundraising expertise necessary to see the Penn Valley Cultural Center through to completion,” according to a news release. Lerdall has spent
Published: May 26, 2016
The Grass Valley Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an application by the owners of Tripp’s Auto Body to relocate and expand. The business offers vehicle repair and paint services. The Planning Commission decision allows the business to move from its existing location at 127 Stewart St., to a property on 600 Freeman Lane, which is in the Central Business
Published: May 26, 2016
Syd Hall, Nevada County resident for more than 45 years, turned 100 years old on Wednesday. He had the pleasure of spending the morning admiring the Yuba River with his daughter, Malan Hall, left, and his granddaughter, Felicia Hall, right
Published: May 26, 2016
Contending with lightning and thunder storms on May 21, Carla and Jim Moss celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at home in Lake Wildwood. Hosted by their daughter, Suzanne, her husband Herb and son Steven, 45 people gathered on their deck protected by a makeshift tent to keep the party dry. Herb’s mom, Christl Kasler contributed to
Published: May 26, 2016
Community members and their families are invited to attend the Last Friday Supper, a free meal served today at the United Methodist Church at 230 South Church St. in downtown Grass Valley. Homemade chili, prepared by a team of volunteers, will be served with corn bread and a special dessert, topped off with a choice of coffee, tea or milk.
Published: May 26, 2016
“Entropic Thunder,” Nevada Union High School’s Introduction to Engineering Design team won second place at California State Finals. The team consisted of three students — freshmen Lindsey Thomas and Kelly Muir and junior Daniel Green. These three young designers were given a “blind” design brief at 8 a.m. on May 14 at Folsom Lake College, and in seven hours they
Published: May 26, 2016
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California will honor two young women from Grass Valley who have earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award at a formal “Girls Who Inspire” ceremony on June 5 at Sacramento State University.The Girl Scout Gold Award, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is presented to “senior” and “ambassador” level Girl Scouts in grades
Published: May 26, 2016
Origin of key Clinton emails from report are a mysteryWASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was supposed to have turned over all work-related emails to the State Department to be released to the public. But an agency audit found at least three emails never seen before — including Clinton’s own explanation of why she wanted her emails kept private.
Published: May 26, 2016
Independent candidate Jeff Gerlach and Republicans Gary Allen Oxley and Gregory Cheadle are all challenging Republican incumbent Doug LaMalfa in the race for California’s 1st Congressional District. The Union asked those three candidates to share their viewpoints on several of the issues facing residents in District 1. The Union also reached out to Democratic candidate David Peterson, but Peterson has
Published: May 26, 2016
Female singers and dancers in Nevada County are stepping up this weekend — in more ways than one.Dancer and choreographer Catie Cleary is producing and starring in her own new show “Bombshell” Saturday at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley (see Page 5). Cleary, you may remember, competed (as a professional dance partner with The Union’s former publisher Jim Hemig)
Published: May 26, 2016
THURSDAYAwesome Art at FoxHound — 7 a.m., FoxHound Espresso & Coffee Broasters, 317 Spring St., Nevada City. FoxHound Espresso and Coffee Broasters is proud to be showing works from local artists George Parsons, Olaf Jens, and Tony Machado. Don’t miss this opportunity to be blown away by these three hometown legends. Show runs through May. Youth Art — 10 a.m.,
Published: May 26, 2016
KVMR 89.5 FM kicks off its live remote summer music festival broadcast schedule this coming holiday weekend by featuring “The Strawberry Way” this Thursday through Sunday at the Nevada County Farigrounds. (also see separate Strawberry Festival cover story, page 9)Yup, for the third time,. the eclectic Nevada City radio station will partner with the Strawberry Music Festival’s Hog Ranch Radio
Published: May 26, 2016
The fabled Strawberry Music Festival returns to the Nevada County Fairgrounds today through Sunday. Iconic R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples tops a stellar lineup of musical acts that includes the David Grisman Sextet, Pokey LaFarge, The Wood Brothers, Mary Gauthier, Della Mae, Head for the Hills, Solas, Banana Slug String Band and more than a dozen other
Published: May 26, 2016

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