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The annual Miner’s Picnic celebrated its 120th anniversary this past Saturday. Attendees enjoyed music by local band Rush Creek, a mine rescue re-enactment, food either homemade or bought from vendors, vintage cars, period costumes and much more. The Miner’s Picnic began in 1895 as a fundraiser for miner’s widows and orphans, and injured or out-of-work miners, but today is an
Published: August 31, 2015
A Grass Valley man who worked as a long-haul trucker has been arrested on child molest charges involving three victims younger than 14.John Richard Green, 44, was arrested by Nevada County Sheriff’s detectives from the Major Crimes Unit on suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a child, and is being held in county jail in lieu of $600,000 bail.The investigation
Published: September 1, 2015
In his letter to the editor “It’s easy to see why Trump is popular,” Richard Phillips believes it is because “he’s saying what ALL (my emphasis) Americans have been thinking.” The conservative right frequently relies on faulty logic to make a point or justify a position rather than make a simple statement of fact.Case in point, let me guarantee you,
Published: September 1, 2015
Kudos to David Freeman and Mony Monir, the co-owners of Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City, for recently hosting a fundraising dinner for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL).Everyone who attended enjoyed great food for a good cause. A percentage of the evenings proceeds was donated to PiELL. It was a great success!Partners in English Language Learning offers free one-on-one ESL
Published: September 1, 2015
What is often left out of the discussion about gun ownership is that the Second Amendment begins, “A well regulated militia …”Amanda Wilcox of the Brady Campaign recently referred to the 2008 Supreme Court decision. It states the right to possess a handgun for self-defense does not protect a “right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner
Published: September 1, 2015
We, at the Nevada County Republican Party, want to send our thanks to all the great folks having fun at the fair. We had a “bean poll” contest and all those who were visitors at our booth had the opportunity to cast “Three Bean Ballots” for their favorite Republican candidate(s).The top three winners are Dr. Ben Carson with 800 beans,
Published: September 1, 2015
Round up your teammates and challenge others to the Nevada County Grape Stomp, part of the annual Italian Festa Sept. 26 and 27 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.Prizes will be given for Most Juice, Funniest Name, Best Costume and Lucille Ball Look-a-Like.Two-person teams — a stomper and a swamper — will compete during three-minute heats to see who
Published: September 1, 2015
On May 15, Camille Lynne Bigham participated in commencement ceremonies at the University of California in Los Angeles, where she earned a Master of Social Work degree.Bigham did her undergraduate work in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a Nevada Union alumni, class of 2007. She is currently employed by Sutter Health as a clinical social
Published: September 1, 2015
Dear Barbara: I never thought it could happen to me. The week before my 65th birthday, I fell.I was lucky; only my ego was hurt, though I did have some pretty big bruises. My 90-year old mother has fallen three or four times, and I thought falling only happened to old people. I’ve decided we both need to learn more
Published: September 1, 2015
Nevada City Film Festival director Jesse Locks has been selected as the recipient of the 26th Annual Col. William H. “Bill” Lambert Award. The Lambert Award is presented annually by the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City to recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada City way of life.The award is named in honor of the late Col.
Published: September 1, 2015
For most of her life, Nanci Shanderá, Ph.D., has been deeply involved in a quest for transformation and integrative approaches to spiritual experience. She spent more than 30 years studying with Brugh Joy, M.D., who awakened her to the higher consciousness she uses to support students in developing the inner guidance required to accept and love themselves unconditionally. As a
Published: September 1, 2015
Western Sierra Medical Clinic has been approved as a registered health care provider for the Veterans Choice Program.Clinic officials began offering the closer-to-home health services last week to veterans in the region.Under the new program, the federal Veterans Affairs allows Western Sierra to handle many health care services for veterans who live more than 40 miles away or must wait
Published: September 1, 2015
Jason David, a Modesto father whose son was treated with cannabis oil for severe Dravet’s syndrome at age 4, will speak this week in Nevada City.David will be guest speaker at the Nevada County Chapter of Women Grow meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St. David’s son Jayden, now 9, was the first child in the
Published: September 1, 2015
For many years before formal investigations by both state and federal authorities began, it was clear the California Public Utilities Commission consistently favored big utility companies over consumers at every opportunity.But until a court order produced tens of thousands of emails between utility commissioners and executives of the companies they regulate, no one could prove either the cronyism that has
Published: September 1, 2015
Bees busy at work Saturday off Greenhorn Road in Grass Valley.
Published: September 1, 2015
An effort to impose a higher protection tax in the Higgins Fire Protection District appears to have failed, as the remaining number of ballots to be counted cannot reach the threshold required to pass, officials said. Voters cast 2,682 mail-in ballots in the Aug. 25 election. Some 200 additional votes trickled into the Nevada County Elections Office between last Wednesday
Published: September 1, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentSunday8:19 a.m. — A caller from the 800 block of Freeman Lane reported three or four people camping by Wolf Creek.10:03 a.m. — A caller from the 1200 block of La Barr Meadows Road reported a kitten had fallen into a metal grate and was in distress. The kittens were gone on arrival. At 11:32 a.m., the
Published: September 1, 2015
Mitch Adams, the 16-year-old who was critically injured in a car crash Aug. 24, was declared brain-dead Saturday after, his family says, he said goodbye to them in the wee hours Thursday morning.But the teen will live on in the hearts and minds of thousands in the community, as was evidenced by the outpouring of emotional and financial support for
Published: September 1, 2015
An argument that allegedly started after one man spit on another man’s car in downtown Grass valley sent one man to the hospital and the other to jail Saturday night.The victim called 911 at about 11 p.m. after the suspect punched him in the face, shattering his jaw, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni.The suspect reportedly spit on the
Published: September 1, 2015
A Grass Valley man who was arrested in early August after reportedly booby-trapping his front door and causing a five-hour standoff with law enforcement has pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm.The incident started after Troy Kekoa Lemons, 43, was involved in a verbal altercation with his roommate. After being threatened with eviction, Lemons barricaded
Published: September 1, 2015
Saturday was an extraordinary night, as an obviously emotional Terry Riley performed in his hometown for the very first time, as a benefit for the new Camptonville Community Center.The inaugural audience at the new community center packed into its cozy yet more than adequate performance space to have composer and keyboard giant Riley transport them into beyond the beyond. Riley’s
Published: September 1, 2015
Exercise has always been one of Krista Yazzolino’s passions. Growing up in Florida, she was a dancer, and ran track and cross-country.She attended college in Georgia, where she was introduced to CrossFit; while pursuing a degree in exercise science, she became a certified personal trainer and a certified CrossFit coach. After relocating to California last December with her husband Anthony,
Published: September 1, 2015
Local physicians have a new tool that will alert them if one of their patients may be in danger of sepsis, a severe and progressive infection that can be deadly.Made possible by the new electronic medical record system at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH), the new tool is officially known as the Cerner Sepsis Biosurveillance Program. “This is
Published: September 1, 2015
Published: September 1, 2015
With the help of his walker, 96-year-old Curley Leeds makes his way briskly down the hall toward the kitchen. He knows Roxann Losh has something delicious on the stove because he can smell it.Now legally blind, Leeds has no problem finding his own way around the modest, 15-bed senior care facility. Soon Leeds and the other residents will be sitting
Published: September 1, 2015
Allison Daley McColloch, a 2005 Nevada Union graduate, and her beach volleyball partner Emily Stockman continued to leave their mark on the AVP tour, taking fifth place at the Chicago Open over the weekend.At the open, McColloch dominated at the net, notching 13 blocks in 12 games. Her 13 blocks were second by any player at the tourney. McColloch also
Published: August 31, 2015
Sign ups for Nevada County Youth Basketball are from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Real Estate located at 428 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley.Nevada County Youth Basketball will assist in coach and team requests. Jerseys will also be available. Nevada County Youth Basketball is for kindergarten through sixth grade girls and boys. All practices are Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at Union
Published: August 31, 2015
Registration for Nevada County Adult Sports Association’s fall sports is currently open.The NCASA volleyball and basketball leagues get started Sept. 22 with eight league games followed by playoffs.Volleyball leagues will include 4-on-4 coed, 4-on-4 men’s and 4-on-4 women’s leagues. Cost per team is $325.Basketball leagues will include four tiers of mens leagues (A, B1, B2, C) as well as 40-years-and-over
Published: August 31, 2015
The ninth annual Nevada Union Miners Basketball Booster Golf Classic is set for Sept. 27 at the Alta Sierra Country Club.The event will feature 18-holes of golf, a putting contest, closet to the pin contest, longest drive contest and a 3-point shootout.There will also be raffle prizes and dinner after the tourney.The classic is open to everyone, but limited to
Published: August 31, 2015
Leonard Manfredi passed away Aug. 9, 2015 in Nevada City. He was born Aug. 16, 1938 in Rochester, Pennsylvania, to parents Nicholas and Theresa Manfredi.Leonard graduated from Aliquippa High School in Pennsylvania and Youngstown and Ohio State University.He married Betty Williams Manfredi on Nov. 17, 1984 in Uplan, California. Leonard worked at Traffix Devices, Inc. as director of purchasing.He was
Published: August 31, 2015
Judith Eveler passed away Aug. 11 2015, in Oroville, California.She was born on Oct 5, 1942.She worked at Wells Fargo Bank in Grass Valley for 10 years and retired from working in special education at Union Hill Elementary School in 2001.She enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling, hiking, fishing, weaving, gardening, snowmobiling, yard sales and crafting. Judith is survived by husband of
Published: August 31, 2015
It is with great sadness that we relay the tragic, yet peaceful passing of Kristina Sigrid Hohn on May 8, 2015, in Grass Valley. She was 44.Kristina resided for over 15 years in Grass Valley and Nevada City. She was born in Walnut Creek on July 3, 1970. She graduated with several honors from Acalanes High School and then went
Published: August 31, 2015
A little more than five years ago, Courtney Parker was wrapping up her studies at UC Davis, earning a degree in communications. But, like many people in their early 20s, Parker was doubting her choice of study and was uncertain what was next on her life path.“At that time in my life I was in a really pivotal place,” said
Published: August 25, 2015
High school football started this past weekend, the teams’ hopes and the players’ bravado higher than … well, the air pressure in a New England Patriots football.Football is a tough guy’s sport, where players can display their machismo in a socially acceptable way. I encountered a group of local football players at my gym recently, and you could almost smell
Published: August 31, 2015
Movement is life. At least it seems that way to me — especially after sitting for eight hours in front of a computer to produce this magazine.Not having ease of movement and not being able to dance, play, hike and hoof it up around town can feel like a type of mini-death. I know this because I’ve had my share
Published: August 31, 2015
As the new president of Roots and Wings Education Foundation in Penn Valley, I’d like to thank all of the individuals and businesses for your support of our 22nd annual Lake Wildwood Wine Cruise. My apologies to Sikes Realty for not getting you listed in our thank you publication. We truly appreciate your support. This event was a tremendous success!
Published: August 31, 2015
In his article, “The only thing micro at UC is the thinking of its administrators,” George Boardman steadfastly asserts his opinion that everyone should get over being offended, because complaining just prevents freedom of expression.I’m no expert on being oppressed, but it’s important to recognize Mr. Boardman as an affluent white male living in a county where everyone is just
Published: August 31, 2015
To say global warming is “political manipulation,” as Mr. LaMalfa did recently, is to dismiss it as a non-issue, merely self-absorbed pols protecting turf and perk. To say “I am not a scientist,” is dereliction of duty. Few Congress people are doctors, yet they confidently, avidly, pronounce on women’s health. To say environmental “over regulation” is destroying the economy is
Published: August 31, 2015
We would like to comment on the 10 percent drop in the markets’ averages as they pertain to our investment strategies.We have built-in strategies for our “discretionary and managed accounts” for markets’ movements which are significant.We stay away from emotional interpretations of the DJIA, S&P, Spartan Bond Index, MSCI, Cohen & Steers Real Estate Index, etc. and pay a lot
Published: August 31, 2015
Gone are the days of cellphones looking like giant bricks with an antenna. As technology evolves at a rapid pace, cellphones have become an integral part of daily life for many. And when these sophisticated devices break, the expense can be immense.Since it opened at the end of July 2014, The Cell Phone Repair Shop has been aiming to minimize
Published: August 31, 2015
What is your mission statement?Women of Worth assists victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, to increase self reliance and improve quality of life by helping them rebuild their lives with dignity, hope and safety. Briefly, when and how did your nonprofit start?Sandy Escobar-Schmidt, our founder and a victim of domestic violence herself, started Women of Worth in
Published: August 31, 2015
Auburn resident Tyler Rodgers, a 2015 graduate of Bear River High School, has been awarded a Safeway Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 through the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation. Rodgers will attend Sierra College this fall and major in kinesiology. His high school accomplishments include earning the title of San Joaquin Sections Finalist in swimming all four years,
Published: August 31, 2015
At first, Jan Rubiales was surprised when she received a letter from Liberty Mutual, notifying her that the company was declining to renew its home insurance policy on her Penn Valley property effective Oct. 1. The property, the letter said, “poses an unacceptable risk for wildfire.”Rubiales and her husband David have insured their home on John Born Road with the
Published: August 31, 2015
Do you find that at the end of your day, there is still too much to do? Are you exhausted having done a lot but not sure what you really got accomplished? My observation is you may be stuck in the “busywork” trap and not know it— and worse, not know how to get out. This “busywork” is the enemy
Published: August 31, 2015
Nevada Union High School will host its annual Back-to-School Night from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet students’ teachers and become familiar with the curriculum and academic expectations for the new school year. Yearbook sales, entertainment, Site Council parent member elections and a barbecue will be part of the evening,
Published: August 31, 2015
Long time eclipse chaser David Buchla will be the September speaker for Nevada County Astronomers, where he will present information on eclipses in general with particular focus on the upcoming eclipse in the United States in August, 2017. Weather prospects, maps, and what to look for will be discussed, as well as photography hints. The talk will include information on
Published: August 31, 2015
Sierra Central Credit Union, which has just acquired space for a new branch in Grass Valley, will celebrate its 60th anniversary of banking in Northern California at a ceremony Sept. 18.The Yuba City-based credit union, which plans to move into the former Perko’s restaurant site in the Glenbrook Basin during the first half of 2016, will also celebrate completion of
Published: August 31, 2015
Brent Douglas Cole, the “sovereign citizen” arrested after a shoot-out with law enforcement near the Yuba River in June 2014, was sentenced Friday to 29 years and seven months in prison.Cole, 61, was found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial in February.Despite Cole’s claims that he was acting in self-defense, the jury found him guilty of assault on
Published: August 31, 2015
In 2014 the Nevada County Building Department partnered with local design professionals and developers to create a single-family dwelling master plan that was made available for public use. The available master plan consisted of a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, 500-square-foot residence with a 225-square-foot storage loft. Due to recent events and requests made by project design professionals, the building department will no
Published: August 31, 2015
Cynthia Levesque grew up in Nevada County with three sisters and a lean family budget. While hand-me-downs were common, so was thrift store shopping.“We all got into sewing,” she said. “We got very creative when it came to repurposing clothing.”There was a certain thrill that always came with stumbling across that gem, the diamond in the rough, she said, a
Published: August 31, 2015
Roadwork will end, project schedule permitting, at noon Friday Sept. 4 and will not resume until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 for the Labor Day Holiday.LONG-TERM PROJECTSInterstate 80 (Placer County) from Brace Road to Magra Road: Work continues on a $36 million project to increase the vertical clearance of nine bridge structures in south Placer County to 16 feet, 6
Published: August 31, 2015
A case involving 80 pounds of processed marijuana was dismissed last week after a judge ruled that the search by a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy’s of duffle bags hidden in a ditch was illegal.The defendant, Garth Alexander Gryte, had been charged with transportation of marijuana and possession for sale in connection with an Oct. 29, 2013, arrest, after the deputy
Published: August 31, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentFriday8:38 a.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Park Avenue reported a man driving a truck was “hot boxing” this morning; it reportedly is the same routine every morning.9:47 a.m. — A caller from the 200 block of Sutton Way reported people camping, who were told to move along.10:26 a.m. — A caller from Primrose
Published: August 31, 2015
The Grass Valley City Council will have a special closed session meeting Tuesday to conference with the labor negotiators for the Association Police Officers Unit 6 and Grass Valley Career Firefighters, IAFF Local 3800, Unit 8.That meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall, 125 East Main St. Following the closed session, the council will
Published: August 31, 2015
The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road.Items on the agenda include education from NID on the water system for the Penn valley area, awarding of the contract for audit services for 2015-17, the final budget for FY 2015-16, a capital outlay plan review and
Published: August 31, 2015
Friday night featured two of California’s storied high school football programs battling it out on the gridiron to open the 2015 season.But, some things are simply bigger than football.The Placer Hillmen rolled past the Nevada Union Miners, 43-7, but the game itself took a back seat to the emotion that swirled inside Hooper Stadium. The night kicked off on a
Published: August 31, 2015
What a feeling it must be to travel nearly three hours, get off the team bus and absolutely crush an opponent from a tougher division (DIII),That’s what Bear River experienced Friday night in its 40-20 throttling of Pacheco.The victory gets the Bruins (1-0) off to a great start and buries unpleasant memories of last year’s loss to the Panthers at
Published: August 31, 2015
With the first week of prep football in the books, the Sierra Foothill League and Pioneer Valley League proved powerful, with SFL squads going a combined 6-1 against non-league opponents, and PVL teams notching a record of 4-2.Here’s a quick recap of how things went down Friday.Folsom 27, Clayton Valley 26The reigning Division I state champ Bulldogs had their paws
Published: August 31, 2015
As the owner of Pete’s Pizza at 239 Commercial St. in Nevada City, Lorri Flores had an up-close look at the atmosphere of the Commercial Street boardwalk outside her storefront.She saw the good days, where tourists and locals would take a seat and enjoy a coffee or a slice of pizza; but more often, she said, she saw a boardwalk
Published: August 27, 2015
Moments after the Nevada County Planning Department had wrapped up Thursday’s detailed presentation of its Housing Element Rezone Program Implementation Project to meet state mandates for 699 high-density housing units, commissioners were assured by staff they were being offered the “best recommendation we can give you.” “Well,” Commissioner Paul Aguilar responded, “we’ll see what the audience has to say about
Published: August 29, 2015
On an emotional Friday night at Hooper Stadium, the Nevada Union football team couldn’t stop Placer’s potent offense, falling to the Hillmen, 43-7.The night got started on a somber note with a moment of silence for Nevada Union football player Mitch Adams who died Thursday from injuries sustained during an auto accident Monday. Adams’ family was on hand at the
Published: August 29, 2015
A Nevada County businesswoman and professional snowboarder and her professional dance partner took home top honors after competing against 10 other local duos in Saturday’s “Dancing with Our Stars” at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the third annual fundraiser benefiting Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts.Tina Haller (Basich), owner of Nevada City gift shop, My Favorite Things, and Nick Katzman, artistic director
Published: August 23, 2015
The mother of 16-year-old Mitch Adams, who was critically injured in a car crash Monday morning, confirmed her son died Thursday.In a post on a Facebook page on which family members had posted updates on the Nevada Union High School junior’s medical condition, Monica Adams shared word of her son’s death.“This is Mitch’s mom, Monica,” the post read. “I don’t
Published: August 27, 2015
When the lights go out, it’s a good indicator Colfax’s offense is about to surge.A brief power outage didn’t prevent the Falcons from shutting down Argonaut Friday night at Robert O. Marson Field, as they rolled in dominating fashion, 35-18.“Great first game for us,” said Colfax head coach Tony Martello. “We had some moments of doubt, stubbed our toes a
Published: August 29, 2015
Rattlesnake banquets are the latest fad. Some sportsmen took a trip to the Spenceville area and bagged enough for a dinner — would be cruel to reveal their names.Thousands of tobacco plants at the old Shackelton place show healthy growth — will be harvested soon.Walter Waggoner, in court for nonsupport of a minor child, was granted probation on the provision
Published: August 29, 2015
The North Star Mining Museum, a part of the Nevada County Historical Society, is one of the gems of Nevada County.The museum exists not only to preserve and protect our area’s mining heritage, but also educates and informs people about the mining process and the impact the industry had upon the humanity of the people who built the mines and
Published: August 29, 2015
The campaign to defund Planned Parenthood is back again, and Kathryn Jean Lopez, published by The Union, in the last two weeks is again trying to lead the way. She indicates it is because she is against abortion, but Planned Parenthood prevents abortions by providing birth control to thousands of impoverished women. Birth control has been reported by a Guttmacher
Published: August 29, 2015
Sixty-two children die from marijuana! Did you miss that headline? Me, too.However, one would come away with that conclusion after reading Thomas Elias’ “California Focus” in The Union (Aug. 12) “Marijuana harm ignored in push for legalization.”Elias repeated some outrageous conclusions that he acknowledged came from an opinion piece in the AZ Central written by Yauapi County Attorney Sheila Polk
Published: August 29, 2015
For many years, the popular feature “Police Blotter” has contained amusing stories of absurd police calls. In the Aug. 4 issue,this item was highlighted in large type: “A man from Robinson Road reported a neighbor was mowing his lawn. He was advised that was not illegal and said he would call the governor.”There have been stories of people calling the
Published: August 29, 2015
Those calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood are not demanding its closure, only that it not be funded with their dollars because they believe in the rights of the unborn from both a legal and a religious perspective. Asking them to be complicit in an act they consider murder is no different than using tax dollars to pay for
Published: August 29, 2015
A newspaper needs to meet, at the very least, a level of professionalism that distinguishes fact not simply from opinion, but from fiction. The Union fails to meet that standard with many letters they publish, and it was glaringly apparent in one from Aug. 19 written by Mr. Bob Webster regarding his feelings towards Planned Parenthood.Know that my letter is
Published: August 29, 2015
Dear Bob Webster, in your letter to the editor, “Planned Parenthood Worst of the Bunch,” dated Aug. 19, I feel your anger and applaud your concern for human life. You failed to mention, however, in your search for blame, that it is the inappropriate sexual behavior of boys and men that cause the pregnancies in the first place.It would be
Published: August 29, 2015
Kudos to the person who corrected the lighted signs along Zion Street last week cautioning drivers to be aware that school had started. At first the sign read: DRIVE SAFE. A couple of days later it read: DRIVE SAFELY. I think it is important to use correct grammar on signs and in our every day speech. Thank you whoever you
Published: August 29, 2015
While driving south on Highway 49 toward Nevada City, I entered a left curve and was shocked to see an oncoming car aiming straight for my driver’s side door. I did what I could to turn away, but a steep drop off and many trees limited my ability to turn. Luckily the driver “woke up” and turned in time to
Published: August 29, 2015
The recent article in The Union about Congressman LaMalfa’s town hall meeting in Grass Valley reported that he has publicly critiqued and voted against global warming legislation. “You’ve actually motivated me to do a lot of organizing in the next polling to organize young people against you,” Nevada City resident John Lorence said. “Because I’m not worried about me, or
Published: August 29, 2015
A couple of days ago, I was visiting with my cousin, a real estate broker outside of Phoenix, Arizona.Since I have built and sold homes in my past, the topic of how best to market such, in today’s world, quickly became a topic of discussion. His approach was simple. When someone wants to view a property he has listed for
Published: August 29, 2015
Fifty years after civil rights activists marched in Selma, Alabama, people of color still face racism and violence “Dismantling Racism” will present four weekly sessions of 90 minutes each, with facilitators and an invitation to talk, to examine ourselves and communities, and to consider action. The sessions are free and open to all.The series of workshops will begin at 9:15
Published: August 29, 2015
The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.This was the ballot measure that turned some “minor” felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails.It has unquestionably helped some ex-felons rebuild their lives.But as crime statistics for the
Published: August 29, 2015
Early Risers ToastmastersLast Tuesday we held our Humorous Speech Contest - as well as our Evaluation Contest.We laughed, and we learned. MaryJane Huenergardt’s first-place speech took an up-close-and-personal look at facial expressions, and what they say to others. Anne King’s “Isn’t that Cute?” talk focused on what we find adorable. Viv Tipton won first place in the Evaluation portion, and
Published: August 29, 2015
Sept. 13 will mark the 160th anniversary of a pivotal event in Grass Valley history – the day the town almost died in 1855.Gold Rush Grass Valley grew rapidly as it began to exploit its rich quartz gold veins, and, by 1855, it was a prosperous community of 3,500. While Grass Valley was not the rude, wild mining camp of
Published: August 29, 2015
“Riggs” is a one to two-year-old male American bull dog mix. He is known for being very friendly.To adopt Riggs, contact Grass Valley Animal Shelter, Freeman Lane, Grass Valley, at 530-477-4630. For more pet adoptions:— AnimalSave, 530-271-7071 or http://www.animalsave.org.— Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter, 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, 530-471-5041.— Cal Aussie Rescue Inc., 530-268-1600 or http://www.NorCalAussieRescue.com.— Scooter’s Pals, 530-350-2099
Published: August 29, 2015
“I’ve hated our sofa for 10 years. It’s uncomfortable!” That lament came from a customer just last week. All of us have made poor furniture decisions. Here are a few tips that might save you a bout of buyer’s remorse.Sofas: Before you get carried away with how beautiful it is, sit on it and focus. Is the seat depth comfortable?
Published: August 29, 2015
It’s the end of August and time to focus on improving gardens for fall planting and to prepare for next year’s crops. The Nevada County Master Gardener’s series, “Foothill Vegetable Gardening,” continues with workshops focusing on composting and soil building. Both workshops will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nevada County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden (NID Business
Published: August 29, 2015
Heidi Hall, KVMR commentator, columnist for The Union and former congressional candidate, will be the featured speaker Tuesday at the First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats. Hall will share her recent experience in recreating the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Hall is the past board president of
Published: August 29, 2015
Local plant ecologist and community college instructor Virginia Moran is offering a workshop on native plant landscaping.Moran, of Ecological Outreach Services, said the workshop will focus on proper plant selection and places to purchase native plants. Additionally, Moran will also cover how to make the transition to native plants without a massive tear-out of existing water-demanding landscaping or lawns. The
Published: August 29, 2015
Beginning salsa classes start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.“Come and learn one of the most popular dances right from the beginning,” says Lucy Galbraith, proprietor of Fletcher’s Dance Hall in Nevada City.“It is the easiest partner dance to learn and the most versatile.” The classes also offer the opportunity for friendship, exercise, and fun, Galbraith added.No partner is required. Cost is
Published: August 29, 2015
Published: August 29, 2015
A Grass Valley man was flown to a Roseville hospital after he was hit while crossing Brunswick Road Friday morning.The man, identified as Aaron Ciaffoni, 35, was trying to cross the road just north of Old Tunnel Road at about 8:30 a.m., said Grass Valley Police Lt. Steve Johnson.Ciaffoni was in the northbound lane when he was struck by a
Published: August 29, 2015
Qi gong literally means “life energy cultivation,” an exercise for body, mind and spirit. A beginning class in this art, related to Ta’i Chi, will begin Sept. 1 in Grass Valley.Teacher Dena Yates will lead beginning one-hour classes starting at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Cost is
Published: August 29, 2015
“Everyman” is a contemporary, modern English adaptation of an old Middle English morality play.Presented by National Theatre Live and starring the extraordinary British actor of Nigerian descent, Chiwetel Ejiofor, it was adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate of Great Britain.Wow, and double wow! Theater-goers, do not, I repeat, do not miss this one. Assuredly among the finest of
Published: August 29, 2015
The Schnitzius brothers, James and Andrew, have been involved with sports for as long as they can remember. Whether it was baseball, wrestling, soccer, cross country, volleyball or basketball, the identical twin brothers could usually be found with a ball in hand.Growing up, the brothers also played flag football, but didn’t get into full-contact football until their freshmen year at
Published: August 29, 2015
A year after the Barbara Schmidt Millar “Celebration of Life” was canceled due to poor air quality conditions, organizers are happy to announce the event is back this year, celebrating its 21st anniversary Sept. 20.“We’ve had our challenges,” said event director Nancy Avilla. “But this is such a great community. The sponsors are still supporting us, the volunteers are still
Published: August 29, 2015
The Nevada County Adult Sports Association crowned its Summer BI League Basketball champions Thursday night at the Grass Valley Veterans Building. In the championship matchup, No. 3 seed Riptide upset top-seed Papa Lee, 66-53, by drilling mid-range shots, using relentless defense and pick and roll drives to the bucket.In the first half, Papa Lee had built a seven point lead,
Published: August 29, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentThursday7:11 a.m. — A woman from Hughes and Ridge roads reported a truck driver almost crashed into her, went up on the sidewalk and was swerving all over the road. He could not be located.7:36 a.m. — A caller from Dever Lane reported hearing a gunshot.9:56 a.m. — A caller from Highway 49 and Neal Street reported
Published: August 29, 2015
We would like to thank you for presenting the town hall meeting which we attended on Aug. 11 at the Grass Valley city council chambers.We found it very informative and worthwhile, and the discussions were quite stimulating. There were several statements that you made, however, that caused us significant concern. As physicians, we hope that when matters of science are
Published: August 29, 2015
Tickets are on sale for the red carpet premiere of Foothill Films 2015, a screenwriting-to-filmmaking event to benefit Nevada County Television. Eight 10-minute films written, produced and filmed by local residents will debut on the big screen from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 5 at Nevada Theatre. NCTV’s General Manager Cheryl Noble anticipates a sellout. “Last year’s gala sold out very
Published: August 29, 2015
The former business manager of the Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School was sentenced Friday to one year in jail after pleading no contest to multiple charges of embezzlement, falsification of accounts by public officers and forgery.Debra Maria MacDonald had been employed by the school for approximately eight years before being terminated after the new director, Jaynie Aydin, started seeing
Published: August 29, 2015
A former Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy who was facing child molest and drug charges took a misdemeanor plea agreement in exchange for probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender.Donald Black was arrested in late September 2013 for allegedly molesting a boy for several years, starting when the victim was 14.The victim testified during a hearing into the evidence in
Published: August 29, 2015
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is alerting customers that the Grass Valley DMV field office at 890 Sutton Way closed on Friday. A brand-new field office will be built on the same site. During construction, customers may use the temporary field office that will be located at 435 Sutton Way. The temporary office will open on Monday, Sept.
Published: August 29, 2015
Our beloved mother, Marian L. Dworkin, passed away surrounded by her family in Penn Valley, Calif., on Aug. 25, 2015.She will be laid to rest with her loving husband Joe who predeceased her in 2010. They had 56 wonderful years together. All who knew Marian loved and admired her gentle, kind, warmhearted nature. She was an avid reader and sharp
Published: August 28, 2015

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