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Marijuana has dominated the race for the District 2 seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.  There’s a sharp difference in the opinions of Richard Harris and Supervisor Ed Scofield, both of whom are running for the nonpartisan seat. Harris, a political newcomer, is a strong opponent of Measure W, the June 7 initiative that if passed would implement
Published: May 5, 2016
Young love is romantic, exciting, frustrating, difficult and, perhaps, not possible to maintain. At least, that’s the premise of the romantic musical, “The Last Five Years,” Sierra Stages’ rousing new production which opened in Grass Valley last week to enthusiastic acclaim. Composed and written by Jason Robert Brown, it premiered at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2001 and was then produced
Published: May 6, 2016
Hong Kong is this world’s foremost practitioner of laissez-faire capitalism (despite the fact that “Red China” politically controls it), and anyone in search of a solution for America’s homelessness problem would do well to examine just how catastrophically the Chinese port city managed to botch the job of humanely housing its people. According to the South China Morning Post, “Sky-high
Published: May 5, 2016
Women should not expect preferential treatment. We are equal to every other human being on the planet. We shouldn’t be treated differently. This applies to all aspects of our lives. We should not give someone job preference just because we are women. We should not give someone an easier path to education just because we are women. We should not
Published: May 5, 2016
Leanne Johnson has been a member of Crossway Fellowship since that church began 10 years ago. She had called her friend, Ty Blount, and learned that a new church would be gathering for worship in his home. She attended the first service, and Crossway has been her church ever since.“I wanted a church that is a pillar of truth and
Published: May 5, 2016
We at the Nevada Irrigation District thank the foothill residents for their tremendous support of the Centennial Reservoir Project this early in the process. We know future droughts are imminent so we must ensure we are capturing and storing water during times when it is abundant so that when we need it most — during the hot summer months —
Published: May 5, 2016
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there’s a heroin epidemic in our country. People who use prescription opiate pain killers are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin than those who use alcohol or marijuana. The problem begins in the family medicine cabinet. We are misdirecting our concern about marijuana when the real threat is
Published: May 5, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentWednesday7:35 a.m. — A caller from the 1000 block of Plaza Drive reported a man falling over and crawling through the brush. He was cited on suspicion of being drunk in public and transported to the hospital.9:39 a.m. — A caller from Glenwood Avenue reported the theft of a walker.11:25 a.m. — A caller from Maltman Drive
Published: May 5, 2016
This week, Bear Yuba Land Trust has teamed up with Brad and Alana Fowler of The Goat Works to eradicate evasive weeds at Mathis Pond Preserve on Dog Bar Road. Families have been stopping by the site all week to snap photos of the goats. Two babies were born there this week and are walking around on new wobbly legs.
Published: May 5, 2016
The free Family Fun Day returns featuring Musical Robot, the AirAligned Aerial Dance Group, Magician Nick Fedoroff, and the EZ PZ Jugglers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley.Musical Robot is a ukulele and drum combo that is programmed for fun. Armed with tunes rife with participation opportunities, this
Published: May 5, 2016
Swami Atmananda of Rishikesh, India will offer three satsang gatherings in Grass Valley from 7 to 9 p.m. each night from May 23-25.The three evening events will be in a private home in Grass Valley. For information and directions, contact Indra Rinzler, 530-273-0144, or email indrarr@hotmail.com. There is a suggested donation for each night of $15.Swami Atmananda Udasin was born
Published: May 5, 2016
The five women crowded together around the kitchen table in New Jersey, their eyes fixed on a laptop screen. It was 7 a.m., and none of them had slept well the night before; they were too anxious and excited for this moment. Jess Katz logged into Skype as her mother and three sisters watched.A face flickered into view: their cousin,
Published: May 5, 2016
The Grass Valley Development Review Committee is set to review the Dorsey Marketplace Project in a meeting that kicks off at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers Tuesday, the first of a series of public review meetings by the committee members that the proposed 26.9-acre multi-use development adjacent to the Dorsey Interchange needs to undergo before it comes before the
Published: May 5, 2016
Yes, I’ve dropped in on you from Vail, at the crest of Colorado ski country, a whole different world aside from some thin lineage as a fellow mountain community.But I began marriage, parenthood and a newspaper career not so far from here, in Quincy, three decades ago. A lifetime. A fingersnap.Just yesterday, it seems, we were pushing a stroller with
Published: May 5, 2016
Five of the seven candidates vying to represent California’s 1st district in the United States House of Representatives took a stance on a variety of issues on Thursday at a candidate forum hosted by the Nevada County chapter of the League of Women Voters.Republicans Joe Montes (Chico), Gary Allen Oxley (Red Bluff) and Gregory Cheadle (Redding), Democrat Jim Reed (Red
Published: May 5, 2016
Camptonville’s annual “Plant Sale and Flea Market” will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 14 at the Rebel Ridge field, 14620 Old Marysville Road in Camptonville. Hundreds of locally grown vegetable starts, perennials, art, crafts, and flea market booths will be on hand. Lunch, snacks, drinks and baked goods will be sold by Camptonville’s own food wagon,
Published: May 5, 2016
With a playoff spot on the line, Falcons pitcher Mikey Rubio was at his best.Rubio, a senior on the Forest Lake Christian’s baseball team, battled through the rain and tossed his first career no-hitter Thursday to lead the Falcons past the Foresthill Wildfires, 10-0.“Mikey was focused,” said FLC head coach Jess Soria. “The elements can always get you off track,
Published: May 5, 2016
The Bear River baseball team ended their Pioneer Valley League slate with a resounding 17-6 victory over league foe Colfax Thursday.Justin Leonard earned the win from the bump, throwing six innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs.The Bruins tallied nine hits and drew 12 walks in the win. They were led by Bear Belding with two hits, three runs
Published: May 5, 2016
The longest running foot race in Nevada County, the Spring Run 5K/10K, celebrated its 30th anniversary last Saturday with more than 100 participants traversing the Nevada City course.Leading the pack in the men’s 5K was Sergio Higareda, placing first with a time of 18 minutes, 38 seconds. Marley Mueller won the women’s 5K with a mark of 22:33. In the
Published: May 5, 2016
Golfers are wanted for the annual Nevada Union Football Golf Tournament.This year’s event will take place June 25 at Dark Horse Golf Course. Registration costs are $100 per golfer. Participants can register as a single golfer, a twosome or a foursome. If not interested in playing, but want to be part of the festivities ‘dinner only’ tickets are available for
Published: May 5, 2016
Lee Allen Gehrke Sr., of Yuba City, passed away at his home on April 28, 2016. Lee was born Jan. 30, 1962 to Robert and JoAnn Gehrke in Grants Pass, OR. Lee was a Yuba/Sutter resident for much of his life.Lee was a loving and dedicated father and grandfather. He leaves behind two children, Renee Gehrke and Lee (Emily) Gehrke
Published: May 5, 2016
A Grass Valley man took a plea agreement Monday in Nevada County Superior Court on two separate cases involving charges of possessing methamphetamine for sale, child endangerment and possessing a stolen handgun.Lincoln Owen Turpen, 29, was arrested in September 2014 after members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at a home in the 400
Published: May 5, 2016
The Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team in Nevada County has teamed up with For the Love of Pets Veterinary Hospital in Grass Valley to provide free pet microchipping as part of the 2016 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event at the Sierra College Public Safety Training Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.All pets must either be in
Published: May 5, 2016
Around 120 people from a cross-section of the community joined civic and public officials Thursday to discuss some of the vital issues at the forefront of western Nevada County in a special breakfast organized by the local religious community at the Grass Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship Hall.The approximately 90-minute event was coordinated to recognize the National Day of Prayer. Sheriff
Published: May 5, 2016
With spring here, and summer just around the corner, the number of activities and events going on in and around Lake Wildwood is amazing. This is the time to pick up your copy of the e-Bits newsletter available on the LWW website or in hardcopy at each of the LWW gates; it will help you keep track of what there
Published: May 5, 2016
My mother died Sept. 19, 2012 in the late evening. It was a Wednesday. She was 85. I was in California and she was in New York. My brother, who was in charge of her care — and subsequently her “estate” — had called a couple of days before, saying she was getting close. I debated trying to get back
Published: May 4, 2016
A well-attended forum, “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” was recently held to raise awareness about using CBD’s to treat a laundry list of conditions, including intractable childhood epilepsy. (CBD is short for cannabidiol, a component found in certain cannabis strains.) Despite personal invitations from Forrest Hurd, not one of the sitting members of the Board of Supervisors showed up,
Published: May 4, 2016
After considerable research and attending numerous meetings to inform myself better, I have come to the conclusion that our local medical marijuana issue is not about medicine or a better community, but about money and greed.The pro-marijuana folks have done studies as well and have put together an impressive number of arguments as to why we should embrace their vision
Published: May 4, 2016
When “Dancing With Our Stars” producer Leah DeLira saw Pete Vasilakos of Big Oak Valley do a three-gun salute at an American Legion event earlier this year, she was impressed.DeLira, who produces the annual dance fundraiser for The Center for the Arts (this year’s show is Aug. 20), saw something of a performer in the 77-year-old Nevada County resident.Vasilakos, a
Published: May 5, 2016
Saul and Elena Rayo and the Ray-O-Sun Orkestra play at 8 p.m. Friday in a CD release concert at Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.The concert will celebrate the release of their most recent recording, “Deeper Roots,” which was recorded at their Ancient Wave studio in Nevada City. “We’ve been in search of the sound that we both have loved our
Published: May 5, 2016
Captain America: Civil WarRated PG-13, running time 147 minutes. Special Advance Show Tonight! Thursday, May 5 at Del Oro Theatre, 2D at 7 p.m. and 3D at 7:15 p.m. Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in
Published: May 5, 2016
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS OF THURSDAY MORNING.WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.Two best-selling authors, John Gray and Arjuna Ardagh, will speak about their new book, “Conscious Men,” at 7;30 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada Theatre.The event, produced by Paul Emery, benefits KVMR and the Nevada Theatre’s Bridge Street Project.John Gray is the leading relationship expert in the world. His
Published: May 5, 2016
Do it successfully once, why not try it again, except open and expand it to the whole community?Well, those just might be the questions swirling inside the head of KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer broadcaster Larry Hillberg, who is putting together a live remote broadcast of the Nevada County Fire Safe Council’s 2016 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day this Saturday for five
Published: May 5, 2016
Extreme surf music band The Mermen play 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cooper’s Ale House, 235 Commercial St., Nevada City, $10.Band Jim Thomas on guitar, Martyn Jones on drums, and local native, Jennifer Burnes, bassist.Also sharing the stage are local band, Ronnie~Wray~Gunn, featuring Chris Bersford on guitar, Brian Daniels on drums, and Leo Osero on bass.
Published: May 5, 2016
The Great Bingo Revival plays 9 p.m, Saturday at Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City. $5. (Not your grandma’s bingo)
Published: May 5, 2016
Singer/songwriter Jeff Berkley will play a solo show at the Open Book in Grass Valley at 7 p.m. tonight.A native San Diegan, Berkley has created a bare-handed style of percussion with the West African djembe and cymbals that has become uniquely his own, and highly regarded. He is also known for stylish riffs on the guitar.He has played with Jackson
Published: May 5, 2016
Artists’ Studio in the Foothills invites the public to an opening reception from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday for a new exhibit featuring New Paintings by Nevada County artist Betsy Lombard. Lombard’s works in oil and watercolor fill the walls of ASiF’s main gallery, reflecting influences of early to mid century American painters such as Selden Gile and Richard Diebenkorn
Published: May 5, 2016
THURSDAYArt Works Gallery Co-op New Works — 10 a.m, Art Works Gallery, 113 Mill St., Grass Valley. Celebrates New Custom wood and metal home furnishings by Don Augstein. New large abstract Oil paintings by Susan Lobb Porter. Bright new Mosaic & Ceramic Art pieces my Lori Humphrey. The art work at the Gallery is ever changing as all artists challenge
Published: May 5, 2016
Mother’s Day at Empire Mine is a golden tribute to moms, grandmothers — and every woman who makes life special. Besides the history, the magnificent gardens and the special Ladies Tea Garden, where visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary cups of tea and cookies, the Park will feature a wide range of entertainment for all ages.Popular singer/guitarist Heather MacAdam will
Published: May 5, 2016
It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 11-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range. The Tennessean is just the latest to
Published: May 5, 2016
The 29th Annual Mother’s Day plant and garden sale runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Miners Foundry in Nevada City.The event, run by assortment of farms and nurseries, includes plants from common varieties to rare species.Farmers and nurserymen will be available to talk about garden concerns and solutions, drought issues and more/Admission if free. Attendees should bring their own
Published: May 5, 2016
Early voting across the state begins Monday for the June 7 primary that will determine new Nevada County supervisors and the contentious Measure W marijuana issue.Nevada County voters can cast ballots early in two different locations: The elections office on the second floor of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City; and Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee
Published: May 4, 2016
Ryan McVay has been an artist pretty much since he first picked up a pencil. He’s been creating surrealist-style oil paintings since the age of 14 and learned to blow glass at the age of 18. He moved all over the country — from Oregon to Colorado to Lake Tahoe to Hawaii — chasing his passion for snowboarding and surfing,
Published: May 4, 2016
A suspect still is being sought in a suspected butane honey oil explosion and fire that destroyed a single-story Alta Sierra Drive home on April 25.Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies responded just after 11 a.m. to the 11000 block of Alta Sierra Drive, and reportedly discovered more than 50 butane canisters in the rubble from the fire, as well as in
Published: May 4, 2016
Spring is here and so is baby bird season. Janice Barbary, songbird team leader for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, suggests the following actions people can take to increase the survival rate of orphaned or injured birds they find. And when a baby or injured bird is found, the Intake Center is now open, located in the Brunswick Basin in Grass
Published: May 4, 2016
Nevada City’s historic downtown will be transformed into a live street festival this Friday where people will be treated to such diverse experiences as body painting, tarot reading, and live musical performances, and will be able to check out some 15 vendors participating in the opening night of the First Friday Art Walk. “We are really encouraging people to come
Published: May 4, 2016
Dix Sullivan passed away Feb. 28, 2016.A Celebration of Life will be held on at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St., Nevada City.
Published: May 4, 2016
Douglas Wayne Flowers a 32 year resident of Grass Valley passed away May 3, 2016. He was 68.Douglas was born in Oakland, California on Aug. 13, 1947 to Donald B. and Lorean (Davis) Flowers. He served in the Army from 1967 to 1969. Douglas married Julie A. Apodaca on Oct. 11, 1969. He was employed as a truck driver for
Published: May 4, 2016
Donn Coenen, a staple of Nevada County supervisor meetings and a supporter of the State of Jefferson movement, is planning a run for state Assembly as a write-in candidate.In an unrelated race, Nevada City resident Ryan Wesley Clark also intends to run a write-in campaign for U.S. senator.Both candidates have until May 24 to gather nomination signatures. Coenen, a member
Published: May 4, 2016
Finishing the regular season strong, the Bear River boys volleyball team rose up to the challenge and notched a dominating win in front of its home crowd on Senior Night.The Bruins closed out Sierra Valley Conference play Wednesday by defeating Capital Christian in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-12.“Could of played better, but in the end played well and got the
Published: May 4, 2016
Bear River softball pitcher Arielle Koerber notched her second perfect game of the season Wednesday as the Lady Bruins blasted Pioneer Valley League foe Foothill, 15-0.Koerber threw five innings before the game was called due to the mercy rule. She struck out eight and didn’t allow a single Foothill player to reach base. On the season, Koerber is now 6-0
Published: May 4, 2016
Austin Ellis, a Grass Valley Little Leaguer playing for the AAA Red Sox, proved early on this season that big things can come from small packages. Ellis, a third grader at Scotten School, did something very rare for an 8-year-old baseball player — he hit a home run out of Condon Park. He not only did it once, but twice
Published: May 4, 2016
The Mount Saint Mary’s Academy girls volleyball program recently concluded another stellar season. Both the seventh and eight grade teams went undefeated and won the end of the season tournament. It is the sixth consecutive season in which the Eagles’ program has run the table to finish undefeated in league and tourney play.Mount Saint Mary’s coach Denise Rideout-O’Neill attributes the
Published: May 4, 2016
Registration is open for the Miner Basketball Camp set for June 13-16.The camp emphasizes balance, footwork, shooting skills and teamwork. The camp also includes individual instruction and personal evaluations.The camp costs $100 per participant or $160 for two or more family members. Campers will be coached by the Nevada Union basketball staff, local middle school coaches and the Nevada Union
Published: May 4, 2016
Mercury orbits the sun more than two-and-a-half times closer than Earth. The sun, in Mercury’s sky, looms large.How large? Multiply that factor (two-and-a-half-plus) by itself. The sun appears nearly seven times larger in the Mercurian sky.Arrange seven identical coins on a table, one in the center, six around, all touching. Let the center coin represents how big the sun appears
Published: May 4, 2016
The first “Youth for the Yuba” celebration is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Nevada City.The free event, sponsored by The South Yuba River Citizens League, will include music, art, food and an envirofair — among other activities.“Youth for the Yuba” will be held at the SYRCL office, 313 Railroad Ave.“This exciting new event is designed to celebrate
Published: May 4, 2016
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they walk into the room. The narcissist will enter with a big smile, outstretched hands and the attitude of “here I am.” He, or she, will often be wearing something that stands them out from the crowd, like a ridiculously long tie or a “comb over” to hide his
Published: May 4, 2016
Regarding the District 1 supervisorial campaign — on the front page of the April 14 issue of The Union is a report of a $1,000 contribution to the Stawser campaign from a vehement denier of climate change as if that it was a colossal event. His opponent, Heidi Hall, said, “I am astonished that he would take money from people
Published: May 4, 2016
We were truly sorry and disturbed by the letter impugning the character and questioning the motives of our good friend John Carr. We have known John for many years and feel we know John well enough to say that any subliminal message in his cartoons implying criticism of any segment of our society was not only not there but was
Published: May 4, 2016
The “Youth at Peace” group at Lutheran Church in Grass Valley was part of a nation-wide effort that has raised $10.3 million to date for local food banks and other organizations tackling hunger at the local level. Young people at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley raised $1,580 and donated nonperishable food items to Interfaith Food Ministry, thanks to generous
Published: May 4, 2016
The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries’ next monthly Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. held Saturday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St. in Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are for sale, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, collectibles, etc. This month’s
Published: May 4, 2016
The annual Gold Country Lions 11th Annual Motorcycle Poker Run has been rescheduled for May 14 due to weather. The event was originally scheduled for May 7. Registration will take place at Higgins Lions Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on May 14 at 22490 E. Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (Lake of the Pines area, two miles
Published: May 4, 2016
Nevada County Republican Party will host a presentation on the “Impacts of Marijuana” at 6:30 p.m. on May 10 at the Rood Center in Nevada City. Speakers will include Remleh Scherzinger of Nevada Irrigation District, who will discuss how marijuana cultivation impacts water; Shelley Rodgers of Community Recovery Resources, who will explain marijuana impacts on adolescents and community norms; and
Published: May 4, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentTuesday8:35 a.m. — A caller from the 400 block of Pine Street reported a burglary to a vehicle with the theft of a computer, purse and other items.9:08 a.m. — A caller from Condon Park reported tagging of the restrooms near the disc golf course.9:39 a.m. — A caller from a business in the 1700 block of
Published: May 4, 2016
A truck on Wednesday fell 100 feet down an embankment off Highway 49 near North San Juan, requiring first-responders to extricate the man from his vehicle and fly him to a Roseville hospital, authorities said.The man, who was alert when firefighters reached him, was driving south on the highway around 7:30 a.m. when the wreck happened, said Shawn Olson, an
Published: May 4, 2016
The Tahoe National Forest has been filled with excitement this spring. As snow melted, wildflowers bloomed, and families planned summer camping trips, there was something new afoot in the woods — more than 400 fourth-grade students came to discover what their national forest has to offer.Thanks to a transportation grant from the National Parks Foundation, the Yuba River Ranger District
Published: May 3, 2016
Anxious voicemails from impatient people, emails alleging a perceived bias and reports of sign theft littering the daily police blotter.Ah, yes, it’s election season.As our eyes glaze over the latest cable TV “breaking news” of Ted Cruz attacking Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders trading barbs, as the presidential campaign pivots toward the November General Election, we do
Published: May 3, 2016
Bear River’s girls swim team left the competition in its wake Saturday at the Pioneer Valley league Championships, winning eight events and claiming the league title.The girls team tallied 581 points, topping second place Placer by 201 points. Lincoln placed third, Colfax fourth, Center fifth and Foothill sixth. Earning individual first place finishes in their respective events for Bear River
Published: May 3, 2016
The Gold Country Stampede Varsity Lacrosse Team furthered there chances for an undefeated regular season with a win over a tough divisional opponent in Sierra Foothills. The Stampede were victorious on the road, winning 7-6. This brings the season tally to 13-0 with a No. 1 ranking in both the Northern California Lacrosse League (NCJLA) as well as topping the
Published: May 3, 2016
Hold those axes and chainsaws. Local experts are warning people to be extra careful this time of the year when pruning trees on their properties, as the warmer spring climate allows a certain grain-sized bug to be extra active. “When trees are actively fleshing out for spring, if you cut down trees, they can release pheromones that send a signal
Published: May 3, 2016
I recently attended The North Sierra Wine Trail (www.northsierrawinetrail.com), a 30-mile wine road that stretches from Oroville in Butte County south to Oregon House in Yuba County. This year’s trail included 11 wineries and one distillery. Technically, while the Sierra Foothills themselves continue running north into Butte County, the northern boundary of the Sierra Foothills Viticultural Area (AVA) stops a
Published: May 3, 2016
Like wine trails? You are just in time for the spring installment of the first of three regional wine trails. Last year, the Sierra Vintners, our local winery association, divided the area into three sub-regions — so, instead of one big wine trail, each area will have its own mini-trail. The first Wine Trail will be May 14, featuring south
Published: May 3, 2016
Bent Metal Winery is inviting the public to its six year anniversary party from 1 to 5 p.m. May 14.The event, which includes music, food and wines, takes place at the winery at 14364 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.Cost is $5 per person (current wine club members no charge, limit two). Reservations are required by Monday for food. To RSVP, go
Published: May 3, 2016
The new owners of Sierra Moonshine, a home brew supply shop, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to support their newest product, Pro Brewers Siphon.The campaign, which started Sunday, aims to raise $30,000 by June 1.“We’re off to a great start, having raised over $6,000 in the first 24 hours,” said Anthony Schoensee, c-owner, with Justin Coyle, of Nevada County-based Sierra
Published: May 3, 2016
It’s a trip getting to the sidewalk in front of the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.The building, on South Auburn Street, has a curb in front of it about 12 inches high and 8 inches wide. Someone standing on the road must step over the curb and then back down to the sidewalk, at street level, to reach the building.“It’s
Published: May 3, 2016
Several of the candidates running for California’s 1st congressional district are scheduled to appear at a local candidate forum on Thursday — though Doug LaMalfa, the incumbent, is not on that list. LaMalfa declined an invite to participate in the event, according to the Nevada County chapter of the League of Women Voters, which is hosting the forum, as did
Published: May 3, 2016
A market match program is starting back up this year at the four Nevada County farmers markets: — Nevada County Certified Growers Market at the Rood Center, Nevada City on Tuesdays; — Grass Valley Thursday Night Market, Downtown Grass Valley on Thursdays; — Nevada County Certified Growers’ Market at North Star House, Auburn Road, Grass Valley on Saturdays; — Nevada
Published: May 3, 2016
A 63-year-old resident of South County was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and was being held in county jail on $75,000 bail, in the wreck that injured a California Highway Patrol officer Monday.Officer Reaves Douglas was on duty and driving a marked patrol vehicle northbound on Highway 49 at about 2:30 p.m. when the
Published: May 3, 2016
The board of directors for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District has called a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today.A conference with real property negotiators for three properties — at 13103 Ridge Road, 10095 East Lime Kiln Road and 13376 Quaker Hill Road — will be conducted in closed session.The meeting will be at Station 84, 10135 Coyote St., Nevada
Published: May 3, 2016
Blink and you’ll miss it. Special interests have struck a back-room deal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour in just six years. The deal was rushed through the Democrat-controlled Legislature — with little public input — and signed into law by the governor in less than a week. It’s almost as if no one wanted to take
Published: May 3, 2016
The current Republican “transgender bathroom” scare is just so much more of their crusade and fear-mongering against gays; trying to fool an inattentive American public. For all the anti-gay evangelicals who haven’t been out of their own bathrooms in years — get a grip!Bathrooms have been transgender all over the world for decades. We were in Europe 20 to 30
Published: May 3, 2016
In March, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) allowance provided to children who will have their parent’s earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferred to them. Now similar legislation is being considered in the Senate (S.425) that would put the hard-fought benefits of 2.8 million post-9/11
Published: May 3, 2016
A letter in the April 28 edition of The Union caused me to re-read a recent column by Norm Sauer, member of The Union Editorial Board. I want to say how refreshing it is to have an independent thinker remind us that our America has always been a beacon of liberty and the “greatest force in the history of the
Published: May 3, 2016
Published: May 3, 2016
Gary EldridgeGary Francis Eldridge passed away on April 27, 2016.He was born in Hibbing, Minnesota. After serving in the Navy, on the USS Nereus, and work at Convair and IBM, he was recruited to teach electronics at Monterey Peninsula College, where he taught for 28 years. He also taught classes at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and San
Published: May 3, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is leaving the Republican presidential contest, giving Donald Trump a clear path to his party's nomination.  Kasich will announce the end of his underdog White House bid on Wednesday, according to three campaign officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the candidate's plans. The decision comes a
Published: May 3, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentMonday7:59 a.m. — A caller from a business in the 400 block of Colfax Avenue reported people spray-painting an electrical box.8:54 a.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Glasson Way reported a fraud.11:11 a.m. — A caller from the 700 block of East Main Street reported a burglary to a locked storage container.12:19 p.m. —
Published: May 3, 2016
Matteo’s Public will be hosting a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. today to support teen mental health. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of all dine-in and take-out proceeds to “What’s Up? Wellness Checkups,” a suicide prevention program offering in-school emotional health screenings and follow up resources for students at designated Nevada County high schools. Reservations are recommended by
Published: May 3, 2016
Rough and Ready is again preparing to host its annual Chili Cook-off on June 26 and is seeking chili cookers interested in participating. This year’s event is combined with the town’s annual Secession Days Celebration, providing more entertainment, including the Firefighter’s Breakfast, the popular “Saga of Rough and Ready Play,” a variety of vendors and crafters, blacksmith demonstrations, games, raffles,
Published: May 3, 2016
Mother’s Day is one day out of the year when moms everywhere are honored. At Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH), moms (and dads for that matter) are celebrated every day as they welcome new life into the world in the hospital’s Family Birth Center. About a dozen babies are born each week in the Family Birth Center, according
Published: May 2, 2016
We are often misdiagnosed — and we are often minimized. Fourteen years after the creation of Invisible Awareness Week, it has been reduced to one day, May 12, to bring awareness to the challenges and needs of those with invisible illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. It took tens of thousands of dollars
Published: May 2, 2016
In 1967, psychologists Martin Seligman and Steven Maier conducted a famous experiment. They divided dogs into two groups. Dogs in Group 1 were given mild electric shocks (yes, psychology researchers did terrible things to innocent animals in the name of “science”) at random times, but which the dog could end by pressing a lever. Each dog in Group 2 was
Published: May 2, 2016
Liver cancer rates are increasing, yet other cancer rates are dropping. This is largely because of viral hepatitis. Hepatitis B and C are leading causes of liver cancer and liver transplants in the U.S. The number of deaths in the U.S from hepatitis C now surpasses deaths from all 60 reportable infectious diseases combined, including HIV. Between 2010 and 2013,
Published: May 2, 2016
Andi Yablon-Krause had always been an extremely active person. She was a busy pastry chef and avid weekend hiker. But most of all, she love to dance. Yet something started to happen in her late twenties. “My body felt like it was disintegrating,” said Yablon-Krause. “Then one day in dance class my back went out completely.”The pain got so bad
Published: May 2, 2016
Considering the season, it didn’t take long for proponents and opponents of Measure W to jump on what they saw as a political football this week.But, in reality, it was no football. And it’s a shame some sought to score political points by bouncing off a local family’s crisis, one that could easily have become a catastrophe for our community.We
Published: April 29, 2016
Supervisors Hank Weston and Dan Miller recently published their rationale for Measure W. The No on W Committee would like to respond. No on W is about addressing environmental and public safety concerns by way of regulation, not prohibition. No on W is about fair government that hears and considers the needs of all citizens impartially. It is about taking
Published: April 29, 2016
Candidates in the District 2 Board of Supervisors race sparred at a Thursday night forum over topics ranging from business development to home break-ins, though the subject regularly returned to the contentious issue of Measure W.Richard Harris and Supervisor Ed Scofield detailed sharp differences over Measure W, that if passed June 7 would implement a voter imposed outdoor medical marijuana
Published: April 28, 2016
“A special love between two people: A dying wish.”Those were the words that Placer County native Rose Phelps, 62, suggested as the title to this article about getting her dying wish to wed Daniel Griffith, 57. The April wedding was at the Right Hand Auburn homeless shelter in North Auburn, where they live. Daniel suggested, “Live life to its fullest.”Rose
Published: May 2, 2016
The Air Force Association CyberCamp is coming to Nevada County to give local students a crash course in cyber security.The camp will take place July 13-15 at Sierra College’s Nevada County campus, and is open to students who will be enrolled in grades 7-12 during the 2016-17 school year. There is no cost for the camp, and breakfast, lunch and
Published: May 2, 2016

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