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Judith Gayle Self passed away on Jan. 25, 2016 in Grass Valley, CA. She was born July 22, 1940 in Kingfisher, OK to parents Jess and Gertrude Jones. Judith attended Willamette University and received a BA. She married Kenneth Self on Oct. 31, 1985 at Lake Tahoe. Judith enjoyed photography and watercolor painting. She is survived by her husband Kenneth
Published: February 11, 2016
Jeffrey Alan Shields passed away Jan. 29, 2016. He was 57.Jeff lived in Cascade Shores for more than 15 years. Jeff was a member of the New Warriors Men’s Organization, Bridge Gender Communication Group, and a Lifetime Member of the LoveWorks Relationship Training. He was a Teamster Baker, Propane Driver, small plane pilot, aircraft mechanic, forest firefighter and organic dairy
Published: February 11, 2016
John Henry Meyer passed away Feb. 5, 2016 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56. A service will be held in his honor at 2 p.m. March 5 at St. Canice Church.John Henry Meyer was born July 8, 1959 in Los Angeles the fifth of six children born to Otto and Ruth Meyer. The family moved to
Published: February 11, 2016
Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace S. Heidelberger is the only candidate to state an intention to run for that office, virtually ensuring she will be re-elected.Candidates for the county’s only Superior Court judicial race this year had to declare their intention to run between Feb. 1 and Wednesday. Heidelberger, the incumbent, was the only one to declare.Heidelberger now must
Published: February 11, 2016
“If you aren’t making everyone mad at you, you aren’t doing your job.” I’ve been told this countless times since arriving in western Nevada County as The Union’s new publisher. Well, I didn’t aim to make everyone mad at me. Unlike some of The Union’s previous publishers, and editors, my goal was to be inclusive, not to be divisive. I
Published: February 11, 2016
The Gold Country Celtic Society would like to thank local wineries Montoliva Vineyard, Solune Winegrowers, Szabo Vineyards, Nevada City Winery, Pilot Peak Winery, Sierra Starr Vineyard, Lucchesi Vineyards, Coufos Cellers, Avangaurdia Wines and Gray Pine Winery, and wine merchants Carrington’s Fine Wines and SPD Market for their generous support of out 25th annual Robert Burns’ Dinner and Concert. Without them,
Published: February 11, 2016
In its recent editorial, “Our View: State of Jefferson proposition not based in reality,” The Union’s Editorial Board makes its opinion public. It thinks our efforts to create a new state are pointless.I would like to wholeheartedly disagree with the board’s opinion.Let me take the board’s main points one by one. Its first point is that, even if the voters
Published: February 11, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentWednesday8:31 a.m. — A caller from the 1000 block of Joerschke Drive reported vandalism to a dog fence.11:24 a.m. — A caller from Plaza Drive and Brunswick Road reported a woman going into labor in a vehicle in the parking lot. She was transported to the hospital.3:16 p.m. — A caller from the 300 block of Sutton
Published: February 11, 2016
After a vehicle crashed into the back of the Nevada City Police Department’s K-9 unit, Officer Scott Goin and his partner, Rudiger, escaped serious injury — but their ride was demolished.A local welding company owner was more than happy to help get the duo back on the road, however.Approximately one year ago, the Nevada City Police Department was given a
Published: February 11, 2016
In the second of a two-part series, “Housing and the Homeless in Nevada County and Beyond,” a panel will discuss Saturday Nevada County’s housing situation and how it impacts homelessness. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County, presenters will be Susan Farrington, president, Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, Placer Consortium on Homelessness; Michael Haggerty, director
Published: February 11, 2016
A total of 51 cars competed in this year’s Cub Scout Pack 23 Pinewood Derby at Forest Charter School. Sponsored by the Lion’s Club, the top five finishers for speed were Finn Macrea (first place), Jake Laweson, Cody Pfadt, Robert Maple and Levi Soper.
Published: February 11, 2016
The next “A Cup with a Cop”, event will be from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Java John’s, 306 Broad St. in Nevada City. As part of the Community Connect Program, Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley, and other officers will be on hand to visit with interested community members. In this relaxed, informal setting Chief Foley and
Published: February 11, 2016
Mona Matthias, who enjoyed a 34-year career as a teacher and internationally known expert in teaching math, will speak about “Women, Math and Fun!” at the monthly dinner meeting of Business and Professional Women of Nevada County on Wednesday at Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli, 213 Colfax Ave. in Grass Valley. Members of the public are invited. Through a variety
Published: February 11, 2016
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation will be hosting its sixth annual all-you-can-eat ‘Cioppino Feed’ on March 5 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 and dinner service begins at 6 p.m. For the event, the chefs will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, salad
Published: February 11, 2016
Every year in early February, the fishing on the Feather River gets a big boost with the planting of juvenile steelhead. This has been going on for more than four decades.The stripers in the river delta system seem to have been conditioned with something akin to institutional memory. The big stripers show up in the Yuba City area in late
Published: February 11, 2016
The Nevada City Council on Wednesday rejected a proposal to expand the terms of an existing working agreement to open an emergency shelter for people in need during bad weather. “The emergency shelter plan we currently have in place is the right solution for Nevada City,” said Mayor Jennifer Ray.“It does provide shelter when temperatures are freezing and is designed
Published: February 11, 2016
Bear Yuba Land Trust is counting down the days to the Oak Tree Bash, a fun event where the community will come together to recognize two lifetime conservationists — Janet Cohen and David Lawler.BYLT’s Annual Member Meeting and Leadership Awards will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at the historic North Star House, 12075 Auburn
Published: February 11, 2016
On Thursday, the prosecution wrapped up its first week of testimony in the homicide trial involving brothers Scott Hollingshead and Christopher Nix. Testimony will resume Tuesday in Nevada County Superior Court.Hollingshead and Nix reportedly were waiting for murder victim Brian Spalding at his Banner Mountain residence on the night of April 14, 2014. They allegedly shot Spalding before dragging him
Published: February 11, 2016
A Grass Valley restaurant and pub has set three days of music and dining over the holiday weekend.The venue, 151 Union Square, is having a “Dine and Dance Valentine’s Weekend Experience” Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Music inlcudes: SoLS Duo as Doug and Tim, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dale Head Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Dream and the Dreamer, 6
Published: February 11, 2016
Paul Emery presents “A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen,” a reprise of his triumphant tribute to one of the most fascinating and enigmatic singer/songwriters of the late 60s, according to a press release.The all-star lineup includes 12 musicians and one poet — Anni McCann, Kimberly Bass, Eleanore MacDonald, Molly Fisk, Pat Jacobsen, Shay Dillon, Peter Wilson, Stephen
Published: February 5, 2016
The next best thing to seeing Elvis Costello live in Grass Valley is seeing Elvis Costello performing live in concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley.With a state-of-the-art digital projection and sound system, Sierra Cinemas presents Elvis Costello’s June 2015 “Live Detour at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall” in a one-time only showing at 8 p.m. Monday.The detour
Published: February 11, 2016
I was sad to hear this week that Nevada County will not put on a “One Billion Rising” event on Valentine’s Day as we did last year. (See www.theunion.com for coverage).Last year, I had another commitment and couldn’t make it to the Safeway parking lot in downtown Grass Valley where all the action took place.But I did learn the “Break
Published: February 11, 2016
How to be SingleRated R, running time 110 minutes. Special Advance Show Tonight! Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:15pm at Del Oro Theatre. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled
Published: February 11, 2016
To say this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Shorts are life-affirming isn’t to say they’re easy to take. Most people’s lives travel nowhere close to the extremes depicted. Film offers an incomparable opportunity to spend a couple hours in the dark safely cushioned by packets of enlightenment. Feel something of what the people in these non-fiction stories feel; understand
Published: February 11, 2016
Experience “Splendor in the Brass” Friday during a special house concert and seminar presented by InConcert Sierra. The performance will feature San Francisco Bay Area trumpeter Scott Macomber and Nevada County pianist Nancy McRay.Macomber and McRay have been collaborating musically for almost 30 years. For the Friday concert, they are programming works from the Baroque period on through modern times,
Published: February 11, 2016
The colors of purple, green and gold will paint the town of Nevada City this Presidents Day weekend with the 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration. This year’s festivities will feature a Voodoo-themed Masquerade Ball on Saturday night, followed by a street faire, parade and children’s Carnevale on Sunday.New this year, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome the
Published: February 11, 2016
For many folks, Valentine’s Day means buying roses for your loved one and then taking her or him out to a fancy dinner. The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center celebrates a little differently each year with the Valentine Erotique performance. An annual classic, this erotic extravaganza returns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a brand new array of
Published: February 11, 2016
With the recent passing of rock legend David Bowie, a community-based musical tribute is scheduled Feb. 18 to celebrate his music of Bowie. The event will at 8:30 p.m. at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City. “We have an unprecedented gathering of amazing talent,” said Larry Casserly, show producer and owner of Boomerang Beat Collaborative.Concert attendees will be
Published: February 11, 2016
Nevada County DJ Ed Lawson will play tunes at a Valentine’s dinner-dance from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at St. Dominic’s Hall, 28 E. Oak St., Colfax.The cost is $30 per person or $10 for dancing only.The evening begins at 6 with a no-host cocktail hour.A prime rib dinner follows from 7 to 8:30. Dancing afterward until 11.For reservations, call
Published: February 11, 2016
THURSDAYIllustration By I.B. Nelson — 8 a.m., South Pine Cafe, 102 Richardson St., Grass Valley. A selection of illustrations created in pen and ink, watercolor, Prismacolor, with digital modification. Nelson’s work has been published by or been featured in: King Feature’s New Breed, San Jose Mercury News, California Bicyclist, Beer the Magazine, Sega of America, Dancing Frog Graphics, American Brewer
Published: February 11, 2016
It isn’t every day that someone in their mid-80s decides to pick up a guitar and learn to play it. And it’s even rarer when, at 93, he makes his live radio debut playing his original songs. But that’s exactly what Tom Christison of Woodland will be doing next Tuesday in the 9 a.m. hour on KVMR’s Morning Show (89.5
Published: February 11, 2016
Mike Shapiro Trio plays a Valentine’s dance, rock and blues party 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday at the Brass Rail, North San Juan.
Published: February 11, 2016
This weekend, the Nevada City Classic Café celebrates both Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day with a special menu along with the joyful and romantic European Gypsy music of Beaucoup Chapeaux. Seven years ago, Classic Café owner Genevieve Crouzet created Friday Night Tapas and Music with Beaucoup Chapeaux — the result of which was a revival of night life on the
Published: February 11, 2016
COOPER’S ALE HOUSE235 Commercial St., Nevada City530-265-0116http://coopersnclive.comFri Feb. 12 – Kingpin - $7Sat Feb. 13 – Space Rabies/California Riot Act/Roswell-$10CRAZY HORSE SALOON & GRILL230 Commercial St., Nevada City (530) 265-4000www.crazyhorsenc.comNot your ordinary bar foodKitchen open lateUltimate destination for sportsFri Feb. 12 – Geezer Gig –oldies rock, blues, swing-5 p.m.-free – Klozd Sirkut-funk-tronica from Seattle - 9:30 p.m. - $7Sat Feb.
Published: February 11, 2016
I just got back from a long weekend at the “Happiest place on Earth.” You know the place: “House of Mouse,” “The Land That Walt Built” — a.k.a. Disneyland and its cousin, California Adventure, separated by Downtown Disney. I went with a friend. We did not take children. We were the children. It was ... amazing!My girlfriend had been telling
Published: February 10, 2016
Sheriff Keith Royal has secured an additional $30,000 for helicopter rental and pilot services, money that will go in part to searches for illegal marijuana grows. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the extra money, which comes from asset forfeitures. It brings the total amount designated for helicopters this fiscal year to $55,000.Supervisor Hank Weston was absent.The increase
Published: February 10, 2016
The Rocklin Thunder came into Albert Ali Gymnasium Wednesday and spoiled an otherwise festive night for Nevada Union, beating the Miners, 60-53, on Senior Night.The Miners started strong, building a 20-11 first quarter edge. The Thunder narrowed the deficit in the second quarter and then took over in the second half.Nevada Union led 31-26 heading into the third quarter, but
Published: February 10, 2016
The Bear River boys basketball team struggled to find its offensive footing against Lincoln Tuesday and it cost the Bruins yet another Pioneer Valley League game.Playing in Lincoln, the Bruins shot just 31 percent from the floor and 53 percent from the free throw line as they fell to the Fighting Zebras, 58-45.Bear River did get a strong showing from
Published: February 10, 2016
Battling until the end, the Bear River Lady Bruins basketball team pulled out all the stops Wednesday, Senior Night, but couldn’t squeak out a victory, falling to Lincoln 47-41.Before the game, Bear River honored graduating seniors Kaely Rath, Kaitlyn Solomon and Savannah Wirth, who all walked out to center court at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium one last time. “Well it
Published: February 10, 2016
Jamie Reeves, a 1998 graduate of Nevada Union High School who works in higher education research, is the newest member of the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees. The board at its Wednesday night meeting voted 3-0 to appoint Reeves to its vacant seat. Trustee Linda Campbell abstained from voting. Five other candidates applied for the position
Published: February 10, 2016
The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley will hold its annual workshops in June and July, which are several week-long gatherings of serious poets and writers every summer in the Northern California ski area of Squaw Valley. The deadline to apply for summer 2016 workshops is April 2. Some financial aid is available.These conferences include workshops, panel discussions, craft talks
Published: February 10, 2016
I want to remind voters registered as “decline to state” — who have the Republican state of mind where you believe in smaller government, lower taxes, less regulations, free enterprise and who respect the liberty the Constitution allows all Americans — you must re-register to vote so you can vote for the Republican primary presidential candidate of your choice in
Published: February 10, 2016
Throw a ball straight up, at a hundred miles an hour. The ball rises, slows to a stop, and falls back down.Throw it upward at a thousand miles an hour. The ball flies higher, but, again, slows to a stop and falls.Now fling that ball up at 25,000 miles an hour. The ball slows, but never stops. The ball drifts
Published: February 10, 2016
Many parents believe that college planning starts in the fall of the senior year of high school, as it did when they applied. Not any more. One of the biggest changes to the college application process is the extended time and planning it entails. The process of finding the right college — and making yourself a good candidate for admission
Published: February 10, 2016
Frances Leavell, a long-time teacher in the Grass Valley Elementary schools, passed away quietly in her home on Jan. 31, 2016, in the company of people that she loved. She was 97.She was born Frances Lillian LaRue in 1918 in the small town of Boring, Oregon, south of Portland. That year her father contracted and survived the terrible flu that
Published: February 10, 2016
Sometimes I think I learned more politically relevant lessons playing ball than anywhere else. If nothing else, sports teach realism: what you can do, what you can’t, how to deal with it. Also, what’s the score, how much time’s left, and what’s the best tactic right now?It helps to know the rules, and it’s important to keep your head. Bad
Published: February 10, 2016
Super Bowl 50 was perhaps the most political in pro football’s history. Not for the game itself, but rather the remarkable halftime show with its powerful performance by musical superstar Beyonce. This sporting extravaganza, more than any other, sits at the apex of U.S. commercialized sports and celebrity, with an estimated 110 million viewers around the world. Beyonce brought to
Published: February 10, 2016
The trial of homicide suspects Scott Hollingshead and his brother, Christopher Nix, will wrap up the first week of testimony today in Nevada County Superior Court.It was anticipated that Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ow would be focusing on how searchers recovered the weapon the prosecution believes was used in the murder of Brian Spalding. Hollingshead and Nix reportedly were waiting
Published: February 10, 2016
The Nevada City Council on Wednesday voted 5-0 to adopt an ordinance that forbids owners of chain restaurants and retailers from opening within the city limits.Under the measure, only specified firms in the “service industry” will be allowed to operate after their owners obtain a Conditional Use Permit from the city. The ordinance, entitled “Formula Businesses Restrictions and Regulations,” will
Published: February 10, 2016
Supporters of candidate Bernie Sanders are hosting a Democratic Debate Watch Party tonight at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley (just past the Home Center). Doors will open at 5 p.m., pre-debate program starts at 5:30 and the debate beings at 6. There will be a no host bar with beer, wine, soft drinks and
Published: February 10, 2016
Sierra Presbyterian Church will be hosting a free concert by the Westmont College Orchestra at 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The 60-member orchestra, under the direction of Michael Shasberger, will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture,” “Music for Shakespeare” by Edward Green and “At Shakespeare’s Tomb” by Emily Rutherford. Six members of the Westmont Chapel Band will perform select
Published: February 10, 2016
Nanci Lee Woody, author of Tears and Trombones, will be the guest speaker at the Gold Country Writers’ meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 17. Woody’s first novel won the prestigious Independent Publishers medal (IPPY) for Best Fiction in the Western Region but she is also a prolific writer of poetry, song lyrics and short stories. She has
Published: February 10, 2016
‘Furever Friends’: Sammie’s Friends offering reduced adoption rates for Valentine’s Day weekendSammie’s Friends is cutting adoption rates on Saturday in the hope people will find a new companion this Valentine’s Day weekend.Nevada County’s animal shelter is hosting a “Furever Yours Pet Adoption Event” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its 14647 McCourtney Road facility. People who adopt a dog
Published: February 10, 2016
Camp and summer program coordinators are encouraged to register to be a vendor at the Fifth Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair, sponsored through a partnership with Nevada City Parks and Recreation and Parents’ Resource Guide.More than 300 families attend the fair each year, an event that is designed to give parents the opportunity to meet organizers and ask questions
Published: February 10, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentTuesday9:42 a.m. — A caller from the 900 block of Old Tunnel Road reported transients camping on private property, possibly with three tents.9:59 a.m. — A caller from the 400 block of French Avenue reported fraudulent charges on a bank account.11:12 a.m. — A caller from the 400 block of Marshall Street reported a burglary to a
Published: February 10, 2016
In May 2015, the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously for a later start at its two biggest schools, moving the first bell from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Bear River and Nevada Union high schools, starting in fall 2016. The board’s action was a clear statement: The district was willing to absorb the
Published: February 10, 2016
A Sacramento County man was linked to a rash of burglaries and a vehicle theft by Grass Valley Police officers and was arrested Tuesday — reportedly while in the act of trying to break into the safety deposit box of a credit union at McClellan.Officer Zack LaFerriere took the initial Grass Valley case on Jan. 22, with a report of
Published: February 10, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore. — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off. The tense standoff between law enforcement officers and the four occupiers was being livestreamed on the Internet by an acquaintance of
Published: February 10, 2016
Only once in the conversation about local cannabis cultivation have we heard the county suggest “an overturn of the ban could lead to the formation of a committee that would search for alternatives to an outright prohibition on outdoor grows.” Not a word of this possibility was hinted at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 12, nor in the official
Published: February 9, 2016
The City of Grass Valley on Tuesday moved closer in implementing a local ordinance to regulate cannabis production.During the meeting, the city council of Grass Valley voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance that forbids cultivation, dispensaries and deliveries within the city limits. The council members opted against a sunset provision proposed by the Planning Commission that
Published: February 9, 2016
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved tweaks to a marijuana initiative scheduled for the June ballot, seeking to make the language of the measure easier to understand.The board also unanimously approved a resolution of intention stating that if the ballot measure fails, then supervisors would repeal an existing ban on outdoor grows and work with stakeholders
Published: February 9, 2016
Julia McDougal has been a regular at the Fourth Friday Book Club, meeting in Grass Valley, for many years. This year, she celebrated her 104th birthday with the group discussing “A Man Named Ove,” at the Holbrooke Hotel Monday
Published: February 9, 2016
Couples who are not quite sure they’re ready to take the leap just yet can get hitched for a 24-hour “test drive” at Bent Metal Winery Sunday.The winery is offering the mini-weddings for Valentine’s Day, complete with a Certificate of Felonious Matrimony.Father Hart will officiate the ceremony, which could also include friends, vows, a wedding party and more.Wine and picnic
Published: February 9, 2016
This month, Megan McCollam will open her living room to guests hungry for a taste of foods of the frontier during the fourth anniversary dinner of her private Nevada City supper club, Polly’s Paladar. Half of her guests will eat blindfolded. “So many people have been asking to do blindfolded seatings again,” said McCollam, who invited Chef Shanan Manuel of
Published: February 9, 2016
OSAKA, Japan — Coriander, known for its distinctive strong flavor and smell, is enjoying a boom in Japan.The herb is known as “pakuchi” in Japan, derived from its name in Thai. Some people find coriander’s strong smell unpleasant, but enthusiastic fans describe it as refreshing.More and more specialty restaurants are serving dishes focused on coriander - an annual herb native
Published: February 9, 2016
Darrell D. Hopkins, passed peacefully from this life into eternity on January 19, 2016 in Billings, MT. He was 91.Born October 3, 1924 in Walnut Creek, CA to Marion and Ethel Hopkins, he attended schools in Walnut Creek, graduating from Acalanes High School.Following High School, Darrell served in the Army Air Forces on Lt. Joe Fadden’s Crew as a B-17
Published: February 9, 2016
James “Jim” Bates passed in peace on February 2, 2016. He was 74.A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 28 at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley.Jim was born on October 3, 1941 in Broken Bow, OK to Joyce and Edward Bates. After high school he attended UCLA on a full ride football
Published: February 9, 2016
Mack D. Lucas, of Yuba City, passed away January 19, 2016 in Grass Valley. He was 82.Mack was born December 9, 1933 in Oklahoma. Mack was a proud American Veteran and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A private family graveside will take place at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under
Published: February 9, 2016
More than 20 wild horses, including animals gentled and trained to ride, will be offered for adoption March 19 and 20, at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road in Angels Camp.The Bureau of Land Management will offer 18 wild horses, two 3-year-old geldings gentled under a trainer incentive program, and three 5-year-old geldings trained by Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center inmates to saddle and ride. Eight burros also will be offered.Adoption event gates open at 8 a.m. each day. An auction of the saddle-trained horses is set for March 19 at 9 a.m. in Barn One South at the fairgrounds livestock area.Silent bidding for the trained geldings and untrained horses and burros runs from 10 to 11 a.m. with bids starting at $125. Horses and burros not adopted during silent bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee for the remainder of the event.Anyone interested can preview all available animals starting at 4 p.m. March 18.The adoption is being held in conjunction with the Backcountry Horsemen of California’s Rendezvous, an event that includes demonstrations, clinics and vendors focused on using horses for back country packing and exploring.Horses and burros up for adoption are from public land ranges in northeast California and Nevada. They were removed from the range in the BLM’s work to manage wild populations at sustainable levels.The saddle trained horses are from a partnership between the BLM and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in which jail inmates train wild horses for adoption and learn skills in equine care and training.For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575. Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.
Submitted to The Union
Published: February 9, 2016
Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana keep touting the economic benefits for Nevada County. They hold Colorado, Oregon and Vermont up as shining examples of cash cows. Economic growth is good, but there is more involved. Research the problems those states have encountered since they legalized recreational marijuana. It has had a negative effect on their banking industry, law-enforcement, family and marital
Published: February 9, 2016
The community is invited to an informative historical evening at the State Theatre in Auburn as John Muir’s great-great-grandson, Robert Hanna, takes the audience on a personal and up-close look at the many sides of Muir. The evening will include a look at Muir’s entire life, with include unique stories and many rare and seldom seen images from the family’s
Published: February 9, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentMonday9:32 a.m. — A caller from the 1400 block of East Main Street reported a fraud.9:53 a.m. — A caller from a business in the 100 block of Springhill Drive reported vandalism to a fence.1:16 p.m. — A caller from a business in the 100 block of Catherine Lane reported four broken windows.2:06 p.m. — A caller
Published: February 9, 2016
Students from Mount Saint Mary Academy recently delivered cookies to various organizations and companies in the community, including the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, the Grass Valley Police Department, The Union and many others. The cookies were a gesture from students and the school to say thank you for their community efforts.
Published: February 9, 2016
Rob Chase, the vegetable propagation coordinator for Nevada County Master Gardeners, will be giving a presentation on the basics of four season gardening at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Rough and Ready Grange. Chase asserts that with careful planning and “season-extension” tricks, there is not a reason to put local gardens to bed for the late fall, winter
Published: February 9, 2016
Published: February 9, 2016
HOMEWOOD — A year ago, Homewood Mountain Resort was primed to offer advanced skiers and snowboarders access to its backcountry terrain with snowcat tours.There was only one problem: there wasn’t enough snow.This season, however, snow shortage is no longer an issue.Topping 100 inches of total to-date snowfall, the West Shore resort has given its snowcat tours the green light, launching
Published: February 9, 2016
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders powered to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, avenging their Iowa losses to keep the mad scramble of the 2016 presidential campaign alive with dozens of contests to come. A knot of Republicans fought it out for second, an important perch as the campaign goes national, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Published: February 9, 2016
I don’t know if it’s the warm spring-like temperatures, the fact that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner or the recent results from The Union’s readership survey, but I’m definitely feeling the love. OK, maybe love might be a bit too strong. But the results are in. And the survey says, “You like us! You really, really like us!”
Published: February 9, 2016
After winning five straight Sierra Foothill League games the Nevada Union boys basketball team has now dropped two straight league contests, most recently falling to Granite Bay, 62-56, Tuesday.The Miners (16-9, 5-5 SFL) trailed the Grizzlies (18-6, 5-4 SFL) by three points at halftime, but rallied to take a 47-42 lead near the end of the third quarter. Granite Bay
Published: February 9, 2016
The Nevada Union girls basketball team took the floor for its last home game of the season Tuesday, but before battling the Thunder from Rocklin they took some time to acknowledge four Lady Miners who were playing for the final time in front of their home crowd.Nevada Union seniors Ella Walton, Mellisa Wilcoxen, Chelsea Rodriguez, and Audrey Jacus all started
Published: February 9, 2016
Racing slalom at Boreal on Monday, the Nevada Union girls alpine ski team once again garnered a tie for first place with Davis.The Lady Miners put three racers in the top-10 and a total of four made it into the top-13. Leading NU was Sarah Brennan with a third-place individual finish. Brennan tallied a two-race combined score of 1 minute,
Published: February 9, 2016
Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley hosted its 100th Shrove Tuesday waffle sale on Feb. 9. The annual event, first held in 1916, is a church fundraiser; the money collected helps fund the church’s community outreach, including its support of local nonprofits and its annual mission trip to Mexico. See the story online at theunion.com.
Published: February 9, 2016
At 10:30 a.m. each weekday, 11 or more volunteers gather at Gold Country Community Services in Grass Valley, ready to load up their cars. Greg Mason reviews his route and checks over his meals — packed up and insulated to stay hot. On Friday, it was turkey tetrazzini, Brussels sprouts, Lebanese fruit salad and a dinner roll. Mason is one
Published: February 8, 2016
Last year, 442 babies were born at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH), and those numbers are on the rise, according to Ann Erdmann, MSN, RNC, Director of the Women & Infants Care Unit/Nursing Administration.“We saw a 22 percent increase in births at the hospital in the second half of last year,” Erdmann said. Erdmann shared that one of
Published: February 8, 2016
Follow our live coverage of today's Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting, and their discussion about the local marijuana ballot initiative, below: Also follow The Union's Alan Riquelmy on Twitter here. [scribble data-src="/event/1837735/27719"]
Published: February 9, 2016
Don and MaryLou (Sue) Minick of Grass Valley were married on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 1954 in Monterey. The couple will be celebrating their “Super Marriage” with friends and family, including their sons, Don and Gary, and their wives, Jacquie and Cathy Minick, respectively. — Submitted to The Union
Published: February 8, 2016
Here’s a question. On an average day in America, what percentage of health care services are distributed in acute care hospitals compared to outpatient services? Another question is about money. What percentage is spent on an average day in each of these settings (spent vs. squandered and stolen)? It would be of shocking value for all of us to know
Published: February 8, 2016
Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Grass Valley has hired attorney Andrew A. Harris as chief legal and administrative executive.Harris is expected to play a critical role in the fast-growing health center’s business development, expansion, compliance and human resource efforts, according to Western Sierra Medical Clinic CEO Scott McFarland.“Our aggressive expansion plans, coupled with the ever-increasing complexity of health care demand
Published: February 8, 2016
Nevada County residents will have a final chance to offer their opinion on a measure that regulates big-box stores within city limits. The City Council of Nevada City is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall to go over the second reading of an ordinance that forbids all formula restaurants and retailers in the city, but permits
Published: February 8, 2016
Turn on the TV next time a NASCAR stock car race is on and get a good look at the coveralls worn by the drivers. They are covered with patches bearing the logos of many and varied companies that sponsor their automotive efforts, from oil and carmaking companies to breweries.Now imagine a normally staid state legislative hearing, where politicians of
Published: February 8, 2016
Through donations of the clients at MOVE! Fitness Studio in Nevada City, 54 men, women and children were given food and shelter for a week at The Hospitality House in Grass Valley. Hospitality House is a nonprofit community shelter for homeless individuals in Nevada County, funded primarily by donations. The year-round shelter is a no tolerance safe haven; those seeking
Published: February 8, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentFriday8:04 a.m. — A caller from a business in the 900 block of La Barr Meadows Road reported a man sleeping on an upstairs deck. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and violating probation, as well as four misdemeanor warrants.9:27 a.m. — A caller from the 400 block of Oak Street reported squatters.10:18 a.m.
Published: February 8, 2016
Interfaith Food Ministry is asking donors to “buy a watt.” IFM uses over 35,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually to keep eggs, dairy and produce fresh. The organization needs help to purchase “power” from the sun to reduce the cost of keeping healthy foods fresh for its clients.IFM helps over 8,000 people a year, many are seniors, working families with
Published: February 8, 2016
More than 100 volunteers, most of them homeless, met Saturday morning to clean up 13 acres behind the Target store in Auburn. The event began at 9 a.m. and ended with an unsolicited hamburger barbecue donation for lunch. Over six dumpsters were filled. Two Placer County Supervisors and the Auburn mayor participated. Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, a participant, described
Published: February 8, 2016
Congressman Tom McClintock, of the 4th District of California, will be the featured guest speaker at the Feb. 16 meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated. McClintock is chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee and a member of the House Budget Committee. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal will also give a presentation on the new
Published: February 8, 2016
Denis ‘Denny’ Paulson passed away peacefully at home, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 in the evening with his wife, Nancy, and family by his side. He was 81.He was cremated and a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Butte, ND in the summer of 2016. He will be interred at the National Veterans Cemetery
Published: February 8, 2016
Mack D. Lewis, of Yuba City, passed away Jan. 19, 2016 in Grass Valley. He was 82.Mack was born Dec. 9, 1933 in Oklahoma. Mack was a proud American Veteran and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A private family graveside will take place at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under
Published: February 8, 2016
A local push to get a question on the June ballot about whether Nevada County should join the State of Jefferson likely has been delayed until November because supporters failed to get enough signatures to satisfy legal requirements.Nevada County elections officials say the non-binding measure didn’t pass an initial, 500-signature verification process. That means the elections office now must check
Published: February 8, 2016
A rainbow arches over Lake of the Pines.
Published: February 8, 2016

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