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Spring. The season of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation. However, with plants growing and the breeze blowing, it is also the season of sniffles, sneezes and, for some, misery. Allergy season is here and pollen levels are high in our region. Here in western Nevada County, cedar pollen exists in the air all winter. So for some people spring is just
Published: April 4, 2016
EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts in Nevada City is offering a range of classes this spring.Classes include: “Practical Mysticism,” “Women’s Consciousness Studies,” and “Soul to Soul: Exploring Pre-birth Soul Agreements.” Also offered is “Transformational Wholeness,” a weekly group for women with cancer. Individual sessions are also available. Most EarthSpirit events are held in a quiet, peaceful setting where participants
Published: April 4, 2016
Jewel Heart Norcal Study Group has changed its meeting location and time. The gathering, a Mahayana Buddhist Study Group in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is now meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at a private house in the Alta Sierra section of Grass Valley.Jewel Heart study of karma aims to help each individual to live a happier
Published: April 4, 2016
A workshop on the Alexander Technique will be offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 16 in Grass Valley.The technique is designed to offer help for back pain, neck and shoulders, hands, hips, legs, balance and breathing without manipulation, massage or exercise. The workshop, to be led by Nora Nausbaum, will look at how participants sit, bend, reach, stand —
Published: April 4, 2016
In director George Cukor’s 1944 psychological thriller, “Gaslight,” a pianist, Gregory (played by Charles Boyer), marries a singer, Paula, (played by Ingrid Bergman), in order to gain easy access to her attic where he believes Paula’s aunt has hidden certain extremely valuable jewels. Gregory arranges a series of incidents intended to manipulate Paula into believing that she is going crazy.
Published: April 4, 2016
I firmly believe that things happen for a reason. They start and they stop because specific events or situations guide them to their introduction or conclusion.Sometimes it is difficult because you don’t necessarily want something to begin or to end. But the greater opportunities, which may weigh heavily on one’s soul, force change.I am at such a crossroads.My father has
Published: April 5, 2016
California Highway Patrol reported a van was fully engulfed in flames on Auburn Road near Luna Drive in Grass Valley Tuesday morning. The fire was first reported at 11:27 a.m. as a van on fire; the call was transferred to Cal Fire.The driver reportedly noticed a burning smell and pulled over, before the van became engulfed in flames. The cause
Published: April 5, 2016
Carpenter Street in Grass Valley will be closed today to through traffic for underground utility work. The closure will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. Access to residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.
Published: April 5, 2016
Camp can offer fresh air, new friends and a few days away from home, but it can do so much more. At the Climate Change Agents summer camp, the change agents come away with enhanced life skills, advocacy strengths, a deeper understanding of various complex issues and needs of local and global communities and a chance to complete relevant projects
Published: April 5, 2016
In alignment with a local topic of concern, the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County has focused its early 2016 programs on housing and homelessness. To conclude the series, the April program will focus on transportation, a matter with an inherent impact on housing options.Members and friends are invited to attend “Transportation in Nevada County and Beyond,” with
Published: April 5, 2016
Sierra Nevada Memorial HospitalApril 1Anderson: A girl was born to Larissa and Randy Anderson.Harris: A boy was born to Laura and Jon Harris.April 3Little and Williams: A girl was born to Cheyenne Little and Riley Williams.
Published: April 5, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentMonday8:19 a.m. — Five people were located in the wooded area above Plaza Drive and were advised to vacate the property.8:45 a.m. — A caller from Highway 174 and Race Street reported a traffic accident with medical attention needed.8:59 a.m. — A caller from the 400 block of Butler Street reported a man broke into a residence
Published: April 5, 2016
A Grass Valley man facing drugs and weapons charges after a February 2015 arrest took a plea agreement in court Tuesday in exchange for a maximum of 180 days in jail.During the search last year, members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force searched the home of John Richard Abas in the 10000 block of Alta Street, and reportedly
Published: April 5, 2016
In snow surveys taken Friday, the Nevada Irrigation District measured 102 percent of average water content in the mountain snowpack that supplies the NID water system.Although NID expects adequate water supplies for district customers this year, the district reminds domestic water users that the State Water Resources Control Board emergency drought regulations have not been lifted and statewide water use
Published: April 5, 2016
Published: April 5, 2016
Someone asked why I bother to do volunteer work on the advisory committee for Salvation Army. I think everybody in some way is called upon to help spread good work in the community. Why wouldn’t I want to help others? If we don’t help take care of our own, then who will? Salvation Army works within our greater Grass Valley
Published: April 5, 2016
I was wrong; it won’t be Rubio or Bush. And the rhino clown has metastasized into something virulent and lethal to the body politic.You know what rhinoceros I’m referring to, don’t you?It’s not the “Republican in Name Only” that the GOP establishment tried to label Trump as.It is playwright Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, the rapacious beast that everyone turned into, one
Published: April 5, 2016
Bill passed away on March 8, 2016.He was an Artist, Musician, Minister of the Gospel, Marine Veteran (Purple Heart recipient).Founder of: Outreach International, North Star Christian Academy, Project EternaStar. He had a Bachelor Degree in Communications and Honorary Doctorate from Eastern College.He is survived by his wife Susan; son Steve; grandchildren Crystal, Daniel and David; great-grandchildren Jaimon, Dylan, Sawyer and
Published: April 5, 2016
Lawrence (Larry) O. Tibbett passed away March 17, 2016 at his home in Chicago Park, California. He was born July 24, 1944 in Martinez, California to parents Fred Jr. and Katie Ann Tibbett. Larry was in the United States Marine Corp from March 1963 to September 1967. He married Carol on May 6, 1981 in Carson City, Nevada. Larry was
Published: April 5, 2016
Robert (Bob) L. Pleski passed away at his home on March 17, 2016.A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. April 14, 2016 at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City.Bob was born on April 14, 1923 in northern Wisconsin to Leonard and Anna Pleski. Bob served two years in the Navy during WWII, being stationed in Texas. He
Published: April 5, 2016
The trial date for former Nevada County supervisor Terry Lamphier, who is facing three misdemeanor counts of having or possessing digital obscene images of a person younger than 18, has been postponed for the fourth time.Lamphier’s trial on child porn charges was set to start April 12 in Nevada County Superior Court.Criminal proceedings have been dragging on since his 2014
Published: April 5, 2016
There is simply no quit in the Nevada Union baseball team. The Miners earned their second Sierra Foothill League win of the season Monday, beating Del Oro, 9-8, on a walkoff hit by sophomore Cole Anderson. With the game knotted at 8-8 in the bottom the seventh inning at Ted White Field, Anderson hit a line drive base hit to
Published: April 5, 2016
Last week the Nevada union track and field team was competing from Stanford to Colfax. While the majority of the team was at the Colfax Invitational Meet, runners/jumpers with qualifying times/distances from last season, were competing at the prestigious Stanford Invitational Meet.Results from the Stanford meet include Erika Wolf in the 800-meter run finishing 26th with a time of 2
Published: April 5, 2016
IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi collected 18 more valuable points in his second race of the 2016 IndyCar Series, moving him to 12th in the Championship standings. Making his oval debut at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix, Rossi, a Nevada City native, drove a calm and level-headed race to finish 14th following 250 laps of the intensely demanding
Published: April 5, 2016
Golf tournament season has started again at Nevada County Country Club, with the annual “Kickoff” event. This year’s format was a two-person scramble with separate flights for men and couples. Topping the couples field was the team of Tom and Christine Lawicki with a net 48.6. Mark Lemon and Pat Tintle grabbed the second spot with a 50.4, followed by
Published: April 5, 2016
Regular readers of this column may recall that, a little over a year ago, I wrote a story about Mark Henry, the owner and winemaker at Montoliva Vineyard and Winery in Chicago Park. Henry had recently purchased an adjoining six and a half acre parcel next to his own winery/vineyard property with the specific intention of planting more vineyards. Last
Published: April 5, 2016
Two candidates for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat are scheduled to meet this Thursday in a forum, the first of several events this election season sponsored by the local League of Women Voters.Heidi Hall and Duane Strawser, both of whom are running for Supervisor Nate Beason’s seat, are slated to appear from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Published: April 5, 2016
Gold Country Stampede’s varsity lacrosse team continued its undefeated streak after taking down Pleasant Grove, 15-4, Sunday at Nevada Union High School. Senior midfielder Peter McDowell played exceptionally well, notching five goals and an assist. McDowell also won a remarkable 22-of-22 face offs in the game. Gold Country junior midfielder Toran Maronic added three goals and had two assists, while
Published: April 5, 2016
A crowd mostly hostile to Nevada County Supervisor Dan Miller applauded his statement, which he gave with no reticence, about why the Board of Supervisors opted to send Measure W to the voters.The reason, Miller explained, is that future boards would change over time. The inference is those boards could have supervisors who don’t support an outdoor medical marijuana grow
Published: April 5, 2016
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has reached out to Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders, and county elections officials in anticipation of a surge in voter turnout in the June 7, Presidential Primary Election and the Nov. 8, General Election. “I intend to work with the Governor and the legislature to move quickly to ensure we have the resources necessary
Published: April 6, 2016
A woman whose body was found Monday morning on Interstate 80 above Truckee had been identified, and her death has been ruled a homicide.Fire and medical personnel responded to a call at about 6:20 a.m. of a body in the road under the interstate overpass at Farad Road, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt.They found a black female adult
Published: April 6, 2016
Trkac Specialty Running Store, the Sierra TrailBlazers, the Trkac Race Team and Gilligan’s Hillagains are once again offering their free 10 week training program. All abilities are welcome, whether you’re just starting back walking and need to ease into it, or you’re a competitive runner looking to improve speed and form, we have a coach for you. From introductory running
Published: April 6, 2016
The Penn Valley Firefighters’ Association Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 17 at Fire Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 through 12 and free for children under the age of 3.
Published: April 6, 2016
The Firewise Committee of the Great Champion Neighborhood Association (GCNA) in association with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, will host a Firewise Education Day Sunday to examine the risks and prevention of catastrophic wildfire. The GCNA’s geographical boundaries are roughly Highway 49 to the north, Newtown Road to the west, Spring Street to the east and south to
Published: April 6, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentTuesday7:04 a.m. — A caller from Freeman Lane and Mill Street reported a man lying in the dirt; he could not be located.8:21 a.m. — A caller from the 800 block of Sutton Way reported a theft from an ATM.10:19 a.m. — A caller from the 200 block of South Church Street reported tagging.10:52 a.m. — A
Published: April 6, 2016
Folks in the Santa Ynez Valley, more than 600 miles from Doug LaMalfa’s congressional district, can’t understand why he sponsored a bill in congress to take 1,400 acres out of the voters’ hands and into the Chumash Indian gaming reservation? Follow the money. In his current run for congress, 10 out of 20 top contributors to LaMalfa’s campaign are Indian
Published: April 6, 2016
One thing that unites many supporters of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is the suspicion that party elders might try to hand the Republican presidential nomination to another candidate if neither Trump nor Cruz arrives in Cleveland with the 1,237 delegates required to win.Important voices in the conservative world have voiced such concerns. Rush Limbaugh, for one, has speculated that
Published: April 6, 2016
Cherelle Baldwin is lucky to be alive. She was repeatedly abused by her ex-partner. She was attacked by him in her own home and defended herself, for which she went to prison. Domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, afflicts millions of people annually, mostly, but not exclusively, women. When victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk
Published: April 6, 2016
While we are commemorating past athletes from Nevada Union High School, I would like to submit just a few names of the unsung Female Athletes from the Class of 1969: Annette Chiara, Bobbie Hasselbring, Tina Hedrick, Buppie Kingston, Nora Sylvester and Sandie Urist.Joan NelsonNevada City
Published: April 6, 2016
When Greek athletes, thousands of years ago, gathered in the gymnasium to compete in their games, they did not wear team uniforms.Truth be told, they did not wear any uniforms at all. The second half of the word gymnasium means “exercise;” the first half means “naked.”The pines and cedars and Douglas firs of the Foothills are gymnosperms. When their seeds
Published: April 6, 2016
When I was in my early teens, what became one of the most profitable horror movies ever made, “The Exorcist,” was released. It seemed like everyone I knew was talking about it, but, being that it was a horror film with an R rating, my parents would not allow me to see it. Being the somewhat independent soul I was
Published: April 6, 2016
The inaugural Nevada County STEAM Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Main Street Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.STEAM Expo 2016, organized through the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math into a stimulating experience that will engage the entire family.The school district, in the event, aims to reflect
Published: April 6, 2016
LeeAnn Brook, a painter, photographer and graphic designer in Nevada City, is guest speaker at next week’s meeting of Sierra Writers.The meeting, which is open to the public, runs from 6:30-8 p.m. April 13 at the Madelyn Helling Library community room, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.Brook, who operates a gallery-studio combination called LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in downtown Nevada City,
Published: April 6, 2016
The voices come into range of Grass Valley Games several times each day.Zak Lewis, owner of the 124 Mill St. store, hears them outside his door as he spends his days preparing for the business’ Saturday grand opening.“About five or six times a day I hear, ‘I can’t wait for it to open,’” Lewis said. The voices grew more frequent
Published: April 6, 2016
A Grass Valley man was arrested by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office on a long list of charges Monday, after he reportedly sped by two deputies because he was late for his court date. It was soon discovered that he was driving with a suspended driver’s license, was under the influence of drugs, and was transporting a large amount of
Published: April 6, 2016
Nevada City Determined Improvement Group will be undertaking its second two-day spring-cleaning called Spring Madness Returns, April 18 and April 19, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.The City of Nevada City, the Nevada City Police, Fire Department, Public Works, Hour Nevada County, Sierra Roots, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Food Bank of Nevada County, schools, students, service clubs, neighbors and
Published: April 6, 2016
Michael A. Raymond died on April 4, 2016 at Crystal Ridge Care Home. His death came after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. A memorial service will be held for Michael A. Raymond at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. To view his full obituary, please go to http://www.hooperandweavermortuary.com.
Published: April 6, 2016
Parents aren’t given an instruction manual that tells them how to raise their kids. So the Positive Parenting Program, or Triple P, workshops offered locally through the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and First 5 Nevada County are designed to help parents create their own guidebook for the job, said Meg Luce, who teaches the classes.“The pace of life can
Published: April 6, 2016
The Nevada County Economic Resource Council’s 2016 Economic Development Summit is being broadcast live worldwide on the internet, to reach out to those interested in participating but who cannot attend in person. The summit will feature current economic data, information on important trends about what makes a community great, and keen insight on the ERC’s efforts to make Nevada County
Published: April 6, 2016
Darrin Hutchins is ready for a career change after more than two decades of performing the same duties. But even so, the veteran firefighter has not strayed too far, as he recently took on the duties of fire marshal for the city of Grass Valley. “I love being a fireman, that was fun, but after so many years, it was
Published: April 6, 2016
Per a job description provided by the Grass Valley Fire Department, responsibilities of a deputy fire marshal might encompass the following:In the area of plan review, inspections and public education:Perform fire and life safety inspections and other fire-related inspections on facilities;Perform plan checks on all building, development, fire alarm, fire suppression and site and grading plans;Inspect and test new and
Published: April 6, 2016
Three members of the local Northern Sierra Aquatics swim program dove in with the top youth swimmers in the west at the 2016 Speedo Short Course Far Western Championships.Representing Northern Sierra Aquatics was Mia Axelman, Tyler Nattrass and Emily Starnes. Axelman had as strong day placing fifth in the girls 10-and-under 100-yard freestyle event, and earning sixth in the girls
Published: April 6, 2016
The Bear River softball team has now won four straight after knocking off Sutter, 2-1, in 10 innings Wednesday.Senior pitcher Nerissa Eason pitched all 10 innings for the Lady Bruins, striking out 17, walking three and giving up just one unearned run.The Lady Bruins put a run on the board in the second inning when Kailynne Van Winkle scored on
Published: April 6, 2016
Ready for their run at a Sierra Valley Conference League title, the Bear River boys volleyball team looked sharp in its home opener Wednesday night.The Bruins topped Union Mine in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20.“They played well, kept their heads in the game and didn’t stress,” said Bear River head coach Keith Hart. “They didn’t ease up. They kept
Published: April 6, 2016
Don Rogers, currently publisher of the Vail Daily (Vail, Colo.), is the new publisher of The Union and TheUnion.com in Grass Valley.He replaces Jim Hemig, who announced his pending resignation as The Union’s publisher Tuesday.“I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years working at The Union,” Hemig said. “The staff is fantastic and the community is wonderful. I will miss western
Published: April 7, 2016
Funk and soul band Mojo Green plays 9:30 p.m. Friday at Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City. $8http://www.mojogreenmusic.com/ Bio: http://www.mojogreenmusic.com/about-1/
Published: April 7, 2016
THURSDAYSpringtime — 10 a.m., Crystal Hermitage at Ananda Village, 14618 Tyler Foote Rd., Nevada City. Almost 16,000 and 90 varieties of mid to late season Dutch tulips will make this year’s tulip festival at Crystal Hermitage Gardens the most spectacular yet, blending tulips with a rainbow of complementary spring blossoms. Last year, one garden blogger wrote ‘I joined a group
Published: April 7, 2016
COOPER’S ALE HOUSE235 Commercial St., Nevada City530-265-0116http://coopersnclive.comTue & Thurs - KaraokeFri April 8 – Special Blend/JRAS/Special GuestsSat April 9 – Bring It Back-All Vinyl DJ Night featuring DJ Rundown and Micah JCRAZY HORSE SALOON & GRILL230 Commercial St., Nevada City (530) 265-4000www.crazyhorsenc.comExciting new menuKitchen open lateThe best place to watch sportsFri April 8 – Geezer Gig – 5 p.m. –
Published: April 7, 2016
When Jeannie Wood first arrived in San Francisco from China at the tender age of 5, she was sent to school.“I went to school without speaking a word of English,” she recalled with some bitterness. “It was traumatic.” Worse yet, even when she thought she understood English, she didn’t.“I still remember to this day,” she said, “Teachers would say, `Jeannie,
Published: April 7, 2016
Mike Shapiro Trio plays 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 151 Union Square, 151 Mill St., Grass Valley.Shapiro and Phil Missamore on bass, John Basa on drums play ‘50s, ‘60s and blues, dance music; dinner available.
Published: April 7, 2016
The Pioneer Arts Club, Inc. of Western Nevada County will have its awards reception and 50th anniversary celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.The event will highlight a new art show and sale April 5-23, including original works of fine art and photography by talented local artists. Celebrating its 50th year,
Published: April 7, 2016
Hawaiian singer, songwriter and slack key guitarist Makana will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.His performance was a highlight of last year’s California WorldFest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.Makana will also lead a slack key guitar workshop at 11 a.m. Sunday at The Center.Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and
Published: April 7, 2016
Popular local swing and jazz band The Earles of Newtown will play at The Bubble Palace Speakeasy Dance Hall, a venue to be created Sunday at the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 202 Spring St., Nevada City.The event, hosted by the Nevada City Independent Order of Odd Fellows, runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and is a benefit for longtime
Published: April 7, 2016
Since 1963 The Swingles have showcased the power of the human voice with stunning renditions of works from Bach to the Beatles. The five-time Grammy award winning a cappella jazz ensemble will perform April 14 in Grass Valley in a special appearance presented by InConcert Sierra. For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal
Published: April 7, 2016
The BossRated R, running time 99 minutes. Starts Friday, April 8 at Sierra Cinemas. Academy Award Nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is
Published: April 7, 2016
Nevada City’s 27th Annual Psychic Fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.The Psychic Fair is considered Northern California’s largest gathering of metaphysical teachers, seers, crafters and readers.For people interested in alternative medicine to those curious about the mystical, this year’s Psychic Fair offers attendees an array of vendors
Published: April 7, 2016
Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., NCTV hosts “Yes! You Can Write a (10-Minute) Screenplay,” a two-day film scriptwriting class. The class launches the newly named competition “Thru the Lens: A Script-to-Silver Screen Event” (formerly Foothill Films), and is a benefit for NCTV, Channel 11, the Nevada County Digital Media Center. Jan Fishler, NCTV’s interim executive director,
Published: April 7, 2016
Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry present “Shadow Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. “Shadow Dance,” written and directed by Leslie Ann Rivers, is the next installment of “Theater By the Book,” a series of informal play readings for the community. “Shadow Dance” kicks off a month-long series of exciting live theatre events at
Published: April 7, 2016
I usually don’t write about sadness and loss in this column.My focus has tended to be upbeat, chronicling the shifts as we all enter a new time of higher energies and good vibes — as reported by many spiritual teachers.However, there is a poignant feeling this week with the announcement of The Union Publisher Jim Hemig’s resignation.Hemig, who is leaving
Published: April 7, 2016
For Joe McHugh, the kind of guy who’s always got a story, it was 1977, he was busy being a back-to-the-land kind of guy in West Virginia, pretty afar of his native New Jersey roots, you’d say. That’s when he first picked up a fiddle. We’re not sure if he’s ever put it back down, but... “Well, that’s when I
Published: April 7, 2016
More than 1,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the waters of Lake Wildwood Wednesday after a “lift station” water line ruptured. State and county environmental officials remained on scene Thursday, mopping up and removing the contaminated soil from one of the gated community’s many parks. Amy Irani, director of Nevada County’s environmental health department, said the total volume of
Published: April 7, 2016
Corbett Riley had been a practicing chiropractor in Nevada County for more than 20 years when he was suddenly faced with health challenges of his own. Experiencing numbness in his legs, Riley’s life became a series of costly tests and screenings, not to mention seemingly endless consultations with neurologists.“The doctors were dropping some pretty serious words, like ‘multiple sclerosis,’ ‘Lyme
Published: April 4, 2016
Last month, the Rotary Club of Grass Valley South opted to help the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition get a pickup truck for moving clients and furniture into and out of their shelter. The club agreed to pay for the truck with the proceeds from a raffle during its “Wise Guys and Dolls” dinner dance fundraiser in February. While
Published: April 7, 2016
A film documentary entitled, “The Champions,” is being presented by Sammie’s Friends at 7 p.m. today at the Madeline Helling Library in Nevada City. “The Champions” tells the story of the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who “risked it all” to save them, despite pressure from PETA
Published: April 7, 2016
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Racine of Grass Valley are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Blake Racine, to Mike Gregg of Chico. The groom-to-be’s parents are Mrs. Mary Ann Schweiger and Mr. Mike Gregg of Durham and Santa Rosa, Calif. The bride-to-be attended Bear River High School and Fresno State University. She is currently working as a stylist
Published: April 7, 2016
New season, same old goals.Bear River’s softball team has dominated the Pioneer Valley League for years, winning at least a share of the league title in four straight campaigns and taking home the league championship in seven of the last nine seasons. Since 2007, the Lady Bruins are 88-10 in league play and have gone on to win five Sac-Joaquin
Published: April 7, 2016
The Suns recently completed an amazing run through the Nevada County Recreation Basketball League, going 8-0 in the 3-4 grade division. The Suns are comprised of Zander Simpton, Calvin Rhoden, Wyatt Fowler, Aden Jennings, Carter Figuly, Trevor Buti. Tucker Wood, Mark Rodrigues, Kyler Simpton and Carson Medlyn.Coaches and/or event organizers may submit game reports by email at sports@theunion.com or by
Published: April 7, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentWednesday9:22 a.m. — A caller from Condon Park reported vandalism to the bathrooms and a concrete park bench.9:41 a.m. — A caller from Memorial Park reported a man making a noose around himself. He was not suicidal.10:37 a.m. — A caller from the 800 block of Sutton Way reported the theft of a duffle bag.11:57 a.m. —
Published: April 7, 2016
Sometimes it feels like you can’t get anywhere around here without driving. Long distances, spotty sidewalks, and those beautiful hills we all love conspire to keep us in our cars.But for those of us who don’t drive, it can be hard to figure out the best way of getting from here to there.Enter 211 Nevada County.As of January, 211 provides
Published: April 7, 2016
The Lady Miners couldn’t keep up with the Timberwolves from Woodcreek Thursday, falling to their Sierra Foothill League foe 16-2.Nevada Union fell behind 3-1 after the first inning and held Woodcreek without a run in the second, but the Timberwolves hung five on the board in the third and cruised from there.Bright spots for the Lady Miners were Savannah Ozuna
Published: April 7, 2016
localHansen notches ace at Nevada County Country Club Sandy Hansen needed only one shot to complete hole no. 5 at the Nevada County Country Club Tuesday.Hansen swung a 5-wood on the 145-yard no. 5 and the ball found the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one. Witnesses to Hansen’s ace were Vickie Harr and Sandy Pack.Hansen’s hole-in-one is the second
Published: April 7, 2016
C.L. Crowson, resident of Nevada County, died at his Grass Valley home on March 11, 2016. He was known as honorary coach and super fan of the NU Football Team. A Celebration of C.L.’s Life will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49, Nevada City. Donations may be made to C.L.
Published: April 7, 2016
The two candidates for the District 1 seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors fielded questions Thursday ranging from marijuana to homelessness, staking out issues in the first political forum of the election season.Heidi Hall and Duane Strawser agreed on some topics, like the need for affordable housing. However, they drew distinctions on others, among them Measure W and
Published: April 7, 2016
The Yuba River Charter School is scheduled to reopen today to all students, as no new cases of measles have been reported.Ken Cutler, the county’s public health officer, said Thursday that the school, which had about 100 of its 300 students absent over a week, was on track to reopen. The school’s voice mail and website also state that the
Published: April 7, 2016
Homicide suspect Jason Carl Schuller was in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday afternoon, but deferred entering a plea.Schuller, 35, is accused of firing multiple shots at 67-year-old William Tackett before setting his body on fire March 20. He reportedly then fled, leading authorities on a chase that ended in Sacramento.Schuller remains in the Nevada County Jail with no bond on
Published: April 7, 2016
A brazen thief stole a man’s Chevrolet Tahoe after he stepped out of it to fill one of the tires with air Thursday morning.Grass Valley Police officers responded to the gas station, in the 200 block of South Auburn Street, just after 7 a.m., said Police Lt. Steve Johnson.The victim told officers he pulled in to the air pump station
Published: April 7, 2016
On Wednesday, Tahoe National Forest employees in Nevada City stepped away from their regular forest work to spend the morning pulling invasive plants on the popular Sugarloaf Mountain Trail.A dozen forest employees hiked to Sugarloaf Mountain and pulled Scotch broom along the first half of the trail, starting at the entrance gate. Despite the hard work and warm temperatures, participants
Published: April 7, 2016
Former Nevada County supervisor Terry Lamphier, who is facing three misdemeanor counts of having or possessing digital obscene images of a person younger than 18, is set to go to trial May 24.Earlier this week, Lamphier’s trial — which was set to start April 12 in Nevada County Superior Court — was postponed for the fourth time, due to discovery
Published: April 7, 2016
It isn’t often Nevada County is referred to as a “melting pot.”In July 2014, the last year for which the U.S. Census Bureau provides data, Nevada County’s population of 98,893 was 93.6 percent white. Not exactly the definition of heterogeneous.But in Nevada Union Adult Education’s English as a Second Language class, you’ll find a diverse group of students who have
Published: April 7, 2016
William Gary Tackett passed away March 20, 2016 in Grass Valley, CA. He enjoyed gardening, volunteering and was largely involved with Big Brother. My dad lived in Grass Valley for over 30 years. He was so kind, giving, self-less and was able to see the good in almost everyone and every situation. I have never met anyone who didn’t have
Published: April 7, 2016
Editor’s note: In its 152-year history of service to western Nevada County, The Union has published the work of hundreds of talented reporters, editors and photographers on its pages and at TheUnion.com. We are extremely proud of our current crew of journalists, who pour their hearts into producing comprehensive coverage of our community each day, through a process what we
Published: April 7, 2016
The annual spring striper run in the Sacramento Valley has begun. This year’s migration is shaping up to be the best since the last high water year of 2011.There is a minor year around population on the Sacramento River but the spawning run can fill the river with fish. The first run of the year occurs in February when the
Published: April 7, 2016
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe will once again be hosting their annual mountain bike ride fundraiser — a singletrack ride through the beautiful scenery of the Yuba River Watershed. The event will be May 21 and will feature two ride options: A 25-mile ride and a 50-mile ride.The 50-mile riders are asked to raise
Published: April 7, 2016
Several years ago when Bo Choate was getting her annual mammogram, she had an epiphany. In all her years taking the regular preventative breast exams, never had she paid a dime for the procedure that saves so many lives. “I sat there and I thought, it’s time for me to give back,” she said. That’s when she decided to walk
Published: April 7, 2016
Bear Yuba Land Trust offers an array of outings for spring. Here is a sampling of late April, early May events:Walk on the Wild Side, April 23: Bear Yuba Land Trust is celebrating the Grand Opening of the southern end of the Rice’s Crossing Preserve known as French Bar Fish Camp for the annual Walk on the Wild Side outing.
Published: April 7, 2016
Bob Slyker is really into birds.One of three leaders of bird walks offered by California State Parks and the South Yuba River Park Association, and an avid fisherman, Slyker has long been interested in wildlife. But about 25 years ago, a friend took him along on a few walks and a fascination with birds began.Slyker and his fellow walk leaders
Published: April 7, 2016
On Easter weekend, my wife, Sharon, and I attended three churches where the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ was told in three different ways.Good Friday we attended the Bethel Church on Highway 49 along with many people from congregations all over Nevada County — also many pastors from various churches were in attendance. We sang hymns
Published: April 7, 2016
A bird’s eye view of the Bear River, at the Dog Bar Road bridge, in southern Nevada County. Take flight via video over the Bear River, thanks to submitted footage by Keith Hagen.
Published: April 8, 2016
The Dorsey Marketplace project will likely result in the addition of 100 more vehicles on the freeways near Highway 20 and Dorsey Drive during afternoon peak hours.  That comment, by officials from District 3 Office of California Department of Transportation, was among a stack of responses that landed on the desk of Community Development Director Tom Last before the scoping
Published: April 8, 2016
Man sentenced in 2014 NorCal fireA man who originally pleaded not guilty to starting a massive fire two years ago has now admitted he ignited the blaze that burned 80 structures in Northern California. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 39, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of felony arson in the September 2014 King Fire. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel
Published: April 8, 2016

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