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As the fastpitch softball playoffs heat up, the semifinal matchups are beginning to take shape. All-Star Auto cruised by the Fitness Focus team 11-1 on Wednesday night behind a masterful performance on the mound by Mike Mulligan and a rotation of hitters that overwhelmed the opposition, highlighted by Daryl Allen’s 2 for 2 game with a home run and a
Published: July 31, 2015
The Trkac Racing Team is going to the World Championships. Yes, that’s world as in the entire globe. And yes, that is championships as in the best in said globe. The team will compete against the best masters athletes in the world from Aug. 4-16. Nine runners will be representing the club in Lyon, France after posting qualifying marks in
Published: July 31, 2015
When Jan Roth read a story in The Union last March about kindergarten students at Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School organizing a fundraiser in honor of Dawson Deschaine, a classmate battling leukemia, she felt instantly compelled to reach out to the Deschaine family. “Once something comes to you like that, you say, ‘This is something you need to do something
Published: July 31, 2015
Nevada City Police DepartmentWednesday5:43 p.m. — A caller from New Mohawk Road reported a motor home in a parking lot by a no parking sign.5:50 p.m. — A caller from Coyote Street reported a man assaulted an older man.11:11 p.m. — A caller reported a man and a woman with a small child in a shopping cart screaming.Thursday12:23 a.m. —
Published: July 31, 2015
We are definitely in the dog days of summer, with air temps over 100 degrees. Foothill lakes are breaking above the 80 degree mark at the surface, but with some consideration there are still places to fish.When it comes to trout, there is a maxim that “cold water scatters fish and warm water concentrates them.” During the winter, trout are
Published: July 31, 2015
Convicted murderer Daniel Adamik has been denied parole, according the Nevada County District Attorney. Adamik, 59, was denied parole after a parole hearing on the afternoon of July 28, held at the Valley State Prison, District Attorney Cliff Newell announced in a news release Thursday.In 1981, Adamik posed as a hitchhiker with the intent to steal a car from the
Published: July 31, 2015
For years, local physician Dr. Scott Kellermann has been encouraging Nevada County folks to come to Africa where he and his wife, Carol, have established a hospital, and meet the Batwa pygmies and trek the mountain gorillas. For those unable to make the long and arduous journey to the remote Bwindi area of Uganda, a little glimpse of gorilla magic
Published: July 31, 2015
Nevada City staff have reported a 41 percent reduction citywide in water usage from May through mid-July, compared to 2013, exceeding the mandates issued by Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Water Board.According to Nevada City Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Howard Schmitz, the city’s water flow totals show, when comparing a two-and-a-half month time frame from May 2013 to July
Published: July 31, 2015
(Editor's note: Story has been updated to reflect latest acreage/containment information). After battling the Lowell Fire for more than five days, fire personnel have quashed a majority of the blaze. As of 8:45 a.m. Friday, the fire, a more than 2,300-acre blaze in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta, was reported to be 75 percent contained. Cal Fire estimates
Published: July 31, 2015
The parking lot of Grass Valley’s downtown U.S. Post Office is currently getting a needed face-lift, as construction on the site is nearing completion after being closed off to public vehicles for almost two weeks.“We’ll be done probably on Sunday,” said Lao Pena, paving foreman for Ransome Company, a San Leandro construction company. “We’re finishing up the repaving and we’re
Published: July 31, 2015
The Nevada County Fairgrounds has confirmed that the Nevada County Fair will continue as planned on Aug. 12-16. While the fairgrounds are currently being used for a command post and fire camp, the fair team is busy behind the scenes preparing for its biggest event of the year — the Nevada County Fair. “There have been rumors of the fair’s
Published: July 31, 2015
Knowing your choices and deadlines for Medicare enrollment here in Nevada County is the key to avoiding delays and penalties. Free community meetings, held each month, are designed to bring clarity to the options here in Nevada County.Attendees will learn plan choices, time frames, liabilities and how to avoid lifetime penalties. After the meeting, qualified attendees will be able to
Published: July 31, 2015
With record-breaking heat throughout much of the State in June, Californians continued to conserve water, reducing water use by 27.3 percent and exceeding Gov. Jerry Brown’s 25 percent mandate in the first month that the new emergency conservation regulation was in effect.“Californians understand the severity of the drought and they are taking action, as shown by the numbers released today,”
Published: July 31, 2015
Get out of the heat and join us for dinner in a beautifully air conditioned dining hall at the United Methodist Church this Friday night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 236 South Church St. in downtown Grass Valley. A refreshing Chinese Chicken Salad will be served along with fresh hot rolls and butter. For dessert,
Published: July 31, 2015
The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries next monthly Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are included: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, collectible, etc. This month’s sale features entertainment (theater
Published: July 31, 2015
Kathy George, a Virginia animal communicator of 30 years will be coming to Grass Valley for a special “listening” to Nevada County animals. George will be giving a free talk at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 at 10654 Walker Drive in Grass Valley. She will be giving two day-long workshops, “Level 1” and “Level 2,” for a fee on Aug.
Published: July 31, 2015
Want to watch your publisher cut a rug? Well, at least make an attempt to do so?You have an opportunity to see a preview of my dancing skills at our local Jazzercise studio next Saturday, Aug. 8. I have teamed up with Lynn Maas and Sandy Neel, owners of Grass Valley Jazzercise, to host a special class at 8:30 a.m.
Published: July 31, 2015
Roadrunners of Nevada CountyAugust 12, Roseville Telephone Museum & Recovery Center: This Museum has one of the most extensive collections of antique telephones and memorabilia in the nation. Our trip will also include a stop at the Materials Recovery Facility in Roseville. This is high-tech recycling facility where you can see firsthand what happens to your garbage once it leaves
Published: July 31, 2015
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital June 25Ayson and Sample: A boy was born to Amanda Sample and Chance Ayson July 12Strickler and Schaake: A girl was born to Alina Strickler and Jonathan Schaake.July 15Gillespie and Lovejoy: A boy was born to Victoria Gillespie and Daren Lovejoy.Hernandez and Tuhey: A boy was born to Marissa Hernandez and Gregory Tuhey.July 16Gidley: A boy
Published: July 31, 2015
The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Nevada County Fencing Club as its newest member with a ribbon cutting. The NC Fencing Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. For more information about the club call Robin at the GGVCC at 530-273-4667.
Published: July 31, 2015
Climate Change is real. This opinion piece is not about whom or what caused it, but rather how we deal with it. I did write an opinion piece last April entitled, “When the Well Runs Dry” that summarized conditions that may lead up to mandatory water rationing. Fortunately, we’re not there — yet.The following statement was in the April piece:
Published: July 31, 2015
The guest column by Scott Costa, “Fracking and the California drought,” published on July 20, was an interesting read, but the article failed to put the amount of water used in the hydraulic fracturing industry into perspective. And, as a result, he overstated the impact of fracking on California’s water resources. Seventy million gallons of water seems like a lot
Published: July 31, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, is an anti-abortion extremist. With Madison, I’ve always considered Wisconsin a liberal state; where did he get the votes to become governor?Last week, Gov. Walker signed a bill that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy. Walker’s record also includes defunding Planned Parenthood, requiring doctors to have abortion privileges
Published: July 31, 2015
Andy and Pam Romero of Windsor, California, and Francis and Louise McFadden of Nevada City are pleased to announce the engagement of Risa Romero and Brennan McFadden.The future bride graduated from California State University, Chico and is currently employed as a counseling specialist for Marysville School District.The future groom graduated from Utah State University and attended California State University, Chico
Published: July 31, 2015
Mary Decker Meadows passed away on July 8, 2015 at her home in Nevada City, in the presence of her children. She was born in Biola, Calif., on Sept. 17, 1923, a fourth generation Californian. She graduated from Santa Cruz High School, and after attending a trade school, she was employed by Bethlehem Shipyard Corp. as a marine draftsman. During
Published: July 31, 2015
Bryon Adam Peter passed away in his sleep on June 19, 2015. He was 35.He was born on Jan. 11, 1980. He lived in New Hope, Pennsylvania until moving to Los Angeles for his teenage years. In 2003, he moved to San Francisco where four years later he would meet his soul mate and future wife, Ann Marie Korte. The
Published: July 31, 2015
Martha Moore Duprey died in Grass Valley on July 20, 2015. Born in San Francisco in 1924, she was proud to be a third-generation Californian. On her father’s side, she was the great-granddaughter of German-Swiss immigrants who settled in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County in 1855; her mother’s family was from Kansas City, Missouri. As a Red Cross volunteer during World
Published: July 31, 2015
It takes a village idiot
Published: August 1, 2015
Officials from the California Department of Forest and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) expressed their gratitude to residents of Nevada and Placer counties in a letter to the editor issued to The Union newspaper Friday evening.Over the course of the past week, hundreds of firefighters flocked to the area to battle the Lowell Fire, which is now nearing containment at 2,300
Published: August 1, 2015
A San Juan Ridge woman was sentenced Friday to three years probation on a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace by loud noise stemming from a 2014 incident involving her neighbors. Artemesia Lee, 71, was also sentenced to the eight days she previously served in jail, ordered to stay away from the neighbors involved in the dispute and fined $632.50.The
Published: August 1, 2015
Nevada City Police DepartmentThursday1:18 a.m. — A caller from Sacramento Street reported a loud party in a parking lot.9:21 a.m. — A caller from Redbud Way reported a case of cyber fraud as well as possible identity theft.10:41 a.m. — A caller reported a reckless driver on Highway 49 heading towards the Broad Street ramp.10:57 a.m. — A woman was
Published: August 1, 2015
Nevada County Probation Department and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the National Night Out events organized by the Nevada City Police Department and private citizens.According to a weekly memorandum from County CEO Rick Haffey, the Nevada County Probation Department will have a booth at the National Night Out event being held in Nevada City.This is a
Published: August 1, 2015
Nothing quite compares to the sweet taste of a championship season.The Bear River football team had the luxury of savoring that flavor this offseason. It’s hard to believe eight months have gone by since its 28-17 come-from-behind victory over Colfax in the title game, but now, in the midst of summer workouts and conditioning, the time for a fresh start
Published: August 1, 2015
On July 29, more than 150 community members and providers came together to discuss issues related to community living for people with disabilities and older adults. The conference was hosted by the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Nevada County, a collaboration between community organizations and agencies that serve people with disabilities and older adults to connect individuals with
Published: August 1, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — While Lake Tahoe’s iconic blueness and clarity often garner all the attention during annual State of the Lake reports, it was the lake’s increasing rate of evaporation in 2014 that most surprised the report’s author this year.While the lake’s water level continues to drop due to a number of factors, it’s actually helping improve clarity, which
Published: August 1, 2015
Grass Valley author Chris Enss will talk about her newest book, “Mochi’s War: The Tragedy of Sand Creek,” at a gathering for book lovers at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.The Old West historian also will talk about one of her most popular topics: the lady gamblers, outlaws and other “wicked women” of the
Published: August 1, 2015
The Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Race expects to draw hundreds of mountain bikers, fans, friends and families this weekend for its 20th anniversary.The celebration surrounds the competition, which draws some top-tier mountain biking talent, with today’s annual 29-mile cross country race and a 15-mile downhill with 5,000 vertical drop race one day later.“Downieville is most famous for its races, and
Published: August 1, 2015
Nearly one week since it first sparked, firefighters are nearing full containment of the Lowell Fire, a more than 2,300-acre blaze in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta. As of 7 p.m. Friday, Cal Fire reports the blaze to be 75 percent contained, and estimates the fire to be fully contained by Monday, despite withdrawing fire personnel from as
Published: August 1, 2015
This is in response to the “Our View” published in The Union on July 25 titled “Time to put our money where our mouths are.”The theme of the “Our View” was that Nevada City Councilman Duane Strawser was being “stiffed” by Nevada City’s refusal to pay for the unexpected losses that he incurred at the recent Amgen bicycle event. The
Published: August 1, 2015
I agree with the article titled “Local demonstrators support Black Lives Matter movement” that was written by Ivan Natividad and posted in The Union on July 10, that white supremacists have a very skewed opinion of anyone and everyone who is not of the “pure” Aryan race. And, I agree with the photo that says that “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” because
Published: August 1, 2015
Grass Valley resident Steve Hytner will headline the Tahoe Comedy North show at the Crystal Bay Casino on Wednesday.Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 8:30.Hytner, a comedian and actor, has made an indelible impression on both the large and small screens. Currently he can be seen on the new ABC comedy “Modern Family.”He’s brought his unique
Published: August 1, 2015
My husband and I just returned from a mobile-tented safari in Botswana. The trip was led by Stu Porter for wildlife photographers (www.wild4photographicsafaris.com). We traveled to four different locations in the Okavango Delta and Chobe areas.Why tents?Besides campfires and fresh air, you are closer to the animals. Sometimes, very close. After we were zipped into our (spacious) tents, lions would
Published: August 1, 2015
A curious bear decides to take advantage of an open window to check out a Cascade Shores residence Wednesday night. He was scared off before he ventured any farther inside.
Published: August 1, 2015
The Master Gardeners of Nevada County are offering several free workshops in August — both at the regular location in Grass Valley and at the Nevada County Fair, Aug. 12-16. The regularly scheduled workshops (10 a.m. to noon) will take place at the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden on the NID business grounds, 1036 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.The workshops
Published: August 1, 2015
Guitarist Stephen Holland and singer Florencia Dunayevich of Canela Negra will perform Saturday at Naggiar Vineyards.The show starts at 6 p.m. at the vineyards at 18125 Rosemary Lane, Grass Valley.Performing with Holland and Dunayevich will be the Brazillianaires.For details, see www.naggiarvineyards.com or call 530.268.9059.
Published: August 1, 2015
The Rotary Club of Grass Valley and Western Sierra Medical Clinic will hold a Healthy Community Day that focuses on immunizations and dental checkups at no charge for children.The goal of the health event is to encourage community members,­ especially school-age children,­ to receive no charge health screenings and immunizations against potential life-threatening diseases such as measles and meningitis.Healthy Community
Published: August 1, 2015
“Gus” is a 10-year-old, neutered domestic shorthair. He is very friendly and current on his vaccinations.He is very good with people and other animals. To adopt Gus, contact Grass Valley Animal Shelter, Freeman Lane, Grass Valley, at 530-477-4630. For more pet adoptions:— AnimalSave, 530-271-7071 or http://www.animalsave.org.— Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter, 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, 530-471-5041.— Cal Aussie Rescue
Published: August 1, 2015
Gold Country Italian American ClubWe will again meet the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Also we will hold our last “barbecue and bocci” and invite anyone to join us. For informaion, call Don at 530-271-7491. The Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation is holding its annual membership drive. With each
Published: August 1, 2015
Back when the Tour of California rolled through, a video was produced, “Ride Fast, Live Slow,” by the Nevada City Chamber. It lives on YouTube. The video shows a place where young and old, active and retired coexist. It’s a place where people who live for some sweat-generating, fast-paced outdoor mojo share a place with people appreciating relaxed, easygoing living
Published: August 1, 2015
A few weeks ago my husband got a flat tire at the intersection of McCourtney and Lime Kiln roads. Many people stopped and offered to help, but my husband waved them on, saying he was OK. One insistent couple stopped anyway. They got the car up on the jack and the flat tire off the vehicle. They lent him their
Published: August 1, 2015
The Union’s July 28 political cartoon of a gold panner is unfortunate. The Confederate flag represents institutionalized oppression by an illegal government whose proponents brutalized a race of people. The Gold Rush was a mass migration of people from all over the world. There was no institutionalized government to prevent abuse of the weaker by the stronger. Whites brutalized Indians.
Published: August 1, 2015
Congratulations to President Obama and his team on what appears to be the successful negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program. I just visited a half-dozen news sites and see that the usual suspects are still hoping to see him fail — and judging this accomplishment to be a failure even before the details have been published. I am a
Published: August 1, 2015
“Wake up Californians,” Dick Panzica’s letter to The Union ominously declares. Any time I read the phrase “wake up” I know what’s about to follow: a self-indulgent, uneducated rant. Mr. Panzica is actually upset that California has a budget surplus, fearing it will go to teachers and the poor (heaven help us). Mr. Panzica’s letter represents a well-worn tactic of
Published: August 1, 2015
My wife and I saw Sierra Stages production of “The Producers” last night. The show was very well done. Music, actors, set were very well done. The show as a whole is fantastic. We recommend seeing the show. Please hurry and get your tickets, change your plans as I believe the show will sell very well through its run. If
Published: August 1, 2015
Thanks to early conservation efforts, vast areas of prehistoric redwoods have been protected from logging where they survive in our state despite generations of an industrial economy. These redwood forests are now under threat and help is needed if we want these ancient trees to continue into the future. Poachers are encroaching into protected government and private land to steal
Published: August 1, 2015
Ashley Votaw opened the gate and led the way past rows of young blueberry plants and kale to an area along the fence growing tall with Echinacea purpurea. “This does great here. Bees love it,” she said. A Native American plant, Echinacea is one of the most well-used medicinal herbs, its root used medicinally as a cure-all to treat everything
Published: July 29, 2015
As word spread throughout the community about the more than $15,000 debt Nevada City Council Member Duane Strawser has shouldered in his efforts to bring the 2015 Amgen Tour of California cycling race to Nevada City, local residents and businesses have shelled-out donations, large and small, to pay him back. “I was thrilled the first morning when I came in
Published: July 30, 2015
At 28 years old, there are a lot of phrases Jackie Turner can use to describe herself. She’s a college graduate — she attended Sierra College in Grass Valley before transferring to William Jessup University in Rocklin, where she earned a degree in pastoral ministries last May. She’s a devoted volunteer — she’s spent time working with the homeless and
Published: August 1, 2015
With a “full air attack” in progress and almost 800 firefighters on the ground, stepped-up efforts at the Lowell Fire turned dangerous Sunday when four firefighters were outrun by the flames and sustained burn injuries, one with “serious burns,” according to Cal Fire Communications Chief Dan Berlant. “All four have been airlifted to safety and paramedics are assessing their condition,”
Published: July 26, 2015
Teri Personeni can’t think of a better place to start a ride than Loney Meadow, at 6,000-feet elevation in the heart of the Grouse Ridge non-motorized area of the Tahoe National Forest. Wildflowers abound in early summer, a wide variety of birds flock to the meadow used historically as a dairy and there are aspen groves and mountain views and
Published: July 31, 2015
The semifinal round of the fastpitch softball playoffs Friday brought the Bulldogs, Les Evas All-Stars, All-Star Auto and the Oroville Dirtbags to compete for a chance at the championship. In the end, after two fierce games, the Bulldogs and All-Star Auto teams came out on top.The early game pitted the Bulldogs against a tough Les Evas All-Star team. The game
Published: August 3, 2015
Firefighters have extinguished all active flames in the Lowell Fire — a 2,304-acre fire that broke out July 25 in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta — and are now concentrating on eliminating smoldering hot-spots caused by the blaze, fire officials said Sunday.As of Sunday afternoon, the fire was 80 percent contained. However, full containment of the fire, originally
Published: August 3, 2015
Mountain bikers participate in the Downieville Classic on Saturday.
Published: August 3, 2015
Nevada County Sheriff’s OfficeFriday9:17 a.m. ­— A caller reported a woman screaming while walking toward a grocery store on Highway 49 near Flume Street.9:39 a.m. — A caller reported a red car was doing doughnuts around 2 a.m. in a parking lot on the 29300 block of Highway 49; the caller said the car’s maneuvers flung gravel onto her property,
Published: August 3, 2015
John and Teresia Renwick have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Renwicks for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.John and Teresia have had a long history with the Nevada County Fair, beginning in 1995, when their children, Chrissy and Brandon, were active exhibitors as members
Published: August 3, 2015
Sierra roadwork scheduled for Aug. 3-8.LONG-TERM PROJECTSInterstate 80 (Placer County) from Brace Road to Magra Road: Work continues on a $36 million project to increase the vertical clearance of nine bridge structures in south Placer County to 16 feet, 6 inches. The vertical clearance will be increased on six structures by lifting the existing bridge deck and the other three
Published: August 3, 2015
By a show of hands, how many of you have the intention, of when you play a game, you want to win? Who wants to learn or get better at the game; improve their performance over their prior outing? And, who wants to just have an enjoyable experience?Whatever it is for you, it is for you. There is no wrong
Published: August 3, 2015
Supported by a broad base of organizations and individuals in the greater Nevada County area, Community Legal, Inc., will open its doors in August. According to Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey’s office, the new nonprofit will serve, primarily, very low-income individuals, and will also provide a range of legal services open to people of all income levels. The organization has
Published: August 3, 2015
Linda Marcus worked for many years as a dental hygienist in Newport Beach, but she’d always felt there was something more out there. She was good at her job, but she’d always dreamed of being her own boss. When her son Matthew was born, she quit her job to become a full-time mom. But when Matthew got a little older,
Published: August 3, 2015
The Champion Pro Leisure Tour Crazy Horse team took the Summer Tuesday Night League championship at the Nevada County Country Club in Grass Valley by utilizing steady play from Dave Preston, Tim Walker and Brett Dotson. Finishing second in a close race was “The Blue Banditos” team of Jay Zellmer, Mike Foley and Mark Lemon. A half point behind the
Published: August 3, 2015
Grapes ripening on the vine Thursday in Lake Wildwood.
Published: August 3, 2015
Boy Scout Troop 855 will be holding their annual flag retirement ceremony during the Roamin’ Angels Car Show on Sept. 12.Flags in need of disposal can be dropped off at the following locations through Sept. 10:— The Union newspaper office on Sutton Way in Grass Valley.— Bank of America on Sutton Way in the Brunswick Basin.— Bank of America on
Published: August 3, 2015
The recent contretemps over who should bear the burden of promoting the Amgen Tour of California cycling race through Nevada City illustrates what happens when there is no central leadership or vision for promoting our economy.By all accounts, the race has been a positive for Nevada City in particular and western Nevada County in general. A lot of visitors sleep
Published: August 3, 2015
There is nothing like a summertime visit to a farm overflowing with fresh veggies, fruits, flowers, and a variety of farm animals roaming the grounds.I just discovered Bitney Springs Farm, the most fabulous farm only eight minutes from the Lake Wildwood main gate and only a mile past Pleasant Valley School at 16152 Bitney Springs Road.Using all organic practices, owner
Published: August 3, 2015
What is your mission statement?The mission of Nevada County Pets of the Homeless is to provide food, pet supplies and veterinary care, including spaying and neutering of pets of the homeless in Nevada County.Being homeless and having a pet helps people get though one more day, and provide emotional support in times of stress and instability. When did your nonprofit
Published: August 3, 2015
On my Mac, I end up searching for the same types of files over and over. Is there some way to set up a saved search so I don’t have to repeat the same steps every time I want to find these specific types of files?This is a common problem; it’s so common, in fact, Apple included the ability to
Published: August 3, 2015
When Phil and Anne Starr bought a plot of land on Gibson Drive in Grass Valley in 1995, they planned on moving the flower nursery they had been tending in Monterey up to the area. But they found out quickly that Nevada County isn’t an ideal environment for a greenhouse; one lively storm could level the whole operation, Phil Starr
Published: August 3, 2015
Whether you’re interested in using your current skills or learning a new one, RSVP has over 100 volunteer opportunities that span education, public service, working with seniors and children, and many more.Over 75 local nonprofit and government agencies need your help. View more opportunities at http://www.volunteernevadacounty.org or call 530-271-0255. Consider becoming a CASAA Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, is
Published: August 3, 2015
July 20Blair and Malone: Heather Anne Blair and Christian Ananda Malone.Niebur and Ribellia: Shelsea Mae Niebur and Galen Frances Ribellia.Rich and Mader: Irene Marie Rich and Larry Merton Mader.July 21Guerra and Vigil: Alicia Michelle Guerra and Alex Matthew Vigil.July 22Armstrong and Schumacher: Stephanie Ann Armstrong and David Anthony Schumacher.July 24Kasza and Martinez: Daniella Rose Kasza and Alexander Herbert Martinez.Borlik and
Published: August 3, 2015
President Obama recently commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent federal drug offenders and more are to come. He is not alone in recognizing that kids, particularly those from deprived backgrounds, make wrong choices and need to be supported, redirected or rehabilitated rather than having their lives ruined by being incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses. Both the ACLU and the Koch
Published: August 3, 2015
Normally, I would let pass Bill Trzeciak’s attempt to justify the current mania for socialist and progressive programs, but the election of 2016 looms and demands a response.Here are his principal points when you boil it down:Socialism is not the enemy of capitalism. There exists a kind of socialism that operates within a capitalistic framework that is unlike the dictionary
Published: August 3, 2015
Firefighters are working a fire in Yuba County, near the Colgate Powerhouse south of Dobbins.The fire, which according to Cal Fire was reported at 6:07 p.m. Monday, is known as the Francis Fire. As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, the fire had burned 75 acres.CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit the administrative unit on the fire.
Published: August 3, 2015
George Louis Carter, of Grass Valley, California, passed away peacefully, July 24, 2015. He was 96.George was born in Los Angeles on March 10, 1919. He was adopted by William E. Carter, M.D. and Ford G. Carter and grew up in the Los Angeles area, France and the San Francisco Bay Area. George was married twice, to Anita Simard in
Published: August 3, 2015
Kenneth Michael Mason died on July 10, 2015 in Grass Valley. He was 66.He was born on May 18, 1949 in San Francisco.Ken was into surfing and built his own surfboards. He was also into whitewater kayaking and built his own kayaks.He was an outstanding fly-fisherman and built his own rods and tied his own ties.Ken was also into photography
Published: August 3, 2015
Last winter’s outbreak of measles linked to Disneyland is a perfect example of why childhood vaccinations are strongly encouraged as a new school year begins, according to Cindy Wilson, MS, RN, PHN, IBCLC, director of public health nursing for Nevada County.This is especially true since according to 2014-15 data from the California Department of Public Health, the percentage of local
Published: August 4, 2015
More than a decade ago, Barbara Lindsay-Burns walked up the path of the SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center, a free self-help center now located on five acres in Grass Valley.Like countless Americans, she was experiencing mental health challenges and was in need of support.“I had lost a sense of meaning — every life needs to have meaning,” she said. “I had
Published: August 4, 2015
Verna, a pygmy goat, bounds across a natural creek in a pasture at Animal Place in Grass Valley. For information on the farmed animal sanctuary or to sign up for a tour, visit www.animalplace.org.
Published: August 4, 2015
Between crafting their own custom bikes, running Real Wheels Bicycle Studio full-time and coaching, Chris and Hollie McGovern have their hands full. Having their store named one of the top 200 bike shops in the country should certainly help with the couple’s mission of “getting people on bikes.”Real Wheels, which is located in Nevada City, won the honor from Pedalsooner,
Published: August 4, 2015
All evacuation advisories and orders — and all road closures — have been lifted in the Lowell fire that broke out July 25 in the Steep Hollow drainage in the You Bet area.But the 2,304-acre fire, which was listed at 85 percent containment Monday morning, continues to smolder and creep in heavy timber areas, according to an incident update.Heavier fuels
Published: August 4, 2015
California Highway Patrol officers working to clear a tree that had fallen, blocking a roadway, ended up arresting the adult occupants of an approaching vehicle after reportedly discovering about 20 marijuana plants inside the vehicle and its trailer.CHP officers had responded to Indian Springs Road south of Spenceville Road at about 9 p.m. on July 27 after a large tree
Published: August 4, 2015
Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies assisting firefighters at a medical call ended up arresting a man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and vehicle theft Thursday.Deputies responded to the medical call at about 4 p.m. on Tyler Foote Crossing Road near Black Sand Mine Road and found the male victim sitting on the ground and wearing a neck brace
Published: August 4, 2015
The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. today.Items on the agenda include a report from the firefighters association, a fire prevention report from last year and the awarding of the contract for audit services through 2017.The board will meet at Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road. For more information, call
Published: August 4, 2015
This year marks 30 years that Partners in English Language Learning has been offering free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. Its mission is to help English language learners become thriving members of the community by offering one-on-one English tutoring and building bridges that foster cross-cultural respect, understanding, and friendship.PiELL will be conducting a two-day training in September.
Published: August 4, 2015
A new partnership — Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) — is allows firefighters to help fire victims take their first step towards healing. Funded by the California Fire Foundation through private donations, SAVE lets incident commanders on scene of a disaster offer immediate financial assistance to victims who suffer a substantial property loss.Under the innovative program, designated incident
Published: August 4, 2015
Ten Tibetan Buddhist monks from Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala will visit Nevada County this month to offer prayers for healing the environment, including drought relief. The event, sponsored by Sierra Friends of Tibet, will take place at 5 p.m. Aug. 16 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley. Suggested donation is $10 to $20; however, no
Published: August 4, 2015
Oscar Perez was born in El Paso, Texas, where he witnessed firsthand the effects of alcoholism, substance abuse, and violence. The culture in which he grew up consisted of wounded adults passing their traumas on to the next generations. The only emotions that men in this culture were able to express were anger and rage.When Perez was 21, his life
Published: August 4, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentThursday9:10 a.m. — A caller from Ridge Road and Ventana Sierra Drive reported a vehicle hit a bicycle at 6 a.m.10:54 a.m. — Several callers from Joerschke Drive and East Main Street reported a woman screaming and jumping into the road.12:51 p.m. — A caller from the 1200 block of Sutton Way reported the possible theft of
Published: August 4, 2015
At a recent meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the first item was the addition of another $100,000 to the county’s litigation budget, making the total spent for an outside law firm on just one case equal to $275,000. Some supervisors, to put it mildly, did not take kindly to criticism of their spending this money in the public comment
Published: August 4, 2015
Penn Valley resident Bruce Puphal captured the “blue moon” early Saturday morning. The term “blue moon” refers to the second full moon to occur in a calendar month. The next blue moon won’t be seen again until January 31, 2018.
Published: August 4, 2015
South Church Street between West Main Street and Neal Street will be closed in the southbound direction for paving between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. today. Access to businesses will be maintained, however southbound through traffic will be required to use an alternate route. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.
Published: August 4, 2015

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