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Evan Young was the valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School, in Longmont, Colo. On May 16, at his graduation ceremony, Evan planned to give his valedictory address. Earlier in the week, he submitted the text of his speech to the principal, as required. Just before the ceremony, Principal B.J. Buchmann told Evan he
Published: June 4, 2015
Looking for family friendly summer activities? Beginning this month, the Nevada City Film Festival and Sierra Cinemas will offer movie experiences for the entire family. Based largely on the success of last year’s showing of “E.T.” at Pioneer Park, the Nevada City Film Festival, in partnership with the City of Nevada City, will present Movies in the Park, beginning June
Published: June 4, 2015
Quinn Lathrop received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, May 16, in Quantitative Psychology. The title of his dissertation was “Item Response Theory: Implementing psychometric methods in new and complex situations.”Quinn attended schools in Grass Valley School District and graduated from Nevada Union High School in 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Psychology from
Published: June 4, 2015
Ghidotti Early College High School graduated 33 students Wednesday evening at Grass Valley’s Sierra College campus — 17 of whom earned at least one associate degree alongside their high school diploma. Ghidotti, which operates on the Sierra College campus and allows students to complete college courses while fulfilling high school requirements, handed out 21 total associate degrees — 11 Associate
Published: June 4, 2015
Assemblyman Dahle (R-Bieber) and Assemblyman Salas’ (D-Bakersfield) Assembly Bill 590 passed unanimously Wednesday afternoon with bipartisan support, and is on its way to the Senate, according to a news release. AB 590 will add incentives for biomass utilization of agriculture waste and forest waste. The legislation will divert biomass from landfills and creates renewable energy along with jobs and a
Published: June 4, 2015
Wednesday morning, healthcare facilities around Nevada County got the chance to test themselves on how well they would do in response to an urgent threat.In this case, it was an active shooter scenario, with an “intruder” at more than four different facilities — Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab
Published: June 4, 2015
Closing arguments in the Gold Country Lenders fraud trial lasted all day Wednesday, and will resume this morning with the prosecution’s rebuttal.Company CEO Phil Lester and CFO Susan Laferte each face one count of using a scheme to defraud, 50 counts of offering securities for sale by means of an untrue statement or omission of a material fact, and 10
Published: June 4, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentTuesday8:28 a.m. — A caller form Memorial Park reported vandalism.12:28 p.m. — A caller from the 100 block of West McKnight Way reported a person being rough with a small child, who had a black eye.1:55 p.m. — A caller from the DMV reported two people yelling at children and throwing chairs.3:52 p.m. — A man reported
Published: June 4, 2015
PFLAG will be hosting a fundraiser Friday at Baskin-Robbins in Grass Valley. Throughout the day, customers who buy any item and mention PFLAG will get 20 percent of their purchase donated to PFLAG programs. PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is the United States’ largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with
Published: June 4, 2015
Last year, before Hillary Clinton’s secret email system became publicly known, Congress passed a law to keep presidents from trying the same trick. If Clinton wins the White House, the law could well be put to the test.The statute is the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014. It recognizes that government officials sometimes (or in Clinton’s case, all
Published: June 4, 2015
As a fourth-generation Grass Valley resident, Cammy Wood remembers growing up playing in many of the area’s local parks and feeling safe.Wood, though, says that feeling has changed over the years, most recently last month when she took her daughters to Memorial Park in Grass Valley, where she saw groups of people partaking in illegal activities in broad daylight.“I hadn’t
Published: June 4, 2015
Dogs and their owners enjoy play time at Dogs Run Free off-leash dog park in Grass Valley’s Condon Park, next to the skateboard park. The “doggie pools” are now in place, in anticipation of warmer weather. The park is open to the general public, sunup to sundown, with drinking water, buckets, shade, benches and two acres of fenced running space
Published: June 4, 2015
I want to add my voice to the request for the TV guide. I subscribed to the TV Guide magazine, (just canceled it yesterday) but they assume no one watches television before 7 p.m. Also the listings are not accurate for our area and the starting times are for Central time zone. It was a huge disappointment. I can get
Published: June 4, 2015
I view recent articles touting the environmental ethics of mountain bike groups with skepticism. Over the past two decades my wife and I have spent many mornings hiking our local forest trails.Unfortunately, we spend way too many hikes packing out flagging and signage days after a cycling event. In my view, leaving flagging and caution tape along a forest trail
Published: June 4, 2015
To the handful of self-appointed cultural activists who took it upon themselves to go in to a business to complain about the content of Quest Theaterworks’ production of Calendar Girls, resulting in said business asking Quest Theaterworks to remove a banner from the premises, thank you for providing the opportunity to write this letter.It wasn’t the banner that was offensive.
Published: June 4, 2015
As the big Independence Day parade approaches, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is making plans to ensure that co-Grand Marshals Sandy Woods and John Hart will be appropriately recognized and honored. “Sandy and John are retiring this year, so the chamber decided to break with tradition and name co-Grand Marshals, both of whom represent extraordinary community excellence,” Keith
Published: June 4, 2015
On behalf of families in Nevada County struggling to put food on their tables, the Interfaith Food Ministry would like to thank everyone who participated in our Shred Day on May 16. More than $3,500 was collected as well as many bags of food. One hundred percent of the money (and food) goes directly to families in our community. Thank
Published: June 4, 2015
Friday night I stopped by one of our local grocery stores to pick up a few things for dinner. It was one of those times when everyone in the store decided to check out at once and of course, many of the lines were closed. The line I was in moved painfully slow. I decided it was a good test
Published: June 4, 2015
It’s camping season! Those who haven’t already gotten the camping bug should visit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Saturday to catch it. If the Tall Pines Vintage Trailer Rendezvous doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will. The camping event, for pre-1973 vintage travel trailers with a Mid-Century Americana theme, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Published: June 4, 2015
Are you ready to get Wild for the Yuba? The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), the organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Yuba River for the past 32 years, invites the community to get Wild for the Yuba at its annual auction and wine and beer tasting experience from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the historic North
Published: June 4, 2015
Nevada City artist Miriam Morris is exhibiting recent ceramic sculptures in the Granucci Room at the Center for the Arts. The show, “Heads & Tails,” runs through June 20 and can be viewed during business hours noon-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley.“Over the past couple of years, I have completed a few really large busts
Published: June 4, 2015
As Ralph Henson and some other KVMR 89.5 FM volunteers were putting away some sound equipment for a recent in-station house concert, someone noted that it was the second concert he’d produced in two weeks.This is retirement?“I’m busier now than I ever was,” the former school teacher grinned. “There are too many fun things out there to do for the
Published: June 4, 2015
Artist, Lenka Vodicka is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, The Nevada County Coloring Club, a monthly event for adults that embraces one of the hottest trends in creative, relaxation and expression. This is not your kid’s coloring club. Professional quality coloring materials and high end pages, as well as mimosas and elegant pastries
Published: June 4, 2015
The DANK New Works show opens on Friday, June 5, in conjunction with the Nevada City First Friday Art Walk. DANK Collective members Roseanne Burke, Sheila Cameron, Cynthia Levesque, Moira McLaughlin, Joseph Meade, Celine Adrianna Negrete and Nancy Nelson will be showing their newest work, there will be musical performances by Music in the Mountains, and refreshments will be served.“The
Published: June 4, 2015
Nevada County’s reggae band, MYSTAFYA, will come together Saturday for one of only two concerts scheduled locally this year. Since disbanding in 2007, “we’ve had constant request to do a show, many from promoters but mainly from our loyal fans,” said Scott Wilson, manager and drummer for the band. “People miss this band dearly, and since all the band members
Published: June 4, 2015
All about that bass, and glitch, and dubSaturday The Stonehouse in Nevada City will feature Andreilien, GrindMode, Subconscious, Heffe live, bringing glitch, bass, dub, drum n bass and downtempo music to Nevada City. Admission is $15 and you must be 21 or older to attend. The Stonehouse is located at 107 Sacramento St. For more information, go to www.StonehouseNC.com
Published: June 4, 2015
A watercolor by longtime artist/illustrator Jerianne Van Dijk will be the featured cover artist for the new Surewest regional phone directory. They will be distributed countywide in June.This is Van Dijk’s sixth cover for the phone directory. Initially she was hired as a consultant for Surewest in their project for bringing real art to the covers of their books in
Published: June 4, 2015
Lucchesi Vineyards’ Tasting room will host a free evening of music, art and wine from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Artist, Fools Gold Daughter, will be hanging pieces from her black and white ‘Spirit Animal’ series of paintings and weavings along with singing some new music from her soon to be released EP, ‘Gifts of Amethyst.’Fools Gold Daughter, born and raised in
Published: June 4, 2015
Sierra Writers monthly meeting will feature writer Meredith Cherry, who will be presenting, “So … you want to market your writing?”The group will meet 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Madelyn Helling Library. Meredith Cherry, after discovering that she was spending more time marketing her first book than writing another, developed a smarter approach to marketing that didn’t take
Published: June 4, 2015
Multi-Grammy nominee and folk music legend, John McCutcheon returns to Grass Valley with a one-man show, “Joe Hill’s Last Will” exploring the life of a forgotten Swedish-born labor activist for a KVMR Community Radio fundraiser Sunday presented by Strings Concert at the Center for the Arts.McCutcheon will bring the words and music of iconic labor activist/songwriter Joe Hill to life
Published: June 4, 2015
Loose Gravel will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Holbrooke Hotel’s Golden Gate Saloon for the first time. With their newest member, Jumpin’ Jay Cavileer, Loose Gravel is taking a clear step in the blues/rock direction. Jumpin’ Jay has been playing harmonica with bands for the past decade, most prominently with Pinkie and Blind Resistance. Playing up
Published: June 4, 2015
Magician Nick Fedoroff returns Saturday to the Center for the Arts stage with a magic show that will take Grass Valley audiences on a journey through the mystery and wonder of dreams with enough of a humorous edge to keep folks laughing. When the magician is in the house prepare to be mesmerized and amazed.Fedoroff uses audience participation, improvisation and
Published: June 4, 2015
LeGacy Productions will tackle a nostalgic tale of adolescence with its production of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” which runs from Friday through June 27 at the Nevada Theatre.Set in 1937, the play is told through the eyes of Eugene Jerome, a Polish-Jewish teenager who resides in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn. It’s a coming-of-age story for Jerome, as
Published: June 4, 2015
An 89-year-old Nevada City woman was killed in a solo-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Bitney Springs Road, between Newtown and Empress roads.Her identity has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.The woman was driving northbound on Bitney Springs Road at about 2:40 p.m., when she drove straight off the right shoulder, said California Highway Patrol Officer Greg
Published: June 4, 2015
When posed with the dilemma of choosing between walking with friends to receive her high school diploma, or competing for a California state championship in girls high jump today, Bear River’s Erica Higley didn’t hesitate in her decision.“I’m glad to be going to track because it’s what I love,” said Higley, during a practice session Wednesday. “Track is more important
Published: June 4, 2015
On Sunday, pro racer Robin Farina will lead a peloton of local riders who will traverse part of the Amgen Tour of California Stage 2 route from Grass Valley to Meadow Vista.The ride gets started at 8:30 a.m. and all riders are welcome. It is not required to belong to a local bike club, but helmets are required.The ride will
Published: June 4, 2015
The inaugural Trkac Distance Festival is set for Sunday at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.The 5K/10K/half marathon event has the goal of encouraging runners of all ages and abilities, to compete individually or as a team, according to the event website.For those interested in taking part in the festival, race-day registration is available and will be open from 6:45-7:30
Published: June 4, 2015
James (Jim) Vollmar passed away on April 17, 2015. He was 64. A celebration of Jim’s life will take place at the family property at 1 p.m. on June 20, 2015, in Smartsville.Jim was an Elk Grove native, and longtime Smartsville resident.Jim graduated Elk Grove High School class of 1969. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad, Dole Packing Plant in
Published: June 4, 2015
Nevada Union sports teams and athletes compete in one of the most feared athletic leagues in the Sac-Joaquin Section, and the Sac-Joaquin Section is one of the toughest section’s in the state. That’s what makes the accomplishments of the Miners across the 2014-15 prep sports year all the more impressive.All school year long, Nevada Union battled the best competition in
Published: June 4, 2015
A Grass Valley man charged with stabbing several people at a hip-hop concert in downtown Grass Valley has taken a plea agreement in return for one year in county jail.Steven Robledo Jr., 30, was facing three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one misdemeanor count of public intoxication, in connection with the Nov. 15, 2014, stabbing at the
Published: June 5, 2015
After a short closing argument rebuttal by the prosecution, the guilt or innocence of Gold Country Lenders CEO Phil Lester and CFO Susan Laferte is now in the jury’s hands.Lester and Laferte each face one count of using a scheme to defraud, 50 counts of offering securities for sale by means of an untrue statement or omission of a material
Published: June 5, 2015
The Nevada County Civil Grand Jury released its first report of the 2014-15 session Wednesday afternoon, after conducting a review of the 2014 General Election in Nevada County. Grand jurors found a need for additional training for poll workers and an update of the Poll Worker Training Manual as actions that could lead to an improved Election Day process. According
Published: June 4, 2015
The Nevada County Baha’i community recently elected its nine-member governing council or Local Spiritual Assembly for 2015-2016.Those elected were Barbara Campbell, Steven Campbell, Michael Ferguson, David Langness, Teresa Langness, Paul Mantle, Nancy Portillo, Shiva Reader, and Eileen Rouhani. David Langness was elected as chair.Baha’i communities have been active in Western Nevada County for more than 40 years, with the Nevada
Published: June 5, 2015
After securing $500,000 in federal funding, the Nevada County Economic Resource Council will turn its attention to executing plans to create a digital media campus to serve as a hub for emerging and existing broadcast and video technology companies.ERC Executive Director Jon Gregory gave a brief update on the grant and next steps for the initiative at the organization’s Thursday
Published: June 5, 2015
Are you fascinated with bats? Do you enjoy watching them on a warm summer evening and wish you knew more about them? Would you be interested in helping out an injured or baby bat? A training will be held Saturday in Grass Valley sponsored by Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) and NorCal Bats for potential bat rehabilitators. Corky Quirk, bat
Published: June 5, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentWednesday9:31 a.m. — A caller from an Auburn hospital reported an assault in the 1200 block of Sutton Way.11:14 a.m. — A caller from East McKnight Way and South Auburn Street reported a road rage incident with a man getting out of a vehicle, opening the caller’s door and screaming.1:34 p.m. — A caller from the 100
Published: June 5, 2015
The Grass Valley City Council last week received the city’s 2014 annual housing element progress report, a state-required document listing the city’s annual residential building activity and housing implementation.Prepared by Community Development Director Tom Last, the report highlighted a total of 84 permits issued last year, 80 of which were for Gold Country Village, an affordable senior housing development off
Published: June 5, 2015
Heaven a concert in an “Old Tyme Gospel Radio Show” format will feature Remnant, a Foothills vocal group, as well as Bells of the Sierra, and a children’s chorus. Ideas about heaven will be offered in an amusing and entertaining manner, from 6 to 8 p.m. June 14, at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. There is no
Published: June 5, 2015
For local folk pop artist Ishaan Reyna, the string lights that adorn Commercial Street in Nevada City during the holiday season are his favorite thing about the area — so much so that he recently filmed his music video for his new song, “Lights,” beneath a myriad of stringed lights near the entrance of Three Forks Bakery & Brewery Co.
Published: June 5, 2015
It’s true. The TV guide is back. And not only back, it’s better than ever. Starting next week, The Union can deliver TV listings to home subscribers each Saturday for $1 per issue. This TV guide will be in a compact 7-inch by 10-inch form, with a stapled fold and will include all the local and cable channels, word games
Published: June 5, 2015
Six-year-old Scout Klein asked her friends to forgo presenting her with birthday gifts this year, encouraging them to donate money to Sammie’s Friend Animal Shelter.In total, Scout helped to raise $195 and a gift card to Petco, along with many goodies for the animals. “We are grateful for her generosity and for being a good role model,” said Sammie’s Friends
Published: June 5, 2015
United Way of Nevada County (UWNC) is in the process of planning it seventh annual “Day of Action,” scheduled for June 18. This is a national day of service for United Ways throughout the world, with the mission of creating a day to positively change communities by helping local nonprofits. Projects such as painting, gardening, weeding, organizing, and filing are
Published: June 5, 2015
Roadrunners of Nevada CountyJuly 22, Matilda The Musical: Winner of 50 international awards and one of the biggest hits on Broadway. Performance is at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.Lunch will be on your own before performance. Park & Ride 8 a.m., SPD 8:30 a.m.August 12, Roseville Telephone Museum & Recovery Center: This Museum has one of the most extensive
Published: June 5, 2015
Grace Lutheran ChurchPastor Kent Schaaf and the members of Grace Lutheran Church invite you to join us each Sunday for our Divine Service with Communion, beginning at 9 a.m.Following each service is a fellowship time for refreshments located in the Social Hall. In addition, Sunday School is provided for the children and adult Bible Study begins at 10:30 a.m.Grace Lutheran
Published: June 5, 2015
I appreciate Jim Hemig’s editorial, but not sure exactly what he is saying we should do. Is he suggesting we “invite” big box stores into the community? How can small business owners possibly compete with what is sold online? And with rents high and regulations absurd, only the hardy can think about opening a business in Nevada City or Grass
Published: June 5, 2015
Friends of Hospice would like to thank the community for supporting our 15th annual Butterfly Garden of Remembrance held as a benefit for Hospice of the Foothills on the grounds of Hooper & Weaver in Nevada City. A special “thank you” is extended to the following for their kind and generous contributions making our Butterfly Garden event a great success:
Published: June 5, 2015
Today we have a government that is hell-bent on destroying our country. We have continuous talk about our problems and how to solve them. It is time for action instead of talk. There is a way to actually do some good. Mark Meckler is president of an organization called Convention of States. By convening a constitutional convention, states could pass
Published: June 5, 2015
With recent events, most notably the horrific devastation in Nepal, lots of people are questioning “Why?” I am one of them. We often search for answers whether they are about something personal or what happens in or around our world. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world; light is as different from darkness as good is from evil. I believe
Published: June 5, 2015
Lowell Robinson and I didn’t get off on the right foot, together, at first. When we first met, it was at some packed public meeting at the Board of Supervisors, back in the highly political ’90s, with each side of the deeply divided room glaring across at the other.I stood up to say my piece, with applause from my side
Published: June 5, 2015
The Nevada County Challenger League “Baseball for All” recently concluded a successful season, its 13th in Nevada City.Chartered in 2003 under Nevada City Little League with then League President Tom Dever, the Challenger League program has expanded from seven players in 2003 to 65 players on five teams across two divisions, with talk of expansion for next season.Challenger Leagues were
Published: June 5, 2015
Larry DeFeyter did it yet again, claiming first place in the 10K at the most recent Gold Country Grand Prix race, the Harmony Run 5K/10K held in Grass Valley.The overall win in the 10K race makes it four wins in four Gold Country Grand Prix races for DeFeyter, who has three overall wins in 10K races and one in 5K
Published: June 5, 2015
All golf courses are not created equal. A few years ago, I was invited to play one of the country’s most exclusive golf courses. As we were leaving the 16th green and on our way to the 17th tee my caddy pointed out a buoy just off the California coastline. Upon our arrival at the tee he said, “That’s the
Published: June 5, 2015
Elizabeth Francis Hayman of Penn Valley, California passed away peacefully on March 29, 2015 at the Hospice of the Foothills Compassionate Care facility in Grass Valley. She was 81.She was born Feb. 4, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of William Cregar and Marie Cregar.As a young girl she spent time with her uncle Laird Cregar in Beverly Hills, California where
Published: June 5, 2015
With the school year coming to a close we take some time to acknowledge the athletes, coaches and teams that left lasting impressions throughout the 2014-15 year with The Union’s Prep Sports Awards.Nevada Union alpine skier and diver Mikaela Lujan and three-sport standout Kyle Soria are The Union’s 2014-15 Prep Athletes of the Year.Taking the prize for best team is
Published: June 5, 2015
Nevada County has implemented a new, evidence-based, Moving Beyond Depression program. www.movingbeyonddepression.org.The Maternal Child and Adolescent Health program, with community partners, have identified perinatal depression as a top health priority in Nevada County and has contracted with Every Child Succeeds, to implement the Moving Beyond Depression program.Trained, licensed therapists will provide 15 weekly, In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions, with a
Published: June 6, 2015
There are two things that you can say about Chet Thomas regarding his car preferences: he loves ‘32 Ford roadsters (Deuces) and he loves to make them go fast.Chet is a self-described “roadster guy,” having owned eight ‘32 Fords over the years. He also loves racing, starting when he was just 16 years old. He was employed at a local
Published: June 6, 2015
Bear River High School graduated 141 students during Friday night’s ceremony at the school’s J. David Ramsey Stadium. The school recognized students Brian Dietrich and Mikayla Laymance as salutatorians, and 14 students as valedictorians: Raquel Addessi, Derek Adelman, Madeline Bachus, Darian Coggan, Sofia Cutler, Taylor Harroun, Scott Jensen, Quinn McCay, Emily Mitchell, Jennifer Phelps, Emily Scott, Sally Shilling, Dustin Stroeve
Published: June 6, 2015
In addition to taking their core academic classes, for the past two years students at Scotten Elementary School have been learning how to be a Scotten student. The three directives the school has chosen to guide students’ actions — be safe, be responsible, be respectful — are echoed in classrooms, on the playground and on school buses by teachers, administrators,
Published: June 6, 2015
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Published: June 6, 2015
June is certainly a busy month! Graduations, weddings, and other events may take us away from our gardens for a little while, but it’s always fun to get back in the garden to see what surprises have popped up. All workshops are free, and will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Demonstration Garden at the NID complex, 1036
Published: June 6, 2015
Growing up in “The Garden State” of New Jersey is how I developed my organic gardening roots, although I didn’t realize it at the time.Where I grew up was one of the most putrid smelling places I have ever known. The Passaic River ran through our town and the sediment at the mouth of the river near Newark Bay remains
Published: June 6, 2015
On Monday at 7 p.m. the Rev. Sharon Delgado will offer a PowerPoint presentation on the strategy of institutional divestment from fossil fuels as a response to climate change, using the Fossil Free UMC movement within the United Methodist Church as a case study.The program will take place at the Nevada City United Methodist Church at 433 Broad St., in
Published: June 6, 2015
Steven DeCamp, Nevada County’s Community Development Agency Director for the past 10 years, has announced his plan to retire in December of this year. DeCamp has worked in various land use planning roles for nearly 40 years, including almost 10 years as the Executive Officer of the Humboldt County Local Agency Formation Commission.During the recent uncertain financial times, DeCamp led
Published: June 6, 2015
A Nevada County judge rejected a plea offer made by a man in a DUI case in which the defendant — with a blood alcohol level estimated at nearly three times the legal limit — reportedly careened through a stop sign and broadsided an SUV being driven by an on-duty Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy.William Albert Medlyn, 48, is facing charges
Published: June 6, 2015
The former business manager of the Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School has pleaded no contest to multiple charges of embezzlement, falsification of accounts by public officers and forgery, in return for a potential sentence of one year in county jail.Debra Maria MacDonald had been employed by the school for approximately eight years before being terminated after the new director,
Published: June 6, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentThursday7:45 a.m. — A caller from the 300 block of Clark Street reported the theft of gas from a vehicle.8:43 a.m. — A woman from the 300 block of Empire Court reported a vehicle had been broken into.9:54 a.m. — A caller reported an elderly woman had been scammed on Bawden Avenue.10:37 a.m. — A caller from
Published: June 6, 2015
Portions of downtown Grass Valley streets will be closed for the weekly Thursday Night Market, which begins June 18 and ends August 6. Mill Street, West Main, E. Main and S. Auburn streets will be closed from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on each Thursday for eight weeks.
Published: June 6, 2015
The Nevada County Genealogical Society (NCGS) will hold its April General Meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9 in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Judson Gears will speak about Quaker genealogy, Please note the new time. The meetings are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact
Published: June 6, 2015
Two hungry young Smartsville birds compete for their morning meal.
Published: June 6, 2015
Author, radio talk show host and progressive activist Shawn Casey O’Brien held a signing Friday for his recently published book “For the Love of Long Shots: A Memoir on Democracy.”Hosted by FREED, a local disability advocacy group, the event included a Q&A with O’Brien, where more than 15 participants learned more about O’Brien’s literary memoir, which explores the potential political
Published: June 6, 2015
At a time when police officer shootings and other incidents have created tension and riots in several cities across America, the Grass Valley Police Department continues to take proactive steps to ensure its officers consistently act with wisdom, discipline, and integrity.For two days this week at the Gold Miners Inn-Holiday Inn Express Conference Center, the GVPD hosted a seminar focused
Published: June 6, 2015
The students of Michelle Bollen’s class at Cottage Hill Elementary are celebrating the publication of their book in a big way. The class was recently notified that their book, “Fables”, has been selected as a winner in the Studentreasures National Book Challenge. More than one million students from elementary, middle, high school and colleges participate in the student publishing project
Published: June 6, 2015
As we celebrate the graduating class of 2015 and all they have achieved in their educational endeavors, now is a good time for our community to look at the opportunities ahead for those donning the cap and gown this year.After all, while graduation honors the hard work of their recent years, commencement ceremonies literally celebrate a beginning for graduates.According to
Published: June 6, 2015
As the school year winds down, high school seniors across the county breathe in a sigh of relief. This week, with much pomp and circumstance, they will cross the stage and collect a diploma proving they are ready to move on to the next adventure. What is the next adventure? College? Work? Travel? For many, life after high school will
Published: June 6, 2015
In 2014, Roger Ramsaur and River Jensen, the owners of Grass Valley-based fair trade import business Offerings Wholesale, took a buying trip to Indonesia. The two men visited the Yayasan Widya Guna in Bedulu, Bali, a center that provides education, resources and care for disadvantaged, orphaned and disabled children, and were immediately struck by the story of the center’s co-founder,
Published: June 6, 2015
I extend a hearty commendation to The Union for publishing the beautiful love story of Joy Harris and Anne Wood in Saturday’s paper (May 30). Even in today’s liberal times, honoring a same-sex marriage in a local newspaper could have negative business consequences, so the decision to highlight this relationship took courage and integrity. I’m so proud of those who
Published: June 6, 2015
The Tall Pines Vintage Trailer Rendezvous, and Vintage Trailer Show will be at the Nevada County Fairgrounds through Sunday. This year there are more than 65 vintage trailers in attendance. The event was designed to bring people from all over the United States to Nevada County for a taste of music, nature and the opportunity to share a common love
Published: June 6, 2015
The community book swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Bring used books, CDs, LPs, movies, magazines and table games, and exchange them for others. All items at the swap are free. A few extra volunteers are needed on Sunday. Come at 11:45 a.m. if you
Published: June 6, 2015
Sonya Wells, Pharm.D., MPH, a Sacramento pharmacist, will be the guest speaker at the June 8 Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group meeting. Wells suffers from peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia and therefore has a first-hand understanding of these conditions. During her presentation, Wells will discuss the role of a pharmacist in pain management. The meeting will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Published: June 6, 2015
“Frankie” is a male, neutered domestic short hair tabby. He is nine months old and has a unique chocolate and orange coat. To adopt Frankie, contact Grass Valley Animal Shelter, Freeman Lane, Grass Valley, at 530-477-4630. For more pet adoptions:— AnimalSave, 530-271-7071 or http://www.animalsave.org.— Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter, 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, 530-471-5041.— Cal Aussie Rescue Inc., 530-268-1600
Published: June 6, 2015
THOMAS ELIASCalifornia Focus
Published: June 6, 2015
Gold Country Community ServicesA tasty sweet and sour chicken lunch was followed by sweet and soulful music by popular singer/guitarist Kelly Fleming. Next week’s menu features cold turkey sandwich, finger lickin’ chicken, tuna salad sandwich, chicken enchilada casserole and beef Stroganoff. Book ahead and arrive a few minutes before noon. That’s when our friendly volunteers start serving Monday through Friday.
Published: June 6, 2015
Exceptionalism is a neutral word as it can reference something exceptionally good or exceptionally bad — human beings, and their respective nations, have clearly shown themselves to be capable of both.The notion of American Exceptionalism has been regularly referenced by President Obama — most significantly in his West Point commencement address last year where he said that “I believe in
Published: June 6, 2015
A few weeks ago you had a feature that mentioned the Nevada Union Miners Volleyball coach Marco Salcedo was leaving this position. Marco has been such an influence to many young students. He coached our grandson for all four years and Marco also coaches club volleyball, also girls teams. The guys and gals love Marco because he is fair and
Published: June 6, 2015
Chad Hanson’s May 23 opinion piece in The Union exposes his gibberish for the retention of vast expanses of dead trees, “snag forests,” for wildlife following high intensity fires. At least he now admits scientists conclude retaining “patches,” not huge areas, of high intensity burned forests benefits wildlife. But the dirty little secret Hanson won’t reveal: most U.S. Forest Service
Published: June 6, 2015
First let me thank you on your articles of local business. With two towns located so close together, it sometimes becomes hard to tell who is doing what. Your articles give us some insight into the businesses and people running them.My reason for writing to you is on another matter. Empire Mine State Park is a focal point of our
Published: June 6, 2015
A new murder mystery dinner theater will be hosted at two south county locations this weekend and next.“Lake of the Crimes,” written and directed by Dave Atkinson and produced by MMG Productions, is the story of adultery, greed and deceit at a lake resort community, very similar to Lake of the Pines.As guests arrive they learn there has been a
Published: June 6, 2015
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 will have the roadway below
Published: June 8, 2015
Tall Pines Vintage Trailer Rendezvous of pre-1973 trailers held a Trailer Open House for the public Saturday afternoon, at Lions Lake at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Visitors got to see the ins and outs of various vintage trailers.
Published: June 8, 2015
Sierra Nevada Children’s Services hosted a free Family Appreciation Day called “Kids Magic Tricks with SNCS” Saturday at their new Grass Valley location on Sierra College Drive.
Published: June 8, 2015

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