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Cal Fire on Wednesday partially contained a Butte County blaze that initially threatened homes, though no structures were in danger that afternoon.The 40-acre fire, at Mission Olive Road and Olive Tree Lane in Oroville, broke out about 1:25 p.m. Firefighters descended on the blaze, containing about 20 percent of it within two hours, Cal Fire officials said.“They’re making great progress,”
Published: September 2, 2015
The California Highway Patrol reported an early Wednesday morning fatal traffic collision occurred involving a pedestrian and two big rigs trucks on I-80 in Auburn.At approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a male pedestrian (name withheld pending next of kin notification) was attempting to cross the westbound traffic lanes I-80, west of the Elm Street overcrossing. For reasons still under investigation, the
Published: September 2, 2015
A power outage in Grass Valley and Nevada City impacted an estimated 3,657 customers Wednesday morning. According to PG&E, the outage was reported at 7:45 a.m., and as of 11:42 a.m., power had been fully restored. Denny Boyles, a spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric, said that power had been restored to all but 35 properties in the area by
Published: September 2, 2015
Our family went to the fair as we have for the past 44 years, and as always had a wonderful time. Weather was great, crowds were small. The fairgrounds were beautiful again, as usual. When we got home I started thinking that just a couple of weeks ago there were hundreds of firefighters staged at the fairgrounds. I’m sure they
Published: September 1, 2015
It hasn’t been hotter. Polar ice isn’t melting. Sea levels aren’t rising. Winds, floods, droughts aren’t any worse than they’ve always been. Or maybe some of that has been happening, but it’s all part of a natural climate swing. God’s will. And there’s nothing we puny humans can — or even should — do to change it.Or maybe there is,
Published: September 1, 2015
Having been a reader of The Union for the last 10 years, I believed the paper to be a somewhat family friendly publication. To see the movie review recently of “Diary of a Teenage Girl” on the front page of the Family Focus section was a bit disturbing. The movie reviewer shares that this is clearly an “R” rated film
Published: September 1, 2015
If you need a sewer company that is responsive, professional, prompt and reasonably priced, I highly recommend Urke Sewer! As required by a Grass Valley City ordinance on sale of a house, I needed to have a sewer back flow device installed, which entailed getting a permit from the city for the work, finding where the underground pipe was located,
Published: September 1, 2015
The California Retired Teachers Association of Nevada County has graciously awarded classroom grants to working teachers in Nevada County on a random basis. I was this month’s recipient of a one hundred dollar check to supplement my classroom materials budget.I wanted to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of the members of CalRTA of Nevada County. The extra funds come
Published: September 1, 2015
Regarding the opinion column, “Homeless issue requires bold leadership, supportive community” by Reinette Senum, I agree with Ms. Senum that affordable housing can be difficult to find in our local community and that not enough housing choices exist for the underemployed, elderly, disabled, etc. I also agree that our county supervisors must entertain new solutions. Clearly, housing options spread throughout
Published: September 1, 2015
California lawmakers are finally considering legislation to regulate medical marijuana, which has been legal under state law for nearly two decades. Among the proposals is a bill calling for an excise tax on marijuana that could raise nearly $60 million in revenue each year.As a fiscal conservative and opponent of recreational marijuana, I’m an unlikely voice in the cannabis tax
Published: September 1, 2015
PFLAG’s monthly fundraiser is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Baskin-Robbins in Grass Valley. Mention “PFLAG” and 20 percent of proceeds will go toward youth projects throughout the school year, including Gay/Straight Alliance groups and the Sierra College Rainbow Alliance. PFLAG members will be gathering at 7 p.m. Friday at Baskin-Robbins — all are welcome. Formerly known
Published: September 1, 2015
A butterfly pauses momentarily at Englebright Reservoir.
Published: September 1, 2015
The Nevada Union soccer team got its season off to a positive start with a 3-0 win over the Bear River Bruins. Captain Jack Devlin netted two of the team’s goals, with the third and final of the contest coming from Cameron Fry.The match’s action got underway quickly with a scintillating effort from Devlin slotting the ball into the bottom
Published: September 1, 2015
The prep girls volleyball season is underway and Bear River didn’t waste anytime claiming a tourney championship.The Lady Bruins won all six of their tournament games at the I-5 Brawl in Redding over the weekend, dropping only one set along the way. The talented and experienced Lady Bruins beat Foothill, Shasta, McKinleyville, River City and North Medford en route to
Published: September 1, 2015
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Published: September 1, 2015
US, global stocks fall sharply on more signs of weakness in China’s economyNEW YORK — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.The sell-off adds to what has been a difficult few weeks for U.S. and international
Published: September 1, 2015
Mitch Adams, the 16-year-old who was critically injured in a car crash Aug. 24, was declared brain-dead Saturday after, his family says, he said goodbye to them in the wee hours Thursday morning.But the teen will live on in the hearts and minds of thousands in the community, as was evidenced by the outpouring of emotional and financial support for
Published: September 1, 2015
The Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been awarded a $9,240 grant by the California Arts Council, which will be used to support the production of the first-ever festival of professional dance in western Nevada County.With the CAC Local Impact grant funds and the support of the community, the Miners Foundry will bring two professional dance companies: the contemporary San Francisco
Published: September 1, 2015
This year, there were 55 wines entered in the Nevada County Fair, a decrease of almost 30 percent from last year’s record total of 77 wines. Red wines remained the most popular category with 60 percent of the total wines entered. Fruit, blush and dessert wines remain growing categories, but there was a big drop in white wines this year
Published: September 1, 2015
Grizzly Hill Elementary School is serving local, grass-fed beef in its school lunches, a move applauded by local nonprofit Sierra Harvest.“Grizzly Hill has a long history of serving fresh, high-quality food to its small population of students,” according to a Sierra Harvest spokesperson. “The community in North San Juan, and especially the parents who have children at Grizzly Hill, have
Published: September 1, 2015
Laverne Marie Tramontini died of natural causes on Aug. 26 at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. She was 95 and lived a good, fulfilling life. She was born Dec. 21, 1919 to Angelo Victor and Celia Lagorio in Stockton, California.Laverne was a farm girl and took great pride that her family was the first Italian family to farm cherries and walnuts
Published: September 1, 2015
Edwin (Darrell) Stone passed away Aug. 24, 2015 at the age of 80, after a massive heart attack at Mercy General in Sacramento. Darrell was born Nov,. 2, 1934 in Post, Texas. His parents were Wilma Ruth Peddy and Edwin Dale Stone. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in petroleum engineering, he taught math in Post for
Published: September 1, 2015
Betty Eccarius, a longtime resident of Grass Valley, entered into heaven peacefully with loved ones by her side on Aug. 24, 2015.There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Sept 12 at Uncle Sonny’s in Cedar Ridge.Betty was born July 9, 1942 in Long Beach, to Tom and Iva Johnson. She is survived by her son David Terrell;
Published: September 1, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentMonday7:15 a.m. — A caller from the 200 block of South Church Street reported an assault.8:50 a.m. — A caller form Joerschke Drive and East Main Street reported a man in a red Toyota Matrix offered a girl a ride and then possibly followed her.9:02 a.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Neal Street reported
Published: September 1, 2015
A Nevada City attorney representing many of the victims of a 2008 bus crash near Colusa — in which 11 people died and 29 others were seriously injured — recently won an important reversal in the Court of Appeals in Sacramento.The appellate court unanimously reversed a lower court judge’s decision in favor of Greyhound Lines Inc., the manufacturer of the
Published: September 1, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Wildlife officials have trapped a mother bear and her cub at Lake Tahoe, but rather than killing them, the bruins will be released in the mountains because they weren’t deemed a threat to public safety.The six-year-old sow and her male cub were trapped Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Crystal Bay along the North Shore, according to a
Published: September 1, 2015
Jim Adams will step down as the vice president of the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees at the end of September, more than a year before his term was set to expire in December 2016. Adams said he is moving out of his rental home in trustee Area 4, which is the area he represents on
Published: September 1, 2015
For a lot of people, eating organic could mean budgeting wisely to find healthy options at the grocery stores, but the residents of the North San Juan area have another option when it comes to leafy meals.Organic Tuesday is a low-cost luncheon sponsored by North San Juan Community Center. Diners older than 60 are required to pay $3 for the
Published: September 1, 2015
The annual Miner’s Picnic celebrated its 120th anniversary this past Saturday. Attendees enjoyed music by local band Rush Creek, a mine rescue re-enactment, food either homemade or bought from vendors, vintage cars, period costumes and much more. The Miner’s Picnic began in 1895 as a fundraiser for miner’s widows and orphans, and injured or out-of-work miners, but today is an
Published: August 31, 2015
A Grass Valley man who worked as a long-haul trucker has been arrested on child molest charges involving three victims younger than 14.John Richard Green, 44, was arrested by Nevada County Sheriff’s detectives from the Major Crimes Unit on suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a child, and is being held in county jail in lieu of $600,000 bail.The investigation
Published: September 1, 2015
In his letter to the editor “It’s easy to see why Trump is popular,” Richard Phillips believes it is because “he’s saying what ALL (my emphasis) Americans have been thinking.” The conservative right frequently relies on faulty logic to make a point or justify a position rather than make a simple statement of fact.Case in point, let me guarantee you,
Published: September 1, 2015
Kudos to David Freeman and Mony Monir, the co-owners of Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City, for recently hosting a fundraising dinner for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL).Everyone who attended enjoyed great food for a good cause. A percentage of the evenings proceeds was donated to PiELL. It was a great success!Partners in English Language Learning offers free one-on-one ESL
Published: September 1, 2015
What is often left out of the discussion about gun ownership is that the Second Amendment begins, “A well regulated militia …”Amanda Wilcox of the Brady Campaign recently referred to the 2008 Supreme Court decision. It states the right to possess a handgun for self-defense does not protect a “right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner
Published: September 1, 2015
We, at the Nevada County Republican Party, want to send our thanks to all the great folks having fun at the fair. We had a “bean poll” contest and all those who were visitors at our booth had the opportunity to cast “Three Bean Ballots” for their favorite Republican candidate(s).The top three winners are Dr. Ben Carson with 800 beans,
Published: September 1, 2015
Round up your teammates and challenge others to the Nevada County Grape Stomp, part of the annual Italian Festa Sept. 26 and 27 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.Prizes will be given for Most Juice, Funniest Name, Best Costume and Lucille Ball Look-a-Like.Two-person teams — a stomper and a swamper — will compete during three-minute heats to see who
Published: September 1, 2015
On May 15, Camille Lynne Bigham participated in commencement ceremonies at the University of California in Los Angeles, where she earned a Master of Social Work degree.Bigham did her undergraduate work in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a Nevada Union alumni, class of 2007. She is currently employed by Sutter Health as a clinical social
Published: September 1, 2015
Dear Barbara: I never thought it could happen to me. The week before my 65th birthday, I fell.I was lucky; only my ego was hurt, though I did have some pretty big bruises. My 90-year old mother has fallen three or four times, and I thought falling only happened to old people. I’ve decided we both need to learn more
Published: September 1, 2015
Nevada City Film Festival director Jesse Locks has been selected as the recipient of the 26th Annual Col. William H. “Bill” Lambert Award. The Lambert Award is presented annually by the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City to recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada City way of life.The award is named in honor of the late Col.
Published: September 1, 2015
For most of her life, Nanci Shanderá, Ph.D., has been deeply involved in a quest for transformation and integrative approaches to spiritual experience. She spent more than 30 years studying with Brugh Joy, M.D., who awakened her to the higher consciousness she uses to support students in developing the inner guidance required to accept and love themselves unconditionally. As a
Published: September 1, 2015
Western Sierra Medical Clinic has been approved as a registered health care provider for the Veterans Choice Program.Clinic officials began offering the closer-to-home health services last week to veterans in the region.Under the new program, the federal Veterans Affairs allows Western Sierra to handle many health care services for veterans who live more than 40 miles away or must wait
Published: September 1, 2015
Jason David, a Modesto father whose son was treated with cannabis oil for severe Dravet’s syndrome at age 4, will speak this week in Nevada City.David will be guest speaker at the Nevada County Chapter of Women Grow meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St. David’s son Jayden, now 9, was the first child in the
Published: September 1, 2015
For many years before formal investigations by both state and federal authorities began, it was clear the California Public Utilities Commission consistently favored big utility companies over consumers at every opportunity.But until a court order produced tens of thousands of emails between utility commissioners and executives of the companies they regulate, no one could prove either the cronyism that has
Published: September 1, 2015
Bees busy at work Saturday off Greenhorn Road in Grass Valley.
Published: September 1, 2015
An effort to impose a higher protection tax in the Higgins Fire Protection District appears to have failed, as the remaining number of ballots to be counted cannot reach the threshold required to pass, officials said. Voters cast 2,682 mail-in ballots in the Aug. 25 election. Some 200 additional votes trickled into the Nevada County Elections Office between last Wednesday
Published: September 1, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentSunday8:19 a.m. — A caller from the 800 block of Freeman Lane reported three or four people camping by Wolf Creek.10:03 a.m. — A caller from the 1200 block of La Barr Meadows Road reported a kitten had fallen into a metal grate and was in distress. The kittens were gone on arrival. At 11:32 a.m., the
Published: September 1, 2015
An argument that allegedly started after one man spit on another man’s car in downtown Grass valley sent one man to the hospital and the other to jail Saturday night.The victim called 911 at about 11 p.m. after the suspect punched him in the face, shattering his jaw, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni.The suspect reportedly spit on the
Published: September 1, 2015
A Grass Valley man who was arrested in early August after reportedly booby-trapping his front door and causing a five-hour standoff with law enforcement has pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm.The incident started after Troy Kekoa Lemons, 43, was involved in a verbal altercation with his roommate. After being threatened with eviction, Lemons barricaded
Published: September 1, 2015
Saturday was an extraordinary night, as an obviously emotional Terry Riley performed in his hometown for the very first time, as a benefit for the new Camptonville Community Center.The inaugural audience at the new community center packed into its cozy yet more than adequate performance space to have composer and keyboard giant Riley transport them into beyond the beyond. Riley’s
Published: September 1, 2015
Exercise has always been one of Krista Yazzolino’s passions. Growing up in Florida, she was a dancer, and ran track and cross-country.She attended college in Georgia, where she was introduced to CrossFit; while pursuing a degree in exercise science, she became a certified personal trainer and a certified CrossFit coach. After relocating to California last December with her husband Anthony,
Published: September 1, 2015
Local physicians have a new tool that will alert them if one of their patients may be in danger of sepsis, a severe and progressive infection that can be deadly.Made possible by the new electronic medical record system at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH), the new tool is officially known as the Cerner Sepsis Biosurveillance Program. “This is
Published: September 1, 2015
Published: September 1, 2015
With the help of his walker, 96-year-old Curley Leeds makes his way briskly down the hall toward the kitchen. He knows Roxann Losh has something delicious on the stove because he can smell it.Now legally blind, Leeds has no problem finding his own way around the modest, 15-bed senior care facility. Soon Leeds and the other residents will be sitting
Published: September 1, 2015
Allison Daley McColloch, a 2005 Nevada Union graduate, and her beach volleyball partner Emily Stockman continued to leave their mark on the AVP tour, taking fifth place at the Chicago Open over the weekend.At the open, McColloch dominated at the net, notching 13 blocks in 12 games. Her 13 blocks were second by any player at the tourney. McColloch also
Published: August 31, 2015
Sign ups for Nevada County Youth Basketball are from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Real Estate located at 428 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley.Nevada County Youth Basketball will assist in coach and team requests. Jerseys will also be available. Nevada County Youth Basketball is for kindergarten through sixth grade girls and boys. All practices are Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at Union
Published: August 31, 2015
Registration for Nevada County Adult Sports Association’s fall sports is currently open.The NCASA volleyball and basketball leagues get started Sept. 22 with eight league games followed by playoffs.Volleyball leagues will include 4-on-4 coed, 4-on-4 men’s and 4-on-4 women’s leagues. Cost per team is $325.Basketball leagues will include four tiers of mens leagues (A, B1, B2, C) as well as 40-years-and-over
Published: August 31, 2015
The ninth annual Nevada Union Miners Basketball Booster Golf Classic is set for Sept. 27 at the Alta Sierra Country Club.The event will feature 18-holes of golf, a putting contest, closet to the pin contest, longest drive contest and a 3-point shootout.There will also be raffle prizes and dinner after the tourney.The classic is open to everyone, but limited to
Published: August 31, 2015
Leonard Manfredi passed away Aug. 9, 2015 in Nevada City. He was born Aug. 16, 1938 in Rochester, Pennsylvania, to parents Nicholas and Theresa Manfredi.Leonard graduated from Aliquippa High School in Pennsylvania and Youngstown and Ohio State University.He married Betty Williams Manfredi on Nov. 17, 1984 in Uplan, California. Leonard worked at Traffix Devices, Inc. as director of purchasing.He was
Published: August 31, 2015
Judith Eveler passed away Aug. 11 2015, in Oroville, California.She was born on Oct 5, 1942.She worked at Wells Fargo Bank in Grass Valley for 10 years and retired from working in special education at Union Hill Elementary School in 2001.She enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling, hiking, fishing, weaving, gardening, snowmobiling, yard sales and crafting. Judith is survived by husband of
Published: August 31, 2015
It is with great sadness that we relay the tragic, yet peaceful passing of Kristina Sigrid Hohn on May 8, 2015, in Grass Valley. She was 44.Kristina resided for over 15 years in Grass Valley and Nevada City. She was born in Walnut Creek on July 3, 1970. She graduated with several honors from Acalanes High School and then went
Published: August 31, 2015
A little more than five years ago, Courtney Parker was wrapping up her studies at UC Davis, earning a degree in communications. But, like many people in their early 20s, Parker was doubting her choice of study and was uncertain what was next on her life path.“At that time in my life I was in a really pivotal place,” said
Published: August 25, 2015
High school football started this past weekend, the teams’ hopes and the players’ bravado higher than … well, the air pressure in a New England Patriots football.Football is a tough guy’s sport, where players can display their machismo in a socially acceptable way. I encountered a group of local football players at my gym recently, and you could almost smell
Published: August 31, 2015
Movement is life. At least it seems that way to me — especially after sitting for eight hours in front of a computer to produce this magazine.Not having ease of movement and not being able to dance, play, hike and hoof it up around town can feel like a type of mini-death. I know this because I’ve had my share
Published: August 31, 2015
As the new president of Roots and Wings Education Foundation in Penn Valley, I’d like to thank all of the individuals and businesses for your support of our 22nd annual Lake Wildwood Wine Cruise. My apologies to Sikes Realty for not getting you listed in our thank you publication. We truly appreciate your support. This event was a tremendous success!
Published: August 31, 2015
In his article, “The only thing micro at UC is the thinking of its administrators,” George Boardman steadfastly asserts his opinion that everyone should get over being offended, because complaining just prevents freedom of expression.I’m no expert on being oppressed, but it’s important to recognize Mr. Boardman as an affluent white male living in a county where everyone is just
Published: August 31, 2015
To say global warming is “political manipulation,” as Mr. LaMalfa did recently, is to dismiss it as a non-issue, merely self-absorbed pols protecting turf and perk. To say “I am not a scientist,” is dereliction of duty. Few Congress people are doctors, yet they confidently, avidly, pronounce on women’s health. To say environmental “over regulation” is destroying the economy is
Published: August 31, 2015
We would like to comment on the 10 percent drop in the markets’ averages as they pertain to our investment strategies.We have built-in strategies for our “discretionary and managed accounts” for markets’ movements which are significant.We stay away from emotional interpretations of the DJIA, S&P, Spartan Bond Index, MSCI, Cohen & Steers Real Estate Index, etc. and pay a lot
Published: August 31, 2015
Gone are the days of cellphones looking like giant bricks with an antenna. As technology evolves at a rapid pace, cellphones have become an integral part of daily life for many. And when these sophisticated devices break, the expense can be immense.Since it opened at the end of July 2014, The Cell Phone Repair Shop has been aiming to minimize
Published: August 31, 2015
What is your mission statement?Women of Worth assists victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, to increase self reliance and improve quality of life by helping them rebuild their lives with dignity, hope and safety. Briefly, when and how did your nonprofit start?Sandy Escobar-Schmidt, our founder and a victim of domestic violence herself, started Women of Worth in
Published: August 31, 2015
Auburn resident Tyler Rodgers, a 2015 graduate of Bear River High School, has been awarded a Safeway Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 through the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation. Rodgers will attend Sierra College this fall and major in kinesiology. His high school accomplishments include earning the title of San Joaquin Sections Finalist in swimming all four years,
Published: August 31, 2015
At first, Jan Rubiales was surprised when she received a letter from Liberty Mutual, notifying her that the company was declining to renew its home insurance policy on her Penn Valley property effective Oct. 1. The property, the letter said, “poses an unacceptable risk for wildfire.”Rubiales and her husband David have insured their home on John Born Road with the
Published: August 31, 2015
Do you find that at the end of your day, there is still too much to do? Are you exhausted having done a lot but not sure what you really got accomplished? My observation is you may be stuck in the “busywork” trap and not know it— and worse, not know how to get out. This “busywork” is the enemy
Published: August 31, 2015
Nevada Union High School will host its annual Back-to-School Night from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meet students’ teachers and become familiar with the curriculum and academic expectations for the new school year. Yearbook sales, entertainment, Site Council parent member elections and a barbecue will be part of the evening,
Published: August 31, 2015
Long time eclipse chaser David Buchla will be the September speaker for Nevada County Astronomers, where he will present information on eclipses in general with particular focus on the upcoming eclipse in the United States in August, 2017. Weather prospects, maps, and what to look for will be discussed, as well as photography hints. The talk will include information on
Published: August 31, 2015
Sierra Central Credit Union, which has just acquired space for a new branch in Grass Valley, will celebrate its 60th anniversary of banking in Northern California at a ceremony Sept. 18.The Yuba City-based credit union, which plans to move into the former Perko’s restaurant site in the Glenbrook Basin during the first half of 2016, will also celebrate completion of
Published: August 31, 2015
Brent Douglas Cole, the “sovereign citizen” arrested after a shoot-out with law enforcement near the Yuba River in June 2014, was sentenced Friday to 29 years and seven months in prison.Cole, 61, was found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial in February.Despite Cole’s claims that he was acting in self-defense, the jury found him guilty of assault on
Published: August 31, 2015
In 2014 the Nevada County Building Department partnered with local design professionals and developers to create a single-family dwelling master plan that was made available for public use. The available master plan consisted of a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, 500-square-foot residence with a 225-square-foot storage loft. Due to recent events and requests made by project design professionals, the building department will no
Published: August 31, 2015
Cynthia Levesque grew up in Nevada County with three sisters and a lean family budget. While hand-me-downs were common, so was thrift store shopping.“We all got into sewing,” she said. “We got very creative when it came to repurposing clothing.”There was a certain thrill that always came with stumbling across that gem, the diamond in the rough, she said, a
Published: August 31, 2015
Roadwork will end, project schedule permitting, at noon Friday Sept. 4 and will not resume until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 for the Labor Day Holiday.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
Published: August 31, 2015
A case involving 80 pounds of processed marijuana was dismissed last week after a judge ruled that the search by a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy’s of duffle bags hidden in a ditch was illegal.The defendant, Garth Alexander Gryte, had been charged with transportation of marijuana and possession for sale in connection with an Oct. 29, 2013, arrest, after the deputy
Published: August 31, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentFriday8:38 a.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Park Avenue reported a man driving a truck was “hot boxing” this morning; it reportedly is the same routine every morning.9:47 a.m. — A caller from the 200 block of Sutton Way reported people camping, who were told to move along.10:26 a.m. — A caller from Primrose
Published: August 31, 2015
The Grass Valley City Council will have a special closed session meeting Tuesday to conference with the labor negotiators for the Association Police Officers Unit 6 and Grass Valley Career Firefighters, IAFF Local 3800, Unit 8.That meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall, 125 East Main St. Following the closed session, the council will
Published: August 31, 2015
The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road.Items on the agenda include education from NID on the water system for the Penn valley area, awarding of the contract for audit services for 2015-17, the final budget for FY 2015-16, a capital outlay plan review and
Published: August 31, 2015
Friday night featured two of California’s storied high school football programs battling it out on the gridiron to open the 2015 season.But, some things are simply bigger than football.The Placer Hillmen rolled past the Nevada Union Miners, 43-7, but the game itself took a back seat to the emotion that swirled inside Hooper Stadium. The night kicked off on a
Published: August 31, 2015
What a feeling it must be to travel nearly three hours, get off the team bus and absolutely crush an opponent from a tougher division (DIII),That’s what Bear River experienced Friday night in its 40-20 throttling of Pacheco.The victory gets the Bruins (1-0) off to a great start and buries unpleasant memories of last year’s loss to the Panthers at
Published: August 31, 2015
With the first week of prep football in the books, the Sierra Foothill League and Pioneer Valley League proved powerful, with SFL squads going a combined 6-1 against non-league opponents, and PVL teams notching a record of 4-2.Here’s a quick recap of how things went down Friday.Folsom 27, Clayton Valley 26The reigning Division I state champ Bulldogs had their paws
Published: August 31, 2015
As the owner of Pete’s Pizza at 239 Commercial St. in Nevada City, Lorri Flores had an up-close look at the atmosphere of the Commercial Street boardwalk outside her storefront.She saw the good days, where tourists and locals would take a seat and enjoy a coffee or a slice of pizza; but more often, she said, she saw a boardwalk
Published: August 27, 2015
Moments after the Nevada County Planning Department had wrapped up Thursday’s detailed presentation of its Housing Element Rezone Program Implementation Project to meet state mandates for 699 high-density housing units, commissioners were assured by staff they were being offered the “best recommendation we can give you.” “Well,” Commissioner Paul Aguilar responded, “we’ll see what the audience has to say about
Published: August 29, 2015
On an emotional Friday night at Hooper Stadium, the Nevada Union football team couldn’t stop Placer’s potent offense, falling to the Hillmen, 43-7.The night got started on a somber note with a moment of silence for Nevada Union football player Mitch Adams who died Thursday from injuries sustained during an auto accident Monday. Adams’ family was on hand at the
Published: August 29, 2015
A Nevada County businesswoman and professional snowboarder and her professional dance partner took home top honors after competing against 10 other local duos in Saturday’s “Dancing with Our Stars” at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the third annual fundraiser benefiting Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts.Tina Haller (Basich), owner of Nevada City gift shop, My Favorite Things, and Nick Katzman, artistic director
Published: August 23, 2015
The mother of 16-year-old Mitch Adams, who was critically injured in a car crash Monday morning, confirmed her son died Thursday.In a post on a Facebook page on which family members had posted updates on the Nevada Union High School junior’s medical condition, Monica Adams shared word of her son’s death.“This is Mitch’s mom, Monica,” the post read. “I don’t
Published: August 27, 2015
When the lights go out, it’s a good indicator Colfax’s offense is about to surge.A brief power outage didn’t prevent the Falcons from shutting down Argonaut Friday night at Robert O. Marson Field, as they rolled in dominating fashion, 35-18.“Great first game for us,” said Colfax head coach Tony Martello. “We had some moments of doubt, stubbed our toes a
Published: August 29, 2015
Rattlesnake banquets are the latest fad. Some sportsmen took a trip to the Spenceville area and bagged enough for a dinner — would be cruel to reveal their names.Thousands of tobacco plants at the old Shackelton place show healthy growth — will be harvested soon.Walter Waggoner, in court for nonsupport of a minor child, was granted probation on the provision
Published: August 29, 2015
The North Star Mining Museum, a part of the Nevada County Historical Society, is one of the gems of Nevada County.The museum exists not only to preserve and protect our area’s mining heritage, but also educates and informs people about the mining process and the impact the industry had upon the humanity of the people who built the mines and
Published: August 29, 2015
The campaign to defund Planned Parenthood is back again, and Kathryn Jean Lopez, published by The Union, in the last two weeks is again trying to lead the way. She indicates it is because she is against abortion, but Planned Parenthood prevents abortions by providing birth control to thousands of impoverished women. Birth control has been reported by a Guttmacher
Published: August 29, 2015
Sixty-two children die from marijuana! Did you miss that headline? Me, too.However, one would come away with that conclusion after reading Thomas Elias’ “California Focus” in The Union (Aug. 12) “Marijuana harm ignored in push for legalization.”Elias repeated some outrageous conclusions that he acknowledged came from an opinion piece in the AZ Central written by Yauapi County Attorney Sheila Polk
Published: August 29, 2015
For many years, the popular feature “Police Blotter” has contained amusing stories of absurd police calls. In the Aug. 4 issue,this item was highlighted in large type: “A man from Robinson Road reported a neighbor was mowing his lawn. He was advised that was not illegal and said he would call the governor.”There have been stories of people calling the
Published: August 29, 2015
Those calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood are not demanding its closure, only that it not be funded with their dollars because they believe in the rights of the unborn from both a legal and a religious perspective. Asking them to be complicit in an act they consider murder is no different than using tax dollars to pay for
Published: August 29, 2015
A newspaper needs to meet, at the very least, a level of professionalism that distinguishes fact not simply from opinion, but from fiction. The Union fails to meet that standard with many letters they publish, and it was glaringly apparent in one from Aug. 19 written by Mr. Bob Webster regarding his feelings towards Planned Parenthood.Know that my letter is
Published: August 29, 2015
Dear Bob Webster, in your letter to the editor, “Planned Parenthood Worst of the Bunch,” dated Aug. 19, I feel your anger and applaud your concern for human life. You failed to mention, however, in your search for blame, that it is the inappropriate sexual behavior of boys and men that cause the pregnancies in the first place.It would be
Published: August 29, 2015
Kudos to the person who corrected the lighted signs along Zion Street last week cautioning drivers to be aware that school had started. At first the sign read: DRIVE SAFE. A couple of days later it read: DRIVE SAFELY. I think it is important to use correct grammar on signs and in our every day speech. Thank you whoever you
Published: August 29, 2015

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