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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
While driving south on Highway 49 toward Nevada City, I entered a left curve and was shocked to see an oncoming car aiming straight for my driver’s side door. I did what I could to turn away, but a steep drop off and many trees limited my ability to turn. Luckily the driver “woke up” and turned in time to
Published: August 29, 2015
The recent article in The Union about Congressman LaMalfa’s town hall meeting in Grass Valley reported that he has publicly critiqued and voted against global warming legislation. “You’ve actually motivated me to do a lot of organizing in the next polling to organize young people against you,” Nevada City resident John Lorence said. “Because I’m not worried about me, or
Published: August 29, 2015
A couple of days ago, I was visiting with my cousin, a real estate broker outside of Phoenix, Arizona.Since I have built and sold homes in my past, the topic of how best to market such, in today’s world, quickly became a topic of discussion. His approach was simple. When someone wants to view a property he has listed for
Published: August 29, 2015
Fifty years after civil rights activists marched in Selma, Alabama, people of color still face racism and violence “Dismantling Racism” will present four weekly sessions of 90 minutes each, with facilitators and an invitation to talk, to examine ourselves and communities, and to consider action. The sessions are free and open to all.The series of workshops will begin at 9:15
Published: August 29, 2015
The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.This was the ballot measure that turned some “minor” felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails.It has unquestionably helped some ex-felons rebuild their lives.But as crime statistics for the
Published: August 29, 2015
Early Risers ToastmastersLast Tuesday we held our Humorous Speech Contest - as well as our Evaluation Contest.We laughed, and we learned. MaryJane Huenergardt’s first-place speech took an up-close-and-personal look at facial expressions, and what they say to others. Anne King’s “Isn’t that Cute?” talk focused on what we find adorable. Viv Tipton won first place in the Evaluation portion, and
Published: August 29, 2015
Sept. 13 will mark the 160th anniversary of a pivotal event in Grass Valley history – the day the town almost died in 1855.Gold Rush Grass Valley grew rapidly as it began to exploit its rich quartz gold veins, and, by 1855, it was a prosperous community of 3,500. While Grass Valley was not the rude, wild mining camp of
Published: August 29, 2015
“Riggs” is a one to two-year-old male American bull dog mix. He is known for being very friendly.To adopt Riggs, 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 or http://www.NorCalAussieRescue.com.— Scooter’s Pals, 530-350-2099
Published: August 29, 2015
“I’ve hated our sofa for 10 years. It’s uncomfortable!” That lament came from a customer just last week. All of us have made poor furniture decisions. Here are a few tips that might save you a bout of buyer’s remorse.Sofas: Before you get carried away with how beautiful it is, sit on it and focus. Is the seat depth comfortable?
Published: August 29, 2015
It’s the end of August and time to focus on improving gardens for fall planting and to prepare for next year’s crops. The Nevada County Master Gardener’s series, “Foothill Vegetable Gardening,” continues with workshops focusing on composting and soil building. Both workshops will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nevada County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden (NID Business
Published: August 29, 2015
Heidi Hall, KVMR commentator, columnist for The Union and former congressional candidate, will be the featured speaker Tuesday at the First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats. Hall will share her recent experience in recreating the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Hall is the past board president of
Published: August 29, 2015
Local plant ecologist and community college instructor Virginia Moran is offering a workshop on native plant landscaping.Moran, of Ecological Outreach Services, said the workshop will focus on proper plant selection and places to purchase native plants. Additionally, Moran will also cover how to make the transition to native plants without a massive tear-out of existing water-demanding landscaping or lawns. The
Published: August 29, 2015
Beginning salsa classes start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.“Come and learn one of the most popular dances right from the beginning,” says Lucy Galbraith, proprietor of Fletcher’s Dance Hall in Nevada City.“It is the easiest partner dance to learn and the most versatile.” The classes also offer the opportunity for friendship, exercise, and fun, Galbraith added.No partner is required. Cost is
Published: August 29, 2015
Published: August 29, 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
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
A Grass Valley man was flown to a Roseville hospital after he was hit while crossing Brunswick Road Friday morning.The man, identified as Aaron Ciaffoni, 35, was trying to cross the road just north of Old Tunnel Road at about 8:30 a.m., said Grass Valley Police Lt. Steve Johnson.Ciaffoni was in the northbound lane when he was struck by a
Published: August 29, 2015
Qi gong literally means “life energy cultivation,” an exercise for body, mind and spirit. A beginning class in this art, related to Ta’i Chi, will begin Sept. 1 in Grass Valley.Teacher Dena Yates will lead beginning one-hour classes starting at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Cost is
Published: August 29, 2015
“Everyman” is a contemporary, modern English adaptation of an old Middle English morality play.Presented by National Theatre Live and starring the extraordinary British actor of Nigerian descent, Chiwetel Ejiofor, it was adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate of Great Britain.Wow, and double wow! Theater-goers, do not, I repeat, do not miss this one. Assuredly among the finest of
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
The Schnitzius brothers, James and Andrew, have been involved with sports for as long as they can remember. Whether it was baseball, wrestling, soccer, cross country, volleyball or basketball, the identical twin brothers could usually be found with a ball in hand.Growing up, the brothers also played flag football, but didn’t get into full-contact football until their freshmen year at
Published: August 29, 2015
A year after the Barbara Schmidt Millar “Celebration of Life” was canceled due to poor air quality conditions, organizers are happy to announce the event is back this year, celebrating its 21st anniversary Sept. 20.“We’ve had our challenges,” said event director Nancy Avilla. “But this is such a great community. The sponsors are still supporting us, the volunteers are still
Published: August 29, 2015
The Nevada County Adult Sports Association crowned its Summer BI League Basketball champions Thursday night at the Grass Valley Veterans Building. In the championship matchup, No. 3 seed Riptide upset top-seed Papa Lee, 66-53, by drilling mid-range shots, using relentless defense and pick and roll drives to the bucket.In the first half, Papa Lee had built a seven point lead,
Published: August 29, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentThursday7:11 a.m. — A woman from Hughes and Ridge roads reported a truck driver almost crashed into her, went up on the sidewalk and was swerving all over the road. He could not be located.7:36 a.m. — A caller from Dever Lane reported hearing a gunshot.9:56 a.m. — A caller from Highway 49 and Neal Street reported
Published: August 29, 2015
We would like to thank you for presenting the town hall meeting which we attended on Aug. 11 at the Grass Valley city council chambers.We found it very informative and worthwhile, and the discussions were quite stimulating. There were several statements that you made, however, that caused us significant concern. As physicians, we hope that when matters of science are
Published: August 29, 2015
Tickets are on sale for the red carpet premiere of Foothill Films 2015, a screenwriting-to-filmmaking event to benefit Nevada County Television. Eight 10-minute films written, produced and filmed by local residents will debut on the big screen from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 5 at Nevada Theatre. NCTV’s General Manager Cheryl Noble anticipates a sellout. “Last year’s gala sold out very
Published: August 29, 2015
The former business manager of the Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School was sentenced Friday to one year in jail after pleading no contest to multiple charges of embezzlement, falsification of accounts by public officers and forgery.Debra Maria MacDonald had been employed by the school for approximately eight years before being terminated after the new director, Jaynie Aydin, started seeing
Published: August 29, 2015
A former Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy who was facing child molest and drug charges took a misdemeanor plea agreement in exchange for probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender.Donald Black was arrested in late September 2013 for allegedly molesting a boy for several years, starting when the victim was 14.The victim testified during a hearing into the evidence in
Published: August 29, 2015
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is alerting customers that the Grass Valley DMV field office at 890 Sutton Way closed on Friday. A brand-new field office will be built on the same site. During construction, customers may use the temporary field office that will be located at 435 Sutton Way. The temporary office will open on Monday, Sept.
Published: August 29, 2015
Our beloved mother, Marian L. Dworkin, passed away surrounded by her family in Penn Valley, Calif., on Aug. 25, 2015.She will be laid to rest with her loving husband Joe who predeceased her in 2010. They had 56 wonderful years together. All who knew Marian loved and admired her gentle, kind, warmhearted nature. She was an avid reader and sharp
Published: August 28, 2015
Robert L. Colvin, passed away peacefully Aug. 18, 2015. He was 91. He enjoyed a life full of many accomplishments and contributions. Bob served with the first 86th Airborne paratroopers out of Fort Bragg, NC during WWII. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and became an aeronautical engineer during the rise of the space industry. His contributions included developments
Published: August 28, 2015
Nevada City Uncorked is a unique wine and food tasting event, taking place Saturday in downtown Nevada City. The town’s Victorian charm and historical architecture is the perfect backdrop to showcase Uncorked, a walk-about-town style format that includes 21 different venues throughout the downtown area.Each location, whether it is a retail shop, restaurant, B&B, winery tasting room, or historic spot,
Published: August 28, 2015
“Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children’s Air And Water,” a 70-minute new documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures, captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath confrontation. They stand together, challenging a system that promotes profit over health. We meet mothers, fathers, scientists, doctors, farmers and people from all sides of the political spectrum taking a hard look
Published: August 28, 2015
The area’s inaugural Tomato Fest will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the North Star House in Grass Valley.Attendees may participate by bringing a bountiful main course dish to share. Monetary donations welcomed at the door. All proceeds, including those from a silent auction, will benefit arts education programs for Nevada County youth. There will also be a salsa
Published: August 28, 2015
More than 40 years after her big hit, “Midnight at the Oasis” was riding at the top of the charts, Maria Muldaur will celebrate this landmark with a multi-media retrospective and dance concert in Grass Valley on August 29 presented by The Center for the Arts.This multi-media show, “Way Past Midnight,” chronicles her 50-year journey “to the Oasis and Beyond.”
Published: August 28, 2015
Lorraine Gervais and her Love Bombs perform Saturday at a dance party at The North Star House in Grass Valley.Gervais’ band, which plays vintage Motown, R&B, pop, rock and a little Linda Ronstadt, headlines the dance party from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the historic site near the Nevada County fairgrounds..“This band has been together in one form or another
Published: August 28, 2015
One thing definitely stands out about this year’s annual KVMR Music Sale.It’s at KVMR. For the very first time, the non-commercial, eclectic radio station will hold the popular sale on its own premises this coming Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.That’s because KVMR 89.5 FM moved into its new building earlier this year at 120 Bridge
Published: August 28, 2015
Thursday, Aug. 273-D Printing — 4:30 p.m., Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Learn how to use the library’s 3D printers. The class will cover the steps necessary to produce a 3D model. At the conclusion of this class, you will be given the option to schedule a follow-up session to receive the required certification for operating the
Published: August 28, 2015
On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) and the Nevada County Fairgrounds presents the cult classic Labyrinth starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. This special one-night screening is part of NCFF’s Outdoor Film Series, which has also included films in Pioneer Park, Nevada City. For the final film of the year, NCFF had locals vote online for
Published: August 28, 2015
Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry will present the San Francisco Mime Troupe in an outdoor twilight concert Friday.The San Francisco Mime Troupe will open its 56th season with “Freedomland”, written by Michael Gene Sullivan with music and lyrics by Ira Marlowe. The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theatre of the highest professional quality and
Published: August 28, 2015
Brazilian-American funk band Boca do Rio and percussion/electronica ensemble SambaDrop will celebrate Brazilian Independence Day in Grass Valley on August 28 with a special dance concert at 7:30 p.m. presented by The Center for the Arts.The Mission District’s longest-playing and hardest-hitting Brazilian-American funk band, Boca Do Rio began performing all original material during the heyday of San Francisco’s live music
Published: August 28, 2015
Two major Wild West bands — Buffalo Gals and Stamp Mill Stompers — will play Saturday at the 120th Miners Picnic at Empire Mine State Historic Park.“To celebrate the Miners Picnic’s 120th anniversary, we’re making this year’s event extra special,” said Event Chair Jack Laird, “with a big emphasis on showcasing local entertainment.”The lively Stamp Mill Stompers will be playing
Published: August 27, 2015
Scary little Friends, an indie rock, alt-folk-band, plays Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $7. Crazy Horse is at 230 Commercial St.
Published: August 28, 2015
In a recent letter, Mr. Phillips believes Donald Trump is “saying what all Americans have been thinking.” Not true. Trump has said nothing that I have been thinking. I find Trump’s manner, interactions and disrespect for others to be the antithesis of a strong leader.There is no place for Trump’s unfiltered outbursts and judgments of our citizens, and those of
Published: August 28, 2015
Years ago, when Russia invaded Afghanistan, we covertly got involved and created what then became Al Qaeda. We supplied and supported those who eventually turned on us and brought down the Twin Towers. After this, the one country which had absolutely nothing to do with this terrorist attack, Iraq, is overthrown by the Bush Administration by lying and fabricating false
Published: August 28, 2015
The Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County directors want to thank everyone who helped make our fair booth, “Our Children Need Peace to Thrive,” a great success: — The 37 volunteers from the Brady Campaign, Creating Communities Beyond Bias, Child Advocates of Nevada County, Gather the Women, Grandmothers for Peace, Palestine/Israel Working Group, Partners Family Resource Centers, The Peace
Published: August 28, 2015
The Union newspaper has reported several times on what they call “Eskaton lawsuit.” May we set the record straight?Eskaton Village Grass Valley Homeowners Association is being sued by two residents of the village. The two plaintiffs, in prior months, held two town hall meetings explaining their side of the lawsuit. Following court orders, nothing was revealed clearly as to what
Published: August 28, 2015
In her article in The Union on Aug. 24, Julie Pace describes President Obama’s popularity as “plummeting.”I don’t know where this perception comes from. Perhaps because people hear such intensely critical statements about him, they assume those statements represent the majority of Americans’ views.Using the daily tracking Gallup/Wall Street Journal Poll, Obama’s favorable ratings have ranged from 42 to 50
Published: August 28, 2015
I read with great interest Jim Hemig’s article along with The Union’s Editorial Board’s comments regarding the homeless and encouraging people to attend The Union’s town hall meeting on Sept. 10 at the Center for the Arts. This town hall meeting is scheduled for two hours; a one-hour presentation by Dr. Marbut and one hour for discussion.My experience of town
Published: August 28, 2015
Community members are invited to celebrate the “End of Summer” dinner Friday at the United Methodist Church, downtown Grass Valley, 236 So. Church St. Dinner will be prepared by a team of volunteers and served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will consist of the ever-popular spaghetti topped with a homemade tomato meat sauce, green salad with assorted vegetables
Published: August 28, 2015
The Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley will welcome The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California on Sunday. Bishop Beisner will be presiding at all three Sunday services, 7:30, 9, and 10:30 a.m. During his visit, Bishop Beisner will be administering the Sacramental Rite of Confirmation to members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The
Published: August 28, 2015
While out walking in the countryside, avid outdoorsman and District 5 Nevada County Supervisor Richard Anderson wondered about the feasibility of hiking to Nevada City from his home town of Truckee, tent camping all along the way.A few e-mail exchanges and a glance at a trails map told him it was possible to hike, ride a bike or a horse
Published: August 28, 2015
A big test of the 2015 salmon run will come this weekend with the full moon. The salmon abundance forecast last winter called for a strong run this year. The salmon fishing off the coast has been spotty so far without a strong consistent bite. The best explanation has been the warm water piled up against the west coast from
Published: August 28, 2015
Twenty years ago on Labor Day weekend, the San Juan Ridge Mine breached a water-bearing fault, dewatering 14 wells and squandering millions of gallons of precious water. On Saturday, San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association will observe that anniversary at an annual fundraiser and concert at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.“We plan to celebrate our community’s ongoing success in preventing
Published: August 28, 2015
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Aug. 16Dees and Montgomery: A girl was born to Tameka Dees and Stephen Montgomery.Aug. 18Szkotak: A boy was born to Nickie and David Szkotak.Newkirk: A boy was born to Tiffany and Robert Newkirk.Aug. 19Roth and Landry- McIntire: A girl was born to Rachel Roth and Levi Landry-McIntire.Aug. 20Bond and Dixon: A girl was born to Heather
Published: August 28, 2015
The Glory Singers concert and hymn sing, “A Picture of Grace,” will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Calvary Bible Church, 11481 Highway 174 in Grass Valley,The concert will feature the seven-voice ensemble under the direction of Cherry Hayes. The multi-generational gospel group will perform a variety of songs, ranging from gospel to jazz to contemporary, in four to
Published: August 28, 2015
Last Saturday I danced in front of more than 800 people at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Auditorium. It was only six days ago, but it feels like a lifetime.The experience was surreal for sure. The lights, loud music and screaming crowd were unlike anything I have ever witnessed before. Rewind to five months ago, when Executive Director at the
Published: August 28, 2015
Larry Roy Moore passed away of natural causes on Aug. 17, 2015 near his daughter, Debra, in Elk Grove, California. He was 82.The family is holding a private memorial.Larry was born April 11, 1933 in Thatcher, Arizona to Afra “Ray” and Editha Moore of Grass Valley, California.He joined the Army in 1953 and had earned numerous medals and awards and
Published: August 28, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentWednesday11:12 a.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Mill Street reported finding hypodermic needles behind a store.1:27 p.m. — A caller from Richardson and North Church streets reported a man with a short bat threatening to assault the caller.1:33 p.m. — A caller from the 300 block of French Avenue reported a credit card compromise
Published: August 28, 2015
Nevada City’s Magic Theatre will be able to show a recent transplant some small-town love when it begins screening a film she recently produced.Opening today, “The End of The Tour” is a cinematic adaptation of a five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, who is played by Jesse Eisenberg, and writer David Foster Wallace, portrayed by Jason Segel.The interview
Published: August 28, 2015
The man who allegedly attacked a 78-year-old woman outside a Grass Valley church and stole her car has been determined to not be mentally competent to stand trial.Criminal proceedings were suspended against Alan Curtis Sorensen, aka Kierkegaard, the man who allegedly struck Mary Grace Tassone in the head around 5:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church July 5.Sorensen, who reportedly took
Published: August 28, 2015
Gregory Arnoldi, the owner of Grass Valley Gold and Silver, currently faces a total of 40 counts of possessing and selling counterfeit gold and six counts of financial elder abuse.But even more charges are pending, as more victims reportedly have come forward, and the District Attorney’s Office also is considering tax-related charges.Arnoldi, 46, was arrested at his business in the
Published: August 28, 2015
A California Highway Patrol officer making a traffic stop early Thursday morning ended up arresting the driver on a number of drug-related charges.The officer stopped a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer driving northbound on Highway 49 near Old Downieville Highway at about 2:30 a.m., said CHP spokesman Greg Tassone.The driver, identified as Robert William Hardie, 45, did not have a driver’s license,
Published: August 28, 2015
The man whose body was found in a Grass Valley backyard Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Joel Wagner, 33.A cause of death for Wagner was not determined after an autopsy Thursday and remains under investigation, said Grass Valley Police Lt. Steve Johnson.Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Berryman Street Tuesday after it was reported
Published: August 28, 2015
The Nevada County Libraries issued their 100,000th library card on Aug. 19, as Sue Schneider, left, was surprised and congratulated by County Librarian Laura Pappani on being issued the 100,000th library card. Schneider received a tote bag filled with goodies donated by the Friends of the Library and The Book Seller.
Published: August 28, 2015
Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan knows he will get Placer’s best shot when the Hillmen march into Hooper Stadium for the first time in more than 20 years tonight.A year after Nevada Union spanked Placer, 41-20, on the Hillmen’s home turf, the two teams kickoff the season against each other once again. Houlihan knows Placer will be looking for
Published: August 27, 2015
Bear River will be packing up the bus and heading out early today as it travels 161 miles from the comforts of J. David Ramsey Field to take on Pacheco (Los Banos).“The first game is the one you practice for the most,” said Bear River co-head coach Terry Logue. “You have all off season to get ready for it and
Published: August 27, 2015
Tonight marks the dawning of a new age in Colfax football as the Falcons begin the post Tim Rawlins era against Argonaut.For the first time in three years, the Falcons will take the field without running back Rawlins, who is the school’s career record holder in rush yards (3,569) and touchdowns (51).Rawlins was especially impressive in his senior campaign last
Published: August 27, 2015
After 18 years of bringing local sports to the community via public access television, TouchDown Productions is going on demand. TouchDown Productions founder and executive producer Gil Dominguez launched TouchDownProductions.com Monday, opening a new avenue for people find and view local sports games and other events.“This is an effort to maximize technology and improve coverage,” said Dominguez. “We will do
Published: August 27, 2015
Following more than two hours of public commentary Thursday afternoon, the Nevada County Planning Commission approved a staff recommendation to the Board of Supervisors for approval of the Housing Element Rezone Program Implementation Project, which proposes changes to county General Land Use and Zoning Designations to accommodate state mandates for Urban High Density housing.The project, which includes an addition of
Published: August 27, 2015
Among the several decisions made by this session of the United States Supreme Court (2014-15) that validated the liberal point of view, perhaps none would be as decisive as the one on the Affordable Care Act, or King vs. Burwell. By a margin of six to three the court upheld the law’s subsidies to all Americans regardless of whether the
Published: August 27, 2015
It will be my curve that is going to be removed and become a straightaway with the Caltrans Safety Project 2018. I own the property with the Joe Ruess Landscape Architect sign out front which has been a fixture on the highway since 1950. Along this manicured frontage is the clearly visible Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad bed which will
Published: August 27, 2015
Our home is five miles from Grass Valley. Several weeks ago on a Friday afternoon, we had no water. We called Peter’s Drilling and Pump Service and they said they would schedule us for Saturday afternoon. They called back in half an hour and said they would provide service by noon on Saturday. Shortly thereafter, we were told they could
Published: August 27, 2015
A 23-year-old Grass Valley man took a plea in court Friday in connection with burglary and sexual assault charges, in return for one year and two months in jail.Daniel Vandoren was arrested in March after Nevada City Police officers had responded to a vandalism call at Café Mekka on Commercial Street in Nevada City.A large window at the front of
Published: August 27, 2015
Nevada Union High School has a wonderful new track except there is a problem. The school seems to have consulted with an arborist who believes that any tree in the proximity of the track poses a threat to the track even though the same trees peacefully coexisted with the old track, which lasted 17 years. The dozen or more trees
Published: August 27, 2015
Grass Valley’s Center for the Arts is offering a fall session of one of its popular children’s summer theater classes. Dinah Smith will teach “Developing Acting Skills Thru Musical Theatre” for children ages 8-14; classes will take place from 4-5:15 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 10-Oct. 22 at the Center for the Arts. The seven-class workshop costs $140 to attend;
Published: August 27, 2015
Grass Valley Police DepartmentTuesday7:24 a.m. — A caller from the 300 block of Brunswick Road reported transients sleeping by an ATM and scaring customers; they were warned against trespassing.8:40 a.m. — A caller from the 1300 block of East Main Street reported finding a flashlight containing syringes.8:51 a.m. — A caller from West Main Street reported a boy on a
Published: August 27, 2015
Imagine a warm summer evening filled with the lilting sound of a hammered dulcimer, the aroma of enticing hors d’oeuvres and desserts and the velvety taste of an aged red wine as you stroll through the nursery grounds. Or have your photo taken with one of the majestic birds of prey, called Wildlife Ambassadors.The fifth annual “Where the Wild Things
Published: August 27, 2015
Boy Scout Troop 855 will be hosting their annual flag retirement ceremony during the Roamin’ Angels Car Show on Sept. 12.Flags in need of retirement can be dropped off at the following locations by 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 27, 2015
One of the sad byproducts of divorce is the loss of friendships. It is a sad but true fact that often, when a couple divorce, friends — especially other couples — will find themselves choosing one side of the relationship over the other. Try as we might to avoid doing so, we tend to take sides. I lost several relationships
Published: August 27, 2015
The new school year has begun, and that means it is time to find a Cub Scout pack for your son. Pack 23 is a thriving, inclusive Cub Scout pack that serves Nevada City and surrounding areas, according to a press release. It is open to any boy in first through fourth grade living in the area. Cub Scouts is
Published: August 27, 2015
Due to its successful reception among area youth, NEO is expanding its drop-in hours at its youth center in Grass Valley.Since opening its doors, the NEO Youth Center has attracted 10 to 30 young people per day for its after school drop-in hours, according to a press release. NEO expects to see attendance continue to grow with the 2015-2016 school
Published: August 27, 2015
Organizers of Nevada City Farmers Market are gearing up for the first Kid’s Day this weekend.Kid’s Day at the Market will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the market held on Union Street in downtown Nevada City. The event was inspired by the success of the Power of Produce Clubs held at Oregon farmers markets, market
Published: August 27, 2015
Amongst raucous applause, the Nevada City Council approved a proposal by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce to use terrazzo lights over lower Commercial Street in the downtown area for one year.“I think it’s a long time coming,” Council member Duane Strawser said. “By-and-large the majority of the community has been supportive of this... I’ve been waiting for this to
Published: August 27, 2015
Nevada City Recreation Committee members on Wednesday morning agreed to include a clause in the city’s Sugarloaf Mountain master plan banning buildings on the 35-acre parcel, which sits north of Highway 49 at the intersection of Coyote Street and North Bloomfield Road.Committee members, though, would like to place interpretive panels and signs on Sugarloaf to highlight the historical significance of
Published: August 27, 2015
A well-known local music teacher and fiddle player was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges.Ethan Jonah Rohin Lewis, 32, was booked into the Nevada County Jail after turning himself in. He has since posted $30,000 bail, and was released from custody.A criminal complaint has been filed that charges Lewis with three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count
Published: August 27, 2015
Ted Cruz got a big boost in Iowa recently when the influential social conservative activist and radio host Steve Deace endorsed him.To call it a sought-after endorsement would be an understatement. Deace says prospective 2016 GOP campaigns began contacting him well before the 2012 election. (All just assumed that Mitt Romney was going to lose.) The recruitment efforts picked up
Published: August 27, 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
A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict. The Iran nuclear deal, as the complex diplomatic arrangement is popularly called, was agreed upon on July 14 by a consortium of key powerful countries, the European Union and Iran. The goal of the agreement
Published: August 27, 2015
The Barbara Schmidt Millar “Celebration of Life” event celebrates its 21st year Sept. 20 and registration is currently open for those who wish to participate.For those interested in signing up for the event visit https://bsmtri.org. Those who register before Aug. 31 will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Space and supplies are limited.The Barbara Schmidt Millar “Celebration of Life” event, which is
Published: August 26, 2015

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