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Flappers, mobsters and swells from the Speakeasy era are invited to a dinner-dance Feb. 13.The event is called “Wise Guys & Dolls,” and attendees are encouraged to show up in their Roaring ‘20s attire.Prizes for the best looking costumes will be awarded including best guy, best doll, and best group.The cost for the event is $75 per person. The admission
Published: February 5, 2016
Tickets are available for the first-ever Benefit Variety Show run by Nevada City Elks Lodge 518.The event will take place 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Elks Lodge, 518 Hwy 49, Nevada City.The show, which is open to the community, will benefit the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project. “This show presents the Nevada County community with an opportunity to enjoy a
Published: February 5, 2016
Back in the day, you might hear someone say that his grandfather drove a Ford or a Chevy — and so did he. While not as strong as 50 years ago, there is still more brand, or make, loyalty among some car owners than in any other product. For Russ Jones, that loyalty is to Volkswagen. He bought his first
Published: February 5, 2016
Paul Emery presents “A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen,” a reprise of his triumphant tribute to one of the most fascinating and enigmatic singer/songwriters of the late 60s, according to a press release.The all-star lineup includes 12 musicians and one poet — Anni McCann, Kimberly Bass, Eleanore MacDonald, Molly Fisk, Pat Jacobsen, Shay Dillon, Peter Wilson, Stephen
Published: February 5, 2016
The Bear River boys basketball team couldn’t hold onto a halftime lead against Center Thursday, falling to the Cougars, 66-57, in Pioneer Valley League play.After the Bruins took a 27-26 lead into halftime, Center snatched the lead away in the third and held off the Bruins down the stretch.Leading Bear River was senior guard David O’Brien with 21 points, including
Published: February 5, 2016
Winners of only two games in the Sierra Foothill League over the last two seasons, Nevada Union’s boys basketball team has run off five straight. Wednesday’s 77-61 drubbing of Granite Bay saw a staunch defense, focused offense, and great 3-point plays. It did not hurt that David Menary and Gary Menary poured in a total of 38 points collectively. Coach
Published: February 5, 2016
Racing giant slalom at Alpine Meadows, Nevada Union alpine skier Peter McDowell carved out a first place finish, clocking a two-race combined time of 1:06.46, which was a full second faster than the next closest competitor.
Published: February 5, 2016
We live in an age of terrifying high-definition spectacles, with beheadings and massacres some of the horrors that fill us all with fear and dread — the tragic killings in Paris and San Bernardino the most recent horrors to confront us.These gruesome spectacles have profound side effects on our perspective. They obscure the brutality and terror caused by our bombs
Published: February 5, 2016
Why does Jihad Joe want to kill me? I don’t think it’s personal, but if I were in the right place at the right time I could get killed by a Jihadist. I have looked into this and it turns out that if he blows us both up he gets to go straight to a wonderful life in heaven, despite
Published: February 5, 2016
To understand the brazen quality of the latest rate increase application from California’s third-largest electric utility, it’s necessary to step back in time, to the scene when wildfires raged across some of the prettiest parts of San Diego County in 2007.Those fires would eventually kill 13 persons, even more than the notorious natural gas pipeline explosion that came about three
Published: February 5, 2016
Sierra Singles ClubMeetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 in the dining room at 841 Old Tunnel Road. Older singles are invited to attend. For information contact Shirley Maylett 273-5637.National Active & Retired Federal Employees Assn. (NARFE)Chapter 1335 of NARFE meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month except July and August. Meetings take place
Published: February 5, 2016
“Roscoe” is a two year old boxer/English mix. He loves other pets, is gentle and quiet, and enjoys playing fetch. He’s good with kids and other dogs. To adopt Roscoe, contact Grass Valley Animal Shelter, Freeman Lane, Grass Valley, at 530-477-4630. For more pet adoptions:AnimalSave, 530-271-7071 or http://www.animalsave.org.Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter, 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, 530-471-5041.Cal Aussie Rescue
Published: February 5, 2016
From butterflies and milkweed to landscape drawing and vegetables, the Nevada County Master Gardeners are covering these and other subjects at upcoming workshops. To kick off the workshop season, “Monarchs and Milkweed — Indivisible,” will be offered Feb. 13, followed by “Landscape Planning on Paper” Feb. 20. The popular series on vegetable gardening in the Foothills starts Feb. 27 with
Published: February 5, 2016
I just finished reading another misleading column from Mr. Sauer, and again wondered at his motivation to put out such hot air.The bottom line is that there is human caused climate change and it is accelerating faster — than those scientists he so dismisses — than originally surmised.The world has to take this seriously before we no longer have a
Published: February 5, 2016
How much does marijuana affect our lives? As much as the inhumane treatment of animals raised for food? Pesticides (and herbicides) used on crops before and after harvest (Ever wonder why potato growers don’t eat market bound potatoes?)? People addicted to Oxycodone because it’s less expensive than marijuana? People working for $9 an hour but not given 40 hours because
Published: February 5, 2016
Nevada Union High School plans to, or already has, moved its starting time to 8:30 a.m. I’m a Lyman Gilmore student and this is unfair because my bus ride is one hour already. So if we take their offer of starting school at 10 a.m., I’d get off the bus at 6 p.m. — past my dinner time of 5
Published: February 5, 2016
I want to thank The Union’s Editorial Board for starting to educate the public about the risks and realities of dividing California into two states, in their Jan. 30 editorial.This article mentions that estimated budget for the 51st new state does not reflect the collection of corporate taxes. The last thing we would want to do is give big corporation
Published: February 5, 2016
Fifty years ago my family moved to California from the Midwest for better opportunities. At the time California had the best highways, the best schools, more space and a vibrant growing economy. This fall, both my children moved out of California to other states. Why? For better opportunities. Once referred to by Theodore Roosevelt as the “west of the west,”
Published: February 5, 2016
Sorrel Jaye Bratton passed away peacefully January 26, 2016 at home surrounded by her parents and pets. She was born October 18, 2014, and was the beloved daughter of Kevin Bratton & Polly Maby and granddaughter of Mike & Robin Bratton.Sorrel loved light and water. She brought joy and light into the lives of all who met her. Donations can
Published: February 5, 2016
Alice Teichert passed away on January 30, 2016, in the loving Grass Valley home that she had created with her spouse, Robert E. Teichert. Always holding hands in life, they now are together for their next adventure. Alice Cook was born in Meadowlands, Pennsylvania, on December 1, 1925. Alice (“Cookie to some) graduated from Haddonfield High School in 1943. She
Published: February 5, 2016
The blockade of a passageway next to a 150-year-old building in Nevada City lounge bar thrust its owners into the center of a heated debate in town and on social media.A metal gate now stands at the entrance of what used to be known in the community as Duffy’s Alley, a passageway adjacent to the Golden Era cocktail lounge that
Published: February 5, 2016
Whether it’s to watch an exciting collision between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, to witness the spectacle that is the halftime show, or to enjoy a myriad of unique commercials, audiences nationwide will be glued to their television sets for the Super Bowl. While neither team competing for the Vince Lombardi trophy this year has much local appeal,
Published: February 5, 2016
Heidi Hall, a candidate for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, raised more than $4,000 last year, according to a campaign disclosure filed this week. A candidate for the District 1 seat, Hall raised $4,049 in 2015. She has $4,286.42 in expenses for the same time.Hall has $556.23 on hand and $793.65 in outstanding debts, election records state.Hall is the
Published: February 5, 2016
Marisa Romero of Windsor, Calif. and Brennan McFadden of Grass Valley were married Jan. 2 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. The bride is the daughter of Andy and Pam Romero. She graduated from California State University, Chico in 2011 and currently works at Marysville High School. The groom is the son of Francis and Louise McFadden. He graduated
Published: February 5, 2016
Enrollment is under way for the 2016 UC California Naturalist Program at Sierra Streams Institute.The program begins March 15; early enrollment discounts end Feb. 15.Sierra Streams Institute is partnering with the University of California to host a third year of the California Naturalist Program (calnat.ucanr.edu) in the Sierra foothill region. The course is a broad overview of California’s natural history
Published: February 5, 2016
A million-dollar inspiration hit me after spending a week in the car driving across this great land of ours with Sue.My idea would be a new variation on the GPS navigation systems in cars now. Instead of the voice coming from the dashboard, it would use the speakers in the backseat and say things like, “Turn left, idiot! Not here,
Published: February 5, 2016
Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) from 3 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25. The owner, Jesse Cohen, has pledged to donate 10 percent of all orders (including take-out and bar) to PiELL. PiELL, a nonprofit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer tutors are trained during
Published: February 5, 2016
Nevada City firefighters recently came to the rescue of Baskin Robbins in Grass Valley, when a new, 900-pound ice cream freezer was delivered to the shop. Stumped as to how to get the enormous freezer off a pallet, one employee suggested enlisting the help of firefighters. It took seven firefighters to lift the freezer, said Baskin Robbins owner Goska Mir,
Published: February 5, 2016
Portions of Champion Mine Road and Old Downieville Highway will be closed Monday and Tuesday to all through traffic including vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic due to tree falling on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) properties in that area. Nevada County Department of Public Works has signs posted on Old Downieville Highway before American Hill Road and again on Old
Published: February 5, 2016
The cost to Nevada County, which is paying indigent defense costs in the Gold Country Lenders prosecution, has now soared past the $600,000 mark — the total the county had estimated the entire multi-year process would cost.Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey reported Friday that the current total for the Gold Country Lenders trial is approximately $614,000.And that total likely will
Published: February 5, 2016
​On Feb. 2, Nevada County was notified that rePlanet has closed many of its Northern California container recycling buy back centers, including three in Nevada County. rePlanet owns and operates beverage container recycling buy back centers throughout Northern California including four sites in Nevada County — at Savemart, SPD, JC Penney and Holiday Foods at Lake of the Pines. The
Published: February 5, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentThursday8:49 a.m. — A caller from the 700 block of West Main Street reported a missing juvenile. At 5:34 p.m., a caller reported the juvenile was brought back and then left again. The juvenile was located, cited and released to a staff member.9:03 a.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Joerschke Drive reported mail theft
Published: February 5, 2016
In the final game of Nevada Union’s football season, the Miners started strong and finished strong, but everything in between was all Rocklin.The Miners scored touchdowns on their opening and closing possessions but sandwiched in the middle was 42 Thunder points as Rocklin cruised to a 42-13 Sierra Foothill League victory.Nevada Union looked especially good on its opening drive, converting
Published: November 7, 2015
Lincoln’s explosive offense poured on the points Friday night as it eclipsed 500 total yards, passing for 334 and rushing for 202 in a 49-35 victory over the visiting Bear River Bruins.Call it a slump or a downward spiral, but no matter how you spin it, a third consecutive loss heading into the postseason isn’t what Bear River had in
Published: November 7, 2015
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors next week will examine a possible change to ballot language proposing an outdoor marijuana grow ban, a clarification attorneys say came after public confusion over the issue.Supervisors also are expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution that would state their intention to repeal an existing ban if it fails at the ballot box.“It’s to
Published: February 4, 2016
Grass Valley city staff on Friday released a schedule that highlights the anticipated steps for the proposed Dorsey Marketplace project. Public meeting dates have also been scheduled for residents to review and discuss the multi-use development. According to Community Development Director Tom Last, staff has proposed that the City Council and the Planning Commission hold a joint forum on March
Published: February 5, 2016
The show must go on.A forfeit by Colfax Thursday, Bear River’s Senior Night, gave the Bruins’ wrestling team a victory, but the mats were still rolled out for a memorable evening.“The team knew that we were going to take a forfeit Senior Night,” said Bear River head coach Kevin Figueroa. “I put out a text (Wednesday) and called up all
Published: February 4, 2016
When Justus Spillner Jr. was 5 years old he was tearing up the race track as quarter midget driver and earning trophies almost as big as he was.At 6 years old, Spillner Jr. has a new passion, one that has him traveling all over the western United States and pinning down more awards.The 55-pound Spillner Jr. has taken to the
Published: February 4, 2016
Kathleen Molaro has been a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Grass Valley since she moved here in 1980.Growing up in a Navy family that moved frequently, she found the familiar worship services at all the Catholic churches she attended were one of the few consistent things in her life.“St. Patrick’s has been my family, a home away from
Published: February 4, 2016
Two solo accidents possibly caused by unsafe speeds sent two men to the hospital Wednesday.Troy Thomas, 26, of Anderson, was riding his motorcycle on Red Dog Road near Buckeye Road at about 2:20 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve on the road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone.Thomas lost control of the motorcycle and veered across the
Published: February 4, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentWednesday10:37 a.m. — A caller from the 500 block of Brighton Street reported drug activity.10:44 a.m. — A caller from the 600 block of Freeman Lane reported a person peeking through windows and then ducking behind a business; the person was moving on.10:53 a.m. — A caller from Highway 49 and Idaho-Maryland Road reported a person in
Published: February 4, 2016
Sorrel Jaye Bratton passed away peacefully Jan. 26, 2016 at home surrounded by her parents and pets. She was born Oct. 18, 2014, and was the beloved daughter of Kevin Bratton and Polly Maby and granddaughter of Mike and Robin Bratton.Sorrel loved light and water. She brought joy and light into the lives of all who met her.Donations can be
Published: February 4, 2016
Edward Victor Molineaux, passed away peacefully in Grass Valley on Jan. 22, 2016. He was the son of the late Edward and Victoria Molineaux of Camden, NJ. Ed was a 25 year resident of Grass Valley where he lived the last 10 years with his beloved wife, Lu Molineaux. He will be greatly missed by all family including Kevin and
Published: February 4, 2016
The mother of murder victim Brian Spalding sat stoically in court Thursday and listened to her own anguished 911 call, made as her son was kicked to death in front of her.Angie Spalding was the first witness on the stand as the trial of Christopher Nix and Scott Hollingshead, the brothers accused of killing her son, got under way in
Published: February 4, 2016
For the last four years, Rob Penn has had a rather unconventional schedule from October to April. The 48-year-old wrestles with hazardous flames as a lieutenant at the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District for two days of the week. Then after a shift at the station that can sometimes last up to 56 hours, Penn leaps atop a plow truck
Published: February 4, 2016
It’s what happens inside Brighton Greens, not the new building itself, that matters to Dennis Fruzza. The chairman of the Nevada County All-Veterans Stand Down likes what he sees so far at the county’s new one-stop shop for social services. Closer handicapped parking and privacy for veterans are amenities near the top of his list.Fruzza notes, however, that training people
Published: February 4, 2016
Christian Science Church/Reading Room and BookstoreOn Tuesday, Feb. 9, “Christian Science: What It Is And How It Heals,” is the title of a free webinar lecture to be held in the Christian Science Reading Room, Bookstore and Library from noon to 1 p.m. The speaker will be Michelle Nanouche, Christian Science practitioner and teacher from Paris, France. Bring your sack
Published: February 4, 2016
I was recently watching “Judge Janine” on Fox News when a retired military officer was the guest. The issue was “gun control” and this officer made a very dumb statement. He wanted every citizen who could legally purchase a firearm to get a concealed carry permit and buy a gun. If you want more gun violence, there is your prescription!
Published: February 4, 2016
Finally! After years of dysfunction and abysmal public approval lawmakers passed a $1.1 trillion budget and a $680 billion tax ”relief” package. This shows just how easily a fractious legislature can seem functional when it comes to spending money. Cooperation is expensive.Who benefits from this bipartisan borrowing spree? The permanent and extended tax breaks for business and individuals mean almost
Published: February 4, 2016
This is a story about a dog. Man’s best friend. Growing up in Morgan Hill, just south of San Jose, in what is now the Silicon Valley, my two brothers and I used to play on our swing set in the backyard after school with our faithful dog Buffy always under foot. Buffy was part German Shepherd, part Labrador Retriever.
Published: February 4, 2016
Nevada City residents would like to see an increase in the number of police officers who serve the community. This was the top concern that surfaced after Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley tallied up the results of a survey that he distributed in December to map out the goals of the department for the coming years. “I think it’s
Published: February 4, 2016
Customers have asked Amy Houston about the price tag on some old Phillips 66 signs she has in her business. Houston, who runs her antique shop out of a large garage in north Auburn, has yet to set a price. “I don’t actually have a number on them,” she said. “See, I’m one of those people now.”Houston has plenty of
Published: February 4, 2016
“Housing and the Homeless in Nevada County and Beyond” is the topic of a second of a two part series hosted on Feb. 13 by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County. Presenters will include Susan Farrington, president, Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, Placer Consortium on Homelessness; Michael Haggerty, Director of Health and Human Services, Nevada County;
Published: February 4, 2016
Kiwanis Club of the Gold Country is presenting its Fourth Annual Cynthia and Sophie Peterlin Community Fitness Day from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the South Yuba Gym in Grass Valley. The event is open to the community. In addition to a “Spin-a-thon,” there will be instructors to help guide participants in Tai Chi, Qigong and Silver Sneakers.
Published: February 4, 2016
Sierra Writers monthly meeting Wednesday will feature writer, editor and teacher Susan Rushton, who calls herself a lifetime English major. Her opinion column has appeared in the Auburn Journal for 28 years, and in 2013 she published “Reflections from My Small Town,” a collection of 105 of her favorites. She has also presented and promoted Silver Screen Classic Movies for
Published: February 4, 2016
United Way of Nevada County, striving to help the citizens of Nevada County in the areas of basic needs (food, access to health care and emergency shelter), announced Thursday that Nevada County residents have saved close to $500,000 on their prescription medications. This has been made possible by a partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and
Published: February 4, 2016
Mayors from three towns and cities ranked as some of the most vibrant communities in the country are lined up to speak at the Nevada County Economic Resource Council’s annual economic development summit this April. Georgia Tuttle, the mayor of Lebanon, N.H., Rosalynn Bliss, the mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Paul Soglin, the mayor of Madison, Wis., will all
Published: February 4, 2016
A musician’s tip basket is a combination of two things.One is something quite practical: a receptacle in which appreciative listeners may drop coins and bills.Another is something almost mystical: a larger engagement with the universe and its mysteries. In homage to both, the tip basket kept by the band Beaucoup Chapeaux is strung with small prayer flags and a handwritten
Published: February 4, 2016
THURSDAYIllustration By I.B. Nelson — 8 a.m., South Pine Cafe, 102 Richardson St., Grass Valley. A selection of illustrations created in Pen and ink, watercolor, Prismacolor, with digital modification. I.B. Nelson’s work has been published by or been featured in: King Feature’s New Breed, San Jose Mercury News, California Bicyclist, Beer the Magazine, Sega of America, Dancing Frog Graphics, American
Published: February 4, 2016
As readers of this column may know, I’m big on magic.Ditto to light. Light, to me, is like magic — it invokes the highest potential we have here on Earth, and the utmost of grace and love. If, as some say, the late prophet and psychic healer Edgar Cayce pointed to Nevada City as the first “City of Light” in
Published: February 4, 2016
Local jazz singer-songwriter Leta Gibney holds Leta’s Lounge and CD release party 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Crazy Horse Saloon, Nevada City. Jacob Aginsky on keyboards. No cover, families welcome.
Published: February 4, 2016
Revered by folk music lovers, respected by fellow musicians and adored by local community radio stations across the US, Americana vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Dakota Sid Clifford has dedicated his entire life to mastering the craft of songwriting. On Friday, Clifford returns to the historic Nevada Theatre — the very site of his first album release in 1977 — to
Published: February 4, 2016
There may not be any searchlights, limos, glamorous celebrities or even a red carpet — but a major Northern California movie premiere is coming to downtown Grass Valley Tuesday night.KVMR 89.5 FM is holding a benefit showing of Oscar-winning director Michael Moore’s new film, “Where To Invade Next,” at 7 p.m. in the Del Oro Theatre.A longtime supporter of the
Published: February 4, 2016
Hail Caesar!Rated PG-13, running time 106 minutes. Starts Friday, Feb. 5 at Sutton Cinemas. Four-time Oscar (R)-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson,
Published: February 4, 2016
Latin-based band The Brazilanaires Duo play 7 p.m. Saturday at Golden Era, 309 Broad St., Nevada City.
Published: February 4, 2016
Local band The Rockabilly Love Cats will play 7 p.m. Saturday at a dinner show at 151 Union Square, Grass Valley.The group is a traditional three-piece rockabilly band playing classic and original high energy rockabilly tunes. This young trio has a prestigious rock ‘n roll lineage going back three generations. The band is a genuine family affair, consisting of a
Published: February 4, 2016
Local author Suzie Daggett will read at 1 p.m. Saturday from her new book, “From Ego to Soul — Discover what your Soul needs and what your Ego wants.”The event will be at Inner Path Yoga & Meditation Center, 200 Commercial St., Nevada City.Do you ever wonder: who is in charge of your life? Your ego or your soul?“From Ego
Published: February 4, 2016
COOPER’S ALE HOUSE235 Commercial St., Nevada City530-265-0116http://coopersnclive.comCRAZY HORSE SALOON & GRILL230 Commercial St., Nevada City (530) 265-4000www.crazyhorsenc.comNot your ordinary bar foodKitchen open lateUltimate destination for sportsFri Feb. 5 – Boco Do Rio – Brazilian roots blend into electro “space funk” – 9:30 p.m. – $10.Sat Feb. 6 – Dirty Revival – funk, soul, R&B and hip hop - $9:30 p.m.
Published: February 4, 2016
The Grass Valley Rotary Club will host their 25th Annual Casino Night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.Guests are encouraged to beat the Rotarian dealers at blackjack, craps and poker.There will be a silent auction for over $20,000 in prizes and door prizes from an admission ticket drawing.Prizes
Published: February 4, 2016
Narcotics detectives served search warrants at two commercial warehouses and a residence in South County Tuesday afternoon, reportedly seizing 125 marijuana plants, more than 200 pounds of marijuana shake and cola, $8,000 in cash, LSD and Ecstasy.Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force went to the warehouses in the 10000 block of Streeter Road and discovered what Sheriff’s
Published: February 3, 2016
A lot of mail thefts reported to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office get referred back to the post office, because mail theft is a federal crime. A quick check of one month of reports seems to bear that out of nearly 46 calls to the Sheriff’s Office, only 10 reports were taken by the responding deputy.Because the potential charges can
Published: February 3, 2016
It can seem like a petty crime — certainly not on par with a violent act like assault, or even on the same property crime level as a residential break-in. But mail theft in Nevada County has reached epidemic proportions, with the number of reports made to the Sheriff’s Office nearly quadrupling last year from the year before. The sheer
Published: February 3, 2016
When I was in my early 20s, I lived in a very rural area in upstate New York. The house was somewhat isolated and I was sometimes left alone with just the dog — a ferocious-sounding German Shepherd named Benson who was quite a bit more bark than bite. So though I did not — and still do not —
Published: February 3, 2016
Venus orbits close to the sun, so we never see Venus far from the sun in the sky. That limits how long we can see Venus in the dark, before the sun lights up the sky.Mercury orbits even closer to the sun than Venus — so close, we never see Mercury in total darkness, only in twilight. The best we
Published: February 3, 2016
In her letter to the editor, Edlin Patterson seems discouraged after Paris (Jan. 15), but I am encouraged by the number of countries who attended with concern. America must lead, but our Congress is not demonstrating willingness to take the monumental action to counter changes itemized by Patterson. Some studies do establish that Americans are ready for the necessary changes.
Published: February 3, 2016
Haven’t we had enough of Ted Cruz and the Tea Party Republican base and their ignorant, xenophobic, racist lies about what is wrong with the country? The country is doing fine and heading into boom times again; people are becoming more understanding and more tolerant of each other no matter what Fox News says.The freedoms we enjoy today haven’t changed
Published: February 3, 2016
Local author Hilary Emberton, will be giving a talk and slide show with excerpts from her book, “An Invitation to Travel,” which takes the audience on a pictorial journey around the world. The talk will be a narrative of Emberton’s background, how she came to travel through 82 countries and how her traveling developed and changed as time progressed. Photos
Published: February 3, 2016
The Center for the Arts presents a free day for area youth Feb. 13 featuring Grammy nominated Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, the Amazing Bubble Man, arts-n-crafts, face-painting and more. The acts include:— The Amazing Bubble ManLouis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe
Published: February 3, 2016
Grass Valley Police DepartmentTuesday9:57 a.m. ­— A caller reported a woman was being held hostage by a man where they were camping in a field. A man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.10:10 a.m. ­— A caller from the 100 block of South Auburn Street reported a known drug dealer hanging out with a bunch of kids. He was gone
Published: February 3, 2016
Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills recently awarded 10 of Nevada County’s nonprofit organizations and businesses monetary awards for their service to the community. The sum of $7,000 was gifted in “mini-grants” to be shared among the following: Junior Achievement, Amanda Connell of River Valley Bank (financial literacy classes); NU Adult Education, Julie Coffin (courses at Wayne Brown Facility); Insight
Published: February 3, 2016
The nonprofit Foundation for Wellness Professionals will be offering a free workshop on “New and Natural Solutions to Fibromyalgia” at noon Feb. 27 at The Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. The program is geared toward people who are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, pain, numbness, depression, or digestive problems.Class size is limited. To register, call 530-273-6192. Light lunch and
Published: February 3, 2016
Bear River High School hosted Breaking Down the Walls — the school culture-building program created by Phil Boyte of Auburn — this week. Breaking Down the Walls is a comprehensive program designed to unify, empower, and engage students to create a positive and supportive campus climate, so Principal Amy Besler was “thrilled to be able to include every single student,”
Published: February 3, 2016
Sammie’s Friends is in dire need of canned cat food for their shelter cats. The shelter has a budget for dry food, but not for wet. Donated food can be dropped off food between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Tuesday through Saturday. Shelter viewing hours are from noon to 4 p.m. every day but Sunday.Sammie’s Friends is located at 14647
Published: February 3, 2016
On Jan. 22, 2016 the world lost an amazing and unique soul, Joycelyn Dee Chylewski Smith. She passed at UC Davis Medical Center due to surgery complications from congestive heart failure.Joycelyn was born to Raymond John and Elizabeth Chylewski on July 14, 1967. She grew up in Grass Valley with her father and stepmother.Joycelyn was an incredible woman who cared
Published: February 3, 2016
Donald Trump’s supporters showed up at the Sheraton Monday night fully expecting their man to win the Iowa caucuses. And why shouldn’t they? Trump had held a lead of varying sizes in 13 of the last 13 polls listed in the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls. How could that not win?Months ago, before Trump took the lead in Iowa, a
Published: February 3, 2016
Less than one month after the attacks of Sept. 11, a senior FBI official, Ronald Dick, told the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Due to the vital importance of water to all life forms ... the FBI considers all threats to attack the water supply as serious threats.” In 2003, a UPI article reported that an al-Qaida operative “(does
Published: February 3, 2016
Grass Valley Charter School kindergartener Yarrow Telford pushes a whipped cream pie into the face of Brian Martinez, the school’s principal, on Wednesday afternoon. Telford and the rest of the students in Susan Mitchell’s kindergarten class each had the opportunity to “pie” Martinez, a prize the class won for raising the most money — $3,300 — during the school’s recent
Published: February 3, 2016
More than 70 parents filled the multipurpose room at Scotten School Wednesday night to learn more about proposed changes to the Grass Valley School District’s bus plan for the 2016-2017 school year. The changes are expected to come at an increased cost to the district, and could alter the start of the school day for students — something district Superintendent
Published: February 3, 2016
The Nevada Union boys basketball team made it five straight Sierra Foothill League victories after beating the visiting Granite Bay Grizzlies, 77-61, in front of a boisterous crowd at Albert Ali Gymnasium Wednesday.“I couldn’t be more proud of our kids,” said Nevada Union head coach Jeff Dellis. “They are working so hard and are buying in so much. Everything they
Published: February 3, 2016
The Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team came up just short of upsetting Central Valley California League leader Sac Waldorf Tuesday night, falling in overtime, 56-54.After holding a 30-18 halftime lead, the Falcons struggled in the third quarter and trailed by three points heading into the fourth. The Falcons would make up the difference to force overtime, but were outscored
Published: February 3, 2016
As a coach of youth athletes, there are a myriad of moments that bring to you a sense of pride in your players. You have your singular moments when players achieve feats of greatness, such as hitting home runs, our pitchers striking out the side or making a highlight reel play in the gap; however, the greatest moments are those
Published: February 3, 2016
A deadline that led cities and counties across the state to implement marijuana restrictions before March 1 is now gone, removing one argument for why Nevada County needed to hurry in passing its own pot regulations.Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed AB21 into law. The legislation, which removed the March 1 deadline, was meant to correct a drafting error included
Published: February 3, 2016
My family and I are all very appalled at the recent decision by the Board of Supervisors to fancy tradition over reason. We should be discussing how Nevada County could benefit from the new cannabis permit system. We should be discussing the new jobs, the new startup opportunities, and the new revenues these permits could bring to the county. We
Published: February 1, 2016
Before I begin, let me apologize in advance to all the grandparents. What I have to say is not a slight against your wisdom, experience, or age. My words are a cry out to our youth. This is for them. This is about their future. So please take my words with a grain of salt.What I have to say is
Published: February 2, 2016
The same nonsense occurs during every presidential election campaign, and our national news media are to blame for much of it. The presidential candidates make wild claims about what they will do if elected, and the national news media fail to challenge those claims, turning the campaign into a nonsensical horse-race. Both the candidates and news media know those wild
Published: February 2, 2016
Recently, National Public Radio ran a series on parents of autistic children. In this series, families described how they felt upon hearing the diagnosis of autism for their child and subsequent life adjustment. But we don’t have to go to national media or a bookstore to witness, understand, and support children with autism and their families. We can do that
Published: February 2, 2016
The construction on a new Grass Valley home for Sierra Central Credit Union will be completed by the end of June, bank officials said. Customers should be able to access the facility in July.The credit union purchased the former Perko’s site in August with plans to remodel the building exterior, but when problems surfaced during construction, bank officials decided instead
Published: February 2, 2016
A former hotshot firefighter was taken into custody to serve a 90-day jail sentence for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene after his vehicle drove over the body of his teammate.Andrew Gruenberg was designated a sober driver during a post-season party in Camptonville for U.S. Forest Service firefighters in November 2013. He was driving a carload of people back
Published: February 2, 2016
The Grass Valley School District is seeking community input on impending changes to the district’s bus plan. The district is hosting a public forum at 6 p.m. tonight in the multi-purpose room at Scotten School to discuss several preliminary transportation scenarios for the 2016-2017 school year — the majority of which would not only cost the district more money, but
Published: February 2, 2016
Six employees of the Higgins Area Fire Protection Fire District will learn this month that they’ve been selected for layoffs.The layoffs, approved last month in the wake of a third failed tax vote, will affect three firefighters and three operators. Those affected will lose their jobs effective July 1, when funding for the positions will end.“Most of these guys have
Published: February 2, 2016

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