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Russell Jeter, property owner of the proposed 26.75-acre shopping center adjacent to the Dorsey Drive interchange, submitted formal development plans to the Grass Valley City Planning Department after undergoing several months of pre-application and conceptual review with the city.Through that process, Jeter, a Washington-based investor, said plans for the more than 217,000-square-foot “Dorsey Marketplace” are in alignment with city stipulations,
Published: March 31, 2015
This is an open letter to the residents of Grass Valley. I’m Russ Jeter, since 2008 my family has owned the vacant property at the southeast corner of Highway 49 and Dorsey Drive.We will soon submit an application for a mixed use, commercial retail and office project.We chose this site as an investment years ago because it was an extremely
Published: March 31, 2015
The “anonymous tipster” who reportedly sparked the criminal investigation into child porn that derailed Terry Lamphier’s political career has stepped forward, admitting to dropping off a letter at the Rood Center, in an Other Voices column to be published by The Union.But Steve Enos — a former Grass Valley city council member who worked with Lamphier in the past —
Published: March 15, 2015
Well! It’s been close to three months since the new Dorsey Drive interchange has been open. I haven’t seen, as yet, any pros and cons on this project. So, I would like to say a few words about it. I really love it. It was long overdue, very user friendly, and beautiful to look at.I would like to take this
Published: March 10, 2015
Grass Valley Councilmember Jan Arbuckle, City Engineer Tim Kiser, Senior Civil Engineer Trisha Tillotson, and Nevada County Transportation Commission Executive Director Dan Landon were all on hand Wednesday at an awards banquet in Sacramento, where the American Society of Civil Engineers, Sacramento Section, named the Dorsey Drive Interchange the 2014 Outstanding Construction Project of the Year.The City of Grass Valley
Published: February 28, 2015
First let me say, I love the Dorsey Interchange! However, I and several loving family members and employees visit the Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital daily andm, yes, they do use the Dorsey! However, our lives are in danger every time we turn right into the facility. Here’s the problem: traffic approaching the Highway 49 South exit encounters a sign saying
Published: December 31, 2014
Despite a somewhat soggy December, there is little doubt the top issue troubling western Nevada County continues to be the drought. Among all the news stories reported locally in 2014, the drought proved to be the consistent underlying issue leading to some of the top headlines, whether on the lack of a snowpack leaving the Lake Tahoe ski resorts feeling
Published: December 31, 2014
The Engineer’s Association of Nevada County has announced its winners of the Project and Engineer of the Year awards. According to a news release, the Dorsey Drive Interchange was named the Project of the Year, and Trisha Tillotson, with the City of Grass Valley, earned Engineer of the Year. The awards were presented at the Association’s Holiday lunch Wednesday at
Published: December 18, 2014
As I complete my term as Grass Valley mayor and my time on the city council, I want to take the opportunity to share the accomplishments of the city council and city staff. It also gives me a chance to thank the citizens of Grass Valley for giving me the opportunity to represent you on the council for 16 years.
Published: December 6, 2014
2000 Nevada County Board of Supervisors approve controversial Natural Heritage 2020 Project, described as “establishing a policy framework and setting direction for the future of recreation in Nevada County.” 2001 Nevada County residents Pearlie Mae Feldman, Mike Markle and Laura Wilcox are killed on Jan. 10, when 41-year-old Scott Thorpe goes on a shooting spree that also wounded Judith Edzards
Published: December 5, 2014
Lisa Swarthout took quite a public beating this week and last. Seven published letters to the editor, one editorial cartoon and countless social media comments referenced Lisa’s remarks regarding the investigation of Terry Lamphier’s alleged county computer misuse prior to the election. People wrote comments like “Hasn’t she ever heard of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights?” and “He is
Published: November 21, 2014
Grass Valley Police Department Sunday 6:17 p.m. — A caller from the hospital reported an assault victim. 8:26 p.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Park Avenue reported a stolen Ford F150 truck. The California Highway Patrol had just responded to a vehicle accident off Pendola Road in Yuba County. The driver crashed into a tree but was
Published: November 11, 2014
After years of planning, preparation and construction, the Dorsey Drive Interchange opened to through traffic Monday morning. The traffic signals were on, as signified by a blinking red light, though not yet fully functional until mid-morning. “The interchange is open and Caltrans is completing the timing and video detection adjustments,” said Trisha Tillotson, an engineer with Grass Valley’s Department of
Published: November 11, 2014
Tuesday’s meeting of the Grass Valley City Council was one of the shortest of 2014, concluding in less than 15 minutes. Tim Kiser, director of public works, commented that this was the shortest council meeting he’s been to since he came on board with the city in 2005. Aside from a proclamation honoring local Hospice of the Foothills, nearly every
Published: October 29, 2014
The city of Grass Valley staged a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning to commemorate the completion of the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project. City officials say this new point of access to Highway 20/49 will ease congestion throughout the eastern side of town. The city expects to be finished some time early next month, but city engineer Trish Tillotson said crews still
Published: October 24, 2014
The newer, tighter, better Grass Valley roundabout at East Main and Idaho-Maryland is now about six years old. From the beginning and continuing to this day it backs up traffic at rush hour. About 3:30 p.m., after Nevada Union High School lets out, traffic will often back up all the way to the “Big A” Drive-in. To drive from the
Published: October 18, 2014
Firefighters quickly put out a small wildfire Tuesday night near the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project. The incident was first reported just after 6:30 p.m., and it took firefighters just a few minutes to get the blaze knocked down and under control. Roughly a quarter acre burned, and units remained on scene for a few hours to get the fire completely
Published: October 16, 2014
City and county union employees have endorsed Terry Lamphier for his 2014 Grass Valley City Council candidacy. Lamphier is a strong union supporter due to their commitment to providing highly professional services while enabling workers to earn solid middle class wages that strengthen our local economy, he said in a press release. IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39, comprising the bulk
Published: October 16, 2014
As I complete my term as your Nevada County Supervisor, I’m asking for your vote to bring my extensive experience to the Grass Valley City Council. I offer this “résumé” for your consideration as to why I will be a good representative for you. First, my core values. I strongly believe in Lincoln’s idea of government “of the people, by
Published: October 4, 2014
​The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County Outreach Team, is collaborating on a series of interactive school presentations about underage drinking consequences, reasons to choose a drug and alcohol free lifestyle and highlighting the positive choices youth are making today, according to the Friday memo issued by Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey.
Published: October 4, 2014
Highway 20/49 (between the Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick Road interchanges) will be subject to alternating lane and ramp closures on Thursday and Friday. The lane and ramp closures will take place each evening between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There will be one lane open in each direction at all times. Dorsey Drive (between East Main Street and
Published: October 1, 2014
The city of Grass Valley has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the long-awaited Dorsey Drive Interchange at 10 a.m., Oct. 23, and motorists should be able to drive on it by early November. “We expect the actual opening of the intersection to be sometime after the ribbon-cutting,” said Trisha Tillotson, Grass Valley’s senior civil engineer and deputy director of public
Published: September 27, 2014
The Dollar General Barn going up in the Glenbrook Basin across the street from Save Mart is monstrous. I live in the “Basin.” I’ve never thought, “What we need here to spruce up this place is a giant corrugated steel barn.” Everyone I’ve talked to about this hideous building thinks it’s a blight on our community. For the past couple
Published: September 24, 2014
The Grass Valley City Council approved updates to the housing element of the city’s general plan Tuesday night, in accordance with state law. California requires cities to update their housing element every five years to assess needs, evaluate constraints on housing construction, and develop housing policies to meet identified needs. The last time the city adopted a new housing element
Published: September 24, 2014
Bennett Street, between Ironhorse Place and the eastern city limit, will be subject to traffic control for underground utility and street work on Sept. 19-26. The Traffic Control System should allow public traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress. Any delays should be minimal to the traveling public, as every effort
Published: September 19, 2014
Highway 20/49 (between the Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick Road interchanges) will be subject to alternating lane and ramp closures for asphalt concrete removal and paving through Friday. The lane and ramp closures will take place each evening between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There will be one lane open in each direction at all times. Dorsey Drive, between
Published: September 15, 2014
It is political platform season. To me, this is worse than the cold and flu season. As soon as people hear that you are running for city council, the first question they ask is ... “What is your platform?” I truly dislike the question and the feeling it gives me. It sounds cold. I think our community is better than
Published: September 6, 2014
Highways 20/49 through Grass Valley will be subject to overnight closures next week, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sept. 10-11, as work nears completion on the Dorsey Drive Interchange project. Traffic will be detoured from Brunswick Road to Idaho Maryland Road along Nevada City Highway, although Sutton Way will also be open. This closure will allow construction crews to
Published: September 5, 2014
In Grass Valley, Dorsey Drive, between Spree Avenue and Pampas Drive, will be subject to traffic control for paving Aug. 26-29. The Traffic Control System will utilize one-way traffic control between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however delays of up to 10 minutes
Published: August 24, 2014
The Dorsey Drive Interchange Project is on time and on budget, according to Trisha Tillotson with Grass Valley’s public works department. If all goes according to plan, it will be complete within the next three months. There’s still plenty of work to do, however. “Upcoming work will include paving Dorsey Drive, finishing work on the highway, then paving the highway,”
Published: August 7, 2014
Stepping into Peter Ingram’s den is a bit like stepping back into a newspaper museum. A once state-of-the-art, but now antique typewriter sits ready at the roll-top desk. Across the room, decades-old black-and-white photographs take you inside The Union newspaper as it was years ago at 151 Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley. Though he passed away in 1997, the
Published: June 21, 2014
“The world needs more engineers,” said Tim Kiser, Grass Valley’s city engineer and director of public works. “It’s a field where you’re constantly fixing things and solving problems.” And there’s never any shortage of problems in the world. “We’re getting an older population of engineers, and we don’t have enough younger engineers moving through the system to make sure that
Published: June 9, 2014
Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller appeared to be on the way to unseating incumbent Nevada County District 3 Supervisor Terry Lamphier in Tuesday’s primary elections results. With 71 of 71 precincts reporting as of midnight Tuesday, Miller had 53.58 percent of the vote to Lamphier’s 46.42 percent. The rest of the vote-by-mail ballots will be tabulated on Thursday. It’s not
Published: June 4, 2014
The Union’s cartoonist R.L. Crabb has lived in Nevada County his whole life and says he has seen his share of beyond-nasty political campaigns during that time. But even Crabb, 63, a member of The Union’s editorial board, said he was shocked by Tuesday’s full-page ad in The Union blasting District 3 Nevada County Supervisor Terry Lamphier, who is running
Published: May 29, 2014
Terry Lamphier brings Channel 13 to Grass Valley in February to produce community paranoia about a “shopping mall” being built at the Dorsey Drive Interchange. This is nothing more than an opportunistic spin for his campaign. It is ludicrous to think that Mayor Dan Miller would be on the ground floor of planning any such project that would jeopardize his
Published: May 23, 2014
Construction crews are planning nightly closures on Highway 20/49 this week due to work involving the Dorsey Drive interchange; traffic will be detoured between the Idaho Maryland Road and Brunswick Road exits from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. This will only affect southbound traffic today. Both directions of traffic will be detoured on Wednesday and Thursday, however. Project manager Trish
Published: May 20, 2014
Nevada County Supervisor Terry Lamphier has received endorsements for his re-election as District 3 Supervisor from the Laborers Local 185 Northern CA District Council of Laborers, the Northern California Carpenter’s Regional Council, and the California United Homecare Workers Union Local 4034. Lamphier believes strongly in the importance of work that provides a living wage. “We have been supporting local candidates
Published: May 15, 2014
Beginning Sunday, May 18 to Thursday, May 22, State Route 20/49 (between the Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick road interchanges) will be closed nightly to through traffic for Stage 2 bridge demolition and falsework construction on the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project. Traffic will be detoured between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. (weather permitting).
Published: May 15, 2014
I have known Terry Lamphier for 10 years, and though he is not my supervisor — and knowing Mr. Dan Miller — I feel that I should discuss my views regarding the differences between these two candidates, and why I feel Terry Lamphier is an asset to our community and should receive the community’s support. In the time that Mr.
Published: May 7, 2014
Terry Lamphier applauds the beginning of the construction of the “Dorsey Lane” interchange in his campaign handouts (he should know that it is “Dorsey Drive”). He now follows that statement with questioning the integrity of the many community leaders that worked tirelessly to make this 40-plus year project finally happen. This seems very contradictory and insulting to me. As a
Published: April 28, 2014
Two Nevada County District 3 supervisor candidates accused each other of mishandling events around the Dorsey Drive interchange project and traded other barbs and allegations in separate interviews with The Union. Incumbent Terry Lamphier, seeking re-election to a second term in the June 3 election, said his challenger, Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller, used public monies that were supposed to
Published: April 24, 2014
Tuesday night, the Grass Valley City Council discussed the possibility of proposing an ordinance restricting the distribution of single-use plastic bags. “The bottom line is we need to do something,” said Mayor Dan Miller. With Nevada City considering an ordinance and the statewide bag ban known as Senate Bill 270 gaining traction in Sacramento, local officials are feeling the pressure
Published: April 22, 2014
As a new nurse, I am incredibly happy to see the interchange at Dorsey Drive taking place. Access to the hospital will be faster, safer and in the end will help save lives. My husband, a firefighter, also agrees that the ability to access the Dorsey area will allow fire trucks to maneuver in a more efficient manner, again in
Published: April 19, 2014
The first major public dustup in the already contentious District 3 Nevada County Supervisors race erupted Friday over an unlikely topic – NCTV, Nevada County’s public access television station. Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Nevada County Supervisor Terry Lamphier in the June 3 election, released a statement criticizing Lamphier for declining an interview invitation
Published: April 19, 2014
Tuesday night, the Grass Valley City Council will consider the Nevada County Transportation Commission’s (NCTC) draft Overall Work Program (OWP) for fiscal year 2014/15. This document is prepared annually to summarize expected revenues and expenditures, as well as outline new and continuing projects. Locally, those include the ongoing Dorsey Drive Interchange project and the SR 49 Corridor System Management Plan,
Published: April 7, 2014

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