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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
The situation with the Dorsey Drive interchange and proposed development is a problem of access and transparency. It is understood that the property owner has been paying property taxes to the city with the right to use that ownership for economic gain, and that certain land uses require improved access for safety and traffic concerns. The transparency problem arises when
Published: March 28, 2014
I share the community’s consternation at the now disclosed plans to build a new shopping center at the not-yet-completed Dorsey interchange. I find myself in the large group of locals who feel we’ve been “had!” I think the best would be that said shopping center was never built at all. That said, there is one way I think that Mr.
Published: March 27, 2014
The Sierra Joint Community College District has paid $590,419 to the city of Grass Valley to mitigate traffic impacts associated with expanding the district’s Nevada County campus. “We’ve added square footage and we’ve built new buildings,” said Sierra College spokesman Chris Yatooma. “With more buildings, we’ll be bringing in more students each year. “Those funds are payments to the city
Published: March 19, 2014
The man proposing to build a shopping center near the Dorsey Interchange Project says he’s still moving forward despite predominantly negative comments received from members of the public at last month’s meeting of Grass Valley’s Development Review Committee. All but one of the individuals who addressed the committee during public comment expressed concerns or opposition regarding the 26-plus acre development.
Published: March 17, 2014
You can tell a lot about a community by looking at its retail lineup. If the roster includes Whole Foods, Nordstrom and Restoration Hardware, you can safely assume it’s a high-income area. On the other hand, if the area features a Grocery Outlet, Kmart and — coming soon — Dollar General, then it could be Grass Valley, which is apparently
Published: March 17, 2014
Much ado lately in local press and other spheres concerning the future of Grass Valley. Citizens, elected officials, print journalists, bloggers and other characters have bandied about a variety of notions. At issue: What is, what has, and what will really revitalize Grass Valley? It has been suggested the new Dorsey interchange is the true “silver bullet.” It has been
Published: March 11, 2014
Nevada County Economic Resource Council board members — who unanimously approved the organization’s business plan presented by its new director Thursday — certainly won’t be alone in welcoming a strategy for local economic development with open arms. Newly hired ERC Director Jon Gregory outlined the organization’s goal in the document as follows: “Through a combination of initiatives and activities designed
Published: March 7, 2014
The plan for a proposed 215,000-square-foot shopping center on the southeast corner of Dorsey Drive in Grass Valley quickly became a hot-button issue in recent weeks after the plan was presented to the city’s Development Review Committee in late February. City leaders, residents and business owners have since taken sides on the issue, some against the project and others promoting
Published: March 7, 2014
Motorists on Dorsey Drive will experience added delays of up to 10 minutes next week. Contractors will be “potholing” or digging to locate existing underground utility lines — and that will require single lane closures with flaggers on scene for traffic control. This part of the Dorsey Drive Interchange project will run from Monday, March 10 to Friday, March 14.
Published: March 7, 2014
Walking up the trail last summer from Salvation Army to the library, my friend and I were stopped by a woman, well dressed and carrying a back pack. She asked: “Can I sit down and have some lunch?” My friend and I, having lived here since 1990, paused … momentarily … then the lady said: “I am a tourist from
Published: March 3, 2014
News of a proposed shopping center to be constructed at the Dorsey Drive Interchange brought forth plenty of passion this week, as the community suddenly found itself revisiting an old issue once summed up on bumper stickers spotted all about western Nevada County: “Don’t Roseville Grass Valley.” Of course, the Grass Valley Development Review Committee staff report opened the door
Published: March 1, 2014
In the last week, Grass Valley has been rocked by a sudden controversy over a conceptual design for a 26-acre shopping center near the Dorsey Drive Interchange, submitted to the city of Grass Valley on Jan. 30. Opponents have claimed that the development project was the city’s ulterior motive for building the interchange, which broke ground in April of 2013
Published: March 1, 2014
Throughout the 30 years I have lived in Grass Valley, people have been clamoring for a 49/20 interchange at Dorsey Drive to alleviate the traffic debacle at Brunswick Road and give faster access to “Pill Hill,” the hospital and now Sierra College Drive. If a shopping center goes in at the interchange, all the new traffic that it generates will
Published: March 1, 2014
Roughly 35 people turned out for Tuesday morning’s meeting of Grass Valley’s Development Review Committee after a controversy developed over plans to build a 215,250-square-foot shopping center near the Dorsey Drive Interchange construction project. The interchange was originally pitched as a way of improving vehicular access to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Sierra College from the freeway. Some have suggested
Published: February 25, 2014
The Grass Valley City Council has approved $120,520 to fund an investigation of how rainwater and groundwater affect the city’s sewer lines. The expense was approved as an amendment to an existing $707,000 contract with Stantec Consulting Services to develop master plans for the city’s water and waste water systems. One of the provisions of that grant money requires that
Published: February 26, 2014
You wonder why people don’t trust government. Reinette Senum is absolutely correct; this was the hidden agenda behind the Dorsey Drive interchange all along. Just what we need — more shopping centers. I moved here 35 years ago to get away from urban sprawl. You want all this stuff, then move back to the city where you all came from.
Published: February 25, 2014
The interchange at Dorsey Drive was paid for with taxpayer funds to enrich the lives of the many. It wasn’t intended to enrich nor engorge the pockets of the few. The notion of another mall in that vicinity is nonsense. It would most likely constrict access to the hospital area. First those proposing the reopening of the Idaho Maryland Mine
Published: February 24, 2014
The Grass Valley City Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. The agenda includes an $827,520 contract with Stantec Consulting Services to develop water and wastewater master plans for the city. This will include projecting demand, identifying and evaluating deficiencies within the city’s systems, analyzing system improvements and recommending updates to the capital improvement program. A portion of the contract
Published: February 24, 2014
A proposed shopping center on the agenda of Grass Valley’s Development Review Committee Tuesday morning is already drawing outraged opposition — even though the conceptual development review is the very first step in a lengthy approval process. After the agenda item was posted on Yuba Net Friday morning, former Nevada City council member Reinette Senum posted a withering rebuke to
Published: February 24, 2014
It’s not surprising that Patti Ingram chose to write favorably about Dorsey Drive, and, in the process, attack Terry Lamphier (who successfully unseated her husband, John Spencer, for district supervisor). Furthermore, it’s quite interesting that she and perhaps all the others she felt Lamphier “accused” of misappropriating funds have failed to understand what’s really important to most of us who
Published: February 7, 2014
Having been born and raised in Nevada City and Grass Valley, and my family having lived here for over a century, I take exception to Terry Lamphier’s personal puff piece regarding economic development in last Saturday’s edition of The Union. If Mr. Lamphier had been involved with the Dorsey Drive project at any time prior to the groundbreaking, he would
Published: January 31, 2014
I agree with George Boardman (“Supervisors lack the ‘vision thing’” published in The Union, Jan. 20) that the number one issue for our area is economic development. I’ve used every opportunity to responsibly enhance our economy, especially our “shop local” strategy supporting “mom and pop” businesses. A strong economy also gives our youth an alternative to drug-hazed couch surfing and
Published: January 27, 2014
When Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill observed that “All politics is local,” he could have been describing the Nevada County board of supervisors. Whether it’s a utility pole on Combie Road, fire protection in North San Juan or the Dorsey Drive interchange, the supervisors and the people who would like to have their jobs have a laser focus on district-specific issues.
Published: January 20, 2014
With the New Year upon us, here’s a look back at how the Western Nevada County commercial real estate market fared in 2013. The following results are derived from our database, which tracks almost 7 million square feet of commercial property in the Grass Valley/Nevada City region. The following figures are rounded and approximate. Vacancy rates offer a bird’s eye
Published: January 20, 2014
There’s no doubt about it, marijuana continues to be among the top newsmakers in Nevada County. Whether grabbing headlines through the ballot initiative sought by Americans for Safe Access to rewrite the county’s marijuana cultivation nuisance ordinance, a discussion on the economic impact cannabis brings each harvest or the hundreds of pounds of pot confiscated in the dozens of drug
Published: December 30, 2013
As western Nevada County says farewell to 2013, many of the story lines that blossomed during the previous year will continue to develop into 2014 and beyond. As the United States persists in a widespread economic recovery that has accelerated in pace in the coastal areas of California, rural areas such as Nevada County continue to grapple with a difficult
Published: December 31, 2013
Grass Valley’s mayor has the authorization to pen a letter in support of Nevada City’s effort to retrofit the Nevada County Courthouse, which was stalled in October 2012 when the statewide Judicial Council voted to indefinitely delay that $108 million project. “We just authorized the mayor to write a letter of support,” said Vice Mayor Jason Fouyer, who officiated Tuesday’s
Published: November 13, 2013
Members of Nevada City’s courthouse retention committee are scheduled to seek the Grass Valley City Council’s support at its meeting today. Council members will also get a request for funding from the area’s recovering public broadcast station and get an update on construction along Highway 49/20 at Dorsey Drive. Ever since the statewide Judicial Council voted in October 2012 to
Published: November 12, 2013
Due to ongoing roadwork for the Dorsey Drive interchange, the intersection of Spree Ave and Dorsey Drive will be closed to through traffic for road work from Wednesday through Thursday. The closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. (weather permitting). Through traffic will be required to use an alternate route. Please observe all construction
Published: October 22, 2013
The city of Grass Valley, in partnership with Nevada County, Nevada County Transportation Commission and Caltrans, is currently working on the first stage of the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project, which will convert the existing Dorsey Drive overcrossing of Highway 20/49 in Grass Valley to a full compact diamond interchange. The project also includes improvements to Dorsey Drive between Main Street
Published: October 11, 2013
The city of Grass Valley, in partnership with Nevada County, Nevada County Transportation Commission and Caltrans, is currently working on the first stage of the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project, which will convert the existing Dorsey Drive overcrossing of Highway 20/49 in Grass Valley to a full compact diamond interchange. The project also includes improvements to Dorsey Drive between Main Street
Published: October 9, 2013
The city of Grass Valley, in partnership with Nevada County, Nevada County Transportation Commission and Caltrans, is currently working on the first stage of the Dorsey Drive Interchange Project, which will convert the existing Dorsey Drive overcrossing of Highway 20/49 in Grass Valley to a full compact diamond interchange. The project also includes improvements to Dorsey Drive between Main Street
Published: September 30, 2013
After five and half years of stewarding Grass Valley through an economic recession that saw more than $2 million washed from the city’s annual budget, Tuesday was Dan Holler’s last day as the city administrator. “I’m going to miss Dan Holler,” said Mayor Dan Miller. “Hopefully, he will be able to land some place that appreciates his knowledge and experience.”
Published: September 3, 2013
Grass Valley City Administrator Dan Holler will no longer lead the town’s executive municipal functions, according to sources familiar with the situation. Holler’s exit is being described as a “resignation,” according to multiple sources. However, those sources also said that the term was a mutually agreed upon description of a decision emanating from a closed-door meeting Tuesday. No announcements were
Published: August 29, 2013
Many of our bridges contain plaques honoring servicemen from Nevada County who died while serving their country in Vietnam and Iraq. The Dorsey bridge has a plaque honoring PFC Thomas W. Cranford, who died of injuries sustained on May 9, 1968, in Binh Long Province, Vietnam. Cranford was a member of the mortar platoon, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry
Published: August 22, 2013
Slain U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens’ mother is in Grass Valley this weekend for her 60-year class reunion. As part of the weekend reunion festivities, Mary Commanday said she intends to unveil a scholarship in her son’s name at the U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, funding graduate and undergraduate studies of the region her son loved. “I’m encouraging people
Published: August 16, 2013
Nighttime drivers of Highway 20/49 through Grass Valley who had planned alternate routes to avoid a week of evening closures can return to their regular commuting routines, as transportation officials have wrapped up work on the Dorsey Drive bridge several nights earlier than projected. “We got our work completed sooner than we anticipated,” said Greg Zeiss, HDR Construction’s project manager.
Published: August 15, 2013
Project leaders of the Dorsey Interchange endeavor to add on- and off-ramps to Highway 20/49 delivered a progress report to the Grass Valley City Council Tuesday. “We’ve made a lot of progress the last month or so,” said Greg Zeiss, HDR Construction’s project manager. The update was a timely topic as it coincided with the alternating east/west closure of the
Published: August 14, 2013
Following a progress report on the Dorsey Interchange highway project and discussion on a resolution aimed at garnering funds to manage expected water management mandates, the Grass Valley City Council is poised to weigh in on the affects of the realignment of responsibility of California prisoners to local governments at its meeting today. The city’s opinion on realignment is expressed
Published: August 13, 2013
As anyone traversing the main thoroughfares of western Nevada County this week now knows, ongoing construction projects are posing a path that is potentially perilous without those behind the wheel showing some patience, common sense and a real regard for others on the road. On a typical early evening this week all along the Golden Center Freeway, drivers came across
Published: July 27, 2013
Dorsey Drive construction schedule changed The Highway 20/49 nightly closures originally scheduled to begin Monday, July 29, have been postponed until Monday, Aug. 12. Highway 49 will now remain open or open with partial lane closures until Aug. 12. Beginning Monday, Aug. 12 to Thursday, Aug. 15, State Route 20/49 (between the Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick Road interchanges) will be closed
Published: July 25, 2013
Beginning Monday, July 29 to Thursday, Aug. 1, Highway 49 (between the Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick road interchanges) will be closed to through traffic for 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). Eastbound lanes will be closed July 29 and July 31. During the closure,
Published: July 22, 2013
I believe that in the Star Wars movie, the “master” said to Luke Skywalker, “You have nearly completed your transition.” The Grass Valley planners should say to the citizens of Grass Valley, “With the Dorsey Interchange and Loma Rica Ranch development, you have nearly completed the transition — to Roseville.” Roger Hager Nevada City
Published: July 17, 2013
Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller announced his candidacy Thursday for the Nevada County board of supervisors. As a Grass Valley resident, Miller intends to run for District 3, a seat currently occupied by Terry Lamphier. Lamphier told The Union that he will run to keep his seat in 2014. The race began on a contentious note, with both candidates exchanging
Published: June 27, 2013
Work by Caltrans on the Dorsey Drive intersection along Highway 49 will continue in Grass Valley for the duration of the summer. Planned for more than two decades, the Dorsey project will provide direct access to and from regional destinations, including Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital — the only hospital in western Nevada County — and the Sierra College Nevada County
Published: June 20, 2013
Two Grass Valley men were arrested on a variety of charges Monday after one was identified as the suspect in a vehicle theft. The vehicle was reported stolen on Saturday, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni. According to dispatch reports, it was located early Monday morning in the 600 block of East Main Street, and the stereo was missing
Published: May 28, 2013
Three weeks into construction of a new Highway 49 interchange at Dorsey Drive, and the $25 million project is beginning to show signs of things to come. For drivers heading north to Brunswick Road or Nevada City and those southbound to downtown Grass Valley and beyond, the sight of toppled trees, where highway exits and entrances will soon be, makes
Published: May 28, 2013
A request to ban single-use plastic bags and a status update on the nearly $25 million project to add an interchange to Highway 49 at Dorsey Drive will highlight today’s Grass Valley City Council meeting. Following recognition of two Grass Valley Police officers’ life-saving efforts, the Bag Busters of Nevada County are scheduled to deliver a presentation about banning single-use
Published: May 28, 2013
After a 25-year struggle, the groundbreaking ceremony for Dorsey Interchange was completed Monday with construction planned to take place for an estimated two years. “We all know the advantages, but it took so long to get the funding,” said Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller. “We are all excited that Dorsey is finally done.” The $25 million project involves the widening
Published: April 30, 2013

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