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Week Ahead: Supervisors to hear ‘final options’ on Emigrant Trail issue

The Union staff

Tuesday's afternoon session of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting will feature discussion on public trail easements for the Overland Emigrant Trail in South County.

In Aprill, supervisors directed staff to facilitate a compromise between two groups for establishing a trail with limited use restrictions that traverses through three South County subdivisions.

The 6-mile segment of the Emigrant Trail — widely considered to be the first trail used by the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party in 1844 as they sought to settle California — has emerged as a point of vigorous debate in Nevada County.

The segment of the trail crosses through three subdivisions — Golden Oaks, Lodestar and Sunshine Valley — built in the 1970s.

Property owners in the three subdivisions recognize public easements wind through the neighborhoods, but contend the easements are disjointed with significant gaps in connectivity, making the feasibility of an actual trail questionable. They also claim a trail would cause litter, increased fire danger and liability issues to the property owners.

On the other side of the debate, trail advocates assert a trail can be built along the public easements and the connection gaps can be improved with superior planning. Advocates say there is a paucity of trail systems in South County and the historical significance of the trail is important.

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The item is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. presentation by Planning Director Brian Foss on a resolution to address "Final Options for, the public trail easements (Emigrant Trail) through Golden Oaks, Lodestar Unit II, and Sunshine Valley subdivisions, that continue to protect the public health, safety, welfare, and sensitive resources, directing staff to commence the process of opening the easements for pedestrian use and extending the suspension of public access to these easements to Aug. 31, 2014."

Are you ready for some football?

On Wednesday, The Union Sports Editor Walter Ford and Sports Writer Brian Shepard will get football fans ready for the 2013 kickoff with a special preseason package, including team rosters, schedules and more.

Nevada Union's Miners led by new head coach Dennis Houlihan, gets the season underway next Friday with a trip to McQueen High School in Reno. NU is coming off a 5-6 campaign in 2012 in former coach Dave Humphers' final season of a 22-year career, while the host Lancers also went 5-6 last fall. Nevada Union beat McQueen 27-10 in last year's season opener.

The Bear River Bruins open their season the following week, on Sept. 6, with a road trip to Union Mine in El Dorado County. The Bruins are looking to build on an 8-3 mark posted in 2012.

Along with high school previews, The Union will give a glimpse into what the fall has in store for the Cal Bears, Stanford Cardinal and the Nevada Wolf Pack at the college level, along with the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

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