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County reduces wildfire fuels on its properties

The Union staff

In his Friday memo, Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey announced that the county currently is performing various vegetation/fuel load reduction mitigation projects on its properties, in collaboration with Cal Fire.

"In the past, we have employed various techniques, including goats, around the Rood Center property," Haffey wrote.

Cal Fire is training its Washington Ridge crews on 23 acres of county property a few miles northwest of the Eric Rood Administration Center, adjacent to Juvenile Hall, Haffey wrote.

"The training ensures the Cal Fire crews are prepared for the wildfire season," he wrote.

"The work they are doing includes cutting fire lines around the property line of the parcel, followed by the cutting fire lines within the parcel perimeter. The crews are removing several acres of brush, including hundreds of Scotch broom plants.

"An additional, similar fuels-reduction project on county owned property is under way near the Consolidated Fire station on McCourtney Road."

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Scotch broom challenge at the Nevada County Airport

​The wildfire fuels reduction effort on county owned properties continues at the Nevada County Airport to remove invasive Scotch broom. Broom around the areas adjacent to the ramps, taxiways and runway are the targets of this event, scheduled for April 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nevada County Airport. Volunteers are meeting at the airport, located at 13083 John Bauer Ave., Grass Valley. The project site is sponsored by the Nevada County Airport. The site coordinator is Lee Ocker.

To volunteer on this site or any other site, register with the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County by registering on line or by calling 530-272-1122. Walk-ups for the airport event are always welcome, as well.

Free tax filing assistance

​Tax Day (April 15) is fast approaching, and with it comes the end of free tax preparation assistance being provided by the Nevada County Department of Child Support Services.

DCSS is working in collaboration with Nevada County 2-1-1 to assist individuals and families in determining their eligibility for the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for tax years 2012 and 2013. EITC is designed for low- to moderate-income earners with or without qualifying dependents. Individuals with taxable earned income may be eligible for this credit and receive money back, even if they had no tax withheld.

There are just a few business days left to take advantage of this free service. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Nevada County 2-1-1 or DCSS at 530-265-7097.

Lobby greeter program starting at the county

Haffey also announced a lobby greeter program at the Eric Rood Administrative Building. The greeter will be there with a smiling face to assist visitors in finding a specific department or meeting room and to provide help on where to get a specific service or information. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is providing the volunteers to man the greeter desk, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting the last week in April.

If you have any questions or comments or would like to be part of our greeter team, email ​

Congressman LaMalfa's representative to hold satellite office

LaMalfa's Field Representative Jennifer Horne will be holding a satellite office in the County Counsel Office located at the Rood Government Center on Tuesday, 8 to 11 a.m.​​

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