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April 26, 2013
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Nevada County website gets A-plus for transparency

According to the Friday memo released by Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey, the Sunshine Re≠view, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, just awarded the county’s public website,, a perfect “A+” score for government transparency. This again places Nevada County’s website as the only “A+” rated site across the 58 California counties, Haffey said.

The Sunshine Review has established 10 subject areas that it believes every public organization should have online: budgets, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, permits and zoning, audits, contracts, lobbying (legislative advocacy), public records and local taxes.

On the county website, the “Information” navigation wizard option on the front page guides citizens through these 10 categories to the ultimate information source.

“The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority. The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people,” said Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review.

Last May, the county received an “A+” grade for its new site, but it was reduced this year down to an “A-” as requirements increased in a couple areas.

Staff worked quickly to meet those new requirements, resulting in the grade being restored to an “A+.”

One of the requirements was to have contact information for the Public Information Officer. Nevada County does not have a dedicated PIO staff position, so Assistant County Executive Officer Alison Lehman put on one more hat and formalized what she already has been doing as the county PIO.

Scotch Broom Challenge today

at the Nevada County Airport

The next Scotch Broom Challenge will take place at the Nevada County Airport from 9 a.m. until noon today. To volunteer for this weed-eradication project, contact Lee Ocker, airport manager, at 530-273-3374.

Sign-in will be at the terminal at 9 a.m., and a short briefing about the project will be given.

Bring work gloves if you have them. It is recommended to wear boots or strong shoes and some sort of eye protection (glasses or sunglasses will work). There will be a few “weed wrenches,” some loppers and a couple of saws. Extra tools like shovels, hoes and pruning shears would be welcomed.

The weather is supposed to be sunny and about 81 degrees for the high. Refreshments and sunscreen will be provided.

‘The Great Gatsby’ contest at Madelyn Helling Library

The Madelyn Helling Library is hosting a contest to give away two free tickets to the upcoming movie “The Great Gatsby” at Sierra Cinemas. Visit the library between Monday and May 4 to participate and win.

Adults and young adults ages 14 and older are welcome to participate.

The library will have two contest options available — a Great Gatsby-themed word jumble or a Roaring 20s-themed crossword puzzle. Complete either the word jumble or the crossword puzzle and drop it off at the public service desk to be entered into a drawing to win the tickets.

Copies of the book, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, will be available for checkout as well.

For questions, call 530-265-7050 during open library hours.

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The Union Updated Apr 26, 2013 09:40PM Published Apr 26, 2013 07:14PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.