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June 24, 2013
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Why doesn’t NID settle

with Sunsmile Farms?

We have been avid pickers of fruit and berries at Sunsmile Farms, off Rough and Ready Highway, for years. We could not contact them so drove out there the other day and spoke briefly with George Loftus, owner of Sunsmile Farms. We learned that the situation had not yet been resolved between Sunsmile and NID.

As I recall, about two years ago, there was a dispute between Sunsmile Farms and NID regarding responsibility for a broken section of irrigation pipe, which prevented Sunsmile from properly irrigating its orchards and vegetable areas. As a result, Sunsmile lost a lot of its orchards, all of its cherries and vegetable planting areas … a huge loss. Eventually, Sunsmile proved that the pipeline section was the responsibility of NID, and apparently NID acknowledged that fact.

By not stepping up to the plate and proposing a settlement, NID is causing Sunsmile to continue suffering financially by not resolving the situation. Why doesn’t NID act in a responsible manner to resolve this situation?

Joe Vielbig

Grass Valley

I can hear thanks!

Unbridled gratitude to all talent, teachers, parents and merchants who made the opening night benefit performance of “I Can Hear Music” a huge success for the Grass Valley Schools Foundation for Arts and Sciences.

In an age when administrative costs have a tendency to eat up donated dollars, this organization of retired and current teachers and parents has my greatest respect. Every dollar raised goes directly into the classroom to purchase supplies and support arts and science programs throughout the district! Hurrah! Thanks to the talented cast and crew of LeGacy’s “I Can Hear Music,” New Moon Cafe, Friar Tucks, Cirino’s, Sierra Stages, In Concert Sierra, Off Broadstreet, Caroline’s Coffee and anyone else who donated.

Special thanks to the teachers! You rock!

Sue LeGate Halford

LeGacy Productions

Reduce speed during Dorsey Drive construction

I’m wondering if anyone else thinks the current 60 mph speed limit is unsafe for the areas of Highway 49 undergoing construction near Dorsey Drive. The freeway has been narrowed by barricades, and there’s no shoulder available. I’m surprised that a reduction of driving speed did not coincide with the onset of construction for this stretch of highway.

Paula Roediger

Nevada City

Generous community support for Independent Living Program

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Independent Living Program would like to thank the community for its generous support over the past year.

Special thanks to Tri Counties Bank, One Stop, Sierra College, Sierra Forever Families, Environmental Alternatives, CASA, CoRR, EMQ Families First, Victor Community Support Services, AAUW, Safe Families for Children Program, Parent Project, Women of Worth and DVSAC.

An extra big thanks goes to Twin Cities Church, the Soroptimist International Clubs of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Sierra Foothills, Culture Shock Yogurt, Grocery Outlet, Raley’s, SPD Markets and Starbucks for their wonderful support for the ILP graduation.

Melissa Marcum,

program coordinator

Nevada City

Defensible space thanks

to Luna Property Maintenance

We recently hired a local firm to do some brush clearing. Luna Property Maintenance was our choice from a listing in The Union. The three-man crew arrived on time and worked vigorously all day in very sultry temperatures. The end result was a better fire-safe zone around our home and a great view of the back of our 5-acre property.

Thanks, Luna, for a superb job!

Jack and Linda Gilliland

Penn Valley


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