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Meet your merchant: Nevada City fashion designer creates wearable art from vintage recycled afghan blankets

August 13, 2017 — Growing up in Nevada City, Schuyler Ellers was always drawn to art, color, theater and the unconventional. Although he went on to major in English at Columbia University, he fell in love with costume design. Upon graduation, Ellers landed a job teaching English in Spain, […]

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Machen MacDonald: Which wolf wins?

August 13, 2017 — There is a tale of two wolves attributed to the Cherokee Indians. A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says, "There are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with the other. One of them is a good wolf which […]

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Susan George: Building effective relationships in the workplace environment

August 13, 2017 — In general, relationship building both in and outside the workplace is largely about being a positive influence in the life of another. The most effective work relationships feature principal behavioral traits that inspire a more enjoyable work environment and accomplishment of organizational goals. Be Trustworthy […]

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Tech Tips: How to print a PDF in Windows 10

August 7, 2017 — I have Windows 10 installed on my computer, and I need to create PDF files from my Microsoft Word documents. I've been told I can do this, but I can't figure out how. Can you help? For those who have somehow missed this, a PDF […]

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Meet your Merchant: The Studio Collective offers unique space to work

August 6, 2017 — Nicole Wright moved to Nevada County seven years ago, after her husband left the military, to help her mother start the Bamboo Home Store and to raise a family. "When he decided to get out of the military, we wanted to start a family," Wright […]

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Frederick Fisher: Taxes and investing

August 6, 2017 — As a full-service financial planning firm, we address many issues regarding our clients' finances. Over the years we have advised many clients on how best to manage the tax ramifications of repositioning a taxable portfolio. Unlike making changes in qualified retirement plans and IRA's, recommending […]

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Meet your merchant: Jenny’s Paper & Ink Books

July 30, 2017 — After spending a full 12 years homeschooling her three children, Jenny Wells was ready for a new challenge. She'd always been an avid reader, and had essentially built her children's early education around literature. That's why it made sense when a friend called her up […]

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Machen MacDonald: LINKEDIN to break out

July 30, 2017 — If you are in business and want to stay ahead of the pack, you must become proficient in social media. This week let's focus on Linkedin and how to put an "old-school" twist on this digital resource to bring on board some new clients. If […]

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Marc Cuniberti: Hospital bill hopscotch

July 30, 2017 — On a recent visit to the local hospital near my home to get a rather involved medical test, I compared the cost of paying cash to paying by insurance. I told them due to my type of insurance I would pay cash and get a […]

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Supply short of demand: Expert says housing prices climb due to lack of construction in California, Nevada County

July 30, 2017 — California needs 180,000 more homes this year to meet demand, but just 100,000 are planned for construction. At that rate, said Oscar Wei, it's likely the Golden State will be nearly 2 million short of the number homes needed by 2030. Wei, a senior economist […]

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Utterly delicious: Nevada City’s Wheyward Girl Creamery teaches customers how to turn milk into cheese

July 25, 2017 — Growing up in Hawaii, Barbara Jenness never imagined she'd one day be operating a cheese shop in a small California town. In fact, the Nevada City cheesemaker's career began entirely by accident. With degrees in biology and veterinary technology under her belt, Jenness followed a […]

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Utterly delicious: Nevada City’s Wheyward Girl Creamery teaches customers how to turn milk into cheese

July 25, 2017 — Growing up in Hawaii, Barbara Jenness never imagined she'd one day be operating a cheese shop in a small California town. In fact, the Nevada City cheesemaker's career began entirely by accident. With degrees in biology and veterinary technology under her belt, Jenness followed a […]

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Meet your merchant: Innovation in business ­— Grande Wood Designs to share retail space with Beam “Easy Living” Center

July 23, 2017 — Two longtime, successful Grass Valley businesses will soon be joining forces under one roof, creating a one-stop shopping experience for area homeowners. Grande Wood Designs, known for their custom designed fine furniture and cabinetry, as well as their home décor and gift store, will be […]

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Doug Behl and Ken Getz: Repurpose an existing laptop hard drive

July 23, 2017 — Question: Following your suggestions, I replaced my laptop's hard drive with a solid-state drive, and as you said, the computer now runs so much faster. It bothers me to have this old hard drive lying around, however. Is there something I can do to use […]

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River Valley Community Bank announces record earnings, loan growth for Q2

July 23, 2017 — River Valley Community Bancorp announced financial results for the quarter ending in June, which included reported progress on the bank's plans for western Nevada County. According to a news release, River Valley in June closed escrow on the purchase of a parcel of land in […]

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Sierra Business Council and Tahoe Silicon Mountain present Tahoe Pitch Showcase

July 23, 2017 — Sierra Business Council and Tahoe Silicon Mountain are launching Tahoe Pitch Camp and Tahoe Pitch Showcase. The showcase is a series of workshops culminating in an event for Tahoe/Truckee entrepreneurs, startups, and founders to present to the community their innovative companies and ideas. At 6 […]

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Nevada County businesses invest in solar

July 23, 2017 — Byers Solar is seeing a strong trend toward businesses choosing solar as a way to conserve energy and reduce operating costs. "Once a business takes a look at what savings can be realized each month, it is easy to make the decision to go solar […]

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Thomas Elias: The truth on California’s healthy economy

July 17, 2017 — For many years, Californians have heard "experts" (read: folks who figure to profit by touting the theory) claim their state suffers from a lousy business climate and is steadily losing middle-class population and jobs to other states, especially arch-rival Texas. Current national Secretary of Energy Rick Perry […]

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Grass Valley city attorney elected as California State Bar president

July 17, 2017 — The State Bar of California Board of Trustees on Monday elected a new set of officers to lead the agency. Among those elected, Grass Valley City Attorney Michael Colantuono will serve as State Bar president, according to a news release. "I look forward to working […]

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Meet your merchant: One salon door closed, a new one opened

July 16, 2017 — Years ago, Heather Zelle and Jamee McGivern hit it off immediately while working together at a Brunswick Basin hair salon in Grass Valley. It was a happy work environment with a true camaraderie among the entire staff, which is why it came as shock when […]

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