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Whether one needs to be a genius or mentally challenged to excel at the game of golf is an oft-discussed topic. Is a person better off to understand thoroughly the golf swing, have complete awareness of his surroundings and control of his faculties? Or would it be better to play the game glibly with little regard of the outcome? Of
Published: May 8, 2013
Wednesday afternoon at Ted White field, the Nevada Union baseball team wrapped its up-and-down season with a 10-4 loss at the hands of this year’s Sierra Foothill League champs, Woodcreek. The Miners played the Timberwolves even for much of the game, but a big sixth inning by Woodcreek was the difference. The Timberwolves scored eight runs on five hits, three
Published: May 8, 2013
The Seven Hills seventh-grade volleyball team finished the season with an overall 26-0 record, 12-0 league record, as well as three tournament championships, including the Nevada County Seventh Grade Girls Volleyball Championship. Amazing, phenomenal and dominating are just a few words to describe the Lady Raiders, many of whom had played very little volleyball before this season. Behind them each
Published: May 8, 2013
The Bear River baseball team ended a tumultuous 2013 campaign with a win Wednesday, beating Pioneer Valley League foe Center, 9-3. Senior pitcher Travis Anderson threw 6 2/3 innings in his final game as a Bruin, striking out six, allowing three runs and scattering four hits. Anderson helped himself out from the plate, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Senior shortstop
Published: May 8, 2013
I want to give a shoutout to Kevin Menet, firefighter and public service officer with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. NCCFD supplied the equipment, Kevin Menet supplied the training, and Eskaton supplied the hot dogs! We also want to thank the Eskaton Village Grass Valley HOA for use of the parking lot. We had 48 employees attend this training. A
Published: May 8, 2013
I took my mom’s dog to the Alta Sierra Veterinary Clinic, which luckily was open at 6:30 p.m., for a small wound that needed stitches. While we were in the room, a man came in the office for something and paid for our visit without knowing how strapped for cash my mother was. It was a blessing because my mom
Published: May 8, 2013
Regarding the Second Amendment and the right to self-protection: Going back to the dawn of civilization, before man-made laws, the right of self-protection was never questioned. There was no debate over how many rocks, clubs or sharp sticks were necessary to defend one’s self or family from predatory people or animals. The right, no, the obligation to self-protection has changed
Published: May 8, 2013
Regarding Susie Fatheree’s letter concerning Waste Management. I, too, am disabled and unable to get the huge containers a half-mile from my house to the drop off. I called and wrote to cancel my service. The only response was another bill from Waste Management. After eight months of bills from them and letters back from me, they turned me over
Published: May 8, 2013
During the 2008 election, a reporter went out and asked people what they thought of Obama’s running mate, Sarah Palin. Responses were, “She’s wonderful,” “I really like her,” “A great choice.” He did the same thing during the 2012 election, asking about Obama’s running mate, Paul Ryan. Again, the responses were similar — “Great choice,” “Good man,” “Brilliant choice” (For
Published: May 8, 2013
Tracey Rae Webb passed away May 6, 2013, after a five year bout with gastrinoma cancer. A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. on Sat., May 11, at Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy, Grass Valley, Calif. 95945. Tracey was born March 21, 1962. She is survived by her devoted mother, Helen Franklin; her loving husband,
Published: May 8, 2013
Dan Stafford went to rest peacefully on April 29, 2013. He was 49. Dan was born Aug. 24, 1963 in Oakland, Calif. He lived with kidney failure for almost two decades, and for the last eight months, battled an aggressive cancer. He was a devoted, caring, compassionate husband who stood by his soulmate, Vicki, of 24 years. To those who
Published: May 8, 2013
Geraldine E. Daggett died on April 28, 2013, at Spring Hill Manor after a brief illness. She was 90. A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church at 3 p.m., June 1, 2013, in Winfield, Kan. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery following the service. Prior to that, she had lived in the Olympia Glade retirement
Published: May 8, 2013
After six months of mulling over November’s election results, many Republicans remain convinced that the party’s only path to future victory is to improve the GOP’s appeal to Hispanic voters. But how many Hispanic voters do Republicans need to attract before the party can again win the White House? A lot. Start with the 2012 exit polls. The New York
Published: May 8, 2013
Rape is center stage this week after the dramatic rescue of three women from close to a decade of imprisonment in a house on a quiet street in Cleveland. The suspect, Ariel Castro, has been charged with kidnap and rape. These horrific allegations have shocked the nation and demand a full investigation and a vigorous prosecution. Also this week, the
Published: May 8, 2013
Energy, it seems, is something we always need more of. Now, as utilities gear up to build new power plants, the EPA has put a cap on how much carbon dioxide a new power plant can release for every unit of electricity it injects into the grid. The new regulations put strong constraints on new power plants. Nearly all electricity
Published: May 8, 2013
SCORE is a nationwide volunteer organization comprised of more than 13,500 active and retired business owners and executives. A resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE’s primary mission is to mentor and counsel entrepreneurs as they aspire to create and continue operations of small businesses throughout America. Established in 1964, SCORE “For the Life of Your Business” has
Published: May 8, 2013
Grass Valley Police Department Tuesday 11:05 a.m. — A caller from the 300 block of Buena Vista Street reported ongoing drug activity. 12:05 p.m. — A caller from the 1100 block of Sutton Way reported a drunken woman who was drinking in front of a store. 2:20 p.m. — A caller from the 400 block of South Auburn Street reported
Published: May 8, 2013
Community 1st Bank has named Ulrike Lapkass, who has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, as a new senior vice president/senior relationship manager. An Auburn resident, Lapkass joins the Community 1st team to bolster the bank’s commercial lending services. She will work with business owners and investors throughout Northern California, primarily focusing on their financing needs.
Published: May 8, 2013
It’s May, and spring is in full swing here in the foothills. Yellow pollen is coating everything, and the warm weather is jump-starting all of the crops our local farmers are growing. Last month, kids from 11 schools tried asparagus as part of the Harvest of the Month program. Some schools barbecued it, some served it with dressing, and some
Published: May 8, 2013
As a counselor working with high school students for more than 20 years, I have seen many families being led in the wrong direction in college admissions by some common myths. I hope to set the record straight on a few of them. Myth 1- Having a high GPA assures you a spot in the college of your choice. Many
Published: May 8, 2013
The laws regarding immigration and their impact on Nevada County will be the topic of a public forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County on Saturday morning, May 11, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main Street. Refreshments will be served at 9:30, and the program commences at 10 a.m. Two attorneys who work exclusively
Published: May 8, 2013
Our Voices Matter, a support group for people with mental health challenges and family members is scheduled to meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center, 276 Gates Place in Grass Valley. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (better known as NAMI) and the SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center, Other Voices Matter is part
Published: May 8, 2013
Published: May 8, 2013
Maisie Ganz spends most her days doing what she loves best, growing vegetables and flowers with her friends on one and a half acres called Soil Sisters Farm just up the hill from downtown Nevada City. Earlier this spring, Ganz flew to Washington, D.C., where she spent two days as a sustainable farm advocate on Capitol Hill. She was among
Published: May 7, 2013
The Nevada Union baseball team had it’s longest winning streak of the season snapped Tuesday in Woodcreek as the Timberwolves edged the Miners, 4-3, in nine innings. NU’s win streak capped at four, but it wasn’t without a fight. The Miners (13-13, 6-8 Sierra Foothill League) led 3-0 heading into the fifth, getting an RBI from leadoff man Jakob Freele
Published: May 8, 2013
Things didn’t go as smoothly as the Bear River boys volleyball team had hoped for in the opening round of the playoffs versus Burbank, but after three consecutive come-from-behind victories they are still right where they expected to be. The Bruins eliminated the Titans from the Sac-Joaquin Division II playoffs in three straight sets Tuesday night at Jack R. McCrory
Published: May 8, 2013
With Tuesday’s softball game in extra innings, Bear River’s Rachel Last dug into the batter’s box with two outs, a runner on third and the Pioneer Valley League title on the line. Center’s pitcher, Haileigh Arthur, had dominated Bear River all game allowing just two Lady Bruin hits up to that point, while striking out 16. Arthur started Last off
Published: May 8, 2013
No. 2 seed Scared Hitless defeated No.1 seed ABC Sharpening in straight sets, 21-10, 21-19, to win the Nevada County Adult Sports Association’s four-on-four spring league co-ed volleyball championship Sunday at Veteran’s Memorial Building. Scared Hitless knocked off the Ridge Runners in three sets in the semi-finals earlier Sunday. ABC Sharpening advanced to the finals after B eating LOP in
Published: May 8, 2013
Lights, camera and a whole lot of technological action were unleashed in Las Vegas last month for the National Association of Broadcasters show. Multiple local broadcasting agencies received awards for their products, which were shown and judged by a host of top trade magazines in the world. AJA Video Systems, Miranda Technologies, the Grass Valley Group and Ensemble Designs received
Published: May 7, 2013
The typical image of a suffering animal that garners sympathy and compassion is usually a struggling dog or cat that flashes across the television screen for a domestic animal shelter commercial. It is not as easy to empathize with a farm animal. But that is something Animal Place, one of the oldest and largest farm animal shelters in the country,
Published: May 7, 2013
Going strong after 78 years, one of the most celebrated big bands of all time, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, is coming to Grass Valley for a special concert presented by The Center for the Arts today. The orchestra will bring its signature swing with a performance by guest vocalist Carmen Bradford at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra has garnered 17
Published: May 7, 2013
In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, hundreds of female volunteers will pound nails and raise walls at Habitat for Humanity construction sites in all 50 states in recognition of the National Women Build Week. The Mother’s Day timeframe was selected for its significance to many volunteers. You are invited to join us in the call to eliminate poverty
Published: May 7, 2013
PlacerArts has announced the winners of the 30th Jubilee Open Juried Show at The Arts Building Gallery on exhibit through May 31. Nevada City artist Terry Juhl won Best of Category Oil for her piece, “Rustic Wonder.” Juhl has painted in watercolor and acrylics since 1995 and began her study of encaustic medium in 2008. “Painting with pigment and heated
Published: May 7, 2013
Women volunteering with Nevada County Habitat for Humanity during the sixth annual National Women Build Week can learn key construction skills and tips. Lowe’s will host a free “how-to” clinics May 17 for women and men during National Women Build Week, an initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s. Habitat’s Women Build program empowers women to
Published: May 7, 2013
While the Nevada City Council will be asked to contribute toward a $94,000 feasibility and cost engineering study of the county courthouse at its meeting tonight, the town’s city manager said it cannot fund it entirely. “Because it is in Nevada City, we are taking the lead in raising the issue and trying to keep the project moving forward,” said
Published: May 7, 2013
Two Nevada City men who allegedly shipped marijuana to North Carolina pleaded no contest to criminal conspiracy charges last week. Gavin Alan Gryte and Hans Kubitschek were arrested in May 2011 after a package containing marijuana was intercepted by detectives in New Hanover County, N.C., and their investigation allegedly led Nevada County sheriff’s deputies back to the two men. Local
Published: May 7, 2013
Two Beale Air Force Base airmen were among four honored during a memorial service Monday that was attended by hundreds in a base hangar. The four were killed when their MC-12 Liberty aircraft crashed on April 27 in Zabul province, about 110 miles northeast of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. The two Beale airmen were Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24,
Published: May 7, 2013
State Fish and Wildlife wardens are on the hunt for a suspect who shot a goose in Penn Valley with an archery arrow last week. The female Canada goose was found with the arrow through its back in the 18000 block of Sisil Lane near Western Gateway Park on the morning of May 1, according to dispatch reports. “It’s a
Published: May 7, 2013
Clifford “Chip” Groves passed away into the arms of the Lord on April 30, 2013. He was born and raised in Tonawada, N.Y. He moved to Concord, Calif., when he was 14 years old. He graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelor’s degree. Chip was a hard worker and spent most of his working career as an assistant manager at
Published: May 7, 2013
Francis Glenn Smith passed away May 3, 2013. in Roseville, Calif. He was 77. Services will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 651 Hollow Way, Nevada City, Calif. Viewing is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada
Published: May 7, 2013
LaVonne Mary (Fitzgerald) Brant passed away on May 5, 2013, in Grass Valley. She was 89. Graveside services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery (Veteran’s section) in Grass Valley. LaVonne was born Oct. 23, 1923, in Owatonna, Minn., and was raised in Minneapolis. She married Alan Brant on Jan. 23, 1944. After
Published: May 7, 2013
Shirley Dean Forssman of Grass Valley passed away at home with her son on May 3, 2013. She was 90. Shirley was born April 6, 1923, in Denver, Colo., to Leslie and Vada Cowperthwaite. She graduated from high school in Grass Valley. At the age of 16, she sailed by ship with her parents to Africa where her father worked
Published: May 7, 2013
Nevada County chiropractor Victoria Tutak recently moved locations and enhanced her treatment and machines. Tutak, of Advanced Chiropractic Centers, moved her office in January from 17331 Penn Valley Drive to 1061 East Main St. in Grass Valley, which is a bigger space with better parking and more visibility, she said. With the expanded space, the office was able to acquire
Published: May 7, 2013
Higgins Fire District Chief Jerry Good was the picture of disappointment as he stood in the Nevada County Elections Office moments after learning Measure O was defeated by a mere 27 votes. “It’s extremely painful,” he said. The measure, which needed approval of 66.7 percent of voters, received 1,882 yes votes (65.5 percent) and 985 no votes (34.36 percent). About
Published: May 7, 2013
The sun and smiles of Latin America are expected to shine through the cuisine presented at the “Passport Around the World” fundraiser set for May 16 at Quail Ridge Senior Living in Grass Valley. Diego’s restaurant and Jim E’s Catering/Club 141, both in Grass Valley, are among six local eateries working with Quail Ridge to put on this unique benefit
Published: May 7, 2013
The University of California Cooperative Extension will offer a free cooking and nutrition workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., May 21, at the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks, save money on groceries and plan menus. There will also be a short cooking demo with a food tasting. Registration
Published: May 7, 2013
Grass Valley Police Department Monday 7 a.m. — A caller from the 200 block of Chapel Street reported the theft of a wallet with $222 in cash, paperwork and a food card. 7:34 a.m. — A man from the 200 block of East Main Street reported a runaway girl had returned and seemed to have been assaulted during the night.
Published: May 7, 2013
Burger Physical Therapy will host an open house Thursday at its new location at 857 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. The event will include a walking tour of the new office, a prize raffle and refreshments. “It’s a walk-through to check out the clinic and I will be there to answer questions,” said director David Van Zant. The new office
Published: May 7, 2013
Published: May 7, 2013
Telehealth is like seeing a specialist face to face without the wait time or the drive. With all the advancements in technology and our modern healthcare system converting more and more to the use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR), it is only natural for patient care to adapt to and make use of these changes
Published: May 7, 2013
Wonderful to see the coverage on the new Scotts Flat Lake Trail, but the article failed to mention all of the organizations involved with this project and without whom the trail would never have been built. First, a little history. Three or four years ago the Forest Service closed what was known as the Scotts Drop Trail. This trail had
Published: May 7, 2013
I am writing in regards to keeping the Emigrant Trail public and the resistance of some home owners to keep the trail open. The home owners in the area should be leading the parade to support the trails, Why? Because it increases their property values. I am glad to see that the supervisors are supportive, as it increases the property
Published: May 7, 2013
The letter from Ron Lowe is so typical of the uninformed people who are blinded by Obama’s glitz and glitter and continually blame Republicans for every problem that our leader(?) refuses to solve or even acknowledge. It is very simple to understand why the gun control legislation was rejected. We already have strict gun laws in America that no one
Published: May 7, 2013
Several local businesses were honored as part of the “Nor-Cal 100” list by Innovate North State, which announces manufacturers that are making tremendous economic contributions. The companies from Grass Valley include AJA Video Systems, Benchmark Thermal, High Sierra Electronics, J Manufacturing and Zap Manufacturing and those from Nevada City include RCG Engineering, Sierra Metal and Telestream. The Nor-Cal 100 will
Published: May 7, 2013
Join AnimalSave from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Holbrooke Hotel for an evening of dining and dancing. The Holbrooke will donate 10 percent of the evening’s sales to help the animals. Live music will be performed by Main Street Revival. For more information, email Carolyn at carolyn@animalsave.org for more information.
Published: May 7, 2013
I am writing from Marin County in support of establishing free and public use of the Emigrant Trail. I have ridden trails in your area for many years. Once a trail is blocked or its use unfairly restricted, however, it might as well be padlocked for good. Ten years ago, my husband and I, along with an adjacent neighbor, took
Published: May 7, 2013
M. Rosenbrock, who recently wrote a letter to The Union, does not know the Bible. Although there are few references to same-sex relationships in it, every one of them deplores and condemns the practice. While there is no recorded comment by Jesus about it (he spoke mainly about people’s relationship to a holy God), there are others by other figures.
Published: May 7, 2013
For millennia, mountain lions have roamed the valleys and cliffs of the Yuba watershed, living, breeding and surviving in northern California’s Sierra foothills. The Yuba Watershed Institute is offering a class on mountain lions Saturday. In the class, attendees will take a peek into the private world of puma color through learning about its natural history, finding its signs of
Published: May 7, 2013
Grass Valley Police Department The daily activity reports for Friday and Saturday were not available over the weekend. Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Friday 8:35 a.m. — A caller from the 14000 block of Serpentine Farm Lane reported the theft of goats. 8:45 a.m. — A caller requested a welfare check on a woman in the 13000 block of Hidden Valley
Published: May 7, 2013
Two men were arrested after a traffic stop in Auburn on a number of drug and weapons charges. An Auburn Police officer stopped a vehicle on Lincoln Way at about 10:45 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from Sgt. David Neher. The driver, identified as Lucas Strom, exited the vehicle, but then pushed the officer before trying to flee
Published: May 5, 2013
Three men were arrested and one cited after Grass Valley Police officers responded to a report of possible squatters inside a vacant residence. The owner of the house in the 100 block of Colfax Avenue called police after a neighbor alerted him that the garage door was broken and people had been seen around the residence, said Officer Brian Blakemore.
Published: May 5, 2013
A Nevada City man who accidentally locked keys inside a car Friday in Sausalito was arrested on drug allegations after the mishap led police to 2 pounds of marijuana. Brandon Henslee, 27, was booked into jail on suspicion of drug violations. He was released on bail pending further review by the district attorney’s office. The incident occurred at about 10:30
Published: May 7, 2013
Have you ever felt stuck or overwhelmed with just too much to do staring back at you from either your to do-list or the piles of files loitering on your desk? Here’s the good news: In that moment of anxiety, you simply forgot time exists so you don’t have to do it all at once. You can’t do it all
Published: April 1, 2013
Lucy asked: I had an external hard drive for just a year or so, and then it seems to have died. It won’t mount anymore. Is there anything I can do besides just throwing it away? We swear these hard drives know when their warranty expires and they wait till one day after that moment to drop dead. Hopefully, however,
Published: April 1, 2013
The Social Security program originally drafted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt was set up as a trust fund, and it was meant to supplement the golden years of American citizens. The money removed from paychecks was secured in a trust, invested and then distributed to retirees when the time came. A good idea thought many and the fact that the
Published: May 2, 2013
When high school sweethearts Kellie and Anthony Macejunas moved up to Nevada County in 1988, the young couple took a leap of faith and bought a limousine service. With fond memories of taking a sleek limousine to their high school prom just a few short years before, the two had loved the experience. “We bought two stretch limos and changed
Published: April 15, 2013
For the hungry and time-crunched, a new grocery delivery business will bring groceries right to your door. Groceries on the Way will be available May 1 for Grass Valley, Nevada City, Alta Sierra, Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley and San Juan. “I thought it would be a really great idea after looking at all my friends and people with kids and
Published: April 15, 2013
Jane asked how she could clear her Windows desktop clutter and interact with an icon on her desktop. The problem is that she has lots of windows open concurrently, and she can’t really even see her desktop through all the windows. Is there an easy way to clear away the clutter and get to the Windows desktop, so she can
Published: April 17, 2013
A coalition of Nevada County residents and school children is pushing local officials to ban single-use plastic bags such as those commonly found at grocery store check-out counters. “We are serious about this,” said Sue Roberts-Emery, a member of Bag Busters of Nevada County, a group of residents seeking a local ordinance that falls in line with a statewide trend
Published: April 15, 2013
Today gets to be the day you have been waiting for. It all finally comes together. No more struggle and strife. From here on in, it’s easy street. Get your hopes up! Plan on it all working out just as you had hoped. Hope is great. It’s necessary and important. It just isn’t a strategy when it comes to achieving
Published: April 22, 2013
Housing prices have surged 8 percent in the last year and some homebuyes are in a rush to place their downpayment on a new porperty. However, some financial investors fret the growth in the housing market will be given short shrift. Here are three reasons the housing recovery may not last: The housing recovery is being led by investors. One
Published: April 22, 2013
Like most environmentally conscious people, Lori Largent was shocked when she first learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Truly the stuff of nightmares, the patch — also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex — is an enormous accumulation of non-biodegradable material — mostly plastic — in the north Pacific Ocean. Although scientists have not been able to accurately measure
Published: April 28, 2013
Several years ago, Margo Murphy visited a Marin County art studio so she could make hand prints with her young daughter. She loved the concept of the drop-in, create-your-own-art studio and began researching the idea of opening a similar business herself. “I really wanted a creative place that was family-friendly,” she said. “I also wanted to create a space that
Published: May 5, 2013
River Valley Community Bank, a Yuba City-based bank open since 2006, will expand and open a new full-service branch office in Grass Valley, possibly by mid-July on Sutton Way in the Glenbrook Basin. “We’re really excited to get involved with this community, and after speaking with local business owners, we feel there is a need for a local community business
Published: May 5, 2013
Environmentally conscious investors are drawn to what we call socially responsible and green funds because they want put their investing dollars in things that help rather than hurt the environment. They also don’t want to throw their dollars at companies that do harm to the planet. Wall Street knows this and has offered up a plethora of socially conscious funds
Published: May 7, 2013
What prevents you from experiencing your ultimate life? What perpetuates the hesitation of really going for what you truly desire? In order to affect the change we desire, we need to align the four A’s of awareness, attitude, action and accountability. In this article, we will focus on the first A of awareness and a little around the actions. Most
Published: May 7, 2013
By the time people reach the point of needing artificial hips and knees, they probably know about pain. But oddly enough, pain is what’s mostly on their minds as surgery approaches: How badly will it hurt? That’s the primary concern people voice when they sign up for the free pre-operative joint replacement surgery class taught for the past 17 years
Published: May 7, 2013
Four fires that broke out over the weekend in the Tahoe National Forest have been contained or controlled, according to officials with the Tahoe National Forest. Furthermore, about 106 lightning strikes occurring throughout the forest may have caused sleeper fires, which could flare up when the rain abates and conditions dry out, said Ann Westling, TNF spokeswoman. On the east
Published: May 6, 2013
The Nevada County Democratic Central Committee has announced that California State Senator Leland Y. Yee, the 2014 Democratic candidate for California Secretary of State, will be the guest speaker at its annual dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Yee was first elected to the State Senate in 2006 and won re-election in 2010, receiving the
Published: May 7, 2013
With fire season upon us, California declared May 5-11 to be “Wildfire Awareness Week.” During the week, Cal Fire urges homeowners to take the necessary steps to prepare their family and their homes from potential wildfires. Wildfire Awareness Week is designed to not only remind Californians of the dangers that wildfires pose but also to educate them on how to
Published: May 7, 2013
The Tapestry Network (formerly known as “The BAM Project”), which is a nation-wide Christian businesswomen’s organization, is hosting a fundraiser Thursday in downtown Grass Valley. The Nevada County Tapestry works with two local nonprofits each month in a goal to raise money for local charities. The newest endeavor is a dinner at Christopher’s Catering at 5:20 p.m. Thursday. The guest
Published: May 7, 2013
The grey Chihuahua in this picture is a little dog with a big need. Mouse and his friend Cookie sat in a valley shelter for three months after their owner fell ill, then died. No one in the shelter noticed that poor Mouse was in terrible pain from a broken jaw and dental disease. After Scooters Pals rescued this dynamic
Published: May 7, 2013
Grass Valley Police officers arrested a man and a woman on drug charges after a traffic stop Sunday afternoon. The woman later was linked to a case involving forging drug prescriptions, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks. An officer conducting extra patrols due to reports of increased drug activity saw a suspicious vehicle on Buena Vista Avenue at about
Published: May 7, 2013
The Grass Valley Police Department and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County collected a record amount of unwanted and expired medications, helping to make the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s sixth national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day a complete success. Northern California and Central Valley residents turned in 18 tons of unwanted and expired medications (36,004 pounds) at 211
Published: May 7, 2013
NID names new Water Operations manager Nevada Irrigation District General Manager Rem Scherzinger announced Monday the promotion of Armon W. “Chip” Close III to the position of NID Water Operations manager. In his new position, Close, a 19-year district veteran, will oversee all water treatment, distribution and administrative functions of the 44-employee department. “Chip has continually demonstrated his dedication to
Published: May 7, 2013
Grass Valley City Council and Planning Commission members will meet today to host a joint study session on preferred land use and zoning designations for the city’s southern sphere of influence. Following that 6 p.m. meeting, the council will have a special closed session at 7 p.m. to discuss litigation, then will meet in a special session with the Capital
Published: May 7, 2013
While the parched Sierra Foothills received much-needed precipitation Sunday into Monday, the rainfall was not sufficient to curtail the dry conditions that have given way to an early start to the fire season. “It won’t make too much difference,” said Johnie Powell, forecaster with the National Weather Service. “It’s already so dry … a little bit of rain doesn’t hurt,
Published: May 7, 2013
The California Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to affirm local jurisdictions’ legal right to manage medical marijuana through land use and zoning will impact a local marijuana advocate’s court case against Nevada County. “This pretty much guts our court case — at least on the issues we based it on,” said Patricia Smith, president of the Nevada County chapter of Americans
Published: May 7, 2013
When it comes to getting in shape, Kristi Merten’s students say she’s that perfect combination of tough and supportive. A life-long fitness enthusiast, the Long Beach native and former firefighter has long enjoyed physically challenging herself. A fun weekend for Merten might include a triathlon or an organized obstacle course, such as Rugged Maniac, Warrior Dash or the grueling 12-mile
Published: May 7, 2013
A San Jose man arrested in November after members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force allegedly found about 50 pounds of marijuana hanging in a garage and shed at his Jones Ridge Road residence has pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm and a misdemeanor count of possessing a controlled substance. A search
Published: May 7, 2013
The prep volleyball brackets are out and the road to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship goes through Nevada Union. The Miners drew the No. 1 overall seed in the D-I bracket, garnering them home court advantage until the championship game. NU will start its playoff run against the winner of today’s Oak Ridge/ Davis Sr. matchup at 7 p.m.
Published: May 7, 2013
Nevada Union’s Logan Lowe and Bear River’s Jake DePass earned the right to keep playing golf for their prep teams Monday by advancing through the divisional round. Lowe shot an even-par 72 at Wild Horse Golf Club in the Division-I playoffs to be one of the six individuals to advance to Monday’s Masters event at the Reserve at Spanos Park
Published: May 7, 2013
Saturday marked the inaugural Spring into the Sierras gymnastics competition with several teams from Southern California making the trip to Grass Valley to compete against the team from Gold Country in USAIGC action. Saturday’s event was the first United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs competition to be hosted in Grass Valley, said Gold Country Gymnastics owner Pamela Magill. “This
Published: May 7, 2013
The NU diving team had its most successful season in recent years, setting three school records, going undefeated in the dual meet season in both boys and girls events and qualifying two boys and one girl for All-American review. Mikaela Lujan is only a sophomore, but she has gone as far as any diver in California can go in high
Published: May 7, 2013
A pair of Giants squared off Saturday at Condon Park as the Penn Valley Junior Division Giants came to battle the Grass Valley Giants in Little League action. Grass Valley’s offense would be the difference as it accounted for 17 runs to Penn Valley’s seven. The early innings provided a pitchers duel between Owen Day and Gary Menary. Day, pitching
Published: May 7, 2013
Alberta Lichty Glissman passed away April 23, 2013, at the Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. Services will take placde at 1 p.m. May 11, 2013, at The Abundant Life Church, 10795 Alta St., Grass Valley. Alberta and Ray spent their early years in Southern California, In 1957, they made their big move with their sons to Grass valley. They moved many
Published: May 6, 2013
What is your mission statement? United Way of Nevada County’s mission statement is to “improve lives by directing community resources to community needs.” How many paid employees do you have? United Way of Nevada County has three paid employees, including Megan Timpany, executive director, a part-time bookkeeper and part-time administrative assistant. What is your nonprofit’s history? United Way of Nevada
Published: May 6, 2013
The Rough and Ready Grange monthly fundraising breakfast to help with the “hole in the road” is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Diners will have live entertainment by “Dancin’ Maters” and the Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers. Bring friends and neighbors to the best breakfast ever! Eggs are cooked to order, along with sausage, hash browns and
Published: May 6, 2013
This Thursday, Grass Valley attorney Joe Bell, a Peace Corps volunteer, will share experiences, history and photos from his trip back to Ethiopia, 50 years after serving as a volunteer. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, roughly 100 former volunteers and family members arrived in Ethiopia Sept. 24, 2012. In collaboration with The Sierra Nevada Group,
Published: May 6, 2013
I recently sold my car, realizing that at the age of 90, the world would be better off without me on the road. Now I am discovering the wonderful institution we have here in Nevada County called Gold Country Telecare. I realize what a blessing this is for our seniors. You have to do a little planning ahead by calling
Published: May 6, 2013

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