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Nevada County Police Blotter: Suspected thief reportedly takes all her clothes off

Grass Valley Police Department


7:47 a.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Neal Street reported a crackhead approaching people in the parking lot. A man was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

10:01 a.m. — A caller from Idaho-Maryland Road and Springhill Drove reported a moped down with a possible head injury.

3:02 p.m. — A caller from the 400 block of Idaho-Maryland Road reported a burglary to a shed.

4:20 p.m. — A woman from the 100 block of South Church Street reported fraud to a bank account.

5:26 p.m. — A caller from the 100 block of South Auburn Street reported a physical fight.

5:46 p.m. — A caller from the 200 block of Mill Street reported two men shooting up who had been selling in the park all day. A report was taken.

6:52 p.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Harris Street reported a person who appeared beat up and bloody, lying in the bushes. A report was taken.

7:42 p.m. — A caller from the hospital reported two separate assaults.

9:59 p.m. — A caller from the 100 block of Mill Street reported a woman lying near the dumpsters, who was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.

10:13 p.m. — A caller from the 1200 block of East Main Street reported a man and woman in a physical fight.

11:12 p.m. — A caller from the 200 block of North Auburn Street reported a man who was completely naked, who appeared to be hitting something. A report was taken.

11:32 p.m. — A caller from the 200 block of South Church Street reported a physical fight involving five or six men who then went in a bar.


9:54 a.m. — A caller from Idaho-Maryland Road and Springhill Drive reported a man took an electric scooter and left a regular bike in its place.

10:38 a.m. — A caller from a business in the 100 block of Neal Street reported a woman just got completely naked, then put n a shirt from a store and was walking around town with no pants, underwear or shoes. The woman had taken clothes from a donation box and when confronted, she took them off, and then put them back on before walking away.

1:34 p.m. — A caller from a business in the 100 block of Mill Street reported a person swung at an employee and made contact. No charges were desired.

2 p.m. — A woman reported she could not get ahold of her son. She thought he was somewhere in the house but wouldn’t answer her. He was home and was OK.

2:49 p.m. — A caller from the 600 block of Freeman Lane reported a man fell and hit his head on the pavement, and was being combative with emergency personnel. He was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.

3:52 p.m. — A caller from the 200 block of East Main Street reported a man stole a soda.

5:11 p.m. — A caller from the 500 block of Brighton Street reported a woman panhandling and acting strangely. At 6:01 p.m., she was reported on Minnie Street, causing issues at the park. She was wearing a green cone on her head and carrying a metal pipe. She was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

5:17 p.m. — A caller from a business in the 100 block of West Main Street reported intoxicated customers harassing people who then broke a sign. They could not be located.

6:10 p.m. — A caller from a business in the 100 block of Neal Street reported a man refusing to leave, who flicked a cigarette at the security guard. He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer.

8:56 p.m. — A woman reported the theft of flowers and a photo from a grave in Kidder Cemetery. This was the third time in a month and extra patrols were requested.

11:26 p.m. — A caller from the 200 block of Joerschke Drive reported a physical fight involving at least 10 people. The situation was mediated.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office


8:51 a.m. — A caller from Fern Lane reported the theft of a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder.

9 a.m. — A caller from Penn Valley Drive reported receiving a fake $100 bill. At 4 p.m., the caller reported another counterfeit $100 bill was brought in.

10 a.m. — A man from Panther Court reported vandalism with a light globe broken last night and a neighbor’s key pad broken a month ago.

11:39 a.m. — A caller from Carey Drive reported the theft of vehicle registration tabs.

12:01 p.m. — A woman from Hickman Pass Road reported a mailbox had been broken into.

12:09 p.m. — A caller from Bethel Church Way reported vandalism with a glass door broken.

12:14 p.m. — A caller from Lawrence Way reported a woman had been casing a residence and extra patrols were requested.

12:50 p.m. — A caller from Pleasant Valley and Birchville roads reported a burglary to a barn with the theft of a motorcycle and other items.

1:44 p.m. — A caller from Edwards Crossing reported the theft of medication and other items from a vehicle.

203 p.m. — A caller from Scooter Bug Lane reported an attempted burglary with a person who fled in a vehicle.

3:34 p.m. — A caller from Summit Ridge Drive reported possible mail theft.

9:34 p.m. — A caller from Banner Quaker Hill Road and Sargent Jacobs Drive reported a mailbox had been tampered with.


2:15 a.m. — A caller from Banner Lava Cap Road reported an assault, but declined medical attention.

2:17 a.m. — A caller from Ridge Road and Kate Vincent Court reported two bear cubs in the road.

3:38 a.m. — A caller from Mustang Valley Place reported an assault. A man took a swing at the caller and fired a pistol in the air before leaving in a vehicle.

4:17 a.m. — A caller from Scotts Flat Road and Tall Oaks Place reported seeing people with flashlights in the yard.

10:10 a.m. — A man from Sunrock Road reported his brother hit him in the head with a board and three times in the face as well, before leaving in a vehicle. He was medically cleared and did not want to press charges.

10:51 a.m. — A caller from Rattlesnake Road reported a runaway juvenile.

1:37 p.m. — A caller from Western Court reported a neighbor threatened to kill the caller’s dog because it was barking, and the dog then bit him because he came on the caller’s property.

4:22 p.m. — A woman from Spenceville Wildlife Refuge reported she had gotten lost on the trail and tied up the dog she was taking care of because it was exhausted. When she returned for the dog, it was missing.

5:45 p.m. — A caller from Greenhorn Road reported the destruction of beehives.

8 p.m. — A caller from John Born Road reported a possible burglary with a suspect leaving in a hurry when confronted.

8:36 p.m. — A caller from Owl Creek Road reported promiscuous shooting in the area. Nothing was located.

Nevada City Police Department


8:53 a.m. — A caller from Jordan and Zion streets reported a dog was attacked by two Great Pyrenees-type dogs.

2:15 p.m. — A woman reported that as she was trying to drive a friend to Behavioral Health, the person crawled out the vehicle window and was walking away on Cement Hill Road.

2:49 p.m. — A caller from Zion Street and Doane Road reported a person looking into vehicles.

5:01 p.m. — A caller from Searls Avenue reported an assault.

2:15 p.m. — A caller from Commercial and Main streets reported a woman tried to steal items.


6:58 a.m. — A caller from Highway 20 and Broad Street reported a man vandalizing a highway sign.

8:48 a.m. — A caller from South Pine and Sacramento streets reported vandalism to a shut-off valve.

— Liz Kellar

Meet Your Merchant: River Dogs pet groomers bring experience, passion to pamper your pet

After 22 years of working as a pet groomer, Billie Alvarez-Declusin has seen it all.

Dogs with young children in the family seem to suffer the worst fate when it comes to getting things stuck in their fur. Paint, gum, play dough and Slime are a few semi-common occurrences. More memorable was the dog whose face had been drawn on with a permanent marker, or the once-a-week customer whose dog had developed a lifelong friendship with a neighborhood skunk.

But Billie takes in all in stride. Clearly a natural “animal whisperer,” she’s not likely to recognize regular customers outside of her Grass Valley shop, River Dogs, unless they are with their pets.

She started working with animals at age 15, where she landed jobs as a pet-sitter, then got hired on as a bather at a pet grooming business, then at two separate kennels. Five years ago she was able buy River Dogs from former owner Tasha Pluim, who moved out of the state. By then she’d worked at River Dogs for two years and already had nearly two decades’ worth of pet grooming experience under her belt. She knew it was her passion.

But two years ago, Billie experienced a crushing blow — her husband passed away and she became a single mother to the four children in her blended family, now ranging in age from 2 to 15. It was her staff who helped her through the initial pain and grief.

“I have an amazingly supportive staff,” she said. “I’m so glad I was able to come out the other side of this.”

But another healing and meaningful aspect of her work, of course, has always been the animals. Billie’s remarkable skill of communicating with pets and reading their emotions is instantly apparent.

“People say animals can’t talk, but they can — just in a different way,” said Billie. “They have a different form of sign language.”


Rescued animals can be the most challenging, as many have been severely abused. Billie routinely goes out to shelters to volunteer her services, such as clipping toenails. But it’s all about giving the animals space and time, she said.

“It’s rare that I won’t go into a cage at a shelter,” she said. “But I go in with ‘the thousand-yard stare,’ with no emotion and don’t meet eyes. Then I wait for them to make the first move. Sometimes it can take up to 20 minutes. The longer it takes, the more severely they were likely abused. But most dogs are a lot like 2-year-old humans. After awhile they’re asking, ‘Why aren’t you paying attention to me?’ They’re like little people with their own distinctive personalities.”

In addition to volunteering at shelters, Billie also donates gift certificates for local fundraisers, many of them related to helping veterans in need.

“It’s about giving back,” she said. “I think that’s an important part of owning a business.”

“I have three large dogs weighing 120, 100 and 90 pounds,” said Dr. Kebby Margaretich of Grass Valley. “All three go to River Dogs to get baths about once a month. The biggest, Mable, gets sheared once a year. River Dogs always does a great job, the dogs are happy and the whole process is painless.”

From shelter dogs to purebreds, Billie seems to love them all, along with the other staffers, Darah Vaughn and Heidi Smith, who both work as independent contractors. Due to the trio’s collective skill, a fair amount of clients are show dog owners, and River Dogs has won The Union’s “Best Of Nevada County” in pet grooming seven years in a row.

But the shop is also known for being one of the few grooming businesses in town to welcome cats, rabbits, sheep, birds, snakes (for descaling) — even a pony once.

“I’ve been taking my 90-pound German shepherd mix rescue dog, Toko, to River Dogs for four years,” said Kathy Madison of Grass Valley. “I used to breed dogs so I’m very tuned in to how much a dog likes going to a specific groomer. Toko always walks right in to River Dogs — Billie treats the dogs really well.”

“It’s rewarding to me to see the animals feeling good when they walk out the door,” said Billie. “It’s all about making them feel better. I just feel so lucky for my supportive staff and to have been able to start this business all on my own.”

To contact Staff Writer, email Cory Fisher at Cory@theunion.com.

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‘I know what you did’: Davis killer gets earful from victim’s family, prosecutors

WOODLAND — Spared a murder trial and life sentence in prison, Hayley Katherine Gilligan faced her day of reckoning Friday as relatives of Jamie Kinseth, the longtime boyfriend she shot and killed last year in their Davis apartment, finally got to speak their minds.

“You are a cold-blooded murderer,” Jesse Kinseth, the victim’s brother, told Gilligan during her sentencing hearing in Yolo Superior Court. “I hope each night when you lie down to sleep, that your dreams are haunted by images of Jamie, and how you chose to destroy him.”

And it didn’t stop there. Gilligan also heard an earful from the two prosecutors who were set to try her case before she cut a plea deal resulting in a 13-year state prison term.

“I’ve looked at all the evidence in this case, and two things are abundantly clear — she’s a liar and she’s a killer,” Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Palumbo said of Gilligan, who claimed Kinseth was an abusive ex-boyfriend who burst in to her F Street apartment and threatened her, forcing her to shoot him in self-defense.

Further investigation, however, showed Kinseth was in fact living with Gilligan, who prosecutors say hid the relationship from her disapproving family and plotted the slaying to eliminate Kinseth from her life once and for all. Friends said Gilligan told them Kinseth had been stalking, threatening and stealing from her in the weeks leading up to the Oct. 20, 2018, homicide.


In his victim-impact statement, Jesse Kinseth noted the bullet wound Gilligan fired point-blank into Jamie Kinseth’s forehead as he slept on the couple’s living room couch, and the damning evidence that debunked her self-defense claims.

Police arrived on scene to discover a drag mark between the bloodied sofa and Kinseth’s body lying in the apartment entryway, along with Kinseth’s clothing, wallet and other belongings stashed throughout the residence.

“What a wretched, despicable, spineless human being you are,” Jesse Kinseth said, his voice elevating to a shout. “Look at me, you coward! I see you! I know what you did!”

Kinseth’s father, Bruce Kinseth, said his family agreed to the lenient plea deal “because Jamie did truly love you, and we believe he would not have wanted you to spend the rest of your life in prison, even though you deserve to be there. … At some point you will have a life with your family. We can’t say the same thing.”

The case had been just days away from trial when Gilligan accepted the resolution, pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter with an enhancement for use of a deadly weapon — a semiautomatic pistol she’d purchased just three days before the shooting.

Relatives and friends of both Gilligan and Kinseth filled Judge Paul Richardson’s courtroom for the hour-long hearing, during which Gilligan’s mother Angie Pereira also delivered a statement extolling her daughter’s “loyalty and dedication,” attention to others’ needs and work as an occupational therapist specializing in special-needs children.

“For some reason, this is her path right now,” Pereira said. “I am reminded of the phrase ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ when I think of Hayley and how she is living through this experience. Wherever Hayley is, she will have a positive impact on her environment and the people around her.”


But the case’s two prosecutors weren’t quite so generous, seizing upon Gilligan’s repeated lies — to her family, friends, coworkers, police and others — about her relationship with Kinseth, as well as her lack of remorse, they said.

His voice shaky with emotion at times, Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Mount outlined some of the evidence he and Palumbo planned to present to a jury — including the affectionate text messages Gilligan sent Kinseth even at the very moments she purchased the handgun and fabricated tales of Kinseth’s abuse.

“I’ve listened personally to every (jail) phone call and visit with your family members for the last nine months,” Mount told Gilligan. “Not once until two weeks ago did you even call Jamie by name. While you giggled with your sister, you never, ever, ever expressed remorse for having killed Jamie.”

Although Gilligan’s supporters submitted 22 letters on her behalf, “it’s important to realize that these letters are from people you lied to, because lying is what you did,” Mount said. “What’s important to note is who did not write letters for you,” the refusals coming from Gilligan’s best friend, graduate school classmates and a family whose son she aided in therapy for eight years who were “appalled by what you did.”

“You couldn’t tell the truth to save your life, and your lying cost Jamie his,” Mount said. “Unfortunately, the one you lied to the most was yourself.”

Gilligan, 30, did not make a statement during the hearing. Her public defender, Joseph Gocke, briefly spoke to ask that Richardson honor the agreed-upon sentence “so that all parties can move on from this terrible tragedy.”

Handing down the 13-year term, Richardson noted the letters he received from both Kinseth’s loved ones and Gilligan’s supporters and mused, “for the qualities that were underscored by both families, it’s hard to see why we would even be here.”

As for the sentence, “is it a fair resolution? I honestly don’t know,” Richardson continued. The fact that Kinseth would have agreed to it “says a lot about Jamie. It says a lot about his family. And for Ms. Gilligan and her family I hope you fully appreciate the magnitude and the generosity of that view, because it’s exceptional and unique.”

Lauren Keene is a reporter for the Davis Enterprise. Reach her at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Have a sunnier tax season with these summertime IRS tax tips

WASHINGTON — Buying a home? Working a summer job? Volunteering? Activities that are common in the summer often qualify for tax credits or deductions. And, while summertime and part-time workers may not earn enough to owe federal income tax, they should remember to file a return to get a refund for taxes withheld early next year.

Here are some summertime tax tips from the IRS that can help taxpayers during tax season next year:

Marital tax bliss. Newlyweds should report any name change to the Social Security Administration before filing next year’s tax return. Then, report any address change to the United States Postal Service, employers and the IRS to ensure receipt of tax-related items.

Cash back for summer day camp. Unlike overnight camps, the cost of summer day camp may count as an expense towards the Child and Dependent Care Credit. See IRS Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, for more information.

Part-time and summer work. Employers usually must withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes from pay for part-time and season workers even if the employees don’t earn enough to meet the federal income tax filing threshold. Self-employed workers or independent contractors need to pay their own Social Security and Medicare taxes, even if they have no income tax liability. Normally, employees receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from their employer — even if they don’t work there anymore — to account for the summer’s work by January 31 of the following year. The Form W-2 shows the amount of earnings, withholdings for state and federal taxes, Social Security, Medicare wages and tips. Employees use the information on this form when they file their annual tax returns.

Worker classification matters. Business owners must correctly determine whether summer workers are employees or independent contractors. Independent contractors are not subject to withholding, making them responsible for paying their own income taxes plus Social Security and Medicare taxes. Workers can avoid higher tax bills and lost benefits if they know their proper status.

Though the higher standard deduction means fewer taxpayers are itemizing their deductions, those that still plan to itemize next year should keep these tips in mind:

Deducting state and local income, sales and property taxes. The total deduction that taxpayers can deduct for state and local income, sales and property taxes is limited to a combined, total deduction of $10,000 or $5,000 if married filing separately. Any state and local taxes paid above this amount cannot be deducted.

Refinancing a home. The deduction for mortgage interest is limited to interest paid on a loan secured by the taxpayer’s main home or second home that they used to buy, build, or substantially improve their main home or second home.

Buying a home. New homeowners buying after Dec. 15, 2017, can only deduct mortgage interest they pay on a total of $750,000, or $375,000 if married filing separately, in qualifying debt for a first and second home. For existing mortgages if the loan originated on or before Dec. 15, 2017, taxpayers continue to deduct interest on a total of $1 million in qualifying debt secured by first and second homes.

Donate items. Deduct money. Those long-unused items in good condition found during a summer cleaning and donated to a qualified charity may qualify for a tax deduction. Taxpayers must itemize deductions to deduct charitable contributions and have proof of all donations. Use the Interactive Tax Assistant to help determine whether you can deduct your charitable contributions.

Donate time. Deduct mileage. Driving a personal vehicle while donating services on a trip sponsored by a qualified charity could qualify for a tax break. Itemizers can deduct 14 cents per mile for charitable mileage driven in 2019.

Reporting gambling winnings and claiming gambling losses. Taxpayers who itemize can deduct gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings. Use the Interactive Tax Assistant to find out more about reporting gambling winnings and losses next year.

The last two tips are for taxpayers who have not yet filed but may be due a refund and those who may need to adjust their withholding.

Refunds require a tax return. Although workers may not have earned enough money from a summer job to require filing a tax return, they may still want to file when tax time comes around. It is essential to file a return to get a refund of any income tax withheld. There is no penalty for filing a late return for those receiving refunds, however, by law, a return must be filed within three years to get the refund. See the Interactive Tax Assistant, Do I need to file a tax return?

Check withholding. Newlyweds, summertime workers, homeowners and every taxpayer in between should take some time this summer to check their tax withholding to make sure they are paying the right amount of tax as they earn it throughout the year. The Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov helps employees estimate their income tax, credits, adjustments and deductions and determine whether they need to adjust their withholding by submitting a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Taxpayers should remember that, if needed, they should submit their new W-4 to their employer, not the IRS.

In addition to these tips, taxpayers can get helpful consumer tips by signing up for the IRS Tax Tips email service. For details on any of these tips, visit IRS.gov.

Nevada County Captures: Kayaking on Fuller Lake with Bernie and Lily


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Nevada Irrigation District to discuss wildfire safety efforts

Nevada Irrigation District wildfire safety efforts will be highlighted during the July 24 Board of Directors meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. NID managers will go into detail about projects and programs that are helping reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in our community.

The presentation topics will include increased wildfire threats to California watersheds, NID customers and operations; NID’s fire resiliency and stewardship strategies. These include selective logging at Scotts Flat Reservoir, fuels treatment at Peninsula Campground and vegetation management on district properties; campground fire awareness and education and fire fuels reduction and hazardous tree removal; transmission line clearing and vegetation management at hydroelectric facilities, as well as powerhouse backup power supply and fire protection.

Sierra roadwork schedule, Sunday through July 27


Interstate 80 (Placer County) from the Long Ravine underpass to just east of the Magra Road Overcrossing: Final roadwork resumes on a $50.6 million project to construct a 3-mile truck climbing lane on eastbound I-80 and make other improvements to the Interstate just east of Colfax, including replacing and widening the Cape Horn undercrossing bridge. No traffic-interfering work is scheduled this week.

Highway 49 (Placer County) from the I-80/Highway 49 interchange to Dry Creek Road: Construction began June 17 on a $40.5 million project in Auburn. The project will rehabilitate existing pavement and drainage, improve operational features and upgrade pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

This week

Highway 49 (Placer County) from Nevada Street/Marguerite Mine Road to Live Oak Lane: Motorists can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights for drainage, electrical and shoulder work.

Highway 49 (Placer County) from Masters Court/Willow Creek Drive to Rock Creek Road: Motorists can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights for electrical and shoulder work.


Highway 20 (Nevada County) from Manzanita Diggins Drive to Brunswick Road: Westbound motorists can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday for a crack seal operation.

Highway 49 (Placer County) at the Interstate 80 junction: Southbound motorists can expect a full connector ramp closure to westbound I-80 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday for guardrail repairs.

Highway 49 (Nevada County) from Ladybird Drive to Dana Court: Motorists can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday for electrical work.

Highway 49 (Nevada County) from Pekolee Road to Round Valley Road: Motorists can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday for electrical work.

Highway 49 (Nevada County) from the North Sidehill Viaduct to Reader Ranch Road: Northbound motorists can expect intermittent one-way traffic control and shoulder closures from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday for utility work.

Highway 49 (Sierra County) from the Yuba-Sierra County line to Chapman Creek Campground: Motorists can expect intermittent one-way traffic control and shoulder closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday for ditch cleaning.

Highway 49 (Sierra County) from the Lager Beer Sidehill Viaduct to Fiddle Creek: Motorists can expect intermittent one-way traffic control and shoulder closures from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for guardrail work.

Interstate 80 (Placer County) from the Sacramento-Placer County line to Newcastle Road: Motorists can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures from 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20 to 4 a.m. Sunday, July 21 for a sweeping operation.

Interstate 80 (Placer County) at the Riverside Avenue Overcrossing: Westbound motorists can expect a partial off-ramp closure from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. Temporary traffic control signs will be in place on the ramp shoulder to notify motorists of paving work on Cirby Way.

Interstate 80 (Placer County) from Sierra College Boulevard to Rock Springs Road: Motorists can expect intermittent lane, shoulder and ramp closures for grinding and paving work. Westbound: 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights, 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekends. Eastbound: 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. weeknights, 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, and 11 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday.

Interstate 80 (Placer County) from the Bowman Undercrossing to the Haines Road Overcrossing: Westbound motorists can expect a right shoulder closure around the clock through December 2019. Detour signs will be in place for a County bridge deck replacement project.

Interstate 80 (Placer County) from the Heather Glen Overcrossing to Applegate Road: Motorists can expect intermittent lane and off-ramp closures from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Wednesday for drainage work.

Interstate 80 (Placer County) in Colfax on South Auburn Street (local street off Interstate): Motorists can expect intermittent one-way traffic control from 6 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday for roadway excavation. Construction work is part of a roundabout project by the City of Colfax.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) at the Donner Summit Rest Area: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect full rest area closures from 8 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday for emergency water line repairs.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) from the Donner Summit Rest Area to Donner Lake Road: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect lane and shoulder restrictions from around the clock Monday through Thursday for guardrail work.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) from the Nevada state line to Floriston: Motorists can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for a sweeping operation. CHP will be assisting with rolling traffic breaks.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) at Donner Pass Road: Eastbound motorists can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday for miscellaneous work.

Interstate 80 (Nevada County) at Eagle Lakes Road: Eastbound motorists can expect intermittent lane restrictions from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday for bridge work.

Interstate 80 (Sierra County) at the Nevada State line: Eastbound motorists can expect traffic control from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday to assist the Nevada Department of Transportation with drainage work completion.

Highway 89 (Sierra County) at Little Truckee River: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control and shoulder closures from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for guardrail work.

Highway 193 (Placer County) from Taylor Road to Ridge Road: Eastbound motorists can expect intermittent one-way traffic control and shoulder closures from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for grinding, paving and striping work.

Unexpected schedule changes may occur. For current information on roadwork, delays, road conditions and emergency closures, call the voice-activated Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN) at 800-427-7623 (ROAD) or visit Caltrans “QuickMap” website at: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

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