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Attorney Jayne Kelly, who has experienced more than her share of personal setbacks, has returned to Grass Valley after a two-year absence to operate a bed-and-breakfast and resume her law practice.

In fact, Kelly has renamed the former Risky Business at 304 S. Church St. to Comeback Kelly’s Historic Inn. She bought the inn from her former husband, Pablo Lopez, in May and opened for business last week after extensive renovations to the building.

Kelly’s problems started in 2001 when her daughter, Daisy Switzer, jumped from the second floor of the county HEW building to escape gunman Scott Thorpe. She broke 29 bones in the fall and went through an extensive rehabilitation.

Then Kelly’s granddaughter, Emily Switzer, was run over by a car, and her husband was assaulted by three men in Nevada City. Both have recovered from their injuries.

“I was working my tail off in San Francisco to get us out of this hole,” Kelly said last week. “We got our butts kicked, but we’re tough people.”

Now that the bed-and-breakfast is up and running, Kelly plans to resume her law practice, specializing in family law and personal injury cases, in September.


NACC-TEL Corp. will expand its broadband wireless service to the Cascade Shores, Chicago Park and Banner Mountain areas from a new antenna being installed on the mountain, according to parent company Prime Companies of Yuba City.

NACC-TEL provides data services and voice over the Internet (VoIP) to residential and business customers. The company currently has antennas at Pilot Peak, Lake Wildwood, Wildwood Heights and near Lake of the Pines.

The Banner Mountain antenna is expected to be operational by Aug. 16, according to a spokesman. Information on service is available by phoning 477-2113 or 1-800-NACCTEL.


What’s new in yurts, the circular portable housing favored by nomads in central Asia for centuries? Try the wood version now being manufactured by CabinQuick of Nevada City.

The company says its product, built from farmed wood in the shape of a yurt, is eco-friendly, alternative, affordable housing. The cabins have up to 960 square feet of living space, and include glass windows, metal doors, insulated walls and composite floors.

A spokeswoman said the firm will soon introduce a biomass system that will generate electricity, and provide heat and hot water while taking care of waste. Cabins will be on display near Gate 4 during the Nevada County Fair. The company is located at 12396 Bitney Springs Road, 273-9600.


George Olive, who agreed earlier this year to serve as interim executive director of United Way of Nevada County, has signed on for at least two years, “and probably more,” he said last week. A career educator, Olive believes United Way is now positioned to “really make a difference in this county.”


Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at or 477-4236.

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