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Airman who died at Beale named

Beale Air Force base has named the airman who died Thursday but still did not say how or why his death occurred.

Senior Airman Jeremy Mastagni, 23, of Alturas was a pavement and equipment operator for the base’s 9th Reconnaissance Wing, said base spokesman Mike Andrews on Friday. He was in the Air Force since April 2002.

Mastagni’s death is under investigation and details will be released as they are learned, Andrews said. Mastagni was taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital’s emergency room in Marysville, where he was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family,” Andrews said.

Scuffle sends NU student to hospital

Following an argument Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl injured a 15-year-old girl at Nevada Union High School. The younger girl was arrested and the older girl was taken to see a doctor for facial injuries, according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Davenport. Davenport said assaults are the second most common crime reported on campus, following thefts.

No other details were released.

River cleanup

is Sept. 18

The South Yuba River Citizens League will hold the 7th Annual Great Yuba CleanUp from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 18.

Volunteers will gather trash on streams throughout the Yuba watershed.

Sites include the South, Middle, and North forks and the lower Yuba, as well as Deer Creek, Bear River, and Wolf Creek watersheds.

In the past six years, nearly 2,000 volunteers have collected an estimated 35,000 pounds of trash and recyclables, including cars, scrap metal, a derelict cabin and old mining equipment. All of the River CleanUp volunteers are also invited to a free celebration following the cleanup from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Park in Grass Valley that includes lunch, raffle and music by Kipchoge Spencer and his band.

“The Yuba Cleanup continues to grow each year in community participation and we continue to expand our efforts,” said Kathy Dotson, SYRCL RiverPeople Director and event coordinator. “We are excited to include sites on Wolf Creek this year, as well as to help eliminate non-native plants from Bridgeport on the South Yuba.”

All volunteers must pre-register. If you are interested, contact Kayle Martin at (530)265-5961 Ext. 201 or at

The cleanup sites are:

• South Yuba River: Purdon Crossing, Edwards Crossing, Jones Bar, 49 Crossing, Bridgeport, Bridgeport Star Thistle elimination, Lang’s Crossing, Washington, Independence Trail East

• Lower Yuba: Parks Bar, Englebright Lake

• Middle Yuba: Colgate, Oregon Creek, Mushroom Hole

• North Yuba: To be announced.

• Deer Creek: Downtown Nevada City at Highway 49, Pioneer Park, Willow Valley Road, Deer Creek Falls, Ponderosa.

• Bear River: Dog Bar Road, Highway 174

• Wolf Creek: Peabody Creek, Wolf Creek near Safeway.

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