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Two Nevada Union High School students injured in a Thursday car crash were improving at a Roseville hospital Friday.

Chris Hamn, 16, was in good condition at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, and driver Jeremy Foley, 17, was in fair condition. The two were airlifted to Sutter Roseville after the car reportedly went airborne and hit a tree.

A second passenger, 18-year-old Ben Moller, was treated and released from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Thursday with a deep cut to an arm.

The crash was reported at 12:23 p.m. on McCourtney Road, near an intersection with Beyers Lane, according to the California Highway Patrol. School had gotten out early Thursday because of a sewage clog at Nevada Union.

“Speed was definitely a factor,” highway patrol Officer George Kirbyson said.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected, Kirbyson said.

Moller said Thursday the three were headed south toward Bear River High School when the car hit a bump in the road and the driver lost control, running off the road and into a tree.

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District and Higgins Area Fire Protection District responded to the crash.

– Roman Gokhman

Search starts for

Camp Beale ammo

On Monday, contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin to search about 100,000 acres of the former Camp Beale for unexploded ordinance.

Workers using metal detectors will cover an area bordered by Beale Air Force Base on the west, Highway 20 on the north, Perimeter Road on the east, and Camp Far West on the south. The work is expected to be completed in August 2005.

“We’re not expecting to find very much,” said Peter Broderick, project manager for the Former Camp Beale Project. “Our records indicate not much ordnance was expended in these areas.”

Camp Beale was once the home to the U.S. Army 13th Armored Division. Mortar shells, grenades and other ordnance have been found in the Big Oak Valley and Spenceville Wildlife Refuge areas.

Plans in works for contractor’s quarters

Planning to move out of its cramped Gold Flat area quarters, the Nevada County Contractor’s Association submitted plans recently to the city of Grass Valley to construct a 9,000-square-foot building in Whispering Pines business park.

The two-story building would house offices for the association and affiliated contractors and a large conference room that will be available to like-minded non-profits, association President Keoni Allen said.

Contractors will volunteer their services to construct the building, Allen said.

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