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Sierra Family Medical Clinic in North San Juan has received a $10,000 grant from Catholic Healthcare West to subsidize mental health work conducted at the clinic by psychiatrist Dr. Eric Rubinstein. Catholic Healhcare West is also the parent firm for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley.

In collaboration with the clinic, Rubinstein also sees patients at Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Downieville and at Miner’s Community Health Center in Nevada City. Sierra Family Medical Clinic’s CEO, Dr. Peter Van Houten, sought the collaboration between the three clinics to increase mental health support to underserved local residents.

Rubinstein is a licensed Marriage Family & Child Counselor, has been a consultant to the Medical Board of California and has worked at Nevada County Behavioral Health. One of his specialties is psychopharmacology, helping patients find the right medications.

For more information, the clinic at 292-3478.

– Dave Moller

Volunteer classes are now being formed for the spring training program at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at Empire Mine State Historic Park. These include tour guides, gift shop sales, historic rose garden care, the Over-the-Hill Gang for building maintenance and construction projects, blacksmithing, Living History and much more.

Group interview sessions will be held in January and February. Classes begin in mid-March.

For more information, contact Ranger Jane Hall at 273-8522, ext. 202.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will be leading a snowshoe hike under a full moon on the rim trail on Feb. 11.

This hike will encounter beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, the Carson and Sierra Mountain ranges, billions of stars and constellations, and of course a full moon. This will be an intermediate to advanced hike. Warm refreshments will also be provided.

Reservations are required. To reserve your spot contact Alexis at (775) 298-0231 or e-mail

– The Union staff

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