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The family of a 14-year-old girl, who was last seen in the town of Washington on Feb. 16, is asking the community for assistance in locating the teen.

Brittany Sanchez, aka “Mercedes,” has blue eyes, light brown and slightly wavy hair. She is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Her grandmother, Barbara Sehl, says her family just wants to know she is safe. Anyone with information on her daughter is asked to call 911 or the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 265-1471. Brittany’s family may be reached at (530) 470-8893 or (530) 477-7525.

– The Union staff

Announcement live on Internet

The long-awaited announcement of where the Sierra Nevada Conservancy will locate its headquarters will be live on the Internet today.

Nevada City is one of the sites being considered, along with Auburn, Colfax, El Dorado Hills, Martell and Truckee.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and the announcement is scheduled late in the meeting’s agenda. To hear the broadcast, go to and follow the directions.

– Dave Moller

Stretch of road still closed

A section of Idaho-Maryland Road still is so icy that it may remain closed at least through Thursday, or until conditions improve, Grass Valley Public Works said Wednesday.

The section of road, between Sutton Way and Brunswick Road, has been closed to through traffic since at least Monday. Freezing temperatures that started over the weekend continue to keep ice and snow on roadways throughout western Nevada County.

– Trina Kleist

Tiny Paws joins

Tiny Paws Rescue has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on, the largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet.

More than 9,100 organizations in the U.S., Canada and other countries post their pets on Tiny Paws Rescue pets can be viewed at

For more information, please contact Tiny Paws Rescue via e-mail or by phone at (530) 477-7433.

– The Union staff

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