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The cause of a fire in a 10-feet-by-10-foot barn on the 21000 block of Bald Ridge Drive is under investigation, fire officials said Monday.

The barn, reported as fully engulfed in flames at 5:15 a.m. Monday, was a total loss, said Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Engineer Nick Pendley.

The barn’s owner told firefighters he woke up to a glow outside his window and realized it was too early for the sunrise.

He saw the fire and called 911 at about the same time Penn Valley Fire Protection District volunteer Bill Gassaway, passing by the property on his way to work, also reported the fire.

An engine and water tender from Nevada County Consolidated Fire District stations 44 and 43, respectively, arrived within six minutes to douse the flames and prevent them from igniting surrounding trees and grass.

Pendley said the barn owner kept tack and feed in the structure; the origin of the fire is unknown.

– Robyn Moormeister

Talent show, dinner set for Friday

The inaugural Bitney Springs Talent Show & Spaghetti Dinner will be held Friday at the Grass Valley Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road. The event is a fundraiser for the freshman and sophomore classes at Bitney Springs High School.

The talent show includes musical acts by students and local musicians. There will also be a silent auction of professional paintings and student works, and attractive raffle prizes.

The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and show are $10 for adults, $7 for students and free for children 6 years old and younger.

Reservations must be made by 4 p.m. Wednesday. Call the Bitney Springs office at 477-1235.

Nurse’s drawing to show at exhibit

Randy McMillen, a registered nurse employeed by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, recently had a drawing accepted to the “Fifth Biennial National Art Exhibit 2006” in Punta Gorda, Fla.

McMillen submitted a pencil drawing titled “The Ivory-bill Woodpecker.”

The juror for the show selected 111 pictures out of more than 800 pieces entered to make up the exhibit, which is open to the public through March 17.

– The Union staff

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