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Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission and the California State Office of Historical Preservation will present a Preservation Workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25 in Nevada City’s council chambers, 317 Broad St., Nevada City.

The workshop will cover the following topics: “What’s What and Who’s Who in Historical Preservation; Survey Savvy – How to Make Surveys Useful;” “Tune Up Your Historical Preservation Program: An Approach to Historic Preservation Ordinances; The Public, CEQUA” and “Historical Resources or What to do Before the Wrecking Ball Arrives.”

Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Cost is $20. Checks should be made payable to county of Nevada and sent to NCHLC, P.O Box 1014, Nevada City, CA 95959

For more information, call 265-4452 or e-mail

Drew’s Place benefit scheduled

The Third Annual Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament will be held during Memorial Day weekend.

The tournament honors Drew Reynolds, who was killed by a methamphetamine-abusing driver. Proceeds raised support Drew’s Place, a center for grief and loss, and drug prevention programs for the youth of the community.

This tournament is an adult, co-ed, name-draw tournament. Last year there were 150 players, plus family and friends cheering them on.

A silent auction, raffles, food and beverages will be available throughout the tournament.

The tournament will be held May 26-28 at Memorial Park in Grass Valley. The deadline for registration to play is May 22, and registration cost is $25 per person.

To register, call 308-2931.

– The Union staff

Senate panel OKs delay for bonds

SACRAMENTO – Legislation that would delay a public vote on a $9.95 billion high-speed rail bond measure for another two years was approved Tuesday by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

An 11-1 vote sent the bill by Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Newark, to the Senate Appropriations Committee, the last stop before the full Senate.

The bond measure would provide about half the funding needed to build a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

It originally was put on the November 2004 ballot by lawmakers, then was pushed back to this year’s November ballot. Torrico’s bill would postpone the vote until November 2008.

– The Associated Press

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