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People who have applied to the county for building permits can now check on them through a new, automated system that goes live today.

The automated system will provide inspection results and plan check status 24 hours a day for applications made to the Nevada County Building Department.

The system uses the caller’s voice responses to find information.

Callers must have their permit numbers and the appropriate inspection codes to schedule an inspection. Use the same inspection request number as before, 265-7070. For more information, call 265-1580.

Community Blood Drive set today

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be sponsoring a Community Blood Drive from noon-6 p.m today. It will be held at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church Street, and no appointment is necessary.

Giving blood is safe, easy and only takes about an hour of your time. You will be given a medical history interview and your blood pressure, temperature and blood count will be checked. The actual process of drawing a pint of blood only takes 5-7 minutes and can benefit up to three individuals! You can then enjoy the auxiliary’s complimentary juices and yummy snacks. As an added bonus for this month’s Blood Drive, each donor will receive a gift certificate for a personal-sized pizza courtesy of Round Table Pizza.

Grants available for nonprofits

Nevada County’s nonprofit agencies that have emergency food and shelter programs have two weeks to apply for funds through a recent federal grant.

A national board that includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently designated $24,241 to the county as part of a national program to expand emergency food and shelter programs in high-need areas.

To qualify, agencies must be private nonprofits or units of government and have a demonstrated ability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs.

To learn more and request an application, contact Terry Winters at 913-3128 or e-mail The application deadline is noon April 2.

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