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Construction work is slated to close Bitney Springs Road at the Excelsior Ditch beginning at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday next week.

The Nevada County Department of Transportation and Sanitation Road Maintenance Division plans to construct a new culvert crossing the Nevada Irrigation District ditch. The work is needed to improve lane width and provide road shoulders at the Excelsior Ditch, which is a half mile east of Pleasant Valley Road.

See’s Candy sales support hospital

Easter-wrapped boxes of See’s Candy are on sale at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary.

Candy will be on sale in the main lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekend. Candy also will be at the new diagnostic imaging center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. See’s Candy is sold year-round at the hospital gift shop.

The sale is the auxiliary’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going to fund special needs and projects at the hospital. Last year, the auxiliary gave almost $58,000, which the hospital used to buy exercise equipment for the cardiac rehabilitation center and gurneys for the emergency room.

Probate reform bill passes committee

A probate reform bill introduced by California Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, is moving forward in the state Legislature after receiving unanimous support recently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Under current state law, probate is replaced with a variety of simplified procedures if an estate is valued at less than $100,000.

“These limits haven’t been updated since 1996 and are now outdated,” Aanestad said.

SB 553 would increase the estate value level required for probate from the current $100,000 to $150,000. In addition, bill would update state probate law by making changes in a number of code sections.

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