Briefs 7/24/07 |

Briefs 7/24/07

Last Summer Nights Wednesday

Wednesday is the last day for Summer Nights in Nevada City, the free music, crafts and food fair from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This year’s theme is Cool Music and Classic Cars.

The historic downtown district is closed to vehicle traffic for the fair. Area musicians perform on five outdoor stages throughout the downtown.

People can park for free at the Nevada County Government Center and take a shuttle ride to and from the event. A round trip shuttle ride costs $2 for adults, and children 12 and under ride for free.

The Summer Nights event is sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit, call 265-2692 or 1-800-655-NJOY.

Center needs new funding source

A more definitive funding source besides raising private funds each year is needed to ensure the Gold Country Community Center’s future, the center’s executive director said this week.

Beginning this month, center officials pay $36,000 annually in rent to continue operations at its home on the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The center raised $15,000 in private funds and obtained a $21,000 loan to cover the rent prior to a June 30 deadline, but this isn’t what center officials want to go through each year, said Bette Worth, the center’s executive director.

Local governments should financially support the center or voters should approve a special. tax-funded district supporting the center, Worth said, detailing center supporters’ recent comments.

Center officials held a brainstorming session last Friday.

“They understand we need a predictable source of income,” Worth said.

While the fundraising events are helpful and will continue, it also costs to hold those events, Worth said.

The center has raised more than $17,200 in private funds toward the annual rent expense so far and plan on holding more fundraisers, Worth said.

” Greg Moberly

Consolidated firefighter injured in Hwy. 49 crash

A firefighter for Nevada County Consolidated Fire Protection District has a fractured spine and left arm after being hit by a van on Highway 49, officials said Monday.

Robert Tellam, 32, of Grass Valley, was southbound on Highway 49 on a 2000 Honda motorcycle at 9:30 p.m. Sunday when a van driven by Fouad Dahrouj, 47, of Chico, made a U-turn from the shoulder and struck Tellam, California Highway Patrol Officer Randy Gunning said.

Dahrouj was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with head injuries, Gunning said. Tellam was taken to Sutter Roseville Memorial Hospital.

Gunning said charges may be filed against Dahrouj following an investigation by the CHP.

” Dixie Redfearn

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