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The long wait for water may end soon for as many as 250 Cement Hill Road landowners near Nevada City.

The Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors on Wednesday approved an environmental study for a project to service homeowners who now rely on well and canal water. The project includes a new 800,000-gallon storage tank, a pump station and about 58,000 feet of main lines.

NID has applied for a $9.8 million low-interest state loan to finance the project, which property owners who receive the water would repay. Property owners must now approve a community facilities district and special tax levy.

An election is slated for later this year. NID directors will consider a mitigation plan and final approval at the July 11 meeting.

Medical team earns ataxia award

The National Ataxia Foundation and the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance announces that the $100,000 Kyle Bryant Award will go to translational research for a possible treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia.

Bear River High School graduate Kyle Bryant, 25, now living in Sacramento, raised $40,000 on his cross-country “Ride Ataxia” tricycle trip, visiting FRDA researchers and patient families along his route, which was featured in a story in The Union.

The alliance and foundation announced at the end of his ride that the two organizations would add funds to bring the total of the Kyle Bryant Research Award to $100,000. The money will be used by an Australian and British medical team at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia.

Friedreich’s ataxia is a life-shortening, debilitating and rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder. Most patients need a wheelchair full time by their late teens and die as young adults. There is no cure.

Bryant left La Jolla on Jan. 22 with a group of friends and family and logged about 60 miles a day, arriving March 22 in Memphis. He kept a blog describing his adventures along the way at

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