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Summer Nights starts tonight

Summer Nights in Nevada City will be held on Wednesday evenings in July starting tonight in historic downtown Nevada City.

The annual celebration features Sierra foothills musicians performing on five outdoor stages throughout downtown; it lasts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and on July 18 and 25.

A shuttle bus from the Eric W. Rood Administrative Center to the top of Broad Street runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It costs $2 round-trip for adults, and children 12 and under ride free.

The Grower’s Market has been moved to a new location in front of the National Hotel. The Stonehouse restaurant will feature classic cars and dancing in the parking lot.

Tonight, Taiko drummers perform at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St. The cost is $7 and benefits the Nevada Theatre Commission and Grass Valley Taiko.

Residents asked to conserve water

Nevada City officials want residents to conserve water during the hot summer season.

The water treatment plant operates at maximum capacity, but the long, hot summer days can strain the system, according to a city press release.

The city requests limited irrigation and avoiding water run-off. Conservation practices help ensure a continuous water flow for emergencies and for drinking, according to the release.

– The Union staff

Southeast Sierra fire rages on

SAN FRANCISCO – Crews in California made progress Monday in battling a 37,000-acre blaze that closed trails into a popular wilderness area north of Mount Whitney but lost ground farther south as flames moved into virgin brush in the Los Padres National Forest.

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds overnight allowed firefighters to make their first meaningful progress on taming the state’s largest fire, located in the Inyo National Forest. The lightning-sparked blaze, which broke out Friday and destroyed at least one home, was 55 percent contained as of Monday morning.

“Things went well yesterday and last night and we’re just hoping to really get a handle on this today,” said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Nancy Upham.

– The Associated Press

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