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Film festival

needs sponsors, volunteers

As the Nevada City Film Festival prepares to roll out the red carpet for its Aug. 16 opening, event organizers are looking for underwriters and volunteers.



The four-day festival will screen more than 30 films, both local and international, at four venues in Nevada City on Aug. 16-19.

This year’s festival will include a panel discussion about Internet storytelling featuring the masterminds behind the YouTube sensation, “Lonelygirl 15.”




Festival Director Jason Graham said that the festival still needs underwriters to support venue rentals and filmmakers’ travel expenses.

Graham expects to draw a regional audience of more than 2,000 people to the festival. Donations can be made through the festival’s Web site, http://www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com

– Jill Bauerle

200 square miles burn in Nevada

RENO, Nev. – Crews battled more than two dozen large fires burning across nearly 200 square miles of rangeland and timber in northern Nevada on Wednesday, including one on the edge of Reno where the threat to hundreds of homes was subsiding despite winds up to 40 mph.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations had been ordered in the Reno area.

About 400 homes remained on alert into the evening Wednesday due to gusty, erratic winds fanning the 2,900-acre fire burning in protected wilderness in a national forest northeast of Lake Tahoe. But fire officials said the threat to the homes had been “reduced” and an evacuation center set up at a Reno high school was shut down.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, but fire officials said Wednesday they believe it was started by metal grinding work at a construction site Monday afternoon.

– The Associated Press


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