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County wins gold for exhibit at state fair

Nevada County’s exhibit at this year’s State Fair has been awarded a gold medal in the Professionally Built division, according to the Friday memo issued by county Executive Officer Rick Haffey. The awards were announced at a judging ceremony at CalExpo July 12, the first day of the fair.

This year, Nevada County’s exhibit consists of a replica of the Bridgeport Bridge, measuring 16 feet long, 11 feet high and 7 feet wide. Visitors can walk through the bridge where posters and other materials are on display along the inside walls. A separate structure, provided by Miners Foundry, houses brochures and a monitor running a loop of promotional photos and videos.

Each entry in a division is judged on its own merit, and a maximum of 20 points is awarded in each of the following categories: Content, Marketability, Craftsmanship, Creative Use of Products, Produce and/or Artifacts, Technology, Animation, Special Effects and/or Visitor Experience.

A score of 90 points or more earns a gold award. There is also a cash prize that is calculated according to the number of entries, their sizes and points awarded to each entry.

The exhibit is the result of collaboration by members of the Economic Resource Council’s Tourism Advisory Committee.

The exhibit builder, Dianne Bennett of Volcano, built Nevada County’s exhibit last year, which won a silver medal.

Under terms of their agreement, Bennett will keep the cash prize and the materials for the booth after the fair ends July 28. However, discussions are under way to see if California State Parks might utilize the bridge for its exhibit at the Nevada County Fair, which runs Aug. 7-11.

District Attorney receives grant for workers’ comp fraud cases

The California State Insurance Commissioner has awarded the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office $66,000 to help prevent and prosecute workers’ compensation insurance fraud, Haffey announced.

The grant will be used for education and outreach to inform the public and medical providers about the importance of accurate use and reporting in workers’ compensation cases.

The District Attorney’s Office will assign a dedicated investigator and a part-time deputy district attorney for enhanced investigation and prosecution of workers’ comp fraud cases.

The district attorney will work closely with the California Department of Insurance to identify cases that will have the most deterrent effect and those that significantly impact the workers’ compensation system.

The long-term goal of the program is to develop a regional unit that will investigate fraud cases in Nevada County and neighboring counties.

“Initially, the focus will be outreach and education to inform medical providers, employers and the public of the program, and ultimately, we will investigate and prosecute those that take advantage of the system,” said District Attorney Cliff Newell.

An online video with additional information can be viewed on the Nevada County website at

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