Grass Valley City council to honor ambassador killed in Libya |

Grass Valley City council to honor ambassador killed in Libya

FILE - In this April 11, 2011 file photo, Ambassador Chris Stevens is seen in Benghazi, Libya. An independent panel appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is opening its inquiry into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, amid demands from Congress for speedy answers to questions about the security of the mission and concerns that the FBI investigation into the incident has been delayed." (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

In honor of the slain Ambassador Christopher Stevens, members of Grass Valley City Council are expected to enact a proclamation at their meeting tonight.

Stevens was killed along with three others, including two former Navy SEALS, Sept. 11 during an attack on the American diplomatic mission in
Benghazi, Libya.

The befallen U.S. emissary was remembered at a ceremony Oct. 16 under the dome at San Francisco City Hall where family members recalled him as a mischievous kid but a humble and optimistic man.

“The world needs more Chris Stevenses,” the city’s proclamation quotes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying. “Mr. Stevens won friends for America in distant places and made other people’s hopes his own.”

Stevens was born in Grass Valley in 1960, and his grandfather, Elmer “Chief” Stevens, was a teacher at Grass Valley High School; his father Jan graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1951.

“(T)he city of Grass Valley find(s) it necessary to acknowledge the loss not only of an ambassador for America but the loss of one of our own children born in Grass Valley,” reads
the proclamation.

Dorsey Drive

After the proclamation, the city council will also be asked to initiate the bidding process to work on the Dorsey Interchange, a $25.5 million project to add on- and off-ramps to Highway 49/20 at Dorsey Drive.

After years of planning, the project secured a $14.1 million funding allocation from the California Transportation Commission in August, effectively green-lighting the project.

Advocates say the interchange will reduce rush-hour congestion to the Brunswick Basin and increase access to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Nevada Union High School and Sierra College and bring jobs to the area during construction.

If all goes according to plan, construction could begin as early as spring 2013 and be completed by fall 2014, said Grass Valley Mayor Jan Arbuckle.

The city council will be presented an update of the project before being asking to authorize initiation of the bidding process at today’s meeting.

The Grass Valley City Council is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, located at 125 E. Main St.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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