New local education cable TV channel launching |

New local education cable TV channel launching

​A new local cable TV channel dedicated to educational content is launching Thursday through a partnership between Nevada County, Nevada Joint Union High School District, and Nevada County Digital Media Center, according to the Friday memo issued by County CEO Rick Haffey.

The primary driver for the new channel was the school district’s desire to have an outlet for the video content developed by students in their Digital Academy, as well as to share with the community broadcasts of the many school related events, activities, and daily news updates.

The new channel was created via the county’s cable TV franchises with Comcast and Suddenlink and will be broadcast on both provider’s channel 18. The county worked with Granicus Inc., a San Francisco-based provider of government video streaming and governance management solutions to live broadcast this new channel over the Internet. This is the same solution used to live stream county and city public meetings and channels 11 and 17. As the Granicus CEO and CFO are both graduates of Nevada Union High School, they graciously provided the equipment and streaming services at no cost for this project, Haffey said. This will allow everyone in the community who cannot receive cable TV services to watch the channel and for all those students who mostly watch video content on mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

NCTV will assist the school district with providing content and scheduling services for the new channel. Programming will ramp up slowly over the next few months as teachers and students are brought up to speed. Over time, content from middle schools and other educational sources will enrich the channel’s programming and benefit to the community.

This project was made possible due to the county and NCTV partnering earlier this year and implementing the new Telvue video broadcasting platform that is now hosted in the county’s data center. The new platform can support broadcasting four concurrent TV channels and enables video content submission, conversion, and scheduling from remote locations and from the Cloud.

For more information, contact Steve Monaghan, County CIO at

Nevada County Department of Social Services prepares for Affordable Care Act open enrollment

While anyone can apply for the Medi-Cal program at any time during the year, those who are over the income limits for Medi-Cal can secure medical insurance during the 2015 Affordable Care Act open enrollment period that begins on Nov. 15 and continues until Feb. 15, 2015. Once the open enrollment period begins, Nevada County citizens will be able to purchase health coverage through the Covered California Marketplace. Applicants may also be eligible to an Advanced Premium Tax Credit that will reduce the amount they pay for the selected health care premiums. Interested citizens can sign up for these plans by going online to or by calling 800-300-1506. They can also apply online through the Nevada County Department of Social Services at; at the Eric Rood Administration Building, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City, or by calling 530-265-1340. A final option available is to dial 211 on a local phone and speak to a Dial-211 Nevada County operator who is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions related to open enrollment and can assist in enrolling those interested in applying (for more information or to live chat with an operator go to

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