News Briefs: Complimentary wine tasting; Idaho-Maryland Road work; Late freeze kills leaves |

News Briefs: Complimentary wine tasting; Idaho-Maryland Road work; Late freeze kills leaves

Local winery to have complimentary tasting

Avanguardia Wines is continuing to celebrate the recent release of its 2008 white wines at a complimentary tasting today. The winery is at 13028 Jones Bar Rd., northwest of Nevada City, and it’s open from noon to 5 p.m. Call 274-9482 for details.

Safety railings, paving work on Idaho-Maryland

A contractor will place temporary safety railings and grade the pavement on Idaho-Maryland Road between Sutton Way and Spring Hill Drive. Work started Friday and will continue from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, weather permitting, through June 15, Grass Valley officials said.

n Local oaks not ailing – late freeze a leaf-killer

Foothill residents concerned about oak trees showing signs of sudden oak death this year needn’t be alarmed, say natural resource specialists. Leaves died prematurely because of late spring freezes on several native California oaks, including deciduous blue (Quercus douglasii), valley oak (Quercus lobata) and interior live oak (Quercus wislizeni), according to the UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension Office. It is estimated the trees will recover and produce a new crop of leaves next year, yet acorn production this fall is expected to be down.

n Friday 8:50 p.m. – A caller from South Church Street at Main Street reported a juvenile was stumbling all over the place and was almost hit by passing vehicles. Grass Valley police arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of public drunkenness.

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