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Police chief’s last day on job is Monday

Monday is Nevada City Police Chief Jim Wickham’s final day on the job.

Wickham has been widely lauded for his work in Nevada City, despite holding such a short stint.

The part-time retiree who came on board in March 2012 has been told by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to vacate his position by early October or retroactively pay six months worth of benefits to the tune of about $100,000, said Nevada City Manager David Brennan. If Wickham remained past the Oct. 2 deadline, the city would also have to retroactively pay about $50,000, Brennan said.



On Wednesday, Nevada City announced the hiring of former Truckee Police Chief Scott Berry as Nevada City’s interim police chief. Berry, who retired from Truckee in 2008, will begin duty effective Tuesday, Oct. 1, the day after Wickham’s last official day, said City Manager David Brennan.

Catch Monday’s edition of The Union for Christopher Rosacker’s conversation with Wickham as he approaches his final day on the job.




County teacher of the year to be recognized

In Thursday’s The Union, Staff Writer Jennifer Terman talks with Bear River High School’s Megan Ross, the 2013 Nevada County Teacher of the Year.

Ross is among 11 educators honored as their respective school district’s teacher of the year. Also to be recognized are Cooky Watters, Chicago Park; Mindy Chittock, Clear Creek; Rosanne Paul, Grass Valley; Rachael Smith, Nevada City; Jennifer Sheffo, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools; Teresa Zoellin, Pleasant Ridge; Joelle Lake,Pleasant Valley; Anne Purdue, Ready Springs; Willow DeFranco, Twin Ridges; and Shelly White, Union Hill.

All of the Nevada County Teachers of the Year will be honored by school board members, Association of California School Administrators, and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools at a recognition dinner Thursday, Oct. 3.

Hall of Fame lacrosse advocate remembered

Avery Blake’s passion for the sport he loved was obvious, whether as an All-American player at Swarthmore College or as a founding member of the Gold Country Stampede Lacrosse program here in western Nevada County.

Blake, who died Sept. 19, had become one of the great lacrosse players in American history, as he was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1979, joining his father who was an outstanding player and coach. Forever dedicated to the game he loved, Blake was a driving force in popularizing lacrosse in Nevada County.

On Friday, catch Sports Editor Walter Ford’s look back at Blake’s playing career and his work here with the Stampede program.


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