County furloughs set for December |

County furloughs set for December

The following county offices will be closed through Friday in observance of the December holiday and previously announced furlough days: Assessor, Board of Supervisors, Community Development Agency, County Executive Office, County Counsel, Registrar of Voters, Health and Humans Services Agency, Human Resources and Information and General Services.

Closures will not impact access to public safety and other 24-hour operations. The following departments will be open during designated furlough days: Departments of Auditor-Controller, District Attorney, Sheriff, Probation, Public Works, Clerk-Recorder and Public Defender.

Visit for additional information on county departments.

In other county news:

— Nevada County Chief Probation Officer Michael Ertola has been chosen by the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) as its regional chair for the Sacramento region.

The Sacramento region includes 12 surrounding counties ranging from Lake County to the west and Alpine County to the east. As region chair, Ertola will participate on the CPOC Executive Committee, which drives the direction of California probation including legislative decisions.

— Nevada County has offered a unique program for more than 30 years to provide free nursing assessments and support to people older than 60, with the goal of helping them to continue living safely in their own homes as they age. The program is housed in Adult Services and Public Health. There are three part-time nurses in western Nevada County and one in Truckee, who serve an average of 260 clients.

One of the program’s services is to provide socialization for people who can become isolated, and part of that is the Holiday Cheer Program. Every year, each nurse provides names and addresses of clients with a personalized gift list to a group of community volunteers who provide gifts that are bagged and delivered to each client’s home. This effort has grown from giving a gift of cookies and a card for each client to multiple gifts and food, even food for pets. The community’s effort is huge, and the organization, done this year by Karen Holt and Donna Kearns, matches that effort.

On Dec. 13, 140 bags of gifts were picked up by more than 30 drivers who went to individual homes to deliver presents.

— The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) division of the Information and General Services Agency has compiled a countywide map of public hiking, biking and equestrian trails. These trails can be viewed using the flagship My Neighborhood GIS map viewer at, by clicking on the hiking boot icon in the list of tools across the top of the page.

They have also built a second web map tailored specifically to tablets and smartphones that is available at

Both web maps allow a user to pan and zoom around a county map showing all known public trails, including Forest Service, State Park, Land Trust, and public trails built by other jurisdictions. You can search for a trail or simply click on one of the trails on the map to discover its name and length in miles.

For many trails, an additional link will take you to a helpful Bear Yuba Land Trust Trail Map, a state park brochure, a Tahoe Donner Land Trust map or a Forest Service site with trail access and use information.

If you would like to give feedback regarding missing or incorrect trails, send an email to

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