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CHP investigates two DUI wrecks

California Highway Patrol officers are investigating whether alcohol was involved in separate weekend truck crashes.

No one was seriously hurt in the wrecks, but one man in each accident was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

On Jan. 30, Dennis Royle, 48, of North San Juan, was driving his 1986 Toyota pickup north on Oak Tree Road, north of Tyler Foote Road.

The truck went off the road and struck a tree. A 44-year-old passenger suffered cuts to the face and head.

Sunday, Scott Ballard, 50, of Sacramento, was driving a 1978 Chevrolet pickup north on Highway 174, north of Bar Ela Ranch Road, when he went off the road and struck an embankment.

Both of his knees were injured, highway patrol officials said. A passenger complained of pain but declined treatment.

Both Ballard and Royle were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

– Roman Gokhman

Horne grabs another endorsement

Nevada County Supervisor Sue Horne has racked up another endorsement from a public safety labor union in her re-election bid.

The Nevada County Probation Peace Officers’ Association announced its endorsement of Horne, who represents District 2, on Monday. The association is made up of 19 parole officers, who are fully sworn peace officers while on duty, according to Mike Dent, president of the association.

Horne, who is being challenged by Steve O’Rourke in the March 2 election, adds the endorsement to a list that already included the Nevada-Yuba-Placer chapter of CDF Firefighters, which represents employees of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the local chapter of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.

The probation officers’ decision came after interviews with both candidates, Dent said.

“Her education and experience gathered during her first term as the supervisor of District 2 has prepared her well for the difficult challenges facing the Board of Supervisors,” Dent said in a release. “Her concern over maintaining the current level of public safety . . . should be recognized by the voters of her district.”

Yuba River

meeting tonight

The 13th public meeting to write a plan for public lands along the 39-mile stretch of the South Yuba River from Spaulding Reservoir to Lake Englebright will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at the L.O.V.E. Building, 660 Minnie Street, Condon Park in Grass Valley.

The goal of the meeting is to discuss fire suppression/prevention, develop solutions for private property issues, and begin issue development for public safety/law enforcement, vegetation, soils/water quality/hydrology, wild and scenic designation, and fish/wildlife/plants/ecology.

Anyone interested in the South Yuba River is invited. For more information, call 272-6356, write to

Yuba Watershed Institute to hold presentation

The Yuba Watershed Institute will present “The Role of Fish Stocking in Amphibian Declines” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.

Aquatic biologist Kathleen Matthews will discuss her research with the U.S. Forest Service that is geared toward improving the management of aquatic systems in the wilderness. Since 1995, she has been conducting the most extensive field studies of the impacts of introduced fish in the United States.

Admission is $6. For more information or directions, call 470-0348.

No PC Users Group meeting tonight

There will be no meeting for the Nevada County PC Users Group tonight. The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Superintendent of Schools Office, Houser Room, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City.

For more information, call 273-1187.

– The Union staff

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