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Victim, suspect

in fair condition

The victim of a New Year’s stabbing at a restaurant in downtown Grass Valley and her alleged assailant are in fair condition, a nurse at Sutter Roseville Medical Center said Sunday.

Both the unnamed victim and the suspect, Jose O. Saravia, 55, of Grass Valley, who was cut during the attack, were in critical condition after the incident, according to Grass Valley Police and hospital information.

Saravia is suspected of knifing the 32-year-old woman at Amigos & Co. on East Main Street, the Mexican restaurant where she worked as a dishwasher, according to police.

– Kerana Todorov

Land Trust elects 2003 officers

Geri Vanderveer Bergen has been elected as 2003 president of the Nevada County Land Trust.

Bergen, a Nevada City resident and retired forest supervisor for Tahoe National Forest, has been active in the community and served as Land Trust vice president in 2002.

Andy Cassano, a longtime local land-use planner, and Mark Weyman, a local real estate agent, were elected Land Trust vice presidents for 2003.

Businessman Ken Krugler was elected secretary while retired businessman and outgoing Land Trust President Ron Mathis was elected as treasurer. The 2003 officers were elected Dec. 17 by the Land Trust board of directors.

The Nevada County Land Trust is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that works with buyers and sellers to create and maintain trails, parks and open space in the community. For information on the Land Trust, call (530)272-5994 or visit

Eighth-grader wins word challenge

Brian Carrillo, an eighth-grader at Mount St. Mary’s School in Grass Valley, was one of 100 fourth- through eighth-grade students in California who won the Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge.

Brian will go on to compete at the state level on January 21.

Learning assessment for home-schoolers

American Freedom Academy is offering an assessment test for home-school families.

Students can complete a learning styles assessment online by logging into and clicking on “Free Learning Styles Assessment.”

By identifying their child’s personal learning style, parents can begin to seek out curriculum and lessons that will meet their child’s learning needs.

Donations needed for seniors’ auction

The Senior Citizen’s Foundation of Western Nevada County is seeking donations of new or “gently used” items for their Not So Silent Auction on Feb. 13, from 5-7 p.m.

To donate items or for more information, call 273-4961.

Auction set to benefit Nevada City schools

Nevada City Schools Parent Teacher Clubs and the Nevada City Schools Foundation will hold their annual Dinner Dance and Auction 2003 from 6 p.m. to midnight, Feb. 8, at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. This year’s event is titled “A Night in Tuscany.”

Dinner will be catered by Apex, with music by South Fork. A silent and live auction will be held, which will feature many items donated by area businesses.

All proceeds will be used by all four Nevada City Schools for many nonfunded educational programs.

Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, call 477-2716.

– The Union staff

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