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New hours have been set for the Nevada County Community Health Department services.

Walk-in teen clinics will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the county clinic at 10433 Willow Valley Road in Nevada City.

Adult and childhood immunizations will be available from the department’s mobile services van from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 255 S. Auburn St., next to Hennessy School. No appointments are needed.



All adults 20 and older are referred to the Miners Community Clinic at 700 Zion St. in Nevada City, or to the health care provider of their choice. For information on services or medical records, call 265-1450.

Construction coming to Beale




Beale Air Force Base plans to hire private developer American Eagle Communities to construct 585 new houses and renovate an additional 759 aging homes on the base.

American Eagle will also build a new community center, playgrounds and a sports complex, Capt. Mike Andrews said.

The residential area will occupy about 1,000 of the base’s 23,000 acres, according to a consultant’s report.

American Eagle will own the houses and developments, but the Air Force will maintain ownership of the land, according to the proposal. Housing will be used by military personnel and families.

The Beale project is part of an Air Force housing program that will increase housing allowances, privatize most on-base housing, and support military construction, according to The Airman, an official Air Force publication.

The Air Force hopes to spend $1.6 billion during fiscal year 2005 for military housing projects, said Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez. The goal is to “eliminate all inadequate military-family housing in the United States by 2008,” he said.

Winemaking contest

deadline nears

The deadline is 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, to enter wines in the Home Winemaking Competition at the Nevada County Fair. Judging takes place during the fair at noon Thursday, Aug. 12.

“Last year, we had 52 entries and some very excellent wines,” said Rod Byers, organizer of the annual event. “We get a lot of wines produced from traditional grape varieties like zinfandel and chardonnay, but also an assortment of wines made from different fruits. Last year we had a rhubarb and a prickly pear wine.”

This year, in addition to the judges all being wine industry professionals, four of them have judging experience at the California State Fair Home Winemaking Competition.

Each year, the Best of Show winner is invited to be an honorary guest judge the following year. Last year’s winner was Rob Chrisman of Nevada City. He won with a white wine he calls Cristallo, a blend of the Russian variety, Rkatsiteli and Melon de Bourgogne that he grows in his vineyard on Jones Bar Road.

“It was a dry, fruity white that was really delicious,” Byers said. Chrisman hopes to release his first commercial wine later this year. If so, he will become at least the fourth Best of Show Winner to turn pro.

Every year a few of the judges stay after the event so entrants can have a firsthand chance to hear what the judges thought of their wines.

To enter wines, contact the Nevada County Fair at 273-6217 to fill out your application before July 24. There is no charge to enter, and it requires one bottle of wine for judging and a second, dummy bottle for display. There is also a label contest that is a separate entry.

– The Union staff


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