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Local Republicans will gather Thursday at private homes to watch President George W. Bush’s acceptance of the Republican Party’s nomination for presidential candidate. Hank DiPillo, an Alta Sierra Realtor, will be hosting one “Party for the President.”

“We have had a tremendous response on this,” he said

DiPillo said he was inspired to host after attending a similar house party for President Bush at a friend’s home in Lincoln, Neb. There is a planned agenda for the evening that more than 3,000 other house parties nationwide will be following. DiPillo said he estimates that the event will last about two hours and will include getting acquainted, talking about the party platform, and discussing ways to get involved.

They will also be passing out information about Nevada County District 3 supervisor candidate John Spencer, who is a friend of DiPillo’s.

To find out more information about DiPillo’s party, call him at 272-2662. To find out about other house parties in the Grass Valley area, visit on the Web.

– Britt Retherford

KNCO suffers glitches Monday morning

If you tuned into KNCO-AM Monday morning and heard pop music instead of the news report, no adjustment of your radio was necessary.

A computer server crash disrupted KNCO 830 AM’s broadcast operations for more than six hours early Monday until order was restored at 6:25 a.m.

Listeners who tuned in after 6 a.m. expecting to hear the news were greeted instead with “the best of the ’80s, ’90s and today,” courtesy of sister station STAR 94.1.

Jim Kerr, news director and morning host on the AM side, said early arriving STAR 94.1 personnel decided to simulcast their programming until KNCO-AM could solve its computer problem.

“We got a lot of phone calls,” he said.

General manager Bob Breck said the stations will soon install a new digital automation system “with a lot of redundancies” that could minimize such problems in the future.

– George Boardman

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