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Comet talk Friday

Don Machholz of Colfax will talk about discovering his 10th comet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Houser Room.

The comet is currently visible in the sky and near its brightest. There will be a sky show, weather permitting, afterward at Tobiassen Park in Nevada City from 8 to 10 p.m. Suggested donation is $3.



For more information, call 478-6415.

Aanestad speaks out




State Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, spoke out Thursday against the federal Northern California Wilderness Act on Thursday, calling it “extremely harmful.”

The bill, proposed by Democrats U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Mike Thompson in March 2003 would classify about 300,000 acres – primarily in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Siskiyou and Napa counties – as wilderness.

“It allows unelected government bureaucrats to close off thousands of acres of our public lands. The last thing we need in Northern California is more green gates,” Aanestad said in a statement Thursday.

Aanestad is asking Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, to hold a series of public meetings on the House version of the bill.

“A series of federal hearings on the matter will show interested citizens just what kind of trouble this type of legislation will cause in our communities,” Aanestad said.

Wilderness designation was created in 1964. The U.S. currently has more than 106 million acres of wilderness, where grazing, mining, timber cutting, and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.


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