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Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and Sierra Family Medical Clinic hosted the annual “Give Kids a Smile” day recently to serve 59 children in Nevada and Sierra County on MediCal, Healthy Families, and the uninsured.

The event included preventative and restorative treatment in addition to oral health education to all children.

Participating were Sierra Nevada Children’s Services dentists Minah DeAinza, Lindsey Robinson, Mark Bauman, and Terry Horlick. Helping them were Amber Clark, Darby Salazar, Carmen Bravo, Cherece Mitchell, Naida Nunnink, Wendy Voss, Karina Winter, Kristy Dewey, and Jeannie Pittman with the Butte Sierra District Dental Society. South Pine Café provided muffins and Miner Moe’s Pizza served lunch



The Sierra Nevada Children’s Dental Clinic has been in operation since May 2004, and has served more than 2,000 Nevada and Sierra County children on MediCal, Healthy Families, and the uninsured.

If you would like to volunteer your time or donate to the project, contact Barry Sturm at 274-8872.




– Dave Moller

The state recently reached a settlement with DeltaKeeper and must now control the contaminated water flowing off of Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley.

What’s in the runoff? How did it get there? How can it be removed?

Those are the topics of the next Wolf Creek Community Alliance meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at the NID Annex Building, 1036 West Main St., across from Lyman Gilmore school.

Presenter Carrie McNeil is the new director of DeltaKeeper (a Stockton-based Chapter of Baykeeper). She has worked as a legal consultant on lawsuits involving massive oil spills and toxic poisoning in Ecuador, and has helped developed laws involving abandoned mine cleanup, storm water pollution, metal contamination and nuclear waste. Currently, she is working on setting mercury standards in state waterways. For more information, call 272-2347.

– The Union staff


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