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Fond memories of Nevada County

I enjoyed reading your recent article in The Union online. We lived in southern Nevada County in the Lodestar subdivision from 1988 to 2000. All four of our kids were born at Auburn Faith Hospital, and we truly enjoyed the serenity of our country home those 12 years we were there.

As the kids got older, however, living in the country with a 20-minute drive to Grass Valley or Nevada City for various sporting and school activities began to erode the quality of life. Additionally, my commute to Roseville of 50 minutes, working nine-to-10- hour days, five days per week, also added to the erosion of the quality of life we otherwise enjoyed living in Nevada County.



We have since moved to Golden, Colo., and we truly miss the country life and all of our dear friends we made during that time. However, my quality of life has greatly improved, due to a job transfer to a project where I now only work 40 hours a week and have half the commute time.

We moved to a neighborhood and live on a cul-de-sac with lots of kids (and no longer have to arrange for play days and drive the kids to their friends’ houses). We are also adjacent to a large open- space area where I can ride my mountain bike and we can all take hikes. While we miss Nevada County and our many friends, our quality of life has actually improved upon leaving.




As an engineer, I had become somewhat specialized in what I did, so the opportunities for employment with equivalent pay in Nevada County were limited. But … maybe someday we’ll be back … perhaps for retirement. My hat is off to those who can manage their work and family commitments and leave time to enjoy the quality environment that Nevada County has to offer.

If you’re ever in Golden, stop by and we’ll take you on the “short tour” at the Coors Brewery. It’s a little like the short tour at the Nevada City Brewery. Cheers.

Rick Kiel

Golden, Colo.


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