Hits & Misses: HIT: To Nevada County firefighters serving in SoCal | TheUnion.com

Hits & Misses: HIT: To Nevada County firefighters serving in SoCal

The Union staff

Each week we'll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to drogers@theunion.com or bhamilton@theunion.com.

HIT: To our community's firefighters who are battling the massive blazes — chiefly the 270,000 acre Thomas Fire — in Southern California. Not only do these folks put their lives on the line to protect our community but now are doing so a long ways from home as the holidays approach.

HIT: To all the talent and generosity on full display at Saturday's 12th annual Night of Giving, which treats the community to some great performances with 39 artists and raises much-needed funds for Hospitality House, serving those who need that help the most. Congrats and thanks to Mikail Graham for taking on this labor of love, which continues to be a win-win for our community each holiday season.

HIT: To the work of volunteers on Nevada County's Community Advisory Group, tasked with the difficult job of bringing forth recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on a new county cannabis cultivation ordinance. Sure, there are areas that still must be worked through, as not all issues could be agreed upon, but this important work helps ensure the public is well represented in the law-making process that will result in establishing what will be acceptable with our community standards on cannabis.

MISS: To Nevada City's decision to so soon revisit the number of medical dispensaries it will allow. The dispensary was approved while ensuring the community just one would be allowed for the first year. As Mayor Duane Strawser said, "The community as a whole, by volume … does not support one (dispensary), let alone two or three. … We promised we would start slow and go with the process."

HIT: To Wreaths Across America organizers who helped bring 800 wreaths to be placed on the graves of local veterans on Saturday, and pulled together a fitting tribute with a ceremony that honored their service.

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HIT: To the Nevada County Sheriff's Office for participating in the third annual Giving Tree, which provides gifts each Christmas for children in the Child Protective Services system. The Grass Valley Police Department also gets kudos for its Shop with a Cop program, which allows underprivileged children a chance to go on a shopping spree, then have breakfast at IHOP with Santa.

MISS: To the Federal Communications Commission repealing "net neutrality" rules, which could give internet service providers more control over access and speeds of websites. Legal challenges are likely to follow the decision, which polls have shown to be widely unpopular.

HIT: To opening night of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at the Del Oro Theatre, where staff members joined the fun in celebrating this series of films that spans generations. And another hit to the management at Pete's Pizza for buying tickets for its staff members, who then paraded down Mill Street in costume and added even more fun to the event.

MISS/HIT: To dwindling turnout at the Nevada City Classic bike race, the second-longest running bike race in United States. The crowd at the 57th annual version was so sparse that organizers will move the race from Father's Day for just the second time. The "Hit" goes to the dedicated group of people committed to finding a way to pumping new life back into what's long been a gem of an event for this community.

HIT: To the community lighting of a menorah, hosted by the Grass Valley Chabad, at Robinson Plaza in Nevada City, which brought people of all faiths together with the highly attended annual Victorian Christmas celebration serving as festive backdrop.

MISS: To reports that the U.S. Forest Service has identified 27 million more dying trees, bringing the total to 129 million since 2010. As PG&E announced it removed 148,000 dead or dying trees in 2017 to protect its power lines, no doubt much more work will need to be done.

HIT: To precipitation, no matter how brief and in what form — rain or snow — breaking up an otherwise warm and sunny stretch at a time when we need to start building a snowpack up the hill. (Check for the latest snowfall totals at area resorts with TheUnion.com's newly launched "Snow Report").

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