NID imperils beauty |

NID imperils beauty

Last week, a friend of mine drove up from Southern California to spend a few days with my wife and me. This was a very special trip for Jeff. Jeff is a diabetic and, in recent years, with his eyesight in jeopardy, has had over a dozen operations. My friend had come north to spend a week with me skiing. Our mission was to melt the snow at Northstar with our new parabolic skis. As we drove out Clipper Creek on the last day of his stay, on our way to hit the slopes, Jeff surprised me as he stopped the car and got out. I yelled, wondering what the problem was. He told me to hold my horses: he was taking a picture of the road to our house. As he got back in the car, he said: “Bill, that is such a beautiful picture, I couldn’t let it pass. I can’t tell you how lucky you guys are. My view of the world is the freeway every day, and you have this.”

And then it hit me. I have been in denial. This beautiful road is one of the many reasons we live here, and it, including Wings of Morning and others, will be destroyed. As has been recently announced, the Nevada Irrigation District is proposing a 5-mile-long water project that will literally destroy our road and others with a 40-foot-wide swath, eliminating trees, plants and fences, anything that may hinder the construction process. The project will create chaos for ingress and egress, not to mention noise and dust.

It is our fervent hope that the engineers and planners, working with our neighborhood representatives, will truly understand the devastating impact this project is going to have on all the affected neighborhoods. Alternate routes that will cause less impact must be considered. Let’s not reduce these beautiful roads through the forests to just memories and pictures in a photo album. Get involved. Be informed. Attend the meetings. Visit

Bill Quirk

Nevada City

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