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Another scam alert: It’s good that readers call with these tips; they can help us all. Bill (didn’t want last named used) from Alta Sierra called to warn us about this scam. He received a call from someone saying he was from the U.S. Customs Office in New York. The caller told Bill that he had won a $100,000 cash prize, which was being held in customs. All Bill needed to do, the caller said, was to mail a 2.8 percent “fee” to an office in Canada and then the $100,000 would be mailed to him. Bill smelled a rat, hung up and called the newspaper.

Fair game: I know it’s only January, but the Nevada County Fair has selected its theme for this August’s fair. Don Baumgart of Nevada City said this year’s theme is “Moo On Down.” Those with ideas on how to extend this theme to all areas of the fair are encouraged to contact Fair CEO Ed Scofield. “Anyone with a clever cow-oriented idea should get in touch with us,” Scofield said. I presume mad cow jokes won’t be appreciated!

Police puzzle: This happens every once in awhile – we ran a Police Blotter item recently that stated a Nevada City puzzle maker was arrested for violating his parole. This upset Bryan Damewood, 27, who owns Life Puzzles on Broad Street. Even though the Blotter item named another man, Bryan said he has been getting lots of calls asking if he’s a felon. So cut him some slack, OK? What’s really incredible is that there is another person in Nevada City who is a puzzle maker.

Author Night: Mark your calendar for Feb. 18 to attend Author Night for the Gold Fever! project at the Rood Administrative Center. Librarian Steven Fjeldsted said it promises to be a great evening of entertainment for all those interested in the history of this area. I’ll be writing more about this great event in coming days, so stay tuned.

Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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