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Did you know … : That in 1997 the average home price in Nevada County was $178,000? By 2003, it had increased 98 percent to $354,000. This according to Larry Burkhart, who heads up the county’s Economic Resources Council. During that same time, wages went up only 21.6 percent. Larry says the community needs to begin a dialogue about the ways the county is changing and the ways that residents want the county to change. “We need a statement of principles and objectives. We need a formal visioning process to come up with a plan,” Larry said. The ERC does great work and I’m glad that we are beginning to look at the bigger picture for Nevada County. Larry also mentioned that the average age statewide is 33; in Nevada County it’s 43. Anyway, things to think about. Larry says if things keep going the way they have been, in 2008 the average home price could be $626,000. Yikes!

New amphitheater: DarkHorse Golf Club now has an amphitheater – who knew? Anyway, someone from RCI Real Estate called to tell me about a free community concert that’s being held this Saturday night out there. It’s from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 13450 Combie Road in Auburn and features music from the Meow Meows. They are described as a contemporary band specializing in smooth jazz and easy listening. Bring beach blankets and chairs. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Questions? Call 268-9595.

Fall or faux fall? Hard to believe that fall could be here already. Or do you think we’ll be having another hot spell before it’s time to light the wood stove?



Moms on the Mountains: I promised Kathy Palmer I would join the hike this year, which is taking place Oct. 9. To date, MOMS have raised $130,000 for the Nevada City Schools Foundation. With all the cuts in the schools these days, you know that is a good cause. More on this as we get closer to the hike, including how you can be involved.

Anonymous bumpersnickers: The Lab Called. Your Brain is Ready.




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


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