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Changes in The Union newsroom: We’ve had some new people come aboard and others change positions, so if you’re confused, here’s what’s happening. Jeff Pelline is the (relatively) new editor of The Union. He lives in Nevada City, has an impressive background and is already bringing some great ideas and enthusiasm to the job. Trina Kleist, who was a reporter here covering Grass Valley and growth issues, has been promoted to city editor. Trina lived in Mexico for many years and worked for the Associated Press wire service there. She brings a knowledge of the county and a lot of expertise to the job. Laura Brown, who has been an excellent freelancer for The Union for the past year covering the outdoors and business beats, joins the reporting staff three days a week; we hope she’ll be full-time after the first of the year.

If this helps to sort it out, think of Publisher Jeff Ackerman as the CEO looking after all aspects of the newspaper; Jeff Pelline as the person who oversees the newsroom; Trina Kleist as the hub of the daily news operations, assigning stories and coverage. My role is being redefined, but I still interact with the readers, edit stories, work with freelancers, work with Trina on daily operations and act as a liaison with community organizations. Questions? Ask me.

Large buck as Superman? Mary May Vereen of Lake Wildwood told me about this one. “This morning when I opened my garage to get in my car and drive to the clubhouse where a friend was treating me to a birthday breakfast, I heard a great rumble in the area above my driveway … Hoping not to see a mountain lion, I saw a buck run across my driveway with something blue attached to his horns! Long enough to be a cape, it was trailing at least four feet behind him! Superman/buck? Another buck followed closely behind (this is the season when bucks are in strong competition with one another!) I laughed out loud, as this buck appeared to be a real Superman! It was hysterically funny! So, if anyone is missing a long piece of blue cloth (perhaps a sheet, a hammock, an old curtain covering the woodpile, or ?) look for it in the area of the ‘bird streets’ of Lake Wildwood! How could he possibly become detached from this? Maybe, he’s still running around with it hooked to his horns!”

Want Music in the Mountains swag? At half-price? Thought you would want to know about a unique pre-holiday sale. Music in the Mountains is making some changes to its boutique line and will have a very special Half-Off Sale. It will be available to the public for one day only, Friday, 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the Music in the Mountains box office at 530 Searls Ave., Nevada City. They have good quality polo’s, T-shirts, sweatshirts, scarves, ties, assorted hostess gift items and great stocking stuffers, too. Also items from the Brewfest.

Women’s Civic Club Garage Sale: The Nevada City Women’s Civic Club is having its annual garage sale this Saturday in Morgan Ranch at 111 Woodcrest Way, Grass Valley. All proceeds from the sale will be given to local charities and civic organization during the Christmas holidays.


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

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