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Nevada County judge rules against release for terminally ill inmate

December 17, 2018 — Daniel Devencenzi, a terminally ill inmate seeking release from the Nevada County Jail, will remain incarcerated for now, a judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson ruled Devencenzi, 33, would stay jailed after speaking privately with the man's attorney and the prosecutor in the

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Plea deal on table for Nevada County correctional officer

December 17, 2018 — Adam Grizzell, the Nevada County sheriff's correctional officer facing accusations he assaulted an inmate, has turned himself in to jail, reports state. Grizzell, 25, appeared Saturday at the Nevada County Jail, where he was booked and released on two misdemeanor charges of assault by a

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Battalion Chief Steve Smith retires after 34 years with Grass Valley Fire

December 17, 2018 — When Steve Smith started his firefighting career in 1984, Grass Valley's fire department consisted of three companies of 25 volunteers who responded to call-outs from their homes. Alarm boxes scattered throughout Grass Valley were still active back then, Smith recalled. The volunteer firefighters would scan

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Patrick Eidman looks to future as CEO of Nevada County Fairgrounds

December 17, 2018 — In high school Patrick Eidman showed livestock at the Nevada County Fair. Years later, when working in Colorado, he'd return each year for the fair. Finding himself missing the area more with each visit, Eidman found a way to relocate to the Sierra foothills. Named

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BriarPatch Co-op donates $28K to OSEC and Camp Fire relief

December 17, 2018 — "Oh … my … God! Thank you!" exclaimed a teary-eyed Donna Raibley when Rebecca Torpie handed her a check for $14,130.37. "It's our pleasure. We are so delighted to do this for you," said Torpie, who is the new marketing manager for BriarPatch Food Co-op.

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Nevada County Healing Through Grief group offers 14-week program

December 17, 2018 — The next Nevada County Healing Through Grief Support group will be open to newcomers from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and Jan. 17 at the FREED office, 435 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the

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Savannah Hanson: Tear down the wall

December 17, 2018 — "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." — Rumi By now most everyone will be feeling the light waves bombarding the earth's frequency. They are the advent

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Covered California extends deadline for Jan. 1 coverage until Dec. 21

December 17, 2018 — Covered California announced an extension of the first major deadline to have health insurance starting Jan. 1 in response to a surge of interest in enrollment and to ensure consumers have ample time to enroll amid news reports of a legal ruling on the Affordable

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Caltrans releases climate change assessments

December 17, 2018 — SACRAMENTO — Caltrans has released two Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments as part of an effort to understand how and where climate change may impact the State Highway System, a news release states. The assessments evaluate risks, including extreme temperatures, increased precipitation, storm surge, wildfire risk

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Nevada County police blotter: Well-dressed brawler in bar reported

December 17, 2018 — Grass Valley Police Department Sunday 9:46 a.m. — A caller from a business in the 500 block of Sutton Way reported the theft of a Kindle. 10:36 a.m. — A caller from the 600 block of Kate Hayes Street reported someone tried to break into

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Families in need get holiday boost from Newcomers Club

December 17, 2018 — The Christmas Families Project was started in 2002 by the Newcomers Club of Nevada County and has grown from two families and four gift certificates to 60 families (145 children) and 60 gift certificates. Most of the funds are raised at the club's October Live

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PFLAG support group meets today in Grass Valley

December 17, 2018 — PFLAG offers two support groups every month, usually the fourth Tuesday. This year, because the fourth Tuesday comes on December 25, this month's meetings will take place tonight. Both groups meet at 6 p.m. and usually run until 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community

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InConcert Sierra conductor Ken Hardin passes baton (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

December 16, 2018 — InConcert Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra conductor Ken Hardin stepped down following the weekend's holiday chorale concert series but wants fans to know that he plans to remain InConcert's artistic director and conductor of its annual Sierra Orchestra concert held in the fall. Hardin has

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Yuba Water Agency prepares for changes in river’s flow

December 16, 2018 — State water regulators announced plans earlier this week to implement unimpaired flow requirements along the San Joaquin River, unless water users can establish voluntary agreements with state water and fish and wildlife agencies. The changes were part of the State Water Resources Control Board's update

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Wreaths across Grass Valley: Participation grows in national veterans ceremony brought to Nevada County (PHOTO GALLERY)

December 16, 2018 —

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Sierra roadwork schedule

December 16, 2018 — LONG-TERM PROJECTS Interstate 80 (Placer County) from the Long Ravine underpass to just east of the Magra Road Overcrossing: Major roadwork for the winter is suspended on a $50.6 million project to construct a three-mile truck climbing lane on eastbound I-80 and make other improvements

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Nevada County assault victim remains in hospital

December 16, 2018 — A man initially thought to be the victim of a mountain lion attack remained Friday in a Roseville hospital, Nevada County officials said. The 50-year-old man can't yet speak about what authorities now believe was an assault, sheriff's Lt. Rob Bringolf said. "We're still working

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Nevada County Police Blotter: Smell of death at Colfax Avenue home

December 16, 2018 — Grass Valley Police Department Friday 8:30 a.m. — A caller in the 200 block of Dorsey Drive reported a man driving up to children at a bus stop. The man spoke to the children, who backed away from his vehicle. He then drove away. 9:14

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WANTED: Trivia teams for new AAUW scholarship fundraiser in Grass Valley

December 16, 2018 — The Nevada County branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is inviting community members to sign up a four-person team for its inaugural "Tapas and Trivia" event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. The new

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Nevada County authorities find explosive device in Glenbrook Basin; businesses evacuated, no one hurt

December 16, 2018 — Nevada County authorities on Saturday found an explosive device in a vehicle filled with weapons, drugs and stolen goods — leading to the evacuation of a handful of Glenbrook Basin businesses as a trained team removed the bomb, sheriff's officials said. Joshua James Danos, 33,

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