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Recent Stories by Brian Hamilton

Long way back: From ‘Crawl of Grit’ to Tevis Cup, equestrian’s dream comes full circle

August 17, 2018 — Crossing the finish line after the overnight horse ride from Truckee to Auburn, she wasn't just arriving at the race's end. She had landed on the doorstep of her dream. And the emotional release spilled out through tears, laughter and unbridled joy that spread a

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Brian Hamilton: Where were you, when you heard word of the 49er Fire in western Nevada County?

August 7, 2018 — Brad Prowse couldn't keep up with all the phone calls coming in from across the state and country, checking on him and his family as news coverage of California wildfires had folks seriously concerned. His mother promised each well-wisher he'd report back with more, once

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Brian Hamilton: Asked and answered, indeed

July 17, 2018 — Katrin couldn't speak much English when we first met, and I know just enough German to order a beer, so our conversations were pretty limited when my buddy Flo first introduced me to his future bride. Growing up on the west side of the wall,

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California Public Utilities commission hears opposition, support for sale of Bright Fiber to Race Communications

July 15, 2018 — An advice letter filed with the California Public Utilities Commissions as part of a pending sale of Bright Fiber to Race Communications has spurred area residents to voice opposition and support over the announced acquisition. Nineteen letters were received and released by the commission. Those

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Brian Hamilton: Forward toward a more perfect Union

July 3, 2018 — Loud shouts echo out of the lobby, jolting us to attention from our daily grind. Louder still, they continue and several of us stride from our work seeking the source. It's all about the paper. Someone didn't like seeing his arrest story. Someone didn't like

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Brian Hamilton: Top-two primary puts power with people, not party

June 5, 2018 — So the pundits are calling California's top-two primary system the "Jungle Primary?" Please. I'll call the top-two primary ahead of its time, and hopefully another example of "As California goes, so goes the nation." But apparently neither party is pleased with how the top-two has

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Brian Hamilton: Dude, where’s my letter?

May 22, 2018 — Oh, it's so tempting to try it out just once, but I'm too chicken to say it. Considering we're in the thick of election season, in which everyone seems a bit more sensitive than usual, I just can't bring myself to have some fun with

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Brian Hamilton: Before you cast that ballot …

May 8, 2018 — If anyone is still undecided on which way they'll vote, once their ballot arrives in the mail, it sure won't be due to a lack of information. Nevada County voters have been blessed by so many opportunities to learn about the candidates and measures on

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Brian Hamilton: Get your kids into something, before they get into something

May 1, 2018 — It was advice from one father to another. "Get your kids into something, before they … get into something." Sage stuff for sure, and words we've taken to heart as parents, encouraging our girls to give anything or everything a shot and see what sticks.

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Brian Hamilton: The rest of the story

April 17, 2018 — Former Publisher Jeff Ackerman used to tell a story about a cocktail party he attended, where someone asked him what he did for a living. "I told him I was a newspaper publisher," he said. "And from the look on his face, you'd thought someone

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Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Mackey addresses allegations of dishonesty in court

April 8, 2018 — Jason Mackey, a Nevada County sheriff's deputy at the center of misconduct allegations, admits he made mistakes while with the Narcotics Task Force. But, he said, those errors were rooted in inexperience and the resulting stress of learning on the fly, as opposed to dishonesty

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No easy answers in Nevada County affordable housing dilemma (PODCAST)

March 21, 2018 — Brendan Phillips opened the forum expressing optimism about potential progress with affordable housing, but after listening to his fellow panelists Nevada County's housing resource manager joked that he suddenly didn't feel so hopeful. Yet, the lack of affordable housing in western county is a serious

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Brian Hamilton: Let’s focus on issues, rather than silly season

March 13, 2018 — Election Day is still two and half months away, but it's clear the "silly season" is well underway. Campaign signs have sprouted, but soon after being stuck in the ground reports of their theft surface. Endorsements have been announced, but haven't been given the kind

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Brian Hamilton: A heapin’ helpin’ of hoops

March 6, 2018 — There's something about this time of year that always takes me back to my Hoosier roots, as basketball and brackets beg for my attention. Growing up in Indiana, basketball was big. The annual high school state tournament, as featured in the film "Hoosiers," once rivaled

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Brian Hamilton: It’s not ‘us vs. them’

February 20, 2018 — It was the bylines that got me flipping through the scrapbooks. Newsprint clippings beneath "The Union" flag first caught my eye, with the familiar names of colleagues long ago who once covered what's become an annual visit by Tibetan monks to our community. Carol Feineman,

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Brian Hamilton: Paradise by the laptop light

February 13, 2018 — From across the dining room table, her face glows in the warm light. He imagines his own mug, at the opposite end, also is bright in the otherwise dimly lit room. Bill Withers serenades the pair of sudden empty nesters — at least for this

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Brian Hamilton: What are we doing waiting for a rainy day?

February 7, 2018 — Though I'm sure there's more at work here than just wishful thinking, there seems to be a trend with the 15-day forecast on my phone. Today, the first 14 days showed sunny skies with zero chance of precipitation. But then, on the final of the

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Brian Hamilton: Who says there’s no romance in the news?

January 23, 2018 — Just as I was more than knee deep in a bad case of the Mondays, a letter — not to the editor, but to me personally — saved the day. "STOP THE PRESSES!" the headline screamed atop a faux news story, announcing the engagement of

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Brian Hamilton: Ski in, ski out for dummies

January 16, 2018 — Dr. Flo doesn't do Facebook. But soon after his wife spied a selfie I'd posted, proudly wearing my new sling, the email had landed. His bedside manner — all the way from Maryland — was thoughtful and compassionate, when what I really deserved was a

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Brian Hamilton: We get the government we deserve

December 12, 2017 — Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, Donald Trump largely got it right when referring to Washington D.C. as a "swamp." The back-room deals, the lobbyists and the campaign cash that buy and sell our politicians has become so much "business as usual"

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