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Recent Stories by Brian Hamilton

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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Brian Hamilton: Take a trip off the beaten path

December 5, 2017 — I can't imagine the number of times I'd driven past the Dew Drop Inn over the past 15 years, but despite its inviting name not once had I pulled off Highway 49 in South County to, in fact, drop in for a visit. It's one

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Brian Hamilton: Where are you on the playground?

November 28, 2017 — OK, put down your pencils. How many of you took last week's assignment and saw the movie "Wonder?" Anyone? Anyone? I did. And it was everything I'd hope it would be, after reading R.J. Palacio's novel by the same name. From initial reports, the film

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Brian Hamilton: Choose kindness; see what happens

November 21, 2017 — One of the most-anticipated movies of the year — at least at the Hamilton household — arrives this holiday season, and I encourage everyone — and I do mean everyone — to go see it. No, I'm not talking Star Wars. But I wouldn't be

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Brian Hamilton: Stop with the party line; start thinking for yourself

November 14, 2017 — "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." — Martin Luther King, Jr. I know. Opening with a quote is so cliché. But I've been revisiting this one regularly. That dark cloud just

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Back to the big time: Nevada Union falls in title match, shifts focus to NorCal playoffs

November 12, 2017 — SACRAMENTO — The last time Regan Heppe and Nevada Union's Lady Miners took to the floor against Ponderosa, it was a long way from the bright lights and big stage of a Sac-Joaquin Section championship match. And both teams were far from title contenders, a

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How California’s gas tax impacted Nevada County prices at the pump

November 5, 2017 — Drivers are digging a bit deeper into their pockets now that California's new gas tax has added 12 cents a gallon to their fill-ups. But Nevada County officials say funding from the Road Repair and Accountability Act, geared to generate more than $5 billion statewide

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Brian Hamilton: Celebrating a century, and then some

October 31, 2017 — Rudy Thompson hadn't planned on retiring in his early 60s, but when the San Leandro School District extended a golden handshake that promised him health insurance for the rest of his life, well, he said he just couldn't refuse. "Little did they know," Rudy said

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