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Recent Stories by Brian Hamilton

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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Brian Hamilton: In the end, everything changes

October 24, 2017 — The blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl with a crooked little smile carried the pup through the door, promising she'd feed her, walk her, bathe her … anything at all, if she could just call "Bella" her own. As if I could say no. After all, my wife

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Brian Hamilton: When the call comes, first responders answer

October 10, 2017 — One call came from dispatch about an older couple attempting to evacuate their home, but without power they couldn't get the garage door to open. Another came from a first responder going door-to-door to evacuate a home, reporting the fire was now within 10 feet

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Brian Hamilton: Acts of kindness don’t have to be random

October 3, 2017 — OK, so when you're organizing hundreds of people to come together to make difference in the community in a short amount of time, it's not easy to pull off the "random" aspect of a random act of kindness. But rest assured from 9 a.m. to

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Brian Hamilton: Following in their footsteps

September 26, 2017 — Many among us are mourning this week the loss of two women who epitomized the generosity that makes our community so special. For decades, Peggy Levine and Toni Thompson put their passion to work for the people of western Nevada County. Years ago, I met

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Brian Hamilton: Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising

September 19, 2017 — Through all these years of working for newspapers, I've seen a slew of sports-based fundraising events, from the routine regulars of bowling, golf and softball tournaments to the not-so routine events like donkey basketball and cow patty bingo — which, in April, added little extra

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Brian Hamilton: A purpose behind the pain

September 5, 2017 — At 10 years old, I set a goal. Growing up in the cornfields of northern Indiana, I'd decided to enter the "Seven-Mile Run" at the "Seven-Mile Festival" in a tiny town that had been formerly known as, you guessed it, "Seven Mile." Urbana, as it's

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Massive effort in motion to repair Oroville Dam Spillway (VIDEO)

August 29, 2017 — It's been six months since a failure of the Oroville Dam Spillway led to the evacuation nearly 200,000 people, including hundreds who took refuge at an evacuation center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds as well as hotels in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

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