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What a mess: Power outages, downed trees and traffic hazards hit Nevada County

February 14, 2019 — Western Nevada County dodged a forecasting of low snow Thursday, though meteorologists with the National Weather Service are still seeing snow on the radar for Grass Valley over the weekend as a passing atmospheric river transitions into a colder weather system. "The really low snow

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Rain and snow headed for Grass Valley: 18 to 24 inches of snow forecast through Monday

February 13, 2019 — Winter storm Nadia continued to wreak havoc up and down the West Coast — including Nevada County — Wednesday bringing about 2.5 inches of rain in a 24-hour period and gusty winds that blocked roads and caused power outages throughout the region. The National Weather

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For the love of the fringe: Nugget Fringe Theater Festival closes out 5th year

January 27, 2019 — For Nugget Fringe Theater Festival producer Scott Ewing, getting the fifth annual production off of its feet and onto various stages in downtown Grass Valley required a lot of people to say yes. "It takes a lot of relationships and good people around town to

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Winter wallop: Rain, wind and blizzard conditions hit Nevada County

January 15, 2019 — The first wave of a wet weather pattern passed through western Nevada County Tuesday bringing with it about an inch and a half of rain to the Grass Valley region and about a foot of snow over Donner Pass. Close on its heels is a

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Coming together: Housing first approach touted by homeless advocates

January 13, 2019 — "The best way out of homelessness is a house," Hospitality House Executive Director Nancy Baglietto said to those in attendance of Saturday's League of Women Voters forum on implementing new strategies for housing western Nevada County homeless. Those in the crowd were on hand to

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Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez takes us through his top pics of the year

December 28, 2018 — Another year has passed, and another year of gathering images for The Union has come and gone. Being told I'm the eyes of the newspaper is a task I don't take lightly considering the longevity of The Union and the impact my predecessors — such

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Making Christmas merry and bright: Toys for Tots giveaway helps local families (PHOTO GALLERY)

December 24, 2018 — For U.S. Marine Corps Reserve member John Bynes, volunteering for the annual Toys for Tots program has a very personal meaning. "You get to know a lot of the people in town," Bynes said during Saturday's gift giveaway held at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial

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A tradition of giving: Donation Day continues in 135th year (PHOTO GALLERY)

December 21, 2018 — Hundreds of students from area elementary schools didn't let a little rain Friday morning keep them from participating in the 135-year-old Grass Valley tradition of Donation Day. The idea began in 1883 when Grass Valley's Caroline Meade Hanson looked out her window to see children

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Nevada County white Christmas expected above 5,000 ft.

December 21, 2018 — The first wave of a holiday storm has passed through Nevada County, leaving between two- and four-tenths of an inch of rainfall. Bowman Lake in the Tahoe National Forest received more than eight-tenths of an inch. "Today's system is moving out of the area," National

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Toys for Tots continues to gain traction in Nevada County

December 20, 2018 — Firetrucks from Nevada County Consolidated, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Ophir Hill, Peardale-Chicago Park and Higgins firefighting districts came together Thursday morning to help support the Nevada County Toys for Tots program. An estimated 5,000 area children will receive a toy this Christmas through

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Staking their claim: 1849 Brewing Co. welcomed in Glenbrook Basin (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

December 18, 2018 — For 1849 Brewing Co. co-owner David Krikorian, the thought of opening a brewery seemed unfathomable. "It's been a dream for 35 years that I never thought I'd be able to do," Krikorian said. That dream came true this week in Grass Valley's Glenbrook Basin where

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Wreaths Across America gains momentum in Grass Valley

December 13, 2018 — Organizers of Grass Valley's third Wreaths Across America ceremony are breathing a little easier after announcing that they've reached their fundraising goal to cover the cost of 1,025 wreaths for Saturday's ceremony. In fact, they've raised more, enough for 45 extra and a total of

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Nevada County Food and Toy Run helping families for 27th year (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

December 9, 2018 — For almost three decades, volunteers such as Thom Staser, Chris Heller, the Bowman family, and folks from many different area organizations have been making the Nevada County Food and Toy Run put smiles on the faces of many area families for the holidays. Whether from

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Lighting the way: Menorah lighting enters third year of downtown Nevada City tradition

December 7, 2018 — "God gave us an obligation, to illuminate the world," Chabad of Grass Valley's Rabbi Nochum Yesewitz said to the crowd gathered for the third menorah lighting ceremony to take place at Robinson Plaza in downtown Nevada City. Rabbi Yesewitz dedicated Thursday evening's ceremony to the

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Grass Valley’s WWII USS Arizona survivor unable to make trip this year (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

December 6, 2018 — It was Sept. 30, 1943 and WWII Veteran and USS Arizona survivor Louis A. Conter's plane had just been shot down over enemy waters while piloting a rescue mission in New Guinea. "Don't panic," Conter told his fellow airmen as they tread water in shark

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Wreaths still needed for Wreaths Across America in Grass Valley

November 30, 2018 — Grass Valley's Wreaths Across America ceremony is only two weeks away, but organizers are short 400-450 wreaths and are concerned graves of local veterans may go without. "We have until Monday to sell our wreaths this year," Wreaths Across America location coordinator Bonnie Magnetti said.

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Transgender awareness: Unitarian Universalist Community offers awareness, outreach

November 29, 2018 — Members of the community took time to learn about transgender issues during a presentation in honor of Trans Awareness Week Tuesday night at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. Displays were shown honoring those members of the trans community that lost their lives due

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Trotting for awareness: Turkey Trot continues to raise funds for depression awareness

November 22, 2018 — "Life is so precious," Michael Bratton said to the crowd before the start of the Thanksgiving morning run held in honor of his son Michael Bratton II who took his own life in 2006. "That's why we're here. This event would have been Michael standing

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Trump visits Camp Fire devastation; Homeless evacuees seek permanent shelter

November 18, 2018 — CHICO — Though there was a buzz among Camp Fire evacuees when word spread that President Donald Trump was in the area, many were more focused on figuring out their own next steps — namely, finding new homes and jobs. "I get to start over,"

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Sutton Way sidewalk project wrapping up; More sidewalks planned for next year

November 18, 2018 — A sidewalk project a few years in the making is nearing completion along Sutton Way. The north east sidewalk project includes portions of Sutton Road, Dorsey Drive, and Joerschke and Maltman Drives where there were missing segments of sidewalk. On Joerschke and Maltman drives, a

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