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Grieving in solidarity: Support shown to Jewish community to honor those killed in Pittsburgh (PHOTO GALLERY)

November 4, 2018 — You could feel the love inside the Nevada County Jewish Community Center Friday night. At the top of Walsh Street in Grass Valley, the halls of Congretation B'nai Harim overflowed with the compassion of community members grieving, praying, and honoring in solidarity the lives of

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Striving for recognition: Nisenan tribe continue outreach efforts with Heritage Day (PHOTO GALLERY)

November 4, 2018 — Ten years ago, many had no knowledge of the Nisenan Native American tribe, let alone knew that they once lived on, hunted, and cared for the land that is now Grass Valley and Nevada City. Today is a much different story. The tribe that once

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All Hallows’ Eve: Couple preps year round for spooky display (PHOTO GALLERY)

October 29, 2018 — Like a scene out of The Addams Family or a clip out of a Tim Burton film, the home of Grass Valley's Katie and Brian Suponch is unlike any other. The Gold Drive neighborhood — where the Suponch's reside — resembles most other rural Nevada

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Recovering history: Man on a mission to restore forgotten military cemetery

October 24, 2018 — This time of year, if you find someone wanting to spend time in a cemetery, they might just be looking for a good haunt. That's not the case for local Vietnam War veteran Dan Baldwin. Lately, Baldwin has been spending his time in Nevada City's

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Fall is here: Above average temperatures on the way

October 23, 2018 — Fall is upon us. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler — but the days are getting warmer — and the National Weather Service is eyeing what might be the potential for a warm winter. "That's the way it looks right now,"

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Photo: A magical celebration

October 21, 2018 —

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Hospitality helpers: Shelter staff, guests roll up sleeves, clean up homeless camps

October 18, 2018 — For Hospitality House program manager Isaias Acosta, working to reclaim the marginalized communities of Nevada County is a top priority. "The biggest piece of this has always been bringing people into caring and sustenance," Acosta said. "We're really trying to de-stigmatize issues surrounding homelessness." On

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Fire engine responding to call in Glenbrook basin involved in crash

October 16, 2018 — A fire engine responding to a fire in Grass Valley was involved in a crash Tuesday afternoon while heading to a reported fire on the 300 block of Manor Drive. A chair caught fire in the garage of a home on Manor Drive just before

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Saying farewell: Diamond F thoroughbred ranch sold

October 12, 2018 — Anyone familiar with driving McCourtney Road past the Nevada County Fairgrounds has probably noticed the peaceful pastures of the Diamond F Ranch and the thoroughbred racing horses spending their retirement years there. On any given day, the more than 30 horses can be seen grazing

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Seven Hills fifth-graders scare up a fundraiser

October 9, 2018 — Seven Hills School children took part in the 12th year of the scarecrow fundraising project. The fifth-graders made the scarecrows with the help of donated items. Proceeds from the sale goes toward helping provide livestock for those in need through the Heifer International Project. Giving

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Surviving the fires: One family’s story of how they avoided disaster twice

October 8, 2018 — Rough and Ready's Bill Avery has learned a lot from fighting off two destructive wildfires from his home, the 49er Fire, and most recently the Lobo Fire. The two-story home he and his family built on Highgrader Road withstood the flames of the 33,700 acre

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One year after: Looking back at the Lobo and McCourtney fires (PHOTO GALLERY)

October 8, 2018 — The morning of Oct. 9, 2017, is a date many Nevada County residents won't soon forget. Overnight, two large, wind driven wildfires — the Lobo and McCourtney — sparked up in Rough and Ready and on McCourtney Road, sending plumes of smoke and ash into

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Rain returns to Nevada County, cool days and nights ahead

October 4, 2018 — Nevada County residents went digging for their parkas and began donning umbrellas Wednesday when the region's first significant rainfall of the year came pouring down. By Thursday afternoon, 24 hour rain totals put downtown Grass Valley at .81 inches of rain. A thunderstorm traveling north

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Rain on the way; fire danger persists

October 2, 2018 — The first significant rain of the season is headed our way and Grass Valley is poised to receive 0.25-0.5" of rainfall through Thursday, but not enough to declare us clear of the destructive 2018 Northern California wildfire season. In fact, gusty winds forecast to exceed

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Ellu Gallery show to benefit special needs children

September 26, 2018 — Skateboarding and fine art don't always mix, that is, unless you're at the Ellu Gallery where the Skate-Lives-Culture Art show is currently on display through this weekend. The large scale contemporary art, sculpture, and zen surrealism co-op gallery space at 342 Idaho Maryland Road was

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Film fest winding down: 18th annual Nevada City Film Festival hoping to break attendance record

September 11, 2018 — If you haven't yet seen any of this year's showings of the Nevada City Film Festival — it's not too late. Just over midway through the eight day film festival, now in it's 18th year, organizers are already noting the increased attendance and are even

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Guardians of Grass Valley; Air Attack firefighters keep Nevada County, and beyond, safe from wildfire (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

September 4, 2018 — The pilots and firefighters at the Grass Valley Interagency Air Attack Base are a humble group of people. With no fanfare, on any given day the handful of Grass Valley air attack and air tanker pilots can be the first to respond to new vegetation

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Tahoe Helitack jumps on Smartsville fire: Firefighters returning from Mendocino Complex come across local veg fire

August 21, 2018 — Tahoe National Forest Helitack firefighters returning from the Mendocino Complex came across a vegetation fire burning along Highway 20 at Steffen Trail near Smartsville Tuesday afternoon. The ground crew, driving east along Highway 20, spotted the smoke and fire around 12:50 p.m. and called the

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First legal cannabis sales made in county

August 15, 2018 — A momentous occasion many decades in the making took place Wednesday afternoon — the first legal sales of cannabis in Nevada County. Diana Gamzon of the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance was the first to walk through the door of Nevada City's medicinal cannabis dispensary, Elevation

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Pulling their weight: First tractor pull draws rave reviews at Nevada County Fair (PHOTO GALLERY)

August 10, 2018 — Those attending the inaugural showcase of the All Star All American Truck and Tractor Pull were brought to their feet in excitement and offered raucous cheers of horsepower-fueled joy at the Nevada County Fair. "I'd like to see them again next year," Nevada County's Kyle

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