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Cowboys for Christ: Cowboy Church closes out annual Penn Valley Rodeo (PHOTO GALLERY)

May 20, 2018 —

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Fine family fun; Penn Valley Rodeo draws crowds and competitors (PHOTO GALLERY)

May 18, 2018 — It's that time again. Time for the 61st annual Penn Valley Rodeo. Hundreds donned their cowboy hats, cowboy boots and shiny oversized belt buckles for a perfect evening under the arena lights during Friday's opening night events. Crowds cheered for their favorite competitors from near

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Vegetation fire burns less than an acre along McCourtney Road

May 18, 2018 — Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish a vegetation fire along Rancho Nogotta Lane and McCourtney Road Friday afternoon. The fire, moving slowly, was reported just before 4 p.m. By 4:30 p.m., forward progress had been stopped, contained to within an acre. A nearby residence was temporarily

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Celebrating our blue marble (PHOTO GALLERY)

May 13, 2018 — When Grass Valley Charter School administrators came together to envision a yearly fundraiser to help benefit their students and the community, the Blue Marble Jubilee was born. "We wanted to put on an Earth-centered community festival," Grass Valley Charter School's Wendy Willoughby said, "to bring

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(Photo Gallery) Let the good times roll: Downtown Grass Valley Car show brings the classics

May 11, 2018 — The Union put together all the winners from Saturday's big car show event. And the winners are: Best Truck: Sponsored by Tofanelli's Bistro Won by Gary Hopper Best 60's and 70's: Sponsored by Phoenix Humidor Won by Frank Bonomolo Best Street Rod: Sponsored by The

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A floral affair: Flower shops in high gear for Mother’s Day

May 11, 2018 — Floral designers are in high demand in Nevada County — at least in preparation for Mother's Day. Workers at Foothill Flowers in downtown Grass Valley didn't miss a beat Friday, operating like clockwork to meet the high demand of floral bouquets for Sunday ­— Mother's

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A little creek goes a long way: Wolf Creek Trail opens

May 8, 2018 — A one-mile stretch of trail along Wolf Creek has opened for public use. The creation of the trail was made possible through the efforts of the Wolf Creek Community Alliance, the City of Grass Valley and various other public and private property donations and easements.

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(Photo Gallery) Let the good times roll: Downtown Grass Valley Car show brings the classics

May 6, 2018 —

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Nevada City Spring Cleaning gives community chance to roll up its sleeves (PHOTO GALLERY)

May 2, 2018 — Nevada City's Miriam Morris never thought gardening would require her to have a tough skin. After helping to take care of downtown Nevada City's Calanan Park for the past six years, the notion became reality. "It has improved, but I never thought you'd have to

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Pioneer Day raises funds for historic Smartsville church

April 29, 2018 — In 1871, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Smartsville was the hub of the mining community with more than 800 parishioners. Almost 150 years later, members of the Smartsville community are working to preserve the historic church and bring it back as the hub of

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Brave the Shave in Nevada City raises $13,000 to help end childhood cancer

April 22, 2018 — Nevada County Local 3800 Firefighters joined forces with the St. Baldricks organization once again to help raise money to end childhood cancer with the annual Brave the Shave event held Saturday at the ol' Republic Brewery in Nevada City. "It feels weird," a young Walter

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Students for Sudoku: 27 team tournament showcases puzzle skill

April 19, 2018 — Nearly 100 elementary school students from nine area schools converged on Nevada Union High School Thursday to take part in a 27-team sudoku tournament. The object of the logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle is to fill a nine by nine grid with digits so that each

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Standing for Stephon: Nevada County residents rally to demand justice for Stephon Clark (VIDEO)

April 17, 2018 — One month ago, 22-year-old Stephon Clark was fatally shot eight times while in the backyard of his grandmother's home in Sacramento. A month later, western Nevada County residents joined together to denounce racial profiling and demand justice for Clark Tuesday afternoon in downtown Grass Valley.

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Swing into spring: Nevada Union jazz band brings the brassy tunes

April 15, 2018 — The award-winning Nevada Union High School Jazz Band helped welcome the community into the sounds of spring with their annual Spring Swing dance fundraiser held at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Grass Valley Saturday evening. The brassy tunes of the big band era echoed throughout

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Onyx Theatre open for business

April 13, 2018 — There's a new place to watch new and upcoming films in Nevada City. The long awaited Onyx Theatre is now open for business with two screening rooms showing films on Argall Way in Nevada City. Fans of the former Magic Theatre were pleasantly surprised when

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Bowling for Kids Sake rolls down Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley

March 18, 2018 — For 36 years, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Nevada County has held their premiere fundraising event, the Shamrock Bowl, where area businesses and individuals team up to bowl frames to benefit Nevada County's youth. The sound of strikes and good times could be heard

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Rain, hail and snow — oh my: Wintry weather causes travel headaches

March 16, 2018 — The last wave of a winter storm rolled through Nevada County Friday, but not before causing traffic snarls, vehicle collisions and road closures that stretched first responders thin during the evening commute. The California Highway Patrol called for the temporary closure of Idaho-Maryland at Brunswick

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Let them feast: Seven Hills Middle School’s Medieval Feast continues for 28th year

March 15, 2018 — Close to 100 Seven Hills Middle School students dressed in period attire and descended upon the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City Thursday to take part in the Medieval Feast. The annual schoolwide event, going 28 years strong, features a school day full of

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Rain, rain, rain: Active weather systems to continue through week — at least

March 13, 2018 — Heavy rain cells brought nearly 3 inches of precipitation to Grass Valley, and much needed snow to the upper elevations Tuesday as the first of a series of weather systems moves into Northern California this week. By 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 24-hour rain totals measured 2.43

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Family fun with pasty olympics in Grass Valley

March 11, 2018 — The annual homage to Grass Valley's Cornish heritage and patron Saint Piran didn't fail to provide high doses of family fun for all, including those four-legged family members. The history of the Cornish pasty in Grass Valley dates back to be the practical meal of

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