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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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National Night Out celebrated at DeVere Mautino Park (PHOTO GALLERY)

August 7, 2018 — The second joint gathering of Nevada City and Grass Valley's National Night Out went off without a hitch Tuesday evening at DeVere Mautino Park in Grass Valley, the first time the event has taken place there. Held in communities across the U.S. on the first

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Daring to dream: Sierra Roots fundraising for tiny homes (PHOTO GALLERY)

July 29, 2018 — Sierra Roots held its inaugural tiny house fundraising event Saturday, kicking off what organizers hope will be the impetus of their goal — to provide a housing-first option for Nevada City's homeless. "We know we're not going to be able to raise enough money tonight,"

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Children’s Festival returns to Pioneer Park (PHOTO GALLERY)

July 27, 2018 — Trolls, magicians, minstrels, knights in shining armor, and fire breathing dragons alike descended upon Pioneer Park once again for the one of a kind Nevada City Children's Festival. Hundreds of youngsters — and those young at heart — wore their best medieval attire to add

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Solar array installed at historic Nevada City church

July 25, 2018 — Construction crews from Grass Valley-based Sustainable Energy Group are busy this week installing an array of 38 solar panels atop the roof of Nevada City's United Methodist Church. After the panels are installed, the project will eliminate 75 percent of the church's energy consumption. The

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Hot spell: Triple digits strike Nevada County

July 24, 2018 — A strong high pressure area over Northern California will result in hot temperatures across much of interior Northern California this week. A heat advisory is in effect through 11 p.m. Thursday, meaning temperatures will be well above normal and those who are susceptible to heat-related

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Pulling them in: Sierra Storytelling Festival engages audience in return to San Juan Ridge (PHOTO GALLERY)

July 22, 2018 — The Sierra Storytelling Festival returned for the 33rd time to the North Columbia Schoolhouse on the San Juan Ridge, north of Nevada City, Saturday.

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Disaster averted; Firefighters save homes in western Nevada County (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

July 18, 2018 — Cal Fire firefighters — with assistance from Nevada and Yuba County units — saved a handful of homes from the flames of a vegetation fire along the 14000 block of Dove Road in western Nevada County on Wednesday afternoon. Multiple reports of the fire came

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Dee Mautino honored with park entryway

July 17, 2018 — One of Grass Valley's biggest champions — Devere (Dee) Mautino — was honored with a new entryway to the park she fought to establish, Tuesday morning at Mautino Community Park. Though Mautino died on March 12 at the age of 91, her surviving family members

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Beat the heat: Temperatures to remain in the 90s

July 15, 2018 — Consecutive days of high temperatures in the 90s and triple digits has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for many parts of the Northern Central Valley, including the Sierra Nevada foothills. The heat advisory is in effect through Tuesday. Valley locations

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Agritourism on display in Nevada County (PHOTO GALLERY)

July 8, 2018 — The best of Nevada County's farming operations opened their fields for the public to see during the first Nevada County Farm Trail Weekend, which took place across 12 locations July 7 and 8. Nearly 300 participants took part in the inaugural fundraiser for local nonprofit

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Tree trouble: After tree falls on home, couple struggles to recover (PHOTO GALLERY)

June 29, 2018 — Creekside Village Mobile Home Park residents Barbara and husband Ralph Magliocca have been going through tough times, and that was before a 500-year-old oak tree crashed into their home last April, destroying their only vehicle and causing over $25,000 in damage. Barbara, a 60-year-old certified

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Riding on; Nevada City Classic bounces back from dismal year

June 24, 2018 — The crowds showed up, the riders competed, and the 58th installation of the Nevada City Classic went off without a hitch Sunday on the streets of downtown Nevada City. Two major changes to this year's race — pushing the event back a week and reverting

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Keeping history alive, Rough and Ready celebrates ‘Secession Days’

June 24, 2018 — For almost three months in 1850, the burgeoning mining town of Rough and Ready seceded from the United States and became the Great Republic of Rough and Ready. Now 168 years later, the community is still keeping those days alive by honoring the quirky history

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Intense wildfire seasons now normal in California

June 19, 2018 — The California wildfire season of 2017 is one that won't soon be forgotten. The morning of Oct. 9 is the date that is particularly seared into the memories of firefighters and victims of wildfire in neighborhoods across Northern California. In Nevada County, the Lobo and

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Father’s Day fun at the bluegrass festival (PHOTO GALLERY)

June 17, 2018 —

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Riding against racism (photo gallery)

June 15, 2018 — Hundreds gathered along the streets of downtown Nevada City Friday afternoon, to stand ­­­­— or cycle — in solidarity against racism. A group of nearly 100 K-12 students rode alongside two local young black boys who say they were racially harassed while riding their bikes

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Deer Creek students wash cars, are “clapped out” during last day of school

June 10, 2018 — Outgoing Deer Creek Elementary School fourth-graders made signs to show appreciation to their teachers during the last day of school Friday where students were "clapped" out by the school's faculty and pupils.

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Humbug Day celebrates mining history (PHOTO GALLERY)

June 10, 2018 — In 1882, ninth circuit Judge Lorenzo Sawyer handed down what would be known as — the Sawyer Decision — the United States' first environmental law. Sawyer had looked over hundreds of pages of testimony and evidence regarding complaints from the residents of Marysville in reference

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