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Recent Stories by Ivan Natividad

Ivan Natividad: Keeping your eye on the ball

July 27, 2018 — When I saw him square up to shoot the basketball, my mind told me to jump up and block his shot. My body had other plans. So after pummeling all 265 pounds of my 35-year-old body into a man who was likely more than 10

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Ivan Natividad: The borders that separate us

July 15, 2018 — We found it hidden in the back of our pantry. It was a 10 by 10 foot beige blanket depicting a map the world that my wife and I purchased years ago for picnics. Inked in black, the land masses had no distinct borders separating

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Ivan Natividad: Out of the mouths of babes

March 23, 2018 — On the road, I sometimes get upset when I encounter a bad driver. You can call it road rage, but my mother would call it what happens when you have hypertension, high blood pressure, don't exercise and eat too many fatty foods. In my case,

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Marysville woman missing for 10 days found alive (VIDEO)

March 23, 2018 — Update Nevada County Sheriff’s Office confirm that Sheryl Donovan has been located and is alive with law enforcement officers. “Sheryl has been located and is currently with one of our sergeants. Thank you all for sharing this post!” a sheriff’s office Facebook page post states.

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Ivan Natividad: Love and loathing in Las Vegas

March 9, 2018 — We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the caffeine began to take hold. I was wired on a serious binger of Funyuns, coffee, gas station brewed iced frappuccinos and Coke … Cherry Coke. Of all the road trips I had

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Ivan Natividad: A chance to see life inside the ‘burn box’

February 28, 2018 — "Are you nervous?" Grass Valley Fire Captain Christopher Armstrong asked before leading us into a 40-by-10-foot building, hosting a live fire inside. "More anxious and excited," I responded. That was a lie. I was nervous, and a little scared to be honest. Over the past

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Weekly Buzz: First homicide of the year; Sierra Doctors office closes; Sam Strange paroled by board

February 10, 2018 — From local sinkhole updates, to news of the county’s first homicide of the year, local news has been buzzing this past week. Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Feb. 3 – Feb. 9, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com. 10. Glenn Jennings, a

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Ivan Natividad: A welcomed addition

February 9, 2018 — The first time she broke the news to me I nearly pooped my pants. It was over Skype, a then popular video chat website. I moved away and we were two months into a long-distance relationship. A couple weeks had passed since she took the

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UPDATE: 1-way traffic on Highway 49 near Marysville Road in Sierra City

February 7, 2018 — UPDATE: 9 a.m. Thursday — Traffic due to fire subsided yesterday afternoon, though there are additional traffic delays in the area. Hwy 49 1-way Traffic Operation from Marysville Rd to Nevada Drive due to miscellaneous work. Expected to end at 3 p.m. #theunionnow — TheUnion

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Weekly Buzz: Honey oil lab; 1849 Brewing Co. to open; Traffic collisions

February 5, 2018 — From the opening of a new brewery and restaurant in Grass Valley, to tragic traffic fatalities, local news has been buzzing this past week. Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com. 10. Nevada

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Breaking News Roundup: Fire fatality; Tragic vehicle wreck fatalities

February 4, 2018 — From the death of a man in a trailer fire, to several fatal car accidents, western Nevada County saw some very sobering and unfortunate breaking news this past week. The Union’s Alan Riquelmy reported that Nevada County authorities identified the man found deceased last week in

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Government Roundup: Nevada County supes to approve $258K for June election; Halstead to run for Nevada City Council

February 2, 2018 — With both Grass Valley and Nevada City taking a break from council meetings this week, local government news has been sparse as of late. But our reporters continue to dig into the issues that matter to you. Here is a recap of this week’s local

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Weekly Buzz: Dave Iorns passes away; Potential pot businesses; ‘Coco’ nominated for Academy Award

January 29, 2018 — From the passing of a community icon, to the continuing discussion around pot businesses, local news has been buzzing this past week. Below is a recap of the 10 most read stories, from Jan. 22-28, that we saw at http://www.TheUnion.com. 10. Bear River High School graduate

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Ivan Natividad: Social media — A love-hate relationship

January 26, 2018 — The Candy Crush invitations get to me the most. Oh, and the "selfies." Selfies at the gym. Selfies in the bathroom. Selfies in front of a mirror. Selfies at the gym in the bathroom in front of a mirror. The chain letters. Posting song lyrics

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Ivan Natividad: Bringing it back to humanity

January 12, 2018 — "Hello this is Ivan." "Oh hey, I'm calling to let you know about a great opportunity," the voice on the other end of the phone says. Somewhat annoyed I respond "I'm sorry I'm at work, please don't …" "What's that? I couldn't hear you because

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Ivan Natividad: Santa is not dead

December 15, 2017 — My 5-year-old son doesn't believe Santa Claus is real. It's a little sad, but he came to the conclusion last year when he couldn't figure out how a fat, old man could fit in our 8-inch wide chimney flue. It likely also had to do

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Ivan Natividad: The monopoly on political parties is the problem

December 1, 2017 — Are we going to be OK? It's hard to say yes when observing the "My party is better than your party" back and forth that some people go through online when talking about politics. Just a marathon of violent verbiage trickling from bloodlusted fingertips seeking

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Ivan Natividad: Downfall of the prodding parent

November 17, 2017 — The first time my son mentioned that he had played with a girl in his kindergarten class I have to admit I felt kind of giddy about it. It was a couple of weeks ago, and I asked him what her name was. He told

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Ivan Natividad: Thank your local firefighters (VIDEO)

November 3, 2017 — A couple of weeks ago I was having dinner with a group of people at a restaurant down the hill, and overheard a conversation about the recent fires that burned thousands of acres locally and across our state. "Those firefighters weren't trained to handle that,"

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Ivan Natividad: For men, ‘Me too’ movement should be more than a hashtag

October 20, 2017 — The Internet, amazing as it is, can sometimes seem like a revolving door for social issues and charities competing for our philanthropic affection. On social media particularly there is a Kickstarter or Go Fund me campaign for anything and everything you would like to dole

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